Hello again, beautiful people. Summer is here, and it’s time for more of my irresistible insider tips for navigating our city in style. Read on for a new and delicious list.
The hottest season always inspires a sense of adventure. As May shines into June, I begin to hear from folks searching for new experiences – laid-back summer in the city experiences.
These fun seekers love my recommendations for under-the-radar local spots where sandals and shades are de rigueur. Refreshing spots, that is, to round out a day of fun in the sun. Are you game? Below are three such well-kept warm weather secrets I’m sharing with you. Consider it my tribute to summer.
1. No Business Like Sno Business
We haven’t had much sun lately, but as that changes, a sweet celebration is in order. Wouldn’t you say?
For over 50 years, generations of Oak Cliff residents have been making their lives sweeter at Aunt Stelle’s Sno-Cones (2002 W. Clarendon Dr., Dallas). This family-owned business has absolutely perfected the ultimate snow cone. Ice, just right, is topped with house-made syrups in flavors from raspberry and lime to the best-selling Pink Lady.
When you go, keep in mind that Aunt Stelle’s is a cash operation, open from 2 – 9 p.m. from the last Saturday in April through Labor Day. There will likely be a line, so plan extra time to chat with fellow Aunt Stella devotees as you await your sweet treat.
2. Strongest Sip This Side of NOLA
Truth be told, I don’t even remember how I discovered this next summer secret, and if I did, I probably wouldn’t share the story anyway! Here’s what I will tell you:
Just a few blocks from the infamous Lew Sterret Justice Center – which I haven’t visited and wouldn’t recommend – is The Original Daiquiris To Go (549 S. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas). For those who seek a singular, and somewhat sketchy, summer cocktail experience, this drive-through drink spot’s for you.
To pull off your daiquiri adventure, bring cash and double-check that your door locks are in working order. Stay with me here; it’s worth it. Once you reach the front of the line, order the #5, the #11, or my all-time favorite, the #19. Your drinks will come served in a sealed bag, and there is no drinking on the premises.
Once you arrive at your final destination, you’ll discover the strongest and most delicious frozen drink this side of New Orleans. Not to mention, the best summer cocktail run story ever.
3. Take A Bite Outta Summer
Sure, I served dessert first, and we had to have a cocktail, too. Can you blame me? When you’re ready for a magnificent and low-maintenance summer meal, however, you can do no better than Jimmy’s Food Store (4091 Bryan St., Dallas).
This gem has been open since 1966, providing East Dallas with authentic Italian ingredients since day one. Lucky for us, Jimmy’s also takes those ingredients and crafts a menu of to-die-for double-stuffed sandwiches.
I recommend The Italian Stallion, piled high with Mortadella, Soppressata, Pepperoni, Provolone, Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and more, for just $5.99. Keep in mind that indoor seating is very limited, and Jimmy’s is closed on Sunday. All the better to pick up a few items to make your own Italian meal at home while you await your next summer adventure!
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.
Images shown are general examples of summer treats highlighted in article, not necessarily exact products of businesses listed.