On May 9, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:Spring in Dallas is a wonderful time to visit. Frosty temperatures are a thing of the past (it doesn’t often snow in Dallas, but temperatures can dip below freezing), and the searing intensity of the summer hasn’t yet started. With the seasonal climate ranging between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s prime time to take advantage of outdoor activities including a number of festivals, fun runs and marathons, the Dallas Zoo and the Arboretum. Also, patio dining is at is absolute best in the spring. Temperatures are cooler in the morning, peak around 5 p.m., and are often mild into the evening.
The only caveat is that spring is tornado season, so severe weather can be followed by a streak of beautiful, sunny days – and vice versa. The saying goes: If you don’t like the weather in Dallas, wait five minutes.
On May 9, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:Navigating the city of Dallas without a car is not for the faint of heart but it can be done – in certain areas. Generally speaking, yes, you should absolutely rent a car went visiting. Dallas is an expansive city with far-flung neighborhoods connected by a constantly growing network of highways and toll roads.
The areas that are most easily navigated without a car are Downtown, the West Village, and areas of Uptown. These areas are pedestrian-friendly with areas for living, working, and playing all within close proximity. The Arts District is connected to Uptown and the West Village by the McKinney Avenue trolley which is free to ride. Also, the DART light rail tends to stop closer to areas of interest in these three neighborhoods and won’t leave you in store for a long hike. But here’s an insider’s tip: Don’t let the flat landscape fool you. Many times destinations are a lot farther away than they look to the naked eye.
On May 1, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:While hip and contemporary stylings of the W Dallas Victory are indeed very appealing, some of the best hotels in town are historic properties, updated to the tastes of modern travelers. A personal favorite is The Stoneleigh. The art deco building dates back to 1923 and has 170 luxuriously-appointed guest rooms, a spa and the T/X Restaurant and Bar.
Nearby, the Warwick Melrose was built in 1924 and pays homage to classic standards of luxury. With 184 guest rooms, including 20 suites and a presidential suite, guests have enjoyed the comforts of the Warwick for decades. Also not to be missed is the onsite Landmark restaurant and popular Library Bar.
The historic Adolphus is touted as the grand dame of Dallas hotels, and with all of the gilded, old world glamour, it’s hard to argue. The hotel’s history dates back to 1912 when Adolphus Busch of Anheuser-Busch fame courted city leaders to create a “luxury palace worthy of the Lone Star State” -- and a palace it is. With 422 guest rooms and suites decked out in Queen Anne furniture and artwork abound, it’s easy to see why past guests have included Queen Elizabeth II and the Vanderbilts, among many.
On May 1, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:Dallas’ live music venues are just as varied as the artists who play them. Up and coming talent will often book gigs at Opening Bell Coffee and City Tavern while more-established cover bands tend to headline at Blue Martini and Sambuca 360.
Far and away from the indie rock and rap scene of Deep Ellum, live jazz is easily found in Dallas. The Mansion Bar, inside of the This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rated Mansion on Turtle Creek, regularly features sounds befitting of its posh setting. For a scene that’s a little more relaxed, try Terilli’s. The Italian restaurant has been a neighborhood favorite for great food and jazz for decades.
To enjoy a little country-western flavor, head to Gilley’s where an active schedule of performers is sure to deliver that classic, Texas experience that so many people often imagine.
Lastly, the Winspear Opera House, an architectural marvel in the Arts District, plays host to a number of nationally- and internationally-recognized names. The acoustics are perfect and the setting delivers the proper air of elegance that is meant for fine performances.
On April 30, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:When it comes to shopping in Dallas, there is life beyond the mall. Sprinkled throughout the city’s well-heeled neighborhoods, there are several fashion powerhouses, each a force to be reckoned with, and with nary a food court in sight.
Stanley Korshak is an independently-owned, high-end department store in Crescent Court, a compound that includes the Rosewood Crescent Hotel, and several fine restaurants. Korshak is widely revered for its men’s store, boasting labels like Kiton, Brioni, Salvatore Ferragamo and several Ralph Lauren collections; as well as its bridal salon with gowns from Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka, Rivini, and more. It has all of the usual trappings of a department store: ladies collections, shoes and handbags, jewelry and fragrance, home and gifts. However, The Shak, their expertly-curated boutique of contemporary labels that’s noteworthy on its own.
Elements rests on Dallas’ own “Miracle Mile” and has been catering to fashionistas since 1999. The sprawling boutique is packed with a who’s who in contemporary ready to wear: Halston Heritage, M Missoni, Camilla and Marc, Black Halo and Abi Ferrin are just a few from the portfolio.
The men’s, women’s and home collection at Forty Five Ten has been nationally recognized over the years. Walking the fine line of edginess and Dallas’ dedication to luxury is a task at which many retailers have failed, yet Forty Five Ten does so effortlessly. Labels include Celine, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Balmain, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Marni, Victoria Beckham and a host of others.
For more options be sure to visit Traffic, Centre, and Scoop NYC.
On April 30, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:With no shortage of Mexican dining options in town, it’s a challenge to know where to begin. Whether your taste calls for Tex-Mex or more traditional Mexican fare, here are a few options to jumpstart the dining fiesta.
Cutting-edge restaurateurs opted for a hybrid of American and Mexican flavors that resulted in a delicious dining experience. Komali’s crab sopes and Mexican-style meatballs are small-plate favorites while the Mexican hamburger, a grilled beef patty with Oaxaca cheese, black beans, avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion and chile mayo makes for grand entree. At Mr. Mesero, try the chilorio: two cheese enchiladas with pork chilorio sauce and green rice on the “Mexican Side”; or the Big D Dog, a quarter-pound Kobe beef dog with chile, cheese and onion, served on a brioche bun with house fries on the “American Side.”
For Tex-Mex, visit Maximo, a chic eatery with a bordello of a bar. Their aguja al cazo is a cherry barbeque-braised short rib served with chimi-churri mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. Try it with the signature Maximo Heat, a Sauza Blue margarita muddled with jalapenos. For seafood, look no further than La Calle Doce. The crisp blue and white decor is a nod to the maritime menu. Their filete a la parrilla, marinated and grilled catfish served with grilled veggies and rice, is perfect in its simplicity.
For Mexican fare that focuses on the country’s traditional offerings, you'll want to visit Wild Salsa. It's hard to choose from the selection of taqueria tacos, but you'll definitely want to try the sonoran enchiladas: chicken tinga on chile-rubbed tortillas with elote cream, cabbage and agave vinaigrette.
On April 30, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:When it comes to top-notch dining in Dallas, the options are just as vast as the city’s network of highways. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Downtown or the in the recesses of the suburbs, great eats are never hard to find.
Chef Kent Rathbun has made Jasper’s a required stop for foodies. Located in the Shops at Legacy, the chic eatery has a quaint patio great for people watching. The menu changes seasonally, but the rotisserie prime rib, paired with a “loaded” Yukon Gold baked potato is a staple that was voted a Dallas best.
Charlie Palmer is another hotspot, located in the heart of Downtown. It shares space with the Joule Hotel and incorporates the stylishly-executed industrial energy theme of the hotel. Massive propellers are recessed in the ceiling and the dining room is bathed in rich, natural hues. On the menu, the lobster mac and cheese is a guest favorite. Be sure to try the duo of Berkshire pork served with house-made sausage, bitter greens, beer braised spelt and mustard creme.
Finally, what’s a visit to Dallas without barbeque? Chef Tim Byres' Smoke is one of the most popular places in town. Priding itself on “homegrown, handmade, local eats,” Smoke specializes in farm to table fare. Hypnotic aromas greet visitors even before they enter the parking lot, tempting the senses of what’s to come. Of the medium plates, try the pit-roasted cabrito and fresh masa with goats milk cajeta and green apple salsa verde. When it’s really time to throw down with a large plate, the Texas barbeque coffee-cured beef brisket with bread and butter pickles and mustard seed potato salad is boot-slappin’ good.
On April 30, 2013Hayley Bosch answered the question:As an ever-expanding city, Dallas is full of great neighborhoods — each with its own personality and allure. There are über-ritzy areas, trendy shopping districts and flavorful artsy neighborhoods; it really depends what you are looking for. If you've come to the Big D to check out the thriving arts scene, look no further than the Arts District. Though this may be an obvious choice, you'll find works of art ranging from the Winspear Opera House to the Nasher Sculpture Museum. Connecting the Arts District to one of my favorite neighborhoods, Uptown, is the new Klyde Warren Park, which is a definite must-hit when you're in town. It's an expansive green space with all kinds of activities. Uptown is chock full of restaurants (Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurants Abacus, The Mansion Restaurant and Fearing's are here), boutiques and top-notch hotels (Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas and Hôtel St. Germain). It's also where a lot of the city's best bars are — though they're usually packed with college kids and young professionals. I'm also a big fan of Highland Park with its beautiful homes and amazing shopping; of course, I may be a bit biased considering that's where I went to college. Downtown is definitely being revitalized, so keep an eye on that in the coming years.
On April 26, 2013Hayley Bosch answered the question:Dallas is home to more designer boutiques than you know what to do with — not that that's such a bad thing. If you're looking for high-end designers, my first suggestion is heading straight to Highland Park Village. Set in the tony neighborhood of Highland Park, this ritzy outdoor shopping center boasts labels such as Yves Saint Laurent, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren and Chanel. There's also Scoop NYC, which carries contemporary fashion labels, and is always a great place to hit. And if all that shopping works up an appetite, you can indulge in top-notch Tex-Mex at Mi Cocina (one of my favorites).
Of course, NorthPark Mall is home to tons of designers. In fact, strolling through the mall is more like attending a fashion show. Whether you're looking for Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Hervé Leger or Versace, Valentino and Carolina Herrera, you'll find it at NorthPark. There's also Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus within the mall.
If you're looking to find it all in one place, you'll want to head to Preston Center and check out Tootsies. The exclusive boutique carries top-of-the-line designers from formal wear to contemporary clothing. It's a must-hit.
On April 26, 2013Quia Querisma answered the question:The art of cocktailing has seen a strong emergence in Dallas in recent years. While you can get a Tito’s Cape Cod nearly anywhere, chances are if you order a Parliament Sour or a White Knuckle Paradise, then you’re at The People’s Last Stand.
A rising class of accomplished mixologists have made names for themselves and the establishments in which they pour. And while complicated concoctions that require egg whites, flamed orange rinds, and unfamiliar spirits to take more time than usual, they are always worth the wait. Like chefs in the kitchen, the barmen of The Standard Pour can ask what flavors you like and create a cocktail on the fly, as can their talented contemporaries.
Many of the best cocktail bars in town change their menus with the season, so get comfortable, get adventurous and visit Central 214, The Cedars Social, Bar Smyth, Boulevardier, Marquee Bar & Grill, The Dram and Sunset Lounge.