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Making Dallas Even Better

My Guide to Dallas

Some of our favorite faces from North Texas weigh in on where to eat, drink, and play locally.

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Jane McGarry

News anchor, NBC 5

What are your favorite restaurants in Dallas?

I love sushi, and the fish at Steel Restaurant and Lounge is incredibly fresh! For Italian, I like Nonna Restaurant. In Fort Worth, my friend Donatella Trotti uses her grandmother's recipes at her 21-seat Nonna Tata; the involtini is sinful. I pick up to-go frequently, and two of my reliable stand-bys are Kathleen's Sky Diner on Lovers Lane for their pesto (and double fudge brownies) and Empire Baking Co. for prosciutto and olive bread. One of the first places I ate in Dallas was Campisi's Egyptian Lounge on Mockingbird, and it's still my favorite for pizza. I think Dean Fearing does really good food at Fearing's, and the Jambon and Gruyere Souffle at Rise No.1 in Inwood Village is heavenly.

What are your favorite shops in Dallas?

I like to explore the latest cookware at Williams-Sonoma. I love the unique cheese selection at Whole Foods, and I usually pair it with a wine from Pogo's Fine Wine & Spirits at Inwood Village. Right now I think Rex's Seafood has the best fish either to eat at the restaurant or take home and cook yourself. Don't forget to pick up a container of their tuna! It will take almost a year to get your handmade boots from M.L. Leddy's in Fort Worth, but they're worth the wait. And finally, some of the most beautiful photographs I have of my son are from John Derryberry Photography.

What are your favorite venues in Dallas?

The Meyerson, Dallas Museum of Art, and Winspear Opera House in Dallas; the Modern, Amon Carter, and Bass Hall in Fort Worth. Of course, I could spend all day looking at the collection and architecture at the Kimbell.
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