14 Things Everyone Says About Dallas That Aren’t True

OK, maybe one of them is very accurate

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If you don’t come to Dallas that often, you might fall victim to thinking we’re all cowboy hats and country music—and it’s just not true. We’ve rounded up the top 14 misconceptions we hear about our city. How many have you heard recently?

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"Cattle roam the streets of downtown Dallas."
You can't help it, really. Stock footage used in reality shows (see: The Bachelor, Big Rich Texas, Courtney Loves Dallas and The Real Housewives of Dallas) make it seem as if cows are wandering the streets. Well, they are…but not in Dallas. (That's in Fort Worth, about 30 minutes away.)

"I'm headed to Dallas. I need to pack my boots and cowboy hat."
If you must, at least make sure you’re heading to a country music concert. (More on that later.)

"I went to Dallas for a convention and there wasn't much to do out there."
Big companies love to plan their corporate retreats and conferences at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The only problem is that it’s actually 20 miles away in Grapevine.

"Dallas lacks culture."
Actually, Dallas boasts the largest contiguous arts district in the United States. And sipping a nice red and exploring the Dallas Museum of Art on one of its Late Night events is one of our favorite date night options.

"Everyone in Dallas is conservative."
Dallas is a big city, y'all. We have all types of people.

"Everyone in Dallas believes that the bigger the hair, the closer to God."
We welcome all sorts of styles down here. But something out-of-towners don’t usually know is that we’ve poached plenty of New York City’s best hairstylists.

"Houston is better than Dallas."
Said every visiting Houstonian, ever. We’ll let them believe their own fairy tales. (Hey, we do love Buffalo Bayou Park.)

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"Dallas is only good for barbecue and Tex-Mex."
Well, you’re not exactly wrong to come here for the barbecue or Tex-Mex, but we also have some damn good options in literally every other culinary category, be it ramen, sushi or French-Mex (only in Dallas).

"We don't need to rent a car...we'll just take the DART."
That’s cute and admirable. It’s all about Uber here.

"Do you live in Highland Park?"
No, I don’t. [crickets]

"If I lived in Dallas, I would save so much on rent!"
You may get more space, but the rent is still high.

"I could never handle Dallas traffic."
If you actually live in Dallas proper, the traffic isn’t bad. It’s trekking to and from the burbs that can suck the life right out of you.


"You must go to a different country music concert every weekend."
Well, we do get our pick of almost any artist that tours…

"It's hot here."
Yes, it is. There's no way around that one.

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