This morning, Reuters posted a "Travel Postcard" with suggestions of what to do and where to eat should you find yourself with 48 hours to spare in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Sounded like a good thing. Sounded like something that could not only help out a tourist, but also a Dallasite who has forgotten the finer points of his or her city.
Friday's itinerary doesn't look too bad: Land, rent car, head to Nosh. Then go see a sporting event at the AAC or something on stage at the AT&T Performing Arts Center before ascending into the sky to view the city, with drink in hand, from the W Hotel. Yeah, that last part is a bit douchey, but the view part is fantastic so we'll forgive.
On Saturday, our insider guider wants us to start at Dream Cafe for breakfast (use the TabbedOut app!), then The Sixth Floor Museum and the Nasher Sculpture Museum before grabbing lunch at Rafas, where they say former President George W. Bush occasionally dines. We're then instructed to browse Hermes, Stella McCartney and more at Highland Park Village, and grab a cookie at Neiman Marcus downtown.
For dinner, it's the Mansion, and the suggestion is good -- it's a place everyone should go at least once -- but perhaps it would be a better one if one had more than two days in Dallas. This selection limits food truck and star chef exploration. But, while writer Marice Richter acknowledges the meal as a splurge, she then credits chef Bruno Davaillon's creations as having kept the place hopping for more than 30 years. Not so much. He's fab, but Davaillon became chef at the Mansion in 2009, following Dean Fearing and John Tesar.
Now this is our favorite part so far:
11 p.m. - On the east end of downtown is Deep Ellum, Dallas' hippest nightlife area, with dozens of clubs for listening to music and dancing. Local favorites include the Lizard Lounge and House of Blues. Or, check out PM Nightlife in the downtown Joule hotel. This artistic, underground club is the place for celebrity sightings.Here's the thing, Reuts, House of Blues is like the Chili's of rock music. Not a local favorite, just a means to an end. The Lizard Lounge is a huge dance club with goth Sundays and the occasional suspension or burlesque act -- give up some better info if you suggest this after telling people to get gussied up for the Mansion. Oh, and PM? It's closed. A plan for something bigger and better. But if we're going to discuss it, you probably should've said "subterranean" instead of "underground" as the place was a bottle service ultra lounge that plenty of folks knew about.
A dance club is fine, but there should've been a better live music suggestion: the Kessler Theater, Granada, Double-Wide. Even the Texas Theatre would've been an interesting addition -- or something in Oak Cliff. Hey, maybe they'll suggest a brunch at Hattie's or Jonathan's.
Nope. It's on Sunday that the ball, and stereotypical boots and spurs, were all dropped: After breakfast at the Dallas Farmers Market (totally fine -- we like fresh fruit and pastry), drive to Fort Worth and peep some stadiums on the way. Eat tenderloin tamales at Reata. Catch the rodeo, shop for boots at the Stockyards and go to Billy Bob's Texas.
Seriously? No Brownstone? No Grace? No Love Shack?
While the article notes, "Reuter correspondent with local knowledge help visitor make the most out of short visit," we feel like there wasn't enough local knowledge. We've got three established food critics in this city, and a veritable pant load of food blogs, so the DFW "Travel Postcard" really shouldn't have to read like a scroll through the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau website.
The kitchen of Nosh Euro Bistro. [Photo: Nosh Euro Bistro/Facebook]