What it’s like to live in Dallas, Texas

By on September 10, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

John B., Guest Blogger, event marketing coordinator, Dallas

Dallas, also known as “Big D,” has the ninth-largest population in the nation. The Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. You might remember the old television show, Dallas, with J.R. Ewing as the nefarious wheeling-and-dealing oil tycoon. Some J.R. types might still be around, but Dallas has no oil wells or ranching going on in the immediate area.

Dallas is known for its great barbecue, authentic Mexican, and Tex-Mex cuisine. My favorite place for delicious barbecue is the original Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse located near downtown Dallas. Opened in 1958, this little “hole in the wall” restaurant has become one of Big D’s icons and has fed U.S. presidents, famous entertainers, and sports legends. Sonny’s formula for success has been simple … cook 800 pounds of brisket and close the doors when it is gone!

If you are a sports aficionado, then Dallas is your town. “How ’bout them Cowboys?” is the war cry heard all over the city during the NFL season. Winners of five super bowls, America’s team has just moved into a new $1.15 billion stadium with the largest video screen in the world. By the way, the 2011 Super Bowl will be right here in the new stadium. Dallas also has the Dallas Stars, a National Hockey League team that regularly makes the playoffs and won the Stanley Cup in 1999. The NBA is well represented with the Dallas Mavericks, who went to the finals in 2006. The Texas Rangers are our major league baseball team with a beautiful new park to showcase their skills.

I enjoy state fairs and am thrilled that the State Fair of Texas is held in Dallas every year during October. This is the largest state fair in the country, attracting over 3 million visitors. You don’t want to be on a diet when going to this magic event as the food is just incredible and unique. Last year’s fair featured fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! I like the vinegar French fries that are served in a cup and the homemade lemonade that is always shaken, not stirred!

Dallas is quite a jewel in the Sun Belt and offers so many things to do and see. Y’all come for a visit, you hear! And if there are any Dallas hot spots I’ve overlooked, let me know.