If it's your first time in the Dallas area, these spots will capture the true Texas spirit.

Truck Yard. A great bar with a large outdoor area. Live music on  weekends. Food trucks serve up food. Local beers on tap. Located in the Lower Greenville neighborhood. Stop for a drink and food, then get dessert at nearby Steel City Pops.

Rodeo Goat. First opened in Forth Worth, the latest outpost boasts a great outdoor area alongside the Katy Trail. Some of the best, most creative burgers in Dallas. More good local beers too.

Reunion Tower. You can pay for admission during operating hours. However, come right at 5:00pm when Wolfgang Puck's restaurant, Five Sixty, opens atop the tower. Take the elevator up, grab a drink at their lounge during happy hour and enjoy the sweeping views. After drinks, drive over to Trinity Groves. This unique incubator of restaurant concepts has produced some of the best new dining experiences in Dallas including Casa Rubia.

Pioneer Plaza and the Dallas Farmers' Market. First stop to see the famous longhorn sculptures up close. Less than a mile away you'll find the daily farmers' market. Our current favorite vendor is Italian pastry purveyor Palmieri Cafe. Finish with lunch at Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum. Pro tip: If you're ordering more than 5 pounds of meat, you can bypass the line and head straight inside to the line by the bar. Deep Ellum also has a vibrant nightlife. Or if you're in the mood for shopping, head to the historic district and visit Wild Bill's Western Store. The owner has a vast selection of boots, hats and western gear.