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A TBRU Dallas Preview: Be sure to dine in the Gay Area

If you are headed to Dallas for Texas Bear Round Up in a few weeks, of course you will have lotsa fun.  But don’t forget to check out the gay section of town, known as Cedar Springs, where bars like The Round Up and JRs are located.

And while you are in Cedar Springs, here are some places where I have dined where I think you will enjoy the food!

Crickles & Co.

Across the street from Hunky’s (see below) at the Texas gay intersection of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton, this breakfast place opens early. It’s the new kid in town, serving fresh biscuits, fresh-cut potatoes, and all kinds of fresh foods for those who want to Lyft or Uber it when you don’t want another hotel buffet meal. (Follow the links to find more information on each of these places.)

Uncle Julio’s

Just as barbeque is the food of Texas, so is Mexican.  Serving some of the best of Cedar Springs, Uncle Julio’s is authentic, so be sure to drink plenty of milk (never water) – or a frozen strawberry margarita – and bring your Gas-X.  It’s a few long blocks from Cedar Springs but there is valet parking. 

Street’s Fine Chicken

Across the street from The Round Up, this is where the old Black-Eyed Pea used to be.  They serve a great breakfast and lunch.  All your Southern favorites with just enough Gay pinches and seasonings to make you feel like you are at home with your Lesbian aunts or your favorite Gay uncles. If you go on the weekend, be sure to get there right when they open at 10 a.m.  They do not take reservations (you can be hungover, but they ask you to be somewhat intelligible).

Eatzi’s Deli

This is a place where you can grab something great-tasting and go.  Sure, it ain’t cheap, but you will be amazed at what you can get, including wine and beer (they can help you select something).  The main theme is Italian, and during the lunch hour, it can get a little crowded. But for those who don’t want a casserole or a burger, this is your stop (careful, parking is precious).

And, of course


This must-dine of Dallas has been on the Gay corner forever, only now they are working a different side of the same corner. Serving the biggest, thickest meat in town, you can stop in just about any time and get fed, get full, see your Bear friends – and go shopping for underwear, lube, greeting cards while supporting the local businesses that keep Gay Dallas going. 

And in case you forget to eat until late (Bears forgetting to eat? Really??), there are food trucks in the area, and they serve some great grub. I think it’s cash only for these smaller vendors, though.  

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