We love a list and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, one of Texas’ top mixologists is here share with our readers his top picks for Asian cuisine, quirky vintage finds, off the beaten path hiking trails, and more.
Mixologist Alex Fletcher is no stranger to the local bar scene. His creative cocktails at Victor Tangos earned him the reputation as one of Dallas’ best bartenders before he fine-tuned his skills at both The People’s Last Stand and The Quarter. A place to not only satisfy your appetite but quench your thirst, Alex’s now calls McKinney Ave. hotspot Henry’s Majestic home. With a to-die-for brunch and elevated yet approachable menu, the charming foodie haven is a go-to for some of the best craft cocktails in town. The master mixologist is no stranger to the Big D’s hidden treasures and is here to share with us a few of his favorite local gems!
“My son Dillinger, my girlfriend Michaela and I love to go hiking,” Alex told us of his favorite outdoorsy past time. “It’s a great way to turn off your brain for a bit and get away from the city.” He names his favorite hiking spot as Cedar Hill State Park, located off FM 1382 and the eastern shore of Joe Pool Lake in Cedar Hill, Texas. Only ten miles southwest of Dallas, the park has been a local favorite since 1991.
Lakewood’s dealer collective Curiosities is full of funky antique jewelry, art, trinkets, decorative items, vintage threads, and more. As an avid collector of unique straight razors, Alex loves this East Dallas gem. “That’s one of my hunting grounds,” he told us.
Asking Alex to choose a favorite restaurant is like asking a mother to name her favorite child. The cocktail master is also a huge foodie and frequents local restaurants like Teppo on Greenville Ave. “It has been a favorite of mine for years,” he told us. “I love going there and just going there and just letting those guys cook up whatever they’re feeling, and having a few beers and a few laughs on a full belly.” The neighborhood yakitori and sushi bar is one of Dallas’ most unique finds, specializing in items like fried whole fish head, incredibly fresh sushi and beef tongue Hokai rice bowls.
As Texas (finally) cools down, we’re all whipping out our jackets at the first sign of weather under 70 degrees. Cocktail menus across Texas are also getting in the festive fall spirit. “It can be difficult to create a fall menu because Dallas tends to have mild winters,” Alex told us. “I try to keep the flavors of the season that I remember from when I was young, and apply them in a way that is still bearable during a warmer climate.” A favorite on the new Henry Majestic fall cocktail menu is Alex’s “Butter Me Up” concoction, a delectable mix of butter poached pear infused Brandy, bitters and citrus oil.
Northwest Highway’s Half Price Books is a book worm’s paradise. “You can spend most of the day there and just get lost,” the mix master told us of the new and used book haven. “There’s nothing like the smell of thousands of books waiting to be read.”
Image 1 courtesy of Henry’s Majestic. Image 2 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Image 3 courtesy of Curiosities Dallas. Image 4 courtesy of Yelp. Image 5 courtesy of The Wanderlusty. Image 6 courtesy of Victoria Ferguson.