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Just off of 75 past Campbell Road is the Eiseman Center. It has beautiful fountain in the front that you can run though whenever you want. Even if there is a concert going on or anything there or at the hotel right next to it, you can run through them. As long as they're on you can run through them. It's for families, groups of friends, romantic dates, whatever you want.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, TX 75082
Holy Frijoles is an independent Tex-Mex restaurant. The menu - traditional Tex-Mex - is rather larger than the usual for such a place, and includes fish, shrimp, and even a steak or two.
The atmosphere is casual, as you would expect, and the dress code is very relaxed. It's a neighborhood restaurant, and it shows.
It has a full bar, and does a fair amount of take-out business.
The owner (Mario) and the staff bend over backwards to accommodate you in special requests.
If your choice is between big-chain Tex-Mex and independent Tex-Mex, I'd go for the independent every time(!)
Favorite Dish: Carne a la Tampiquena - it's a grilled steak served with one cheese enchilada, rice & beans. Now. it's not a big thick steakhouse-type steak, it's a thin piece, probably flank steak or skirt steak or similar...but I don't find gristle in it, which is always the thing that worries me about cheap steaks. Not a problem here.
For fun, try the Tilapia al Mojo de Ajo. It's sauteed in garlic, olive oil & white wine sauce, served with rice, salad & avocado...however, to say "sauteed in garlic" understates the dish, as it is served with a mound of garlic on it ;-)
Note that you need to emphasize the "al Mojo de Ajo" because sometimes they'll serve the other tilapia dish (Tilapia Octavio - Tilapia filet sauteed in an olive oil sauce with bell pepper, onion, tomato, & mushroom, served with rice,salad & avocado) by mistake anyway...;-)
Updated Sep 19, 2011
Address: 580 W. Arapaho Rd Richardson TX 75080
Phone: (972) 235-1724
The restaurant is one that the locals are fond of. You can get fresh seafood like Shrimp Orleans with a side of fried potatoes with onions for under $9. The serving sizes are huge. The restaurant has a homey, clean atmosphere, and families and students from Texas U go there a lot. The restaurant used to be called "Yoli's Seafood Grill" till about 6 weeks ago.
Favorite Dish: Shrimp Orleans. Big, fresh shrimps and lots of them, freshly sliced mushrooms, cajun spices, on a bed of linguini with a side of fried potatoes with onions for under $9. Drink is extra. Me and my friends get to craving this dish and meet there about every 10 days to get our fix. We are definately addicted!
Written May 10, 2006
Address: Plano Road and Arapaho next to 7-11
Richardson was the first suburb of Dallas to get a light rail station. Richardson now has 4 such stations: at Spring Valley, Arapaho, Galatyn Park, and Bush. These stations are on the DART Red Line, where "DART" is the Dallas Rapid Transit System - see DART.
The Red Line runs north-south through town, so it's isn't of much use in traveling around Richardson. DART also runs buses, but, honestly, everyone who lives here has a car.
However, if you happen to be visiting Richardson without a car, there are plenty of things you can do by taking the light rail into Dallas. The following places are close to stops on the Red Line:
1. Texas Instruments
2. NorthPark (the first and still a primo covered shopping mall)
3. The Dallas Arts District (Dallas Museum of Art, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Trammell Crow Center, the Dallas Theater Center, etc), and the Roman Catholic Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe
4. The Dallas World Aquarium
5. The West End (a tourist hang-out)
6. The Sixth Floor Museum (a very well-done museum housed in the building from which the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald shot Presidnet John F. Kennedy)
7. Dealey Plaza (where Kennedy was riding when he was shot)
8. Union Station (the Amtrak and the "T" station, where, among other things, you can connect (with restrictions) to DFW Airport and Ft. Worth)
9. The Dallas Convention Center
10. The Dallas Zoo
11. A variety of entertainment venues such as Mockingbird Station...
There are two other current light rail lines that take you to even more places, although you will find the Red Line will have the most stuff for tourists.
In any case, it's clear that if you are staying with someone in Richardson and you don't have a car, you can still get into Dallas and do stuff...
Written Mar 18, 2012