Dallas/North Dallas

North Dallas is a district of Dallas. It encompasses neighbourhoods north of downtown, including the separate municipalities of Highland Park and University Park (together called Park Towns).

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Genki Sushi & Steak

The newest Sushi bar in North Dallas and once you try the food, you'll never go anywhere else for Sushi. Their fish is extremely fresh and the portions are always generous. Features Rotating Sushi Bar, Live Lobster Special. Favorites include the Escobar Tartar, the Surf Clam Sashimi, the Ton-Katsu, the Hamachi Rolls [Yellowtail w Scallions], Spider Rolls, Bluefish and the Seared Tuna. The four-plate sushi special for lunch is only $9.99. House Special Rolls include the Cherry Blossom Roll and the Volcano Special Roll. Sip Sake on the Outdoor Patio.

Shakespeare Dallas

Inspired by the democratic spirit of the New York Shakespeare Festival, Robert "Bob" Glenn started Shakespeare Dallas in 1971. Today, Shakespeare Dallas is a treasured North Texas cultural landmark and the only company in the area that provides accessible programs for audiences of all ages. Shakespeare Dallas has shows in various parks in the Dallas area (Shakespeare in the Park), as well as performances in local schools (Shakespeare on the Go), cultural centers and co-productions with local theatre groups (Shakespeare Unplugged).

Fourth of July Parade

A decades-long tradition, the parade, which is sponsored by the Park Cities Rotary Club, winds through the streets of Highland Park and University Park. The parade begins on Euclid Avenue near Highland Park Town Hall at 9AM The parade travels up Preston Road and then heads east on University Boulevard to Goar Park, which is located just west of University Park City Hall. (Parade route map). The Park Cities Rotary Club is responsible for parade entries and vendor booth space at Goar Park

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Valley View Mall

Valley View offers the shopping experience to a cash strapped-buyer. If one can't afford the more expensive Galleria or Northpark Malls, then the blue collar Valley View may be the answer. Moderate-budget stores like Sears, JCPenny, and Zales represent the style of the Mall. It also includes numerous salons, chain restaurants, and varied retail outlets. Valley View also holds an AMC movie theater, which, compared to Northpark's AMC, will provide more moderately priced tickets.

Jimmy's Food Store

A little bit of Brooklyn right in the middle of Big D. Jimmy's is a great neighborhood grocery store with an Italian deli. They make great sandwiches and what many say is the best sandwich in Dallas, the Cuban pork sandwich. Ham, roast pork, pickles, and Swiss cheese grilled panini-style. You can get it with or without hot sauce. They have a great selection of imported foods from Italy, cheeses and deli meats, homemade sausage and meatballs, and a sizable wine selection.

EAT   —  +1 214 823-6180 —  4901 Bryan St

Sonny Bryans

Probably Dallas' most famous barbeque restaurant, and a beloved local institution that has served everyone from celebrities to Presidents. Although there are now several locations, the original, and many say the best, is at 2202 Inwood, between Maple and Harry Hines. Get there early, though, because they close when they run out of food, which pretty much always happens at lunchtime. If in the mood for authentic local barbeque, you can't go wrong at Sonny Bryans'.

EAT   —  2202 Inwood Rd

North Park Mall

After completing a significant renovation and expansion in 2006, Northpark is the largest and generally regarded as the nicest shopping center in Texas. Expect to spend some money if you go there as it is filled with high-end stores and chains, though stores such as Dillards, which cater to the more budget conscious, still abound. Northpark contains much of the Nasher family's modern art collection, and is well worth a visit for art and architecture lovers.

Best Thai

Tucked away in the corner of the Preston Royal Shopping Center, Best Thai is a wonderful find for foodies looking for a so called 'hole in the wall'. Almost undetectable from the street, Best Thai offers authentic Thai cuisine at low-moderate prices. Upsides of the restaurant are friendly, very, very fast service, large portions, and quaint atmosphere. Rarely busy, the restaurant offers a chance for a private dinner with family or friends.

EAT   —  +1 214-373-8113 —  5959 Royal Ln

Texas High School Football

North Dallas offers great entertainment on Friday nights seen in few places in the country. High School football holds a special status in Texas, and this area is no different. Enjoy 20,000 plus fan atmospheres and exciting games in the area, check local highschools for game times and locations near zipcodes 75206, 75209, 75220, 75225, 75229, 75230, 75231, 75240, 75243, 75244, 75248, 75251, 75252, 75254, 75287

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Shanghai Restaurant

Shanghai is another great find for food lovers looking for authentic ethnic cuisine. Shanghai restaurant, located right off the LBJ highway, serves a blend of Americanized and authentic Chinese dishes, ranging from Sesame Chicken to Whole Fried Fish in Ginger Sauce. The ingredients and preparation are extremely fresh, and combining that with large portions and low prices makes Shanghai a very good option.

Sushi House

House specials include tempura and spicy crab sushi – a tangle of sweet crabmeat reddened by chili oil laid over rice and bound tightly by seaweed. As well as the asparagus sushi - two stalks of asparagus quick-fried in tempura batter and fastened to a rice mound by a seaweed strip. The sushi-sashimi combo provides an easy-to-handle sampling selected by the chef. Prompt service in a small, cozy space.


Dallas is home to the South's largest Korean-American community. Although their homes are spread out across North Dallas and the northern suburbs, businesses which cater to the Korean community are concentrated in the neighborhood around the intersection of Harry Hines Boulevard and Royal Lane. Look for loads of Korean restaurants, import stores, and karaoke bars.

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Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-Off

The Kosher Chili Cook-Off boasts hot chili and family fun. Hosted by the synagogue Tiferet Israel, this annual event is in its 18th year and draws 3-4 thousand people from the North Dallas area. This no profit event consists of numerous teams all competing for the best chili award. Admission is around five bucks and includes all the chili you can stomach.

SMU Mustangs

The Mustangs, representing Southern Methodist University as members of the American Athletic Conference, are the most prominent college sports program on the Dallas side of the Metroplex. SMU's main athletic facilities are on its campus in University Park. The most prominent venues are Gerald J. Ford Stadium (football) and Moody Coliseum (basketball).

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June Fishing Derby

Presented for children ages 6 to 12, this event takes place at the pond in Caruth Park. Prior to the event the Park Department stocks the pond with fish. A hit with kids, parents and grandparents, "catch and release" procedures are followed. Children must bring their own bait and poles. Awards are presented for the biggest and smallest fish caught.

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Children ages infant to 8 are invited to Goar Park to participate in Easter egg hunt activities under the direction of the Park Department. Multi-colored plastic eggs stuffed with candy are placed throughout areas that are marked off for specific groups. Festivities include a "bounce house," face painting, music and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

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Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo offers an array of Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican cuisine. Trendy Adobe-ispired architecture create a scenery appropriate for the many Spanish drinks served. The real highlight is the bar, which offers a host of imported tequilas and Mexican liquors. Great find for a quick, moderately priced cervesa and quesadilla.

DRINK   —  +1 214 750-9610 —  6025 Royal Ln

Amado's Mexican Cuisine

Mexican restaurant serving excellent Tex Mex and other menu selections of Mexican dishes. Full bar, patio seating, catering services, happy hour 3PM-7PM Monday thru Friday with complimentary appetizers at the bar. Two banquet rooms for private parties and celebrations. Sunday brunch can be habit-forming.

White Rock Coffee

Great coffee, pastries, and free wi-fi. White Rock Coffee is a locally owned coffeehouse that specializes in freshly roasted coffee. Besides the fact that they have the very best espresso in town, (it won the world barista championship in 2005) the brewed coffee is unbelievable.

Mockingbird Station

A mixed-use area featuring loft apartments with retail and restaurants at the ground level, Mockingbird Station also boasts one of Dallas's best arthouse/independent cinema theaters, the '''Angelika'''. There is some nice shopping, including Victoria's Secret, and West Elm.

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Meadows Museum of Art

Houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish Art outside of Spain, including works by El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso, and a 40-by-90 foot moving sculpture, Wave, designed by Santiago Calatrava.

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Up-and-coming restaurant and sushi bar run by Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing, wives of Dallas Super Chefs Kent Rathbun and Dean Fearing, features a creative Asian fusion menu. Chef Casey Thompson was a Top Chef Season 3 finalist and fan favorite.

Freebirds World Burrito

Moderate pricing for burritos of huge proportions, yet no trade-off in taste especially since you can customize it to your liking. Nice, sometimes loud atmosphere has the feel of a college student hang-out. Free Wi-Fi at most locations.

Highland Park Village

Offers something for the silver spooned set. Generally credited with being the nation's first modern shopping mall, Highland Park Village houses a variety of upscale brands, including Jimmy Choo, Escada, Ralph Lauren, and Hermes.

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Steinway Hall - Dallas

More than a piano store, view historic and one-of-a-kind Steinway pianos. With the largest collection of Steinway pianos you can see, hear and play the Steinway used during the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Shade Night Club

Very popular casual dressy environment. Actually a little more on the trendy side. Mostly an electro, dance oriented crowd. Fridays are more on the Latin side. Friendly staff and diverse crowd. Small but never disappoints.

Galleria Mall

The Dallas area's most prominent shopping mall has over 200 stores and restaurants, including an ice rink and the '''Westin Hotel'''. It is located at the intersection of Interstate 635 and the Dallas North Tollway.

BUY   —  13350 Dallas Parkway


The original location of the local Italian eatery chain, in business for over 65 years. The decor evokes something out of the Godfather, but the smells and flavors are tantalizing and the service is top notch.

Bob's Steak & Chop House

The only other place to eat the best steaks in Dallas besides Nick & Sams. Bob's is generally regarded as the place where all wagers between gentlemen in Dallas are settled, with the loser picking up the tab.

New York Subs

This is one of the best kept secrets in University Park, known and almost universally loved by locals. College students from Southern Methodist University can be seen mingling with men in business suits.

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Knox-Henderson favorite from celebrity chef Kent Rathbun features Top Chef star Tre Wilcox as chef de cuisine. 5-star rated by the Dallas News and Zagat rated "Most Popular" in Dallas.

Embassy Suites Dallas Galleria

All suite hotel. Free cooked to order breakfast daily and free eve reception with free drinks and snacks. Free shuttle in 3 miles radius of hotel including Dallas Galleria Mall.

SLEEP   —  +1 972-364-3640 —  14021 Noel Roard

Rosedale Rare Books

A find for those who are looking for something besides the latest best selling paperback. If you're in the market for a first edition or some other oddity, this is your place.

BUY   —  3416 Rosedale Ave

Café Brazil

The local chain's most visible presence is an excellent late-night stop after a good time in Deep Ellum. Good coffee, famous omelettes, and unique sandwiches. Open 24 hours.

Snider Plaza

The best known shopping center in University Park. It's full of small specialty boutiques and some fabulous restaurants. Definitely a place to go and poke around.

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Good Records

One of the best music shops in Texas, with a wide selection of hard-to-find items. Frequently hosts in-store appearances and performances of national acts.

Blue Goose Cantina

This great local Mexican place has an earthy atmosphere and serves a great weekend brunch. For some indiscernible reason it is also popular with bikers.

Granada Theater

The Granada Theater is a great place to enjoy good music. Live music, gourmet food, full bar. Voted Best Live Music Venue 2007-2010 by Dallas Observer.

Al Biernat's

From a pure meat standpoint, Al Biernat's is the best in Dallas (a place with no shortage of good meat). The lobster risotto is a must-have side dish.

Stan's Blue Note

Popular locally for bachelorette parties. Women who donate their bra at the door can get a free drink. Nice patio for people-watching.

Dallas Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center

All suite hotel featuring meeting space and full service restaurant. Complimentary hotel shuttle service within a 5 mile radius.

Cosmic Cafe

Amazing vegetarian dishes, soups, salads, and sandwiches with a Mediterranean/Indian flare. Great funky atmosphere.

Barley House

If you get on the Dallas side of campus, within walking distance, you can reach this favorite local watering hole.

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India Palace

Food and service are both excellent. The chicken tikka masala and kofta nawabi are recommended. $9-$15 per plate.

EAT   —  12817 Preston Rd

Crowne Plaza

An all-suite hotel that combines space, comfort and convenience with upscale amenities and a central location.

SLEEP   —  +1 972-233-7600 —  7800 Alpha Rd

Half-Price Books

The flagship location of this second-hand book store has a phenomenal selection and is well worth a stop.

Hunky's Hamburgers

Very casual place, dressed up like a 50's diner. Prices are cheap and the burgers are big and tasty!

George W. Bush Presidential Library

Former President Bush's library, containing various exhibits and artifacts from his presidency

SEE   —  2943 SMU Boulevard

Mansion on Turtle Creek

5-Star American/Southwestern restaurant with a 6-Star price. No tennis shoes, jeans or shorts.

Kuby's Deli & Sausage House

A must for anyone who likes German food. The Reuben and the Schnitzel are dishes to try.

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Sam Moon

Imported general merchandise, luggage, gifts, and home decorating items at low prices.

Besa's Pizza & Pasta

Comfort food and comfortable prices. Some of the best Italian food in the metroplex.

Peggy Sue's BBQ

A stable for BBQ lovers in the area. The brisket is usually the dish of choice here.

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Roti Grill

Excellent food. Fresh homemade paneer (indian cheese) served with different gravy.

EAT   —  4438 McKinney Ave

The Old Monk

British pub with good fish and chips and a wide selection of beers.

Balcony Club

On the second floor of the Lakewood Theater. Jazz and cocktails.

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JR's Bar and Grille

This 2-story bar is perhaps the center for gay life in Dallas.

DRINK   —  3923 Cedar Springs

Tenison Park Golf Club

Has two 18-hole courses, Tenison Glen and Tenison Highlands.

DO   —  3501 Samuell Blvd

Escapade 2009

Perhaps the biggest and best Latin club in the Metroplex.

DRINK   —  +1 214 654-9595 —  10707 Finnell St

Back Country Bar B Q

A favorite in Dallas as one of the best BBQ restaurants.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Located along the south banks of White Rock Lake.

SEE   —  8525 Garland Rd

Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Market Center

Offering a free shuttle within a 5-mile radius.

La Calle Doce

Some of the best Mexican seafood food in town.

Sue Ellens

Dallas' most popular lesbian establishment.

Havana's Bar and Grille

Gay bar which caters to the Latino crowd.

The Nest

Fabulous one of a kind furniture pieces.

BUY   —  4524 McKinney Ave


A friendly Irish pub. Good jukebox.

Station 4

A very bustling gay dance club.

DRINK   —  3911 Cedar Springs Rd

Executive Inn

Free continental breakfast.

Roundup Saloon

Western-themed gay bar.

Trinity Hall Pub

A laid back Irish pub.

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Wyndham North Dallas

A 14-floor high rise.

SLEEP   —  4801 LBJ Freeway

Station 4

Female impersonators.

About Dallas/North Dallas

University Park, a predominantly residential community of 23,000 residents, is located approximately five miles north of downtown Dallas. The City is the home of Southern Methodist University and is also known for its attractive homes, beautiful parks, and numerous churches. The location of University Park in north-central Dallas provides easy access to a broad range of cultural, recreational, shopping, and business activities.

Knox/Henderson is a split personality urban neighborhood worthy of its own designation. The Knox side west of Hwy 75 is the more upscale half, with many restaurants and upscale home decor shops. The Knox Park neighborhood includes a plethora of upscale home furnishings shops. The Henderson side lagged behind its Knox half, but is now just as trendy, with a more low-key, relaxed vibe. Henderson hot spots now line Henderson all the way from Hwy 75 to Ross. Knox and the western half of Henderson are very pedestrian friendly. Knox/Henderson is just a short walk up the Katy Trail from West Village.

Greenville Avenue south of Mockingbird Lane (known as Lower Greenville) is a genuine neighborhood strip, or series of strips, with a semi-urban atmosphere and businesses that range from pawn shops to sushi bars. The area has evolved more organically than most in Dallas, featuring neighborhood corner Lebanese restaurants, age-old greasy spoons and other urban niceties. During the week you will find many area residents who tend toward the bohemian, but the weekend draws a party-hardy crowd. As one travels north along Greenville, the strips (there are several, each two or three blocks long and around half a mile apart) become somewhat more mature in tone, though the atmosphere still ranges from laid-back to drunken.

Lake Highlands is a district in the northeast part of Dallas.

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