Guidebook for Dallas

Lizhen Jocelyn
Lizhen Jocelyn
Guidebook for Dallas

Food Scene

Single Origin//Microlot coffee that is roasted in small batches. Locals love the coffee here.
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White Rock Coffee
10105 E NW Hwy
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Single Origin//Microlot coffee that is roasted in small batches. Locals love the coffee here.
Awesome BBQ. Try their brisket, beef ribs and jalapeño corn bread.
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Kenny's Wood Fired Grill
5000 Belt Line Road
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Awesome BBQ. Try their brisket, beef ribs and jalapeño corn bread.
Old-school drive-in from the 60s serves poppy seed bun burgers & more via carhop to a lively scene of motorcyclists & families. Cash only place. Hang out on Saturdays and you'll see plenty of vintage cars.
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Keller's
6537 E Northwest Hwy
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Old-school drive-in from the 60s serves poppy seed bun burgers & more via carhop to a lively scene of motorcyclists & families. Cash only place. Hang out on Saturdays and you'll see plenty of vintage cars.
Simply delicious tacos. This chain from Austin serves some of the best queso and chips in town. Don't forget to try their breakfast tacos too.
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Torchys Tacos
5600 SMU Boulevard
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Simply delicious tacos. This chain from Austin serves some of the best queso and chips in town. Don't forget to try their breakfast tacos too.
This place is our personal favourite when a fried chicken craving hits. Traditional, southern comfort food. Pair those birds with mashed potatoes, you will not regret it! They have a drive-thru option too.
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Bubba's
6617 Hillcrest Avenue
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This place is our personal favourite when a fried chicken craving hits. Traditional, southern comfort food. Pair those birds with mashed potatoes, you will not regret it! They have a drive-thru option too.
Homestyle Japanese Restaurant. Good, fresh food at wallet friendly prices. We come here pretty often. Diner's tip: They close on Mondays.
Tampopo Japanese Cafe
6130 Greenville Avenue
Homestyle Japanese Restaurant. Good, fresh food at wallet friendly prices. We come here pretty often. Diner's tip: They close on Mondays.
Hong Kong Dim Sum (A style of Chinese cuisine, prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plate.) It is the Chinese version of fast-food. The difference is that the server wheels over your choices on a cart. Expect a bustling atmosphere especially during brunch on weekends. A sign of people enjoying food and company!
Kirin Court
221 West Polk Street
Hong Kong Dim Sum (A style of Chinese cuisine, prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plate.) It is the Chinese version of fast-food. The difference is that the server wheels over your choices on a cart. Expect a bustling atmosphere especially during brunch on weekends. A sign of people enjoying food and company!
Unique coffee place with a great concept. Suitable for patrons holding business meetings to friends who want to play a board game, chill and have good cup of coffee. There's something for everyone here.
Herb's House Coffee + Company
5622 Dyer St
Unique coffee place with a great concept. Suitable for patrons holding business meetings to friends who want to play a board game, chill and have good cup of coffee. There's something for everyone here.
The people of Dallas LOVE Chick-fil.A. And we have one just round the corner!
Chick-fil-A
6176 Retail Road
The people of Dallas LOVE Chick-fil.A. And we have one just round the corner!
Originating here in Texas, Whataburger is another crowd favourite and healthy competitor of our personal favourite Chick-fil-A. They are in the same shopping compound right around the corner. You decide who's the winner!
Whataburger
6232 Retail Rd
Originating here in Texas, Whataburger is another crowd favourite and healthy competitor of our personal favourite Chick-fil-A. They are in the same shopping compound right around the corner. You decide who's the winner!
These people made the World's First Frozen Margarita...Say What?!? We love the atmosphere of this restaurant. Food is great too. Their SIZZLING HOT APPLE PIE will leave a lasting impression.
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Mariano's Hacienda Dallas
6300 Skillman Street
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These people made the World's First Frozen Margarita...Say What?!? We love the atmosphere of this restaurant. Food is great too. Their SIZZLING HOT APPLE PIE will leave a lasting impression.
Unexpected gem of a place. Great place to check out even if you don't drink coffee. Come sit in the comfortable seats to work or have a cup of something good. They have TONS of space. They have an indoor Tree Fort for the kiddos and an outdoor space that has rocking chairs over-looking a tranquil man-made pond.
Watermark Coffee Shop
7540 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy
Unexpected gem of a place. Great place to check out even if you don't drink coffee. Come sit in the comfortable seats to work or have a cup of something good. They have TONS of space. They have an indoor Tree Fort for the kiddos and an outdoor space that has rocking chairs over-looking a tranquil man-made pond.
Fun place! The decor is vibrant and hip, but the flavours are traditional and authentic. What's not to love.
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crushcraft Thai Eats
2800 Routh Street
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Fun place! The decor is vibrant and hip, but the flavours are traditional and authentic. What's not to love.
Located near OLD TOWN SHOPPING CENTER (great cluster of eateries here too) this place offers great service and a scrumptious hot bowl of Pho.
Pho is for Lovers
5521 Greenville Avenue
Located near OLD TOWN SHOPPING CENTER (great cluster of eateries here too) this place offers great service and a scrumptious hot bowl of Pho.
I was THRILLED to find one so close to where we live here in the U.S. When Nelson and I were dating, we would share a tall cup almost every week. Now we get OUR OWN tall cups... Lol. Coming from Singapore, this is something that reminds me of home. I encourage you to be ADVENTUROUS and try something new! Your mouth will not soon forget it! I am a creature of habit and always get the Earl Grey Milk Tea with 3Js. You can customise the sugar and ice levels too. I do 30% sugar and NO ICE. It comes cold already. More bang for my buck! They have board games available for patrons too. The outlet at Plano, although just a tad further away, has more space and is usually less crowded.
Gong Cha Richardson
1425 E Belt Line Rd
I was THRILLED to find one so close to where we live here in the U.S. When Nelson and I were dating, we would share a tall cup almost every week. Now we get OUR OWN tall cups... Lol. Coming from Singapore, this is something that reminds me of home. I encourage you to be ADVENTUROUS and try something new! Your mouth will not soon forget it! I am a creature of habit and always get the Earl Grey Milk Tea with 3Js. You can customise the sugar and ice levels too. I do 30% sugar and NO ICE. It comes cold already. More bang for my buck! They have board games available for patrons too. The outlet at Plano, although just a tad further away, has more space and is usually less crowded.
Walk into a romantic setting that is inspired by some of the finest European design and culinary practices. Mercat Bistro is revered for being an intimate venue filled with stunning antiquities that have been recycled and reclaimed from all over the world.
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Mercat Bistro
2550 Harry Hines Blvd
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Walk into a romantic setting that is inspired by some of the finest European design and culinary practices. Mercat Bistro is revered for being an intimate venue filled with stunning antiquities that have been recycled and reclaimed from all over the world.
Known as an entertainment district featuring many of Dallas’ best bars and restaurants in Dallas. Lower Greenville has gone through quite a face-lift. It's a hip and trendy area, suitable for a day stroll and dining, as well as a night spot for sipping a cocktail.
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Lower Greenville
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Known as an entertainment district featuring many of Dallas’ best bars and restaurants in Dallas. Lower Greenville has gone through quite a face-lift. It's a hip and trendy area, suitable for a day stroll and dining, as well as a night spot for sipping a cocktail.
Serves up Allergen-Free baked goods!
Unrefined Bakery
6464 E NW Hwy
Serves up Allergen-Free baked goods!
Neat Note: After it's opening in 1989 and a few tweaks in it's name and business, while the menu continues to evolve, they have kept the decor items from their first restaurant which keeps the place firmly looking like the 1950s BBQ joint the residents of Dallas all loved!
Peggy Sue BBQ
6600 Snider Plaza
Neat Note: After it's opening in 1989 and a few tweaks in it's name and business, while the menu continues to evolve, they have kept the decor items from their first restaurant which keeps the place firmly looking like the 1950s BBQ joint the residents of Dallas all loved!
Low-key German restaurant/bakery/grocery store.
Henk's European Deli & Black Forest Bakery
5811 Blackwell St
Low-key German restaurant/bakery/grocery store.

Parks & Nature

Here's a great place to picnic, appreciate the flowers and they have seasonal events too.
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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road
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Here's a great place to picnic, appreciate the flowers and they have seasonal events too.
A must-go if heading to Downtown Dallas. Food Trucks, Imagination Playground, Yoga Sessions, Live Music, Poetry Appreciation... List list goes on. Check-out their website for all events. Drive or take the free M-Line Trolley Service which links the downtown Dallas Arts District with the trendy shops, galleries and bistros of Uptown, including West Village. Worship in the Park is held every 2nd Saturday, 7-9 PM.It is designed to provide an opportunity to worship God in the heart of our city. It's goal is to provide a friendly environment for worship as we pray for the peace and prosperity of Dallas.
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Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
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A must-go if heading to Downtown Dallas. Food Trucks, Imagination Playground, Yoga Sessions, Live Music, Poetry Appreciation... List list goes on. Check-out their website for all events. Drive or take the free M-Line Trolley Service which links the downtown Dallas Arts District with the trendy shops, galleries and bistros of Uptown, including West Village. Worship in the Park is held every 2nd Saturday, 7-9 PM.It is designed to provide an opportunity to worship God in the heart of our city. It's goal is to provide a friendly environment for worship as we pray for the peace and prosperity of Dallas.
White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre city lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. White Rock Lake offers a variety of active and passive activity options and is one of the best places to experience natural areas and wildlife in an urban setting
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White Rock Lake
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White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre city lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. White Rock Lake offers a variety of active and passive activity options and is one of the best places to experience natural areas and wildlife in an urban setting

Entertainment & Activities

Newly opened location. Superior AV equipment, the theaters are equipped with luxury recliner seats featuring full recline and foot rests. The layout of each auditorium has eliminated the traditional front row, ensuring there is no bad seat in the house! Food and service are great too.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lake Highlands
6770 Abrams Rd
Newly opened location. Superior AV equipment, the theaters are equipped with luxury recliner seats featuring full recline and foot rests. The layout of each auditorium has eliminated the traditional front row, ensuring there is no bad seat in the house! Food and service are great too.
Capital of Texas in Mesquite (14 miles east of Dallas), where you can witness the thrills and spills of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer.
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Mesquite Championship Rodeo
1818 Rodeo Drive
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Capital of Texas in Mesquite (14 miles east of Dallas), where you can witness the thrills and spills of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer.

Shopping

Everyone who come to Dallas either goes to NorthPark Mall or Galleria for shopping. NorthPark is consistently ranked among the top five shopping destinations in the country and, with more than 26 million visitors annually, has been named the top attraction in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal. However this place is more than just for shopping. My family and I personally like how the mall injects Art and Culture appreciation in the free exhibits and performances throughout the year. The seasonally decorations are gorgeous. They even have an indoor pond with the cutest white ducks and terrapins.
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NorthPark Center
8687 N Central Expy
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Everyone who come to Dallas either goes to NorthPark Mall or Galleria for shopping. NorthPark is consistently ranked among the top five shopping destinations in the country and, with more than 26 million visitors annually, has been named the top attraction in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal. However this place is more than just for shopping. My family and I personally like how the mall injects Art and Culture appreciation in the free exhibits and performances throughout the year. The seasonally decorations are gorgeous. They even have an indoor pond with the cutest white ducks and terrapins.
The Shops at Park Lane the nearest outlet shopping mall near our guesthouse. Whole Foods, Ulta, Carter's , Sak's Fifth Ave, Nordstrom Rack, Starbucks... and a whole host of other great stores to explore. They also provide free movie screening on the lawn during Summer.
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The Shops at Park Lane
8080 Park Lane
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The Shops at Park Lane the nearest outlet shopping mall near our guesthouse. Whole Foods, Ulta, Carter's , Sak's Fifth Ave, Nordstrom Rack, Starbucks... and a whole host of other great stores to explore. They also provide free movie screening on the lawn during Summer.
A fun antique store filled with a substantial amount of vintage gems. Reasonable priced as well!
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Curiosities Antiques
2025 Abrams Parkway
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A fun antique store filled with a substantial amount of vintage gems. Reasonable priced as well!
Shopping, dining, and entertainment complex right next to the actual Mockingbird DART Train Station.
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Mockingbird Station
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Shopping, dining, and entertainment complex right next to the actual Mockingbird DART Train Station.
Great place for branded outlet shopping. There are good deals here all year round. Weekend parking maybe scarce. If you can avoid the weekends, go during the weekdays.
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Allen Premium Outlets
820 West Stacy Road
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Great place for branded outlet shopping. There are good deals here all year round. Weekend parking maybe scarce. If you can avoid the weekends, go during the weekdays.

Arts & Culture

The mission of Dallas Heritage Village is located in historic Old City Park, this 'Living History' museum uses its collections of historic buildings and furnishings, representing the period 1840-1910, to sponsor research, publications, and exhibits, and to present educational programs and special events for diverse audiences of children, families, and adults.
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Dallas Heritage Village
1515 South Harwood Street
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The mission of Dallas Heritage Village is located in historic Old City Park, this 'Living History' museum uses its collections of historic buildings and furnishings, representing the period 1840-1910, to sponsor research, publications, and exhibits, and to present educational programs and special events for diverse audiences of children, families, and adults.
Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller have carefully amassed this collection over the past 25 years .Their ever-expanding collection is comprised of almost 1000 objects, many of which are exemplary examples of samurai armour.
The Samurai Collection
2501 N Harwood St
Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller have carefully amassed this collection over the past 25 years .Their ever-expanding collection is comprised of almost 1000 objects, many of which are exemplary examples of samurai armour.
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Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 North Field Street
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The Museum is located within the former Texas School Book Depository building and it chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm Street
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The Museum is located within the former Texas School Book Depository building and it chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
The mission of the Old Red Foundation is to create a lively center of Dallas County civic life within the historic Old Red Courthouse and to present the rich history of the Dallas County area in the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture.
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Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture
100 South Houston Street
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The mission of the Old Red Foundation is to create a lively center of Dallas County civic life within the historic Old Red Courthouse and to present the rich history of the Dallas County area in the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture.
There is so much to see and read in this museum. Many interactive activities for kids, great shows and the Oval Office replica and gardens to enjoy. There are also wonderful dining options at the museum's Cafe 43 and Courtyard Cafe.
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George W. Bush Presidential Center
2943 SMU Boulevard
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There is so much to see and read in this museum. Many interactive activities for kids, great shows and the Oval Office replica and gardens to enjoy. There are also wonderful dining options at the museum's Cafe 43 and Courtyard Cafe.

Essentials

Target
6464 E Northwest Highway
ALDI
5828 Abrams Rd
Walmart Supercenter
6185 Retail Road
Excellent grocery store with really fresh and good quality produce and meats. Their bakery is excellent too.
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Central Market
5750 East Lovers Lane
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Excellent grocery store with really fresh and good quality produce and meats. Their bakery is excellent too.

Everything Else

Watermark Community Church is a nondenominational evangelical church. They have services on Saturdays at 4pm, Sundays at 9am and 11:15am As well as The Porch. A weekly young adult service each Tuesday night. They stream their services online as well. We are members of this church and have experienced real life change through the ministries they provide and the body of believers there. If you want to check it out, let's go together! Or on your own. That's fine too :)
Watermark Community Church
7540 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway
Watermark Community Church is a nondenominational evangelical church. They have services on Saturdays at 4pm, Sundays at 9am and 11:15am As well as The Porch. A weekly young adult service each Tuesday night. They stream their services online as well. We are members of this church and have experienced real life change through the ministries they provide and the body of believers there. If you want to check it out, let's go together! Or on your own. That's fine too :)