Best In Dallas: Trendsetter Javier Burkle Shares Top Spots For Dining, Décor & More

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A native of Mexico City, Javier Burkle has called the Big D home for the last 10 years. Known for his dapper wardrobe and ever-present smile, this CultureMap Stylemaker honoree has held fashion-focused positions at Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren, and Stanley Korshak.

Currently pursuing his graduate degree while lending expertise to consulting clients, Javier always makes time to attend the most fashionable events in town. Not to mention, this trendsetting transplant is “passionate” about his adopted home, and always on the hunt for the best of the best in dining, shopping, and more. Read on for Javier’s insider picks and click here for more Best In Dallas lists!

Foodie Favorite: When this gent isn’t hosting his own dinner party, you might find him at Rise No. 1 in Inwood Village. From the cozy salon de soufflé, he always orders the Southwest Chicken and the Grand Mariner. Also noting a brand-new Dallas dining destination, Javier touts Americano at the Joule Hotel. Follow his lead to the Italian-inspired restaurant’s Kale & Mushroom Lasagna.

Artistic Addiction: Next, our fashionable insider guides us to Gallerie Noir in the Dallas Design District. “Owner Melissa Enriquez has not only challenged the art and décor scene, but has done so in the most fabulous and fun way possible,” he endorses enthusiastically of the gallery-boutique. “This store is always full of unique finds.”

Bargain Hunter: When it comes to stylish steals, Javier has another great find up his sleeve. “There are many fun places to try to find the perfect bargain, but my favorite would have to be Uncommon Market,” he reveals. “Not only could I spend hours exploring the store’s selection of antiques, décor, and more, but there has never been a time when I didn’t walk out with a great find.”

Brain Candy: “The Dallas Museum of Art is not only one of the best museums in Texas, but it holds a special place in my heart,” Javier says of his choice in the category of educational and enriching locales. “I had the great opportunity to intern there while I was in college. Don’t miss Late Nights at the DMA - they are some of the best nights in Dallas!”

Cocktail Culture: Finally, staying true to a local legend, today’s guide closes his tour of our city with a cocktail at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. “There’s nothing better than The Mansion Bar,” Javier proclaims. “It’s the best patio and drink in Dallas, without a doubt!” Dallas skyline photo by Matthew Visinsky. All additional images credit individual restaurants and retailers.