If you’ve never been to Dallas before, its can be a pretty interesting and fun city. I’ve been several times, but most of those times I was limited in my ability to get out more than a couple hours at a time due to work. Interestingly, we actually have quite a few speakers this year that are from that area. So, who better to get local information from than the locals?
A good friend, IT/Dev Connections alumni, and 2018 speaker, Steve Rachui (see his BIO, session, and workshop) took some time recently to get downtown and do some research for everyone. Here’s his list of his recommendations…
Nearby and recommended restaurants:
- Zenna Thai and Japanese
- The Woolworth
- Dakota’s Steak House
- 348 Agentinian Steak House
- Tortaco Meson MezCal
- El Fenix (want really good Tex-Mex? Go here)
- Whataburger (not too far but not close. Whataburger is THE Texas burger and well worth the effort. The double-meat/double-cheese is amazing, wheat and white buns (if you want to pretend to be healthy), amazing fries and onion rings, amazing shakes)
- Diary Queen – also a staple of the south but not exclusive to the south. The burgers are good but Whataburger is better. Try the blizzards and peanut buster parfait.
- Off the Bone (You can’t come to Texas and not try BBQ. Off the bone is really really good. If you go here you have to try the ribs. It is also not too far but also not close.)
- Hard 8 (for the committed BBQ fan it is well worth the drive to Hard 8. Be prepared to over-indulge and to love every bite)
Areas of interest:
- Thanksgiving Square
- The Sixth Floor Museum (JFK museum) at Dealey Plaza
- Dallas Museum of Art
- Bello Mansion (now owned by Dallas Bar Association but interesting to see)
- Nasher Sculpture Center
- The Perot Museum (really worth seeing)
- Museum of Asian Art
- Interesting park near The Woolworth
- Deep Ellum – Proudly known as the location ‘Where you get your first tattoo’, ‘Where you see your favorite shows’ and ‘Where you find your favorite drink’.
- West End – This is a historic district of Dallas. Fun things to do including shopping and restaurants. A few restaurants include Spaghetti Warehouse, Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse (know around Dallas for having pretty good BBQ), Hard Rock Café and House of Blues.
The area surrounding the hotel is generally safe but it is a good idea to be aware of surroundings when visiting locations such as the West End or Deep Ellum.
DART is the Dallas lite rail service and will get you to many places. If you are exploring downtown Dallas get familiar with the routes. You can take DART around downtown, travel to far north cities such as Plano or travel south (be careful in some south Dallas locations. South Dallas has gotten better but it can still be interesting – especially after dark). For those flying into DFW Airport DART rail is available in Terminal A. Those traveling to Love field would need to get a DART bus or other transportation.