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D Magazine August 2021

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The 2021 Best of Big D

Say hello to our 20th edition. Here are 172 ways to support our favorite local places and people during this critical time for small businesses.


Arboretum Koi Pond
Arts & Entertainment

The Things You Must Do in Dallas This August

Outdoor movies, discounted Arboretum trips, anime at the modern, and a play in a basement—there is plenty to do this month.
Denton Court House
Arts & Entertainment

How to Spend a Day in Denton

Borrow our notes on the best little college town in Texas.
Trinity River Dallas
Local News

Harold Simmons Park Is Under Water

In 2016, the park along the Trinity levees seemed right around the bend. But the river (and the Army Corps) had other plans. It now won’t come to fruition for years.
By Peter Simek
Cady Elredy

Texas’ First Hijabi Model Is a Dallas Native

Cady Elredy went from Parkland nursing assistant to Dubai billboard star. She has never been truer to herself.
By Amina Khan
Borges Meridian Bread Course
Food & Drink

Meridian’s Modern Brazilian Is a Gift for Dallas Diners

Junior Borges opened Uchi and cooked at FT33. At Meridian, he is finally speaking in his own voice.
Eataly Dallas Caffe Lavazza
Food & Drink

Do as the Eatalians Do: A Handy Guide to Eataly Dallas

More than a store, NorthPark’s newest addition is a whole lifestyle. Here is everything you need to navigate the three-story pasta paradise.
Bois Darc Spillway

North Texas Has Built Another Lake to Slake its Thirst

The 60-mile straw leads straight from Fannin County to McKinney. Drink up.
By Jonny Auping
Gem Summer Camp

The Forgotten Daughters of Imprisoned Mothers

Dallas attorney Brittany Barnett fights for unjustly imprisoned women and their children left behind.