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Feb 17, 2010 11:39 AM

What's cool in Dallas?

Perhaps "cool" is a loaded word but I have lived here my entire life and compared to other cities, Dallas doesn't have many "cool" places. Maybe I think other cities have "cooler" places because they are new to me or in a different city. Regardless, What is cool in Dallas? Why is it cool?

I am not talking about the newest see and be seen trendy places that come and go. Although it is certainly possible for a new place to be cool, I am talking about solid places that will survive the days of Ed Hardy and Bump-its.

Say what you will about Sonny Bryan, but sitting on those old, wood school chairs eating a chopped beef sandwich over on Inwood is cool. Drinking a beer and eating a burger next to a fire pit at Lee Harvey's is cool. Drinking Scotch. listening to the piano at the Library in the Melrose is cool. The French Room is cool-just because. The Mecca is cool-I don't know why.

So when someone says "Dallas sucks." Where would you take them in an attempt to convince them that Dallas isn't so bad afterall. Maybe it is a little cool.

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  1. Great topic and I couldn't agree more with your premise as another native. The things I think are cool:
    Nursing a hangover with a good beer and cheesburger at the Angry Dog.
    Brunch at La Duni on Oak Lawn
    Dinner at York Street
    Eating sammy and bottle of wine at Jimmy's
    Dinner at Nonna

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    1. re: J.R.

      Eating a meal at Urbano is steadily climbing up my list of cool things to do...

    2. Standing outside Meshack's amidst the smell of smoke, waiting for your BBQ
      Rahr and Franconia brewery tours
      Seeing an out of towner's reaction as you walk into Babe's
      Brunch at Henk's. Bonus points if Germany is playing a soccer match.
      Wandering Downtown Plano for food, and cap it off with a beer at Fillmore Pub
      My hangover cure of choice is an early morning bowl of pho at Pho Bang
      Grabbing the last almond croissant at Ravelin Bakery

      1. Great topic! I'll just sit back and enjoy all your cool favorites. Then, I'll know where and what to do that's, cool.
        Keep em coming.

        1. I don't know about cool but these are things that make me happy no matter what's going on:

          Standing in line in Taqueria El Fuego as office workers with doubtful, dubious expressions get introduced to this little gem by kind, more adventurous co-workers.

          Walking into Jimmy's, past the luxury cars in the overflowing parking lot, the sandwich line a dozen deep, another dozen mingling around waiting for their order.

          Sitting three deep in Wingfield's lot, the line out the door, the sun beating down on the locals, the out of place office workers (including me), everyone mingling in anticipation of their burger fix.

          Awaiting a steaming bowl of pho in a Vietnamese shop in Richardson/Garland (pick one), sipping an iced sweetened coffee, and feeling like I'm halfway across the world... while watching the cnn scroller on the flatscreen.

          As you can tell, I like it when cultures and different groups of people mix.

          1. Packing a picnic lunch of your favorites and hitting the road to "pick your own" at one of the many farms located a short drive out of the metro. After picking - unfolding your picnic treasures, hopefully boosted by your newly picked harvest, and enjoying a fresh and tasty lunch on a beautiful spring afternoon.

            Of course.... we have to wait for the beautiful spring day to arrive first.

            (And if you don't want to go pickin', a picnic is still a pretty cool thing to do.)

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            1. re: CocoaNut

              That reminds me: Going to the farmers market in summer, visiting one of the stalls that actually grows their produce, getting a tomato, showing a friend what a ripe tomato actually tastes like. Makes you hate supermarkets.