We love a list, and a Best In Dallas list is even better. Today’s insider picks include a Southern comfort food favorite, Oak Cliff neighborhood gems and more:
Born and raised in the Big D, Kirk Thurmond is known for his silky voice and dynamic stage presence. With his first album on the way, and a national tour on the horizon, Kirk and his band The Millennials are poised for music industry success.
When he’s not writing or performing, you’ll likely find this guitar aficionado charming guests from behind the bar at Oak Cliff’s Local Press + Brew. Passionate about his city, Kirk is always on the lookout for the best cocktails, dining and more. Read on for his insider picks, and click here for more Best In Dallas lists!
Foodie Favorite: Sissy’s Southern Kitchen
Though Kirk is also a fan of at-home entertaining, he makes regular visits to Sissy’s Southern Kitchen. Of chef Lisa Garza’s comfort food and elegant Southern touches, he raves, “Anytime I can enjoy smothered pork chops served on beautiful china, I’m happy!”
Artistic Addiction: Holloway Fine Art
Next, our creative insider highlights the work of Dallas-based artist Riley Holloway. The oil and mixed media specialist turned heads at the Fairmont Hotel’s Artist In Residency program with his casual, yet emotional, portraits. Kirk adds, “Riley’s also a great guy, and I enjoy bumming around the studio with him.”
Décor Destination: Neighborhood Furniture
As a source for local steals and deals, Kirk suggests an Oak Cliff gem. “Neighborhood stocks tons of fun décor and modern furniture finds,” he explains. “Plus, owners J.P. and Erin are just good folks.”
Cocktail Culture: Henry’s Majestic
When it’s five o’clock somewhere, Kirk’s choice is a classic craft cocktail from McKinney Avenue hangout Henry’s Majestic. He boasts, “The ‘68 Old Fashion’ at Henry’s is crazy delicious!”
I Heart Dallas: Oak Cliff
Finally, with unique local spots like Joy Macarons, Local Press + Brew, Oil & Cotton and more, a second shout-out to Oak Cliff concludes Kirk’s tour. Says the musician of his neighborhood of choice, “Not only does it represent the creative culture in Dallas, but it has so much to offer, in general. There’s so much about Oak Cliff that reminds me of other places in the U.S. that I love!”
Kirk Thurmund headshot, credit Jonathan Stafford Photography. Additional images via individual restaurants and retailers.