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5 Hidden Dallas Hotspots

If you’re from Dallas then you know there is no shortage of things to do in this city. People come to Dallas from all around the world and it is always nice to have that spot that is special to you. When you’re new to a city, it’s sometimes hard to find your niche. Students find comfort in anything from a restaurant to Dallas nightlife. Whether you’re brunching before a boulevard or having a Saturday night adventure, there is no limit to the things you can experience in Dallas. If you’re a freshman, from out of town or just looking to find a new place to thrive, here are five hotspots you could go to if you want to shake things up.

  1. Gloria’s Latin Cuisine

Photo via Marilyn Saravia


What may seem like an upscale Mexican Restaurant is actually more than meets the eye. Every Friday and Saturday night, you can put on your favorite red lipstick and salsa the night away with live music and local DJ’s. If you want to step away from the typical college nightlife scene and want to grab some delicious food and drinks, this is the place for you!


3715 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75206

4140 Lemmon Ave. Dallas, TX 75219

      ​2. Sambuca


Dinner and dancing? Yes, please! Just a few minutes from campus, Sambuca is the perfect “lowkey” night out option. From live music and delicious food (their crab dip is to die for), you’re sure to have a great time. As they say, Saturday nights are for the girls!


2120 Mckinney Ave

Dallas, TX 75201

3. Chills 360

If you haven’t gotten on board with the rolled ice cream trend that you’re seeing in everyone’s Snapchat story, now is the time! Chills 360 is open until the AM every night of the week so you can get your late night sugar craving. Located in Deep Ellum, this is the perfect stop on your way home from a night out.


2646 Elm St

Dallas, TX 75226

4. Benihana 


Perfect for date night or girls’ night out, grab your chopsticks and get ready for a show! With delicious Hibachi and an even better ambience, this is the perfect place for food enthusiasts.


7775 Banner Dr

Dallas, TX 75251

5. Dallas Grilled Cheese Company


If you love grilled cheese in all shapes and forms you need to check out the Dallas Grilled Cheese Company. With over a dozen delicious options to choose from, it is a cheese lover’s dream. In the heart of the Bishop Arts District, this is the perfect Instagram worthy Sunday outing with your friends.


310 W. 7th St.

Dallas, TX 75208


All Photos by Ruhi Deshmukh, unless otherwise referenced

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Ruhi Deshmukh is a freshman at Southern Methodist University on the Pre-Business Track. Ruhi loves to eat and is always down for a food run. When she's not eating, napping, or watching TV she spends an embarrassing amount of time on Twitter laughing at memes.
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