We had the opportunity to chat with American country music group Eli Young Band
, who is headlining this year’s Taste Addison
festival, to discuss some of their favorite spots to hang out in Dallas-Fort Worth. The group will rock the crowd on Saturday, May 19 while attendees enjoy a full day of sampling some yummy goodies from local restaurants. Keeping reading to find out the band's local picks!
A celebration of food, music, and fun, Taste Addison, dishes out the best food and flavor with a side of jam. A three-day menu of fun, May 18-20, Taste Addison delivers the tastiest eateries with the best music at Addison Circle Park. Known for 180+ restaurants in less than 4.4 miles and its nationally recognized special events, Addison serves up a good time no matter the craving.
Foodie Favorite: Grace Fort Worth
The group met as students at Denton's University of North Texas
(UNT) and they're no stranger to the best places in the Big D to grab a bite. When asked about their foodie favorite, the group unanimously chose Grace Fort Worth as the best food in town. Known for their comfortable modern setting, guests can enjoy the outside terrace and spectacular bar featuring house-made cocktails with bar snacks.
Cocktail Culture: Joe T. Garcia's
It's essential to have a go-to spot to unwind and have a drink or three. The members of the Eli Young Band selected Tino’s special margaritas at Joe T Garcia’s. If there were menus at Joe T Garcia’s, this would definitely be the best thing on it. The family-owned Mexican restaurant located in Fort Worth has been around since 1935. They are known for their vivid and rich family history, which can be found on the walls and patio of the facility.
Artistic Addiction: Casa Manana
Creativity and artistic expression are very important to each member of the Eli Young Band. When asked about their artistic addiction, Casa Manana was the first thing that came to mind. Casa Manana, also known as the “House of Tomorrow,” is strategically placed into the cultural district of Fort Worth. It opened in 1936 originally as an outdoor amphitheater as part of the Texas Centennial Celebration. “The theatre produces great family-friendly Broadway production and children series to give the next generation the love of being on stage,” the band’s drummer Chris Thompson said.
Bargain Hunter: The Vintage Freak
The love for music runs deep through each individual member. When they are not performing or making music, they like to explore different record stores. One place, in particular, they like to visit is The Vintage Freak, a resale shop showcasing mid-century modern home furnishings, decor, clothing, and paintings. Their favorite thing to do is dig around and find great deals on vinyl and other classic gems.
On The Move: Rockledge Park
Staying active helps take away the stress and pressures of the world. To stay on the move, some of the band members named Rockledge Park in Grapevine as their favorite place to go for a hike, trail or run around the lake. The park sits atop the rocky ridges and bluffs that sits on the eastside Lake Grapevine near the dam. There are a plethora of picnic areas offering beautiful views of the lake.
Catch Eli Young Band onstage at 9:30 p.m. at Addison Circle Park during Taste Addison. Come early to enjoy a live set by opener Cory Morrow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found here
Image 1 courtesy of Eli Young Band. Image 2 courtesy of Grace Fort Worth. Image 3 courtesy of Wicked Spatula. Image 4 courtesy of Eric Woodall. Image 5 courtesy of YouTube. Image 6 courtesy of YouTube.