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Authentic Dallas Super Bowl Guide

1 Feb

 

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Authentic Dallas would like to welcome the masses to Dallas for the Super Bowl.  Now that you’re here, you are probably wondering what to do in our great city?  I’m sure you’ve been told to visit  The Galleria and Northpark Center, but with apologies to NorthPark (which is truly a great shopping mecca both architecturally and with its lineup of stores), if you’ve been to one big city mall, you’ve been to them all.  I’m also sure your to-do list includes a visit to Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum which should be at the top of your list, but what to do with the rest of your days leading up to the Big Game?

Have no fear!  Authentic Dallas is here to steer you to authentic and unique activities, events, restaurants, and bars.  Due to the city moving to ICE FORCE 2!, this list will trend heavily towards eating and drinking, but at least that will keep you warm!

(Note: You might want to call ahead to these places, especially the bars and restaurants, and make sure they are not closed for private parties this week.)

Coffee Houses

Speaking of keeping warm, lets start out with where to grab a great cup of coffee (or tea) without having to visit the ubiquitous Starbucks.  Visit the following places for a unique brew and authentic atmosphere.

Crooked Tree Coffeehouse – 2414 Routh Street – Website
  • Central location in Uptwon Dallas, walking distance from The Crescent, Hotel ZaZa, Ritz Carlton and Downtown Hotels.  It’s also near a bunch of great restaurants and bars.  Chances are if you’re staying in Dallas, you’ll be in Crooked Tree’s orbit early and often.
Murray Street Coffee Shop – 103 Murray Street – Website
  • Murray Street is located in Deep Ellum which is an area with bohemian shops, interesting museums, and some of the best restaurants in the city.  See my previous post on Deep Ellum for some suggestions.  Back to Murray Street, this is probably my favorite coffee house in terms of location, feel, and the actual building.  Murray Street is easy to get to for those staying Downtown or traveling in the Uptown/Downtown area.
Espumoso Caffe – 408 North Bisjop Ave – Suite 105 – Website
  • Negative points to Espumoso Caffe because it isn’t truly authentic to Dallas (they have a location in the Vegas Hard Rock Hotel), but positive points for being in the most authentic area in Dallas, The Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, and major points for being (to my knowledge) the only place in Dallas that serves Acai Bowls, which is perhaps the greatest thing on earth.  Learn more about Oak Cliff and how to get there below.
The Pearl Cup Espresso Bar – 1900 N. Henderson Ave. – Website
  • The Pearl Cup is located in another great authentic dining and shopping corridor known as the Knox-Henderson neighborhood.  More on the neighborhood below, but if you like a good restaurant and bar scene, you’ll be familiar with the area by Super Sunday.  Henderson Ave is a 5 minute cab ride from Downtown and Uptown hotels and is worth the short trip.

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Weekend Plans: Saturday College Football @ SMU, Sunday Funday Go For BBQ in The Cliff

9 Sep

Sorry for the gap between posts, busy few weeks, but I can now get back to bringing you Authentic Dallas things… starting with two great events this weekend.

Saturday – Tailgating, Everclear and Football!

Head over to the Hilltop at SMU to take in a college football game and join in on one of the best tailgate scenes in the country.  SMU hasn’t always delivered on the field after they received the Death Penalty in the late 1980’s (though they seem to be headed in the right direction with 8 wins and a bowl victory last season), but since they moved their home games back on campus and into the new Gerald J. Ford Stadium in 2000, there is little doubt the tailgating scene is worthy of a top ten ranking.

View of "The Boulevard" looking towards Mockingbird.

Unlike most colleges who host tailgaters in hot parking lots or open fields a mile from campus, SMU opens up the ample, tree lined median of Bishop Blvd. that cuts right through the heart of the campus giving fans a respite from the weather and making it a short walk to the stadium.  The location also gives tailgater’s one of the best settings for eating, drinking, and checking out the scenery around them.

 

Bishop Blvd. Pre-Tailgate

The best part about The Boulevard is it truly has something for everyone.  You want to imbibe, soak in the atmosphere, and watch the other big games on that day?  Then bring a cooler full of beer and let the good times roll.  Most, if not all regulars have great setups and are more than happy to share their food and  lend a chair for you to watch the games on their multiple TV setup.

Looking for more of a family atmosphere?  The Boulevard offers that too.  They typically set up games and activities for kids near the flagpole at the North end of Bishop.  You will also see kids running around playing games and tossing footballs in and around The Blvd.  You and your kids can also spend some time with Peruna, SMU’s official mascot, as he walks up and down The Boulevard.

Peruna making the Blvd. rounds dressed as a ref.

Details You Need to Know:

This week SMU plays UAB, gametime is at 7:00 pm

Ticket and season ticket information is available here

Free Tickets! To commeorate 9/11, SMU is giving away free tickets to first responders and military personnel for this weekend’s game.

The Blvd. is free and really starts hopping about two and a half hours before game time, although people will be out there much earlier. Bring what you want to drink, but more than likely you can find people willing to feed you.  If you’d rather not mooch, I recommend Goff’s Hamburgers right across Hillcrest from SMU and a two minute walk from the heart of The Boulevard.

Parking: Take DART to Mockingbird Station and hop the free game day shuttle to campus, or park at the Mockingbird DART station and take said shuttle, all for free.  The shuttle will drop you off steps from the action.

What was that about Everclear?: Everclear, yes that Everclear (and this, this and this), will be playing The Boulevard at 5:30pm Saturday.  Come for the free show and stay for the game.

Sunday – BBQ in Oak Cliff

After you get done celebrating SMU’s win and clear the cobwebs from Blvd’ing and Everclear…Sunday Funday brings us to Oak Cliff for Blues, Bandits and BBQ.

The first annual shindig will feature, you guessed it, BBQ and Blues (not sure if we will see any bandits).  The festivities will span from Davis to Tyler Street with bands indoors, outdoors and all around.  The meat used in the BBQ competition will be grass fed and from sustainable ranches, so pat yourself on the back for being so green.  Below is most of the details you need to know, but also check out Go Oak Cliff for all the pertinent info:

EATING: Staying up all night to smoke a hunk of beef may not be your idea of a good time, but you can still come out and enjoy all this tasty grass fed, sustainably produced beef, pork and chicken. We’ll be selling wrist bands that will entitle you to taste the brisket, chicken, pork ribs and homemade sausage of each competitor! Information about pre-purchasing the wrist bands will be posted here in the coming weeks.

The BBQ teams will start cooking at noon on Saturday, September 11 in the grassy area behind The Kessler Theater (1230 W Davis Street, Dallas TX 75208) and the cooking will continue all night long. The judging and tasting starts at 11:30am on Sunday, September 12. You are welcome to come up and chat with the teams while they cook on Saturday – there will be beer for sale and lots of fun before things really get kicked off officially on Sunday.

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