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Carolyn’s guidebook

Carolyn

Carolyn’s guidebook

My favorite neighborhood spots
The best locally owned places in Richardson
Yummy burger place offering a great traditional burger as well as the unconventional (Chicken Fried Burger!). They have a selection of protein choices -- beef, turkey, black bean burger and chicken, any of which can be subbed out on a burger or added to a salad. Check out their Haymaker - frozen whiskey cocktail that packs a punch in small package. They also have a great rotating beer selection with lots of local offerings! TIP: If you like burgers on the smaller side (less meat), order the Kid’s burger. They’ll allow you to make it a custom burger for a small fee -- ex. Kids size Avocado Ranch Burger. It comes with fries and a drink too -- cheaper than ordering the full size and is quite filling!
Haystack Burgers and Barley
100 S Central Expy
Yummy burger place offering a great traditional burger as well as the unconventional (Chicken Fried Burger!). They have a selection of protein choices -- beef, turkey, black bean burger and chicken, any of which can be subbed out on a burger or added to a salad. Check out their Haymaker - frozen whiskey cocktail that packs a punch in small package. They also have a great rotating beer selection with lots of local offerings! TIP: If you like burgers on the smaller side (less meat), order the Kid’s burger. They’ll allow you to make it a custom burger for a small fee -- ex. Kids size Avocado Ranch Burger. It comes with fries and a drink too -- cheaper than ordering the full size and is quite filling!
Austin based theater is the only place I’ll go to see a movie -- once you go, you’ll be spoiled forever. They have mastered the movie experience and cater to true movie lovers. They are a dine in theater with custom cocktails, lots of beers on tap and tasty food AND assigned seats. Talking / texting is strictly prohibited and strongly enforced -- no one will ruin your movie experience. Arrive early, 15-30 minutes to enjoy the customized pre-show before your movie. The servers will take your orders and let you taste beers if you are unsure what to order. You can also order during the movie with their paper/pencil ordering system. In addition to new release movies, they also host special movie events based on the theme that month, some with fun props, Q&A sessions, sing-a-longs or quote-a-longs -- so much more than just a movie theater! TIP: There’s a retro photo booth and Ms. Pacman in the lobby :) AND on Tuesdays tickets are only $5!
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Richardson
100 Central Expressway
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Austin based theater is the only place I’ll go to see a movie -- once you go, you’ll be spoiled forever. They have mastered the movie experience and cater to true movie lovers. They are a dine in theater with custom cocktails, lots of beers on tap and tasty food AND assigned seats. Talking / texting is strictly prohibited and strongly enforced -- no one will ruin your movie experience. Arrive early, 15-30 minutes to enjoy the customized pre-show before your movie. The servers will take your orders and let you taste beers if you are unsure what to order. You can also order during the movie with their paper/pencil ordering system. In addition to new release movies, they also host special movie events based on the theme that month, some with fun props, Q&A sessions, sing-a-longs or quote-a-longs -- so much more than just a movie theater! TIP: There’s a retro photo booth and Ms. Pacman in the lobby :) AND on Tuesdays tickets are only $5!
Recently renovated, this coffee shop is only a 4 minute drive and has the most delicious coffee! Located in an old auto-repair shop, Communion hosts a coffee shop, restaurant, barber shop and restaurant as well as a by membership coworking space. Great for brunch, dinner or afternoon coffee, happy hour....I personally love to hang out on their patio with an oat milk latte and a book, or for a beer at happy hour. They often host special dinners and markets in their coworking space, check out their Instagram for events! TIP: Check out their seasonal latte -- all syrups are made in house. And their brownie is pretty great too.
Communion Neighborhood Cooperative Coffee, Restaurant, Coworking, Events Venue
514 Lockwood Drive
Recently renovated, this coffee shop is only a 4 minute drive and has the most delicious coffee! Located in an old auto-repair shop, Communion hosts a coffee shop, restaurant, barber shop and restaurant as well as a by membership coworking space. Great for brunch, dinner or afternoon coffee, happy hour....I personally love to hang out on their patio with an oat milk latte and a book, or for a beer at happy hour. They often host special dinners and markets in their coworking space, check out their Instagram for events! TIP: Check out their seasonal latte -- all syrups are made in house. And their brownie is pretty great too.
Consistently tasty Thai food. Great for Dinner or Lunch or take out. Great noodle, rice and curry dishes with a lot of variety on their menu.
Bangkok at Beltline
100 Central Expressway
Consistently tasty Thai food. Great for Dinner or Lunch or take out. Great noodle, rice and curry dishes with a lot of variety on their menu.
Taiwanese based bakery. Great stop to try some new and different baked treats! They also serve coffee. TIP: Favorite items - anything with Taro! Marble taro bread, Taro Puff pastry, Taro Swirl. Egg tarts and Cheese tarts are great classics.
85C Bakery Cafe - Richardson
400 North Greenville Avenue
Taiwanese based bakery. Great stop to try some new and different baked treats! They also serve coffee. TIP: Favorite items - anything with Taro! Marble taro bread, Taro Puff pastry, Taro Swirl. Egg tarts and Cheese tarts are great classics.
Authentic Chinese restaurant specializing in housemade dumplings and noodles. Richardson has a large Asian population and therefore we have some legit food to choose from! Jeng Chi is pretty high on my list -- their soup dumplings are AMAZING and taste just like the ones I first had in China years ago (Small Juicy Steamed Dumplings). Fun place to go with a group and share several dishes family style, they even have the spinning center table for easy sharing! TIP: What I’d order: Small Juicy Steamed Dumplings (soup dumplings), Eggplant with Pork & Garlic Sauce, Crispy Sliced Fish with Sweet and Sour, Sauteed Snow Pea Leaves with Garlic, Chinese Style Lamb with Cumin Sauce - so many great choices!
Jeng Chi
400 N Greenville Ave
Authentic Chinese restaurant specializing in housemade dumplings and noodles. Richardson has a large Asian population and therefore we have some legit food to choose from! Jeng Chi is pretty high on my list -- their soup dumplings are AMAZING and taste just like the ones I first had in China years ago (Small Juicy Steamed Dumplings). Fun place to go with a group and share several dishes family style, they even have the spinning center table for easy sharing! TIP: What I’d order: Small Juicy Steamed Dumplings (soup dumplings), Eggplant with Pork & Garlic Sauce, Crispy Sliced Fish with Sweet and Sour, Sauteed Snow Pea Leaves with Garlic, Chinese Style Lamb with Cumin Sauce - so many great choices!
Sushi and authentic Japanese food. I seem to live here. Especially for lunch. Their fish is super fresh and straight from Japan. The sushi chefs know what they are doing! Lunch is my favorite time to go because they offer bento boxes at a great price. TIP: Grilled squid (lka Sugata yaki), Shrimp shumai, Salmon sashimi and hand rolls never disappoint. Sit at the sushi bar if you can!
Masami Japanese Sushi & Cuisine
501 West Belt Line Road
Sushi and authentic Japanese food. I seem to live here. Especially for lunch. Their fish is super fresh and straight from Japan. The sushi chefs know what they are doing! Lunch is my favorite time to go because they offer bento boxes at a great price. TIP: Grilled squid (lka Sugata yaki), Shrimp shumai, Salmon sashimi and hand rolls never disappoint. Sit at the sushi bar if you can!
Walkable restaurant area in North East Richardson, close to George Bush Turnpike and 75 Central Expressway. My favorite thing about CityLine is their events! Check out their FB or IG for what's happening -- free outdoor yoga, art classes, free music series happens in the courtyard on most Friday / Saturday evenings, etc. TIP: Stop by Whole Foods on your way to the free outdoor music series, grab a picnic and a bottle of wine!
CityLine
3661 N Plano Rd
Walkable restaurant area in North East Richardson, close to George Bush Turnpike and 75 Central Expressway. My favorite thing about CityLine is their events! Check out their FB or IG for what's happening -- free outdoor yoga, art classes, free music series happens in the courtyard on most Friday / Saturday evenings, etc. TIP: Stop by Whole Foods on your way to the free outdoor music series, grab a picnic and a bottle of wine!
Glass Half Full Taproom is the bar located inside of Alamo Drafthouse. They have a great rotating tap beer selection, custom cocktails and offer full food menu, same as what is offered in the theater. Check them out on FB or IG for daily events -- like Geeks who Drink Trivia, Tiki Bingo, Game Night -- always something fun going on. TIP: They also have a great patio with full service! Not really any happy hour specials to boast about but still a great place to hang out on a nice night.
Glass Half Full Taproom
100 Central Expressway
Glass Half Full Taproom is the bar located inside of Alamo Drafthouse. They have a great rotating tap beer selection, custom cocktails and offer full food menu, same as what is offered in the theater. Check them out on FB or IG for daily events -- like Geeks who Drink Trivia, Tiki Bingo, Game Night -- always something fun going on. TIP: They also have a great patio with full service! Not really any happy hour specials to boast about but still a great place to hang out on a nice night.
Lone Chimney Mercantile 205 W. Main Street Fun little boutique and one of the only ones in Richardson. Great selection of cards, gifts and Dallas/Texas themed items.
205 W Main St
205 West Main Street
Lone Chimney Mercantile 205 W. Main Street Fun little boutique and one of the only ones in Richardson. Great selection of cards, gifts and Dallas/Texas themed items.
Guitars and Growlers 581 W. Campbell Rd. Suite 101 Relaxed place with many MANY rotating beers on tap. They serve tasty bites like sandwiches and pimento cheese dip. Fun place to taste / try seasonal local beers. I only wish they had a patio!
581 W Campbell Rd
581 West Campbell Road
Guitars and Growlers 581 W. Campbell Rd. Suite 101 Relaxed place with many MANY rotating beers on tap. They serve tasty bites like sandwiches and pimento cheese dip. Fun place to taste / try seasonal local beers. I only wish they had a patio!
The best ice cream in Richardson! Fun and tasty hand scooped flavors for kids and adults. My favorite flavors are Black Chocolate Raspberry and Cinnamon.
Sweet Firefly
2701 Custer Parkway
The best ice cream in Richardson! Fun and tasty hand scooped flavors for kids and adults. My favorite flavors are Black Chocolate Raspberry and Cinnamon.
Tasty thin crust pizza and great selection of local beers served at this tiny spot. There’s even root beer on tap! Yummy traditional and untraditional flavor combinations.
Industrial Pizza + Brew
100 Central Expressway
Tasty thin crust pizza and great selection of local beers served at this tiny spot. There’s even root beer on tap! Yummy traditional and untraditional flavor combinations.
BEYOND excited that this place is moving in. As of November ‘19 they are slowly opening with odd times daily - check out their Facebook for updates. I have not been yet but have heard great things about their in-house distilled spirits and sandwiches. They also have a patio!
Lockwood Distilling Company
506 Lockwood Drive
BEYOND excited that this place is moving in. As of November ‘19 they are slowly opening with odd times daily - check out their Facebook for updates. I have not been yet but have heard great things about their in-house distilled spirits and sandwiches. They also have a patio!
Richardson oldest and favorite dive bar in historical downtown Richardson. Daily drink specials, foosball,pool tables and even a tiny patio out back. This is a SMOKING bar.
Tavern on Main Street
115 East Main Street
Richardson oldest and favorite dive bar in historical downtown Richardson. Daily drink specials, foosball,pool tables and even a tiny patio out back. This is a SMOKING bar.
Richardson was Free Play’s first location! What a fun place to hang out for kids and adults. $10 admission gets you FREE PLAY to a rotating assortment of retro and new video games and pinball. Full bar, craft beer on tap and bottles and food is served. TIP: Free Play has a curfew, at 9pm it is 18 and up only.
Free Play Arcade - Richardson
1730 E Belt Line Rd
Richardson was Free Play’s first location! What a fun place to hang out for kids and adults. $10 admission gets you FREE PLAY to a rotating assortment of retro and new video games and pinball. Full bar, craft beer on tap and bottles and food is served. TIP: Free Play has a curfew, at 9pm it is 18 and up only.