Three years. That’s all the time it took for partners¬¬––and culinary school chums––Jason Boso and Quincy Hart to turn their dream of running a quality-driven burger joint and turn it into reality. If it sounds a little too good to be true, consider this––Twisted Root Burger Co. even has it’s own pastry chef, a veteran of the Four Seasons Hotel, who spends his time crafting rich, creamy frozen custard for the shop’s milkshakes and root beer floats. The attention to detail has obviously paid off: the company has picked up accolades across Dallas, including Reader’s Choice nods by both D Magazine and the Observer, and was also featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Weighing in at a half-pound each, Twisted Root’s burgers are made from beef, turkey, buffalo, or game meats such as venison and elk, and come dressed in an endless combination of toppings. The menu of course features a handful of chef-conceived creations, such as The Spicy Goat––topped with chipotle sauce and goat cheese––but customer’s can also build their own burgers from fixings such as guacamole, garlic mushrooms, and even Cheez Wiz. Fried pickles and sweet potato chips complement any meal and are made fresh in-house, but the biggest indication that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill burger restaurant may be the ketchup, homemade from sugar, ancho and chipotle paste, and a secret ingredient. As for those custard shakes, they’re made from real cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla, and come in a choice of flavors, such as peanut butter or cookie dough for kids, and banana-Bailey’s for adults or monkeys who have had really bad days.
Embracing a bohemian aesthetic, Zin Zen Wine & Bistro lavishes guests with comfortable sofas and a menu of bright, gourmet cuisine to meander through while relaxing on the patio. From the kitchen, chefs send out pizzas straight off the grill, and rich baked brie wrapped in a flaky pastry puff with an apricot glaze. Throughout the month, Zin Zen also hosts live musicians, whose soulful croons provide sippers with a lively soundtrack to synchronize with their brass cymbal-style toasts.
At Conway's Bar & Grill, formerly The Venue Bar & Grill, the clack of pool balls and the buzz of sports games accompany a lengthy menu of burgers, pizza, and sandwiches. Plates of chicken wings bathed in zesty sauces mingle with meaty burgers stacked with jalapeños, bacon, and grilled mushrooms. Chicken-fried steaks and tacos fuel postmeal rounds of darts and serve as backup ammo if the darts are out for repairs. Each Wednesday, patrons can celebrate with karaoke or toast professional bands during weekly live-music events. College flags and banners hang from the ceiling, a testament to the hangout’s love of NCAA athletics and embroidered fabrics.
Dance is all about motion, so it’s fitting that Dancer-Strong began as a mobile dance-teaching operation. Skilled instructors have traveled all-over to different studios to educate students. Eventually, the desire to teach a full schedule of classes led the group to open their four-studio academy in 2012. They quickly expanded their offerings with a selection of fitness classes.
Today, the instructors teach 11 forms of dance as well as 11 different fitness classes, and an outdoor boot camp. In the next room, they might be torching calories with Zumba or kickboxing. They also teach students how to perform classical steps in ballet and move to the contemporary rhythms of hip hop.They even offer an entire track of dance classes geared toward home-schooled students’ unique schedules.
Behind the brownstone façade of Cheesecake Amor Cafe & Wine Bar—a cozy eatery reminiscent of a quaint café—owners Gayle and Jeff Haynes pair signature gourmet cheesecakes and fine wines with a full menu of elegant Italian-American dishes. The warm café invites diners to curl up on a leather couch beside a flickering fire or slide their knees under polished black tables garnished by a selection of fine cheeses, pizzas, and entrees coupled with suggestions from a list of more than 60 wines. Gayle pours her passion for baking into an assortment of housemade cheesecake slices in 30 flavors, from classic New York style to liqueur and candy flavors.