An area populated by 1.3M souls. The freeways structures soar into the sky. It’s like a boy that built fantastic sandcastles, decided when he grew up, he wanted to build freeways and bridges. There is an easy-pass type toll system there, advertised by signs, but it seems to be rather invisible. You might notice the sensor stations on the highway itself, and the signs, otherwise you may never notice.
Traffic could be worse during rush hour, but you can actually travel on surface streets pretty easily to avoid the highway.
Plano, clockwise from upper-left:
- Fry’s Electronics
- Fuddruckers onion rings are awesome
- Angelika Indie Theater at Shops at Legacy, in Plano
- Downtown Plano, which also looks like a recent re-vitalization to a main street feel.
Dallas Shopping, from the left
- Red sculpture NorthPark Center Mall. Free parking. High-end shops. Ok sized Food court. Free wifi. No power outlets.
- Mirrored art in NorthPark Center Mall
- Galleria Dallas. 3 floors. Free parking. Small food court, but many restaurant branches. Free wifi. On 3rd Floor there are seats at both ends of mall with power outlets, and overlooking the ice rink.
- Highland Park village. Outdoor mall. High-end shops. Starbucks.
Places to see in Dallas
- Where JFK got shot. There are a few restaurants at the nearby Historic West End.
- Chase building, where you can ask for free access to the 40th Floor.
- Trolley on McKinney. McKinney has a few restaurants and shops to browse.
- Crowe Asian Art Exhibit (admission unknown). Also nearby is DMA (Dallas Museum of Art, admission is $12 I think), and the Nasher Sculpture Center (free admission on Sat).
Places to hang out in Dallas, clock-wise, from upper-left.
- Ten ramen bar. South side of Dallas, kinda out of the way at a condo development. Not as inexpensive as I was led to believe, but oh so worth it for tasty Asian food. The ramen in base pork broth (tonkatsu) w pork belly was $10 brought me. The extra piece of pork for $2.50, and corn for $1, added texture to the awesome broth. And the root beer from local distributer, was great.
- Greenville Ave with restaurants, looks like a revitalized (yuppie) neighborhood with bars
- Truck yard at Greenville Ave, is the advertised hangout spot.
- Clyde Warren Park in middle of Dallas, isn’t a big park, but has a nice restaurant in the center and has 4 foodtrucks there at lunch time. And it’s beautifully decorated.
- Bar/Restaurant on McKinney Ave with hydroponics setup for their herbs, and garnishes
- Katy Trail Icehouse