Dallas is an incredible city. I honestly wouldn’t have found myself there but for a dear friend of mine living in Dallas. I’m so glad I visited because I really enjoyed my trip and would go back in a heartbeat.
Bishop Arts District
We started the weekend walking around the Bishop Arts District. It’s a super cute neighborhood with plenty of family-run shops. We had lunch at Paradiso, which is self-described as a light, coastal Mediterranean inspired restaurant. The ambiance was light and upbeat. It was a tasty spot for lunch!
Though we didn’t stop at Emporium Pies, we walked right past it, and it smelled amazing! My friend highly recommends Emporium Pies, and if I wasn’t so full I would’ve stopped there for a pie or two!
Then we enjoyed ciders at the Bishop Cider Co. The ciders were so unique and refreshing. It was a great stop on our journey throughout the Bishop Arts District. We ended our time in Bishop Arts shopping along Bishop Avenue.
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Skip the $18 admission to the Dallas Reunion Tower and get a fabulous (FREE) view of the city from the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The bridge is located right next to Trinity Groves, which has a few restaurants. Stop by one of the reflecting pools on the bridge to get a great picture. Parking is free also!
We ended our Friday night at Legacy West in Plano at Mesero. We enjoyed amazing queso-smothered chicken enchiladas and a mouth-watering cocktail called the Catalina. It was a mix of St. Germain, Grey Goose, citrus, and muddled raspberry. The waiter was conscious of my food allergies and ensured that my chosen meal was allergen free.
We walked around the Legacy West complex and happened upon a Barnes and Noble Kitchen. As described on their website, the new Barnes & Noble concept store at Legacy West is the first in the southwest to offer not just the latest new novels, but a restaurant with an expanded menu including beer and wine. As the nation’s largest retail bookseller, Barnes & Noble operates more than 600 bookstores across all 50 states. The Legacy West concept store is a place to relax, discover new books, listen to an author speak, and have a glass of wine. Their kitchen doesn’t use peanuts and had gluten free options!
We started Saturday off driving by Dealey Plaza where JFK was assassinated. We didn’t stop at the Sixth Floor Museum, but it is right next to the Plaza. The Museum, located within the former Texas School Book Depository building, chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Dealey Plaza is very close to Deep Ellum, which was our next stop.
For lunch we enjoyed traditional Texas BBQ at Pecan Lodge. This was one of my favorite meals this weekend; the food was scrumptious! I’d never had Texas BBQ before, and Pecan Lodge was the perfect place to try it. They had gluten free options and were sensitive to my food allergies. We waited in line for about 45 minutes at Pecan Lodge. It opens at 11am on Saturdays. Get in line at least 30 minutes beforehand if you don’t want to wait when Pecan Lodge opens.
TIP: Go in the side door and head to the bar if you got in line late. There are limited seats at the bar, but there will likely be open seats if you get there right when Pecan Lodge opens.
After lunch we popped by Trinity Cider, which is right next door to Pecan Lodge. We had a great time at Trinity Cider and really enjoyed the cider variety. My favorite ciders were a fresh watermelon cider and a blackberry cider. I wish I could’ve brought them back to Chicago!
After ciders we shopped around Deep Ellum. It reminded me of Bishop Arts District in that both neighborhoods have cute shops to meander through. There was also a small Saturday market with local artisans.
We found our way to the Klyde Warren Park in Downtown Dallas. It’s a wonderful park with different play areas for kids, a nice walking path, seating for picnics, and an abundance of dogs! We had a gorgeous day and wandered around the park before heading to the Dallas Museum of Art.
We paid for parking at the Dallas Museum of Art, but admission to the museum itself is free. Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art is among the 10 largest art museums in the country. The museum has a variety of styles, so there is something for everyone. I personally love Van Gogh and was thrilled to find one of his pieces at the museum.
We ended our Saturday at Times Ten Cellars. It was a great way to end the day. I enjoyed a sampler of three wines and a delicious cheesecake. Times Ten Cellars is a great location to relax and enjoy a glass of wine.
Sunday morning before my flight we enjoyed a breakfast pizza at Pie Tap. Pie Tap has a few locations throughout the Dallas area. Pie Tap was great with my food allergies. I enjoyed the eggs Florentine pizza on a gluten free crust. The gluten free crust was amazing! I also had a blackberry mimosa. This is a great, allergy-friendly, budget restaurant option in the Dallas area.
I hope you find inspiration to pack your bags for Dallas. I had a wonderful weekend filled with lots of eating, shopping, and exploring the neighborhoods.