We love a list and a Best in Dallas list is even better! Today, KXT 91.7 FM’s on-air personality Amy Miller is here to share with our readers a few of her top picks for foodie finds, tasty cocktails, antique bargains, and more!
As a California native, Amy never thought she would find herself living in Texas, but after moving here two years ago she couldn’t be happier. This Dallas-transplant started in radio while studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she hosted both jazz and indie rock radio shows. From there, she went on to work as a programming assistant at KFOG in San Francisco, moved to Virginia to work at 102.1 FM WXTG – The Tide as a Program Director, then deejayed in Philadelphia at WXPN 88.5 FM‘s now defunct Y-Rock station after taking a few years off touring with her indie-rock band Panic Years. The musician-slash-program-director feels lucky to be living in a thriving music scene like Dallas with such a wide array of music. Music is her life, whether it’s going to shows, finding great record stores or playing music on the radio. The thrill of discovering local music is what she loves most in the world, but checking out Dallas’ hidden gems is her next favorite thing! Read on for Amy’s Best In Dallas list, chock full of foodie finds, tasty cocktails, antique bargains, and more – just in time for KXT’s seven-year anniversary party this Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Known for its Baja-style menu, Tacos Mariachi isn’t your ordinary taco shop. Located west of Trinity Groves, it’s a great place to go for a quick bite to eat, according to the local music tastemaker. Here a simple fish taco doesn’t exist; at Tacos Mariachi their food comes with a little pizzazz. Shrimp tacos are adorned with Chile de Arbol salsa and Mahi Mahi with Adobo sauce. The Mexican eatery has a certain flair for adding a creative touch to an otherwise simple food offering. “I love their seafood tacos!” Amy told us. “The atmosphere is colorful and unassuming from the outside,” she also mentioned of the local hidden gem.
This retro-style gastropub may be known for its brick-oven pizza, eclectic small plates and draft beers, but that’s not why Amy frequents it. The local on-air personality loves the “little neighborhood restaurant” because of its vegetarian grub and quirky cocktails. With drinks like “The Devil’s Handshake” or the “Dark ‘n Stormy,” Amy loves that the eclectic joint uses fresh herbs. “I hear the location used to be a Dairy Queen where Stevie Ray Vaughan worked, which ups its cool factor,” Amy told us, always up for a good music tale.
M’Antiques, Amy’s favorite bargain hunting paradise, offers a huge variety of antiques and collectibles right here in DFW. Tucked away on Davis Street in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts neighborhood, the vintage filled storehouse has everything one can imagine. Of the Oak Cliff gem, Amy told us “it’s full of hidden treasures – everything from records and books to old stage lighting, art, and toys.” Shoppers can even enjoy a beer from the shop’s kegerator while browsing vintage finds.
Wild Detectives is another one of Amy’s favorite spots. Located in Oak Cliff, this one of a kind bookstore is where you can feed your brain, stomach and soul all in one place. “If I could create my ideal bookstore, this would be it,” Amy said. Perfectly curated, this bookstore paradise also offers locally-roasted coffee, a wide variety of book genres, artisan bites and an impressive list of wine and beer. “They also host some really cool events like Shakespear in the Bar and live music performances from emerging artists,” she told us.
I Heart Dallas: The Murals in Deep Ellum
“Moving here from Philly (a city known for its murals), I love seeing all the great murals in Deep Ellum,” Amy told us of one of Dallas’ most creative neighborhoods. A few of her favorite murals include Daniel Driensky’s “The Devil and Robert Johnson,” Jeremy Biggers‘ “Social Worship” and Lesli Marshall‘s “Cosmic Journey.” To Amy, visiting Deep Ellum is like going on an inner-city adventure every time. Serving as a giant outdoor art gallery, the Deep Ellum murals serve as a unique opportunity for local, national and international artists to showcase their unexhibited talents.
Image 1 courtesy of Amy Miller. Image 2 courtesy of Yelp. Image 3 courtesy of YouTube. Image 4 courtesy of Dina’s Days. Image 5 courtesy of Stash Design. Image 6 courtesy of Photo North America.