If you missed the first Dallas Bucket List, then be sure to see it here. However, if it’s not your first rodeo, (Ha! See what I did there?) then welcome back to Dallas – where all of the stereotypes are true. We’re nice in person, rude as “h-e-double hockey sticks” on the road, we eat a LOT, and we drink even more. Here are some of my picks to get the biggest taste of Texas.
I know this sounds like a recommendation for your grandma, but this farmer’s market is SO MUCH MORE than ‘a market’. This is an entire bucket list in itself. There’s a ton of dining and shopping here. It’s open 7 days a week and is easily a local favorite on the weekends. Here are my favorites at the DFM.
Palmieri for an AUTHENTIC Italian coffee shop experience. Have an espresso right at the counter and enjoy a cornetto filled with chocolate.
Taqueria La Ventana – I’m vegetarian and I always order 4 Calabacita tacos, elotes, and/or queso and chips. Yes, all for me. They also have margaritas and beer.
Scardello Artisan Cheese – Here you can buy a Cheese Plate “To-Go” (in case you missed a meal?) which includes 3 cheeses, jam, dried fruit, nuts, and a baguette for $15
Bullzerk Hilarious and obnoxious Texan T-shirts for yourself or someone back home.
Chelles macarons A place to buy stunning macarons for the dessert lover.
Abundantly Aromatic You will find locally-made soaps here. It’s a perfect small gift that travels well in a suitcase. I buy the ones with a little scrub in the bar.
This is a native Texan dinner-and-a-movie place, but it is hands down my favorite. In addition to movies, they screen old favorites, sing-alongs, and more. You cannot beat the menu here. Instead of ordinary pizza or burgers, you can order more impressive things like Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, Hipster Avocado Toast, Crème Brulee French Toast, or Chilaquiles. There are plenty of options for the carnivores too. Even if you see a crappy movie, you won’t leave disappointed.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (Kennedy Memorial)
This is so close to the conference, and a must-see for history buffs. The Sixth Floor Museum allows visitors to explore the life and fascinating history of JFK, and specifically the details of his assassination (which occurred in 1963 here in Dallas @ Dealey Plaza).
From the Sixth Floor Museum, you can ride/drive over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which spans the Trinity River. This award-winning bridge is pretty new to the Dallas Skyline: only 7 years old and 6 lanes wide.
The MHH Bridge will lead you right into another dining heaven at Trinity Groves. This is a perfect spot for groups with diverse preferences because if weather permits, you can still dine together, sourcing your meal from different eateries. Worst case, you may need to split up, but you can at least wave to each other. Your only challenge will be deciding where to dine. Don’t forget to grab a slice of cake from Cake Bar. There’s also a delicious Kate Weiser chocolatier shop where you can buy a gift for someone back home.
In colder weather, you won’t see that many people out (which you might prefer!), but this park is a local favorite. There’s always an event happening in this big green space, such as yoga, or a movie screening. On Sundays, they have food trucks from 11am to 3pm, so it might be a good lunch destination if you’re arriving in Dallas that morning.
Tacos are everywhere. EVERYWHERE. If you want a guaranteed great experience for your tummy, then make the trip to Velvet Taco. The SWW Bacon Brotherhood guys can order the bacon burger taco. I get the vegetarian fried paneer taco and the falafel taco. Breakfast tacos are served all day.
Gooooood Mediterranean tapas plus a nice deep red wine, will set you up for a restful slumber that night. On Wednesdays in downtown, they have discounted Tapas and wine. I always order the cheese plate and the mini mezza platter. Meat-eater favorites are the lamb dishes and the Russian chicken salad. There is PLENTY on the menu to please everyone.
*A nod to Todd Blacksher for nudging me to publish the second installment of your Dallas Bucket List!
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