Have you found yourself in Dallas-Fort Worth with some free time to spare? Or are you planning a trip to DFW and looking for a couple things to do?
DFW is enormous. Driving between the two cities can take a considerable amount of time depending on road construction and traffic patterns. My recommendation if you only have a weekend to explore is to spend one day in Dallas and one day in Fort Worth. You’ll feel less rushed, more relaxed, and have a better ability to really feel out the two cities. They are drastically different!
We were down visiting family so I did not heed my own advice. We bounced around a bit, so re-exploring the area took more time than anticipated and resulted in visiting fewer attractions. But nonetheless, we were able to see a few new places and an oldie-but-goodie.
How to spend an afternoon in
Dallas – Fort Worth
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Written by: Stephanie
2702 Main Street, Dallas Texas / 214-748-8900
To start off the day I recommend having an early lunch at the most PHENOMENAL bbq restaurant I’ve ever been to. No lie. Spoken by a true Texan herself.
The place is called The Pecan Lodge and it is located in the Deep Ellum neighboorhood of Dallas. They’re closed on Mondays and only open for a few hours a day during the week. However, on Friday and Saturday, their hours are from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. If you want to go for lunch I recommend being there by 10:30 – 11:00 as the line fills quickly and will eventually snake around the building.
Pecan Lodge serves up smoked meats and sandwiches. The meats include brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, pulled pork, and sausage. Or you can order a brisket or pulled pork sandwich. Side dishes include macaroni & cheese, fried okra, and collard greens to name a few.
Mmmhmmmm #Illhavesomemore. After you’ve had your fill of meats and mac head next door for pie!
2708 Main Street, Dallas / 972-982-2757
Conveniently located next to Pecan Lodge is the cutest little pie shop called Emporium Pies. They are open from 11 a.m. to 8 – 11 p.m., depending on the day. Their menu consists of about 6 – 8 different pies that you purchase by the slice as well as some coffee offerings. Their menu changes seasonally and the pies are always free of preservatives, dyes, corn syrup, etc.
We had a slice of the apple and some sort of banana one that tasted just like banana pudding. Their pies are delicious and I wish I could have them again. right now. Emporium actually ships pies nationwide. At 70-90 dollars a pie.
So you know…
How bad do you want it?
How bad do you need it?
Are you eating, sleeping, dreaming with that one thing on your mind?
It is a small shop, but there are a few tables inside as well as a handful out in the breezeway next to this adorable mural.
Fine pies for sure. These pies in Minnesota are also the bomb.com!
Next up, head across the metro for the stockyards!
Fort Worth Stockyards
2501 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth / 817-624-4741
Lovingly known as “Cowtown,” Fort Worth has a historic district made up of about 100 acres solely dedicated to preserving Texas’ rich cattle history. The Stockyards are especially known for their cattle drives as it is the only place in the world that does twice daily drives.
It is pretty fun to just poke your head into the shops and bars and wander the streets people watching. You can go full Texan and try on and/or purchase cowboy hats, boots, spurs, chaps so on and so forth. Or purchase a cowhide rug for your home. Just lean alllllll the way into that Texas lifestyle. The cattle drives occur at 11:30 & 4, so you can plan your activities around that.
There are a few longhorns scattered around the streets that are available for petting, sitting on, or taking photos with.
The cattle drive! It had been a long time since I’ve seen this and I seem to remember MANY more cattle. That or I was just little and everything seemed grand. The drives last maybe 10 minutes and I think we had about 15 cattle.
The stockyards house several restaurants with everything from bbq to Tex-Mex to steakhouses to bars. There are opportunities to shop, watch a rodeo, visit a museum, or relax at the winery.
Finish out your afternoon doing any of the above!
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Founder of Packing for Plenty in July 2017. Along with her husband, Pete, she is on a mission to visit most countries. And wants to take y’all along as well! On PFP Steff provides travel itineraries ranging from a weekend trip nearby to 2 weeks living abroad like a local…detailed destination specific travel tips that aren’t readily available elsewhere…and unique and interesting bucket list worthy experiences.