Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Weekend in Dallas

You know that vacation you need after a vacation? Yeah, that was today. I just got back from a long weekend trip in Dallas with some friends of mine and spent most of today sleeping it off.

We packed the weekend with lots of food and shopping and food followed by more shopping. Here are some of the favorite local spots I encountered in Dallas.

Nuevo Leon Mex Mex Restauarant
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This place came up on a quick Yelp search with the promise of high reviews. The stakes were further increased when we saw the many awards adorning the walls inside. Luckily, Nuevo Leon lived up to the promise of good Mexican food. I ordered the Carne Asada Chimichurri and received a great piece of steak served with a kicked up chimichurri sauce with its flavor profile turned on high.

Mama's Daughters' Diner
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The name is just fun to say, isn't it? It has a little Southern ring to it that made hopeful we would be treated to some good home cooking. And that's just what we encountered when we stopped in for a late breakfast. It took awhile to find room for our little clan but once we settled in and started reviewing the menu, we were all convinced we needed to try the chicken fried steak plate. I ordered mine with scrambled eggs, hash browns, and biscuits and gravy. Those biscuits and gravy took me right back to my days in Oklahoma, served just the way I had them at Wee Too in Enid, Oklahoma during the Road Trip Blogathon. As for the chicken fried steak, it was downright buttery and some of the best I've ever had. It definitely redeemed the time we had to wait to be seated.

Cafe Brazil
University Park location
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Bishop Parks location
Cafe Brazil on Urbanspoon

This one wins for my favorite spot in Dallas. Make that two spots. In total, Cafe Brazil has 10 locations in Texas. During the weekend, I managed to visit their University Park and Bishop Parks locations and quickly fell in love with both of them. Each location is open pretty late into the night, and some are open 24 hours. They're the kind of place you can sit and enjoy a bottomless mug from their extensive coffee bar or split dessert with friends, or take your laptop while you cram for an upcoming test. So in that way, it reminded me of Flying Star Cafe here in Albuquerque. At either rate, I was really digging the atmosphere, enjoying the coffee and gorging on their dessert. The seasonal Pumpkin Cheesecake was one of the best I had, retaining its cheesecake qualities without being overpowered by pumpkin. A big win in my book.

This is just a quick snapshot of the many places we went. Dallas is such a great city to visit. I don't know that I could handle living there with how spread out everything is and the headache of traffic and construction to get anywhere, but it's still a great place to spend a weekend.

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