My friend Vicky and I absolutely love travelling, and our deep south road trip – which started in Dallas, Texas – is the third USA road trip that we have done.
After landing in Dallas on Monday, and staying for two nights, we moved south to Alexandria in Louisiana today. The road trip plan is to do a huge circle through eight states – Louisiana and Mississippi, down to New Orleans – all the way over to Savannah, up to Memphis and Nashville and Eureka Springs and then back to Dallas.
Checking into the hotel on the first night, we were surprised to here that Kris at reception had never ever heard of the TV programme Dallas.
As a result of this, we took restaurant recommendations from another person at reception, and ended up on Main Street in the Dallas Chop House. Delicious. I had steak and Vicky had scallops. On the way there I went to CVS Pharmacy – little excites me more than a US drugstore.
Dallas is spread out – Kris had also told us that there were no shops at all in the city centre – we took his word for it and spent the next morning in the Galleria shopping centre – 8 miles north of the hotel. It would have been a struggle not to have a car.
The other rather funny situation was how we were dressed. We walked around the corner from the hotel, for breakfast one morning, to the Corner Bakery Cafe. We passed an extremely busy bus stop. Everyone was in coats and scarfs, and here was me…
The Fort Worth Stockyards
On Tuesday afternoon we went to the Stockyards in Fort Worth. We has been extremely excited to see something truly Texan and if you want a cowboy hat – a real one – this is your place! The parking metre is truly vintage – push money through a tin vented pay station. There are cowboys, bulls, and gorgeous old shops. It was a strange mix of authentic Texas and an attraction for the tourists. Bill the cowboy, as above, let me shoot him -but for $5!!
We were delighted to meet Petrone the bull at the side of the road – but were more delighted when we met his carer Jenna – who looked after him like her best friend. We shopped – there were certainly some quirky shops. Pinkie’s is particularly interesting – a shop filled with uncommon treasures… We came across a B&B called Miss Molly’s on the main street, which I would have loved to stay in had we been in search of accommodation.
The ‘cattle drives’ happen at the Stockyards twice a day at 11.30am and 4pm. And as exciting as the build up was, in all honesty it was about 30 cattle walking through the street – extremely slowly! It was fun to see but it wasn’t exactly what we were expecting!
Fort Worth Stockyards
500 NE 23rd Street,
We ate –
Dallas Chop House
1717 Main Street #100 Dallas, TX 75201
Loved their popovers – which are huge bread rolls. Vicky loved her scallops, and my steak came with the hugest jacket potato I think I have ever seen. I managed to eat about a quarter of it.
This cafe was close to the Galleria shopping centre, and therefore fitted in very well with our morning. We found the Dream Cafe on a website recommending breakfast places in Dallas. It’s nice, but I wouldn’t say that you must go out of your way to go there!! We had eggs, hash browns, and pancakes – the food was really nice. There are two of these cafes – one in Addison – which is the one that we went to, and one Uptown. I loved their strawberry butter.
Addison – 5100 Beltline Rd, Dallas, TX 75254
Uptown – 2800 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201
After seeing an In-N-Out unexpectedly at the side of the freeway and not being able to find it again on the way back from Fort Worth, we decided that we had to get the address of the nearest ‘In-n-Out’ to our hotel, and go there for dinner.
I always have the protein double double. Kelly Brook first told me about this ‘not on the board’ option back in 2004 – and after trying one I have never wanted to order anything else. For anyone who doesn’t know, a ‘Protein Double Double’ is a burger with no bread wrapped in huge lettuce leaves. Vicky ordered a regular ‘Double Double’! I will never prefer another fast food restaurant to this one!
In-N-Out are only in the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Texas.
We didn’t spend a particularly long time shopping, but the Galleria and NorthPark Center were both recommended to us. They are both a little way out of town, and we went to the Galleria. They have much of what you would expect from a US shopping mall – Sephora, Victoria’s Secret – to my delight Jamba Juice – for my favourite ‘Bright Eyed and Blueberry’, which is not on their menu, but it is on their system.
Northpark Center – 8687 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas 75225
Galleria – 13360 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240
Where we stayed
Crowne Plaza Downtown
1015 Elm Street
Booked via – http://www.lastminute.com/hotels (they had some very low rates)
This video is a Dallas ‘haul’ from my youtube channel…