As long as I can really remember, I’ve always wanted to wind up living in Dallas. I’m not really sure why, but it was just kind of where I saw myself living when I grew up. Fast forward a bunch of years and when I was finally getting ready to move down here to Texas, and I realized that I didn’t really know ANYTHING about the city. I knew the basics and that people were friendly and that the neighborhoods were great, but I didn’t know much more than that.
So was my move a little crazy? Maybe. But you know what? I LOVE Dallas and I’m so glad that I get to call this amazing city home! There are just SO many great things to do and see and so many delicious places to eat (like, a crazy amount of places to eat…) but there is so much more to Dallas. So many little oddities and quirks that I think everybody should know and love, and things that I think would be good to know before moving here!
A Mambo Taxi is Not Transportation
When you move to Dallas, you’ll hear about the mambo taxi pretty quick, since they’re extremely popular here. It’s not a new form of transportation, but a delicious drink, but beware, it packs a punch. The mambo taxi is a frozen margarita swirled with sangria. I don’t even like sangria and I don’t super care for plain margaritas, but something about the flavors swirled together make this pretty darn delicious.
Yes, You’ll Still Need a Winter Coat Here
I was so excited to move to Texas and escape the cold midwest winters… only to find out that it still gets kind of cold in Dallas. It even snowed for 4 hours last year! So while it is warm here, it’s still North Texas, so hang on to the winter coat. And scarf. And gloves.
The Summers are No Joke
Dallas might be in the north part of Texas, but the summers here can still be pretty brutal. It’s October now and I’m still wearing short sleeves and shorts on the weekends. Buy your sunscreen in bulk and start appreciating the air conditioning!
You Won’t Love Every Neighborhood…
…but you’ll definitely like the majority of them. All of the Dallas neighborhoods are so unique and different and have so many varying things to offer. Deep Ellum, Lake Highlands, Uptown, Oak Cliff – all so good!
Most Restaurants Offer Brunch
This is something that I’m still not used to. “Brunch places” aren’t really a thing down here like they are in the midwest, but most restaurants – doesn’t matter what kind – will offer weekend brunch. Mexican restaurants offer weekend brunch. Bars offer weekend brunch. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it, but I’m not mad about all the brunch options!
The State Fair is LEGIT
You guys… do you know how awesome it is to live in the city that hosts the State Fair of Texas?!!? It’s huge! It’s amazing! You get to see exhibits, concerts, taste all the fun and creative food, go to the petting zoo, potentially buy a mattress… it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Luxury Cars are Everywhere…
…and they really don’t mean anything at all. There’s a term down here, “$30,000 Millionaire” and it’s an epidemic. These youngins dress very well, have brand new luxury cars, spring for bottle service at the club, but have terrible jobs and probably still live at home. It’s not very nice, but it’s a thing so you shouldn’t feel bad about driving your silver Honda Civic when you’re surrounded by BMW’s and Tesla’s.
Public Transit Can Be Great
But you need to get to know it. I take the DART every day to and from work, but I’m lucky enough to live by an express bus. Learn where the bus and train lines go, and don’t be afraid to give it a try. It beats paying for parking when you can avoid it!
Love Field is the Best Airport in America
Granted, I’m a Southwest Airlines fan, but I must say that Love Field is the best airport. Hands down. It’s got Chick-Fil-A (#blessed), TSA rarely ever has a line, the airport is clean, and if you have your flight change gates but miss the announcement and then they call your name over the intercom because your plane is about to leave and you’re not on it and you have to literally run across the entire airport, you won’t have to run far because airport is pretty small! Not speaking from experience there at all……..
You Can Watch Live Sports Year Round
You want sports?!?! Dallas has sports!! Professional football (duh), major league soccer, major and minor league baseball, NBA basketball, major and minor league hockey, a WNBA team – take your pick. I’m partial to the minor league baseball games, myself. The Roughriders always put on a great show and you can’t beat fireworks after a game!
So what do you think – are you ready to move to Dallas now?!? I hope that now you know a little bit more about my favorite city, and maybe you can think about some of your favorite things about your city, too!