Brought to Dallas by the same owners as La Popular Tamale House, Peak & Elm Cocina Y Bar offers fresh, authentic Mexican fare made from locally sourced ingredients. The casual BYOB eatery is situated, naturally, at the corner of Peak and Elm, and represents what Thrillist’s Aaron Miller calls “an homage to old East Dallas.” The writer notes the bar's collection of local artwork, wooden fixtures straight from area houses, and knob-adorned bar as proof to his claim. Old Dallas or not, Peak & Elm’s food is a twist on classic Mexican cuisine, thanks to items such as tamale pies, fresh ceviche, and tacos tapatios—taquitos filled with Prime beef and served with sides of pickled cabbage-and-carrot slaw. One thing diners will not find at Peak & Elm, however, is chips and salsa; D Magazine reports that the owner, Jesse Moreno, prefers his customers don’t fill up before they taste his home-run dishes.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus cranks up the knobs and disrupts power grids on its 2011 tour, treating fans to a electrifying night of fist-pumping anthems tinged with emo and bellowed with sincerity. From humble grassroots beginnings in Florida, where the band first charmed the fins off of whales with its Top 40 hit "Face Down," through its latest collection of jaunty angst, Am I The Enemy, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has perfected its recipe of alternative rock and screamo, resulting in a affably schizophrenic pop that hits the heart, bends the earlobes, and thumbs its nose at noise ordinances. Fans eager for omniscience can attempt to sway the show via the band's set-list contest, which allows RJA devotees to vote for a song they'd like to hear in hopes of snagging two VIP tickets and a subscription to Grooveshark. Opening the concert, Memphis quartet Egypt Central sears through a fiery set of chugging metal, and Burn Halo stirs simmering angels in a slow cooker of rock.
Ad-Libs' cast of musicians, standup comedians, and professional writers has poured out its spontaneous ideas and off-kilter humor through a quarter-century of frenetic evenings. The troupe performs in a cabaret-style theater, mixing video with scripted and improvisational comedy while inspiring audience members to participate. Despite their diverse backgrounds, the laugh-masters' shared knack for spontaneity should not surprise since most have studied in Ad-Libs' school of off-the-cuff humor, which imparts to students what it takes to get a full ride to clown college.
Behold the breathtaking views of the city at night as you dine on a wooden patio oasis and fill your belly with cheese, bread, tomato sauce, and more cheese. Today's Groupon gets you $30 worth of eats and drinks at Bryan Street Tavern for only $15. Toast the town with one of many drinks (nine draft beers, bottled beers, wine, and mixed drinks) and take advantage of this neighborhood tavern's tasty stone-fired pizzas.