Issue 12: Dallas

Discover a locally curated guide to the city's finest experiences



    This relaxed yet refined farm-to-table spot in the Bishop Arts District is a perennial favorite thanks to a welcoming vibe, pretty patio, and of course, a tempting menu of seasonally-inspired dishes. Keep things local with an order of Diamond H Ranch quail prepared with queso fresco, chayote and a honey-chile glaze or the chilled Texas shrimp with cucumber and radish salad. And don’t pass up the cocktails, like the grapefruit- cilantro- and tequila-spiked Water Under The Bridge; the bar team here is widely considered one of the best in town.

    Colorful tables and sculptures line a leafy esplanade. Photographs by Claire McCormack.
    Chess tables.
    Savor, a gastropub, has views of the park.
    A spot to relax and read.


    A historic art deco hotel set a stone’s throw from Uptown’s cultural attractions, The Stoneleigh combines classic style with modern indulgences. Recently renovated guest quarters are spacious—an average of 500 s/f—and all include black-and-white Calcutta marble baths and full-sized soaking tubs. But the jewel in the crown? The 12th floor penthouse, originally outfitted by legendary designer Dorothy Draper, which includes not only a private art gallery and sprawling roof deck but also a series of charming “secret passageways.”

    Pick up a souvenir.
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    With five stars from the Dallas Morning News under its belt and a packed dining room every night, this 2-year-old Design District hotspot has cemented itself as one of the city’s most-sought after culinary destinations. Chef-owner Matt McCallister earned his kitchen chops under the tutelage of legends like Stephan Pyles, Grant Achatz, Sean Brock and Daniel Boulud–and his talent is in evidence on every plate, from the bright hangar tartare with sunflowers and artichokes to the succulent skate served with pork belly, potato confit and maitake mushrooms.

    A masterpiece by Henry Moore. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
    An inviting pool.
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    A sprawling Uptown hotspot set on 2 1/2 stylishly “wild” acres, The Rustic offers everything you need for a rocking night out–from a live music venue and a restaurant serving locally-sourced home cooking to comfy lounges and campfires and a tap list featuring more than 40 Texas craft beers.

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    Built in the style of a lavish Tuscan villa, complete with a 32-foot high marble rotunda, this impressive property–formerly a Texas cotton tycoon’s estate–has been the sine qua non of luxury lodgings in Dallas for more than 30 years. Each of the 143 expansive and impeccably-appointed guest rooms feature private terraces, fine Italian linens, and spacious soaking tubs–not to mention proximity to The Mansion, the property’s 5-star haute American restaurant.

  • The Majestic's grand stage has hosted everyone from Harry Houdini to Bob Hope. Photograph by Claire McCormack.

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    majestic theater

    For a wonderful evening of entertainment in a historic setting make your way to this Renaissance-style architectural wonder, which welcomes nationally renowned performers and is the proud home of the Dallas Opera, The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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    If shopping is a professional sport in Dallas, Neiman Marcus is the city’s most legendary arena. While the company is now known across the country for its extravagant holiday catalogs, since 1907 the flagship store downtown has been drawing a devoted clientele of oil barons and other Texas elite with an impeccably-sourced stock of the “best of everything,” from housewares to haute couture.

    • Handpainted signs adorn the restored market buildings. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
    • West 7th Street is lined with appealing vintage shops, artsy boutiques, cafes and bars. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
    • Try Oddfellows for lunch or dinner for delicious takes on American classics. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
    • A hip new barbershop in the Oak Street Mercantile focuses on traditional haircuts and straight-razor shaves. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
    • A musical mural and a peaceful place to sit. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
    • Emporium Pies serves handmade pastries in flavors like chocolate pretzel and apple with cinnamon streusel. Photograph by Claire McCormack.

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      Though once down at the heels, this southwest Dallas neighborhood—the former home of infamous lovebirds Bonnie and Clyde—has undergone a dramatic revitalization in the past 15 years. Now packed with art galleries, enticing eateries, and creative boutiques, it’s one the best places in town to shop and stroll the day away.    

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      When it opened in 1999, this flagship restaurant from celebrity chef Kent Rathbun brought a lively “global” perspective to Dallas’s white tablecloth dining scene—and 15 years later, it still feels fresh. The menu of homey haute-cuisine and classic cocktails has lots of temptations, but locals agree it’s the lobster shooters—a starter of lobster dumplings served in a shot of coconut curry cream—that shouldn’t be missed.

      • Kick back with a cappuccino and a magazine at Weekend Coffee. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
      • Giant motorized gears are among the lobby's monumental art installations. Photograph by Claire McCormack.

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        the joule

        This chic new downtown hotel mingles high design with an atmosphere of perfect urban cool. The deluxe loft suites are full of gold-standard offerings—like 20-ft ceilings, private patios, 300-thread-count Frette sheets, enormous glass-walled bathrooms, and ESPA toiletries. Plus: the property also houses a phenomenal modern art collection.

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        STAMPEDE 66

        Theme restaurants are notoriously tricky to pull off, but this ode to the Lone Star state from star chef Stephan Pyles succeeds big time by giving diners an experience that’s both entertaining and scrumptious. The biggest challenge? Resisting the urge to order everything—Honey fried chicken? Soft shell crab tacos?–from the menu of modern regional classics.

        • The magnificent 2-bath "residence" includes a full kitchen, den, master bedroom and private rooftop cabana. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
        • A riotous installation of edison bulbs hangs over the bar. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
        • Relax in style at the rooftop pool. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
        • The roasted chicken roulade at ZaZa's in-house restaurant, Dragonfly. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
        • Wine lines a private dining room. Photograph by Claire McCormack.
        • The public spaces show off an impressive collection of contemporary art. Photograph by Claire McCormack.

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          HOTEL ZAZA

          Looking for a cutting edge getaway? One of a small Texas-based chain of boutique hotels, Hotel ZaZa brings a dose of over-the-top Mediterranean glamour to uptown Dallas. From the lobby’s crystal chandeliers to the guest rooms’ rain showers and nearly Olympic-sized tubs, this is one place where big is definitely better. The pool lounge is known for prime celeb spotting, but if you really want to live the high life, reserve one of seven fit-for-a king residential suites.

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          This “modern Texas brasserie” featuring a seductive menu of nose-to-tail dishes opened last fall and has been gracing every critics best-of list since. Dishes not to miss? Try the pan-seared redfish with cucumber-jalapeno broth and the crispy, succulent (and oh-so-dramatically presented!) heritage pig’s head carnitas.