I was so happy when my college friend Arie moved to Dallas a few weeks ago because 1) she is amazing and I missed her, 2) since she is new I can show her all my favorite places in town, and 3) she is always up for having fun and trying fun new things!
After the world’s worst brunch in Trinity Groves last weekend, we decided that the only way to salvage the morning was to go on a little adventure! Our first stop was the Continental Avenue Bridge- a pedestrian bridge close to downtown Dallas.
I had always wanted to go on this pedestrian bridge and I’m so glad I can check it off my Dallas list. I mean, look at that awesome view of downtown!
If you look close enough, you can see my ugly office building. Don’t strain your eyes, it’s really not worth looking at.
It was so hot outside that we didn’t even make it all the way across- we had to turn around and head back. We weren’t done having fun together and we really needed to make up for the terrible food we ate, so we headed down to the Bishop Arts district for some delicious pie!
Emporium Pies was another place I’d always wanted to go, and I’m so glad that I got to enjoy it for the first time with my friend! The pie was AMAZING!!!!!!!! I got a slice of the Cloud Nine, which was delicious layers of caramel, butterscotch custard, and brown-sugar meringue. My taste buds died and went to heaven.
I am a little bit obsessed with that pie tho… And how cute is their floral menu?!? We walked around Bishop Arts a little bit more and finally headed back home.
I had so much fun – the more I explore, the more I really love living in Dallas!
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Guide to Downtown Dallas – What to Do
Hands down, one of my favorite things about Dallas is the downtown area. I love that it feels… approachable. Manageable. I’m not sure how to put it into words, but I love that there are big buildings, but they are spread out enough that you don’t feel too boxed in. It gives just the right about of “big city” feel without making you feel grimy. I’m so glad that I get to work there and be a part of it every day!
I’ve be-bopped around downtown enough in the last year to have a few favorite spots, and I wanted to create a little guide to share! Today I’ll be focusing on yummy places to eat, but I’ll also be sharing my favorite things to do and see downtown later.
- Hoffbrau Steaks – This is a great place for comfort food. They have amazing lunch specials and you get warm bread as soon as you sit down, which is honestly 80% of why I keep going back here. (That and the food is really good!!!) My recommendation: get anything that comes with mashed potatoes and gravy- they are great!
- Fluellen Cupcakes – This place has DELICIOUS cupcakes, as I’m sure you guessed from the name. They’re a bit expensive, but perfect to share. My recommendation: the cookies n cream cupcake. (Oreo cookie buttercream frosting? Yes, please!)
- Chop House Burger – Best burger downtown. No contest. They have some fun recipes to choose from, and their milkshakes are the bomb. The burgers are pretty big, so I usually try and split one and get my own side of fries. My recommendation: the Wine Country Burger.
- Cafe Strada – This is the little stand I go to when I want delicious gelato. They have ice cream cone chairs (!!!!!!!) and you can sit and look at the giant eye ball sculpture on the lawn nextdoor. My recommendation: literally any flavor of gelato. Or all of them. 🙂
- Press Box Grill – A good go-to for very casual eating and atmosphere. I came here by default once when the actual restaurant we wanted to go to was busy, and it ended up being pretty good! My recommendation: an order of the southwest egg rolls.
- Wild Salsa – This place has good chips and salsa, y’all. The food is pretty decent, too. I got here often with my little lunch group, and I usually get the same thing (and it’s always so good!!) My recommendation: Chicken Tinga quesadilla and a frozen ‘rita de casa.
- The Hospitality Sweet – This might actually be my favorite place downtown. It’s just SO ADORABLE! And smells so great (I mean, can you beat that cake smell? Nope!) I’ve had lunch here and I’ve just come to get macarons. Really you can’t go wrong. My recommendation: get the creamy chicken salad sandwich with a Texas scone for dessert (it’s like a churro cheesecake brownie bar and I’m pretty sure it’s the official dessert of Heaven.)
- Carmine’s Pizzeria – It might not be the best or the healthiest option, but MAN their pizza is huge and delicious!! It’s New York style, so one slice is more than enough to fill me up! My recommendation: a slice of their spinach alfredo pizza.
- Food trucks in Klyde Warren Park – There are usually 7 or 8 food trucks that pull up to the park every day, and there is a wide variety of foods to eat! My recommendation: If Ruthie’s is there, get The Boss (grilled cheese with bbq brisket and sharp cheddar on sourdough. Yum.)
Ok, I am getting SERIOUSLY hungry just thinking about all that delicious food.. Are you drooling, too?!? I’m going to have to go to all these places again soon because I know I’ll be craving them for a while!
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23 Hours with My Mom!
This past weekend was so much fun! As you know, it was the 4th of July and not only did my parents drive down to hang out, but my sister and her family ended up driving up to Dallas for the long weekend, too! It was so good to see everyone and hang out with my cutie-patootie nephew! This was the first time that my dad has been to Dallas since I moved down here, and it was the first time that my mom has seen my apartment since I got it all unpacked! (She came down when I got my new car, but I still had boxes EVERYWHERE.)
Friday night we all went out to eat at Pappasito’s (delicious!!) hung out at my apartment, and then we went to watch the fireworks at Kaboomtown (ranked one of the top 10 fireworks shows in the country!) Hundreds of thousands of people go to watch them, and I heard the traffic is always nuts. My boss suggested that we find a parking garage close by to watch the fireworks show and it was the best idea! We still had a great and close view but we didn’t get stuck in an hour of traffic trying to get home. Smart move!
On Saturday, I took my parents downtown to show them my new hood. We saw my office and my desk, we had lunch at Chop House Burger, I showed them some of my favorite areas (like the eye statue, obviously!), and we went to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza.
The museum was SO well done and INCREDIBLY informative. I learned so much about JFK and his assassination thanks to the audio-guided tour. It took about 2 hours to get through but it was so worth it.
That evening we had dinner at my brother-in-law’s cousin’s house (they always stay there when they are in town) and they had homemade ice cream for dessert! If there is one thing that my family loves (and comes to expect on the 4th of July) it is homemade ice cream. It was almost as good as my grandpa’s! 🙂 Sunday we all went to my church and out to lunch before heading our separate ways.
It was so good to see everyone and it was so refreshing to spend some good, quality time with my family. I’m not gunna lie, I’m not hating that I live in the middle of everyone- getting to see my family and not having to travel at all? Yes, please! Oh, and I FINALLY hung some pictures in my living room- thanks to my mom for assisting!