Jan Strimple, model, fashion show and event producer

Best Place to Eat: Cafe on the Green at The Four Seasons (4150 N. MacArthur Blvd. 972-717-2420). “Excellent, beautifully presented food with a good wine menu.” 

Best Place to Play:
The Fundamental Golf School (5310 W. Airport Fwy. 972-513-0004). “The caliber of instruction is incredible. It’s owned by my husband. He’s one of the leading teaching professionals. His lessons are incredible.” 

Best Place to Shop:
Asia Boutique & Saree Center (535 W. Airport Fwy. 972-255-5810). “In five years, the answer to that question will be different, but for anything Indian—jewelry, fabrics, or food—Asia Boutique & Saree Center is great. It has an unusual assortment of sarees and some of the Indian paste jewelry. It’s a great spot, great choices.”

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Chris Osserman, chef on Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown

Best Place to Eat: Jasper’s (7161 Bishop Rd. 469-229-9111). “The food is exceptional, and the atmosphere is terrific.”  Best Place to Drink: Any of the many places in The Shops at Legacy (7300 Lone Star Dr. 214-473-8880). “Wonderful atmosphere, pleasant outdoor spaces, and great people-watching.” 

Best Place to Play:
Central Market (320 Coit Rd. 469-241-8300) or Market Street (1929 Preston Rd. 972-713-5500). “It may sound strange, but for me, shopping at Central Market for unique food items is as good as a day at play gets.” 

Best Place to Shop:
The Shops at Willow Bend (6121 W. Park Blvd. 972-202-7110). “Beautiful mall, great stores.”  Wildcard: Living in Plano. “A great, well-managed city filled with great people and amenities.”

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Heath Pearce, FC Dallas, U.S. National Team

Best Place to Eat: Jinbeh (2693 Preston Rd. 214-619-1200). “They have really great sushi, and really great specials each week. Anytime I’m looking for consistency and a great meal I go there.” 

Best Place to Drink:
The Londoner (5454 Main St., Ste. 123. 214-618-5025). “It just opened, but they have a large drink selection, and a good atmosphere. It’s a fun place to go, and they have a lot of drink specials and that sort of thing.”  

Best Place to Shop:
The Stonebriar Centre Mall (2601 Preston Rd. 972-668-6255). “Decent selection of stores and shops, and a couple of boutique-type shops that don’t carry stuff other people are carrying.”

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Dan Henry, chief meteorologist at FOX 4

Best Places to Eat: Truluck’s (1420 Plaza Pl. 817-912-0500). “It’s a place you can go and have a romantic dinner, but by the same token, you can go out with friends and have a few drinks.”  Jersey Mike’s Subs (410 W. Southlake Blvd. 817-488-9090). “I like their Italian sandwich and their club sandwich—I usually get it Mike’s way.”

Best Place to Drink:
The patio at Brio Tuscan Grille (1431 Plaza Pl. 817-310-3136). “They have a nice outdoor area that overlooks the town square. It’s a popular spot.” 

Best Place to Play:
Southlake Town Square has everything—nice shopping, a nice theater, really great restaurants. It’s all there. It’s the central focal point of Southlake. They’ve got great festivals there, and concerts are there all the time.”

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Greg Harvey, Rockwall-Heath High School head baseball coach

Best Place to Eat: L Trevino’s (2555 Ridge Rd. 972-771-1406). “I love Mexican food. Their chips and hot sauce are about as good as it gets. It has also become a tradition for me as a baseball coach to eat there before games.”  Best Place to Drink: Harvey is not allowed to drink alcohol in Rockwall, so he picked Primo’s Tex-Mex Grille (4861 Bass Pro Dr., Garland. 972-226-8100). “They have an outdoor patio area that overlooks the lake.” 

Best Place to Play: Shenaniganz (1290 E. I-30. 972-722-1133). “They have a little bit of everything—bowling, video games, TV screens to watch sports, and it has a really neat atmosphere.” 

Best Place to Shop:
Rockwall Sports Center (579 E. I-30. 972-772-3054). “I know the owners there. They’re great people there and really cater to your needs.”