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Hanging Out at Jack’s Backyard


Jack's Backyard Sign

Jack’s Backyard has to be one of my new favorite places to hang out with friends and drink a beer. The name of the place pretty much sums up what kind of atmosphere you’re going to find there.  It is very laid back and chill, a perfect place to relax and enjoy good company.

Jack’s used to be an old mechanic’s garage that has been turned into a bar/lounge, if that helps give you a better picture. It’s also part of it’s charm. They have a huge outdoor area with plenty of seating and several fireplaces. Inside, there are several low-lit lounge areas and a couple of pool tables by the jukebox. They occasionally have live music from local acts playing there as well. You can check their website for more information regarding live music shows and events: jacksbackyarddallas.com. And if you get hungry, you can enjoy delicious southern cooking from the Chill Grill located just next door (they will bring the food to you). Food is served until the standard 10 p.m. Sundays thru Thursdays, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Whether you swing by for the music, the food, or the atmosphere, Jack’s Backyard is definitely worth a visit. 

Jack’s Backyard (click here for directions)

2303 Pittman

Dallas, Tx 75208

The Belmont Hotel

The Belmont Hotel    



The Belmont Hotel

Recently, I had the pleasure of playing tour guide to friends that were in town for a wedding (which was canceled at the last minute). Part one of our tour involved getting alcohol to take away from the stress of a cancelled wedding. The weather was beautiful, so I decided to take them to The Belmont Hotel to enjoy some drinks on the patio. This place has one of the most amazing views of the downtown Dallas skyline. We made it time for happy-hour and caught the last set of some local musician, which they have on occasion. 

Downtown DallasMy friends enjoyed the atmosphere as much as I did. They said it had a very Austin-like feel to it. This might be attributed to the fact that the Austin-based Bunkhouse Management team has been with the hotel since 2008. Thankfully, the restoration the hotel received in 2005 kept a lot of the original architecture that gives this place its uniqueness and charm.

If you are thinking of checking this place out, Tuesday night is a good time to start. Tuesday night is game night! People can come in and play their favorite board games and enjoy happy-hour all night. More event information can be found at their website, belmontdallas.com.

The Belmont Hotel (click here for map)

901 Fort Worth Ave.

Dallas, Tx 75208

Craving Fresh Tortillas

Super Mercado MexicoI was going to make some dinner and I needed to pick up some tortillas, so I swung by the Supermercado Mexico, a little grocery store located at the corner of Twelfth St. and Rosemont. Now, these tortillas are the closest to grandma’s homemade tortillas you are going to find anywhere. They make them fresh there daily. You can usually go in at anytime and pick up a bag of hot tortillas for just 2 dollars. I don’t know how many come in a bag, but trust me, it’s more than enough.