Dallas Written by Hayden Harrison
Again & Again
When we are stuck in a furniture funk, we yearn for the vintage treasures dug up by Leslie Pritchard. If the pieces in store aren’t enough to thrill us, we can design just what we are searching for at Again & Again.
141 Howell Street, Dallas, TX
Avant Garden puts together modern floral arrangements with a sophisticated European flair. We would love to head over whenever we need to dream about a wedding or spruce up a room.
4 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX
Bell’Invito began when Heather Wiese mixed her modern design with European style to create five aesthetically pleasing collections of stationery with her forgotten family press. We may need to perfect our penmanship before scrawling on these fine papers, or we can just let the professionals do their magic with invitations galore.
147 Pittsburg Street, Dallas, TX
Have you ever wanted to see how your home furnishings would look before purchasing them? We have. Blue Print is set up in an old house allowing us to see just how those sleek antiques, art, accessories and furniture procured in the United Kingdom and France will look in our home and hear the stories that come with them.
2707 Fairmount Street, Dallas, TX
Ceylon et Cie
Well-known Dallas designer Michelle Nussbaumer showcases exotic and eccentric pieces found all over the world. When in need of bright textiles, a bed frame that make a statement, an African Ceremonial Gong, arm candy or a hand chair, you’ll be well-served at Ceylon et Cie.
1319 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX
Forty Five Ten
This chic boutique brings European style to the Lone Star State. We’d love to spoil ourselves here with stunning pieces for our wardrobe and our home. If shopping makes you hungry, this store even has a T Room for a classy lunch.
4510 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX
Gypsy Soul Interiors
Kristen Dowd has abandoned her Southern roots when it comes to her design sense and business. The vintage pieces she picks up are “funky” and “soulful.” We are even more enthused about her online design consulting. All we have to do is send in a picture of the room we want redone with some information, and she will spice it up.
155 Howell Street, Dallas, TX
If Z Gallerie and Design Within Reach mashed up and went local, they’d be Neighborhood Store. Think pink poodle bookends, wool animal busts, Bertoia-esque chairs, and killer black and white portraits.
411 N. Bishop, Dallas, TX
At Nest, trendy, modern and handmade goods all come together. You can satisfy the following urges: decorating, entertaining, relaxing, cravings, and gift-shopping. You’ll need hours to see it all.
4524 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX
Nicholson-Hardie Garden Center
The homeland for all those gorgeous Dallas gardens, Nicholson-Hardie is an institution and an inspiration. We could spend hours gathering goods to spruce up our garden. Even if you don’t live in Dallas, it’s fun to visit and dream.
5725 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX
Scout Design Studio
A roller skate vase, vintage secret service target shooting poster, a real giraffe head and a driftwood floor mirror are a few of the items that can be found in the inventory at Scout Design Studio. Shopping sprees here allow us to find the piece that makes the room.
155 Howell Street, Dallas, TX
The Laughing Willow
This cute little spot offers trendy closet finds like cobalt blue skinny jeans, yellow and gray knit dresses, and billowing white blouses. Affordable, too.
405 N. Bishop, Dallas, TX
Urban Flower Grange Hall
Our favorite store in the city is filled with the kind of curiosities that decorators and stylists dream of finding. Gold beaded skulls, white horse busts, succulents, silvered gun sculptures — are you getting the picture? You’ll leave with something to love forever, feeling like you walked out of the pages of the coolest photo shoot ever.
4445 Travis Street, Dallas, TX
Celebrated designer Lisa Luby Ryan stocks her home furnishing boutique with vintage items full of sophistication. She favors items with French, Italian and Swedish ties. Her chandelier selection is delicious torture.
6701 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX
White Elephant Antiques
A whole warehouse of antiques — save a full day for this one. From old doll heads and hands to turbine fans to rocking horses to chevron chairs, there are treasures to be found.
1026 N. Riverfront Boulevard, Dallas, TX
This small home furnishings shop keeps things intimate on purpose: they want to serve customers in the old-fashioned way. The vast inventory includes cardboard chairs and Japanese vases.
2933 N. Henderson Avenue, Dallas, TX
Food + Restaurants
Aesthetically pleasing doesn’t even begin to describe the design of this restaurant. There are rustic details from the ceiling to the floor, literally. The patio even has its own garden. Not only does the décor entice us, so does the cuisine. We love the Dungeness crab and ruby red grapefruit gratin.
4900 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX
We enjoy sitting back on the patio of the edgy and gourmet restaurant that stands out against the rest of the city. The chefs use local and seasonal ingredients to craft an always-changing menu paired with cocktails. It was voted by the Dallas Observer as the “Best Place to Take a Date.”
614 W. Davis Street, Dallas, TX
Boulevardier is a French Bistro that prides itself on three things: “Food you can eat. Cocktails you can drink. Wine you can afford.” We always come and enjoy company that makes us feel at home. That French onion soup is a favorite.
408 N. Bishop Avenue #108, Dallas, TX
This tavern brings the Bowery district in New York City to Dallas, which is where Dutch immigrants kicked off the American love for hot dogs. We order the Bowery Brat with a side of hand battered onion rings and a beer cocktail, of course.
3407 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX
Bread Winners Cafe
Known for its weekend brunch and desserts, we always want to head down to Bread Winners Cafe on the weekends or when our sweet tooth begins to ache. Each location is unique and laid-back, combining fine dining with a casual atmosphere. The Quarter Bar will make you feel like you’ve washed up in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
3301 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX
East Hampton Sandwich Co
Make way for this gourmet sandwich restaurant. It uses locally grown greens, serves brews and wine, and has a contemporary, comforting vibe. Just the thought of a lobster roll, hot cheese and short rib, and goat cheese and avocado sandwiches make our mouths water.
6912 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX
Goodfriend is a beer garden and burger house all about community and spending time with friends. With a horseshoe-shaped bar, a stage for live entertainment and plush couches to lounge on, the atmosphere is inviting and offers a menu with food for every eating lifestyle.
1154 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX
This restaurant takes the traditional cuisine of the South and catches it up with the rest of the world. With chicken and waffles for brunch, slow roasted pulled pork sandwiches for lunch, and bacon-wrapped, jalapeno-stuffed quail for dinner, Hattie’s is the place we want to be for a helping of comfort food.
418 N. Bishop Avenue, Dallas, TX
Jo Jo Eating House & Bar
Laurent Poupart, the executive chef and partner from France, is inspired by the word “terroir,” meaning rich local food. In the heart of uptown Dallas, Jo Jo Eating House & Bar uses local ingredients. When we are feeling adventurous, we head here to indulge in beef cheek, polenta and asparagus.
2626 Howell Street, Dallas, TX
The South is known for two things in the culinary world: comfort food and barbecue. Dallas was lacking in that area until Lockhart Smokehouse opened up. With its casual atmosphere and smoked meats that fall off the bone, we lick our fingers clean after eating their ribs.
400 W. Davis Street, Dallas, TX
“Chances are if you’ve seen it in a commercial, we don’t serve it.” This gastro-pub serves over 40 craft beers on tap with their names displayed on a chalkboard above their nozzle, several live ales, and more than 80 bottled brews. To go with our vintage brews, there is a gourmet menu with wide variety.
1621 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX
The best Mexican restaurant in Dallas is a big bragging right, and we tip our hats to Mesa. Chefs and owners Raul and Olga Reyes meld the flavors of their native Veracruz with modern updates. You want the Mole Mama Cata. Trust us on this.
118 W. Jefferson Boulevard, Dallas, TX
“In South American, food is more than just a source of nourishment. It is a gathering point. A reason to celebrate. A history maker.” Nazca Kitchen has brought this motto to Texas along with a diverse menu consisting of African, American Indian, Asian and European influences. The Nazca roasted half-chicken is what we like to gather around.
8041 Walnut Hill Lane Suite 854, Dallas, TX
Number One & Le Jus
Although the architecture of this store and café will make anyone feel like they’ve gone back in time, the statement the store makes is more modern than ever. All about relaxation, Number One sells comfortable yet elegant clothing, relaxing scents and international magazines. Le Jus is focused on organic juices, coffees, teas and light food.
One Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX
The room is gorgeous — think sexy tufted leather banquettes and lacy white chandeliers. And then there’s chef Jason Maddy’s food. You could have sweet potato risotto, or chicken with corn gnocchi and hatch chiles, or Moroccan Octopus. There’s also a chocolate panna cotta that we adore. Move this to the top of your list.
1628 Oak Lawn Avenue #110, Dallas, TX
Scardello Artisan Cheese
A late night snack consisting of wine and crackers is not complete without a phenomenal cheese, which is why we love Scardello. Choose from more than 150 artisan cheeses, including local Texas creations. Pick up one of the pre-packed picnic baskets and head to the park for a romantic date.
3511 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX
The Common Table
Live Indie music and Indie beers help create the laid-back atmosphere of The Common Table. The oversized patio has us dreaming of happy hour, every day. On the menu: lazy ravioli, or smoked quail with cheddar grits.
2917 Fairmount, Dallas, TX
Start brings handmade and healthy food up-to-speed with fast food. This restaurants goal is to inspire the community to begin eating better. When we’re in a rush, we love the turkey and raspberry chipotle wrap.
4814 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX
The People’s Last Stand
This bistro and bar is known for its friendly vibe and cocktails crafted from local and organic ingredients. Grab a stool, make a friend, and order a round of Thyme Bombs.
5319 E. Mockingbird Lane #210, Dallas, TX
Tillman’s Roadhouse is high on our list of must-visits — a fun Texas steakhouse gone glam. Rustic tables mix with steel, deer mounts make friends with crystal chandeliers. For dinner, there are truffled tater tots with goat cheese, jalapeño-roasted Brussels sprouts, and an upscale country fried steak. Dessert means s’mores — some of the best you’ll ever have.
324 W. 7th Street, Dallas, TX
Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery
Finally, a bakery for gluten-free connoisseurs. From cupcakes to muffins to cookie dough balls to paninis to quiche to brownies, Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery solves the hard-to-fix sweet tooth of those of don’t or can’t eat gluten, like the creators Tully Phillips and Jennifer Wells.
6055 Sherry Lane, Dallas, TX
Village Marquee Grill & Bar
We wish for the crispy duck spring rolls and jumbo Texas shrimp and grits. There’s no complaining when a Pimm’s Cup makes an appearance in our hands either.
33 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX
Luckily, we don’t have to go far to indulge in the Cajun specialties with Wicked Po’Boys nearby. With beer, seafood and gumbo, this restaurant has the New Orleans-feel down to the booths and bar stool bar. We could go for an order of crawfish étouffée immediately.
1811 N. Greenville Avenue Suite 400, Dallas, TX