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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Review | Dallas, Texas

Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! I vacationed for a week in Dallas (Uptown), Texas this Summer. I stayed at Hotel ZaZa Dallas (it's a boutique hotel) located in (the uptown area of) Dallas, Texas. During that time, I patronized several restaurants. I would like to review them for you, just in case you're thinking about visiting Dallas, Texas. There are a LOT of restaurants to choose from in the uptown area of Dallas. It's a lovely area. No matter where you stay in the world, I would encourage you to use Google Maps (Google Map your hotel), then click on restaurants to see what restaurants are nearby your hotel (vicinity). Use apps/websites like Yelp, OpenTable, Resy and Tripadvisor to review each restaurant. Using all of these free wonderful tools really helped me :)

I LOVE Fried Chicken! So I was happy to read a recommendation of where to get fried chicken in Dallas. When I read the name Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (Dallas), I chuckled. Yardbird? I envisioned a very casual, country-feel, sit-down, have-a-good-time restaurant, that served really-good fried chicken. There website is run chicken run!!! HaHaHa  Well guess what you guys? Yardbird are all of those things, except country. HaHaHa Its very posh and sophisticated. I took a glimpse of it online before going (and I'm glad I did). See! Never judge a name! I made reservations on OpenTable and headed to Yardbird. It's a gorgeous restaurant, both inside and outside. It sits on a corner and is right next to Residences at Park District (these apartments are very ritzy!). There's also a La Madeleine Petite Market & Bakery on the other side. Again, I LOVE how Dallas makes things so easily accessible. Valet parking is available and very convenient! Its another thing I love about Dallas, they make parking and dining out so easy. At Yardbird, you can dine inside or outside. Outside, Yardbird has beautiful oversized outdoor hanging lights, swings and of course tables. The plants and shrubbery outside are also gorgeous. Inside, there's an assortment of regular tables, high-sitting chairs and tables, booths and a bar. I love the modern and sophisticated feel of the restaurant. It's also very upbeat. I had the best waiter. His name was Austin. When you remember your waiter's name, they have really made an impression. He was the absolute cutest and I loved his care, positivity, knowledge and energy. He suggested The Fried Green Tomato BLT (house-smoked pork belly, pimento cheese, frisee, smoky tomato jam, lemon vinaigrette). It was so good you guys! So good! It's something I would've never ordered for myself, but so glad I took his suggestion. We then ordered The Whole Bird, which is chicken, watermelon and waffles. I've never had spiced watermelon and wasn't sure if I would like it or not, but it tastes really good and is not overwhelming. Yardbird's belgian waffles are perfection! And The Whole Bird is served in a really cute chicken wired shaped container. We had a little hiccup here, because they first served us only half a chicken and then brought more on a plate, so I missed the picture op (whole bird served in the chicken wire container but they took a nice chunk off the final bill). So how did their chicken taste? Their chicken is seasoned really well and tastes delicious. I enjoyed it! I also had their mac n cheese and mama's mashed potatoes. DELICIOUS! I enjoyed myself. This place is very festive. I loved the vibe of the bar. Above the bar (second floor) there was a private adult birthday party with balloons and everything (you should be able to get a glimpse of it in one of my gifs below). Everyone looked like they were having FUN! That's the whole point when eating out, is to ENJOY your meal and have FUN. There's enough downtrodden things going on in the outside world. I love eating out. Its escapism for me. A time to dress up. A time to relax. Let someone else cook. Enjoy the company you're with, whether family, friend or significant other. I love eating out! Now, the prices are pretty expensive at Yardbird but now understanding the area I was in, it is not expensive for them. HaHaHa There are Yardbird Restaurants in Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Singapore. I Highly Recommend Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. Hope you like it to! This concludes my Dallas Restaurant Review, but I do plan on going back to Dallas. I'll definitely add places in the future!

Dallas Restaurant Review

Meso Maya Comida Y Copas | Si Tapas | Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery

Fogo de Chao | Pecan Lodge | San Martin Bakery and Restaurant | Yardbird Southern Table

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

San Martin Bakery And Restaurant Review | Dallas, Texas

Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! I vacationed for a week in Dallas (Uptown), Texas this Summer. I stayed at Hotel ZaZa Dallas (it's a boutique hotel) located in (the uptown area of) Dallas, Texas. During that time, I patronized several restaurants. I would like to review them for you, just in case you're thinking about visiting Dallas, Texas. There are a LOT of restaurants to choose from in the uptown area of Dallas. It's a lovely area. No matter where you stay in the world, I would encourage you to use Google Maps (Google Map your hotel), then click on restaurants to see what restaurants are nearby your hotel (vicinity). Use apps/websites like Yelp, OpenTable, Resy and Tripadvisor to review each restaurant. Using all of these free wonderful tools really helped me :)

San Martin Bakery And Restaurant is a popular Guatemalan, El Salvadorian, artisan bakery and restaurant, located in Uptown Dallas. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's a really pretty restaurant! You're going to love both the outside and inside of this restaurant. I was first enamored with the food art drawn on the outside windows of the restaurant. I thought they were so cute. It reminds me of chalkboard art. I find chalkboard art to be so whimsical. Inside, your eyes will see oversized forks, spoons & knives, owls and other cultural decor. Over half of the building space is dedicated to the restaurant and the rest of the space is dedicated to their in-house bakery. Everything is cooked and baked there. Everyone was so friendly! From the valet guys outside to the staff and waitress inside, they made you feel very welcome. We had the Cobanera Diavola Pasta (which is penne pasta with chicken breast and shrimp in San Martin's original Cobanero spicy sauce with mushrooms. Served with grated Parmesan cheese.) and an Arrachera Sandwich (Arrachera (skirt steak), avocado and lettuce. Drizzled with San Martin's special cobanero chili mayonnaise. Served in a freshly-baked baguette.) Both were delicious! I also ordered Hibiscus tea (it's the purple drink shown below). It is very good! It reminds me of pomegranate juice (but there's a difference). Lunch was delightful! Then I headed over to the bakery (there's so much to choose from). If you go there, you have to try their banana loaf. It is so delicious :) Another thing, is San Martin's prices are so affordable. They really serve quality and well prepared food for a great price. I would definitely go back to San Martin and I encourage you to patronize them as well. 

Dallas Restaurant Review

Meso Maya Comida Y Copas | Si Tapas | Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery

Fogo de Chao | Pecan Lodge | San Martin Bakery and Restaurant | Yardbird Southern Table



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Pecan Lodge Review | Dallas, Texas

Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! I vacationed for a week in Dallas (Uptown), Texas this Summer. I stayed at Hotel ZaZa Dallas (it's a boutique hotel) located in (the uptown area of) Dallas, Texas. During that time, I patronized several restaurants. I would like to review them for you, just in case you're thinking about visiting Dallas, Texas. There are a LOT of restaurants to choose from in the uptown area of Dallas. It's a lovely area. No matter where you stay in the world, I would encourage you to use Google Maps (Google Map your hotel), then click on restaurants to see what restaurants are nearby your hotel (vicinity). Use apps/websites like Yelp, OpenTable, Resy and Tripadvisor to review each restaurant. Using all of these free wonderful tools really helped me :)

I read a review online that there was ALWAYS A LINE for barbecue at Pecan Lodge. That made me want to visit them. Pecan Lodge is located in a section called Deep Ellum Texas which is less than 10 minutes from Uptown Dallas. It hosts a number of restaurants. Use the link above to learn more about Deep Ellum and explore the other restaurants located in this area. The first thing that will catch your eye about Pecan Lodge is the steer sculpture located outside. It's a beautiful piece of art. There are also picnic style tables and fairy lights strung above. When I walked into Pecan Lodge, yep ... there was a line. That's always a good sign, that the food is good. Upon entering, you see an assortment of cute t-shirts and baseball caps for the entire family. I loved the Barbecutie Stuffed Puppy perched on the counter. I will say despite waiting in line, it moves really quickly. The employees at Pecan Lodge are super efficient. I placed a to-go order. I ordered their two meat plate (you can choose from brisket, sausage, ribs, pulled pork, or smoked turkey, and it includes one side). I chose their brisket, ribs and mac 'n cheese as a side. I also ordered their homemade peach cobbler. Their meat is very tender and tasty. I enjoyed both the brisket and bbq ribs. I've had some tough brisket in the past, but that was NOT the case here. Everything was cooked really well. I also like that they put their barbecue sauce in containers on the side, so you can adjust how much sauce you want on your meat (and also determine if you like their sauce or not). Their macaroni is traditional mac (YAAAY!!!) and yummy. Their peach cobbler was good, but a little different from what I'm use to. It's more of a crumble cobbler. I'm use to a peach cobbler with a thick crust, but it definitely had a great cinnamon taste. If you want really good barbecue, I definitely recommend Pecan Lodge. You can dine in ... dine outside ... or take your order to go. I would also like to add to this post, there is an area that borders Deep Ellum Texas called East Quarter. It is 8 city blocks owned by ONE owner!!! This area houses office, residential and retail spaces. I've included a video below to give you an overview. It's a really cool area! 

Dallas Restaurant Review

Meso Maya Comida Y Copas | Si Tapas | Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery

Fogo de Chao | Pecan Lodge | San Martin Bakery and Restaurant | Yardbird Southern Table

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse Review | Dallas, Texas

Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! I vacationed for a week in Dallas (Uptown), Texas this Summer. I stayed at Hotel ZaZa Dallas (it's a boutique hotel) located in (the uptown area of) Dallas, Texas. During that time, I patronized several restaurants. I would like to review them for you, just in case you're thinking about visiting Dallas, Texas. There are a LOT of restaurants to choose from in the uptown area of Dallas. It's a lovely area. No matter where you stay in the world, I would encourage you to use Google Maps (Google Map your hotel), then click on restaurants to see what restaurants are nearby your hotel (vicinity). Use apps/websites like Yelp, OpenTable, Resy and Tripadvisor to review each restaurant. Using all of these free wonderful tools really helped me :)

Dallas Restaurant Review

Meso Maya Comida Y Copas | Si Tapas | Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery

Fogo de Chao | Pecan Lodge | San Martin Bakery and Restaurant | Yardbird Southern Table

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