Dallas is home
What is my favorite thing about Dallas? Dallas is home. The place that is for me the crossroads of the world and I am never lost and never far from the ones that I love. Dallas has more mirror glass buildings than any other city on earth, and (I'm told) more restaurants per capita than any other city on earth. In other words, my friends, we party. Most of us will say hello and strike up a conversation with you for no other reason than just that you're there. We open doors for each other, we LOVE to feed people and make people happy... and be happy.
Don't get me wrong, Dallas has it's social issues, so continuing racial problems, and a silly amount of regard for the wild behavior of the new money... but what the hell, they CAN be a lot of fun. When I was small, my family and I took the train, I want to say to Waco where my grandparents lived, but I'm really not sure. Anyway, I was small, maybe 5, and I wandered off. I wandered up the train and down the train, and spent hours talking to all the people, saying hello and introducing myself getting them to introduce themselves to me and asking questions about the scenes going by outside of the windows. Hundreds of strangers, everyone of them kind to a stranger's child. My mother used to say that when we got off the train, every window of every car had someone come to wave and say goodbye. Wave to the little girl... (probably with a healthy amount of "thank god! she's leaving")
Texas, means friendly people. I've met a lot of friendly people in the world, and from other places in the world here. But in Texas, friendly is something you can feel free to expect.
P.S. - I hate cameras, you'll probably never get pictures
The story goes that back in the 1950s, when Alaska was campaigning for statehood, Texas objected because it didn't want to become the second biggest state in the Union. Alaska responded by threatening to make two applications, for West Alaska and East Alaska, which would have pushed Texas into third place. But even if it no longer exists as the biggest state - or as a separate country, which the Republic of Texas was between 1836 and 1845 - Texas still excels in other areas. It has the biggest steaks, coldest beer, purtiest wimmin, biggest mouths. Oh no, better delete that last one. But let old Cliffie offer one parting shot: never ask anyone if he is from Texas. If he isn't, he'll be offended. If he is, he'll already have told you.
Shuttle Service from Local Restaurants to Games
Since the American Airlines Center which is where the Dallas Mavericks Home games are played is very near the historic West End, many of the restaurants there offer free bus service to and from the games. It can make it easy to find parking at the West End, have some food or drinks, and then catch the bus over to the game. You'll be dropped off at a front door and usually picked up at the same place. :) Local Participating Restaurants
Pick-up time is 1 hour before the game and lasts 1 hour after the game. Parking is at the meters surrounding the building. The shuttles deploy every 30 minutes holding 30-50 people per trolley. You do not have to eat at the restaurant to use the shuttle service.
Pick-up times are continuous and will last 1 hour after game time. Parking is right next to the building. The shuttles deploy every 30 minutes holding 30-50 people per trolley. You do not have to eat at the restaurant to use the shuttle service.
Dick's Last Resort:
Pick-up time is 1 hour before the game and lasts 1 hour after the game. Parking is at all three corners surrounding the building. The shuttle service used is West End Eagle, and it deploys every 30 minutes holding 30-50 people per trolley. You do not have to eat at the restaurant to use the shuttle service.
West End Pub:
Pick-up time is 1 hour before the game and lasts continuously until everyone is back. Parking is behind the restaurant on Houston St. The shuttle's run every 20 minutes and each bus holds 58 people. You do not have to eat at the restaurant to use the shuttle service.
On the Border:
Pick-up time is 1 hour 15 minutes before and is ongoing until everyone is back. Parking is at the meters in the West End Parking Lot. The shuttles deploy every 30 minutes holding 65 people per trolley. You do not have to eat at the restaurant to use the shuttle service.
Pick-up time is 1 hour before the game and lasts continuously until everyone is back. Parking is behind the restaurant. The shuttle's run every 10 minutes and each bus holds 50-70 people. You do have to eat at the restaurant to use the shuttle service. The receipt is the ticket onto the buses.
This information can also be found at
Downtown Mckinney - it's a historic district with an old court house, many antique malls, cafes, and even a British Baker(107 South Chestnut)...in case you want really good food and need a scones fix. The neighborhood around downtown is very nice too. Many old houses/mansions with spires and other fancy architecture.
You want a happening bar with a diverse crowd of locals? Go down to The Wild Turkey. This is a Dallas bar with cheap draft beer and there is always someone to strike up an interesting conversation with. This bar is mostly for locals coming in after work or for an evening out with friends. The crowd is always diverse and usually with a good gender mix. If you are a foreigner in town on a visit, don't worry people here are always friendly and will probably be willing to buy you a round and shoot a game of pool to hear about your home country or travels. Come as you are.