Shreveport is a fun place to live with a lot of culture; it is Louisiana, after all! But, the best part about Shreveport is that it is only 2 ½ hours away from Dallas, Texas! (Sorry mom and dad, I just love Texas!) I am sooooooo grateful to have a partner that loves Dallas just as much as I do because we pack up our weekend bag and drive over about once a month. Though we’ve been to Dallas 13516789865 times and done just about everything there is to do, we always find that three days in Dallas isn’t enough. That’s because we want to see and do everything all over again. And by ‘do’ I mean EAT! I probably haven’t shared with you that my boyfriend is an AMAZING cook! A few weeks ago, our interior decorator came over to go over a new project and Larkin just happened to be cooking dinner. We ended up opening a bottle of wine and inviting her to stay over for dinner. Needless to say, she loved Larkin’s appetizers and entrée so much, a week ago she called him to come over and give her husband a cooking lesson! So it makes sense that he dreams of owning his own restaurant, which is something we are definitely pushing him to take serious. So now that you have a little background on
our his love for food, it makes it more understandable that we are the couple that will travel just to try new restaurants and eat good food! We have tried more than our fair share of restaurants, but we have a handful of restaurants that we highly recommend. So today, I thought I would give you a mini travel guide on the things to do and places to eat in Dallas!
Hotel Zaza: This upscale uptown hotel is definitely a hot spot! When we want a location in driving/uber range of the chic Dallas nightlife, we stay here! Not to mention the ZaSpa is top notch!
The Joule: We’ve stayed at the Joule a few times and really enjoyed the location. It is in the Arts District downtown. I have a slight obsession with the bathroom sinks in this hotel, they were so pretty!
The W: This hotel is next to the American Airlines Center, which makes it perfect if you’re in town for a game or concert! We went to the Mavs game Friday night and should of stayed here, but they booked up super-fast!
The Westin (Galleria): Believe it or not, this once wasn’t my favorite hotel! While it is connected to the Galleria, it is very low-key. But now, I love it for that reason… And other obvious reasons. It is connected to the Galleria, so my early mornings in Dallas are spent running through the mall, buying things I don’t need! And the best part is that Larkin can stay in the room while I do this! Win Win!!!
(Photo from a previous girls trip to Hotel ZaZa!)
Breadwinners: This is the trendy brunch spot located in NorthPark that everyone has heard about at some point in their life. At any given time, there is quite a wait. And if you like French toast, breakfast potatoes and mimosas, it’s worth it!
Meso Maya: Avocado Margarita. Say no more.
HopDoddy: I love this burger bar! There are so many different burgers, you could literally eat there every day for a month and never eat the same one twice! And don’t forget the milkshakes on cheat day!
The Common Table: Chicken and Waffles, Adult Grilled Cheese and SKITTLE SANGRIA! I want it all…
Babe’s Chicken House: So, I am not a fan of fried chicken, but this… THIS fried chicken is the best fried chicken I have EVER had. I will never turn down a trip to Babe’s.. As a matter of fact, I encourage it. From the buttermilk biscuits to the sweet corn and fried chicken, this place will have you coming back for more! Literally.. Since it is all you can eat!
Side Note: We really loved Patrizio’s in Highland Park Village, but unfortunately, it closed. I will forever dream about their deep dish pizza.
My favorite of all…..
Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse: This steakhouse has been a favorite of mine for the past seven years! It is very upscale and I always enjoy getting dolled up and throwing on “the best of the best,” because ladies, you will definitely need to dress to impress here! You also can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Also try Nick & Sam’s Grille for a great lunch alternative!
UCHI: This is a relatively new experience for us! We’ve tried numerous times to get reservations here in the past, but they only take a limited amount of reservations a night to allow for walk-ins. So you need to book in advance! When we finally tried it, we were blown away by how much we loved everything on the menu.. Yes, we naturally order everything on the menu. You have to try to fried milk! It gives life a new meaning!
NOBU: The only way to put this is that it is a must! Complete perfection, from the staff, service, food, atmosphere, location.. everything is perfect.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse: While we sometimes feel that this is out of the way, it is worth it. Especially the crab mac and cheese!
Top Knot: Located uptown right above UCHI, this New American style restaurant is also a must!
Other Locations We Recommend: Eddie V’s, Del Friscos (on McKinney), The Theodore, and Ten Rammen
(Miso Cappuccino at NOBU, best dessert ever!)
Even though our trips mainly consist of shopping, we really enjoyed the activities below:
The Dallas Zoo
State Fair of Texas: Everything really is bigger and better in Texas!
Mutts Cantina: Even though we haven’t been here, this has been on our ‘Dallas Bucket List’ if we ever come to Dallas with our lab!
Klyde Warren Park
Uptown Dallas: You can find almost anything and everything to do uptown!
I hope you enjoyed this travel post, though it’s a little different! I might start going them for all the cities we start traveling to! 😉