Over my vacation at Christmas, I had the chance to hang out with some great friends. We laughed. We ate. We caught up. But it was like those 10+ years from our days together in high school had never passed! So much fun. Anyway, Anna and I started talking food and travel... and she mentioned that she wasn't finding many things to do in their new town near the Dallas, Fort Worth area. So.... here's where I would go check out Anna if I were to come visit!! :)
First things first, I'd head for the cheese shop.
Scardello's Cheese to be exact! It has a ton of great reviews and I'm a sucker for tasty cheese. :) I would also hit up one of my favorite online stores that has a store front in Dallas - Penzey's Spices located at 12835 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230. YUM. You will love this place if you love to cook (which I know you do Anna!!).
Of course, I'd do the Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives tour too -- Twisted Root Burger Co. (I'd totally order the Bacon Bomb Burger, Fried Onion Strings, Sweet Potato Chips and a Peanut Butter Custard Shake... mmmm), and Avila's Mexican Restaurant (I'd order the Flour Nachos - I'm a sucker for flour tortilla chips! - and Brisket Tacos - they are known for them!).
My favorite place to search for places to check out is yelp.com and that's where I found Mozart Bakery, which sounds excellent (try a macaron, not to be confused with a macaroon!). Or try Highland Park Pharmacy -- it's a soda fountain that has been in business since 1912! One review says to try a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich to go with the milkshake.... mmmm..... I totally would!! Also found Bubba's Cooks Country (the pancakes or a biscuit sandwich? I love that kinda greasy diner breakfast every once in a great while!). And I found Bread Winners Bakery Bistro -- looks good for brunch and pastries!
Okay so if you make it through all the food... lol ;) I'd check out a few local places such as the Dallas Heritage Village, the Dallas Arboretum (they have a concert series!), and the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. And what's travel without real history? I would totally check out the Sixth Floor Museum, see the grassy knoll and the JFK Memorial.
I'd also check out this Fort Worth landmark, Billy Bob's Texas. BBQ, live music, real bull riding and free line dancing lessons? It is also a bar... but it sounds like a true Texas experience to me!! :) In Fort Worth, there is also the Modern Museum of Fort Worth which sounds (& looks) really interesting. They have a Friday night dinner and movie event that I would totally check out!!
Other things I'd check out:
Lonely Planet's Texas Barbeque: A User's Guide
Dallas Observer's Best of Dallas 2011
Things to Do in Fort Worth, Texas
Things to Do in Dallas, Texas
White Rock Lake (biking, walking trails)
Dallas Farmer's Market (7 days a week!)
Mesquite Pro Rodeo (live rodeos!)
Trinity River Audubon Center (more biking, walking trails)
Stockyards Station (horseback trail rides!)
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame (you are in Texas... I'd totally soak up some culture! ;))
That should keep you busy for a while Anna! You'll have to let me know what you try or do -- I'll have to travel Dallas vicariously through you!! :)