There seems to be somewhat of an argument over which is the better item at Victor Tango's: the food, or the drinks. This strikes us as a great problem to have. The food menu is dominated by tapas-like small plates — the Ahi Tuna Nachos are a particular standout — while the drink menu is filled with intelligent, modern interpretations of classic drinks, as well as a few originals, all prepared and served with care. Just don't be fooled by the name — no matter what you might think, this isn't a dance hall. [Scouted by Mark]
As you might expect from the name, The Grape offers quite the wine list, including two dozen options available by the glass. What you might not expect is that it's routinely hailed as offering one of the best burgers in the state. While the dinner menu typically offers more refined offerings like mustard-crusted salmon, beef tournedos, mussels, and rack of lamb, on Sundays at brunch and Monday evenings you'll find the classic cheeseburger listed, a 10 oz. freshly grilled patty with homemade peppered bacon, Vermont white cheddar, Nathan's horseradish half-sour pickles, and dijonaise, with a side of homemade fries. As for what wine to pair with it, we suggest you ask your server.
It's certainly not a budget option, and there might be slightly more women's goods inside than mens, but that doesn't mean Forty Five Ten isn't worth the trip. This former art gallery is home to some of the best mens fashions in the city, including brands like Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and Tom Ford. In addition, it offers a selection of goods for the home, and a well-regarded café — making it an ideal spot to kill a few hours in the afternoon.
With a name like that, you'd expect The Dram to serve up some serious cocktails — and indeed they do. This posh Henderson lounge kicks up some killer cocktails, but perhaps even more impressive is the selection of whiskeys and scotches, which are joined on the shelves by a healthy selection of wines, champagnes, and tequilas. A limited but carefully-curated beer selection is also available, but whatever you choose, be sure to take your time, soak in the ambiance, and dress accordingly — the dress code isn't ridiculously strict, but it does exist, so try to avoid looking like a schlub. [Scouted by Mark]
Given the vast number of nearby Tex Mex joints, it's little wonder that Nazca Kitchen is a breath — or bite — of fresh air. Named for the agricultural civilization that one lived along the coast of Peru, this South American restaurant goes across not just one border but many to bring you dishes like roasted chicken, butter leaf fish tacos, ceviche, and acai breakfast bowls. A limited — but interesting — bottled beer and wine menu is also available.
It might be better known for cowboys and ranches, but make no mistake — the Big D has plenty of sophistication to offer. Take The Joule for example. This hip luxury hotel offers everything from "Demi Joule" 212 sq. ft. rooms with round beds to a swank penthouse with amazing views, a pool table, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a fully-stocked bar. Also on site you'll find a terrific art collection, a rooftop pool, a fantastic restaurant, and a bar — but with its location in the heart of downtown, odds are you'll want to do some off-property exploring.
Whether you're searching for a new comic, a toy, or a rare back issue, Zeus Comics has you covered. As Big D's top comics store, Zeus has something for everyone, including those just getting into the whole intricate art printed on dead trees phenomenon. Aside from the normal comics, trades, graphic novels, and manga, Zeus also offers toys, action figures, DVDs, plush dolls, die cast cars, and even trading cars. It's like a refueling station for your inner geek.
Despite the obvious name, not everything with Craft & Growler is as it seems. Okay, maybe it is — but that doesn't stop this "beer filling station" from being an intriguing stop. Located right across the street from the main entrance to Fair Park and not far from the Cotton Bowl, this new spot offers over 30 taps, and sells 32 and 64 oz growlers. You can also bring in your own growler to be filled, or just take a seat at the service counter/bar and sample a few before you decide to take one home.
You wouldn't expect a place inspired by a truck stop to be serving up fine cuisine — yet that's the case with Stampede 66. Driven by memories of his parents' Phillips 66 Truck Stop Cafe in Big Spring, James Beard Award-winning chef Stephan Pyles created this unique eatery offering modern takes on family recipes. Menu highlights include barbecued brisket, chorizo-stuffed quail, and tamales. Oh, and be sure to keep an eye out for the porch-like area, the moon and stars on the ceiling, and the standalone margarita and taco bar.
Shopping for yourself is great — but rewarding your furry friends while you're out can be fun as well. The Lucky Dog Barkery has Metroplex-area pet owners covered. The store offers a wide variety of locally-designed wares like leashes, collars, and bowls, and is also home to an entire aisle of "green cuisine", featuring dozens of kinds of organic and natural food and treats. And not to worry if your pet happens to be feline — they also have goods for the kitties.
The name sounds a lot less funny once you're there. Smink has been offering up the big D's best modern furniture since 1989. Founded by three sisters Smink, it carries upscale pieces from labels like MDF Italia, Arflex, Porro, and Minotti, and plenty of accessories and fine art as well. Don't worry about having to wait for a special order — odds are they have what you're looking for somewhere in their 11,000 square foot space, which includes an on-site warehouse.