From off-the-menu epicurean delights to private swimming holes to historical finds, it’s a safe bet that you have yet to discover these 89 city secrets. Have fun exploring.

  1. How To
    Blow Your Child’s Mind
  2. Nightlife
    Bowl All Night
  3. Vestiges
    Check out Dallas’ New Deal
  4. Nightlife
    Create a Cocktail Menu
  5. Food & Drink
    Detoxify Your Life
  6. Structures
    Hang Out at Ray Charles’ House
  7. Food & Drink
    Dine on the Down Low
  8. Nightlife
    Drink Bambi
  9. Nightlife
    Drink in a Bag
  10. Food & Dining
    Eat at the Toughest Reservation in Town (Without a Reservation)
  11. Shopping
    Exploit the Exchange Rate
  12. Vestiges
    Get Close to a Close Encounter
  13. How To
    Get Free Advice
  14. How To
    Get Hairless, for Less
  15. Structures
    Get High
  16. Food & Drink
    Get Spiritual With Your Soup
  17. How To
    Get Your Hair Did for Free
  18. Vestiges
    Give Yourself a Hand
  19. Outdoors
    Go Gnome Hunting in Oak Cliff
  20. Food & Dining
    Go in Jimmy’s Back Door
  21. Vestiges
    Go Straight to Jail
  22. Vestiges
    Hang Out on Clyde Barrow’s Porch
  23. Food & Drink
    Have a Private Dinner
  24. Vestiges
    Have Yourself a Merry Old Christmas
  25. Shopping
    Head Games
  26. Vestiges
    Hunt for Buried Treasure
  27. How To
    Keep Your Fancy Car Clean
  28. How To
    Live in Dallas (But Don’t Use Its Schools)
  29. Structures
    Live Like The Jetsons
  30. Structures
    Look Up!
  31. How To
    Never Pay for a Cab
  32. Outdoors
    Ogle Some Weird Birds
  33. Vestiges
    Pay Your Respects
  34. Shopping
    Plant Local
  35. Outdoors
    Play Handball
  36. Shopping
    Practice Your Stack
  37. Structures
    Prepare for Nuclear War
  38. Structures
    Relive Your Childhood
  39. Structures
    Ride the Ghost Train
  40. Shopping
    Rob Billy Reid
  41. Food & Dining
    Savory Secrets
  42. Shopping
    Sew It Yourself
  43. How To
    Shoot Up for Cheap
  44. Shopping
    Shop Like an Interior Designer
  45. Food & Dining
    Skip the Line at Cane Rosso
  46. Food & Dining
    Spice Up Your Life at Sevy’s
  47. Vestiges
    Stare into the Face of Lincoln
  48. Outdoors
    Surf the Blue Waters of McKinney
  49. Outdoors
    Swinging After the Rain
  50. How To
    Take a Break from the Concrete Jungle
  51. Shopping
    Take Neiman Marcus for a Ride
  52. Nightlife
    Treat Yo Self
  53. Vestiges
    Unearth Dallas’ Lost Subway
  54. Structures
    What Lies Beneath
00 Food & Drink Sissy's. Photo by Kevin Marple

Have a Private Dinner

You want a place to party, but you don’t want it to be your place. Many Dallas restaurants offer spaces or rooms to host group meetings or parties, but a few actually create intimate, fun atmospheres designed to make you the hostess with the mostest.

Javier’s offers three private options, including an interesting L-shaped room that accommodates up to 25 people. The Mexico City-style restaurant also has a cozy, ornate space that seats a maximum of 10.

Want to wine with your sushi? Nobu Dallas rents their opulent wine room on the lower level of the restaurant for groups of up to 24. They’ll even create a private sushi bar for your guests.

Looking for real Southern charm? Lisa Garza of Sissy’s Southern Kitchen has a secret, private parlor room behind the main dining room. Stepping into the dark-walled room filled with antique couches and wingback chairs is like stepping back in time. Garza also rents the screened-in porch for more casual soirées.

Arthur’s Prime Steaks and Seafood has been in business for more than 60 years. The intimate Addison restaurant is known for its exotic fish tanks, live music, and late-night bar scene. But did you know they have a dining den with a fireplace that seats up to 30 people? Well, now you do.

Nancy Nichols