Monthly Archives: February 2017

Dallas’ University Park Sandwiches That Will Ruin You on Sandwiches

Sandwich Reuben Kuby's

The Reuben sandwich at Kuby’s in Snider Plaza, with their famous potato salad.

The sandwiches in University Park are Dallas icons. Snider Plaza, the strip mall hugged-up close to SMU’s university campus, has some of the best in the park cities: Meat made from recipes that are older than America, and new, east-coast inspired subs that’ll blow the eyebrows clean off your face.  

Because house-brined corned beef and pizza sandwiches beat your fridge’s soggy, weirdly moist cold cuts any day, these are the sandwiches of Dallas’ University Park district that’ll ruin you forever on making sandwiches at home.  Continue reading

Best Movie Theater in Dallas

Alamo Drafthouse is the best movie theater in Dallas.What is the best movie theater in Dallas? Hands down, it’s Alamo Drafthouse. Here are seven reasons why:

One: They do not permit talking, texting or cell phone use of any kind during the movie. Do that and you will get one warning before they kick you out of the theater without a refund. If you have ever been stuck in a theater next to someone who won’t be quiet or can’t put down their phone, you will be glad to know it won’t be tolerated at Alamo.

Two: They do not run ads.

Those factors alone would make it the best movie theater in Dallas, but there’s plenty more to appreciate.

Three: Alamo creates a custom pre-show for each film that runs for about 30 minutes before the feature starts. It’s worth coming early to see what their creative team concocted. Each pre-show has content related to the upcoming feature, usually including a series of funny, weird or wacky clips, such as 1970s toy ads for Spider-Man action figures before a showing of the latest Marvel movie.

Four: The seats are spaced so you can see even if someone tall sits in front of you.

Five: They serve surprisingly good food, which you order and eat from your seat. (A long, narrow table runs the length of each row in front of the seats.) The menu includes entrees, snacks, soft drinks, beer, wine and specialty cocktails. The hamburgers are terrific, and so is the all-you-can-eat popcorn, which comes with real butter. The tequila chocolate shakes are also worth a try! Orders are written on slips of paper and put in a clip on the table, where waiters unobtrusively spirit them away and just as unobtrusively return with your food. One note – anytime you want a drink refill you must request it on an order slip, as waiters do not make rounds checking drinks the way they do in restaurants.

Six: You pick your specific seats when you buy tickets. You can also do that online, if you don’t mind paying the extra fees (which run about $2.80 per ticket).

Seven:  They have a great rewards program, Alamo Victory. Perks include free movies, free or discounted food, and regular buy-one-get-one-free ticket opportunities, among other advantages. Definitely worth pursuing!

Alamo is considered the best movie theater in Dallas for other offerings as well. These include special Quote-Along screenings where shouting out lines is encouraged, Baby Days, classic movie showings and more.

There are two locations in the Dallas area – one on South Lamar, one in Richardson – with two more opening soon in Las Colinas and Lake Highlands. So the next time you want dinner and a movie, plan on dinner AT the movie at the best movie theater in Dallas: Alamo Drafthouse.

Things to Do in Dallas: Newcomer Tips

New to Dallas? Looking for fun things to do in Dallas this weekend? Below are two must-see city highlights. And they’re both free! Whether you’re just arriving from New York to Dallas or popping in from Plano, you’ll find Dallas has plenty to offer.

Longhorn fix

Seeing the 49 longhorn cattle sculptures at Pioneer Plaza is a must-see in Dallas.

Simply bovine! Combine art with fun and walk among the 49 longhorn sculptures at Pioneer Plaza, Dallas Convention Center. Photo by Mark Goebel (2007)

Newcomers of all ages love the bronze longhorn cattle statues crossing the stream at Pioneer Plaza. Visitors pet and pose with the longhorns for photos sure to be posted or live-Tweeted. The setting includes a waterfall, cliffs, native plant life and historic info about the sculptures. So if you’ve just come from New York to Dallas and you want a bit of that Texas cowboy experience, put Pioneer Plaza on your list of things to do in Dallas.

As long as we’re downtown …

Things to do in Dallas must include a visit to Klyde Warren Park.

Klyde Warren Park: Play during the day, stay at night for the lights of downtown Dallas, home to the nation’s largest urban arts district. Photo by Daniel Lobo (2015)

If you’re new to Dallas, you must see the odd and wonderful Klyde Warren Park. Odd because it sits atop the Woodall Rodgers freeway, wonderful because it is one of the best people-watching places in town. Observe the locals and get a sense of what it’s like to live in Dallas. Outdoor yoga classes, concerts, nearby restaurants, a fenced dog park, playgrounds and more make Klyde Warren Park a shoo-in for your list of fun things to do in Dallas this weekend. Located on the north side of downtown, Klyde Warren is an easy stroll to Dallas’s world-class museums and restaurants.

More fun things to do in Dallas

The two spots mentioned above are just two examples of hundreds of free, fun things to do in Dallas. For more, keep your eye on The Dallas Morning News GuideLive or check this blog soon for more things to do in Dallas.

 

 

 

Thrift in the City

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While popular hits like Thrift Shop by Ryan Macklemore may have made it cool to thrift again, the trick is in knowing the right places to frequent. There are plenty great thrift shops in the DFW Metroplex.

If you’re looking for a hidden gem not far from the Dallas city line, check out Thrift City in Richardson. With a heavy selection of vintage labels on clothing and accessories (sorry, no furniture at this one) it’s easy to find a one-of-a-kind piece for pennies in comparison to a department store. Thrift City also offers tag color discounts on various days of the week that will save you even more money.  The store is clean and organized and color coded by section. Looking for yellow pants? Aisle two. Green blouses? Back wall. The staff is friendly and always atop keeping the clothes neat, hanged and orderly. They have clean changing rooms as well, if you’re into trying on your $2 blouse before purchase. Of course, there are no returns or exchanges.

There is even a very posh boutique-like section at the front of the store where you can shop the top labels, in pristine condition at low prices. Dior, Ralph Lauren and BCBG dresses have all been spotted to name a few!

Looking for even more deals? Sign up for the VIP email list and you’ll receive specials like 75% off all red and green tags (for example) just because or 50% during the holidays on select items.

All in all, Thrift City is a great place to check out if you like finding gently used beautiful pieces for a steal…. or if you’re looking to donate some of your precious to an establishment that will go the extra mile to take care of it, and showcase it properly to its next owner, Thrift City is the place.