The 12 things you absolutely must do in Dallas this Spring

Published On 02/05/2014 Published On 02/05/2014
Untapped Festival
Big Texas Beer Festival
North Texas Taco Festival
Mariano's Hacienda
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1. The Untapped Festival 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Pairing national touring acts, local color, and indies with 200 different beers, the Untapped Festival is roaring up to Panther Island Pavillion on March 8th. It's going to be the pav-illest.

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2. Luna's Tortilla Factory 2225 Connector Drive, Dallas, TX 75235

Luna's has got over 90 years of cred behind their tortillas, enough masa mastery to earn recognition as a Dallas Landmark. Now, set up in brand new digs (their first move in decades), it's the perfect time to pay them a visit this Spring. Like you needed a reason to buy all of the tamales.

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3. PDQ Frisco 4585 Preston Rd, Frisco, TX 75034

PDQ stands for People Dedicated to Quality, which translates to simple sandwiches and banging comfort foods -- hand-breaded chicken tenders, shakes, fresh cut fries, and more. And guess what? This franchise is finally coming to the Metroplex this Spring.

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4. The Loon 3531 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

With a menu full of classics and cheap drink specials, The Loon is the kinda of dive only a crazy person wouldn't love. Something actually loony? This Dallas institution is closing down March 31st, so prepare to get a pint in and get misty-eyed this Spring.

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5. Katy Trail Ice House 3127 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201

This beer garden/restaurant hybrid has one of the largest patios in Dallas and boasts 50 brews on tap, ranging from simple domestics to international imports, all poured behind a 50ft bar that features a number of flatscreens, making it a perfect game-day spot. Make sure to stop by for brunch for $6 mimosas from 11am to 3pm.

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6. Big Texas Beer Fest 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210

The Automobile Building is just your average 84,500 sq. ft. exhibition hall disguised as an automotive building. Besides a classic car-lover's mecca during the annual Texas State Fair, this place hosts parties, sporting events, and antique/collectible shows. Head there April 5th for the Big Texas Beer Fest. That it's got an absolutely massive list of breweries bringing beers made just for this event is nothing but awesome. Also awesome: the on-site ‚Äúfood truck alley‚ÄĚ.

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7. Christies Sports Bar 2811 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

This family-owned, family-run space has been an Uptown Arts District staple since opening its doors in 1991. They aren't light on entertainment, with a Big Buck Hunter arcade, tournament-sized pool tables, and oh just 43 televisions -- 39 flat screens, and four 10ft screens. Head there for March Madness April 5th-7th. Just because your bracket's busted doesn't mean you can't enjoy watching (remotely) the first Final Four at Jerry World.

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8. Knife Modern Steak 5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

From James Beard-nominated Chef John Tesar, Knife Modern Steakhouse is a sleek, elegant update on the classic steakhouse. Dedicated to using only the highest-quality ingredients with local Texas roots, Knife sources its meat from the nearby 44 Farms in Carmen, Texas. Classic cuts like a bone-in rib eye or filet mignon are what you can expect to see on the restaurant's "Old School" menu, and more adventurous selections, like Waygu, Akaushi and Tri-Tip steaks, wood-fired over an open flame, are decidedly "New School."

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9. Mariano's Hacienda 6300 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75231

When we say "American history," what's the first thing that comes to mind? That's right, George Washington the frozen margarita machine! Mariano Martinez, the owner of of Mariano's Hacienda, invented the machine in 1971 and now the original is in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. But since you can't drink booze and annihilate humongous fajitas in a museum, we suggest you stick to Mariano's. And what better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year than at the Hacienda that birthed a legend?

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10. Potato Flats 425 Bedford St, Dallas, TX 75212

Phil Romano's assault on restaurant incubator Trinity Groves continues thanks to his starch palace Potato Flats, opening this Spring. Picture the best part about Souper!Salad! (the potato bar), then press those spuds into a 1.5in-thick steak shape and open up the toppings bar. Think Chipotle, but potato-ier. So head there soon and be one of the first to binge carbo-load on baked potato perfection.

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11. Savor Dallas 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is 66 acres of flowers and other plants from all over the world, right next to White Rock Lake... and it's hosting Savor Dallas. Head there this March 20th-23rd for food from 60 chefs and over 400 different wines for you to try. Be sure to check out Sunday's all new event, Chillin' N' Grillin' in Main Street Garden, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Savor Dallas.