I was in Berlin a few weeks ago for a big work project. I love spending time there! Berlin buzzes with freedom. I love it.
So I recently visited Texas for several weeks over the Christmas break to see my family. It was a lot of fun and included a lot of eating. A lot. Plus, much to my delight, my old neighborhood which was none too glamorous in my day, has experienced a wonderful revival and is now full of tasty and hip places to eat. Here are three of my recommendations for Oak Cliff dining.
Gloria’s – a Dallas institution. Spacious tables under moody lighting, delicious food, and awesome margaritas… yep, this place is trouble. The Oak Cliff location has plenty of local flavor being located in an old firehouse. The food is… well, possibly the best Tex-Mex ever, as well as a delicious sampling of Salvadorian! Their thin, crispy chips and tasty salsa cannot be beat. I make it a point to always come here when I am in Dallas. Beware the dangerously good margaritas. Very strong. Bonus – the Oak Cliff location has free valet parking!
Eno’s – The pizza shop in the Bishop’s Art District. Pretty much what you might expect for a classy pizza place: delicious flat bread creations as well as a stellar beer list, and a friendly staff, all at reasonable prices. They have loads of good vegetarian and meaty options to satisfy a mixed a crowd. They’ve got a rustic decor thing going on too with an antler chandelier, but it doesn’t feel put on, just hipster-cool.
The Belmont Hotel – my favorite place in my old ‘hood for a drink. They’ve got fancy things like cedar-infused tequila and more regular stuff like Lone Star and PBR. What really makes this place (in addition to proximity to my house!), is the beautiful view of downtown Dallas. If you ever get to stay here for the night, I highly recommend going to the pool which has an even better view than the bar!
I get to leave for the Christmas break tomorrow. YAHOO! In addition to seeing all my wonderful friends in New York, I will also get to spend several weeks at home in Texas. Some things I am looking forward to:
Mostly looking forward to the people I miss, but also food.
Ahh Paris. Is there any place like it? I have been as a teenager, a university student, and now a young adult. I definitely like Paris more with each visit. It is so beautiful!
A few weeks ago, I took the train over to Paris for work and stayed with one of my best friends from university who now lives there. It was such fun to catch up with her and revisit this elegant city.
My pal was kind enough to meet me at the train station and bring me back to her delightful apartment.
Her apartment is just big enough for her and her man plus a visiting friend. She’s has excellent style, so it looks great, filled with small touches that really make the place feel like a home. And what a hostess! She had a baguette and cheese waiting as a midnight snack. Yessss!