Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, . Located along the south banks of White Rock Lake.
Mockingbird Station [] - For urban-planning and real-estate types, this is a must-see: a premier example of transit-oriented development on the DART Rail line. A mixed-use area featuring loft apartments with retail and restaurants at the ground level, Mockingbird Station also boasts one of Dallas's best arthouse/independent cinema theaters, the Angelika. There is some nice shopping, including Victoria's Secret, and West Elm.
Half-Price Books, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy., tel. 214 379 8000. The flagship location of this second-hand book store has a phenomenal selection and is well worth a stop.
Back Country Bar B Q, 6940 Greenville Ave., +1 214-696-6940. A favorite in Dallas as one of the best BBQ restaurants.
Cafe Istanbul, 5450 W Lovers Lane. +1 214 902 0919, . The only Turkish Restaurant in Dallas, upscale but reasonably priced $25 per person. Try the Yogurtlu Kebab, dolma, and the Karisik Izgara.
Freebirds World Burrito, 5500 Greenville Ave., tel. 214-265-9992, . Moderate pricing for burritos of huge proportions, yet no trade-off in taste especially since you can customize it to your liking. Nice, sometimes loud atmosphere has the feel of a college student hang-out. The antithesis of Chipotle. Free Wi-Fi at most locations.
La Calle Doce, 1925 Skillman Ave., +1 214-824-9900, . Some of the best Mexican seafood food in town.
Sushi House, 5619 W Lovers Lane. Phone: +1 214-350-2100, Delivery: +1 469-330-9700. House specials included spicy crab sushi – a tangle of sweet crabmeat reddened by chili oil laid over rice and bound tightly by seaweed. As well as the asparagus sushi - two stalks of asparagus quick-fried in tempura batter and fastened to a rice mound by a seaweed strip. The sushi-sashimi combo provides an easy-to-handle sampling with eight sushi items, three sashimi (slices of fish, no rice) and a California roll. Served with miso soup, enhanced by an appetizer, it made for a decent meal that was fun for two to split. The chef selects the items on the combo plate. Japanese dishes such as vegetable tempura, crispy-battered vegetables such as eggplant and sweet potato, cut into big flat discs, as well as sliced onion and whole green beans. Food and drink will be delivered promptly by one of the gracious staff members and escorted to one of the tables or the abbreviated sushi bar wedged into this small, cozy space.
The nightlife districts of Lower Greenville and Deep Ellum, located within East Dallas, are covered in separate articles. However, some entertainment options can be found outside of those areas.
Trinity Hall Pub, at Mockingbird Station,  - A laid back Irish pub.