14 Sep Two Best Friends’ Guide to Dallas
Meet my best friend, Caroline. We met in college and ended up living together in NYC for a while before we both moved to Dallas. While we are two peas in a pod, we are also very different – Caroline is originally from Dallas, but was raised in California. I’m Texas born and bred. Caroline is an only child, I’m one of six. Caroline studied fashion and business at the University of Arizona and I studied Journalism and Spanish at Baylor. Caroline enjoys art and music while I would rather talk history, weather and food. Caroline is a Real Estate agent in a committed relationship, but spent her 20’s like a normal girl, I am a mom of two and spent most of my 20’s getting married and having babies… no matter how different we are, one thing is true – This girl is like another sister to me and I don’t know WHAT I’d do without her.
When people ask me where to go and what to do in Dallas – I’ve had plenty of requests for a guide to Dallas, I am not necessarily the best person to ask. I eat gluten free and dairy free and I’m toting two babies around while I’m out and about exploring. I’m chalk-full of family-friendly recommendations, but when it comes to branching out and doing fun things without kids in tow, I’m not the best person to make those recommendations. I’ve been trying to put together a guide to Dallas, but I knew I needed to pull in my number one partner in crime to make this accessible as possible. She’s the other half to this recommendation list.
Caroline works as a real estate agent with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s here in Dallas. She is a hard-worker and is a third generation real estate agent, which may explain why she is ranked by Park Cities People among their Top 20 Under Forty. Looking to move to Dallas or move within the city? Caroline is your girl. I truly can’t recommend her enough. Every single person I’ve referred to her has come back to me to thank me for the introduction. I’m not just talking as her friend. She works her butt off. Because she’s all over the city and in a different stage of life than me, I asked Caroline to add her favorites to this guide to Dallas, which has officially made it a Two Best Friend’s Guide to Dallas. Whether you’re traveling to Dallas or if you’re just looking for new recommendations within the city, this guide is a great place to start!
Where to brunch with friends?
Katy Trail Ice House – This is a weekend favorite! Grab a friend and rent some bikes from one of the many bike-sharing companies seen around town (Lime Bike, Ofo, VBikes, Spin, or MoBike), and pedal on down the Katy Trail to the Ice House for their breakfast tacos. These are a hidden secret, and simply the best in town! Plus, they serve them all day long.
Address: 3127 Routh Street, Dallas, TX
Henry’s Majestic – This little brunch place is a wonderful gem here in Dallas! They have foods that you can indulge in, but also options for the more health-conscious of the group! On a day that isn’t so hot, the patio is perfect for gathering with beautiful greenery and flowers galore! The best part about brunch here? The “Sparkle Bar”… a state-of-the-art Build Your Own Mimosa Bar!
Address: 4900 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX
Where to eat with the family?
Neighborhood Services – Excellent food and quality service! From the street, this restaurant is hard to spot from the street (Lovers Lane), but step inside and you will find a cozy, modern eatery. The tortilla soup is delicious, and if you are in the mood for indulging, their brisket nachos are simply divine.
Address: 5027 West Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX
Smokey Rose Barbecue – This BBQ joint has the most incredible patio and outdoor seating space that will make you want to be outside, no matter the season! The BBQ is great, the cocktails are amazing, but my favorite thing about this spot is the outdoor space – it’s PERFECT for kids to run around or for adults to sit outside and enjoy!
Address: 8602 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX
Where to get a sweet treat?
Bird Bakery – Delicious for an easy and tasty breakfast or lunch, as everything here is baked from scratch, on-site, each day. They serve the best cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, and more. This is a go-to for when I need a sweet. I am also a big fan of their Tomato Basil Soup, which is vegan and coconut-based – it’s divine!
Address: 7 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205
Steel City Pops – This is a must visit when you’re down in the lowest Greenville area! Hop on in for handmade, organic and all-natural popsicles. They have a ton of flavors to choose from, but my favorites are the cookie pops – a popsicle on the outside and a cookie on the inside! And, yes, those cookies are gluten free, so eat away!
Address: 2012 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX
Where to shop for housewarming & hostess gifts?
Swoozies – The greatest assortment of witty cocktail napkins, cute travel cups, clever party and holiday décor, and a whole lot of items that can be personalized. I can honestly say that it is impossible for me to contain myself in this store, and never leae empty-handed. I always find that perfect, thoughtful gifts here for friends and clients!
Address: 8417 Preston Center Plaza Drive, Dallas, TX 75225
Nuvo – has the greatest assortment of cards, spectacular candles & home fragrances, coffee table books, fabulous home accessories, and more. I always find that perfect, thoughtful, and special gift here.
Address: 3311 Oak Lawn Ave. Suite 101, Dallas, TX 75219
Talulah & Hess – This is, by far and long, my favorite boutique in the entire city. Any time I need to pick up a gift, I go here first! They’re not just great for gifts, but for home decor, clothing and children’s items as well! They even sell fresh, white hydrangeas! I can’t recommend this place enough!
Address: 5810 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX
Where to go when you have a free afternoon?
Perot Museum of Nature and Science – this is a really neat museum – awesome for kids and adults! I fell in love with this museum while volunteering through Junior League of Dallas and have really enjoyed spending my own time here ever since. The museum offers very cool, creative opportunities including rotating exhibits, innovative experiments, speakers from a variety of professional fields, kid-friendly Sleepovers for after-hours access of the museum, year-round Discovery Camps (to give parents a few hours off!), Social Sciences late nights for 21+ (who wouldn’t love sipping a cocktail while exploring the museum at night?!), and more.
Address: 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, TX
George W. Bush Presidential Library – This library and museum is one of my favorite spots in the city. I’m a huge history nerd and I love learning about life in the White House and the presidents in general. This museum always has cool exhibits and great things to see, plus you can take a photo inside the oval office at the president’s desk! One of the most moving parts of this experience is seeing the artifacts from the September 11th attacks. A piece of melted and bent steel from the World Trade Towers sits in a room, surrounded by information about that day and the president’s response.
Address: 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX
Where to go for beauty needs?
MiniLuxe – my schedule is unpredictable, and last-minute client needs pop up all the time, which can make it a little hard to book & keep my beauty appointments! MiniLuxe is fabulous – clean, professional, and best of all they are open late (until 9pm!), which makes it easy for me to squeeze in a much needed mani-pedi, or brow wax.
Address: Multiple Locations
The Ritz-Carlton Spa – If you’re feeling indulgent, this spa is the place to indulge! The spa at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dallas is one of my favorite spas I’ve ever been to, and most-definitely my favorite in Dallas. Their signature facial is organic and dreamy, but it’s the massages that I love the most! They can also do manis and pedis and blowouts, but if you’re going to spend the money, treat yo’ self to a facial or a massage!
Address: 2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX
Where to go for drinks?
The Mansion Bar – This is the perfect place to cozy up and grab a cocktail and light bite, while enjoying tunes from one of the many fantastic live bands that plays on Friday and Saturday nights. Great atmosphere with a mix of ages, and even greater people watching! Tip: try to go early to snag a good table, or spot at the bar. Danny, the bartender can make nearly any beverage of choice.
Address: 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219
Also The Mansion, and…
Up On Knox – This restaurant is a newer addition to the East side of town. It offers one of my favorite ambiances in the city and the bar is not only beautiful, it’s full of anything and everything you’d need! Want to stay for dinner? No problem. It’s got a great menu selection!
Address: 3230 Knox St Suite 140, Dallas, TX
Where to see live music/go for fun with the family?
Legacy Hall – This is a super fun place to go with friends and/or family! The food is amazing, as the on-site kitchen acts as a test station for well-known chefs, artisans, and young food entrepreneurs honing their craft – there are over 20 food and beverage stalls to choose from, 5+ bars with creative libations, and an outdoor beer garden. And almost every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday features live music by local artists at the brewery’s tap room.
Address: 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano, TX 75024
The Rustic – This bar, restaurant and event/concert space is both indoors and outdoors. If you have kids, it has a great area for them to run around while you enjoy your food and drinks! They always have a lineup for fun artists (mostly country) and the food is great!
Address: 3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX
That’s it! That’s our Two Best Friend’s Guide to Dallas. This list will be updated periodically by both Caroline and myself. If there’s a category that you’d like to see, send us an email at [email protected] OR just comment your request below.