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!
Have you checked out these posts?
June Goals – Creativity
23 Hours with My Mom!
Yes I do see the irony in posting a frosting recipe right after I posted about eating healthy and doing the Whole30. But seriously. I am not even kidding you right now. This is the best frosting I’ve had in my whole entire life. (And I’ve had a lot of frosting, my friends.)
This is my go-to frosting for cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and even just to put on graham crackers when I want a sweet treat but don’t feel like doing any actual baking. This stuff is so good and delicious and one time at my 22nd birthday party my friend liked this frosting so much she ate too many treats and went into a sugar coma. (Really she just said she was going to take a nap at like 8pm and then slept for 12 hours, but same thing.) It. Is. So. Good. It has a nice almond flavor to it- oh you’re going to love it!
It’s that easy! You should probably go make this frosting right now! It is SUPER easy to make a double batch (I usually do, just so I have plenty of frosting to work with!), and is pretty easy to spread on all your baked goodies! This frosting also makes a delicious breakfast item when on a birthday cake. Everyone knows cake is best for breakfast. I made this four-layer chocolate cake with this delicious almond frosting for a roommate’s birthday cake and we ate it for breakfast for like, a solid week. No joke. Also no regrets, it was so delicious. We still talk fondly about this cake to this day. (And yes, I did use a cutting board as a serving platter. Whatev.)
Now that I have this recipe on my brain, I want to find an excuse to make it and
eat it all myself share the deliciousness! I’m going to a BBQ at a co-worker’s house this weekend- I should probably make and bring cupcakes, right?!? I thought so, too.
Seriously. I love sweet potato fries so much. I could have them with every single meal and be a very happy camper (in fact I did have them with dinner every night this past week…. not even sorry). It’s pretty much a given that whenever they are an option at a restaurant, I will shell out the extra dollar to upgrade to sweet potato fries. Totally worth it. One of my favorite things about them, besides their deliciousness, is that they are SO easy to make at home! There are a few ways that you can make these bad boys, but here is my usual method!
1. Pour a little bit of EVOO into a bowl (just enough to lightly coat the fries. Better to have too little at first and have to add a little bit more later.)
2. Add some spices in your bowl and mix it all up. I usually put in a little bit of garlic powder, cumin, and parsley flakes, but there are LOTS of combos that would be delicious!
3. Peel your sweet potatoes and cut them into your desired shapes. Sometimes I go with wedges, sometimes I make little sweet potato chips! (You don’t want them to be too thick or they won’t cook thoroughly, but you don’t want them to be too thin or they will BURN and your whole house will smell disgusting.)
4. Plop your fries into the oil mixture and toss to coat.
5. Spread the fries onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure that your fries aren’t touching!
6. Bake the fries at 450 degrees for 20 minutes (you might need a little more or less, depending on your oven, the thickness of your fries, etc.) Be sure to flip your fries at least once- I flip mine every 5 minutes.
7. Wait for them to cool and then eat your heart out!!