A travel journal
to Dallas by EdwardAggie98
Quote: Dallas is a lot more than you think -- a very cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer. Don't get fooled by stereotypical presentations of the city you might see in movies or television. Dallas has its own thing going on.
The best place to find out what's going on is GuideLive from The Dallas Morning News, which you can find at www.guidelive.com. In addition, pick up the free Dallas Observer tabloid at various locations around town for band listings, art shows, cinema, etc.
Restaurant | "The Mercury Grill"
It's easy to miss The Mercury Grill, sitting there in its nondescript strip mall in northern Dallas, wedged between a Starbucks and a Tuesday Morning discount store. But don’t be fooled by its austere location – this is a five-star dining experience. It opened to insanely good reviews about 7 years ago – it was named Restaurant of the Year in 1998 – but, luckily, the quality has not suffered as the spotlight has waned.
Ward’s cooking is New American and informed through his childhood in the American South, particularly some of his mom’s recipes – be sure to try "My Mother's Wedge of Romaine." For appetizers, the crisped fois gras is one of Ward’s specialties. You won’t go wrong with any of his entrées, but I would recommend the pork tenderloin with mushroom ragout (if it’s currently on the menu; he rotates often) or the pepper-crusted tuna mignon.
I’ve always been impressed by the level of service at this restaurant. Somehow, the waiters have a sixth sense about them – they know just when to come by and check on you and just when to leave you alone to enjoy your meal and company.
I can’t say enough about The Mercury Grill – hands down, it’s one of the best places to enjoy a meal that I’ve ever experienced.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2005
11909 Preston Road, Suite 1418
Dallas, Texas 75230
+1 972 960 7774
It's the site of a former pharmacy, hence the wall decorations. The wait staff is very friendly, and in a short time, you'll all become friends (if you go, say hi to Lisa for me and tip her well). There are a lot of regulars who frequent this joint, and if you go, you'll see why. They have cheap beer, strong drinks, and a killer jukebox. On the weekends, there's live music. And there's a magazine rack for your reading pleasure. Yes, they sell them.
The P has one pool table and only one television, along with one pinball machine -- so a sports mecca it ain't. It's just a place to sit and drink with friends. And the food's good, too -- the Stoneleigh P Burger is phenomenal, a patty with served with provolone cheese, garlic mayo, and Creole mustard on a pumpernickel bun. Mmmmm! The nachos leave a bit to be desired, but I'm particular about my nachos.
The P can get crowded on weekend nights, but during the day, it's a nice place to relax and unwind. I've been there midday for brunch, for happy hour, and at night -- sometimes all in the same day.
It's on Maple Avenue at Wolf, across the street from the Stoneleigh Hotel. There is a limited parking lot attached to the building, but it's on the bus line, too.
2926 Maple Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75201
Attraction | "The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza"
No doubt that added to the emotions and the experience of visiting this museum that is dedicated to the life and tragic death of his father, President John F. Kennedy.
Dallas has always had a scar across its name because of the events of November 22, 1963. But the city has rebounded and accepted its place in history. No better place showcases this than the Sixth Floor Museum.
The museum, which is housed in the old Texas Schoolbook Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly perched to shoot the president, is more than just a museum about Kennedy's assassination. You'll see exhibits on the social and political situation in the early 1960s and the reasons behind his ill-fated trip to Texas in 1963.
The highlight of the tour is the "corner window," where Oswald stood. It has been made up to look like it probably did that day in November. Also, you can see a scale model of Dealey Plaza that the Warren Commission used in its investigation.
Audio tours are available (in English, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese), or you can just walk through. Group tours for more than 20 can be arranged.
The museum is located in the West End historic district, which is accessible on DART's light rail (red and blue lines, West End Station) and the Trinity Railway Express (Union Station).
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2005
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza
411 Elm St.
Dallas, Texas 75202