Foodie Friday: Dallas Edition

A happy Friday to you all, my awesome readers! So, I am totally taking inspiration from my friend Jennifer over at AllThingsMessy and presenting you with my very own Foodie Friday post…because I too am SO a foodie! Lol!

So, last weekend I went on a trip to Dallas with one of my best girls, Lori (*waves* Hey, friend!), and it was an extravaganza of shopping, relaxing in the hotel hot tub, and foodie HEAVEN. You have no idea the deliciousness that was experienced! It was a fantastic mini vacay that was much needed. But oh my goodness…the FOOD. If you ever find yourself in the Dallas area, you simply must go to these restaurants! We have been a few times now, and they are officially dubbed the Faves, and we go every chance we get.

The trip started out with a morning stop at Starbucks for coffee because OF COURSE IT DID. It is, in fact, the only way to start off any roadtrip. Our shopping took us to Sam Moon’s and after looking at EVERYTHING in their kitchen and home decor store (OMG, kitchen gadgets for EVERY FRUIT OR VEGETABLE YOU CAN IMAGINE! Love!), we stopped in the cafe for frozen yogurt for me, a smoothie for Lori, and TRUFFLES. Red Velvet & Irish Creme. Rich, chocolatey yumminess. We split 1 each because there is no way we could have eaten more than 1. But so good!

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The main event of the day though was Maggiano’s Little Italy. This place just oozes Old World Italian charm, from the dark, hardwood furniture to the red & white checkered tablecloths. It’s two stories with a gorgeous staircase leading up to private rooms for parties. (Sorry I don’t have more pictures of the place itself. You’ll just HAVE to go see for yourself! 😉 They have locations around the country, so you can find one near you.) You absolutely feel like this is a place Vito Corleone himself would visit. In fact, as you walk into the bar, there is an autographed portrait of Frank Sinatra. This place is legit, guys.

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They are just as serious about the quality of the food as they are the ambiance. To drink, we got their Strawberry Peach Splash. Light, sweet & refreshing. Then we started out with calamari which, if you don’t know, is fried squid. I know, I was hesitant the first time I tried it too, but when it’s done right, it is delish! Don’t be scared. 😉 This was sweet, tender, melt in your mouth good!

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I had the lasagna which had a combination of hamburger and italian sausage with a sweet, but not too sweet, marinara sauce and it was perfection! I did not want to stop eating it. I had to finish the whole thing! Lori got the Mushroom Ravioli with alfredo sauce. I am not a fan of mushrooms, so this was not at the top of my list, however, she assures me it was spectacular and she loved it. 🙂

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To cap it off, dessert was New York-style Cheesecake with strawberry syrup. OMG, guys, you just DON’T. KNOW. They could not have gotten this more right if they tried. The cheesecake was soft & velvety smooth in your mouth, perfect balance of cheese and sweetness. And the syrup was very light so it didn’t overpower the cheesecake. Paired with their delicious (even if it’s not Starbucks) coffee? 😉 TO. DIE. FOR.

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The next day we spent the afternoon at another of our favorite places, the Angelika Film Center. So much shopping, great restaurants, and an indie film theatre that is just the best! The last couple times we’ve been, we absolutely fell in love with the Trinity Hall Irish Tavern right next door to the theatre. All they need is for the people who work there to all have Irish accents, and you would absolutely believe you were in a pub in Dublin. GORGEOUS, big, dark hardwood bar greets you when you walk in, more dark hardwood tables and benches all around, and an awesome bookshelf on one wall with lots of older, hardback books filling the shelves. Futball on the telly. AND while we were there, they happened to have a fantastic Celtic band playing. Seriously, I could live there. It brings such great joy to my Irish-loving soul every time I’m there.

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If you are a beer connoisseur, they’ve got a huge selection to choose from! For me, though, it’s Guinness on tap all the way. SO much better than bottled or (God forbid) canned, so I have to get it whenever I’m there.

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So many great Irish pub foods on the menu! This time I got the Reuben because I was feelin’ a craving for corned beef. Tender, juicy & flavorful with tangy sauerkraut & thousand island dressing on marble rye, kosher pickle on the side, and “chips.” 😉 Lori got the Shepherd’s Pie, which I had the last time we were there, and I can definitely say, it is delicious, comfort food at it’s best! This is a dish that my mom made a lot growing up, so it always brings back good memories whenever I have it. Beef sauteed with peas & carrots, in a dark gravy, with mashed potates on top served with Irish soda bread. Feeling warm & comfy just thinking about it!

So, we got some dessert while we were here because OF COURSE WE DID. Irish Bash Pie. Creamy, dreamy Bailey’s Irish Creme custard in a chocolate cookie crust, drizzled with raspberry and chocolate sauce, garnished with berries. This is a happy, Irish dancing party in your mouth! So good, guys…just, SO. GOOD.

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To top it off, the movie we went to see was The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren…about 2 competing restaurants in France because how could we possibly see anything else on a total foodie weekend! Lol! It was incredibly sweet, funny, and heart-warming. Also you will simultaneously crave Indian and French cuisine…which is confusing…yet somehow, with the movie, it works! Haha! Definitely recommend this one! We really liked it.

So, there you have our 2 days of foodie heaven. I have included links to the restaurants we visited if you want to check them out further.

Maggiano’s Little Italy
Trinity Hall Irish Tavern

Seriously, GO! You will not be disappointed. I would love to hear about your food adventures too! Leave me a comment below! Until next time, friends!