Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Neighborhood, Part 1

Moving to CityWalk, 511 N. Akard, means moving to a new neighborhood. This counts double for me, because not only will I be working there, my wife and I will also be living in the building. A place seems different when it’s your neighborhood. You look at it more closely. Already I’m much more interested in what’s going on downtown than I ever was before.

I’ve worked in Downtown Dallas on and off since 1984, but it’s been a dozen years since I’ve worked there, and I’ve never lived downtown. So as part of getting to know the neighborhood and providing information to the people who will live at CityWalk, I’ve asked our intern Alisa to start putting together information on neighborhood businesses. Here is her first entry:

Places to eat at the corner of Elm and AkardGalilee GrillMiguel'sJimmy John'sSome notes about the neighborhood, there are several places nearby that are open for dinner, which is a good sign for downtown nightlife. The corner of Elm and Akard has a few good dining possibilities. First, Miguel's just north of Elm on the east side of Akard overlooks the DART rail line. Miguel's is a real Mexican food restaurant and not just a chain so they have homemade guac and an interior appearance that you may be used to from other local tex-mex joints. They are open until 7pm Monday through Friday.Just to the South and across Elm is Galilee Grill (1502 Elm or 214.760.7333) which is open for dinner from 5pm to 9pm every day but Sunday. Galilee serves all the staples of Eastern Medeterranean food including tabouli salad, shwarma, kabob, and falafel. The dinner entrees are slightly more expensive than lunch but don't cost any more than $9 and come with a choice of soup or salad. The interior is sparse but modern and clean with plenty of tables where you can eat, but you can also take your food to go.On the Southwest side of the corner, across from Galilee Grill a Jimmy John's has opened serving made to order "gourmet sandwiches" for five or six dollars. Jimmy John's will deliver any day of the week but the store is open until 7 if you want to grab a sandwich and some chips or a cookie and eat it there. Jimmy John's is at 1414 Elm St. or (214) 741-2970.

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