North Dallas/Dallas recommendations

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by CRJMellor, Feb 12, 2013.

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  1. CRJMellor

    CRJMellor Poo-Bah (1,684) Nov 12, 2003 Arkansas
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    Ok, got an afternoon this Saturday to hit best spots in Dallas. Staying up in Frisco but have a car and a few hours to kill, need advice on best store to drop some coin in, best beer bar/brewpub to grab lunch with bro-in-law and maybe brewery to hit, etc.
    Any thoughts appreciated.
  2. AdamR46

    AdamR46 Initiate (193) Nov 18, 2011 Texas
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    I too will be in north dallas, (the colony) for the weekend. Where should I go and what beer should I shop for?
  3. JJFoodie

    JJFoodie Initiate (192) May 11, 2009 Texas
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    Hi, boys! As far as where to eat/drink, you can't go wrong with either The Common Table or Meddlesome Moth. Shopping for beer, though, you can hit Spec's or Total Wine, but Lone Star and Hall's will have more harder-to-find things...welcome to Texas!
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  4. Heretic42

    Heretic42 Devotee (411) Aug 31, 2011 Texas
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    Breweries: Rahr (Ft Worth), Deep Ellum (Dallas), or Lakewood (Garland). There's also Franconia (McKinney), Community (Dallas), and Peticolas (Dallas). Firewheel (Rowlett) is closed this weekend.

    As a sort of special mention, Four Corners (Dallas) has this going on this weekend. I'm not a fan of Lockhart's BBQ, though many others are and it might be a good way to spend an afternoon for you.

    Bars/pubs: If you want to stay near Frisco, Gingerman Plano or Holy Grail, though I wouldn't really recommend either for food. I haven't been to the Mellow Mushroom yet, but it's right next to Stonebriar mall and is supposed to have a decent selection of locals along with what I've heard is good pizza. Jack Mac's is a little further South and has tasty food and pretty good local/TX craft selection (Deep Ellum, Rahr, Lakewood, Peticolas, etc)

    If you want to go into Dallas proper, Common Table and the Moth will be better on both the food and drink part than at least Gingerman or Holy Grail.

    Stores: Specs, Whole Foods, and Central Market in Plano are the closest stores with good selection.

    We're sort of in between rare releases at the moment (aside from maybe BA Rasputin XV, which is starting to show up in Dallas), but I'd suggest taking back some Jester King if you're into sours. I haven't had enough Deep Ellum to suggest it outright, but many people like them as well. I like Lakewood's Temptress, but that's disappeared from shelves.
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  5. elbrooksie

    elbrooksie Aspirant (249) Jan 10, 2013 Texas
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    They have what looks to be 1k bottles at the Whole Foods on Preston...good beer for the price, with a different profile...
  6. Heretic42

    Heretic42 Devotee (411) Aug 31, 2011 Texas
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    Yea, it looks like they recently restocked. They were all out late last week.
  7. AAxsom

    AAxsom Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2010 Texas

    Definitely recommend Jack Mac's over Mellow Mushroom. All Texas taps and no BMC. Last time I was at Mellow Mushroom, the best I could find was Monty Python's Holy Grail beer.

  8. Bungletronics

    Bungletronics Initiate (141) Jan 5, 2009 California

    Holy Grail will be the best bet for the Frisco area beer, whiskey and food wise. What about that place in the shops at Legacy? I think they're a Portland bar Henry's or something?

    I would also recommend heading down to Deep Ellum. Do the Deep Ellum Brewing tour, grab lunch at Il Cane Rosso (wood fired Neapolitan pizza and a few decent local taps) or Angry Dog (burgers/wings/dogs/ local beer) and finish up at Anvil Pub. They're all within walking distance of each other and would be a decent way to kill some time. Head back up the 75 to get to the Frisco area and stop off at Spec's.
  9. jsboots21

    jsboots21 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2009 Tennessee

    Goodfriend and Strangeways are my two favorite Dallas beer bars, with Common Table close behind.

    Goodfriend has awesome burgers, fantastic beer, and the friendliest atmosphere in town. Strangeways has the city's most unique selection of brew (and good whiskey, too, if you ask) and a dark, dank atmosphere that feels divey but welcoming. Can't speak to Strangeways's food options. Common Table has good all around food, a good mix of local/TX distro'd beer, and is walkable to other things in its area.

    None are close to you, but all are better than any northern options of which I'm aware.
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  10. air

    air Aspirant (228) Mar 28, 2007 Texas

    Holy Grail is on another level compared to Henry's or the Gingerman at Legacy. If I were in the area, I'd actually go further north to Denton and go to Oak Street Drafthouse.
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  11. jsboots21

    jsboots21 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2009 Tennessee

    Agree with both statements.
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