Dallas looms large in pop culture thanks to the 1980s eponymous hit TV show and the Dallas Cowboys football team, but what you may not know is that it has a booming culinary scene on par with its status as one of the fastest-growing metroplexes.
To really get a taste, you’ll need a game plan because the footprint of the DFW area is Texas-sized, which is to say, it’s sprawling with a dizzying maze of highways and a seemingly endless number of restaurants. If you’re short on time or are without a car, your best bet is to stick to Dallas proper. Nearby sister city Fort Worth is worthy of its own long weekend, while far-flung suburbs like Grapevine and McKinney shine, especially during certain seasons. (The latter offers a charming Oktoberfest organized around its town square, while the former boasts a wine trail and a designation as the “Christmas Capital of Texas.”).
Just don’t feel like you’re selling yourself short by staying within the city limits—from Deep Ellum to Oak Cliff to Highland Park, Dallas’ bustling enclaves have more than enough to keep you satiated.
Where to stay
Downtown is a hub for hotels, but none have a history quite like The Adolphus, built by Anheuser-Busch cofounder Adolphus Busch more than a century ago. The 407-room, Beaux-Arts-style hotel has hosted many dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II, but the oversized suites with plush beds and The French Room’s three-course tea service, held beneath Murano glass chandeliers, are enough to make anyone feel like royalty.
If it’s some serious R&R you’re after, look no further than The Joule. Post up at the rooftop pool in a private cabana or venture below ground to the subterranean spa—the blend of old-world techniques (Abhyanga massage) and new tech (LED light therapy facials) consistently earns high marks. And if after all that relaxation, you’ve worked up an appetite, choose between five on-site dining options. (The signature pig head carnitas at CBD Provisions will give you something to write home about.)
Across town, Virgin Hotels Dallas blazed a trail as the first hotel in the Design District when it opened in 2020. The interiors are hip (think feathered light fixtures, abstract art, and lots of patterned wallpaper), and so is the crowd. When you book, check the events calendar since there’s a good chance your stay will overlap with a tequila tasting, trivia night, or live DJ set. Fido can come, too, because the hotel is pup-friendly.
Last, but certainly not least, the former estate-turned-142-room Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek was the first-ever Rosewood property and continues to be the gold standard for Southern hospitality. Don’t miss your chance to dine at The Mansion Restaurant. With its cozy fireplaces, top-shelf cocktails, and seven-course tasting menu, the place is synonymous with special occasions.
Where to eat
It seems counterintuitive, but landlocked Dallas is quickly becoming a haven for sushi lovers. Nobu, as well as Austin-born concepts Uchi and Sushi | Bar, have all opened outposts—but the most exciting spots are Dallas originals. Chef Tatsuya Sekiguchi came to town by way of New York City and Hasuda, Japan, where he grew up. After a decade at Michelin-starred Sushi Yasuda and a residency at the Omakase Room in Manhattan’s West Village, he opened his own 10-seat, sake-forward experience Tatsu Dallas in Deep Ellum in 2022—and reservations have been almost impossible to get ever since. The more contemporary Shoyo in Lower Greenville, helmed by Nobu alums, has been around slightly longer and has three additional seats, so it may be a slightly easier mark. For a sure thing, try Kessaku downtown. The lounge-like atmosphere, skyline views, and truffle king crab roll are enough to make you temporarily forget your reservation woes.
Another hard-to-get-but-totally-worth-the-heartache reservation? Lucia. The Italian mainstay in Oak Cliff was recently a finalist in the James Beard Award’s “Outstanding Restaurant” category and pairs an affordable wine list with handmade pasta, house-cured salumi, and just-baked bread (the kitchen even mills its own flour). Pro tip: If you can’t nab a table, queue up before opening for a shot at the first-come, first-served bar. Or, for a worthy backup, seek out
Sachet in Oak Lawn. Its Mediterranean-inspired menu also features memorable pastas but covers more ground, reaching into the Middle East and North Africa. The one non-negotiable is the wood-oven-fired pita with Egyptian dukkah.
And of course, you can’t leave Dallas without enjoying one of its quintessential cuisines: barbecue. If you’re in town on the first Saturday of the month, count yourself lucky and head to Cattleack BBQ, which is typically only open for lunch three days a week. Brisket, spareribs, sausage—you can’t go wrong with any of it, and it’s best to get a sampling because they routinely sell out. On all the other days, opt for the specials at Slow Bone in the Design District or Deep Ellum’s Pecan Lodge, known for the Hot Mess—a winning combo consisting of a jumbo sweet potato, barbacoa, chipotle cream, and bacon.
Things to do
The Dallas Arts District is considered the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation and is home to the free Dallas Museum of Art as well as the acclaimed Nasher Sculpture Center (the outdoor galleries, featuring European masters, are a must when the weather is nice). Just outside the boundaries of the Arts District is The Samurai Collection, a small but well-curated, free museum that has the largest holding of samurai armor and weapons outside of Japan. Lastly, in the West End, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza recounts the somber day in November 1963 when President John F. Kennedy visited Dallas. The museum is as much about the assassination as it is about JFK’s legacy. Reserve your time slot in advance to guarantee admission.
For kids (and kids at heart), Klyde Warren Park packs a lot into five acres of green space built over a freeway: a playground, a light-up musical fountain that doubles as a splash pad in the summer, a stage for outdoor concerts and workout classes, and an expansive lawn for pick-up games and picnicking (food trucks are almost always parked nearby). On a rainy day or when the heat is too much, explore the Dallas Aquarium. The way it’s laid out, you’ll begin your journey in the cloud forest, surrounded by tropical birds and tree frogs, then follow a corkscrew-like path, descending several stories until you reach the bottom of the sea floor. Along the way, stop to admire sloths, otters, and even an ocelot.
At Highland Park Village, the country’s first open-air shopping center and a National Historic Landmark, the draw is both the architecture (Mediterranean Spanish-style) and the stores (Chanel and Cartier intermingle with Texas designers Tom Ford and Lela Rose). If you’re looking for smaller, homegrown boutiques, the walkable Bishop Arts District has some of the best, including candle hotspot Society by Jackson Vaughn and letterpress shop We Are 1976. South of downtown, the Dallas Farmers Market offers an indoor food hall, open seven days a week, where you can pick up culinary souvenirs—we recommend the local cheeses at Scardello or wines made with Texas grapes at Eden Hill Loft.
Dallas Opera announces 2024-25 season
Two classics never before performed by the Dallas Opera will headline the company’s 2024-25 season. Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande and Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice will be bookended by the standard rep Verdi La traviata and Puccini’s La bohème. The company again is sticking to only four mainstage productions, although this concentration of resources has been yielding particularly fine performances.
The season also will include a People’s Choice concert, a concert featuring participants in the Hart Institute for Women Conductors, the Titus Family Recital with baritone Christian Gerhaher, two family operas (The Three Little Pigs and Pépito) and the Lone Star Vocal Competition.
(The announcement Anglicizes the titles of Pelléas et Mélisande and Orfeo ed Euridice, but not those of the Verdi and Puccini favorites. All four operas will be sung in their original languages, with projected English supertitles.)
Dreamy and mysterious, set in and around an old castle, Debussy’s opera is about an elusive but magnetic young woman, Melisande, who’s torn between two brothers, Golaud and Pelleas. Sensuous music captures the ambiguities of symbolist poet Maurice Maeterlinck’s libretto.
Baritone Benjamin Appl, whose performance of Schubert’s song cycle Die Winterreise in the Titus Family recital series was one of the musical highlights of 2022, will sing the part of Pelleas, with soprano Lauren Snouffer as Melisande and bass Nicolas Courjal as Golaud.
A co-production with Bavarian State Opera will be conducted by Ludovic Morlot.
Told by Virgil and Ovid, the legend of the doomed lovers Orpheus and Euridice has been adapted by poets, novelists, dramatists, filmmakers, composers and choreographers. Coming after the complicated plots and florid vocalism of baroque operas, Gluck’s original 1762 version, in Italian, was revolutionary in its directness. He later produced a considerably revised French version, but the opera will be performed here in the Italian original.
Music director Emmanuel Villaume will conduct a production designed and staged by Joachim Schamberger with countertenor Hugh Cutting as Orpheus, soprano Madison Leonard as Euridice and soprano Amber Norelai as Amore.
Villaume also will conduct La bohème in a revival of the company’s period production directed by Tomer Zvulun. Debuts will include Sylvia D’Eramo as Mimi, Bekhzod Davronov as Rodolfo, Takaoki Onishi as Marcello and Emily Pogorelc as Musetta.
La traviata will be presented in a co-production with Santa Fe Opera, directed by Louisa Muller, with Yaritza Véliz as Violetta, Xabier Anduaga as Alfredo and Alfredo Daza as Germont. Iván López Reynoso will conduct.
Here’s the schedule:
People’s Choice concert: Oct. 5
La traviata: Oct. 18, 20 (matinee), 23, 26 and 27 (matinee)
Pelleas and Melisande: Nov. 8, 10 (matinee), 13 and 16
Hart Institute Showcase Concert: Jan. 25, 2025
Christian Gerhaher Titus Family Recital: Jan. 26
Orpheus and Euridice: Feb. 7, 9 (matinee), 12 and 15
Lone Star Vocal Competition: March 7
La bohème: Feb. 28 and 2 (matinee), March 5, 8 and 9 (matinee)
Subscriptions are on sale now, with confirmed seating for new subscribers starting May 24. Single tickets go on sale July 22. The final matinee performances of La traviata and La bohème will be available only to single-ticket buyers. For information: 214-443-1000, dallasopera.org.
How Dallas Cowboy and Houston Texan players graded their organizations
SAN ANTONIO – What does it take to win a Super Bowl?
It takes a lot of really good players, a coaching staff that can bring out the best in those players and an organization willing to pay for bringing in good players and good coaches.
The Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans have one thing in common this century: neither franchise has won or been on the doorstep of playing in a Super Bowl.
Despite the lack of on-field success, how do players rate their experiences playing for the Cowboys and Texans? Surprisingly, pretty well.
Report cards? What is this, grade school?
The National Football League Players Association released its second-ever team report cards for the 2023 season on Wednesday. According to NFLPA president and Cleveland Browns center J.C. Tretter, the report cards serve as a kind of “‘Free Agency Guide’ that would illuminate what the daily experience is for players and their families at each team.”
Response for last year’s report cards was modest. Tretter said more than 1,300 players, or approximately 60% of the league, participated in the survey. The team surveys seemingly made a positive impact league-wide because 1,706 active players, or 77% of the league, filled out responses this year.
The players evaluated their own organization by several key factors: its treatment of players’ families, food/cafeteria quality, nutritionist/dietician quality, locker room conditions, training room conditions, weight room conditions, training staff capabilities, quality of the team’s strength coaches, travel accommodations, quality of each head coach and quality of each owner.
Each player assigned a letter grade ranging from an A+ grade, indicating the very best a team has to offer, to an F- grade, indicating the very worst a team has to offer.
How did the Dallas Cowboys do?
Owner Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys may seem like they only care about keeping a moderately good football team in the headlines, but this year’s survey indicates that, for the most part, Cowboy players like playing for the Cowboys.
Dallas checked in at No. 12 overall out of 32 in the survey. Players highlighted the team’s facilities (locker room: A; weight room: A) and head coach Mike McCarthy (grade A) as a person players enjoy playing for. They also indicated how well the organization treats players’ families (grade A-), the quality of its strength coaches (grade B+) and how food and dieting best suits each player (food/cafeteria quality: B, nutritionist/dietician: B).
Cowboys weren’t exactly enthusiastic about everything the team provided. Two areas in need of serious improvement are the organization’s training room (grade C-) and training staff, whose D+ grade is tough to stomach. According to the survey, only 62% of Cowboy respondents felt they received enough one-on-one treatment from the training staff.
Traveling on the road appears to be another headache for Cowboy players. Only 72% of players felt they had “a comfortable amount of personal space during flights,” the survey said. Additionally, the Cowboys are one of seven NFL teams that require some players to have roommates the night before a game.
Dallas lost all five of its regular season games on the road in 2023. Maybe there’s a connection here.
How did the Houston Texans do?
The start of the 2020s did anything but roar for the Houston Texans, who rolled off an impressively futile run of four different head coaches in the first three seasons of the decade.
However, it looks like the franchise may be turning a corner. The Texans hired DeMeco Ryans to be its head coach, drafted a quarterback in C.J. Stroud who might be on the verge of superstardom and qualified for the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs this past season.
Based on the survey, the Texans came in at No. 7 overall out of 32 teams. Players offered rave reviews of the team’s cafeteria food (grade A-) and dietary advice (grade A-). The survey said that the Texans are the only team in the NFL that “had every player feel they received an individualized plan from their dietician.”
The aforementioned Ryans, a former Houston Texan player, showed himself to be a cerebral coach players wouldn’t mind going into the trenches for (grade A-).
The training room and training staff were also a source of pride for players. Over 90% of players felt the team had enough full-time trainers, enough full-time physical therapists, enough hot tub space, enough cold tub space and received enough one-on-one treatment. One area for improvement: Players would like to see the team add a sauna and/or steam room, which according to the survey, are both “standard at nearly every other facility in the League.”
Texans players who responded to the survey did not grade any category listed as anything worse than a B-.
What the survey can do
There has been some positive organizational change caused by the NFLPA releasing its report card information to players and the public. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ overall grade was ranked 28th out of 32 last year, in part, due to players reporting a rat infestation at EverBank Stadium, the team’s home stadium. This year, the Jaguars’ grade jumped to fifth overall after the team upgraded its facilities over the last calendar year.
On the other hand, great on-field success isn’t always the best indicator of a well-run organization. Players ranked the Kansas City Chiefs, who earlier this month won their third Super Bowl title in the last five years, 31st overall out of 32. According to the survey, head coach Andy Reid was voted as the lone positive while players lamented the team’s lack of “quality care” and “out-of-date facilities.”
If the survey is teaching a lesson, the lesson is: What you see might not be what you get.
A full list of letter grades and rankings for each NFL team can be found here.
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Stars acquire Tanev from Flames in 3-team trade | NHL.com
The Stars (35-17-9) are currently tied for first in the Central Division with the Winnipeg Jets, who have four games in hand. Dallas is 14th in the NHL in goals against per game (3.03).
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to add a player of Chris’ caliber to our team,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “He is a proven defenseman with postseason experience that is comfortable in all situations on the ice. Chris is one of the best penalty killers in the NHL and will be a tremendous asset to our special teams play.”
Grushnikov, 20, has five points (one goal, four assists) in 44 games with Texas of the American Hockey League this season. He was selected in the second round (No. 48) of the 2021 NHL Draft.
The Flames (29-25-5), who have won four in a row, are five points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.
“Obviously, Chris, what he’s meant to the organization and what he’s done for us over the four years, it’s never easy to kind of let guys go, but we also knew it was something we had to do,” Flames general manager Craig Conroy told NHL.com. “To move forward, we worked through lots of calls with different teams to figure out what’s the best thing for the Calgary Flames in what we’re trying to do and trying to accomplish here. To be able to get Artem Grushnikov, he’s a young, 20-year-old kind of defensive defenseman that is good on the penalty kill, strong, just a solid all-around defender. … I think he’s someone we’re happy to add to the group.”
The Devils (30-25-4) are five points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second wild card from the Eastern Conference with two games in hand.
NHL.com independent correspondent Aaron Vickers contributed to this report.
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