We love a good list, and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, Nicole Stewart is here to let us in on Dallas’ hidden treasures. Read on for Nicole’s local picks for midday eats, baby-friendly fitness studios, quirky bookshops, and more.
Before spending nearly a decade hopping around New York City and Los Angeles as an actress, Nicole grew up in Dallas and attended local boarding school Hockaday. A sixth-generation Dallasite, she moved back to her hometown in 2011 to create Dallas’ hit storytelling series, “Oral Fixation: An Obsession With True Life Tales,” which she produces with her husband Anton Schlesinger. Inspired by her personal experience, Stewart is currently producing a special series of shows this fall in Dallas and Austin entitled “Out From Under The Rug: True Life Tales Of Abortion.” A believer in the power of storytelling to promote social change and a former TEDxSMU speaker, Nicole is bringing the first event to Dallas City Performance Hall next week on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Acting and producing is not the only thing Nicole loves, she is also a Pilates teacher and has been practicing for 14 years. When she’s not teaching or editing stories for her new series, she’s spending time with her hubby and 9-month-old daughter. Read on for Nicole’s Best In Dallas list!
Nicole is a big fan of a midday bite at Forty Five Ten’s T Room, a chic café inside the uber-fashionable boutique. Bright and cheery, the McKinney Ave. café boasts an assortment of soups, salads, paninis, and quiches, each of them as tasty as they are gorgeous. The actress/producer and Pilates guru’s first choice is their Artichoke Panini coupled with an Asian Pear and Spinach Salad, an easy and tasty salad sandwich combo.
Located on Commerce St. in Deep Ellum this cozy bookworm paradise is adored by Nicole due to the shop’s “quirky, comfy vibe and eclectic collection.” Run by the creative minds at Deep Vellum Publishing, a not-for-profit literary arts organization focused on promoting a vibrant literary community in the Big D and beyond.
Nicole adores dancing in Main Street Garden downtown to local tunes at Dallas’ annual Homegrown Music Festival. Now in its eighth year, the yearly music event highlights local talent and is our city’s first local music and arts festival outdoors. Live art demos; local vendors selling art, wares, food, and beverages; and a pup-friendly dog park are perfect additions to this family gal, who has a Pomeranian named Ellie and loves the fact that the fest is also family-friendly.
What’s Nicole’s fav cocktail in town? “The Grapefruit Rickey at Fireside Pies!” she tells us of the upscale pizza joint’s refreshing libation. Made with 42 Below vodka, St. Germain, red grapefruit juice, lime and club soda, it’s a go-to for the actress/producer on Dallas’ warm summer days. Born in an old cottage on historic Henderson Ave., Fireside Pies is a collection of intimate neighborhood restaurants serving up tasty rustic-style pizzas made in wood-fired ovens.
“Oh, baby! I love fitness workouts that I can do with my 9-month-old,” Nicole told us of her workout go-to. This Baylor fitness center is close to home on N. Washington Ave. and offers two of Nicole’s favorite classes: Booty Barre and Tabata. Focused on helping you feel your best, the group classes are a great way to get fit, backed by a holistic approach from Baylor’s world-class medical experts.
Image 1 courtesy of Oral Fixation. Image 2 courtesy of It’s Not About Pretty. Image 3 copy of TwiCopy.org. Image 4 courtesy of MTC Mag. Image 5 courtesy of Fireside Pies. Image 6 courtesy of Fitwirr.