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Big cities mean tons of options, which unfortunately can also mean too many options when you’re pressed to find the best. When you want insight into the top spots a city has to offer, you turn to the locals. So to share the best gems of Dallas, we’ve assembled the A-team of insiders: some of our favorite Krrb sellers and local bloggers with knowledge on where to go and who to see. Let’s meet the team!
1. Where do you go for to enjoy lazy cup of coffee and people watch?
EK: Roots Coffeehouse is a great spot to relax, meet a friend and they have great beverages if your are a tea totaler like me. The best drink is London Fog.
CL: I don’t drink coffee, but Mudsmith in Lower Greenville is perfect for people watching and the cool coffee spot vibe. They have great juices and bites!
LL: Davis Street Espresso in the Bishop Arts District is the most “coffee shop”, coffee shop i’ve ever been in. Its warm, wooden interior inside a refurbished house, and small book shop makes it feel really cozy.
2. The forecast calls for a rainy afternoon. Where do you while away the hours?
TG: I head to Half Price Books’s flagship location.
EK: The Mid-Cities Antique Mall is a great place to go and see so many great vintage and antique items. I don’t think I ever leave there without buying something absolutely amazing and one-of-a-kind I have to have!
3. After an exhausting day, where do you go locally to recharge?
TG: I pay a visit to Vis a Vis Salon & Day Spa.
LL: If I’m being healthy, the spa and pool at the Anatole Hotel. If not, I’ll knock a few back at Bowlmor. It’s a Big Lebowski-themed bar/restaurant/bowling alley.
CL: Pirch at Northpark Mall, it’s a magical place. It’s a showroom full of highend housewares displayed beautifully and creates a clear mind and conjures inspiration for all things. Stand in their shower head room and pretend you lived there, holding a complimentary flavored water concoction the staff generously offers as soon as you walk in the door—heaven. Also, Bullzerk in Lower Greenville has some wonderfully inspired gifts and designs that make me giggle and give me so many ideas on what I want to do next in my creations.
4. What’s the most underrated community event?
TG: Richardson Wildflower Festival in the springtime.
LL: Mardi Gras parade in Oak Cliff was great and I can see it getting bigger and better with more time.
5. You want to spend as little money possible but still have a good time. What do you do?
EK: Go Walk around Sundance Square in Fort Worth and look at the sights and the people.
TG: Dallas Museum of Art because they have free admission!
LL: Have dinner and drinks at a friends house!
6. What’s your best burger spot in the neighborhood?
EK: The best burgers are such a hard choice because I have two favorite spots that I go when I have a hankering for a burger. The first is just great tasting mesquite grilled burger is at Bucks Prime. I drive 30 minutes from my house just to go eat there! The staff is so friendly and very hospitable which always makes you enjoy the food as well. The next burger joint is hard to compare because it is just so different. Hopdoddy’s have such a variety of meats and flavor profiles. The Greek and Magic Shroom are my top choices and get the parmesan fries too!
CL: Hopdoddy is delicious and has unique flavors, Twisted Root is casual and super fun!
LL: Near me, Rodeo Goat, has a large variety of very original twists on the hamburger, veggy meat options, good salads and a ton of local beers on draft. The decor stands out for being a clever use of minimal industrial supplies such as concrete pipes and cinderblock.
7: And for fellow travelers, what one place is a must-see on a tour of the city?
LL: I always take people down to Waxahachie just south of Dallas to see The Webb Gallery, one of the oldest and best spots for outsider, folk, and fraternal order art in the country. Waxahachie is also a cute picture postcard town with a beautiful courthouse and tons of Victorian homes.
EK: The Fort Worth Stockyards is a must!
TG: The green space at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.
We hope you’ve been inspired to discover the best of Dallas! If you have any other local favorites (with some insider perspective), let us know in the comments!