Spending 4 days in Dallas with my 15 year old daughter for a cheer competition. We would love to find some hole in the wall places to eat near the convention center, preferably BBQ.
Hey Ali! I think you guys would dig this place called Cafe Brazil. It's the kind of place you can coffee/breakfast at all hours. It's open really late, might be 24 hours. It's a little... hmmm... quirky i guess. It's low key and you could role in there wearing sweats if you wanted some easy for a group. There is one close to you in the part of town called Deep Ellum, which is kind of the artsy/music area of Dallas. It's a little gritty too. There is a BBQ near there as well called Pecan Lodge which i've heard good things about too, but I personally haven't been yet.
You can follow Brew's tip and go check out Peggy Sue BBQ which is a short drive, but that's where I spent a lot time while at SMU. You could check out the campus too (not a bad idea with a bunch of 15 yr olds :)) Just behind Peggy Sue is little shopping area called Snider Plaza. If you're up there you'll be in one of the nicer neighborhoods in Dallas.
Have fun!! And good luck!!
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Its no super close, (about 10 or 15 minute drive), but I love Peggy Sue BBQ, which is right next to the SMU campus (a cool place to explore). Brisket sandwiches (chopped or sliced are fantastic).