(972) 386-4800.
if you're looking for a biz hotel in popular north dallas that won't put a dent in your expense account, look no further than this plain-jane but newly renovated property. bonus: it's within walking distance of more than two dozen restaurants.

cooper guest lodge hotel spa & conference center
(800) 444-5187.
the 62 rooms here are situ-
ated on 30 parklike acres complete with jogging trails and duck ponds. even better is the fact that you get
access to one of the nation's top health facilities.

the stoneleigh hotel
(214) 871-7111.
built in 1923, this cozy dallas hotel oozes old-world charm in an uptown location.


(214) 559-3111.
abacus is where dallasites go when they want to see and be seen. but it's the unmatched service and chef kent rathbun's eclectic cuisine (we guess you could call it asian with mediterranean, cajun, southwestern, and american influences) that keep them coming back.

la duni latin café
(214) 520-7300.
at this latin american outpost, we recommend you start with a refreshing margarinha (a tasty twist on the margarita), then savor an entree such as tender picanha steak accentuated by chimichurri mojo salsas. but the sin qua non is the cuatro leches cake. you've never tasted anything so rich and so wonderful.

(817) 921-5582.
if you're counting calories, don't even drive down the 1800 block of eighth avenue in south fort worth, because the smell of massey's huge chicken-fried steaks, homemade pies, and other finger-lickin'-good offerings will prove much too tempting.

(214) 528-8383.
for the obligatory tex-mex fix, not