4 Great Dallas Spots in 24 Hours for the Williams’

Having a young child, it's not often that my wife and I are able to get out and enjoy the city.  Over a 24 hour stretch on Saturday and Sunday, we were able to hit 4 Dallas locations near downtown and just outside the loop. I'd like to recommend all four to anyone looking for new spots to try or places to take friends and family.

Texas Caribbean Food @ Southside on Lamar

tcf.pngI ran across Texas Caribbean Food two weeks ago just before Christmas.  While there I met the own of the restaurant Ms. Jan Gore, a resident of Oak Cliff,  who made me feel right at home.  Ms. Gore said her theme for 2008 is "share the experience."

My first time (and 2nd time) there I had the Jerk Chicken Wings.  When I met my wife there for lunch on Saturday I chose the wings again.  Served with brown rice, the flavorful wings are Texas Caribbean Food's signature dish.

Texas Caribbean Food is a great spot for lunch and dinner that has free Wi Fi for laptop users.  Make sure to ask for your green punch card which makes every 5th meal free.

1409 South Lamar Street, Unit 011
South Side on Lamar

Dallas, TX 75215-6800

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 11am-8pm
Sat noon-10pm
Sun 1pm-5pm

Opening Bell Coffee 

final_black_ob_logo_ezr.jpgOpening Bell Coffee is right next door to TCF at the South Side on Lamar Complex.  After lunch, my wife and I rolled in to Opening Bell for a latte and smoothie respectfully.

For the last couple of weeks I've been in and out of Opening Bell which is a great place to write and blog.  They also have free Wi Fi, comfortable couches, sturdy tables, and of course delicious beverages.  Did I mentioned the deserts?  The chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies are my early favorites.

1409 South Lamar Street, Unit 012
South Side on Lamar

Dallas, TX 75215-6800


Mondays -Thursday 7 am to 10 pm
Fridays 7 am to midnight
Saturday 9 am to midnight
Brooklyn Jazz Cafe 
brooklyn.jpgThere's not much more that I can say about Brooklyn Jazz Cafe.  One of my first posts was about this spot, Dallas South's 1st anniversary party was there, and I named Brooklyn the #1 place to go in Dallas.
At their former location in the Bishop Arts District when you opened the door and were literally on top of the band.  Those days are long gone, as owner Lorna Tate has recently expanded due to Brooklyn's soaring popularity.  I had the grilled salmon which was tender and seasoned to perfection.  It's not just about the music at Brooklyn, but the food as good as well.
Hours of Operation 
Tuesday -Thursday 11 am to midnight
Fridays 11 am to 2 am
Saturdays 5 pm to 2 am
Sundays 11 am to midnight
House of Blues 
house_of_blues_dallas.jpgAfter Brooklyn, we made the short trip down Lamar Avenue to House of Blues Dallas.  We purchased tickets ($34 each) for Sunday's World Famous Gospel Brunch.  While there, we sat in the restaurant and listened to a couple of bands playing there that night.  HOB had one of the most diverse group of customers I have seen in Dallas in a long time.
After church on Sunday, we headed back to House of Blues for brunch and had a great time.  Lady Diamond (Kertrina Dauway) hosted the high energy celebration featuring Southern inspired cuisine and old school gospel music.
Brotherly Love from Mc Kinney was the band of the hour.  Think the Williams Brothers and Cooling Water.  They played for an hour and a half, inspiring even the most reluctant patrons to stand up, sing, shout and dance.
House of Blues Dallas
White Swan Building
2200 N. Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Gospel Brunch
Sundays 10 am and 12:30 pm
Three local self made businesses and one corporate conglomerate equaled 4 great stops for my wife and I.  It was nice playing grown up for a while but as my mother would say, tomorrow it's back to parking cars. 

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