The Trip Down South

So a few weeks ago, my fiancee and I decided that it was time for little vacation out of Nebraska. We usually love to do little weekend trips just because its convenient, you don’t need a vacation after the vacation, and it seems like two to three days is the perfect amount of time to be away from home. Sometimes we go to Denver, Chicago, or Kansas City since its just a short drive away, but this time we thought that it would be a wonderful idea to go to Dallas.

Downtown view of Dallas

Dallas has always been a city that I could see myself living in one day. It has nice weather, there’s plenty of activities to do, and of course all the delicious food. It also worked out well that my fiancee’s aunt lives in Dallas, so we didn’t even need to book a hotel …(thanks Barbara!!!). It also had been a while since I have been to Dallas (or should I say drove by it). Usually as a kid we just drove through Dallas since it was on our way to our hometown in Mexico (which was a 32 hour drive). We flew in on Friday and luckily Barbara’s boyfriend was able to pick us up at the airport. It was kind of a gloomy day, which we didn’t expect at all, but it was way better than the negative 15 degree weather that Omaha was experiencing.

The first night we mostly settled in , but we did go to this fantastic restaurant called the Smokey Rose and I would highly recommend to anyone that loves BBQ food. To start off we ordered some appetizers; we got deviled eggs, some char buffed wings, and then some delicious brisket queso that was out of this world. The wings came with their homemade sauce, and let me tell you there was a really good mustard sauce that I kept dousing my wings in. They had a lot of different main dishes, but they also had an option where you could select a meat pairing and a side. I ordered the smoked turkey and the brisket of course (which was phenomenal). It came with a side of pickles, and for my side I chose collard greens. For some reason after dinner I thought about my friend from Texas who had always told me that if I ever went to Texas I needed to try Blue Bell ice cream, so headed to a nearby store and got a pint. Needless to say that ice cream was one of the best I’ve ever had.

The next day I got up early and did a quick work out; once everyone else woke up and got ready we went out for lunch. This time we hit an all time favorite classic Pappadeux. Let me tell you, if you haven’t been to Pappadeux, Papacitos, or any of their chains you’re missing out. I couldn’t decide between the Caesar Salmon salad, the Gruper, or the Red Fish dish they had. In the end I decided to go with the Gruper and let me tell you, it was one of the best seafood dishes I had ever had. It came with some gumbo crab meat and then this delicious buttery sauce. The side was sautéed spinach and that was also so scrumptious. However, what I think really made that dish was the spicy little seasoning it had on it. Also when you squished the lemon on top of the fish, it was like heaven.

After the amazing seafood at Pappadeux, we had to take a break and relax for a bit. We were a little exhausted but knew that we had to take advantage of the day otherwise we wouldn’t get to do to the things on our list. So after our little break/siesta, we all packed the car and headed to downtown Dallas. We parked and strolled around the streets to see what we could find in order to kill some time in-between the JFK museum reservation we made. We headed down a few blocks and checked out the area where the president was assassinated back in the 1960’s. I had seen so many documentaries and read multiple books about the event, but it felt so different actually being there. I pictured the president’s motorcade heading down the interstate and couldn’t imagine being in the crowd and seeing a president get killed in plain sight. Afterwards we checked out the JFK museum which was pretty great and then we all had dinner at the Blue Goose. The fun part of the evening was checking out an improv show that was held at an old remodeled church (talk about an awesome creative venue).

The next morning (after sleeping in) we headed to the art district. We checked out this restaurant called the Le Bouleviardier, which was fantastic. They had so many great options and they also had the best drinks. I ordered the Bouleviardier burger, and the rest of the group ordered the hash, the duck and eggs, and also the mushroom toast. As for drinks the group ordered bloody Mary’s. I would highly reccomend it if you ever go to Dallas. After checking out the restaurant, we walked around the Art district and caught a part of the Chief’s football game at a local bar. It was a lot of fun, and there was even live music all around the street. Later in the afternoon, we checked out a spiritual/mindfulness shop that had so many cool stones and knick-nacks. At the end of the night, we headed to a really yummy Mexican restaurant where I ordered the mixed fajitas. The beans were so good I had to order another little side of them.

Overall the trip was amazing. I had a great time and even got the chance to try the best ice cream in Texas. I had always thought about potentially moving to Dallas, but I know now that if the opportunity ever came up I would definitely do it. Barbara and Bob showed us the best hospitality while there, and I really hope that we can visit soon. Dallas had amazing restaurants and it had a lot of fun activities to do. It was a great trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for some great grub (don’t forget they have Whataburger!).

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