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Publisher's Itinerary: The Perfect DFW Day Trip

From fine art in Fort Worth to fine dining in front of the Dallas city skyline, check out our publisher's itinerary for an ideal excursion through the Metroplex.

Summer days in Texas can be sultry, to put it mildly, so it’s never a bad idea to get an early start.  Especially when friends are in town I love a day going from one end of DFW to the other, and oftentimes start in Fort Worth and work my way back to Big D. One of my favorite days starts in the Cultural District, and a great local breakfast is a must. One of my new go-to places is Salsa Limón, which features Tex-Mex fare that's full of flavor. The ingredients are incredibly fresh and the taste is authentic Mexico City. The breakfast migas are delicious and burritos will fill you up and get you ready for a morning of museum-hopping. The Michelada (A seasoned salt-rimmed glass of house-made spicy tomato mix, beer of choice, fresh lime, all garnished with celery and lime) is a perfect pairing.  And then it’s onward to The Modern and The Kimbell Art Museum for two very different looks at world-class art.  

After a morning in Fort Worth, it’s time to head east and let’s face it, AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys) is not to be missed. Not that you could – it’s beyond enormous. Its sheer mass is a sight to behold and it never fails to impress. Tours are available and worth it no matter what team you root for and seeing a game here should be on every football fan's bucket list. Nearby are many great places to grab a lunch and one place I discovered (thanks to Guy Fieri) is ChopHouse Burgers, where they make a mouth-wateringly great burger using not only the best ground beef, but Chef Kenny Mills mixes in chopped brisket. I also love the Texican Burger with jalapeños for a bit of a kick. Fun to sit and mingle with a cold brew too, it’s a great way to get ready to tour the stadium.

Dallas' Reunion Tower lights up the city skyline and provides an exceptional view from visitors and diners inside.
Reunion Tower lights up the Dallas skyline at night. (©Scott Harbin)

Heading east on I-30, it’s time to head back to Dallas.  When friends are in town, there’s no better way to show them the entire city than from the top of Reunion Tower. I love sitting at the bar at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck for what is arguably the best view in all of DFW.  The name comes from the actual height of the tower and as you would expect with any Puck restaurant, the food is amazing. From Crisp Suckling Pig, Plum Purée, Sweet Bean, Pickled Cipollini Onions to start to Braised Beef Short Ribs, Peanut “Rendang,” Kaffir Lime, Coconut Rice.  Of course the sushi menu is some of the best in town, including Tai Snapper Sashimi & Seaweed Salad, Sesame-Lemon Dressing, and classic sushi rolls. Spinning one rotation per hour, friends and I get a complete view of the surrounding area and reflect on a full day of exploring some of the best of DFW.