July 1, 2011


A quick note as you head off for BBQs and fireworks.
When our founding fathers declared independence from England, they didn't have any career coaches to guide them on how to do it. Nor did they have angel investors willing to throw money at them in hopes of some gigantic payoff down the road.
They were on their own, using wits and smarts to chart their new country's future. One thing they did have was a game plan — a set of ideals for what their new country would stand for — which became the Declaration of Independence 235 years ago.
When July 4 — Independence Day — rolls around every year, I think of two distinct things:
First, the different ways all of us celebrate our independence. For some, it's the freedom that comes with having kids at sleep–away camp. (I'm definitely NOT in this group, which you'd understand if you read any of my daily letters and FedEx packages to Emma and Jake at camp.)
For others, it's finally being free of an abusive person or a home that was financially draining or debt that was crippling.
I believe strongly that we all have the ability to create our own destinies, to carve out a positive and purposeful future for ourselves without much help from anyone — just as our forefathers did with the limited tools and resources that were available to them to create the United States of America.
The other thing I'm reminded of each year on this holiday weekend is that we're at the half–way mark on the calendar. Just six months to go in 2011.
That means six months to realize your goals, dreams and promises. All the meaningful stuff you vowed to do this year. While "life" often gets in the way, and we find excuses, crutches, changes and challenges that hold us back, I know that you have it in you to make anything happen. You have the ability to see barriers and succumb to them. And you also have the ability to bust through those barriers to achieve big results.
Which path will you take? Barriers or results?
Ask yourself what you're willing to do to honor your independence and secure your financial freedom?
Firework Attractions for you and your dog! SEE BELOW!
I think even Highland Park is having something going on which is rare. Here ... Dallas, 469-533-5663; and 77 Highland Park ...

Celebrate Freedom - Christian Festival

Date of event: 06/25/2011
Cost: FREE, but you must have a ticket to enter the event
Location Name: Southfork Ranch
Location Address: 3700 Hogge Rd Parker, TX 75002  Click for Google Map
Description: The largest free outdoor concert in America!
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Fair Park Fourth

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Time: 04:30:00 PM till 10:00:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location Name: Fair Park
Location Address: 1200 S 2nd Ave, Dallas, TX 75210 Click for Google Map
Description: Free admission to all museums at Fair Park from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m; “Dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain throughout the day; Concert by the Dallas Wind Symphony at 8:30 p.m; National class fireworks show by Fireworks at 9:30 p.m; Fireworks program synchronized to choreographed music with live Broadcast on 98.7 KLUV; Exhibitors and kids activities; Concessions
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Family Fourth Celebration

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
Location Name: Breckinridge Park
Location Address: North Brand Road, Richardson, TX  Click for Google Map
Description: Balloon artists, bounce houses, and a climbing wall for the kids! Stage Entertainment too. Bring picnics, blankets and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening under the stars!

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 07:00:00PM
Cost: Free
Location Name: Farmers Branch Historical Park
Location Address: 2540 Farmers Branch Lane Farmers Branch, TX

Fireworks Extravaganza Over Lake Grapevine

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 09:30:00PM
Ages: all ages
Location Name: Lake Grapevine
Description: Find your spot and stake a claim near Lake Grapevine. Be prepared to be astonished by the fireworks spectacular, which can be viewed from any lakeside location as well as several other spots throughout Grapevine. Admission is free at most viewing locations. Some parks along Lake Grapevine may charge a minimal admission fee.

Flower Mound Independence Fest

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 05:00:00PM
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
Location Name: Bakersfield Park
Location Address: 1201 Duncan Lane, Flower Mound, 75028 Click for Google Map
Description: Performances by Professor D and Mound of Sound, a vintage car show presented by Memory Lane Car Shows, a showcase of our local businesses, and a completely FREE Kid’s Zone complete with bounce houses, face painting, and more.

Flower Mound Independence Fest 2011 Children’s Parade

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 11:00:00AM
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
Location Name: Timbercreek Elementary
Location Address: 1900 Timber Creek Road, Flower Mound
Description: Line up begins at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Eaton and Timber Creek Road. Decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, and strollers will parade a short route to the LISD School Administration Building where free hotdogs, drinks, children’s activities, and live entertainment await.

Fourth Of July - Stockyards Style

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 11:00:00AM
Ages: All ages
Location Name: Fort Worth Stockyards
Location Address: 130 E. Exchange Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76106 Click for Google Map
Description: Bring the family to the for the fourth! Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive at 11:30 am & 4:00 pm; Petting Zoo, Pony Rides & Face Painter @ 1-4pm; Fort Worth Herd CowCamp @1:30 - 2:30pm; Gunfight Shows @ 11:45 am & 4:15 pm

Ft Worth's 4th of July

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Time: 04:30:00 PM till 10:00:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location Name: LaGrave Field
Location Address: 301 NE 6th Street, Fort Worth, TX
Description: An evening of free music, family activities and cool water fun on the Trinity River behind LaGrave Field. A variety of food, beverages, frozen treats and Coors beer will be available for purchase. Please do not bring alcoholic beverages. Beer is available for sale. Bring picnics, coolers, non-alcoholic beverages, blankets, lawn chairs, small pop-up tents, dogs on leashes (please bring water bowl.) NO alcoholic beverages. Beer is available for sale. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

Grand Prairie Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration

This event occurs Daily from 07/03/2011 to 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 05:00:00PM
Location Name: Lone Star Park
Location Address: 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie
Description: Two spectacular nights of fireworks following live racing. Entertainment for the whole family such as pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, live entertainment and much more.

Grapevine 4th July Train

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 10:00:00AM
Location Name: The Grapevine Vintage Railroad Cotton Belt Depot
Location Address: 705 S. Main St., Grapevine
Description: A fun filled, one-hour sample of the regular train runs. Departing the Grapevine Depot at 10 a.m. and returning at 11 a.m.
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Independence Day Concert

Date of event: 07/03/2011
Event Begins at: 02:00:00PM
Ages: All ages
Location Name: Dallas Arboretum
Location Address: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas TX 75218 Click for Google Map
Description: Enjoy rock n' roll combined with patriotic tunes on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage in celebration of the 4th of July.

Independence Day Concert & Picnic in the Garden

Date of event: 07/03/2011
Event Begins at: 02:00:00PM
Location Name: Dallas Arboretum
Location Address: 8525 Garland Rd Dallas, TX 75218 Click for Google Map
Description: Enjoy rock n’ roll combined with patriotic tunes on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage in celebration of the 4th of July. Bring your own picnic or enjoy tasty treats from Highland Park Cafeteria. Free admission for all active and retired military with photo I.D. on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day and Fourth of July.

July Fourth Weekend at the Museum of Nature & Science

This event occurs Daily from 07/02/2011 to 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 09:30:00AM
Ages: All ages
Location Name: Dallas Museum of Nature & Science
Location Address: 1318 S. Second Ave. Dallas, TX 75315  Click for Google Map
Description: Want to “beat the heat” this July 4th Weekend? We’ve got INDOOR fireworks! Electric Theater is a light show like no other! It's like an air conditioned fireworks display. Electric Theater shows are at 1pm on July 2-4. Fire & Ice exemplifies the power of temperature. See how different things freeze, burn and (safely) blow up! read more. Independence Day presentations are FREE to members and included with the cost of general admission for non-members.
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Kaboom Town!

Date of event: 07/03/2011
Event Begins at: 05:00:00PM
Cost: FREE
Location Name: Addison Circle Park
Location Address: 4970 Addison Circle Addison, TX 75001  Click for Google Map
Description: Dazzling fireworks are choreographed to music and simulcast on the radio plus food, live music and spectacular historic warplane fly-bys. Fireworks, concerts, outdoor movie & family fun! Fireworks begin at dark. 

Melissa Celebration of Freedom

Date of event: 07/02/2011
Event Begins at: 03:00:00PM
Cost: Free
Location Name: Zadow Park
Location Address: 3001 McKinney St. Melissa, TX
Description: A fabulous children’s area complete with bounce houses, face-painting, and a Trackless Train for all to take rides on! Vendors and food will begin setting up in the afternoon, and our Parade begins at 6:00 p.m. After the parade, be entertained by the music from a fantastic live band, ”The SoundHouse Band”! Spectacular Fireworks Show scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. by Illumination Fireworks.

Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic

This event occurs Daily from 07/02/2011 to 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 08:00:00PM
Cost: Free
Location Name: Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Location Address: 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX Click for Google Map
Description: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden with an Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic. It's a Fort Worth family tradition! Filled with patriotic songs and heart-pounding marches, our exhilarating Independence Day celebration offers one of the best fireworks displays in the area. This is one of our most popular concerts, so order your reserved table or general admission lawn tickets today!
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Old-Fashioned Fourth

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Time: 11:00:00 AM till 03:00:00 PM
Cost: $4/person by July 1
Ages: All ages
Location Name: Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
Location Address: 1515 S. Harwood St. Dallas, TX 75215 Click for Google Map
Description: Grab a picnic and the family to celebrate Independence Day from 1840 to 1910. Visit with characters in costume, tour historic buildings, play traditional carnival games and participate in hands-on activities. Kids can Make ice cream and ride the fastest stick ponies in town and compete in the Village's famous stick pony race.
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Plano All American Fourth Celebration Fireworks

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 09:30:00PM
Cost: Free
Location Name: Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve
Location Address: 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy Plano, TX 75074 Click for Google Map
Description: Families can bring lawn chairs, picnic dinners and their radios to relax on the grassy slopes of the viewing area. Concessions on site include turkey legs, sausage-on-a-stick and soft drinks offered by Ye Ole Butcher Shop & Dippin' Dots.

Plano Community Band Patriotic Concert

Date of event: 07/03/2011
Event Begins at: 07:00:00PM
Cost: Free
Ages: all ages
Location Name: Haggard Park
Location Address: 901 East 15th Street Plano, TX 75074 Click for Google Map
Description: We provide a venue for adult musicians from throughout the community, and from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, to participate and play music for the enjoyment of themselves and the community.
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Plano Independence Day Parade

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 09:00:00AM
Cost: Free
Ages: all ages
Location Name: Independence Parkway
Location Address: Plano, TX
Description: Independence Parkway, starting at Plano Senior High School (Park and Independence Blvds.) traveling north to Spring Creek Parkway, ending at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
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Plano Symphony Orchestra Patriotic Pops

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Time: 03:00:00 PM till 05:00:00 PM
Cost: $8 - $35
Ages: all ages
Location Name: Eisemann Center
Location Address: 2351 Performance Dr. Richardson, TX 75082 Click for Google Map
Description: The Orchestra is joined by Plano's Men of Note Chorus and The Patriotic Pops Chorus! Enjoy your favorites, including "Stars and Stripes Fanfare," "America the Beautiful," "Louis Armstrong Tribute," "God Bless The USA," "When the Saints go Marching In," "Salute to the Armed Forces," "Washington Post March," "Oh Susanna," and many more!
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Red White & Lewisville

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 09:00:00PM
Cost: free
Ages: all ages
Location Name: Lewisville, Texas
Description: The city's annual fireworks show will be held around Vista Ridge Mall. Best viewing areas will be around the Vista Ridge Mall area.

Red, White and Blue Birds!

Date of event: 07/02/2011
Event Begins at: 09:00:00AM
Location Name: Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
Location Address: 1625 Brockdale Park Rd., Lucas, TX 75098  Click for Google Map
Description: RED Tailed Hawks, Great (WHITE) Egrets, and Eastern BLUEBirds; See Red-tailed Hawks, look for Great Egrets, Bluebirds and other prairie and shore birds; Make Eagle cookies; Bird Walks for all ages (approximately 30 minutes) – 11:00am and 1:00pm; Up close, live hawks, owls and falcons - Raptor Programs at 10:00am and 12:00pm.
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Rockwall Fireworks Show

Date of event: 07/03/2011
Event Begins at: 08:30:00PM
Cost: FREE
Ages: all ages
Description: Bring your picnic basket, FM radio and lawn chairs and blankets to Rockwall's amazing 4th of July fireworks show! Fireworks display will be synchronized to music. The best viewing areas for the fireworks show are at Harry Myers Park, Dobbs Elementary School, Tuttle Athletic Complex and the RISD Education Center. For public safety, the amphitheatre area of Myers Park will be closed. Get there early and get ready -- the fireworks will begin at dusk.

Rowlett Fireworks on Main

Date of event: 07/03/2011
Event Time: 06:00:00 PM till 10:00:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location Name: Downtown Rowlett
Location Address: Rowlett, TX
Description: Celebrates freedom with live music, festival-style foods, children's activities, games and a spectacular fireworks display.

Star-Spangled Spectacular

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 01:00:00PM
Cost: $19 - $49
Ages: all ages
Location Name: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Location Address: 2301 Flora St. Dallas, TX 75201  Click for Google Map
Description: Happy Birthday America! Our country’s greatest band brings you a red, white and blue salute to Mom, Apple Pie and Uncle Sam. We’ll have hot dogs & ice cream. There’s an 11-ft. tall Uncle Sam. And it's air-conditioned too!

The Richardson Community Band Summer Series

Date of event: 07/04/2011
Event Begins at: 08:45:00PM
Cost: Free
Location Name: Breckinridge Park
Location Address: 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson
Description: Family Fourth Celebration
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* means they are city of Dallas-approved dog-friendly food establishments. The rules: Dogs must stay off furniture, be leashed and under control and wear a rabies tag. They cannot eat off the establishment's dishes; they may be given water in a disposable container.
Agave Restaurant & Bar (outside fence): 2067 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, 214-771-0423
AllGood Cafe: 2934 Main St., Dallas, 214-742-5362
America's Best Coffee: While they are always pooch-friendly, their Dog Days from noon to close Sundays draw a crowd. And the Arlington location welcomes them inside too (in the front half). 3751 Matlock Road, Arlington, 817-557-3375; and 1211 Debbie Lane, Mansfield, 817-473-8455
Arcade Bar: 1825 Abrams Parkway (main floor of the Lakewood Theater), Dallas, 214-821-7469
Barbara's Pavillion: 325 Centre St., Dallas, 214-941-2145
Barcadia (except when crowded): 1917 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214-821-7300
Barley House: 5612 SMU Blvd., Dallas, 214-824-0306
Beauty Bar (except when crowded): 1924 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214-841-9600
BEE: Best Enchiladas Ever: 202 W. Davis St., Dallas, 214-941-1233
BlackFinn American Saloon: 4440 Belt Line Road, Addison, 469-374-7667
Blue Mesa Grill: 5100 Belt Line Road #500, Addison, 972-934-0165; and 1586 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 817-416-0055
Bolsa*: 614 W. Davis St., Dallas, 214-367-9367
Bone: 2724 Elm St., Dallas, 214-741-1993
Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery: 3301 McKinney Ave.*, Dallas, 214-754-4940; and 5560 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, 214-351-3339
Brick House Tavern + Tap: 4900 W. Park Blvd., Plano, 972-596-0916
Bryan Street Tavern: 4315 Bryan St., Dallas, 214-821-4447
Buffalo Wild Wings: 1400 S. Loop 288 #110, Denton, 940-387-0924
Buli Cafe: 3908 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, 214-528-5410
Burger Girl: 4444 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-253-2666
Burguesa Burger: 710 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, 214-748-7376
Butcher Shop Steakhouse: 808 Munger Ave., Dallas, 214-720-1032
Cadillac Pizza Pub: 112 S. Kentucky St., McKinney, 972-547-3833
Café Brazil: Great people watching, and the Cedar Springs location is open 24/7. 3847 Cedar Springs Road*, Dallas, 214-461-8762; and 2815 Elm St., Dallas, 214-747-2730
Cafe Gecko: 5290 Belt Line Road, Addison, 972-458-9884
Café Lago*: You can order off the pooch menu at this spot near White Rock Lake. 9219 Garland Road, Dallas, 214-320-0726
Cafe Madrid: 4501 Travis St., Dallas, 214-528-1731
Cafe Ravenna: 1301 Main St., Dallas, 214-744-9333
Campisi's: 1520 Elm St., Dallas, 214-752-0141
Capitol Pub: 2401 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214-887-9330
Casa Milagro: 1403 E. Campbell Road, Suite 110, Richardson, 972-234-6999
Caves Lounge (inside too, when not crowded): 900 W. Division St., Arlington, 817-460-5510
Cedars Social: 1326 S. Lamar St., Dallas, 214-928-7700
Celebration*: 4503 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, 214-351-5681
Celebrity Cafe & Bakery: 5509 Colleyville Blvd., Suite 200, Colleyville, 817-498-1333
Chadra Mezza: 1622 Park Place Ave., Fort Worth, 817-924-2372
Chili's: 3230 Knox St., Dallas, 214-520-1555
Chipotle Mexican Grill: some locations, including 208 N. Market St., Dallas, 214-939-5272
Churchill's (outside fence): 100 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, 972-562-2929
City Tavern: 1402 Main St., Dallas, 214-745-1402
Clay Pit: 4460 Belt Line Road, Addison, 972-233-0111
Coffee N Cream: 190 E. Stacy Road, Suite 1408 (Village at Allen), Allen, 972-678-2626; and 120 W. Louisiana St., McKinney, 972-542-6767
Commissary: 1722 Routh St. (One Arts Plaza), Dallas, 214-643-6557
Corner Market: Dogs are also welcome in their adjoining flower/gift shop. 3426 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 214-826-8282
Costa Vida: 5615 Colleyville Blvd., Suite 390, Colleyville, 817-656-1700
Cotton Patch Cafe: 190 E. Stacy Road, Suite 1108 (Village at Allen), Allen, 972-678-4105
Cowboy Chicken: 190 E. Stacy Road, Suite 1300 (Village at Allen), Allen, 972-678-3020
Cretia's American Bar and Eatery*: 4900 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-780-0200
Dallas Chop House: 1717 Main St., Dallas, 214-736-7300
Deep Sushi: 2624 Elm St., Dallas, 214-651-1177
Dick's Last Resort (on the dock): 2211 N. Lamar St., Dallas, 214-747-0001
Dish*: 4123 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, 214-522-3474
Dodie's Cajun Diner (outside fence): 2067 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, 972-771-0004
Double Wide (except when crowded): 3510 Commerce St., Dallas, 214-887-6510
Dragonfly: 2332 Leonard St., Dallas, 214-550-9500
Dream Cafe: 2800 Routh St.*, Dallas, 214-954-0486; and 5100 Belt Line Road, Dallas, 972-503-7326
Dubliner: 2818 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 214-818-0911
Eden: Four-legged guests receive dogsicles. 4416 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, 972-267-3336
El Cayote Rojo: 308 N. Fannin St., Rockwall, 214-771-4062
El Mercado: 920 S. Pearl St. (Dallas Farmers Market), Dallas, 214-742-1740
El Potrillo de la Sandia (outside fence): 2101 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, 972-772-5100
Elbow Room: 3010 Gaston Ave., Dallas, 214-828-9488
Elevation Burger*: 8611 Hillcrest Road, Suite 195, Dallas, 214-360-0088
Eno's Pizza Tavern*: 407 N. Bishop St., Dallas, 214-943-9200
Espumoso Caffé: 408 N. Bishop Ave. #105, Dallas, 214-948-2055
Fadi's: 14902 Preston Road, Dallas, 972-934-8500
Fedora: 1722 Routh St. (One Arts Plaza), Dallas, 214-999-0009
Fireside Pies: This is another great place to sit by the fire. 2820 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214-370-3916
Fish City Grill: 2323 N. Henderson Ave., Suite 109, Dallas, 214-826-3474
Flying Fish: 5100 Belt Line Road, Dallas, 972-851-3474
Flying Saucer (except when crowded): 111 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth, 817-336-7470
Freebirds World Burrito: 190 E. Stacy Road, Suite 1400 (Village at Allen), Allen, 972-678-4040
Fuzzy's Taco Shop: most locations, including 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane*, Dallas, 214-370-8226; 5710 Rufe Snow Drive, North Richland Hills, 817-485-3899; 510 E. Abram St., Arlington, 817-265-8226; 4201 W. Green Oaks Blvd., South Arlington, 817-516-8226; and 115 Industrial St., Denton, 940-380-8226
Garden Cafe*: 5310 Junius St., Dallas, 214-887-8330
Gator's: 1714 N. Market St., Dallas, 214-748-0243
Ginger Man: 2718 Boll St.*, Dallas, 214-754-8771; 7205 Bishop Road, Suite E1 (Shops at Legacy), Plano, 469-814-8299; and 3716 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-886-2327
Gloria's: 3715 Greenville Ave.*, Dallas, 214-874-0088; 4140 Lemmon Ave.*, Dallas, 214-521-7576; (side patio) 3223 Lemmon Ave.*, Dallas, 214-303-1166; and (outside fence) 2079 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, 972-772-4088
Hacienda: 2326 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214-515-9990
Hunky's*: 4000 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, 214-522-1212
I Fratelli: all locations, including 2815 Allen St.*, Dallas, 214-720-0070
Il Cane Rosso*: 2612 Commerce St., Dallas, 214-741-1188
Iron Cactus: 1520 Main St., Dallas, 214-749-4766
Irish Rover Pub & Restaurant: 8250 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco, 214-618-6222
It's a Grind Coffee House: 2901 Indiana Blvd., Dallas, 214-954-7109; and 841 N. Tarrant Parkway #100, Keller, 817-485-0909
J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge*: 2409 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214-613-2525
Jakes: 5505 Belt Line Road, Dallas, 972-503-5253
Jason's Deli: 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 214-821-7021
JavaMeUp: 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving, 972-409-6838
Jorge's: 1722 Routh St. (One Arts Plaza), Dallas, 214-720-2211
July Alley: 2809 Elm St., Dallas, 214-744-2809
Katy Trail Ice House: 3136 Routh St., Dallas, 214-468-0600
Ketchup: 3028 N. Hall St., Dallas, 214-922-8222
La Buena Vida Vineyards: 416 E. College St., Grapevine, 817-481-9463
La Calle Doce: The food is always primo, the porch always pretty at this local favorite. 415 W. 12th St., Dallas, 214-941-4304
La Marketa Cafe: 2097 Taylor St. (Dallas Farmers Market), Dallas, 214-655-6316
Lee Harvey's: This is one of our favorite places to hang out, whether listening to live music or sitting around one of the fire pits. On Sundays they even close the gate to allow off-leash mingling. 1807 Gould St., Dallas, 214-428-1555
LightCatcher Winery: 6925 Confederate Park Road/FM1886, Fort Worth, 817-237-2626
Lily Pad: You'll find gourmet dog treats along with their “sustainable street food,” and they also serve beer and wine, with happy hours until 7 p.m. weekdays. 1920 Main St. (Main Street Garden), Dallas, 214-529-6706
Little Kitana: 4527 Travis St., Dallas, 214-443-9600
Lockhart Smokehouse (if there aren’t any tables out front, they’ll set one up for you): 400 W. Davis St., Dallas, 214-944-5521
Londoner: 2909 Thomas Ave., Dallas, 214-979-2333; and 14930 Midway Road, Addison, 972-458-2444
Love Shack: 110 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, 817-740-8812; 817 Matisse, Fort Worth, 817-348-9655; and 115 E. Hickory St., Denton, 940-442-6834
Luckie's Smokehouse: 1300 W. Davis St., Dallas, 214-943-2300
Lumi Empanada & Dumpling Kitchen*: 3407 McKinney Ave, Dallas, 214-979-2424
Luna de Noche: 2095 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, 972-772-8100
Main Street Bakery & Bistro: 7200 Bishop Road, Suite D11 (Shops at Legacy), Plano, 972-309-0404
Malai Thai-Vietnamese Kitchen (upper patio): 3699 McKinney Ave. (West Village), Dallas, 972-591-3387
Mama Mia! Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria: 2935 Elm St., Dallas, 214-744-6262
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant: 307 NorthPark Center, Dallas, 214-891-0100
McKinney Avenue Tavern: 2822 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-969-1984
Mercantile Coffeehouse (inside too, to order only): They also sell frozen yogurt, for people and pooches, at this downtown shop. 1800 Main St., Dallas, 469-248-3028
Mi Cocina: 3699 McKinney Ave.* (West Village), Dallas, 469-533-5663; and 77 Highland Park Village, Dallas, 214-521-6426
Molly Maguire's Ale House & Eatery*: 5815 Live Oak St., Dallas, 469-248-3080
Mooyah Burgers & Fries: 190 E. Stacy Road, Suite 1714 (Village at Allen), Allen, 972-678-2940
Neo Pizza Napoletana: 2340 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, 214-522-9898
Nodding Donkey: 2900 Thomas Ave., Dallas, 214-239-1990
Nova: 1417 W. Davis St., Dallas, 214-484-7123
Off the Bone Barbeque: 1734 S. Lamar St., Dallas, 214-565-9551
Ojeda's (if a table isn't ready, they'll set one up for you): 4617 Maple Ave., Dallas, 214-528-8383
Old World Sausage Co.: 1010 S. Pearl St. (Shed 2 at the Dallas Farmers Market), Dallas, 214-760-9000
Oliver's Eatery: 4727 Frankford Road, Dallas, 972-818-5445
On the Border*: 3130 Knox St., Dallas, 214-528-5900
OrangeCup: 3699 McKinney Ave. (West Village), Dallas, 214-520-2722
OT Tavern: 3606 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 864-517-9393
Pancho & Lefty's: 4808 Lakeview Parkway, Rowlett, 972-412-0071
Pantry: 214 E. Louisiana St., McKinney, 972-542-2411
Parigi (reservations recommended)*: 3311 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, 214-521-0295
Patrizio: 25 Highland Park Village, Dallas, 214-522-7878
Pearl Cup (front patio)*: 1900 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214-824-9500
Penne Pomodoro: 6815 Snider Plaza, Dallas, 214-373-9911; and 11661 Preston Road*, Dallas, 214-368-3100
Pho Colonial: 4727 Frankford Road, Suite 409, Dallas, 972-267-7466
Pinkberry: 3839 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-526-3100
Pizzeria Venti: 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane, #525, Dallas, 214-818-0820
Pooch Patio: 3811 Fairmount St., Dallas, 214-252-1550
Porch (except when all the tent flaps are down): 2912 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214-828-2916
Primo's: 3309 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-220-0510
Quarter: 15201 Addison Road, Addison, 972-788-1919
Quarter Bar: 3301 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-754-4940
Rafa's Café Mexicano: 5617 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, 214-357-2080
Reno's Chop Shop Saloon: 210 N. Crowdus St., Dallas, 214-744-1200
Rise No. 1*: 5360 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, 214-366-9900
RJ Mexican Cuisine: 1701 N. Market St., Dallas, 214-744-1420
Rocco's Pizza & Pasta: 2717 Howell St., Dallas, 214-871-9207
Rockfish Seafood Grill: 5331 E. Mockingbird Lane (Mockingbird Station), Dallas, 214-823-8444
Rock ’n’ Taco: 2916 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-740-0910
Roma Express: 1601 Main St., Dallas, 214-747-1236
Rudy's Bar-B-Q: 520 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Denton, 940-484-7839
Russo’s New York Coal Fired Italian Kitchen: 700 E. Campbell Road, Richardson, 972-235-7992
Rusty Taco: 4802 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 214-613-0508
Saint Ann: 2501 N. Harwood St., Dallas, 214-782-9807
St. John’s Wood*: 2908 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-880-1700
St. Pete's Dancing Marlin*: 2730 Commerce St., Dallas, 214-698-1511
Sammy's Bar-B-Q: 2126 Leonard St., Dallas, 214-880-9064
San Francisco Rose*: 3024 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 214-826-2020
Screen Door: 1722 Routh St. (One Arts Plaza), Dallas, 214-720-9111
Serious Pizza: 2807 Elm St., Dallas, 214-761-9999
Sfuzzi*: 2533 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-953-0300
Sol Irlandes (sidewalk tables only): 1525 Main St., Dallas, 214-744-9400
Sol's Nieto Mexican Grill*: 6434 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 214-826-5564
Sons of Hermann Hall: You and your pooch can sit inside the bar, at a table out front or in the side yard. 3414 Elm St., Dallas, 214-747-4422
Spoons Garage: 100 E. Louisiana St., McKinney, 972-548-6900
Starbucks: many locations, including 2801 Allen St.*, 3699 McKinney Ave.*, 6312 La Vista Drive, 9440 Garland Road* and 5350 W. Lovers Lane*, all in Dallas
State & Allen Lounge*: 2400 Allen St., Dallas, 214-239-1990
Stoneleigh P: 2926 Maple Ave., Dallas, 214-871-2346
Sushi Axiom: 2323 N. Henderson, Dallas, 214-828-2288
Sweetwater Grill & Tavern: 115 S. Elm St., Denton, 940-484-2888
T&P Tavern: 221 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 817-675-3757
Taco Diner*: 3699 McKinney Ave. (West Village), Dallas, 214-521-3669
Taverna: 3210 Armstrong Ave., Dallas, 214-520-9933
T-Bones Patio (previously John's Backyard Grill): 17604 Davenport Road, Dallas, 972-735-9700
TCBY Frozen Yogurt/Subway*: 6402 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 214-821-5757
Texadelphia: 5500 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 214-265-8044
Texas Land & Cattle Steak House: 3130 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, 214-526-4664
TGI Friday's: 1713 N. Market St., Dallas, 214-744-2936
Three Sheets: 3113 Ross Ave., Dallas, 214-823-3113
Tierney's Cafe & Tavern: 208 E. Main St., Lewisville, 972-353-2109
Times Ten Cellars: 6324 Prospect Ave., Dallas, 214-824-9463
TMC's Patio: 3903 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, 214-521-4205
Toulouse Cafè and Bar: The food and atmosphere are magnifique at this spot next to the Katy Trail. 3314 Knox St., Dallas, 214-520-8999
Tuk Tuk Asian Cuisine: 1520 Elm St., Dallas, 214-749-1538
Twisted Root Burger Co.: 2615 Commerce St., Dallas, 214-741-7668; 5609 SMU Blvd., Suite 102, Dallas, 214-361-2910; 730 E. Campbell Road, Suite 330, Richardson, 214-570-9999; 101 S. Oak St., Roanoke, 817-490-6628; and 232 Town Place (Village at Fairview), Fairview, 972-886-4045
Uptown Bar and Grill: 2523 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-969-9433
Uptown Pub*: 3605 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-522-5100
Urban Dog Coffee*: 2720 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, 214-219-5511
Urban Cafe and Bar: 1500 Jackson St., Dallas, 214-741-3663
Urban Taco: 3411 McKinney Ave, Dallas, 214-922-7080; and 5331 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 125 (Mockingbird Station), Dallas, 214-823-4723
Veritas Wine Room: 2323 N. Henderson Ave., Suite 103, Dallas, 214-841-9463
Vickery Park: 2810 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214-827-1432
Villa-O*: 4514 Travis St., Dallas, 214-780-1880
Village Burger Bar*: 3699 McKinney Ave. (West Village), Dallas, 214-443-9998
Vino 100*: 2909 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-969-9463
Vintner's Cellar: 4025 Preston Road, Plano, 972-378-9463
W Hotel's Living Room Bar: 2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, 214-397-4100
West End Pub: 1801 N. Lamar St. #100, Dallas, 214-748-5711
Wild About Harry's: 3113 Knox St., Dallas, 214-520-3113
Windmill Lounge: 5320 Maple Ave., Dallas, 214-443-7818
Woodlands* (side patio): 6073 Forest Lane, Dallas, 972-239-2024
Ye Olde Bull and Bush (inside too): 2300 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, 817-731-9206
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse*: Along with plenty of prime cuts, this West End spot has bones for its four-legged customers. 702 Ross Ave., Dallas, 214-744-3287
Zen Baking Co.: 2805 Main St., Dallas, 214-390-3269
Zuzu*: 4140 Abrams Road, Dallas, 214-828-2231

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