You'll find Western
wear with attitude at Cowboy Cool.
Across the street from Tom Tom, Jana Schleif
arranges designer shoes at Accomplice. She moved here from West
Texas, similar in name but a world away from West Village. She
found it the perfect fit. "This area is unlike any other in
Dallas," she says. "It very much has a big-city feel but is still
friendly. You know everybody, and when you visit, you sense that
Donovan Dawson, a 34-year-old bicycle
enthusiast, agrees. He's the leader of the weekly Bike Party that
begins in front of Taco Diner, a casual Mexican restaurant. Every
Sunday night, dozens of cyclists show up for a leisurely ride
through the neighborhood. Donovan calls it a "part pub crawl, part
Dogs rule the day at West Village. Royce Ring, who lives in
the neighborhood, says, "You see all kinds of pets on leashes
with their owners."
Something for Everyone
You don't have to be among the ultracool
to enjoy your time here though. Like most enduring places, West
Village attracts the young and old, single and married, families
and couples. Resident Royce Ring, who owns an architecture and
design firm and designed the area's newest restaurant, Village
Burger Bar, says it's the uniqueness combined with approachability
that has made the area such a hit. "You see a lot of people who
come here from other parts of the city and from out of town," he
explains. "They feel comfortable here, and they get to see
Village Burger Bar itself is a mix of the unique
and familiar. The menu features down-home fare such as sweet
potato fries, hamburgers, and on-tap root beer. It also boasts a
coolly lit lounge where you're likely to hear Miles Davis tunes
over the sound system.
In the end, that's the balance that makes West
Village work, and it's also the reason the neighborhood draws
visitors from across the South. They come to see the city in a new
way, to find discoveries on every corner. On a beautiful spring
day, there's no better place to be.
For more information on West Village, visit
Many of the
items at Legacy Trading Co. come with notes from the owner's
Five Must-Stops In West Village
- Be an urban cowboy:
Check out the colorful boots and autographed memorabilia at
- Get the best deal in Dallas:
From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every day, order a three-course meal at
the Tuscan Italian restaurant Ferré and a movie ticket to
Magnolia Theatre for only $25.
- Taste some Tex-Mex:
Try Mama's Chicken Tacos at Mi Cocina. With melted cheese and
fresh avocado, they're a decadent treat.
- Go global: Check
out owner Kelly O'Neal's latest home accessories and furnishings
at Legacy Trading Co.
- Wine time: Order
a flight of three wines in small glasses, paired with a tasty
meal, at Crú a Wine Bar.