When in Dallas…

Downtown Dallas, Texas
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Article by Kim Hull


It’s odd when you return to a place where you’ve previously lived.

From finding the rental cars at the airport to cultural things that seemed normal then that now seem quite different, you view the city through different eyes. We have a friend that says every city can be summed up with one word – which can be a fun topic of discussion over drinks. For example, Washington is power. We’ve always said Denver is adventure.

Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas
Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas
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Having lived in the Dallas area for close to two decades, we clearly believe Dallas’ word is consumption.

Shopping Dallas style

If you want it in Dallas, you can usually find it. From ten cents to ten million, there’s something out there for you.

Neiman Marcus, Northpark Mall, Dallas, Texas
Neiman Marcus, Northpark Mall, Dallas, Texas
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And, on that upper end, Neiman Marcus is the gold standard.

Founded in 1907 by Herbert Marcus Sr., Carrie Marcus Neiman and A.L. Neiman, Neiman Marcus is where the Park Cities crowd, and those aspiring to emulate them, shop. In a land where shopping is sport, stroll the aisles of the North Park store at Christmas or the week before Cattle Baron’s Ball and you’d liken it to the World Series or the Super Bowl.

Louis Vuitton, Northpark Mall, Dallas, Texas
Louis Vuitton, Northpark Mall, Dallas, Texas
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During non-critical shopping seasons, ladies who lunch turn out on a daily basis to discover their next latest and greatest pair of $1000 Louboutins or that new must-have from Prada.

And, then there’s the food

The Dallas area is filled with spectacular restaurants and Dallasites turn out at every meal in droves. Expect to wait anywhere above fast food – and it will probably be worth your time. Where do we go when we go back? Here are 3 of our favorites.

1. Hillstone Park Cities

Park Cities Houston's, Dallas, Texas
Park Cities Houston’s, Dallas, Texas Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

We’ve logged many hours on the barstools at the Park Cities Hillstone.

If you get in without a wait any time of day or night, consider buying a lottery ticket at your next stop. The artichoke dip is a must (ask for two salsas) and the veggie burger is the best we’ve had anywhere – but practically anything you order will hit the spot. When we climbed Kilimanjaro and were fantasizing about food, we determined grilled trout with sliced tomatoes at Park Cities was our dream meal and it was the first place we went when we got back to Dallas. If the sun is out and it’s not too hot, hit the patio with some appetizers and beverages and watch life in the Park Cities.

2. Mesomaya

Mesomaya, Dallas, Texas
Mesomaya, Dallas, Texas
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When you move away from Dallas, one of the first things you miss is the Tex-Mex and the wide variety of salsa available.

One of our favorite salsas & queso blanco was at a restaurant that has since closed, so on a recent trip we set out to find a replacement and determined that was Mesomaya. Located at Preston & Forest, Mesomaya is a combination of Mexican and Mayan food and serves up fresh food with bold flavor. The salsa is smoky and the queso is rich and creamy.

Mesomaya, Dallas, Texas
Mesomaya, Dallas, Texas
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3. Toulouse

Toulouse, Dallas, Texas
Toulouse, Dallas, Texas
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Another great people watching spot with divine food is Toulouse at Knox Henderson.

We were one of the first customers when Toulouse opened its doors and have been going back faithfully since. The mussels are some of the best around, the Salade Niçoise is perfect for lunch, and one of their cheese platters and a bottle of Sancerre can make for a magnificent afternoon on the patio. Part of the Lombardi group, who also owns Taverna next door, Toulouse is always a must visit.

But, of course, there’s more to Dallas than shopping and food

Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas
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Dallas has tons of things to do, from exploring museums to visiting the zoo to taking a stroll through the beautiful Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

The best way to start a visit to Dallas is to check out Dallas CityPASS. Always fans of CityPASS, it’s a great way to get into major attractions, while saving some cash in the process. On the agenda in Dallas…

Perot Museum of Nature & Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas
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Reunion Tower GeoDeck

Taking in the sunset view at Reunion Tower Geo-Deck
Taking in the sunset view at Reunion Tower Geo-Deck
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The Sixth Floor Museum or the Dallas Zoo

The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas
The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas
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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden or George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas
Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas
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Learn more about Dallas CityPASS »


Disclosure & disclaimer: We received complimentary CityPASS booklets for the Dallas CityPASS review. The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

When in Dallas
When in Dallas Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

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