Best In Dallas: John Snodgrass On Where To Get The Best Grub, Brews And Vintage Finds

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We love a good list and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, our friends at Hand Drawn Records/Hand Drawn Pressing share some of their favorite spots to get some grub, enjoy a nice cold one and hunt for vintage finds!


Say hello to John Snodgrass, VP of business development at Hand Drawn Pressing. Opening later this month, the brand new vinyl pressing plant is the manufacturing arm of local record label Hand Drawn Records. It’s no secret tht vinyl is super cool, but did you know that in a digital age vinyl sales are continuing to soar? Focusing solely on vinyl recording pressing, the business makes vinyl record ordering simple and takes an artist-first approach. It allows musicians to focus more on writing and connecting with their fans. The local label  is up for “Best Label” again at this week’s Dallas Observer Music Awards – a title they won in both 2013 and 2015! Read on for John’s Best In Dallas list, brimming with tasty grub, cold libations and, of course, the best vintage finds our town has to offer.

Foodie Favorite: 20 Feet Seafood Joint

This food joint is not your ordinary seafood shack. Step up to the counter for seafood delights like lobster rolls and ramen. 20 Feet Seafood is what you call fine dining, BYOB style. Located in East Dallas on Peavy Road, this modern shack setting is known to have a line out the door. With their popular lobster rolls and pork belly ramen, this laid-back joint makes it on John’s top places to eat in Dallas.


Cocktail Culture: Lakewood Growler

Who doesn’t love a good beer? Well according to John, who’s “more of a beer guy,” this growler heaven has the best selection of craft beer in town! Located in the heart of East Dallas, Lakewood Growler is home to a wide variety of local taps, 36 in fact. One visit and you’re bound to find one that fits your taste buds. Here you can sit and enjoy a nice cold one or fill up your 32 to 64 ounce growler to go! Not the beer type? They also serve cider, kombucha and root beer.


On The Move: Santa Fe Trail

With its beautiful Dallas scenery, this 5.3-mile trail gives John his nature fix. A popular site for 5K races, the Santa Fe Trail Starts at the tip of White Rock Lake and ends at the doorstep of downtown. It provides adventurers with a unique and vibrant view of Dallas.


Bargain Hunter: Shake Rag Music Store

When asked about his go-to place for great vintage deals, naturally, John hits up a music-related hole in the wall. Shake Rag Music Store is a great place to go to feed your addiction to vintage collectibles. Located on Live Oak Street, here you can find posters, 8-track tapes, vinyl, and even stage equipment used by some of the greats like Elvis Presley or the Beatles. With a wide combination of rare and unique collectible items, Shake Rag Music Store is the music obsessee’s pick for “vinyl, instruments and funky memorabilia.”


I Heart Dallas: Tietze Park

Tietze is one of the most popular parks in Dallas and, to John, it’s the perfect getaway. “For me, it’s our local park and the jewel of the neighborhood,” he told us. Located in East Dallas on Skillman Ave. and built in 1924, the park is full of beautiful oak and cedar trees. It’s a wonderful place to go for a stroll or spend the day cooling off in the community pool or showing off your skills at the tennis or basketball courts.

Image 1 courtesy of Hand Drawn Records. Image 2 courtesy of Brian Hilson on Google Plus. Image 3 courtesy of Eater Dallas. Image 4 courtesy of It’s The Rub. Image 5 courtesy of Dallas Trinity Trails. Image 6 Dallas Parks.

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