Top 10 Places to Grab Grub and Catch a Concert in One Spot
It's Friday night, and after leaving work a bit later than you had hoped to, battling the traffic to get home, and finally making it out the door again for a night of steam-blowing revelry, mapping a night out is often more daunting a task than you'd prefer. It's late to the point that visiting separate establishments for drinks, dinner and then a concert -- not to mention finding a parking spot or having to valet at each locale -- leaves most just wanting to surrender to the allure of Netflix and a jar of Trader Joe's Cookie Butter.
Thankfully, the greater Dallas area offers multiple options where one-stop grubbing and gigging are not only possible, but highly desirable. Such a combo of convenience and quality will leave most only wondering about where their hangovers will be cured the next morning. Here are the 10 Best Places to Grab Grub and Catch a Concert in the Same Spot.
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10. Gas Monkey Bar and Grill (Dallas): Since opening in late 2013, it has become clear this is a multi-use venue that just happens to be affiliated with a reality television show (Discovery Channel's Fast 'N Loud), and not a Planet Hollywood-style merch market. Formerly known as the Firewater Bar and Grill, the menu at the redesigned spot isn't too adventurous, but it doesn't have to be, as the grub holds its own, actually.
Plus, on a given night, you can catch a set by honky-tonker Wayne "The Train" Hancock in the earlier part of the evening, while making your way onto the spacious, well-equipped patio to headbang to a metal band such as The Sword.
9. Hank's Texas Grill (McKinney): Over the past few years, this easy-to-access joint just off of U.S. 75 has become a must-stop for the biggest names in the Texas country scene, such as Stoney LaRue, Dirty River Boys and Chris Knight. The casual covered patio and communal seating vibe creates a rowdy dynamic when it's called for, but it's not just a honky-tonk that happens to serve food.
The grub here is what you'd expect from a place boasting Texas in its name -- chicken-fried steak, nachos, big-plate bar food. And though not a scientific fact, the frosty fish-bowl schooners of beer at Hank's seem to arrive a few degrees colder than at most other places.
8. The Foundry (Dallas/Oak Cliff): With perhaps the area's only stud-chef inspired chicken shack (Tim Byre's Chicken Scratch) and an outdoor stage made completely of wooden shipping pallets, The Foundry is as cool a spot to catch a show by notables such as Centro-matic or the Baptist Generals as anywhere in North Texas. Located in the former home of Jack's Backyard, the property, lined with lightbulbs strung above dozens of picnic tables, has enjoyed the upgrades and certainly stands as a fine spot to knock a few drinks back when the weather is nice, even when a band isn't on the eco-friendly stage.