by Brennah Dallaire
Winter Break will be here shortly for students and faculty of Central Connecticut State University. Begin checking airfare prices now and start planning a trip to the “Big D”, Dallas, Texas.
Below is a guide to the best of Dallas compiled to include sightseeing destinations, events, where to get coffee, and the best of restaurants.
Sightseeing -The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
The city of Dallas holds a somewhat infamous history as being the city where former President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22 in 1963. President Kennedy was struck by two bullets. The second causing a fatal wound to his brain. Travelers flock to Dealey Plaza to remember the great President that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis and averted nuclear destruction. By far the most popular sightseeing destination for Dallas visitors is Dealey Plaza, where a plaque memorializes JFK and the Sixth Floor Museum that explores the life, death and legacy of the famous president. The Sixth Floor Museum is on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration building, the floor that used to house the School Book Depository. Visit jfk.org for tour information and ticket pricing.
Events – Mavericks Basketball game at American Airlines Center
If you have never been to a professional basketball game or even if you have, put a Dallas Mavericks game on your itinerary while visiting the city. The stadium seating allows every spectator to get a clear view of the players on the court. Enthusiastic announcers keep the excitement going throughout the game. Pick up nachos, beer, soda and more at concession and settle in for an exciting game in the company of friends. Halftime performers will wow you with their trampoline dunking skills. If you enjoy nothing else, you can say that you saw possible hall of fame player, Dirk Nowitzki play. Ticket prices vary, but can usually be purchased for under $20. It doesn’t cost a fortune to root for the home team.
Shopping – Wild Bill’s Western Store
Wild Bill’s is just a short walk from Dealey Plaza, making it a convenient stop if you are planning on visiting the Sixth Floor Museum. Wild Bill’s carries quality cowboy hats, belts, boots, flannel and souvenir options. Pick up a “Big Shot” shot glass for a friend at home or purchase a pair of authentic leather cowboy boots. Employees are ready and willing to help. Prices are reasonable. If you’re lucky, you may run into an Elvis impersonator standing just outside the store.
Breakfast – Yolk
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Yolk boasts a menu big enough to satisfy any appetite. The huge menu features benedicts, oats, omelets, frittatas, french toast and pancakes. If you have a hearty appetite for the “Yolk All-Star Combo” which features: Two egg any style, two sausage links, two slices of bacon and a choice of two pancakes, french toast, or crêpes. Go Dallas big with a huge breakfast in the city.
Lunch – Whataburger
Whataburger is a Texas fast-food chain that Lyft drivers around the city rave about. According to the Whataburger website, the restaurant offers “100% pure American beef served on a big, toasted five-inch bun.” The burger is juicy, cheesy and huge. According to the site, there are 760 Whataburger restaurants nationwide but there are currently no Whataburgers in Connecticut or the northeast for that matter. Make Whataburger a priority on your restaurant itinerary.
Dinner – The Capital Grille
Budget your trip so you can experience fine dining at the Capital Grille in Uptown Dallas. A meal can cost upwards of $50 but is well worth the money. The waitstaff offers five-star services. The server will plate serve shared appetizers, unfold your napkins and place them in your lap, and refill drinks before being asked. They are there to offer menu recommendations and oblige any request. The restaurant is dimly lit, decorated with fresh roses and offers soft background music to enhance a relaxed experience. It’s the perfect spot to indulge with friends or go on a date.
Coffee – Urban Blend Coffee
A core food group that must not be forgotten is coffee. In any city in the United States, you are guaranteed to find a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts but what you may not find is an Urban Blend coffee house. Urban Blend Coffee offers a full menu of espresso, cafe, hot and iced beverages. The espresso is full bodied and is complemented by flavored syrups. Urban Blend is the perfect spot for a coffee break or brunch. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches are available in addition to frappes and smoothies. Follow Urban Blend Coffee @urbanblendcoffee to stay informed with seasonal specials before your trip to Dallas.