Who knew there was such a diversity of food in Dallas! The West Village Restaurant Hop offered a delicious and informative tour of cosmopolitan Dallas. Despite the “restaurant hop’s” focus on food, Jim our guide was well prepared and very knowledgeable about the area. There were nine in our group making it a learning experience not only of Dallas food but also of each other. It was a fun activity to share and enjoy with my niece and daughter on a beautiful and unseasonably cool August day in Dallas. We even went back to the first restaurant after the tour ended to sip on sweet mint tea. I was surprised by the efforts of architectural preservation (many of the restaurants were converted homes) and the attention to civic space. The ride on a 1909 restored trolley was unexpected. As was the Arts District surrounding Klyde Warren Park (easily one of my favorite parks and civic spaces now). There were food trucks lined up with tables in the park, including the architecturally inspired Ice-cream Sandwich Truck: Coolhaus. Sadly, after the tour, I was too full to try it. I must go back for a food truck tour on my next visit. People reading, eating lunch, kids with dripping ice-cream cones or just dripping with water after running through the dancing water sprinklers, all made for a beautiful relaxing way to spend an afternoon, even before entering the Art Museum or the Performing Arts Center. The food tour was a wonderful introduction to a tasty and beautiful Dallas I had not met despite my years in Texas. I’m convinced that the best way to know a place is eating through it, on foot with others. A culinary version of a Socratic dialogue. Hmmmm, I wonder if its easier to listen to others because our mouths are busy chewing and we talk less because we’re eager to get back to eating. Sounds like a recipe for a good conversation. Eat, listen, talk, eat, listen, eat…eat…eat…repeat.
Wishing you happy consuming conversations in Dallas or anywhere,
The Hungry Philosopher