GO TO THE GAME
On Sundays, the Patriots Fans of Dallas group usually hangs out at Buffalo Joe's (3636 Frankford Road, Suite 390; 214-483-5225; www.thebuffalojoes.com), a sports bar with four big screens, tons of TVs, and plenty of food and drink. This time around, though, they'll be there on Saturday, when they join Patriots Tailgate at the "On To Dallas" Fan Rally at 5 p.m. To find out more, join Patriots Tailgate on Facebook. Then on game day, you can try Humperdinks(700 Six Flags Drive, Arlington; 817-640-8553; www.humperdinks.com). This brewpub is less than a mile from AT&T Stadium, offers a shuttle to and from the game, and has a menu of craft beers on tap. Or, head to Lincoln Square(www.lincolnsquarearlington.com), a shopping and dining plaza in Arlington. It's home to Sherlock's Baker St. Pub (817-226-2300; www.sherlockspub.com) as well as TGI Fridays (817-261-2390; www.tgifridays.com). And, if you find yourself north of Dallas on Sunday, stop into McSwiggan's Irish Pub(6910 Windhaven Parkway, Suite 105, The Colony; 972-820-0688; www.mcswiggansirishpub.com). Home to the North Texas New England Patriots Fan Club, McSqwiggans "brings a taste of Ireland to Texas, with a New England twist."
There are lots of dining choices near AT&T Stadium, including plenty of familiar chain restaurants. For something a little more local, try Babe's Chicken Dinner House(230 North Center St., Arlington; 817-801-0300; www.babeschicken.com), a family-owned restaurant known for its menu of comfort food, including fried chicken and homemade pies. Or, opt for southern barbecue at BYOB joint Eddie Deen Crossroads(1004 N Collins St., Arlington; 817-795-6900; www.eddiedeencrossroads.com). A Dallas-based Patriots fan also let us in on some local favorites in the Lower Greenville neighborhood: Rapscallion(2023 Greenville Ave.; 469-291-5660; www.dallasrapscallion.com), named one of the year's hottest openings by Zagat; Blind Butcher (1919 Greenville Ave.; 214-887-0000;www.theblindbutcher.com), known for serving its own cured meats and a carefully curated beer menu; and HG Sply Co. (2008 Greenville Ave.; 496-334-0896; www.hgsplyco.com), a restaurant inspired by the paleo diet and offering "simple clean food, classic drinks and humble hospitality."
In a sprawling metropolis like Dallas, there's no shortage of places to stay. Right at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, you'll find the Grand Hyatt (972-973-1234; www.granddfw.hyatt.com) and Hyatt Regency (972-453-1234; www.hyattregencydfw.com), plus a number of other prominent hotels in the vicinity. You can also base yourself closer to the stadium with options like the Courtyard by Marriott (1500 Nolan Ryan Expressway, Arlington; 817-277-2774; www.marriott.com) and Holiday Inn (1311 Wet n Wild Way, Arlington; 877-859-5095; www.ihg.com) in the area. But if downtown Dallas is more your thing, try theBelmont (901 Fort Worth Ave.; 866-870-8010; www.belmontdallas.com), a historic hotel with an award-winning restaurant.
This is one of the best weekends of the year to visit Dallas, so says Larry Kelly, a Quincy, Mass., native and marketing director for the Dallas Sports Commission. On Saturday, college football fans can check out a huge rivalry game as the Longhorns take on the Sooners at the Cotton Bowl (3750 The Midway; 214-670-8400; www.cottonbowlstadium.com). The stadium is located on the fairgrounds, so you can experience all the fun of the State Fair of Texas(www.bigtex.com) too. Don't forget to take a picture with Big Tex!
Not far from the fairgrounds, you can explore Deep Ellum (www.deepellumtexas.com), a neighborhood often referred to as the SoHo of Dallas. This trendy area of the city is known for its live music as well as art venues and restaurants.
If you're an avid golfer, bring along your clubs and check out one of Dallas' 200 golf courses. Popular options include the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas (4150 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving; 972-717-0700;www.fourseasons.com/dallas) and the Cowboys Golf Club(1600 Fairway Drive, Grapevine; 817-481-7277; www.cowboysgolfclub.com), the only NFL-themed golf club in the world.
Before you leave Dallas, don't forget to take in the 360-degrees view of the city from the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck (300 Reunion Blvd. E.; 214-712-7040; www.reuniontower.com). In that same area on Friday, Oct. 9, you can also check out The Reunion (www.thereuniondallas.com), a ticketed festival that will feature live music, food and fireworks.
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