McKinney Avenue
McKinney Avenue
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,771 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
One of the most appealing neighborhoods in Dallas, a good place for a stroll, a good place to shop, and a good place to eat. We parked the car and walked and bought some stuff. Attractive and friendly.
Written November 24, 2023
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SarahTea
Cedar Hill, TX9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Friends
I live near McKinney Avenue, so I've decided to write a thorough review, based on the many times I have visited it in the past two and a half years. The often mentioned bars are not my style, so I will focus on my favorite things to do in the McKinney Avenue/Uptown area. The section of town this typically refers to starts with Exit 1A from I-75 (Blackburn/Lemmon Avenue), and goes south for about 2 miles along McKinney Avenue. (Just north of Downtown Dallas). McKinney Ave is a one-way road (North) at Lemmon, so use a map to get to where you want to go.

This street and the area within 1-2 blocks of it include several restaurants that I enjoy, including at least 3 that specialize in organic or otherwise unusually healthy (and very delicious) food. Dream Cafe (organic), South Paws (Organic, relatively new and it arrived without much announcement, so it is often empty, but has really good food!), and Greenz: Salads for Z'Adventurous. (The name says it all!) I've watched quirky live theater at Theater Too (located in the basement of Theater Three); and enjoyed movies at The Magnolia Theater, which shows some standard movies and some art films. I love ice cream, so I have to mention that there are also three Frozen Yogurt places, and a fourth that sells Gelato (Italian Ice Cream). (Pinkberry, Yumilicious, Red Mango and Paciugo). My favorites are Pinkberry (tart) and Paciugo (sweet); but each has something unique to offer. Crooked Tree Coffee House is an indie coffee shop I like to meet friends at, with a college student's living-room feel. (Worn couches, bright colors). It sells locally roasted coffee and locally baked pastries (although neither are done on site). The second floor of Gingerman Pub also has a living room feel, though perhaps one owned by an old English Uncle. It is decorated in browns and blacks with couches and coffee tables, dimmed lights and books on shelves. I go there to buy Raspberry Beer Floats (which are alcoholic; the non-alcoholic Root Beer Floats are also quite good). As with the rest of this part of town, smoking is not allowed inside, so I don't have to worry about my allergies. All of the places that I mentioned here are within 1-2 miles of each other, and within 1-2 blocks of McKinney Ave.

The challenges in this part of town are: one way streets, and limited parking. (Almost every parking lot warns that you will get towed if you walk across the street). The best way that I have found to avoid both of these is to park in West Village, the most compact part of this area. It has a large free parking garage right in the center of all of the shops (which face each other on small streets, not the garage or the main road). West Village contains the Magnolia Theater, several clothing stores (where I love to look but cannot afford to purchase, although perhaps you can), and several restaurants (meals around $10). My favorite is Taco Diner, which serves Mexican Food that tastes like it must be far more authentic than the name suggests.

From West Village you can catch a ride on an authentic 100-or so year old Trolley, which will take you along the entire restaurant part of McKinney Avenue. (Free, but donations keep the trolleys in good condition.) My favorite place to wait for it is at Starbucks, where I can sit outside enjoying coffee on the patio while I watch for the trolley to arrive. The trolley will take you to the Arts District at the far North part of Downtown in about 20 minutes. It is a short walk within the Arts District to the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Asian Crowe Museum. On the trolley ride there or back, you will pass dozens of restaurants. When you see one you like, simply signal the driver (look for a string to pull or a button to push near your seat; or just say that you want the next stop). No need to be nervous about getting lost later -- all of the trolleys follow the same track, so you can get to any stop from any trolley. When I have an afternoon to spend, I sometimes ride the entire 45 minute loop to see all of my options before picking a place to get off the second time I pass it.

I highly recommend spending a couple of hours on McKinney Avenue (and a couple more in the nearby Art District via Trolley ride), whether you are traveling the World, or live locally and are looking for inspiration for how to spend next Saturday.
Written February 7, 2012
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The Five Road Trippers 🚙🎡🎢🧳
Long Island, NY15,368 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Business
McKinney Avenue is where the nightlife is just north of downtown Dallas. Bars, clubs, and restaurants up and down this thoroughfare. Colleagues and I spent a Tuesday night over here. This is the place to be any night of the week.
Written July 25, 2021
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William C
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
We walked down this block for about ten minutes max before heading back to our car. Nothing is here...not sure if that is due to businesses going out of business due to covid but we walked the McKinney st.
Written February 7, 2021
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Sheryl G
Dallas, TX150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
McKinney Ave. has always had quality restaurants and interesting nightlife but with the revitalizations efforts of the surrounding community this area of Uptown Dallas has REALLY stepped up the interest level. It has a unique vibe, fresh and pulsing with excitement. There are many great patio bars and boutique hotels to explore so park the car and walk or take the trolley to see all that is offered here. Most of the establishments here are frequented by the "seen and be seen" nicely-dressed beautiful people of Dallas but there are a couple of more casual spots too. Sfuzzi serves great belinis, mushroom fries and has a DJ that thows down irrestible dance music for the young crowd inside. If you are looking for supreme elegance then check out the Crescent Court Hotel and restaurant. $$$ There is also the Hotel ZaZa and a couple of B&B's in the area.
Written July 20, 2012
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Montgomrie
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
McKinney ave is, without a doubt, the coolest single street I've ever been on.

When visiting, be sure to eat at "The Stand," an awesome little burger/hotdog joint. We were in Dallas for three days and ate there three times.

But, McKinney avenue has a lot of really cool places to eat and check out. Take the trolley around the full ride and just have a look at everything.
Written March 5, 2012
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C D M
Whippany, NJ533 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Quaint with the trolley going thur this area and plenty of high end shopping and dining. You would be remiss if you did not venture into this area while in Dallas
Written September 7, 2018
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CaptivaMe
Saint Louis, MO68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Business
Dallas has a great deal of growth and development, but this nostalgic area of McKinney Avenue was a great place. The streetcar is just fun, and the eclectic mix of old signs, buildings and establishments was a very nice area to visit. If you wanted to sit back and enjoy...this was a fun place to visit.
Written January 27, 2017
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skygoddess45
Dallas, TX135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
This is a fun area to eat and shop. There are wonderful stores to pop in and out of. Parking is difficult, We had to drive around a bit to find a spot.
Written May 20, 2016
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EatTheBus
Honolulu, HI48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
It was a street with shops and restaurants, but it lacked vibrancy when I was there. I was told that the bars don't get busy until later (or, for some places, MUCH later) at night.

And until then, I guess they all just wait? Aww...I was hoping for more.
Written December 29, 2013
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