I was lucky enough to tag along with Chad on a business trip to Dallas recently, which meant while he was battling tornadoes, driving all over the south, and doing lots of schmoozing; I was catching up on my reading, working on my tan, and enjoying endless hours of doing a whole lotta nothing.
We arrived late morning on Wednesday, which was perfect timing to grab a cocktail and bite to eat (hey, it was vacation for me, after all!)
Our Concierge pointed us in the direction of an area referred to as Deep Ellum, which he described as “industrial.” I would describe it more as Hipster, Up and Coming, and just overall pretty dang cool.
We started off at a spot called Braindead Brewing.
Think of it as a cross between Mad Max meets Blink182 with nachos and beer.
Not sure what I mean by that? I’m really not sure either. Go check it out when you’re in Dallas and I think you’ll understand.
I had their Blanche de Braindead, and shared an order of Funny Name for Nachos with Chad. (More like I devoured them).
Determined to try something from as many places as possible, we didn’t stay super long, but I would be willing to bet this is a place I would frequent quite a bit if I lived in the area.
Someone please, if you do go there, get the Bacon Flight and text me pictures immediately!
Next we traveled down the street to Easy Slider.
I thought this place was pretty cool because from my understanding, they started (and still operate) as a food truck, and also have a brick and mortar in Deep Ellum.
This place only serves sliders (but tons of them), sides, and a full bar.
Their special of the day was (I can’t remember the name) a slider featuring fried chicken, pickles, and mayo. Basically a staple in life.
I tried it, Tina tried something French (go figure; ha, LOVE YA!), and Chad tried something with jalapeño. (Hey, if it’s not something I’m going to be eating I don’t generally pay attention. Sorry bout it).
I also got their Mississippi Mule, which I’m sad to say I didn’t care for. The slider, however, was pretty dang good.
Afterwards, I was craving dessert, so the group split ways and I did the only thing my heart was telling me to do at this point in time; Eat Pie.
We stopped at the cutest little pie shop called Emporium Pies.
I was extremely disappointed to find they didn’t have any blueberry options on the menu, but I did have an amazing slice of the Drunken Nut, which was really just Pecan Pie.
Although delicious, and I have zero complaints or regrets, I feel like it needs to be known that my grandmother’s Pecan Pie would stand up to Emporium’s any day. My grandma can baaaaake.
Walker, Texas Ranger
Come on, please tell me you remember that show?
We finished up our afternoon with a much needed nap and then headed toward the Ranger Stadium for a night of baseball!
Chad and Jeremy scored us seats along the third base line in a VIP box pretty much right on the field.
We were told, literally about 17 times, that we were sitting in the most dangerous seats in the entire stadium.
In no particular order, here is a list of the series of unfortunate events that have happened to other guests who have sat in our particular seats:
- Broken collarbones
- Dislocated fingers
- Lost teeth
- Facial stitches
And last, but absolutely the most terrifying;
- someone lost half their tongue due to a foul ball
You can bet I was super excited to be sitting there!
I literally spent the entire game crouched behind Chad, who selflessly positioned himself in front of me willing to take one for the team in case I was under fire.
The night was full of hecklers, ice cream, and fear. So all in all, loads of fun. (No really, it was fun!)
Chad and Jeremy had to make the 2.5 hour trek to Oklahoma, so the majority of day two was spent doing that whole lotta nothing I mentioned earlier.
Tina and I enjoyed a morning relaxing at the rooftop pool, reading our books (I finished The Break Down by BA Paris, and would give it 3 out of 5 stars).
We had lunch at Freshii where I had an incredible and wholesome bowl (seriously, why can’t we have places like this where I live?)
The rest of the day was spent walking around Dallas exploring, and then getting ready for dinner at one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been.
The Dinner That Changed My Life
Seriously. I had the most amazing Mexican dinner I have ever had in my entire life, and I’ve been to Mexico, people.
MesoMaya is a swanky little place featuring a mix of Mexican and Mayan foods, and now the proud owners of this Iowa girl’s heart.
I am not exaggerating when I say that I will be dreaming about my dinner for a very long time.
What I would recommend from the menu:
- Enchiladas Del Mar
- Top Shelf Margarita
- Remolino Swirl (PEOPLE! This is sangria blended with a margarita! DO YOU EVEN REALIZE HOW AMAZING THIS IS?!)
- Pastel de Moras (I finally got my blueberry cake)
I can’t remember much else about this night because I was too caught up in my post food coma bliss (and I might have had one too many Remolinos). #worthit
Our trip was short but it was loads of fun.
Things I’ll keep in mind for next time:
- Dallas has some great shopping. You can’t reach any of it by walking around downtown. Next time, I’ll Google and Uber.
- The Texas Rangers stadium is incredible, and baseball is my favorite. I’ll definitely go back, but I will not be sitting in a VIP box.
- Food Truck City! I don’t think this needs further explanation.
- MesoMaya. Until we meet again, sweet lover.
Have you been to Dallas? I’d love to know your recommendations for next time!