Thrillist - Dallas Slot Cars - Dallas, TX

Thrillist - Dallas Slot Cars - Dallas, TX

A labor of love from hubbie-&-wife convenience store owners, DSC takes slot cars out of the basement, and into an enthusiast's mecca, with multiple tracks, multi-class league races, purchasable vehicles, full-service parts & maintenance, even custom paint & decal jobs from "Sprays By Mac" -- also the name of a movie Macaulay Culkin doesn't want you to see. The lilliputian whips are metal-framed, flex-plastic-bodied, rubber-tire'd darts that hum like bumble bees thanks to tiny electric motors no bigger than a 9-volt battery; despite that, the cars can fly, whether it's NASCAR/Indy-look "scale" models that can hit 60MPH, or 100MPH "wing" cars -- basically curvy spoilers on wheels, or what racing purists think of Danica Patrick. The fastest track, which you must earn the right to race on, is the 155ft, 6-turn, 8-lane "King", electrified by power-conditioned 12v marine batteries and equipped with computerized lap timers accurate to 1/1000 of a second; beginners can rent scale cars to run/wreck on a smaller but still challenging oval, or go absolutely basic with the "HO" track, an up-leveled version of the classic your dad probably played with. Yes, your dad played with HOs. Sat-Sun 1-6:30pm; 9925 Garland Road; East Dallas; 214.808.6220 For the deets: http://thrl.st/i8stV7

Thrillist - Buttons - Dallas, TX

Thrillist - Buttons - Dallas, TX

In the palatial ex-Sambuca space, Buttons is a festively sexy soul-food supper & music club headed up by the owner of the smaller, same-named Fort Worth spot; the name comes from his grandma, who often called him "cute as a button" -- and it's true, reverse-aging babies are totally precious. The up-leveled Southern starts with apps like cornflour & bearnaise fried green tomatoes w/ Andouille & an over-easy egg, then moves up to signature chicken & waffles, "Old School Pot Roast", tenderloin-veal "Nacho Mama's Meatloaf", and the pasta/wine-chicken broth/spinach/artichoke heart "Big Pappi Pollo" -- so despite his statistical uptick, he's still preparing for life after baseball. Beyond 15 bottled beers and a short wine list, there are 14 signature cocktails, from the gin/lime/muddled cucumber & basil "Hendrix Experience" to the vodka/light & dark crème de cacao/Godiva chocolate/mousse-rimmed "Stevie Wonder" (blindness can be caused by diabetes). 15207 Addison Road For the deets: http://thrl.st/n6P6y7

Thrillist - Ojos Locos Sports Cantina - Dallas, TX

Thrillist - Ojos Locos Sports Cantina - Dallas, TX

Just soft-opened (grand opening's March 6) by the Twin Peaks guys, Locos is a ramshackle-industrial, monitor-mottled sports bar aiming to be a Hooters for Latin American soccer nuts, with tasty waitresses, lime-green booths, and a corrugated steel-capped island bar where direction signs promote beer consumption (if you'd get lost without them...you're already there). The menu emphasizes hand-held eats, such as beef/pork/chicken/seafood soft tacos, the tostada-fortified "Loco Burger" (w/ refrieds & habanera-onion relish), and wings in nine flavors, from sweet honey to "Locas" habanera, though if they really wanted to be locas, they'd have wings flavored like Thomas Haden Church. The copious bar offerings include spiked aguas frescas (hibiscus-tea Jamaica, sour-fruit tamarindo, barley/rice/vanilla horchata...), shots such as the "Muppet" (Squirt'd tequila; $2 on Mondays), 17 bottled beers and 8 taps, from Negra Modelo to two exclusives from Franconia ("Morena" and "Guera"); meanwhile the "pitchers" are actually spigot-tapped, soccer ball-shaped micro-kegs -- use yours to start a tipsy pickup game, and the staff'll make sure you won't have Negra to kick around anymore. 10230 E Technology Blvd; 469.733.6513 For the deets: http://thrl.st/aMhuPN

Thrillist - The Social House - Dallas, TX

Thrillist - The Social House - Dallas, TX

Food, For Eating: There're over 80 edibles to get down on, including Bock Beer Mussels (tossed with bacon, leeks, roasted garlic, and a spicy tomato broth), burgers like the Chorizo (w/ queso blanco, avocado, caramelized onions, and peppers), mesquite-wood-fired pizzas, and mains such as the III Meat Meatloaf, stuffed with beef, pork, and buffalo, giving the good people of Dallas the chance to dominate the Bills, as they've become accustomed to. 5100 Belt Line Rd; Addison; 972.392.4300 For the deets http://thrl.st/qebjPq

Thrillist - Library Bar - Dallas, TX

Thrillist - Library Bar - Dallas, TX

The Library's unleashed a woozy new chapter, with seriously Summer-friendly cocktails like the Yellow Jacket (gin, basil leaves, pineapple & lime, club soda) and Touchdown Tea: peach schnapps, iced tea, and iced tea vodka -- between singing, acting, and getting you sauced enough to appreciate his acting, is there anything that guy can't do? To get the deets: http://www.thrillist.com/bars/dallas/oak-lawn/library-bars-new-libations_great-cocktails#ixzz209AdqNbN

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