Best In Dallas: Music Lover And Self-Proclaimed Foodie Mark Kennedy Lets Us In On Dallas’ Best Kept Secrets

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We love a good list, and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, Mark Kennedy of the historic Granada Theater is here to let us in on his best kept local secrets. Read on for Mark’s local favs for the music, eats, DFW happenings, and more.

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Meet Mark, the marketing and artist relations manager at the historic Granada Theater. Born and raised in Lake Jackson, Texas, this music lover went onto spend time in Chicago and New York before returning home to the Big D. While traveling and working with Sony RED, Mark became a serious foodie and developed a strange fascination for Guy Fieri. With the creative minds at the Granada, Mark has channeled his passion for fresh food into launching a partnership with Promise of Peace community garden on a brand new Greenville Avenue POP Farmers Market that launched on Sept. 25.  It’s not the first foodie movement we’ve seen budding up at the Theater, with Sundown at the Granada raking in awards next door and their newly launched Beats and Eats program turning heads, and will not be the last. Stop by for hand-picked vendors every other Sunday now through Dec. 18 and read on for foodie-slash-music-guru Mark Kennedy’s Best In Dallas list!
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“I’ve got to say, coming from Chicago I was skeptical to come home to the ‘steak and potatoes’ fare that I grew up on as a kid in South Texas,” Mark dished. “However, the food scene is really up-and-coming and there are some awesome chefs who are bringing a new culinary prowess to DFW and more than just BBQ (love you, Slowbone!)” Obviously, Mark frequents the Theater’s neighborhood restaurant, Sundown at Granada, and loves stopping by the local rooftop bar before concerts next door. LOCAL in Deep Ellum is a winner in Mark’s book too, however. The marketing guru calls it “unique, super intimate” and reminiscent of the big city fare in Chicago and New York he once thrived on. The food, overall restaurant vision and intimacy of the hidden gem adds up in his book.
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Working in the music biz, Mark interacts with a lot of local and national musicians. When asked about his artistic addiction, he named local pop/rock group Northern National’s new tunes. “I’m really digging the guys of Northern National right now. Their debut EP reminds me a lot of the first Imagine Dragons album.” The local group recently released their EP on Sept. 23 and clearly, Mark is a fan.

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Okay, okay…so this answer is no surprise for us locals. “Lulu B’s is amazing,” Mark touts of the local one-stop vintage shop. “We recently had our ’80s Prom and I had no idea what to go as. I found a sweet get-up and ended up going as Richard Simmons. Not only did I snag that sweet outfit, but I found an old Beatles 1965 show poster from Shea Stadium!”

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 I Heart Dallas: Local Happenings
We’re sure you know, but Dallas is a happening place. Mark’s favorite thing, to no surprise, are the local events around town that make this city so unique. He is, after all, a marketing guy. “I’m stoked for Texas Chili Fest,” he told us of the upcoming Granada Theater event. Pair local chefs and chili masters with two stages of live music from Cody Canada & The Departed and Charlie Robison and you get a pretty awesome event. As far as things happening off Greenville Ave., he is “stoked” for the upcoming Dog Day Afternoon event with Operation Kindness on Oct. 22. A dog-lover at heart, Mark can’t wait to see if event organizers can break the record for the largest doggy birthday cake. It’s no surprise that he “absolutely loves dogs.”

Image 1 courtesy of Granada Theater. Image 2 courtesy of Aqua Shard Blog. Image 3 courtesy of Northern National. Image 4 courtesy of Stay Classic Blog. Image 5 courtesy of Jenn Pet Vet. 

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