As I mentioned in my post, Just a Small Town Girl, most of my life has been spent in small towns...just not always the same town. I have lived near the DFW Metroplex most of my life, spent my junior high and high school years in beautiful Wimberley in the Texas Hill Country, spent a little time in the West Texas town of Abilene doing a little college, lived my early 20's near Fort Worth, moved way out to Del Rio after I married the love of my life, made a pit stop in the Waco area (before Chip and Joanna made it cool), then finally settled close to the Metroplex to raise our family. I love Texas and look forward to sharing some of my favorite places and people with you!
I'm kicking this off with what I know best...The Big D. Although, very little of my favorites are actually in Dallas. There are so many things to cover...and I tend to stay north...way north of Dallas, but Fort Worth is one of (if not THE) best city's in Texas, so I'll cover it, too. I'm just more familiar with the Dallas side. Maybe one day, I will expand this series a little more and do some of our favorite towns in the Metroplex like McKinney, Grapevine and Granbury, but for now, they'll all be lumped into one post. Again, these are just my opinions. If you were coming to town and asked my advice, this is where I would tell you to go!
Where to eat:
Pizza: Goodfella's in Dallas & Plano
Italian: Covino's Pizza & Pasta in Plano
Tex Mex: Rafa's Cafe (I heard from a good source, that this is one of Laura Bush's favorites, too)
Mi Cocina, Multiple Locations, but our favorite is Watters Creek in Allen
Joe T. Garcia's in Fort Worth (Get there early on weekends, it will be packed, but worth it)
Brunch: Breadwinners, Multiple Locations, but our favorite is on Lover's Lane Dallas
BBQ: Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum
Riscky's in Fort Worth
Date Night: We have a three way tie...
Bob's Steak & Chop House
Rick's Chop House, Downtown McKinney
One of my birthday dinners at Jaspers. That's creme brulee with a HOMEMADE butterfinger on top!
Densetsu in Plano
Blue Fish (which is a chain), but we love the one at Watters Creek.
Twisted Root, Multiple Locations, but our favorite is Deep Ellum
Dessert & Ice Cream:
The Pantry in Downtown McKinney
The Food Trucks in Klyde Warren Park
My family at Klyde Warren Park.
Mi Cocina, Watters Creek & The Shops at Legacy
Breadwinners, Lover's Lane
The Rustic, Dallas
Joe T. Garcia's, Fort Worth
Love Shack, Fort Worth
Sundown at Granada, Dallas
Deep thoughts on the patio of Love Shack.
Coffee Shop: Snug on the Square in Downtown McKinney
(That's all I've got for you guys. We don't get up early enough to go drink coffee somewhere, it's all I can do to make it to the kitchen most mornings).
More Local Favorites:
Food Trucks at Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
Fort Worth Food Park
If you're not from the South, you have to stop by Sonic and Whataburger.
Kendall at the Fort Worth Food Park a few years ago.
Places to See & Things To Do:
Sixth Floor Museum & Dealy Plaza, where JFK was assassinated
George W. Bush Presidential Library
Just hanging out with George & George at the library.
White Rock Lake, Biking & Hiking Trail
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens
Fort Worth Water Gardens
American Airlines Center (Home of the Dallas Mavericks)
AT&T Stadium (Home of the Dallas Cowboys)
Globe Life Park (Home of the Texas Rangers)
Texas Motor Speedway
Byron Nelson, PGA Tour
The Colonial, PGA Tour
I think we have a hockey team, too... ;) #TexasGirl
Touring Globe Life Park.
Best Places to take the Little Buckaroos:
Heard Museum, McKinney Texas
Dallas World Aquarium
Fort Worth Zoo (The Best Zoo Ever)
Six Flags Over Texas
Casa Manana (One of my favorites!)
The Fort Worth Stockyards
Fort Worth Museum of Science & Omni Theater (Another favorite)
Ice Skating at the Galleria, Dallas
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine (Especially at Christmas)
Perot Museum of Nature & Science
The Perot Museum a few years ago.
Best place NOT to take the Little Buckaroos:
Dallas Symphony at The Meyerson
Dallas Summer Musicals, Fair Park (They do have kid friendly shows, too)
Billy Bob's Fort Worth
Bass Hall, Fort Worth
Bowl & Barrel, Dallas
Love & War in Texas, Grapevine & Plano
Favorite Local Shops, Stores, Shopping Areas:
Dallas Farmer's Market
The American Girl Store at the Galleria
Mom & Popcorn Store, McKinney
Neiman Marcus (Hello...you're in Dallas!)
M.L. Leddy's, Fort Worth, Stockyards
North Park Mall, Dallas (It's just a mall, but it's my very favorite!)
Kendall's first trip to the American Girl Store (almost 9 years ago).
Kendall at the Dallas Farmer's Market.
We LOVE the trains at North Park so much, we can't even turn around for a picture!
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Scarborough Renaissance Festival
The State Fair of Texas
Our little family (before Jentry) at the State Fair of Texas.
Downtowns Worth Visiting:
Hanging out at a Bed & Breakfast in Granbury.
Whether you're planning a trip to the DFW area, or a local, I hope I gave you a few ideas of places to visit.
Be sure to check back soon, when we'll be exploring San Antonio, Waco (because everyone wants to drop in and see Chip & Joanna), Austin, Houston and the Hill Country.
What are some of you favorite DFW places to visit?
Thanks for reading!
P.S. If you live in Texas & would like to guest post for me sharing all your favorite spots...email me! Let's work together!