Named as the number one place to buy property in 2017, the city of Dallas is having a moment – especially as a centre of international business and culture. Here's out pick of where to eat and drink while you're in town on business.
Coffee pit stop
Despite the name, Weekend is open daily from 6.30am to 6pm. Located at the foot of The Joule hotel, this sleek white establishment – think bohemian barista meets Apple Store – prides itself on using high-quality ingredients, including beans from Seattle’s famed Victrola Coffee Roasters. Simply relax with a newspaper and a steaming cup of the flavoursome Empire Blend.
1511 Commerce Street, Downtown
Light, bright and airy, Ascension is perfectly positioned in the middle of Downtown within easy walking distance of many of the major hotels. Founded by an Australian, Russell Hayward, this cheery café-restaurant is the ideal place to host an upbeat early-morning meeting from 7am. The croque madame eggs Benedict is a perennial favourite.
1601 Elm Street, Downtown
Tucked away in dainty Harwood – an arty district between Downtown and Uptown – Mercat Bistro is lively and welcoming without being even remotely overbearing. There are plenty of seats for solo diners at the chic metallic bar. Alternatively, small Parisian-style tables dotted about the bistro are perfect for one. The French-themed menu is exemplary and includes possibly the best steak tartare this side of the pond.
2501 North Harwood Street, Harwood
Run by celebrity chef Dean Fearing (aka “the father of Southwestern cuisine”), this establishment is known for hearty Texan food served with a fine-dining flourish. Standouts include the Dr Pepper-braised Rosewood Ranch short ribs with whipped potatoes and crisp tobacco onions. There’s prime celebrity-spotting to be had, too. Fearing, who is also a musician, sometimes treats diners to an electric-guitar performance. The restaurant benefits from its position on the ground floor of The Ritz-Carlton hotel and staff will happily customise a menu or arrange a private room for larger groups.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, 2121 McKinney Avenue, Uptown
Drinks with clients
The Tipsy Alchemist
High-end and hipster in equal doses, The Tipsy Alchemist looks like the conflation of an industrial laboratory and a boutique hotel. The theatrics involved in cocktail creation (think tubes, funnels, liquid nitrogen) are invariably impressive but the finished products alone are worth the journey. Try the Smoking Barrel Old Fashioned served with brûléed vanilla sugar.
2101 Cedar Springs Road, Uptown
Dress up a little. Dallas is a very fashion-focused city and people tend to err towards the smarter side, particularly for meetings and dinner. Gone are the shoulder pads and power dressing of the ’80s TV series but a blazer and smart shoes goes a long way, even in a relaxed bar environment.