The Metroplex is in a constant state of change, especially when it comes to cuisine. As spring nudges its way in, embrace new beginnings and try something unexpected. I promise you, it will be delicious.
At Deep Ellum's vegan-friendly Anvil Pub, brunch staples come skewered directly onto the stirrers in 32-ounce drinks. C'mon, I know you can handle it. 2638 Elm St., Dallas, 214.741.1271
Over on Henderson Avenue, We Are 1976 (pictured at top) is an indie gift shop that bills itself as a "design toy store for grown-ups." Shop here for a perfectly unusual gift. Also check its website for workshops it offers in such areas as printmaking and knitting. 1902 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214.821.1976
Sometimes a traditional combo of tequila and lime is called for. Gloria's gets the mix just right—it serves 37 varieties of margaritas in all—and on weekends it turns up the heat with salsa dancing. An eclectic menu of Salvadoran and Mexican favorites includes tamales and lechon asado (charbroiled pork tenderloin). 5100 Belt Line Road, Addison, 972.387.8847; 3715 Greenville Ave., 214.874.0088; 8600 Gaylord Pkwy., Frisco, 972.668.1555