Monday, November 18, 2013
How well do the Cowboys cheerleaders know Dallas?
They listed a few of Dallas' best hotspots in a recent national story.
DALLAS All eyes are on Dallas this week as the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination looms. USA Today quizzed several Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, plus a few Cowboys players, to list the restaurants, bars and sights they would recommend to travelers.
And you know what? They had some good ideas.
First stop is the Dallas Arboretum, which cheerleader Olivia Rene said is "like Dallas' little Central Park." Another cheerleader said the five-acre, over-the-highway Klyde Warren Park connecting downtown and Uptown is a good place to grab a bite from a food truck. She's right.
For the "everything is bigger in Texas" people, Olivia Rene suggests the Fort Worth honky tonk Billy Bob's Texas, famous for its country music concerts. I've taken out-of-towners there, too.
Food is where we get a little territorial. For barbecue, Cowboys football players recommended Hard Eight BBQ in Coppell and 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House in Frisco. (No Pecan Lodge? That hurts a little, though it's a bad recommendation for an out-of-towner who doesn't have a few extra hours to spare.)
Other non-barbecue recommendations included Eddie V's in Dallas, Ocean Prime in Uptown and Tillman's Roadhouse in Oak Cliff. Says a cheerleader of Tillman's: "I love the chicken fried steak and goat cheese tater tots. I only eat that on a cheat day once [a] year, but if you're going to a Texas restaurant it's always a little unhealthy." Once a year!
Health-conscious people are pointed toward Seasons 52, the 475 calories-per-plate place with locations in Plano and Dallas. And here's a unique one: Cowboys player L.P. Ladouceur suggests Ellerbe Fine Foods in Fort Worth.
Bars that made the list, predominantly in Uptown, were Social House, Concrete Cowboy and The Rustic. Shopping hotspots were spot on: Highland Park Village, Knox-Henderson, the boutiques near SMU, and Bishop Arts. Leaving NorthPark off that list is questionable, but perhaps they have parking nightmares like I do.
Where else would you suggest tourists visit while in Dallas?