EXPLORE AND SHOP
Get an early start with breakfast at Another Broken Egg Café. I found the restaurant while trying to source a brunch for three families with radically different eating preferences. From pancakes, and omelets to burgers, salads, and fancy breakfast fare like shrimp and grits, the menu here has it covered.
Take a walk, jog or hike around the 758 acres of the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. The Nature Center is part of the Cross Timbers Ecosystem that stretches from Waco up through central Oklahoma and into southern Kansas! The Center is preserving the delicate ecosystem while allowing families to experience the area with a series of hiking trails—some of which are equine-friendly.
Grab a healthy pick-me-up at Nèkter Juice Bar where you can get most of your daily fruit and veggie servings in a fresh-juiced beverage or smoothie. Or grab a dairy free ice-cream-like Skoop—made with cashew milk and a variety of toppings like chocolate chips or drizzle, coconut flakes, fruit and granola.
Head to Southlake Town Square, where Santa is set up nearby, and the holiday deals will be rockin’ at stores like the not-your-mamas-clothing boutique Evereve, or the quirky, chic Madewell. Buckle, Michael Kors, Tyler’s, and Vans provide some hip unisex clothing options, while the newly-opened Alan Edmonds and Jos. A. Bank offer something just for the guys. We’ve really only scratched the surface of all the clothing and accessory stores available here.
WINE AND DINE
By now you’re ready for lunch. Hop over to Park Village to grab a healthy lunch from RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant where you’ll find salads, sushi, sashimi and Bento boxes with salmon, chicken or beef teriyaki. If you want something a little more substantial, Gloria’s Latin Cuisine offers a great mix of Salvadoran and Mexican cuisine. The black bean dip offered as a starter is addictive.
After lunch there’s a lot to choose from, so make your afternoon count and let the Holiday Concierge help you with reservations, movie schedules, directions and information on your favorite Southlake stores! Shopping is hard work, so treat yourself to an early Christmas present and indulge in a little spa treatment at Serendipity Day Spa, a mini-facial at Origins or a mani-pedi at Park Village Nails.
‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, so get happy with happy-hour drinks on the patio at Del Frisco’s Grille. There are two outdoor patios, one at street level for really good people-watching, and the other upstairs for a scenic view of the area. Happy hour runs from 4-6:30 p.m., and you’ll enjoy excellent pricing on wine, beer and several specialty drinks. Don’t fill up on the appetizers though, because…
….Dinner at Truluck’s. One of the most indulgent dining experiences I recently had was the chilled seafood platter—double helpings of shrimp, oysters, stone crab claws and a rock crab cocktail. Whether you want fish, shellfish or beef, there’s not a bad choice on the menu.
SAVOR THE HOLIDAYS
Walk off your dinner around Southlake Town Square, because the Square is filled with holiday cheer. This scenic place to wander is the perfect backdrop for other annual events like Art in the Square, Easter in the Park, Stars & Stripes, and Oktoberfest.
If you want to keep the celebrations going, grab a drink at The Ginger Man. Depending on the evening, you might find live music or a trivia game to liven up your beverage.
Should you find that you need more than 24 hours in Southlake, you can always stay the night. The Hilton Southlake/Town Square is offering a Home for the Holidays promotion (and the hotel is mere steps from Truluck’s). There’s also a chic new Cambria Hotel & Suites nearby.
Images Courtesy: Joseph Haubert