Living in Dallas: Wes Dowden’s Tips & Tricks

Our leasing teams hold the key to an untapped wealth of knowledge. When you need to know where to go in Dallas, UDR team members know the way. We caught up with Wesley Dowden, the Community Director at the apartment community, Thirty377 for his tips and tricks for enjoying the area.

What are the top three restaurants you would recommend to new residents?

Food_HamburgersWD: Best Tex Mex is Mia’s Tex-Mex Restaurant. It might be the hot pink walls that cast an eerie glow down on your plate, or the Pitbull playing on the sound system, but something gives Mia’s a kitschy appeal. You can’t be a true Texan without at least one steakhouse. Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse serves a broad array of cuts with focused, friendly, professional service. If you have a fondness for flavors past, you’ll love The Porch‘s versions of sloppy Joes and classic Caesar salad.

Best after work happy hour near the property?

Dallas_TX_2014_NBH049_MLBWD: Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. Every night from 4 to 7 p.m. in the V Lounge, supremely delicious food in really good portions can be had for a song! Not to mention, there’re $5 specialty cocktail deals. There is NOTHING bad about this HH, y’all

What is the most romantic place to see or dine at near the property?

WD: Without a doubt, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. Located in Reunion Tower, this restaurant continues to draw crowds. Yes, it’s gimmicky, but when you’re sitting in a rotating restaurant with spectacular views of downtown, you have to have fun. The sushi menu rises above other spots in town, and the dragon roll stuffed with tempura shrimp, asparagus, cucumber, and barbecued eel is one of the highlights.

Where should families with young children go to enjoy a day or evening in your neighborhood?

Dallas_Perot_MuseumWD: Dallas is actually a very family-friendly town, full of tons of parks, museums and attractions that are geared toward children. If you want to slip in some good ‘ole education in your Dallas adventure, take your kids to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Located on the eastern shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden features 66 acres of blooming flower beds, manicured lawns and lush trees. They also host a number of special events and festivals and makes a great stop for a scenic picnic. For some more outdoor fun, the Dallas Zoo and Klyde Warren Park are great options. 

Need a gift to impress. Where’s the place to shop?

Dallas_TX_2014_NBH169_MLBWD: NUVO relocated to Oak Lawn to a slightly cozier space. But it still offers a handsome inventory of barware, watches, glass art objects, and cheeky novelties. And, yes, Nuvo still carries Acme Studio branded pens, wallets, money clips, and more; it’s the largest collection in the country. Rio Ritz  women’s boutique is affordable, and has a trendy bohemian vibe, plus wine is offered all the time. Best places to shop for jewlery- Elements, Rare Gems of India, and Eye on the Sparrow Designs. I’m also a huge fan of the Neiman Marcus Flag Ship Store Downtown. 

Tell us a bit more about yourself?Wes Dowden

WD: I have lived in Dallas for 8 years, in Uptown – the heart of Dallas! I’m a Louisiana native who is accustomed to delicious food, and I have found myself able to enjoy the mix of fine & casual dining that Uptown has to offer. The list of choices never seem to end!  I appreciate The Katy Trail, White Rock Lake, Concert Venues, and amazing shopping all within a few minutes of home in Uptown.

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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