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When planning a trip to Dallas Texas, one immediately pictures oil fields, the city skyline, and endless cowboy saloons, but there is so much more to this amazing city. To plan a trip that really shows you the heart of Dallas, you need to go where the locals hang out. The following is a sample of the great places you’ll discover off the beaten path.
One’s meal can often times make or break a vacation. When visiting Dallas you’ll have a number of great eateries to choose from, eliminating this problem. One 2 One is a trendy yet casual French restaurant and bar. Family friendly, it’s ideal for dinner. The menu includes wonderful dishes like brick oven pizzas, Louis style ribs, and flat bread hummus. They’re found at the corner of Legacy Drive and 121.
Rise No. 1 really impresses visitors with their romantic candle lit atmosphere, appropriately located at 5360 Lover’s Lane. Tei-An is Japanese at its best. Homemade cuisine such as soba noodles is a nice change of pace from the typical sushi bars.
If you still crave that big Texas feel, try Tillman’s Roadhouse on West Seventh Street. This excellent dinner spot offers indoor or outdoor seating with the most unique décor around. Chicken fried steak, halibut, and beef of all kinds top off the menu selections.
A vacation isn’t complete without browsing a few of the local shops. Galleria Dallas is the perfect place to get started. Located on the Dallas Parkway, you’ll find a fine collection of international boutiques and area shops. Tiffany & Company, American Girl, and Juicy Couture are among the recognizable names found here, along with dining and even an ice skating rink.
West Village on McKinney Avenue is a walking area filled with unique shopping and dining opportunities. Easily accessed by the Katy Trail or the McKinney Trolley, it’s a visitors dream come true. You’ll also want to check out the Allen Premium Outlets at 820 West Stacy Road. Over 100 retail outlets from top designers and name brands are here with savings from 25 to 65%. Look for Nike, Neiman Marcus, Liz Claiborne, and Ralph Lauren among others.
If you aren’t sure when the best time to visit Dallas is, you might want to plan a trip around one of the city’s wonderful events. There is Lone Star Park’s opening weekend festivities that locals and tourist alike look forward to each year. This festival kicks off another season of live horse racing.
The Dallas International Film Festival is a must see. It highlights the best in international and United States cinema. Choose from 981 films from over 50 countries. Include in your visit the Jazz in the Atrium, held every Thursday evening at the Dallas Museum of Art. Enjoy live jazz music followed by dinner and cocktails.
Dallas doesn’t go to sleep when the sun sets. In fact, this city has some terrific nightclubs. The Lizard Lounge is just getting started at 9:00pm. Join in on the fun with live bands, DJs, and exciting events each evening. Located at 2424 Swiss Avenue, they have 80’s music in the video bar, and there is industrial and neo gothic in the main room.
Okay, it is Texas. Visitors look forward to that total cowboy experience. The Round-Up Saloon will give it to you along with so much more. They have dance lessons, karaoke, and nightly contests that will get you in that Dallas feel. Music and drink specials are a regular event.