Hello Lovely! I can’t tell you how good it feels to be writing again. Between the move and the move pending, I have been absent from here for far too long. Anyway we’re still getting settled in here waiting to close on our new house (pictures to come, I promise). In the meantime though we’re about to kick off our first football team actually in Alabama and to a pleasant twist they are playing USC. I’ve got friends on both sides and have had many friends calling to ask for my recommendations as their all traveling into one of my favorite cities for the game this weekend, Dallas! I’ve decided to share them with you all as well.
1. Stampede 66– The epitome of Texas, the ambience, the people, and the menu of course. While you watch the cattle being reigned in above your head, enjoy the Texas Country music, the Yellow Rose of Texas dawning your table, the chef’s over the top take on Tex Mex, and a few classic favorites… You can’t miss the Texas lemonade or the beer bread served straight from the can.
2. Smoke– I absolutely love this place! The name says it all, this is a meat eater’s paradise. While any meal there is good, the brunch is where their creativity really shines. Try the brisket hash with a pouched egg on top or the heavy-handed pancakes if your feeling something a little more on the sweet side. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Make sure to pick up the chef’s James Beard Award winning cookbook on your way out, the key lime pie recipe alone is worth the price!
3. Pecan Lodge– Head down to Deep Elm and don’t let the long line of hipsters scare you. This BBQ is the real deal and well worth the line (plus it’s still shorter than Killen’s in Houston or Franklin’s in Austin). This is one of the few BBQ places I would tell you not only should you get the brisket (Texan’s take pride in smoking the best brisket) but the sides as well. Be sure to grab a side of mac and cheese while your there. Your not in town for the game long and you’ve got to taste some Texas BBQ while you’ve gone the chance. There is no better spot in Dallas to do so than Pecan Lodge.
4. Emporium Pies– Did somebody say pie? Oh that’s right Dallas has its own bakery dedicated to pies and its awesome! I may or may not have eaten that entire coconut cream pie all on my own. If you’ve got a sweet tooth I can assure you they have a pie for you.
I have to say after rehashing some of my favorites and hearing from so many friends headed that way, I’m just jealous I’m not going with you guys. So by all means have an extra Texas Lemonade for me won’t you?!
Happy football season everyone!