Dallas is the ninth largest city in the United States, and sees approximately 24.9 million visitors each year, with another 48.9 million visiting the metro area. With professional sports teams like the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Stars, the Texas Rangers and over 200 golf courses, there’s plenty of activities to keep you entertained when you come to visit.
So what does the perfect summer day in Dallas look like? Well, it varies from person to person, but here’s what we think you should try the next time you’re in town.
Brunch at Bread Winners
Bread Winners is a bakery/bistro that specializes in multi-cuisine food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant has several locations throughout the city including, Uptown, Inwood Village, Plano, Northpark Center, the Trophy Club, and Fort Worth.
As you ease into your day, stop in and have a delicious brunch. Their brunch menu includes homemade muffins and pastries, and other delicious items like pancakes and waffles, French toast, breakfast tacos, fried chicken, and waffles or the delectable Croque Madame, which is grilled sourdough bread with ham, Swiss, jalapeño cream gravy, a sunny side up egg that’s served with brunch potatoes.
The restaurant also has delicious vegetarian offerings such as asparagus, spinach, artichoke heart and broccoli on a toasted English muffin. Add in a delicious cup of Italian roast coffee or espresso to kick off your afternoon.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a magical place designed to promote art and the enjoyment of horticulture in a relaxing environment where you can enjoy and learn at the same time while supporting the work done to study and learn how to keep our trees and our environment healthy.
Lunch at Klyde Warren Park
After your trip to the Arboretum, you’ll be ready for lunch. Why not spend it at Klyde Warren Park? There’s plenty of open-air seating where you can sit and relax and enjoy your lunch, which can be found from a multitude of food trucks available around the park with many delicious foods to choose from.
When you’re full, you can walk off those extra pounds on one of the park’s walking trails. Also available is a children’s park and a games area, which makes this an ideal hangout spot for the entire family.
After lunch, it’s time for some serious recreation at a place that’s re-invented (and some would say reinvigorated) the game of golf. At Topgolf, the driving range is turned into a game. Each ball contains a microchip that gives players awards for hitting targets that resemble dart boards. The technology allows you to view in real time the path of your ball’s flight while giving you insights as to the speed, angle, and trajectory. The further the target and the closer you get to the center, the more points you are awarded.
They also feature 54 holes of miniature golf entertainment as well as batting cages for the kids.
Dinner at Urban8
Whew! With all that activity, it’s time to relax with a great dinner. We recommend the Urban8 Local Food Courts. What sets Urban8 apart from other food courts is the attention to the food. This food court touts chef-driven cuisine, which provides tastier, as well as healthier meals than traditional food courts that serve food from chain restaurants. Urban8 pays attention to their partnerships and brings in eateries to provide everyone with an option regardless of their preference or dietary needs.
More than just a place to eat in The Colony, Urban8 offers live bands, a farmer’s market, and other events that offer something for the entire family. It’s an open-air, lively atmosphere that still provides enough space for you to relax and enjoy the evening.
The current restaurants featured at Urban8 are:
Burger Craft – This restaurant offers casual dining that features their proprietary blend of 100% grass-fed beef along with other farm-to-table products. At Burger Craft, you can make your burger the way you like it. Burger Craft is local, sustainable, and eco-friendly.
Pho Corner – If casual Vietnamese cuisine is your thing, then Pho Corner is the place for you. Dubbed “The Best Pho Restaurant in The Colony” Pho Corner brings Vietnamese street food to the mass market. What you get is a casual dining experience with healthier options when compared to fast food. From rice platters and spring rolls, to delicious smoothies, this pho restaurant is one you need to experience.
Rustic Flatbreads – Rustic Flatbreads offers casual Italian dining that focuses on artisan flatbread pizzas with fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. In addition to their glorious wood stone oven baked flatbread pizzas, they offer a variety of soups and salad meals too. If you’ve had enough generic traditional pizza that you can find everywhere, you owe it to yourself to try this and experience pizza like it’s your first time again.
Beyond the Box – Beyond the Box at Urban8 brings artisan sandwiches and fresh salads, along with fully prepared meals ready to heat and eat. They also offer a selection of creative, custom-made sandwiches with unique flavor combinations and catering services.
Taco Cielo – When you’re in Texas, you can’t leave without experiencing authentic Mexican tacos. The Taco Cielo at Urban8 is rated as one of the best Mexican restaurants and is the result of years of tweaking their recipes to get them just right. Like the other restaurants at Urban8, Taco Cielo offers food prepared with only the freshest, all-natural ingredients and uses only handmade tortillas and chips. The salsa is a secret recipe and made fresh from scratch.
Monster Yogurt – For dessert hit up the family-friendly yogurt and ice cream shop. They have everything from waffle cones to sorbet is on the menu. Plus, they offer healthy options too for those trying to watch their waistline or who have special dietary needs.
Stir – After dinner, relax with a cocktail in a book-themed bar that takes pages from some of the best stories to create the perfect cocktail. Relax while listening to dueling pianos or by watching your favorite sporting event on one of the restaurant’s many TVs.