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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Botanical Garden
“The local Arboretum is a great place to bring your family for a picnic or attend one of their events. ”
  • 183 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“White Rock Lake is a great place for walking, biking, running, and enjoying the views of the water! ”
  • 197 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“So much more than just a doughnut shop, Hypnotic churns out funky specialty doughnuts and tasty chicken biscuit creations while staying closely involved in the local community. Favorite bites include the Canadian Healthcare (a long john topped with syrup, maple icing and a strip of bacon) and the Amy (a chicken biscuit with bacon, pickles, southwest spicy mustard, cheddar and honey).”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Part restaurant, part beer garden, and part playground, The Lot is all Lakewood. Tons of neighborhood kids play together in the giant sand boxes while their parents sip cocktails and holler when the food comes. The Lot bills itself as dog-friendly, adult-friendly, kid-friendly, and smoker-friendly. All that, plus a full bar and a something-for-everyone menu makes The Lot a neighborhood favorite. The fact that they serve up slices of Emporium pies for dessert is just the cherry on top.”
  • 19 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Local Favorite and would never know it's here unless you were "in the know". Food is superb and the drinks are fabulous!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great little Austin-based taco shop just down the street. They have delicious tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“GREAT BBQ right across the street from the Dallas Arboretum, this chef-driven smokehouse offers a variety of meats, including pulled pork, brisket and sausage by the half pound with à la carte sides, plus appetizers, salads and composed dishes. The modern yet rustic farmhouse setting boasts a cozy bar serving local beers, wine on tap and craft cocktails, along with expansive outdoor spaces. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Goodfriend’s 2011 opening was an East Dallas game-changer, attracting a new wave of cool, young families to the area. It keeps them loyal with a diverse roster of North Texas beers in addition to a rotating selection of hard-to-find brews from around the country. (You can also take some of them home from sister store Goodfriend Package across the street.) Add grass-fed beef burgers and a covered patio, and it’s no wonder the place remains the neighborhood’s go-to watering hole.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Liquor Store
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““Goodfriend Beer nerds pay attention. Goodfriend has one of the best patios for dorking out on suds. If a local brewery is going to release a special issue beer, there's a solid chance it's on tap here, often before the other bars even take delivery of their kegs. Mix in the strong neighborhood following and the massive roll-up doors that bring the patio weather inside, and you've got one of the better places in Dallas for drinking, whether the heat of summer has arrived or not.””
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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““It's rare to find a restaurant that serves four-star-quality cuisine at an affordable price. 20 Feet Seafood Joint is a casual alternative to the stuffy luxury dining scene. For an exquisite lobster roll without a stifling dress code, look no further than Peavy Road. The rosemary fries and clams aren't half bad, either.””
  • 10 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This small grocery store has fabulous prices and only offers organic produce. I've found some delightful brands there and they are always better priced than Wholefoods Market (which is also close).”
  • 8 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Single Origin//Microlot coffee that is roasted in small batches. Locals love the coffee here.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Canoe, Kayak and stand up paddle board rentals for fun and to take in the beautiful views of White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“The Arboretum is very close and it is just a great place to sight-see and have a great day!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pool
“From a Yelp review "Imagine for a second, the perfect pool. A place where everyone is accepted, no one judges based on appearances, the drinks are strong, the people are friendly, and the water is perfect. This is FOE. You drive down a road, then down another road. THEN, it looks like the little road dead ends. And it does. And there's a little building. This building is your gateway to heaven. Pay your $7 cover and enjoy yourself. Cheap/strong drinks all around. Table pool and swimming pool. Normal, chill, real people." ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“a cash-only institution that is known for their beer biscuits and sausage gravy; definitely a greasy spoon ”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Part restaurant, part beer garden, and part playground, The Lot is all Lakewood. Tons of neighborhood kids play together in the giant sand boxes while their parents sip cocktails and holler when the food comes. The Lot bills itself as dog-friendly, adult-friendly, kid-friendly, and smoker-friendly. All that, plus a full bar and a something-for-everyone menu makes The Lot a neighborhood favorite. The fact that they serve up slices of Emporium pies for dessert is just the cherry on top.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great little Austin-based taco shop just down the street. They have delicious tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“GREAT BBQ right across the street from the Dallas Arboretum, this chef-driven smokehouse offers a variety of meats, including pulled pork, brisket and sausage by the half pound with à la carte sides, plus appetizers, salads and composed dishes. The modern yet rustic farmhouse setting boasts a cozy bar serving local beers, wine on tap and craft cocktails, along with expansive outdoor spaces. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Goodfriend’s 2011 opening was an East Dallas game-changer, attracting a new wave of cool, young families to the area. It keeps them loyal with a diverse roster of North Texas beers in addition to a rotating selection of hard-to-find brews from around the country. (You can also take some of them home from sister store Goodfriend Package across the street.) Add grass-fed beef burgers and a covered patio, and it’s no wonder the place remains the neighborhood’s go-to watering hole.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Liquor Store
““Goodfriend Beer nerds pay attention. Goodfriend has one of the best patios for dorking out on suds. If a local brewery is going to release a special issue beer, there's a solid chance it's on tap here, often before the other bars even take delivery of their kegs. Mix in the strong neighborhood following and the massive roll-up doors that bring the patio weather inside, and you've got one of the better places in Dallas for drinking, whether the heat of summer has arrived or not.””
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
““It's rare to find a restaurant that serves four-star-quality cuisine at an affordable price. 20 Feet Seafood Joint is a casual alternative to the stuffy luxury dining scene. For an exquisite lobster roll without a stifling dress code, look no further than Peavy Road. The rosemary fries and clams aren't half bad, either.””
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“a cash-only institution that is known for their beer biscuits and sausage gravy; definitely a greasy spoon ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“We’re a micro-roaster and coffee bar in North Texas serving handcrafted espresso drinks and expertly brewed single-origin coffees”
  • 8 locals recommend

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