Just in time for summer, The Exchange Hall at the AT&T Discovery District is now open to the public. Owned by AT&T, the food hall will house 16 eateries featuring some well-known Dallas restaurants and chefs. As one of the newest things to enjoy in Downtown Dallas, a visit to the district is a must – here's how to make your outing a great one!
Pregame your options.
With 16 options on the lineup, it can be hard to pick just one! Choices include everything from tacos at Revolver Taco and burgers at Bobbers to coastal cuisine at The Dock and Mediterranean street food from Baboushi. If you're looking for something familiar, Zalat (pizza) and Monkey King Noodle Co. (Chinese street food) will hit the spot. Dessert is covered too. Dallas favorite Val's Cheesecake is serving up its famous family favorites, while La Duni and Press Waffle Co. bring additional sweet flavors.
Make parking a breeze.
Valet is available seven days per week from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. weeknights and 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. weekends. Additionally, there is plenty of parking in the public garage at 1212 Jackson St.; it offers free guest parking after 4 p.m. on weekdays, and all day Saturdays and Sundays. Just grab validation from any restaurant at the AT&T Discovery District before you head back to your car!
Divide and conquer.
For a taste of everything, come with a group and have each person order at different stalls. Whoever gets their food first can grab a table (indoor or outdoor – there is plenty of space!) and hold down the fort until everyone is ready to chow down.
Skip the lunch rush.
The AT&T Discovery District is home to the headquarter offices for AT&T and with four office buildings in close vicinity, its employee base is often the first in line for lunch each day. Arriving just before the lunch rush or right after will help avoid the lines – but even with lines, all stalls seem to be properly prepped for excited visitors.
Find the vegetarian/vegan options.
We spotted several vegan options on the various stalls' menus. Standout menu items include stir fry dishes at Monkey King Noodle Co., as well as an Impossible patty melt at Rise & Thyme. At Baboushi, we spotted a few menu items marked as vegetarian-friendly too. Look for others while you're here!
Don't forget your drinks!
If you grab a fountain drink with your order, head to the soda station to fill up. Or if you need a cocktail, stop by the bar downstairs for something with a kick. Additionally, the hall's second floor is home to Hard Shake – another option for hand-crafted cocktails as well as two more dining options.
Get a taste of Disney.
Mickey's biggest fans will be pleased to see a Dole Whip on the Bobbers menu! Stop by the burger joint for the pineapple, coconut and vanilla treat. Bonus: the whip is also vegan!