Classy or Casual, Dallas Has It AllEverything is bigger, and better, in Texas
Home to Neiman Marcus and NBA champions the Dallas Mavericks, all the Tex-Mex cuisine you could ask for and the largest Jumbotron in football stadium history, Dallas proves everything really is bigger (and better!) in Texas. Besides its modern architecture and grassy parks to cowboy-boot, the city has a wealth of restaurants, bars and clubs.
Speaking of wealth, Dallas is also known for its "$30,000 millionaires" — folks who live beyond their means to taste the good life. And who can blame them? There’s plenty of good life to taste here.
Get your food fix in the quirky Bishop Arts District, home to some of the best well-kept secrets in Dallas. Check out Hattie's for modern Lowcountry cuisine — the lamb chops with spoonbread is heaven on a plate. Or grab a slice of thin-crust pizza and a microbrew at Eno's. If you aren't able to call at least a month in advance (yes, that's how long the waiting list is), try to snag a seat at the bar of Lucia, a cozy Italian eatery famous for its house-made salumi. The ricotta gnocchi with lamb ragu is also a godsend. For dessert, head next door to Dude, Sweet Chocolate for handmade treats.
Or, follow your favorite celebrity chef and head to these famous dinner spots: A gastronomic adventure awaits you with the nine-course tasting menu at Kent Rathbun's Abacus. Head to Stephan Pyles for ceviche and tamales from the "father of Southwestern cuisine" himself. And don't miss the fried chicken at Fearing's, located inside the Ritz-Carlton.
For something a bit more casual, opt for tacos. While the Mambo Taxi margaritas are renowned at Mi Cocina, parent restaurant Mia's offers up the best Tex-Mex in town — the brisket tacos flow like tequila. And for something truly unique, don't miss Times Ten Cellars, in hip Lakewood, where you can BYOF (food) and grab a seat on the patio of the only wine bar in Dallas serving wines made in-house.
For a taste of the local music scene, as well as national acts, head to the Granada Theater, a historic live music venue featuring murals designed by the artists responsible for Grauman's Chinese Theatre. It's played host to Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton, to name a few. Or catch the latest flick at West Village's Magnolia theater, which looks more like a swanky cocktail lounge than a megaplex. Plus, you can actually take your cocktails with you to watch the film!
For a more regional adventure, head over to Dallas' sister city, Fort Worth, where more amazing options await you. Named one of the "top 10 best new restaurants in America" by Bon Appetit magazine, Ellerbe Fine Foods serves up some of the freshest local and seasonal ingredients in town. A Fort Worth institution for over a decade, Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine offers authentic cowboy fare, like the mixed-grill plate of wild game alongside green chili cheese grits. Or head downtown to Grace for an indulgent meal of crispy fried oysters, ricotta dumplings and Maine diver scallops.
After dinner, take a stroll through Sundance Square, and perhaps catch a show at Bass Performance Hall, a European-inspired, 2,000-plus-seat music hall that's famous for its acoustics and home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater and Fort Worth Opera. Hidden down an alley in the basement of the historic Woolworth Building lies Scat Jazz Lounge, a swanky live music venue reminiscent of an old-school speakeasy.