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108 E San Antonio St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
A new addition to the art hub in the middle of nowhere, Marfa Contemporary occupies a former gas station. Expect to see cutting-edge works by regional and international artists. This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue.
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1508 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Men, I will warn you. Your girlfriend, wife, or significant other can spend hours (and hundreds of dollars!) in this hip, women's boutique called Maya Star! To be honest, I also like going in there. Their merchandise is incredible, and includes...
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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
There is nothing like chilling on a great patio with friends on a nice afternoon. When the weather is perfect I usually rally the troupes and head to Perla's to lounge under the huge oak trees, play shuffle board, snack on great appetizers, and...
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2015 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741, USA
Known as the “live music capital of the world,” Austin earns its title every spring during the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. At this year’s event, March 13 to 18 (with interactive and film segments starting on March 9), see a wide...
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2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Whether you roll out of bed at 6 a.m. or 2 p.m., start your day with Austin’s favorite Tex-Mex invention: the breakfast taco. A hometown institution, the Tamale House (5003 Airport Blvd.) serves eggs and bacon wrapped in a flour tortilla. At Maria...
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Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX, USA
One of Dallas’s earliest neighborhoods, this formerly industrial area just east of downtown has a long history as an entertainment hub, from its days as a hotbed of blues and jazz clubs in the 1920s, to the 1980s, when local bands like the...
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1010 S Pearl Expy, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
The lines are long (expect to wait at least an hour) at this young barbecue joint tucked inside the Dallas Farmers' Market—but the tender, perfectly smoked meats are worth the wait says Daniel Vaugh, barbecue editor of Texas Monthly. "They have...
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1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA
More than just an aquatic paradise, this facility also features creatures that roam the land, making it a wonderland for kids and adults alike. Check out all manner of beasts and fowl from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mundo Maya, or meet penguins from...
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2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
In the mood for an outdoor yoga session, concert, or movie, a scenic run, or just some time with nature in the midst of the urban sprawl? Head to this 5.2-acre green space, which hangs like a deck over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway, between...
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4434 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219, USA
Here are the rules for a good diner: Breakfast served all day and extra points are awarded for thick cut bacon and crispy hash browns. Busy waitresses who never get flustered are key—ideally she'll be calling customers "honey" and keeping their...
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3699 McKinney Ave #501, Dallas, TX 75204, USA
When the social-scene divas of Dallas need a perfect top for their sizzling-hot pair of designer jeans, or a fantastic dress for a club night out, Flirt Boutique is a popular place to pop into. The store's colorful array of separates and frocks...
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1617 Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
In its modern, warm wood-accented digs with retro design touches, FT33 serves up the most talked-about dishes in Dallas. Executive chef Matt McCallister's profile has grown immensely on the strength of his hugely creative farm-to-table menu,...
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601 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208, USA
As if it were the sweetest blossom in a cluster of flowers, this taco joint is always buzzing with locals, to the exclusion of the neighboring taquerias. With authentic Mexican tacos that will fill your belly and leave your wallet largely unharmed...
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1906 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
Being one of the few apparel shops on the north end of Henderson Avenue, Milk & Honey draws a good deal of attention. Its rustic-chic vibe and adorable fashions for women keep that attention, and makes fans out of gals searching for...
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100 S Central Expy #14, Richardson, TX 75080, USA
At last, the zany theatrical fun movie geeks used to drive to Austin for has landed in Richardson. Alamo Drafthouse, while a predominantly first-run-film-showing kind of place, is famed for its quirky, offbeat repertory programming. Think comedy...