Food trucks at Klyde Warren Park in Uptown Dallas 24 Oct 2013, 11:41 am
I took a trip to visit the food trucks in Klyde Warren Park. The park is celebrating its one year anniversary. My first recommendation about the park is don’t drive there. There is a trolley stop at the park and you can catch the trolley a block from Bailey’s Uptown Inn. Parking at the park is limited and not free. The day we visited there were four food trucks – Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen, The Butcher’s Son, Crazy Fish Sushi and Snow Cones and What’s Da Scoop.
Gandalfo’s has a basic deli menu and the sandwich I had which was a turkey on wheat with swiss cheese and avocado was huge and good. The sandwiches all have New York themes like I Love New York (corned beef, pastrami, swiss, mustard and Russian dressing) and New York Giant (pastrami, pickles and mustard).
The Butcher’s Son served all different varieties of sliders. They sounded delicious like the Mac-n-beefy (braised beef, baked mac-n-cheese, bbq sauce and cheddar on a brioche bun) and the Longhorn (braised beef, jalapeno, tomato and pepper jack on a brioche bun). My companions ordered the quesadillas from here which were not great, but who orders a quesadilla from a burger joint?
Crazy Fish and sushi had a selection of sushi but I couldn’t get my head around eating sushi from a food truck. The snow cones looked delicious though.
Whats Da Scoop had all kinds of ice cream, shakes and sundaes. We tried the cappucino and chocolate ice cream which was very tasty.
When the weather is as nice as it has been it’s nice to visit the park even if you decide not to partake in food.
Best Sushi in Uptown Dallas 16 Oct 2013, 10:31 am
I recently was asked by a guest for a Sushi recommendation in Uptown. I can’t believe that I haven’t already written about this place because it’s a hidden gem and only two blocks from Bailey’s Uptown Inn. It’s called Yutaka Sushi Bistro. I personally am not that adventurous when it comes to Sushi but even the basics are stand outs here like the Spicy Tuna Gyozas. Everything is very fresh and the flavors are delicate but balanced. My guest raved about the Oysters but I’ve never heard a bad word about any of the dishes. Another guest from New York said it was the only place he would eat sushi outside of NYC. The service is also first rate.
Here’s what the folks at yelp have to say.
The only downsides are parking, which can be tough any place in Uptown, and it’s tiny. On weekends there can be a wait but it’s worth it.
Also this just in starting on Friday November 18 Yutaka will be adding freshly made noodle dishes to the regular lunch menu on Fridays only; soba, udon, and ramen selections.
Dallas Arboretum 9 Oct 2013, 2:03 pm
Arboretum is nine miles from Bailey’s Uptown Inn but if you are
in Dallas in the Spring or Fall it’s worth the drive. They
recently opened up a whole new section of the gardens which is
supposed to be for children but it’s really fascinating for adults,
too. It’s like an eight acre outdoor science museum.
There’s a section about solar power, water power, a live
maze, a plant lab, an edible garden and much more. I
recommend visiting in the late morning. The park is open
daily from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively if you go for a concert
you can check out the park when it is technically closed and there
are food trucks to serve up a nice picnic while you listen.
Concerts are held on the lawn and start at 7pm. In
October and November you can also see the pumpkin houses and
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State Fair of Texas 2013 30 Sep 2013, 2:34 pm
It’s time to hit the fair once again any time between now and October 20, 2013. I wanted to write something for guests at Bailey’s Uptown Inn about what’s new at the Fair this year. If you were in Dallas last year you might have heard that during the last week of the Fair Big Tex burned to the ground in a matter of 15 minutes. This year’s Fair will have a tribute showing the life and times of the old Big Tex as well as unveiling a new one. The new Big Tex is 55 feet high.
One of the most anticipated things at the fair is always the newest fried food. This year the best tasting fried food was voted the Cuban Roll which has chopped ham, pork shoulder, cheese and pickles. If that’s not your taste look for the Fried Thanksgiving Dinner voted most creative. It is creamed corn, stuffing and turkey rolled up and fried.
If you are looking for discounts to the fair take a look at this article which has something for just about everyone and every day of the week. If you want to see what will be happening on the day you are there check out this site for a list by day and by hour. Want to avoid parking your car at the Fair, which can be another $15? You can ride the Dart. This site will show you a variety of options by bus or light rail.
Hope you enjoy your visit!
Live music at Dream Cafe in Uptown Dallas 20 Sep 2013, 12:56 pm
I have been a long time fan of Dream Cafe. One of the reasons is that they serve breakfast all day, which I love. If you don’t want breakfast they have lots of other great choices, my personal favorite is the “square meal” which is beans, rice, grilled vegetables and a Tahini sauce with a glass of wine. It’s delicious and you don’t feel terribly guilty after eating it. My friend, Ellen, who is almost always there with me swears by their chicken enchiladas. If neither of these hit the spot for you their menu is very diverse and you absolutely can’t go wrong with breakfast especially the could cakes or the cinnamon snail.
Last night I was there and I discovered another reason why I love this place – they have live classical music on Thursday evenings. I don’t listen to classical music all that often but it was a violin and a piano playing tango music. The artists rotate. Sometimes it is a cello player, sometimes it’s even a singer. Check it out!
The other thing I love about Dream Cafe is their patio. It’s one of the few in Dallas where you aren’t sitting outside facing a busy street. There are lots of tables and the atmosphere is great. That’s three great reasons to go to Dream Cafe. It’s only two short blocks from Bailey’s Uptown Inn at 2800 Routh Street.
Mutts Canine Cantina – a new restaurant/dog park in Uptown 23 Aug 2013, 1:33 pm
Being a dog lover myself I’ve been anxiously awaiting the opening of Mutts Canine Cantina which has a one acre off leash park. Bailey’s Uptown Inn was actually named after my lab, Bailey, who lived with me at the Inn for the first year I was open. Mutts may not be a great place to visit in the heat of August but if you’re away from home and looking for a relaxed place to meet up with other dog lovers, you have found it.
Mutts is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s located right off the access road to I-75 and Cityplace West Boulevard. They are open from 7am to 11pm.
The menu is nothing too fancy but it’s a fun place. Breakfast includes breakfast tacos, oatmeal and pastries. Lunch and dinner includes hot dogs, shakes and burgers. You can also buy treats for your canine friends. They serve beer and wine also.
Dogs can remain on leash in the patio area and are permitted to roam in the 1 acre park if they are members. This gives the place a chance to make sure that all the dogs there are healthy and vaccinated.
French Toast with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce 5 Aug 2013, 12:11 pm
We decided that since we get so many requests for recipes from guests that we should start posting them once a month. This summer we started to serve a new french toast that we call strawberry balsamic french toast. It came about because my niece, Riley, who has an awesome food blog called My Daily Morsel made this strawberry balsamic jam. It was so delicious that we thought it would make a really great topping for french toast. It’s delicious because the strawberries are sweet and juicy and the balsamic adds a hint of rich, tart flavor. The recipe follows. Hope you enjoy it.
2 cups of chopped strawberries
1 cup of sugar
2 Tbl. of balsamic vinegar
1 ½ cups milk
challah bread – 6 1″ slices or 12 1/2″ slices
1.) Whisk together eggs and milk in a shallow bowl
2.) Heat griddle or nonstick skillet and add butter to coat surface
3.) Cook strawberries, sugar, and balsamic vinegar in a medium pan on medium heat for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally
4.) While strawberries are cooking drench bread in egg mixture and cook until browned on both side
5.) Pour strawberry balsamic mixture over french toast and serve
Summer in Uptown Dallas 30 Jul 2013, 1:32 pm
I’m constantly hearing from guests “we didn’t even know this neighborhood existed.” Visitors to Dallas are always surprised that there is such a pedestrian friendly, urban neighborhood in a city like Dallas. I wanted to give the guests at Bailey’s Uptown Inn some ideas for things to do in Uptown this summer. Here’s a list of my favorites.
- Take a walk on the Katy Trail. This trail is a walking, biking, jogging trail that goes almost to SMU at the north end and down to the American Airlines center on the south end. What’s so great about the trail is you can jump on and get in some exercise and stop at some of Dallas’ best restaurants just a few steps from the trail. My personal favorite at the north end is Toulouse, a french bistro which has a great brunch and delicious dinner. My favorite at the south end is the Ice House, which is an Austin-style beer garden. You can hop onto the trail a few blocks from Bailey’s.
- Get out of the heat and catch a movie at the Magnolia theater followed by dinner in the West Village. The Magnolia is an art-house theater which is just a short trolley ride from Bailey’s. Did I mention that you can enjoy your movie with a glass of wine or a beer? Just outside the theater are about seven restaurants to choose from with great people watching. I love Grimaldi’s, best pizza in Dallas.
- Do some shopping on Knox Avenue followed of course by a snack. Knox just happens to be at the northern tip of the Katy Trail and it has tons of great places like Pottery Barn (both the kids store and the main one), Z Gallerie, Apple, Crate & Barrel, Froggie’s (which has unique kids toys) and Restoration Hardware just to name a few. All the stores are within walking distance of each other so you can park at one end of the street and visit them all. Follow this link to see a map of all the stores and restaurants.
Stay tuned for more suggestions!
Opening of the George W. Bush Libarary 13 May 2013, 6:02 pm
Whether you are a fan of George W. Bush or not, the opening of the Library on the SMU campus is a big event for Dallas. The Library has lots of exhibits – one that is dedicated to 911. There is an exhibit that talks about what Bush thought his presidency would be about and you turn the corner and you are at 911.
I haven’t made it to the museum yet but you can read all about the exhibits and get information about the museum here. There is a replica of the Oval Office as it was when George W. was president. The museum is a short drive from the B&B or you can ride the train. The Dart Rail has a stop at Mockingbird Lane that is directly across from the campus. If you opt for this route be aware that there is still a fair amount of walking required.
The Library is not free to enter, full disclosure. Adult tickets are $16.
I’ll update the post with more information once I’ve been to the Library.
Restaurants in Uptown 21 Jan 2013, 12:54 pm
In Dallas Texas, the terrific Uptown neighborhood is full of great places to eat and they constantly change. Some require reservations. Here is a short list of our favorite Uptown Dallas restaurants (updated January 2013):
Avanti - fabulous service, music on weekends and classic Italian. 1/2 block away. 2720 Mckinney avenue. (214) 871 -4955
Si Tapas – This place has small plates that are delicious. They have nice outdoor seating and the place is in an old house. 2207 Allen St (214) 720-0324
Coal Vines – step back in time with Frank Sinatra and fabulous pizza. 2404 Cedar Springs. (214) 855-4999
Stephan Pyles’ Restaurant – Fine dining at its best. They have an excellent tasting menu and each course is paired with a cocktail. 1807 Ross Avenue. (214) 580-7000
Gui – New Korean/sushi located at 2719 McKinney avenue. They have sushi specials on Wednesday and Sunday. (214) 720-9229
Trulucks – Trulucks has excellent seafood, incredible desserts and I’ve been told by guests the best coffee in town.
S&D Oyster Bar – Seafood New Olreans style at 2701 McKinney avenue -(214) 880-0111
Palomino – Italian/Grill menu 500 Crescent Court. This is a great choice if you’re going to an event at the American Airlines center. They offer free shuttle service to and from events.
Dream Cafe - broad menu, breakfast all day, nice patio, 2800 Routh St. (214) 954-0486
The Place at Perry’s – Known for the steak, but the seafood is really good, too. 2680 Cedar Springs Rd. (214) 871-9991
Nick & Sam’s Grill - casual and less expensive with great seafood, burgers and salads. 2816 Fairmount. (214) 922-8291
Thomas Avenue Beverage Company – casual burgers and beer, great patio. 2901 Thomas. (214) 979-0452
Mattitos - They have an excellent dip called Bob Roberts which is queso plus everything. It is delicious traditional Tex-Mex. 3011 Routh Street. (214) 526-8181