If you’re here, you’ve surely read our cover story on 52 things you must do if you want to call yourself a Dallasite. We imagine there are a few that you’ve already done, and we’re positive there are a bunch you haven’t. We want to give you some added incentive to take advantage of all the greatest city in the world has to offer. For the next 52 weeks, we’ll be running a series of challenges, and giving away a big prize to the winner of each challenge. At the end of each challenge period, we’ll randomly select a winner from everyone who participated. Every challenge will have its own rules, but be prepared for something of a city-wide scavenger hunt—and be prepared to take photos of yourself in action, to prove how much of a Dallasite you really are. Happy hunting.

Challenge #3: Dallas eat your heart out

Challenge period: July 1-September 1
Prize: Private Party for 20 in the Monkey Bar ($1,000 value)

Our #Dallas52Things challenge is back and it’s bigger and tastier than ever. We invite you to eat your way through Dallas, document it, and enter for your chance to win a night out at one of the coziest Highland Park Village gems. Be sure to post your favorite of the bunch on Instagram with hashtag #Dallas52Things and tag @D_Magazine and @mi-cocina so we can follow your experience.

#1 Skip the line at Pecan Lodge

Yes, the tender brisket and fall-off-the-bone beef ribs at Deep Ellum’s Pecan Lodge are worth the hour-plus wait. But if it’s just you and a friend, skip the queue, grab a seat at the full-service bar, and order from the bartender. If four or more are in tow, hop in the short express line and share The Trough, a $75 platter with some of everything. You’ll be licking your spoonful of banana pudding clean while those poor souls from Austin are still waiting.

#2 Splurge on a $75 caviar martini

At the Adolphus Hotel’s French Room Bar, luxury is a gold-flecked ceiling and the $75 Oliver’s Dream tableside caviar martini. Accompanied by a trinity of picholine olives, sturgeon caviar, and sea beans, the elegant, long-stemmed coupe will make you yearn for elbow-length satin gloves.

#3 Grab a beer at Katy Trail Ice House

The patio of this Uptown hot spot is always crammed with people (OK, fine) and dogs (that’s better). It also looks out onto the Katy Trail, so you can watch the runners and cyclists pass by. Wear sunglasses.

#4 Sip a G&T from The Mansion Bar

There’s something about the stone fireplace, leather club chairs, and equestrian art that’ll make you want to negotiate oil leases and plan polo parties. Here, there’s only one order: The Mansion G&T. Made with Junipero Gin, house-made tonic, grapefruit zest, and a kaffir lime leaf, it’s like the British East India Company and the Old Three Hundred rolled into one.

#5 Order a Pizza at Louie’s

The crust is thin enough to jimmy open a car lock, which is enough to set it apart from most other pizza joints in town. What really does it is this: despite the death of its namesake, Louie Canelakes, in 2013, the low-key white building on Henderson still provides a direct link to a fading image of Dallas as a two-newspaper town whose legends were written by people who ran on late-night Louie’s pizza and desk-drawer booze.

#6 Order 3 Mambo Taxis at Monkey Bar

Mi Cocina says they won’t serve guests more than two of their potent frozen margarita-and-sangria blend. But upstairs at the Highland Park Village location, in the back room of the Monkey Bar, where the city’s wealthiest families hobnob amid the treetops, no one is watching as the Mambo count rises and the night gets foggier. You’ll Uber home, of course.

#7 Enjoy a grappa and aria from Flora Street

Before you catch The Dallas Opera’s staging of Don Giovanni or a touring production of Jersey Boys at the Winspear Opera House, pre-game with dinner and drinks at neighboring Flora Street Cafe, Stephan Pyles’ Arts District gem. Oh, and you’ll be having the Midsummernight’s Dream, a mix of camomile grappa, apricot liqueur, and cognac.

#8 Enjoy a happy hour at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

Sip discounted beer and wine, and order from the izakaya menu as you watch the sunset from 560 feet (or thereabouts) above the city streets. Definitely get the Wagyu beef pot stickers and, if you’re a man, wear a collared shirt. Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 pm.

Submission for Challenge #3

Submit your photos of Dallas food and drink here. The current challenge starts July 1, and ends September 1, 2018.

This challenge has ended.


#1: Instagram

Challenge dates: Apr. 2-9

Prize: Two VIP tickets to the April 14 Eye Ball party as a guest of 1530 Main

#2: Activities

Challenge dates: Apr. 10-Jun. 30

Prize: 1 night stay at The Adolphus + 60-minute Spa treatment from Spa Adolphus + Dinner for two in The French Room

#3: Food/Drink

Challenge dates: Jul. 1-September 1

Prize: Private Party for 20 in the Monkey Bar ($1,000 value)

#4: Events

Challenge dates: September 1 – 30

Prize: A complimentary cocktail + a private mixology lesson + 1 night stay at the Rosewood Mansion

#5: Cowboy

Challenge dates: Oct. 1-17

Prize: Pair of Cattle Baron Ball Tickets

#6: Sports

Challenge dates: Oct. 18-Nov. 30

Prize: FC Dallas Package: A pair of tickets, swag bag, VIP game day experience ($250 value) + 2 Tickets to an upcoming Dallas Mavericks game during the 2018-2019 Season (Date/Time TBD).

#7: Timing

Challenge dates: Dec. 1-Feb. 28, 2019

Prize Coming Soon

#8: Experiences

Challenge dates: Mar. 1-31, 2019

Prize Coming Soon


What is the 52 Things Every Dallasite Must Do challenge?

Whether you’ve lived in Dallas your entire life or you just followed Toyota to town, there is plenty to explore here. Our editors created a list of the 52 Things You Must Do in Dallas and we turned it into a scavenger hunt!

How do I enter?

Submit your photographic evidence in the form above.

How long is the challenge?

The overall challenge lasts 52 weeks, but each challenge period differs. The current challenge is Dallas Activities which starts July 1, and ends September 1.

What is the current challenge?

The current challenge is Dallas Food/Drink.

How and when will the winner be announced?

We will pick a winner at random from the pool of entries. We will announce the winner 1 week after the submission period ends, and the winner will be contacted via email.

Official Rules and Terms & Conditions

Click here to view official contest rules and terms and conditions.

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