Well howdy folks, and welcome to Dallas ~ now get your Smartphones out and download the Uber app. On behalf of the Metroplex (I’ll get to that in a minute), please bring your consumer dollar and spend liberally. If you’re one of the hundreds of people headed down (or over) here for SourceCon, why not bring the spouse or significant other (or both) and make it a long weekend? The “Metroplex” includes all of the cities and communities that include/bridge the Dallas/Ft. Worth corridor. Having grown up in Ft. Worth, then living in Dallas, Irving, Bedford, and now Southlake, I feel moderately qualified to make a few recommendations.
Full disclosure, folks – this ain’t Chicago (or New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston, or Vegas) but it’s one helluva place to live. And, since you picked a week to come where the weather might actually fool you into thinking we have a “moderate” climate, it’s a good time to enjoy what we have to offer.
There are probably more comprehensive lists (see Bradley’s here,) but there may still be a few things you could do that would make this a truly memorable experience – an NONE of it occurs in Dallas. As a Ft. Worth boy, I can impartially tell you that Ft. Worth blows the doors off of Dallas and demands your attention, and sits only a short 25-minute drive away.
1. Saturday, September 19th, 7pm – TCU plays SMU at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Ft. Worth, TX. The “Horned Frogs” will be ranked #3 in the nation, and take special pleasure beating their Dallas rival, SMU. Great college scene in TCU, the weather will be insanely nice, and you can view the richest co-eds in the state of Texas, regardless of which school’s students you may observe.
2. Joe T. Garcia’s – There’s only one Mexican food experience that counts around here. Joe T’s, located on the North Side of Downtown Ft. Worth is an institution. Authentic family-style Mexican food, margaritas that are flammable (again, Uber app), and the perfect place for a pre-game meal or post-game capper with friends. One of a kind, take advantage of the opportunity while you’re here.
3. Billy Bob’s Texas – Yeah, it’s cliché, and it’s a little hokey, but the place is massive and lies just down the road from the aforementioned Joe T.’s. Dancing, mechanical bull-riding, honest-to-God cowboys and goat-ropers (don’t ask), this Saturday it’s featuring Bret Michaels. I’m not a fan, but still – Bret Michaels.
4. Sundance Square – This is downtown Ft. Worth. You may have heard of the Bass Brothers – they started financing the re-building of our downtown back in 1979. Outside of Austin, this is the best downtown in Texas. Great restaurants, great scene, and you can walk anywhere without fear. Try that in Dallas, but make sure your dental records are up-to-date. In downtown Ft. Worth you’ll actually see mounted police in cowboy hats ~ I don’t care who you are, that’s pretty cool, padnuh.
5. Global Life Ballpark in Arlington – Yeah, I know, this is an Arlington highlight, but this is Major League Baseball. Located next door to Jerry Jones’s Death Star (literally, they can share parking lots) in Arlington, the Texas Rangers are on a home stand & they are in the throes of a pennant race. Playing the Houston Astros on Thursday, the Seattle Mariners on Friday and Saturday. Beautiful stadium, outrageous food, meaningful baseball in September – what’s not to like?
So do yourself a favor while you’re here in Dallas ~ grab a few buds, get a ride, and go see a more “Texas-y” part of Texas. You have my personal, bias-free endorsement. 😉