Here is a Dallas city guide by Amber, who lives there and welcomed me like a princess… We’ll talk more about her soon !
I had a great time in Dallas – the people and the food are amazing, and the lifestyle is so sweet, I am not surprised a lot of really cool people chose to stay there.
Thanks for having me Dallas !
This was my first time in Dallas, how would you describe it to someone who has never been?
Dallas has great shopping, food and drinks. The people are surprisingly fashionable and right now there is a major movement towards supporting the arts. (Within the last few years, we built the Winspear Opera House, the Perot Science Museum, the Dallas Contemporary, the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Wyly Theatre- to name a few.) The weather is incredibly warm year-round, and you will need a car to get around the city. Everyone in Dallas is polite and wants to be your friend.
What is your favorite boutique?
VOD is my absolute favorite boutique. Jackie and her team always have the best new labels before any other store even knows they exist. They see clothing and accessories like pieces of art– just like me.
Where do you find your vintage?
I have found some of my favorite pieces at Archive Vintage. They recently packed up and moved to Austin, TX, but their stock is online so everyone can shop the store.
Your favorite museum?
The new Perot Science Museum designed by Thom Mayne is not yet open, but the building itself is one of my favorite landmarks in Dallas. I dream of hosting an event at the space once it opens.
What is the one Dallas clothing essential?
Sunglasses. It is almost always sunny.
Hair in Dallas seems crucial. Where do you go to get yours done?
The best color and cuts in Dallas are at Osgood O’Neil Salon– a cut from Bruce and color from Molly.
Your favorite spa in the city?
The Crescent Spa is iconic. I would head up to the rooftop pool for cocktails after your treatment.
The best place for an easy day trip from Dallas?
Fort Worth. People are always surprised when they get to Dallas and no one is wearing cowboy boots. Fort Worth is about 40 miles west of Dallas and it has more cowboy than you can stand. The stock yards are a must visit.
The best restaurant for southern food?
Everyone who comes to Dallas must eat at Bubbas. For breakfast: a biscuit egg sandwich. For lunch or dinner: #5 (fried tenders) with fried okra and mashed potatoes.
I’ve already eaten fried squash, fried okra, fried chicken … What is the one fried thing I really shouldn’t miss while we’re at it ?
Fried bacon at the Texas State Fair. Nothing tastes better than this healthy treat.
Where is the best place to get Tex-Mex?
I have two haunts:
1. For a low-key hole-in-the-wall, I love Rafas. Be sure to eat in the bar section (the right portion of the restaurant). You can usually find me at Rafas, wearing a ball cap and watching the Dallas Mavericks.
2. For more of a Dallas scene, go to Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village. Drink a mambo taxi (or 2) and order the Sunset Fajitas (chicken).
And the best place or café to people watch?
There is great people watching at Highland Park Village. You can sit at Starbucks, Bistro 31, Mi Cocina or Marquee and enjoy the view.
What about the best place for a good cowboy experience?
Billy Bobs, “The World’s Largest Honkey Tonk.” Enough said.
And the best place to get cowboy boots?
Dolly Python has a great selection of vintage cowboy boots. You can find new boots all over the city, but I prefer vintage- they have far more character.
Where do you like to exercise?
(Do I have to do that?) The Katy Trail is a 3.5 mi track that stretches from Victory Park (near downtown) to SMU. Everyone in Dallas goes to the trail for a safe and beautiful place to walk their dogs, rollerblade or find a date.
Somewhere super touristy you still like to visit?
Reunion Tower is one of the most recognized features of the Dallas skyline. I like to go have a drink around sunset- the restaurant does one revolution per hour and you can see the entire city in the most beautiful light.
What’s the best way to get around the city? Bike, bus, car…
Dallas is a driving city. Our public transportation is underdeveloped so you will need to have a car.
What is your city’s philosophy?
Describe an ideal day in Dallas…
My favorite days in Dallas are in the late spring or early fall. I like to meet friends and family for brunch at one of Lombardi’s restaurants, sit on the patio with my dog and relax with a bottomless brunch beverage. In the afternoon, I like to go to one of Dallas’ rooftop pools and lay in the sun.
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