2008 Top 10 Places to go in Dallas

10. Bishop Arts Theatre Center

interior_of_a_empty_theater.jpgThe newly renovated Bishop Arts Theatre is a wonderful backdrop for Teco Theatrical Production founder Teresa Coleman Wash’s unique vision. In October, Leonard’s Car played to enthusiastic crowds and rave reviews. Southern Dallas now has it’s best performing arts venue since…since ever.

9. House of Blues

The House of Blues has been a welcome addition to the music scene, even though some local venues have suffered due to HOB’s strict policy on their acts playing at other spots. But you can’t beat the combination of good food and good music. Make sure to check out the Gospel Brunch that has two show times each Sunday Morning.

8. Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum continues to be at a tipping point. Elm Street seems to be ahead of Main, as I’ve been to Cafe Brazil and Daddy Jacks more in recent months than any other D.E. location. Will DART’s green line help the struggling district return to the days of blues glory? Only time will tell.

7. Cedar Crest Golf Course

cedarcrest.jpgCedar Crest is the best municipal course in Dallas an one of the finest in Texas. The home of the 1927 PGA Championship The new layout designed by D.A. Weibring’s has amazing views of downtown Dallas and is fun for golfers of any level. The recently renovated clubhouse is good for unwinding after a round, and also serves the community by hosting various events.

6. Bishop Arts District

The Bishop Arts District has it all, food, shopping, art, music, you name it. The wonder of Bishop Arts is no longer a secret, but because it doesn’t rest near a highway, people have to work a little to get there. That helps the area keep its quaint neighborhood feel, without ever becoming pretentious.

5. West Village


If you’re looking for pretentious -as we all do from time to time- then West Village is your place. The prices for food and shopping are attainable, a trait that keeps West Village on this list and Victory Park off. Its proximity to the Dart Rail is also a plus, as well as the Magnolia Theatre.

4. Fair Park

I took a lot of heat for leaving Fair Park off the list last year. Besides the year long attractions -like the African-American museum, the State Fair has become a yearly event for our family. We’re counting the days until the light rail rolls through for next year’s fair. The renovated Cotton Bowl has added new life to the State Fair Classic and Red River Rivalry. And the food….enough said.

3. Southside on Lamar

When I’m looking for a place to get away to, I often seek out the Southside on Lamar. It’s eclectic mix of people and activity make it a perfect spot for hanging out and or people watching. Recently my wife and I caught a concert at the Palladium Ballrom and a couple of days later I was back for some Off the Bone Barbeque. In the old Sears building, there’s coffee at Opening Bell, and jerk chicken at Texas Caribbean Foods. Am I leaving anything out?????

2. Nasher Sculpture Center

garden.jpgI’m not sure if I go to the Nasher Sculpture Center for the art or for the building itself. I think I’d go to the Renzo Piano designed building even all the wonderful pieces were removed. The same holds true for the one and a half acre garden out back.

1 Brooklyn Jazz Cafe


You can never go wrong when choosing Brooklyn for a night own on the town. Sunday morning brunch is also a treat . Brooklyn has expanded with Jazzy’s Sports Bar on the back side and private rooms for special occasions. The Brooklyn experience is created equally by the music, the food, and the people.

For the second year in a row, Lorna Tate’s jazzy place is Dallas South’s number one spot in town.

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