Richardson native, author, singer/songwriter, vocal coach and artist mentor, Brianna Ruelas shares her local favorites in this edition of Best in Dallas. Read on for her picks!
While pursuing music in Los Angeles, she also worked as a commercial voiceover actor. Brianna has fronted her own rock band and experienced the reality television craze in its early days, as a Top 100 finalist on “American Idol” Season 4. Brianna’s book, “Performing Artist Pathway“ speaks to the emotional journey, highs and lows, performing artists experience as they pursue success in music and life. She currently enjoys vocal coaching and mentoring students of all ages and stages at Alchemy Music in Richardson.
Brianna is a proud wife and mother of three girls, creator of Every Mom’s Story blog and works alongside her husband, to keep their family restaurant, Victor Hugo’s thriving.
Foodie Favorite: Victor Hugo’s
With Victor Hugo’s as the family business it is obviously her favorite food spot for lunch, brunch, dinner and cocktails. Her favorite dinner dish is the Akaushi Beef Tenderloin Tagliatelle and her favorite brunch items are the Eggs Benedict and Deep Fried Challah French Toast.
“Our family owned and operated restaurant has been open for three years now and is a quaint house that got converted to a restaurant. The interior decor is cozy, yet swanky and it’s great for either a date night or Sunday Funday with friends!”
Cocktail Culture: Texas Ale Project
Texas Ale Project slides in for the win on her favorite drink spot. “Although I do love my Gin, I am a beer girl and I LOVE Texas Ale Project. For starters, it is family owned and operated and I have a special place in my heart for hard working local businessmen and women. Secondly, Kat and Brent rock! And Thirdly, the downtown view at Texas Ale Project is so cool! I usually stick with the Fire Ant Funeral or Payne Pils.”
Artistic Addiction: Jo Mattison
When it comes to art Brianna has had her eye on local Dallas artist, Jo Mattison since 2009. “Her colorful and vibrant work never disappoint.”
Bargain Hunter: Uptown Cheapskate
Brianna’s favorite thrifting spot is Uptown Cheapskate in Richardson. “I am not a huge shopper, as I’d rather be writing music, catching a flick or checking out a new restaurant, but I LOVE Uptown Cheapskate in Richardson! You will uncover great finds here and the owners, Lendie, and Mike Smith are local, which makes me want to support them even more.”
On The Move: Camp Gladiator Richardson
Brianna is obsessed with Camp Gladiator Richardson. “When you first start off, it can be a little overwhelming, but the group/community vibe really inspires you to push yourself. I always leave the workout feeling strong and charged up to slay the day!”
I Heart Dallas: Kessler Theater
Brianna loves the Kessler Theater for its strong roots dating back to the 40’s and appreciates the vision and backbone of the owner, Edwin Cabaniss. “As a singer/songwriter and performer, I love taking in shows at the intimate and historic Kessler Theatre! Aside from the fact that Jeffrey Liles and I share the same alma mater, he has been securing fresh acts as the Artistic Director of the Kessler since 2008. He is also a MAJOR influencer in the Dallas music scene.”
Photo Courtesy of Tiffany Forsberg, Viktor Hugos, Texas Ale Project, Jo Mattison, Uptown Cheapstake, Camp Gladiator and the Kessler Theater.