Our anniversary getaway

If you have read my posts here and here, you know that my family visited Disney and Pensacola Beach in June…and my husband was sick the entire trip.

Our sixteenth anniversary was last Friday so we decided to spend a couple of nights relaxing in Dallas, Texas. I just love Texas and all it has to offer so I was super excited about going.

We booked our hotel through Priceline and ended up at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

hyatt regency

The hotel was really nice and clean, with a cool bar area and a few restaurants.

By the time we arrived, it was almost time for dinner so we freshened up and headed to Deep Ellum. We used an Uber for the first time ever (yes, we just emerged from the dark ages) and ended up at the Twisted Root Burger Company. We ordered the Kevin Bacon and Spicy Western burgers and some fries and chips to share. The food was so good. The burgers were cooked perfectly and the toppings were tasty. I loved the atmosphere at this place–very cool and laid back.


I wasn’t able to finish my burger because I wanted one of their signature shakes! We got a Fat Elvis (peanut butter, banana) and it was awesome! No pics because we ate everything before I thought to photograph it. We walked around Deep Ellum for a bit and then headed back to the hotel. Football started back up this week so my husband was pretty tired.

The next morning, we slept in (yay!!) and got around in time to hit up Pecan Lodge for lunch. We drove this time because we knew we wanted to run around after eating. My husband loves the Pecan Lodge and has wanted to take me for a while. To be honest, I don’t love barbecue, but I know how much he likes it, so I went along with the idea.

When we arrived, the line was long inside the restaurant, but I’m told that it often is wrapped around outside, so I guess we were lucky! We didn’t end up waiting very long. I let him order because he always knows what is good. We got some brisket, sausage, okra, and macaroni and cheese…with bacon on it. I’ve been missing out–this food was amazing! Hands-down the best barbecue I’ve ever had. 

We finished up at the restaurant (we took lots to go!) and went to two of our favorite places…Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Haha! We don’t have either of those in our hometown so anytime we are near either or both, we hit them up to drool over the meat/seafood counters or buy some fun treats.

After walking around those two places, we went back to the hotel to lounge by the pool. The Hyatt Regency pool is small, but it was perfect for us. We scored a cabana and laid around for a couple of hours. It was just what I needed!

We headed upstairs and got cleaned up for dinner. We had no idea what we wanted–we just knew we would end up in the Uptown area. We did some research and made the decision to try The Common Table.


common table
Photo from their website


The restaurant had a really relaxed vibe and the food was great. We were still pretty full from lunch so we split an appetizer (philly cheesesteak egg rolls) and a main dish (chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes). I didn’t eat much because I didn’t want to be uncomfortable all night, but everything tasted delicious!

We left there and walked less than half a mile to the Katy Trail Ice House. It is basically a huge patio space with a bunch of picnic tables and twinkle lights hanging off all of the trees. They do serve food, but we came just to hang out and have a drink. The people-watching was great. There were lots of people walking/running/biking the Katy Trail behind us and some pretty fun groups hanging out at the Ice House. Haha.


We stayed for a few hours and just enjoyed talking to each other and giggling at the table next to us. It was so nice just to relax and not worry about what time it was or what else we should be doing.

After getting another Uber, we hit the sack and slept until  9 the next morning! We got ready and got on the road. We ate a quick lunch on the way home and returned to get our kids from the grandparents in the early afternoon.

This trip was exactly what we needed after the crazy year we have had.  Things are about to get really busy for us again so it was nice to have the time away, just the two of us.

Now…after all of the amazing food we ate this weekend, we have to restart the Whole30.  Haha!

Any suggestions of Dallas restaurants for us to hit up next time?

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