What to do in Uptown Dallas for a short get away 16 May 2014, 1:33 pm
I often have guests ask what they should do on a short getaway to Uptown. If you are planning a quick trip to Uptown Dallas and you want to plan an itinerary here is my list of must see sites. The list is geared to things you can do on foot from Bailey’s Uptown Inn as your starting point.
1.) Ride the trolley through Uptown. The trolley is staffed by volunteers who are always very helpful and informative and it’s free. It makes a loop through Uptown. If you get on on the west side of Mckinney Avenue it heads south first. If you get on on the east side of Mckinney Avenue it goes north.
2.) Visit the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Garden. These two museums are directly across from one another and the trolley stops right between them. The Nasher can get toasty in the summer afternoon and much of it is outdoors so plan for a morning visit in the summer.
3.) Walk down to the JFK 6th Floor Museum and get the audio tour. The museum has lots to read beyond the audio guide but the guide does an excellent job of highlighting the best parts.
4.) Ride the trolley north to the West Village and people watch while having a cocktail on a patio. This shopping area has lots of outdoor dining options. Mi Cocina is great for Mexican food and margaritas but there are other choices. There is also a wine tasting place called Cru Food and Wine Bar.
5.) In the morning take a walk on the Katy Trail. This trail goes north to SMU and is a great place to get some exercise. There are also lots of restaurants and bars right off the trail if you want to take a break. I really enjoy Toulouse for brunch or dinner. It’s a French Bistro complete with dogs on the patio.
Restaurants in Uptown 8 Apr 2014, 1:54 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 April 2014):
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
Yutaka Sushi- Best sushi in Dallas, small and they don’t take reservations. 2633 Mckinney Avenue (214) 969-5533
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
Trinity Groves – a new foodie destination 16 Feb 2014, 11:15 am
Dallas has a new foodie destination. It’s located about 2 ½ miles from Bailey’s at the west end of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Trinity Groves is a not just a bunch of restaurants in close proximity but rather a restaurant “theme park.” The project is what restaurateur Phil Romano and his partner’s are calling a restaurant incubator. Interested restaurateurs and would be chefs take their proposals to Trinity Groves and the company backs them with funding in exchange for a percentage of the profits.
Whether you feel like barbeque or burgers, Cajun or tapas, you can find it here. There are currently nine restaurants open – all in a converted truck terminal. And more are in the works. So if you are hungry you should head on over. You won’t be disappointed.
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