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In our humble opinion, the Big D is as exciting as any exotic locale. There are soaring buildings, wide-open parks and a thriving food scene, not the mention the local charm. But want to know what really makes our city special? These hidden gems around town that you can't find anywhere else.

John’s Cafe

It’s easy to see why locals will never tell you about John’s Cafe in Lower Greenville. For more than 40 years, John’s has been slinging hot-off-the-grill breakfasts (try the gyro omelet served with fresh lamb and veggies, $8) and hot beef plates, all whipped up within five minutes. Expect diet-busting meals, friendly service and classic diner-esque decor.

John’s Cafe, 1733 Greenville Ave.; 214-874-0800 or


Clothes Circuit

Ever wonder what Park Cities women do with their clothes after a few wears? One stop at Clothes Circuit, the consignment store on Sherry Lane in University Park, will answer that: They resell their clothes at fractions of the retail cost. Designer brands include the Wangs (Vera and Alexander), Louis, Ralph, Tory, Stella and many more. Score designer shoes, dresses, denim, bags and coats without totally breaking your budget. Insider tips: Go on Tuesdays to get an extra 10 percent off, and be sure to ask about the layaway plan.

Clothes Circuit, 6105 Sherry Lane; 214-696-8634 or

Dallas Observer

Valley House Gallery

The Nasher may be the most well-known sculpture garden in the city, but Valley House on Spring Valley Road is a true find for art enthusiasts. It’s tucked into the residential neighborhood that was once the home of the original owners. Established more than 60 years ago, Valley House has championed both French Impressionists and contemporary artists, all within four and a half wooded acres in Far North Dallas.

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 6616 Spring Valley Rd.; 972-239-2441 or


The Adrian E. Flatt, M.D., Hand Collection

Nestled in the lobby of Truett Hospital at Baylor University Medical Center in Downtown Dallas is a collection of more than a hundred bronzed and plaster hands. Dr. Flatt, the chief of orthopedic surgery at Baylor from 1982 to 1992, created and collected casts of celebrities to show the uniqueness of each person. The collection includes the hands of athletes like Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, historical figures like Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman, and local entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash. We must give Dr. Flatt a hand!

Baylor University Medical Center, 3500 Gaston Ave.; 214-820-0111 or

D Magazine

Daiquiris to Go

Ever want just one margarita in the comfort of your own home but lacked all the fixings? Then head over to Daiquiris to Go on Greenville, where you can choose from 32 different flavors that are sold in covered Styrofoam cups sealed inside plastic bags. Insider tips: Sip these strong drinks responsibly, bring cash (no credit cards accepted) and, seriously, wait until you’re back home to start imbibing.

Daiquiris to Go, 3607 Greenville Ave.; 469-567-3814 or

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