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Kristie Ramirez | Photo: Courtesy of hotels and restaurants | April 18, 2014
No time to get away? Here, your 24-hour Saturday-to-Sunday itinerary with everything you need, from cookery and cocktails to culture and the great outdoors, to rediscover your hometown.
The Bungalows at The Hotel ZaZa
2332 Leonard St., 214.468.8399
The Hotel ZaZa now offers The Bungalows, 12 chicly outfitted suites on a private compound around the corner from the main event (from $595 per night). Each space, some with full kitchens and private patios, runs from 600 to 1,200 square feet and guests receive all the same services from the hotel as well as the option of a self- or chauffeur-driven Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce or Ferrari.
Brunch: Le Bilboquet
4514 Travis St., Suite 124, 469.730.2937
The atmosphere remains as authentic as the original in New York City, albeit with a lighter, airier ambience, thanks to windows on all sides. For brunch, good luck trying to decide between the Le Poulet Cajun, two delectable chicken breasts swimming in Cajun spices or the thickly cut Brioche French Toast.
Lunch: Off-Site Kitchen
2226 Irving Blvd., 214.741.2226
Head to Off-Site Kitchen for a burger and brew. Our pick? The Stock Cheese, a quarter-pound of Angus chuck and shoulder covered in a slice of American cheese. Order with a side of russet fries and bourbon apple pie.
4513 Travis St., 214.520.0900
Taking its cue from speakeasies of the 1920s, the unmarked door at Smyth is only unlocked after you ring the buzzer and state your name and reservation time. Beautiful herbs and fruits line the bar, ready to be turned into complex cocktails based on your personalized flavor profile.
Dinner: San Salvaje
2100 Ross Ave.
Stephan Pyles’ new restaurant, San Salvaje, housed in the Arts District space formerly occupied by his Middle Eastern spot, Samar, is a Latin American adventure focusing on foods from Peru, Cuba and Mexico. Think tacos, tamales, ceviches and empanadas that will only further cement his acclaimed reputation.
Breakfast: CBD Provisions
1530 Main St., 214.261.4500
Before the weekend is over, indulge in the breakfast menu at restaurateur Tristan Simon’s downtown digs. Because of its attachment to The Joule Hotel, you never know which celebrity you might bump into (latest sighting: Tobey Maguire).
White Rock Lake
8200 Garland Road
Landlocked we are, but White Rock Lake is a glimmer of hope for a water-sports fix. Spend a Saturday morning on the east shore of the lake for Corinthian Sailing Club’s butterfly fleet races, where the boats sail at 10:30am.
1415 Beaumont St., 214.205.9909
With impressive roles that include associate curator at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas and director of sales for The Marlborough Gallery in New York City, James Cope is the perfect companion for a walk through one of his latest exhibitions, including his current show with promising New York-based artist Eli Ping.
2918 N. Henderson Ave., 214.826.3726
Make a reservation at The Dram’s Suited Up Saturday Nights, a lively DJ-driven dance experience. The dimly lit scene, with its velvet-tufted seating and a strikingly backlit bar, creates a deeply sexy space recalling vintage New Orleans.
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 Great Trinity Forest Way
As part of the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest, take a Sunday morning to explore part of the largest urban forest in the United States. Just eight minutes south of downtown, it has one of the best views of the Dallas skyline from the Trinity River.