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Will and I are headed to Dallas to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family and I can’t wait! It will be my first time flying with Rory so getting there should be an adventure in and of itself. 😉 This will be my longest trip to Dallas yet and I’m looking forward to having a few free days to get to know Will’s hometown better. Since you’ve all been so helpful in the past with recommendations for Austin and Atlanta, I would LOVE any tips you have about where to eat, shop, explore etc. in Dallas!

P.S. I’ll still be posting every day this week — stay tuned for a Design Darling promo code starting Wednesday as well as my favorite sale finds on Black Friday!


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  1. Breadwinners Cafe! As a New Yorker, I was in utter shock after seeing I only spent $12 for a massive amount of delicious food!

  2. Without a doubt, get a marg (or the popular mambo taxi) at the 3rd floor bar (the monkey bar) of Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village. You feel like you’re in a (super fab) tree house. If you go there for happy hour, you’ll have the best view of the villages breathtaking Christmas lights.
    If you’re into sushi, you can’t miss ShinSei. Outstanding.
    Be sure to head to the Knox Henderson area to oogle at the beautifully curated Forty Five Ten and grab lunch at their restaurant the T Room. There’s a lot of other great restaurant and shopping options in that area as well. Kate Spade, Planet Bardot, Jonathan Adler. Enjoy!!

  3. For restaurants, I definitely recommend Mi Cocina, Breadwinners (for brunch) and Cane Rosso. North Park is a great mall but the Galleria has ice skating and a giant Christmas tree right now! Milk and Honey and Riff Raff are great for clothing boutiques!

    Have fun in Dallas!!

  4. Definitely go to Blue Print, a home interior store in Uptown. It is so amazing! Also eat at Lark on the Park which is on Klyde Warren Park near downtown. Fun drinks and delicious food!

  5. You’re getting some fine recommendations for our fine city, so I’m going to leave it everyone else… BUT, I’ll leave you with TWO of my own: 1) Don’t be afraid to venture OUTSIDE of Dallas (although, it IS awesome), and 2) BRING YOUR STRETCHIEST STRETCHY PANTS. Sure, Thanksgiving warrants usage of them on its own, but DFW is a mecca of delicious (sometimes, not so nutritious) eats, treats, and libations! 🙂 Have an awesome time while you’re here! You’ll have a blast!

  6. Milk and Honey is a cute boutique on Henderson. Ice House and Truck Yard are fun outdoor bars if the weather is nice. Velvet Taco, Torchy’s, Company Cafe, Gloria’s, Cane Rosso, Fireside Pies, and Mattito’s are some of my fav restaurants!

  7. Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District for all day brunch and a late night drink. You HAVE to see the lights at night in Highland Park Viallage (and stop for a drink upstairs at bistro 31!). West Village is the cutest outdoor shopping area, and stop at mi cocina for a mambo taxi aka the best margarita ever. Hillstone’s is the best lunch/dinner and sprinkles ice cream is right next door!! If you can, try to see the downtown Neiman’s window display- they always have great Christmas displays. And take Rory down the Katy Trail on a nice day (stop at the Katy Trail Ice House!!)

  8. Your wish was granted – the weather in Dallas is beautiful this week!

    I’m happy to see a NorthPark Center mentioned a lot in these comments – that’s where I work as the PR coordinator! It’s the best mall in Dallas, but you probably want to do more outdoors shopping. You will love Knox/Henderson. It’s a street near Uptown that is peppered with design shops. My favorite restaurants are Toulouse (on Knox, such good French food, Rory can sit on the patio if the weather is nice!) and Neighborhood Services (hands-down, best restaurant in Dallas, good for a nicer/more expensive dinner for you & Will)! And you have to get a mambo taxi at Mi Cocina – it’s a Dallas staple.

    It was fun to read all the comments to see others’ recommendations!

  9. Riverfront Blvd. has lots of antique shops… My favorite is Scout Design Studio on Howell.
    Knox and Henderson has interior stores galore: Design Within Reach, Jonathan Adler, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. There is also the Crate & Barrel Outlet off of Inwood and I-35. The Wisteria outlet is close to Love Field.
    Trinity Groves restaurant area is really nice and its close the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava. All the restaurants are delicious in my opinion. I like it mostly because you can park once and if one restaurant is busy, you can go to the next one easily.
    Deep Ellum is a funky area with good bars (Black Swan Saloon), live music, Off the Record (record store and bar) and famous BBQ, Pecan Lodge.
    You can spend all day in the Museum District – The Dallas Museum of Art has free general admission, the Nasher and Crow museums are awesome. Klyde Warren Park is beautiful, a quick lunch can be had at a food truck or a cocktail at Savor.
    Bishop Arts in Oak Cliff is a nice walkable area – Boulevardier is good for bunch, Emporium Pies for afternoon piece of pie, Wild Detectives if a book store is your thing.
    Along with Northpark and Highland Park Village, West Village and Inwood Village are nice for shopping.

  10. Dallas has so many great restaurants and shops! I went to school at SMU so have quite a few recommendations, but here’s a few that top my list. Highland Park Village is amazing– Mi Cocina and Patrizios are excellent, and so is Celebrity Bakery (girly lunch spot with the most amazing strawberry cake). Snider Plaza has some nice shops as well– JD’s Chippery is a must (best cookies, ever). A few more favorites include La Duni, True Foods Kitchen, Bubbas (the best fried chicken), Olivella’s, and Javier’s. Have fun!

  11. I love eating at Bolsa in the Bishop Arts district. It was a fresh and vibrant enjoy and lots of great drink options! The taco stand across the street from it is so legit! Ya know for a snack after dinner because I can’t be the only one who when your finished sitting and visiting needs a light round 2!

  12. Babes Chicken is amazing. Brunch at Texas Spice inside the Omni is great. You have to get In n Out burger, non negotiable. Highland Village is real neat, Northpark is the nicest mall I’ve ever seen. The original Neimans is neat, the restaurant is old fashioned and preserved in time. You’ll love it!

  13. Sorry for the double-comment, but apparently there is a goop pop-up shop at Highland Park Village up until December 14th! Just wanted to share that tidbit as well!


  14. Oh my goodness, you must stop by The Gypsy Wagon! It is filled with adorable clothing, lingerie and great gifts!

    If you love cheese like I do, hit up Scardello – they have great sandwiches and even MORE amazing cheese boards.

    Forty Five Ten is a fun shop to browse, but it can get crowded on weekends.

    Enjoy! I love escaping the Massachusetts cold in Texas 🙂

  15. I definitely recommend Hatties which is in the Bishop Arts District. Get the Mac and cheese.. Its life changing good! For brunch go to Jonathan’s. Hands down the best chicken and waffles. If you’re in the mood for tex mex go to Mi Cocina.. My fav! Highland park village and north park mall are a must for shopping! Have fun and hope you enjoy our city! Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Charlotte nailed it – Mi Cocina, Katy Trail Ice House, Highland Park Village shopping….it’s all there. Stampede 66 is also a good spot for dinner.

    Safe travels, and have a great Thanksgiving!

  17. Mi Cocina is a Dallas staple–the Highland Park Village location is my favorite. Shopping at Highland Park Village is also a must-Goop’s pop-up shop just opened there too. The flagship Neiman Marcus downtown is a fun destination, especially at this time of year. Stop in the Zodiac Room for a popover with strawberry butter.. Katy trail is great for a nice long walk. It starts in Highland Park and goes through Uptown. Katy Trail Ice House is a fun Austin-type bar. The patio is dog friendly. Meddlesome Moth in the design district has really good tapas & great Moscow mules. North Park mall is a must stop if you’re in the mood to shop. It also has really cool art throughout the mall. Have a great trip!

  18. As a Dallas girl born and raised here are my suggestions: Nickel and Rye, Gemma, Neighborhood Services and Company Cafe all great restaurants. Go to Klyde Warren Park, Northpark Center, HIghland Park Village, The West Village, Katy Trail(good for dog walks), Nasher Sculpture Center and Perot Museum as well as the George Bush Library. Email me if you want more suggestions. So much to do here. Also you can see where JFK was assassinated Major attraction.

  19. Gui Sushi in Dallas remains my favorite sushi of all time! Whenever I travel to Dallas for work, Gui is a must!

  20. Not sure what part of town you’ll be in, but here are my suggestions!

    Bishop Arts – Hattie’s, Tillman’s Roadhouse, Emporium Pies
    Harwood: Saint Ann
    Knox-Henderson: Sissy’s Southern Cafe, Toulouse
    Mockingbird/SMU: the original Campisi’s “The Egyptian”
    Uptown: The Rustic, Urban Taco, Max’s Wine Dive,

    Katy Trail Ice House
    The Gin Mill
    Bar Belmont
    Mi Cocina (get a Mambo Taxi)

    Katy Trail – great for walks!
    Perot Museum
    Dallas Museum of Art
    Gaylord Texan ICE

    Highland Park Village
    North Park Center
    The original Neiman Marcus downtown

  21. I actually celebrated Thanksgiving in Dallas a few years ago and visited again last January, its a really fun city! I loved cocktails and traditional southern dinner at Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts neighborhood, there were a lot of cute boutiques and unique restaurants in the area! Its up and coming and not the “sterotypical boring” neighborhood that everyone explores! I also loved pizza at Campisi’s Egyptian Lounge (weird name, but its a pizza place that kept the original name of the location when the new owners took over) and the Katy Trail was beautiful for a walk!

  22. The Perot museum is a must see if your into architecture, as well the Nasher and the whole Arts District is nice to walk around especially with Klyde Warren Park in the middle. As for shopping try West Village and North Park Center…and there’s always the Galleria. I’ve only been here a few months but those are some of my favorites! 🙂 Have fun!