The Age of Coffee in Dallas

I can’t remember when was the last time I DIDN’T have coffee. Coffee is a part of life for the majority of us. As in having it as soon as you can in the morning, midday, end of day, evening, and as you tackle some late night work. I have been drinking coffee for a long while now and have seen the evolution of it grow into a serious business and addiction.

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I am your typical coffee drinker. Some would call me a coffee ‘snob’, but I don’t care. Coffee can get you through some difficult times-like give you that last push to write your paper. As well as powered up and vigilant when you need it the most.

In the last five years Dallas has seen and experienced coffee in new and exciting discreet ways. Starbucks has gone mainstream by populating every other corner across the city. But look closer and you will see the smaller local coffee spots that would appear to have been there forever. Look closer and the walk into those newly discovered places and you’ll smell the fresh coffee beans and dairy being poured. The simplest of the coffees at these places is the ultimate test. One cup of the least complex will be the test of time for how long it’ll take you to finish it to how long the place could remain open. You know the revolution of coffee in a place as big and specifically as small as Dallas is that there will always be the next big thing. The next big thing was not Starbucks although it progressed and eventually reached that potential, it was coffee itself. Coffee is served everywhere now at all hours of the day. It has served the test of time as it has in other cities and countries where coffee is part of their lifestyle dating back decades.

Take a closer look and check out the probably ‘been there’ for years coffee place.

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Welcome to Dallas

I thought it would be appropriate for my first post to be about my city Dallas. I moved to Dallas almost 20 years ago–that’s right almost two-whole decades ago and I barely have the wrinkles to show it. Dallas is a vast and beautiful city that has a lot of hidden gems within. It will surprise you like a toddler saying their first word and it will disappoint you like an ‘B-‘ on your Math final. But once you arrive here you will be enchanted.

Yes, everything is bigger in Texas. It’s just a fact of life, drinks are bigger, trucks are bigger, houses and yards are bigger, the food is bigger, you name it.

So here are some places where you’ll get more for your buck and time! This places are open late! These places are listed in no specific order or quantity.

A Little Bit of Everything

Bistro B : They are best known for their Pho which is priced pretty well for the amount. They also have a large variety of Vietnamese dishes. But Pho specially in the cold weather hits the spot. Prices range but most dishes are $7.39 and up. Also probably the only place where you can buy 4 egg rolls for $1.

Hours: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 7 am-12 am; Fri & Sat 7 am-2 am (Walnut Street Location)

 

Si Tapas : Tapas enough said. This place is right in the Uptown residences, this is a great place for a night out with friends or a romantic date. I recommend being seated out in the back patio it overlooks a nice private garden and if visiting at night it is lit by candles. Very atmospheric. They have a large variety of hot tapas, cold tapas, cold cuts & cheese, and wines! You can easily order for 2 people for $25-30.

Hours: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 11:30 am-10 pm; Fri & Sat 11:30 am-11 pm (Allen Street Location)

 

Taqueria La Paisanita : This is a taco stand. Do not let the location fool you. It’s located right in the middle of the parking lot of this Medical District shopping center. They have more than tacos I’ll leave it at that. Their tacos will satisfy that late night craving.

Hours: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 7:30 am-12 am; Fri & Sat 7:30 am-4 am (Inwood Road Location)

 

Italia Express : By far the most polite service and delish pizza AND great price per slice. Their pizza slices are $4 and they are large, the crust is not too thin or too thick it’s perfect, the cheese is awesome it will not leave you feeling heavy or overstuffed but will fully satisfy your hunger. They have ample seating room inside and patio seating in the front, firewood ovens, pizza is ready upon ordering so not much waiting, Italian coffees available.

Hours: Sun 10 am-12 am; Mon, Tue, Wed 10 am-12pm, Thu, Fri, Sat 10 am-3 am (Cedar Springs Location)

 

Village Burger : Hip and delicious burgers. Anytime you go this place will be busy, but somehow you WILL always find a table–no worries. This is the place to go if you’re looking for a nice burger that is at a good location, and no b.s. on any overwhelming ingredients. They have beef/turkey/chicken burgers as well as other items like paninis. You can either tailor your burger or you can choose from their ‘dressed up’ burgers. Champagne Burger and truffle fries are a must. Located right in the heart of Uptown definitely make it an outing Angelika and Magnolia Theatres are near by. There is another location on Inwood Road which is very family orientated and kid friendly.

Hours: Sun 11 am-10 pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat 11 am-2 am (McKinney Ave Location)