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Welcome the Texas Spring With Open Arms ... and Stomach

Eat, shop and drink your way around the Big D with this suggested itinerary from our Where Dallas editor

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.

Morning

Anvil Pub
The heavy skewers at Anvil Pub (Courtesy Anvil Pub)

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

Afternoon

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

Evening

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