We love a list and Best in Dallas list is even better! Today our roundup comes from Kathleen Kent, the author of three best-selling, award-winning historical fiction novels.
Kathleen Kent, the fabulous mind behind three best-selling, award-winning historical fiction novels (“The Heretic’s Daughter,” “The Traitor’s Wife” and “The Outcasts”). Her most recent book, “The Dime,” is a contemporary crime novel set in Dallas recently named The New York Times in their Best and Latest in Crime Fiction, featuring a fierce, redheaded Amazon of an undercover policewoman named Detective Betty Rhyzyk. The author moved back to her childhood home of Dallas after twenty years living and working in New York City, and every day finds more and more reasons to fall in love with Big D. Read on for Kathleen’s Best in Dallas picks!
“My favorite foodie place these days is the out-of-the-way Japanese restaurant, Hon Sushi,” Kathleen told us. “Ugly on the outside (it’s in a little strip mall, ‘natch), it’s whimsically cheerful on the inside with paper lanterns and woodland wallpaper, often conjoined with Western seasonally themed decorations.” Unexpectedly fresh and epic portions are offered at reasonable prices behind this sushi haven’s doors in Carrolton. The cherry on top for the author is that “every customer is greeted upon entering as if returning from some long sea voyage.”
The ambiance is just as important as the drink to Kathleen. Bar Belmont in Oak Cliff offers tasty cocktails in a romantic atmosphere with a view to boot. “A perfect romantic city stay-cation? A pre-meal drink at the bar, dinner at Smoke Restaurant right next door, and then a short walk back to one of the Belmont’s cozy, Dilbeck designed bungalows,” she told us. “An evening sure to inspire your own Noir-ish memoir.”
A creative at Heart, Kathy loves checking out the work of local artists. Her favorite spot to follow artists and their creations is the Continental Gin Building. “A rambling, historic building housing dozens of artistic visionaries, for more than 30 years its occupants, working artists all, have been committed to maintaining the building’s structural integrity and community spirit,” she told us. “One of my favorite Dallas artists has gallery space there: Katherine Baronet.”
Kathy is a big fan of taking leisurely walks with her boxer, Mattie Belle, around town and people watching. “There are a lot of walking and biking trails in North Dallas,” she told us of her favorite North Dallas outdoor sanctuary, “but my particular favorite is the Arbor Hills Trail, which winds through a 200-acre wooded nature preserve.”
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a downtown treasure. “My son grew up running through the pumpkin mazes, flowerbeds and architectural features of this waterfront nature spot,” she told us. The busy author spends undisturbed writing time there and enjoys self-reflecting surrounded by nature. “It exemplifies what’s best about the city: civic-minded Dallasites preserving historical buildings and artifacts unique to Texas’s past, and making them available to the public.”
Image 1 courtesy of Kathy Tran. Image 2 courtesy of Sushi Sake. Image 3 courtesy of U Trip. Image 4 courtesy of Katherine Baronet on Twitter. Image 5 courtesy of Mapio. Image 6 courtesy of Passport to Eden.