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.
From Lisa Ogle
BRUNCH WITH THE FAMILY
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
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
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.
Mi Cocina (photo below) and Oak
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HG Sply Company for it’s roof bar.
All things nice: Highland Park Village (photo below)
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
From Lisa Runyon
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.
The newly expanded Joule Hotel and Spa. Do not miss the Art Collection!
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.
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.
From Lucy Wrubel
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.
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!
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.
From Meg Florence
Fearing’s…so unique to Dallas!
Mansion terrace in the fall or spring when the weather is just right.
FAVORITE PLACES TO TAKE KIDS OR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS
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
From Cristina Lynch
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.
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.
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.
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.