Food and Fun Near Dallas

I recently went to Lewisville, TX to see my boyfriend Dylan’s family. If you don’t know where Lewisville is, it is about 30 minutes north of Dallas. We were super close to some great activities, so here is a list of out of the ordinary things to do and eat around the area!

Spiral Diner

We went to this place twice it was that good! Spiral Diner is an all vegan cafe with a modern diner charm. They have multiple locations in the area, but we visited the one in Denton. This diner made me want to move to Texas solely just for their cheese dip. The portions were large (see Dylan’s nachos below) and the food was truly comforting. I recommend this eatery for vegans and meat eaters alike.

Winstar Casino

This should definitely be on your list if you have never been to Vegas and want a taste. This is the largest casino in the world! Winstar Casino is located in Thackerville, Oklahoma and is about an hour and half from the center of Dallas, but so worth it!

If you like to play slot machines, then this is the place for you. There are sections for each part of the world, and enough machines to stay in there for hours. Winstar also has restaurants and bars galore, so you never have to leave. At least until you run out of money or win big!

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The Painted Tree Marketplace

The Painted Tree opened up recently in Highland Village, and is the best shopping area I’ve ever been too! This is a gutted out old grocery store made into the cutest place to find homemade goods, boutique clothing, and everything in between. Spoiler Alert: My outfit that I wore to Waco below is from there!

What’s on Tap

Another stop in Highland Village is What’s on Tap. We went in just for a beer, but what we got was definitely an experience. As soon as you walk in, a large screen full of options will greet you. This screen tells you the craft beers on tap, a description of flavor, how much is left in the keg, APV, and cost. Once you decide what you want, just tell the bartender the corresponding number and away they will pour.

Magnolia Market

A little further away from Dallas, about an hour an half trip, is Waco. Waco is a quaint, cute little town that is now famously known for the show Fixer Upper. Well, I am a huge fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines and could not pass this up.

It was crowded, but you could still feel the charm that Chip and Jo put into this place. First stop was food. We went to the one of many food trucks there to grab some grub and chowed down. Next was the Magnolia Market and the Plant shop. We found some great finds in this huge warehouse building for pretty great deals as well. We then walked around in the garden and by the silos for some photo ops. There is also a bakery on site and Magnolia Table restaurant across town to experience even more.

Texas can be hot in the summer, but there are some pretty cool spots. Share these ideas with friends and family for your next adventure, or try one out for yourself next time you are in Dallas! Stay tuned for my trip in Denver in August where I’ll share more from that destination.

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