Dallas

There are many nooks and crannies in this city—all filled with a reserved yet contagious energy. So with kids in tow or a day of shopping and lunch with the gals to a relaxed night of dining and wine, there truly is a place for everyone whether the tried and true or the yet to be explored.


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From Lisa Ogle

BRUNCH WITH THE FAMILY

Breadwinners, Chicken Scratch, and Company Café in Katy Trail

Rise #1 The Marshmallow soup, truffle mushroom soufflé, and for dessert the Grand Marnier soufflé. My children love sit at the kitchen bar and watch the chefs create the perfect puff of deliciousness.

GIRLY LUNCH WITH MY GIRLFRIENDS

Café R+D, City Café, and Mermaid Bar at Neiman Marcus

The T Room at Forty Five Ten The French Panini with candied pecans and brie coupled with tomato soup and a cold glass of Prosecco is just heaven.

LUNCH WITH MY HUSBAND

Parigi Restaurant and Asian Mint

Toulouse Café & Bar We love to sit on the French inspired bistro patio eat mussels, drink wine, and nosh on French bread and French onion soup.

DINNER

Mi Cocina (photo below) and Oakmicocina

Al Biernats I love to come here because it is happening every night. The Crab and Corn Chowder, Tuna Poke, and Filet Oscar are just a few of my favorite things. Best steaks I have ever had.

HG Sply Company is a healthy choice for dinner…it is paleo and organic. The Bacon- Wrapped Pork Shank and the Quinoa Bowls are delicious. The roof top bar has a view of the sunset and all of down- town Dallas. I love all the local musicians they hire to play at night on the rooftop.

MEAL AND A MOVIE (WITH OR WITHOUT KIDS)

Village Kitchen in Highland Park Village, three very different places in one beautiful building. I could come here every night.

The Highland Park Village Theater

TOKO V The food is hot and fresh, the crowd is everyone you know. Love the Tuna Tartar, Brussels Sprouts, and Fish and Chips…and don’t forget the Ham- burger. I like to finish the perfect evening with Salted Carmel Shake. When I want to be a bit more highbrowed I move upstairs for sushi or steaks.


STAY

Mansion on Turtle Creek The Mansion is the perfect staycation for us. We love to sip cocktails by pool and float the day away. Evening drinks on the patio followed by Chef Dinner then on to the bar for live music and perfectly made cocktails.

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Hotel St. Germain (photo above) Boutique hotel right in the middle of downtown. I love the old school southern man- sions. The bedrooms are so romantic and cozy. The Queen Anne-style mansion, decorated with antiques from France and New Orleans, The high- ceilinged dining room has white tablecloths, an Aubusson tapestry and Limoges china.

The Joule The multi-leveled penthouse is amazing. Great spot for a private party or a get away. The views from all the balconies and perfectly decorated New York-style loft. Love staying right in the heart of down town. The pool is very sexy and so is the night club.

DAY PLAY

The Perot Museum

Klyde Warren Park People watching, kite flying, dog walking, and food trucks.

Napping, painting, and strolling on Lakeside Park, Lakeside Drive at Beverly Drive.

Katy Trail People-watching, biking, and skating.

NIGHT PLAY

The Mansion on Turtle Creek Bar, Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar, and Bowl and Barrel

Dram and Candle Room for dancing and Inwood Tavern for live music.

HG Sply Company for it’s roof bar.

SHOP

Bargain shopping: First Monday at World Trade Center, The Shops at Park Lane, Walmart

All things nice: Highland Park Village (photo below)highlandparkvillage

The perfect dress: St. John

The perfect shoes: Hadleighs

The perfect handbag: Chanel

The perfect sunglasses: Dior

The perfect scarf: Hermes

The perfect gift: St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange




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From Lisa Runyon

EAT

Kazy’s Gourmet My favorite sushi is actually in a Japanese Grocery Store where you can grab your sushi to go and pick up the yummiest Japanese candies. Plus they sell Japanese groceries for the truly ambitious cook. (Full disclosure: This is a serious dive but I think some of the best sushi in town!)

Boulevardier (photo right) for the best steak frites.

Enos for the best pizza in Dallas.

Shaved ice at Chips on Lovers. With favors like Tigers blood make this my son’s favorite after school stop.

STAY

The newly expanded Joule Hotel and Spa. Do not miss the Art Collection!


SHOP

Lublu for their amazing prints.

Tenoversix at the Joule for accessories and gifts

Piermarini for cool unique.

Carla Martinego for big event dresses and shoes you won’t find anywhere else.

PLAY

LB Houston Nature Trail for mountain biking. A fun nontechnical trail.

Downtown Neimans at Christmas. It’s become a holiday tradition for my kids to go play in the window displays.

Pole Position Raceway for indoor go-karting.

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From Lucy Wrubel

STAY

Lumen So close and easy and the makeover is fab.

Joule…can’t beat the rooftop bar/pool.

Mansion…duh again…it’s a classic.

PLAY

Dancing at the Slip Inn (not for the timid) and Beauty Bar across the street…so DAMN FUN.

Live music at The Kessler or Lee Harveys…oh an then you gotta check the paper for DJs at the It’ll Do.

Klyde Warren Park (photo below) with pals, kids, dogs on a Sunday is pretty awesome…kick it off with a stroll through the Nasher Sculpture Garden.

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SHOP

I am partial to (and am the music director for) all of Brian Bolke’s GENIUS….Forty Five Ten, No.1, and 5 & 10…DANGER Will Robinson…the pieces you buy here are FOREVER.

Cabana is as much FUN as it is trouble…it’s like shopping in your very sophisticated and chic sorority house…the CLOTHES are killer and the staff tells you the TRUTH.

V.O.D. is like a little secret-secret that makes you feel like you left the country and dropped down into an edgy european enclave, that knows everything YOU don’t!

EAT

Mi Cocina. At great risk of being utterly unoriginal I mention MiCo but every town has its PLACE and this one is ours…always the first stop when I land at DFW.

Tei Tei. Its the Wrubel family splurge…Stella calls ‘beef on a rock’ her special occasion meal

Taverna (photo below). All I can say is…we moved here after three years in Roma and Alberto makes the best, real, down-home Italian in the big D.taverna




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From Meg Florence

TO SHOP

Neiman Marcus

Forty Five Ten

Grange Hall

FURNITURE SHOP

Blue Print

Again and Again

Ceylon et cie

John Robshaw

EAT

Forty Five Ten T Room and Parigi (for lunch)

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Fearing’s…so unique to Dallas!

Smoke, Toulouse (photo below), Shin Sei, and Nonna

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DRINKS

Mansion terrace in the fall or spring when the weather is just right.

FAVORITE PLACES TO TAKE KIDS OR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Klyde Warren Park
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Shop around Design District (photo above) and Bishops Arts shops

OUT OF TOWN FUN

Visiting family and friends in La Jolla

Skiing Sun Valley Idaho

Shopping at photography galleries along Abbott Kinney in Venice Beach

Barney’s in NYC

Hiking in Santa Fe




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From Cristina Lynch

EAT

Smoke is the best barbecue in a very trendy setting. You can have a bite to eat there and then head across the street to the Belmont Hotel Bar.

One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants is Carbone’s. It has great Italian food and the best Milanesa!

Cedars Social is so much fun! It’s on the south side of Dallas and has delicious cocktails. Not to mention, it also has a great fire pit outside.

SHOP

I can’t not mention Peacock Alley on Slocum Street. The best place for bedding in Dallas and the people there could not be kinder. They also sell Mi Golondrina nightgowns and decorative pillows (photo right).

I recently discovered V.O.D. boutique and am addicted. They feature wonderful designers including Isabel Marant who I love.


Forty Five Ten is a great place to shop and they also have a beautiful restaurant in the back.

PLAY

I love to ride my bike around White Rock Lake. It’s such a beautiful scene and there always sailboats out.

A few hours at the Farmers Market is a great way to spend the day. Please stop by Paul’s and get the most delicious corn.

You can’t come to Dallas without visiting the Nasher Sculpture Garden. It has incredible pieces and is so peaceful for a Saturday afternoon.

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STAY

I would recommend the Belmont Hotel. It’s beautiful small hotel with a great bar that features the best view of downtown Dallas.

The Mansion on Turtle Creek has my favorite bar. It feels like your taken back to the 1930s when bars were dimly let and on some nights they have fantastic live music. Not to mention, it’s the best restaurant in town.

The Hotel Zaza is a nice place to stay especially during the summer months if you’re looking for a fun pool scene.




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From Nicole Musselman

EAT

Lucia, Neighborhood Services, and HG Sply Company

STAY

The Mansion, The Joule, and The Ritz

SHOP

V.O.D.

Stanley Korshak

Cabana (@Instagram) and her new polished big sister store, Canary

PLAY

The Goat for karaoke

Barrel and Bowl

Ten Bells