Dallas Journals

Insider's Dallas

A travel journal to Dallas by globalroamer

Quote: I have lived in Dallas for 17 years, and I'll add to this periodically as I have the time. The best time of year to come is late March or April, when the azaleas, bluebonnets, and other wildflowers are in bloom. The next best is in October or November, during the beautiful fall weather.
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The Melrose Hotel () is a designated historic landmark in the city of Dallas. I have never stayed as a guest, but I know many people who do stay regularly, and like it. The Landmark restaurant has excellent food and the Library bar is a nice, sort of sophisticated place to have a cocktail. While the hotel is very convenient to one of Dallas' gay nightlife areas, straight friends and family are perfectly comfortable here. It is located on the corner of Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Melrose Hotel
3015 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, Texas 75219
214-521 5151

Ziziki's

Restaurant

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Ziziki's () is a very smart restaurant with a friendly staff and consistently excellent food. The food is Greek with Italian influences. It’s not just a romantic place, though it can be that. They have a separate room that is great for groups, whether they be business colleagues or birthday parties. It’s my favorite restaurant in the city. Start off with Ziziki bread (handmade pita) and calamari. My favorite item on the menu is Pastichio (Greek Lasagna), though all the lamb dishes are excellent. The Greek Gods platter is a good choice to try a little bit of everything. The paella is good as well. They only take reservations for parties ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Ziziki's
4514 Travis St, Suite 122
Dallas, Texas 75205
+1 214 521 2233

Ojeda's

Restaurant

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If it's Friday night and I'm in Dallas, you'll find me at Ojeda's, with the best Tex-Mex in the city. Everywhere else is just disappointing after eating at Ojeda's.

Try the brisket tacos, and of course the margaritas. The sour cream chicken enchiladas are excellent. I also like the puffed tacos (a corn tortilla fried and puffed up, then stuffed with meat, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.) and the chicken flautas. If the salsa on the table is too hot for you, ask for some mild salsa.

During the winter, go for the tortilla soup.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Ojeda's
4617 Maple Ave
Dallas, Texas 75219
+1 214 528 8383

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We had great service. The food is Southern with Texas influences. I had shrimp served over cheese grits with habanero sauce, which was excellent. Then I had the seafood lasagna, which was very unusual and had lots of crab meat. Others had the chicken liver, which they raved about; venison; and steak. Desserts were excellent, though they were out of their signature candied-apple crème brulee, so if you want that, order it early.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Hector's on Henderson
2929 North Henderson Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75206
(214) 821-0432

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The sixth-floor museum is a must-stop on any Dallas itinerary. I've been there a number of times, and it is my favorite place to take visitors.

The exhibit contains information about JFK's life and radio and newsreels of the trip to Fort Worth and Dallas that ended in the assassination. It allows you to stand in the same window where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly stood to get the sniper's view of the road and the grassy knoll. Someone has painted an X on the road to mark the spot where JFK was killed.

On the upper floor of the museum they have space for rotating exhibits.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

The Book Depository/Grassy Knoll
411 Elm St
Dallas, Texas
(214) 747-6660

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The best part of this square is the prayer chapel designed by Phillip Johnson. The spiral-shaped chapel has an amazing spiral-shaped stained-glass window in the roof.

I've talked to many people who have gone to Thanks-Giving Square and never went into the chapel--they missed out on the best part.

Go on a sunny day, the stained-glass windows are much more vivid than on a cloudy day.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Thanks-Giving Square
1627 Pacific Ave
Dallas, Texas 75201
+1 214 969 1977

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The Nasher art collection is a must-see, as is the Renzo Piano building and the Peter Walker garden. The Nashers developed the NorthPark shopping center in Dallas and have collected great art for decades. Now they are sharing it with the world. They have a number of permanent pieces installed outside in the garden, and space inside for permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. The building was designed by architect Rienzo Piano, and it is constructed from stone and glass. The roof is glass, but has an interesting honeycomb shaped screen that lets only indirect lighting in. It is located in the Arts District downtown, across from the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). If y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 242-5100

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This is a privately owned aquarium and zoo. If you've been before, they've recently (in 2004, I believe) completed a major expansion to the rain forest, so it's worth a return visit. Kids love this stuff. They also have facilities for meetings (we've rented rooms for staff meetings, and I've been to a wedding reception there). The aquarium has a tunnel that allows you to walk underneath the sharks. There is also a manatee pool. If you're there at 12:30 p.m. they will feed the manatees and the divers get into the pool to play with them. In the rainforest there is a free-flight aviary with tropical birds, and the path goes high up in the tree canopy so you can see them close-...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Dallas World Aquarium
1801 North Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
(214) 720-2224

Biking Trails

Attraction | "Rent a Bike/Explore the Biking Trails"

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My favorite trails are the Katy Trail () and the White Rock Lake trail (). If neither of these is convenient to you, there are other trails I'm not familiar with at Unfortunately, to rent a bike, you're best off driving to one of the Richardson Bike Mart locations. However, from downtown, the 60 bus to Garland goes right by the Bike Mart on Garland Road, and from there you can bike to White Rock Lake. To bike the Katy Trail, park behind the Lamps Plus on Knox Street or at the north end of the American Airlines C...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2005

Biking Trails
White Rock Lake / Katy Trail
Dallas, Texas