Spec's Liquor Has Opened On Walnut Hill and It's Massive (Photos)

Categories: First Look

SpecsMain.jpg
Spec's newest liquor-and-everything emporium opened this past weekend at Walnut Hill and Central. It's hard to describe this spot because there's just so much going on. You know how we do everything bigger in Texas? Ya, that.

And I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I like my neighborhood place where the flirty Boston ladies remember me every time and I'm in-and-out in less than three minutes.

Spec's can be a sea of confusion and sensory overload. I left with a bottle of the same old stuff. Yes, it was $2 cheaper, but was the extra time worth it? Maybe if I wasn't in a hurry. (Party tip: When leaving, avoid the Walnut Hill exit. There has to be a better way.)

Let's break up this breakdown into digestible parts:

SpecsLiquor.jpg

1.Liquor. Lots of it. If you can't find it here, then you probably need a professional smuggler (Facebook message me).

2. Payment. Paying in cash or with a debit card will save you a little.

3. Deli. At least twenty people work in this deli. It's not like just a few kids throwing some meat and cheese together. It's a fully staffed and stocked kitchen. They have chefs at each store and a corporate chef to oversee everything. The towering "Rueben-to-die-for" was popular and at least four inches tall. They have over 22 sandwiches on their menu and soon they will have 15 additional hot items like burgers, chili pie, chili cheese hotdogs, etc.

SpecsTruffels.jpg

4. Truffles. Yes. Truffels. They get their chocolates from Xan Confections out of California and carry over a dozen different flavors including a line called "Big Mouth" that are gluten free.

SpecsCafe.jpg

5. Café. When you start to feel exasperated from all the choices, grab a latte or double shot of espresso. They also have a few bakery items like rolls, doughnuts and muffins.


6. Cheese. One could easily put together a snazzy meat and cheese tray from their cooler section. They have a few local items in the mix.

7. Random European goods. It's like a European grocery store sneezed on a liquor store. Lots of things that, who knows, may be considered crap in Luxemburg, but is exotic and affluent up in here. It rings a bit of Central Market or World Market. (But, again, it's a giant liquor store.)

8. Cigar Shop. I know nothing about cigar shops, but they have one.

SpecsMeats.jpg

9. Meats. Schinkenwurst, fleischkase and gelbwurst and a few of their friends.

To well-informed drinkers this is most likely Fantasyland. Given the time to sample and peruse the 35,000 items in the store, a few hours could easily be wasted. Pun completely intended there. Run with it.

Spec's is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


My Voice Nation Help
36 comments
itsmrjakefromstatefa
itsmrjakefromstatefa

It just doesn’t get any better than seeing the gorgeous “Mrs. Anita
Pelaez” over at her and her Famous Husband “Captain Kutchie’s”place..Some Folks Also Call Him..”The
KutchMan others call him The KutchMon!”…Most Just Call Him “The Most
Interesting Man In The World”….(Anita and Kutchie Pelaez’s Key West, Key Lime Pie
Factory and Grill)…Just Watching The Lovely Couple Baking Together All
Those Yummy Key Lime Pies At Their Key Lime Pie Factory And Grill In
Asheville.
…It’s Always Worth The Trip To Visit Them In They’re Historic Key Lime
Pie Factory and Grill…It Should Be On Everyone’s Bucket List For
Sure..And
The World’s Best Key Lime Pies!..YUM-YUM-YUM….­­.”Talk About World
Class” What An Understatement!…….AA­­HHHHH!….The Magic Of The
Lovely..”Mrs. Anita Pelaez” And Her Delicious Key Lime Pies Baked With
Pure Love…Always……40 Years And They’re Still Going Strong….
….May GOD Continue Blessing “Anita And Kutchie Pelaez” and They’re World
Famous Key Lime Pie Factory And Grill Where The Personalities, Ovens And
Smiles Are Always Warm And Inviting.
....“Kutcharitaville” You’re The Best And We Love You!….
…Now You Know Who Is The Hottest!…And Baby Let Me Tell You, Mrs. Anita Is No Act…She’s The Real Thing Baby!…
….Located Near The Biltmore House And Estate…..
….Who Could Ask For Anything More?…Anita’s Key Lime Pie…(Hell Yes!)
….Just Think, Kutchie’s Goody Goody Cheese Burgers, First Billed As “The
Original Cheese Burgers In Paradise!” Way Back In 1974 By "Kutchie's
Good Friend "Mr Levi Stubbs" Lead Singer Of The Four Tops…."Sorry
“Buffett”…Kutchie’s Version Of “Cheese Burgers In Paradise” Came A Few
Years Before Yours Did, “Dog Ate Your Home-Work?"!!...Yeah, Jimmy, It's
The Same Kutchie Pelaez,-The Famous Deep Sea Underwater And Treasure
Explorer/Megalodon Shark Tooth Hunter.
Who Worked Along With "Mel Fisher", "Captain Tony Tarracino", "Yankee
Jack", "Michael McCloud", "Alabama Jack" , "Vito Bertucci" and Many Others Of Key West Fame.
….That Alone Is Quite A Pretty Big Deal If You Ask Me. ….”Hell”,..It’s A Pretty Big Deal Even If You Don’t Ask Me.
….Research, Continually Confirms The Fact That The Pelaez’s World
Famous Key Lime Pies Truly Increases Married Couple’s Sex Rates By No Less
Than 300% Respectively. It Also Shows That Said Sexual Encounters Are
Much, Much More Enjoyable Than They Ever Were Before The Consumption Of
The Pelaez’s Key Lime Pies.
…..And
On A Sad Note. It Has Been Reported That The Consumption Of The Famous
Key Lime Pies Are Quite Detrimental To The Practices Of Divorce
Attorneys. But, That’s Not Bad. Hell That’s Good News.
…Not A Sad Note, A Happy Note! The Pelaez’s Pies Are A Win-Win-Win For Everyone Involved!
….I Guess You Could Say What Has Been Said Many Times Before,…”AHHH” The
Magic Of The Lovely Anita Pelaez And Her Key Lime Pies….
….I Do Know First Hand That The Pelaez’s Famous Key Lime Pies Have
The Ability To Turn Small Stream Squirters Into Major League Gushers Or
Some Might Call Them “Niagara Falls”. Holly Molly, Let Those Good Times
Flow, Baby!
....It's No Wonder Everyone Believes That Kutchie Pelaez Is The Most Interesting
Man In The World....."Damn He Really Is" For Sure!
.....That "Kutchie", He Looks Marvelous Dahling!...

...."Hemingway", Had Nothing On The "KutchMan"...

MissyMae
MissyMae

Centennial (CBG, Vantex, et. al.) is sure to try and blame Specs for their demise, BUT all fault lies with the incompetent Doug&TonyMillerBoys and their high paid office staff on Finnell St.They thought their high prices would draw in their desired clientele... how stupid was that? And that's just the tip of their ineptitude.

Mitch
Mitch

I was addicted to them in Austin.  Best prices, best selection.  Yeah, if you like that cheap hood-inspired crap you might catch a better price, but if you actually give a crap about quality, they are top of the food chain.  Thank God they've finally come to Dallas!

Cathy
Cathy

I was a loyal customer at Spec's in Houston for 29 years.  After moving to Dallas in 2005, I was horrified that I was unable to find the selection and/or pricing I was accustomed to in Houston.  I was thrilled when I heard Spec's was opening here in Dallas.Spec's deli/market here does not begin to compare with its deli/market in Houston.  However, really glad you are here.

J Hookah
J Hookah

Spec's is has fair prices, but I generally despise going there because the staff mostly ignores you, and the parking lot is a death trap. So my best bet would be to go to the Liquor Sales store attached to the new Sams and Walmart off Northwest highway and skillman. Liquor Sales everyday prices are generally cheaper than Goody Goody or Specs, and way cheaper than Segiels or Centeniel

Deep-sigh
Deep-sigh

Wow..i totally missed this very important info! Yea!! I'm headed there tomorrow...stat.

Jay Evans
Jay Evans

How about listing your case prices for Clan McGregor scotch?

Steve
Steve

I have given Spec's three opportunities now, shopping specifically for wine, then beer(s), then vodka and whisky.

Across the board, this place is significantly more expensive than Pogo's, Sigel's and especially Goody-Goody.

Plus, the floor is gross, it's cold and impersonal.  They couldn't pull the tiles and stain the concrete, or put up some warmer colors?

It reminded me of a poorly lit, converted industrial space, or a cut-rate Korean dental facility.

I truly hope they do not buy Sigel's.

John Tyler
John Tyler

Why is it the writers at the Observer are a thousand times better than those at yahoo news, the ap and abc news? Not to mention, 4,5,8 and 11, the dmn and the bible? Just curious.

FrederickSzczepanski
FrederickSzczepanski

Paying in cash or with a debit card will save you a little. -- If they are charging credit card holders more, that's in violation of their merchant agreement... And hopefully they'll get caught.

Wings
Wings

I stop at the huge Spec's south of downtown Houston when ever we're there. The selection is unbelieveable, prices can't be beat and the employees are very knowledgable. It might take this place a while to find it's rhythm but if it turns out to be half as good as the main shore in Houston it will be fantastic. Welcome to Dallas, Spec's!!!

Suzanne
Suzanne

Very happy Specs opened in Dallas!  Love visiting the one in Sugarland, but a bit of a drive for the average person's liquor cabinet.  They carry several wines I can never find locally which is nice!

cp
cp

I LOVE SPEC'S!!!

Ralphy
Ralphy

No way they beat the prices at "Beverage Depot" !

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

whaddayaknow a liquor store not owned by majestic or siegels

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Dear LDD,    I have a request.  Can you do a story on Walmart?  It's my favorite; especially when it's real busy, and the lines are half way across the store.  AND no one has a sense of urgency; when nobody working at said locale has even a slight gumption about working faster, or being more productive.  I love it when I go to the bread isle on a holiday week, and it looks like Katrina is about to happen......the only loaf left is a mangled and bloodied mess of a carcass.  And why can't they keep enough beans on the shelves?  And Hunt's spaghetti sauce (specifically meat flavored)?  We JUST need an LDD expose'!

ps-Why do uhhhhhm (clearing my throat), ahhhhhh (I don't want to be blocked from comments again!), OK, FAT ladies at Walmart insist on wearing those tight legging things?  I mean, who WANTS to see quivering, cottage cheese laden legs?  And worse, a sweaty bum cavity.  And (like Mickey Rooney) what is up with Looney Tunes t shirts with holes in them?

Good Day (like a quivering Paul Harvey)!

______

Oh yeah, I better tie this comment in with the story.   Uhhhhm, I love gelbwurst!

Kergie out.  Merry X-mas.  I'm taking my Kergie kidlet to go hiking in the Kiamichi Mountains.  Fresh air. Bubbling brooks.  Wind in the tree's. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I've read up on Specs, and it sounds awesome!  Best thing to happen to 75 and Walnut Hill since Dave and Busters.   Booze and a deli-me likey.  Now, just throw in sports, wings and a chick dressed up like a lumberjack (not the same as north eastern women, who wear said attire because it's practical), and you've got paradise.  Very nice article LDD.

cloney
cloney

beverage depot beats them all Sorry but its true and then if u by  bottles same same(price is already cheaper than any other merchants)your still entitled to a discount.....6-175, or 6-750,,,,,,,,i mean it try it out....As far Specs it's big, nice, and very different but you get what you pay for luxury......

Hyb
Hyb

 They're not. You don't know good writing.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Goody Goody is just down Greenville Ave a ways. But the deli will get me in the door for a look, soon.

Ralphy
Ralphy

It is in the dangerhood so stay away all you OCs, HPs, PHs, UPs, and those from the burbs.

Ralphy
Ralphy

More American fascination with mediocre one-stop shopping mega mall crap concept!

Mike3647
Mike3647

And also one who didn't pay to keep us from buying beer where we want.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

The prices at Wal-Mart don't cover the cost of a sense of urgency.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Y"all ever been to the Injun museum up around there?  Next time I get through that part of the world, I'm stopping in.

Walmart story: I drop by last Friday on the way to the ranchero, grab three cases of the lightest of Millers..run to the front of the store..some ol broad was pushing two filled to the brim carts and clearly saw me and my three items..she went ahead and jumped in front of me..it was the smokes checkout aisle..so I just worked my way over to the 12 items or less..

Guest
Guest

His favorite store is Walmart? That figures. Maybe he'll be a greeter there when (if) he grows up.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I see that "Occupy City of Ate" is still in full swing!  I wonder if K1S's time is really tight now that he is the head  Arnie Spanier jock sniffer?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Oh look everyone it's twinwillow, aka Jon Daniel!  Things could be worse sir, I could be you!  POW.  

cp
cp

Wait a sec, you told me that suicide is NEVER funny...

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

POW, pow, POWER my nizzlers!  You guys don't eff up JD's moxy, or he'll post a twenty minute diatribe about cool, Oak Cliff, trends,etc. And then TW will respond with a 'like" or a "you are SO right my virtuous King". I say my platform will be no more JD, no more fast food, no more taxes, no more bi partisan wrangling, no more protesters that don't know WHAT they are protesting.  Can you protest when you smoke three joints in 5 minutes? 

All of Us!
All of Us!

Die you tow....or 'git" a room. 

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Kergo,    I'm much smarter than twinwillow; in fact, I'm smarter than EVERYONE!  Can't you tell by my smarmy, insightful posts?  No one loves me like me; except for twinwillow-he's my imp.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...