Hello, beautiful and savvy readers of DFW Style Daily. I’m new here, but some of you may know me already.
You see, my name is one that passes many fluent lips in Dallas, as I am known to hold the golden key to our city. I have the inside track on the most unique, exciting, and desirable destinations in Big D – and starting today, I’ll be sharing them with you. I’m Jackson, we’re going to have a very good time.
In my new column for DFW Style Daily, I will keep you connected to cool happenings in our city, as well as places you may have known and forgotten, or destinations that are entirely new. I’m all about flowing below the radar, choosing when and where to see and be scene. I will help you enjoy our city on a higher level.
Kicking off this brand new year, your excitement level may be low. Like a Monday night, every night of the week, you may peer at your calendar and sigh with the passing of the bustling holiday soirée season. Perish the thought!
In my city, a new year equals new adventures.
Whether you’re feeling in the mood for a really good meal – because those needn’t end during resolution season – or you’re looking for a cocktail and some stimulating conversation, I have you covered. Read on for six hot spots that will help you carry that festive feeling on, as long as your heart desires.
Daddy Jack’s Lobster and Chowder House
1916 Greenville Avenue, Dallas
Daddy Jack’s has been serving up great seafood to our fine city for years. It’s unassuming, charming, and consistent. In short – this spot is solid. Choose it for an impromptu date, or weeknight Lobster Fra Diavlo indulgence. If your bank account’s dry from the holidays, no worries. Secure a reservation here Monday through Wednesday, and both you and your date can feast on a one pound lobster dinner for $16.95 each. Now that’s how you ball on a budget!
4615 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas
This neighborhood gem may become your go-to when you desire a home cooked meal, cooked by someone else. Ask for the meat lasagna, an off-the-menu item I personally recommend. And speaking of Jackson hookups, here’s another: When you make your reservation, tell them I sent you. A glass of Bubbles will magically be sent over to your table to start your evening in style. Salute!
5680 N. Central Expressway, Dallas (The Highland Hotel)
Some people shy away from hotel restaurants, but there are many great reasons to visit Knife Dallas at The Highland. Above all, it’s as though Chef John Tesar opened up his stylish spot for just a few close friends – including you. From one friend to another, don’t miss the Brûlée 2.0. It’s to die for.
And, now that our appetites have been sated, there are two more things I like to do to carry on that sparkling weekend-holiday feeling any night of the week: drink and talk. They go so well together, wouldn’t you say? The trick, of course, is finding a spot where these two acts can coexist.
Beyond just grabbing a drink – because, ladies, I don’t grab – I seek to savor a cocktail and hold a stimulating conversation at the same time. Do you hear me? The following insider spots are dialed in.
2936 Elm Street, Dallas
I almost don’t want to tell you about this place; it is my ultimate hideaway. But, with you, I’ll never be selfish. Like a sexy flat in NYC, with music both hot and hip, the bar at Local is fashionable perfection. Take note that only beer, wine, and bubbles are served, with their signature Champagne cocktail a top sip among the ladies.
The Inwood Lounge
5458 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas
My love for this hangout runs deep. It’s lower than low key, nestled just inside Dallas’ beloved Inwood Theatre. We’re talking low lighting, and even lower tunes, making it a solid choice for drinks and talk. Not to mention, here you’ll find some of the best martinis in Dallas!
4513 Travis Street, Dallas
My final recommendation for today lies behind an unmarked door. Reservations are required, and Bar Smyth doesn’t fool with waiters or menus. After you’re buzzed inside, a ‘tender will feel out your mood. Sweet or spicy? Whisky or gin? Shaken or stirred? Then, sit back and let the magic happen.
Jackson is the President of FLUENT, a premier luxury lifestyle management company based in Dallas. As the past Corporate Concierge for Barneys New York, Jackson is recognized as one of the most respected concierges in all of Dallas. From the social and cultural scenes, to dining and entertainment, this Dallasite truly has a finger on the pulse of his city. For more on Jackson, visit our Contributors Page.