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The Best Of SMU and Park Cities 2010

The Best Of SMU and Park Cities 2010

 

More than 600 readers participated in our online survey to find the “Best Of” in the SMU/Park Cities area. Unless otherwise designated, all picks are those of the readers.

 

The Best Of:

 

Campus

 
Best Place to Find Guys, Best Gym, & Best Way to Spend an Hour on Campus
Dedman Center
In addition to normal exercise facilities, Dedman Rec Center sports a climbing wall, a tanning pool, and several racquetball courts. Its hours are flexible, allowing everyone to blow off steam on the treadmill every once in a while. It’s also a great place to meet new, extremely fit friends.
 
Best Male SMU Athlete
Kyle Padron
A true freshman from Southlake Carroll High School, Padron was originally red shirted by head coach June Jones when he entered SMU. Padron was forced into action when starting quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was injured against the University of Houston. As a starter, Padron went 5-1, including his dominating victory in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.
 
Best Female SMU Athlete
Kaitlyn Edison
A sophomore midfielder on the SMU women s soccer team, Edison hails from Katy, Texas, and attended Cinco Ranch High School. As a freshman, she started all 20 games and led the team in assists. As a sophomore, Edison improved her play and was named to the All C-USA second-team at the end of the year. In all the conference games that the Mustangs played in 2009, Edison only missed 9 minutes of action.
 
Best Residence Hall Overall & Best Residence Hall for Shut-ins
Reader’s Pick: Virginia Snider
“I’m not surprised that it was voted over all dorm because anybody can find what they are looking for because there are so many different kinds of people,” Virginia-Snider resident assistant Alex Ehmke said. Virginia-Snider, SMU’s Honor’s Community and one of the largest dorms on campus, features four floors and three different lounges. The ground floor is for fun, the second floor is for group study and the third floor is for silent study. Maybe the reason that it was voted the best residents all for shut-ins is because it s so awesome that nobody wants to leave!
Staff Pick, Best Residence Hall Overall: McElvaney Hall
Staff Pick, Best Residence Hall for Shut-ins: Mary Hay Hall
 
Best Sculpture
The Mustangs
Situated in Mustang Plaza, the Mustangs are the only sculpture on campus that depict SMU s mascot. Artist Miley Frost created the three 11-foot bronze statues that make up the statue. Real estate developer John W. Carpenter III commissioned the sculpture for his wife, Cele Slaughter Briscoe Carpenter ( 78) for their 25th wedding anniversary.
 
Best Landscaping Feature
Trees on the Boulevard
Perhaps the most notable and picturesque landscape on the SMU campus is The Boulevard. The trees line the main entrance to SMU and shade the SMU community during The Boulevard tailgating before each home football game. This landscaping feature is part of SMU s award winning landscape design and is a prominent feature in SMU promotional photos.
 
Best Professor
Rick Halperin
Halperin is best known as the face of SMU s Human Rights Program. But Halperin has also served as chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. In 2008, Halperin was the recipient of the National Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs s National Faculty Award. He has been a longtime advocate for human rights and frequently takes groups on human rights educational trips.
 
Best SMU Tradition, Best Campus Event & Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners
The Boulevard
The success of the SMU football team has varied throughout the years, but that doesn t stop the SMU community when it comes to The Boulevard. Held on The Boulevard (hence the name) before each home football game, the picnics and festivities drawn a multitude of students, faculty, staff and alumni.
 
Best Fraternity
No. 1 Sigma Phi Epsilon  19%  of the total vote
No. 2 Pi Kappa Alpha  13% of the total vote
No. 3 Sigma Alpha Epsilon  12% of the total vote
 
Best Sorority
No. 1 Kappa Alpha Theta   19% of the total vote
No. 2 Gamma Phi Beta  13% of the total vote
No. 3 Delta Delta Delta  12% of the total vote
 
Best place to sit and hang out with friends
Varsity in Hughes Trigg
Staff Pick: Java City
 
Best place to study
Readers and Staff Pick: Fondren Library
 
Best place to park your car
Readers’ Pick: Binkley Garage
Staff Pick: Airline Garage
 
Best place to sleep on-campus
Readers’ Pick: My residence hall room
Staff Pick: grass on the Main Quad
 
Best on-campus hideaway
Readers  Pick: Study cubicles in Fondren Library
Staff Pick: Tunnel system under campus
 
Best residence hall for social butterflies
Readers  and Staff Pick: Boaz Hall
 
Best residence hall for first-years
Readers  Pick: Boaz Hall
Staff Pick: McElvaney
 
Best campus office
Readers  Pick: Student Activities & Multicultural Student Affairs (SAMSA)
 
Best view of campus
Readers  and Staff Pick: From steps of Dallas Hall looking south toward downtown Dallas
 
Best campus building exterior
Readers  and Staff Pick: Dallas Hall
 
Best campus building interior
Readers  and Staff Pick: Blanton Student Services Building
 
Best fountain  
Readers  and Staff Pick: Fountain in Main Quad
 
Best construction project
Readers  and Staff Pick: George W. Bush Library
 
Best quad
Readers  and Staff Pick: Main Quad
 
Best place to find girls
Readers  and Staff Pick: Sorority Row
 
Best place to propose marriage
Readers  and Staff Pick: Steps of Dallas Hall
 
Best reason to go to an SMU football game
Readers  and Staff Pick: Watch the game
 
Best reason to go to an SMU men’s basketball game
Readers  and Staff Pick: Cheer for the Mustangs
 
Best reason to go to an SMU women’s basketball game
Readers  and Staff Pick: Cheer for the Mustangs
 
Best SMU sport to watch outside of football/basketball
Readers  and Staff Pick: Men s Soccer
 
Best SMU sports venue
Readers  and Staff Pick: Gerald J. Ford Stadium
 
Best SMU coach
Readers  Pick: June Jones
 
Best first-year memory
Readers  and Staff Pick: R
esidence Hall
 
Best mascot
Readers  and Staff Pick: Peruna
 
Best fraternity event
Readers  Pick: Phi Delt Casino Night
 
Best sorority event
Readers  Pick: Delta Gamma Anchor Splash
 
Best non-Greek campus organization
Readers  Pick: Student Senate
 
Best student publication
Readers  Pick: The Muddler
Staff Pick: The Daily Campus
 
Best source for SMU news
Readers  and Staff Pick: The Daily Campus
 

 

Food and Dining

Best Barbaque
Peggy Sue BBQ
Peggy Sue BBQ opened in 1989 on the basis of a fondly remembered tradition of barbeque,  according to the Web site. With an ambiance reminiscent of the 1950 s, Peggy Sue prides itself on offering beef brisket totally stripped of excess fat as well as hand-trimmed baby back and pork ribs. Fresh, lightly steamed vegetables and a salad bar are offered as compliments alongside the barbeque dinners. 6600 Snider Plaza, Dallas, Texas 75205; (214) 987-9188; www.peggysuebbq.com.
 
Best Chicken, Best Comfort Food
Bubba’s
Bubba’s first opened in 1981 after transforming a 1927 Texaco service station into the Art Deco-styled restaurant. Bubba s serves southern-style home cooking via drive-thru, sit-down and catering services. Some of the venue s most popular items are it s fried chicken, chicken fried steak, fried chicken tenders, and fried catfish. It also offers a large breakfast selection from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. seven days per week. 6617 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75205; (214) 373-6527; www.bubbascatering.org
 
Best Chicken (Staff Pick)
Pluckers
Pluckers first hatched in the summer of 1995 on the basis that Austin, TX needed more wing restaurants that offered sit-down, take-out and catering services. As of today, Pluckers menu consists of 16 different wing sauces and plate sizes ranging from 5 pieces (For Chicks & Whimps ) to 100 pieces (The Mother Plucker ). With a bustling atmosphere and late hours, Pluckers quickly became a college favorite.
5500 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75206; (214) 363-9464;
pluckers.com.
 
Best Mexican Food
Readers  and Staff Pick: Chuy s
Dallas has a lot of Mexican restaurants, but Chuy s holds a special place in SMU students  hearts. The food is great, the dÈcor is fun (if a little cheesy), and the menu is affordable. Its location between campus and downtown makes it a great place to take a date or grab dinner with some friends before a night on the town.
 
Best Cookies/Cupcakes
JD’s Chippery
 
Best on-campus eatery
Readers and Staff: Einsteins Bagels
 
Best breakfast
Readers Pick: Breadwinner’s
3301 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204; (214) 754-4940; breadwinnerscafe.com
Staff Pick: Cafe Brazil, multiple locations
 
Best Chinese Food
Readers Pick: P.F. Chang’s, multiple locations
Staff Pick: WaiWai Kitchen
3020 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas; (214) 368-9494
 
Best Thai Food
Readers and Staff Pick: Royal Thai Palace
5500 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 691-3555
royalthaitexas.com
 
Best steakhouse
Readers Pick: Nick & Sam’s
3008 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 871-7444
nick-sams.com
Staff Pick: Bob’s Steak & Chop House
4300 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 528-9446
 
Best vegetarian
Readers Pick: Zoe’s
6800 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 987-1020; zoeskitchen.com
Staff Pick: Cosmic Cup Cafe
2912 Oak Lawn Ave. Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 521)-6157
 
Best seafood
Readers and Staff Pick: Pappadeaux’s
Multiple locations
 
Best sushi
Readers Pick: Sushi Kyoto
6429 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-9991
Staff Pick: Blue Fish
3519 Greenvill Ave., Dallas
(214) 824-3474
thebluefishsushi.com
 
Best sandwich
Readers and Staff Pick: Jimmy John’s
6411 Hillcrest Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 526-4782
jimmyjohns.com
 
Best salad
Readers Pick: La Madeleine
3072 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 696-0800
lamadeleine.com
Staff Pick: Zoe’s
6800 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 987-1020
zoeskitchen.com
 
Best new restaurant
Readers and Staff Pick: Vapiano’s
5319 East Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206-5107
(214) 887-1557
vapianointernational.com
 
Best meal deal
Readers Pick: Taco Bell, multiple locations
Staff Pick: Wendy’s, multiple locations
 
Best restaurant to take a date
Readers and Staff Pick: Patrizio’s
25 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205-2789
(214) 522-7878
patrizios.net
 
Best place to eat after midnight
Readers and Staff Pick: Cafe Brazil
Multiple locations
 
Best food to grab in 15 minutes or less
Readers and Staff Pick: Einsteins Bagels
Multiple locations
 
Best pizza
Readers Pick (tie): Papa John’s, multiple locations;
Piggy Pies,
5315 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 696-9200
piggiepiespizza.com
Staff Pick: Piggie Pies
 
Best ice cream / frozen yogurt
Readers and Staff Pick: Yumilicious
3800 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 521-7888
yogi-licious.com
 
Best dessert
Readers and Staff Pick: Cheesecake Factory
Multiple locations
 
Best coffeehouse
Readers and Staff Pick: Starbucks
 
Best beer
Readers and Staff Pick: Shiner
 
Best beer selection
Readers Pick: The Ginger Man
2718 Boll Street, Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 754-8771
gingermanpub.com
Staff Pick: Barley House
5612 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-0306
barleyhouse.com
 
 

Market

Best Grocery Store, Best Organic Store, Best Flower Store
Central Market
The grocery has a reputation for providing the freshest and highest quality in produce, organic and health food, and just about every other cooking item imaginable. Just a short drive from campus, Central Market has long been a go-to spot for SMU students who want to grab a quick bite after class or feel inspired to cook themselves a gourmet meal.
5750 East Lovers Ln.; (214) 234-7000

 

Best Place for Your Parents to Stay
Hotel Lumen
Just across Hillcrest from the SMU campus, the Hotel Lumen s location and trendy but cozy atmosphere make it the perfect place for your parents to stay while visiting for a weekend. Your parents will love getting a glass of wine at Social, the bar and restaurant tucked behind the lobby. They ll also enjoy special SMU rates and the fact that the family pet is welcome!
6101 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205; (214) 219-2400
 
Best Movie Theater (Staff Pick)
The Angelika
Built in 2001, the Angelika quickly became a staple among Dallas-area art fans. This movie theater is dedicated to showing independent and specialty films. It features stylish decor that keeps up with its artsy vibe. Each theater is equipped with digital sound, wall-to-wall screens and stadium seating, which makes for the perfect movie-going experience. The theater also features a cafe and lounge, and it frequently hosts film festivals and discussion groups to raise awareness about independent filmmakers.
 
Best Movie Theater
NorthPark AMC 15
AMC in NorthPark Mall, 8687 North Central Expressway
(214) 265-7138
amcentertainment.com
 
Best off-campus student housing
Readers Pick: Mockingbird Station
Staff Pick: The Carlyle
 
Best women’s fashion store
Readers and Staff Pick: Mockingbird Station
 
Best men’s fashion store
Readers and Staff Pick: Mockingbird Station
 
Best place to find clothes cheap
Readers and Staff Pick: Buffalo Exchange
3424 Greenville Ave.
(214) 826-7544
buffaloexchange.com
 
Best place to buy dorm room furnishings & Best place to buy student supplies
Readers  and Staff Pick: Target
Cityplace Market
2417 Haskell Ave.
(214) 826-0331
target.com
 
Best cleaners
Readers and Staff Pick: Mustang Laundry
(888) 590-9274
universitylaundry.com
 
Best hair salon for girls & Best place to get a facial
Readers and Staff Pick: Avalon
6632 Snider Plaza
(214) 750-5667
avalon-salon.com
 
Best barber shop for guys
Readers and Staff Pick: Willy’s Hair Salon
Hughes-Trigg Student Center
(214) 368-0921
 
Best bookstore
Readers Pick (tie):  SMU Bookstore
3060 Mockingbird
(214) 768-2435
Half-Price Books
5803 E. Northwest Highway
(214) 379-8000
Staff Pick: Half-Price Books
 
Best bike shop
Readers and Staff Pick: Bicycles Plus
7015 Snider Plaza
(214) 363-2025
bicyclesplustx.com
 
Best outdoor activity
Readers Pick: Running/walking around SMU campus
Staff Pick: Biking on the Katy Trail
 
Best sporting goods store
Readers and Staff Pick: Dick’s Sporting Goods
8030 Park Lane
(214) 696-5800
dickssportinggoods.com
 
Best museum
Readers and Staff Pick: Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood
(214) 922-1200
dm-art.org
 
Best computer store
Readers and Staff Pick: Apple Store
8687 North Central Expressway
(214) 765-0820
apple.com
 
Best place to buy electronics
Readers and Staff Pick: Best Buy
Multiple locations
 
Best bank
Readers and Staff Pick: Chase Bank
6517 Hillcrest
(214) 360-3170
 
Best convenience store
Readers and Staff Pick: 7-Eleven (#25170)
6229 Hillcrest Road
(214) 522-8355
 
Best movie rental
Readers Pick: Blockbuster
6437 Hillcrest
(214) 526-8700
Staff Pick: Netflix
netflix.com
 
Best place to buy music
Readers and Staff Pick: iTunes
itunes.com
 
Best cell phone service
Readers and Staff Pick: AT&T
att.com
 
Best tanning salon
Readers and Staff Pick: Palm Beach Tan
5330 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 654-0512
palmbeachtan.com
 
Best massage therapy
Readers Pick: Hotel Palomar
5300 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 520-7969
hotelpalomar-dallas.com
Staff Pick: Massage Envy
3699 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 522-2727
massageenvy.com
 
Best manicure/pedicure
Readers and Staff Pick: Park Cities Nail & Spa
6621 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 346-5311
 
Best doctor
Readers Pick: SMU Health Center  
 
Best pharmacy
Readers and Staff Pick: CVS on Mockingbird
3012 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 363-5525
cvs.com
 
Best dentist
Readers Pick: Highland Park Dental
6727 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 521-3730
 
Best eye doctor
Readers Pick: Uptown Vision
2504 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 953-3937
uptownvisiondallas.com
Staff Pick: Dr. Rodney Schpok
5622 E Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75206
 
Best pet store
Readers and Staff Pick: PetSmart
Multiple locations
 
Best car dealer
Readers and Staff Pick: Sewell
Multiple locations
 
 
 

 

Scene

Best Movie from the School Year
The Hangover
The Hangover was the blockbuster hit of last summer, and because of its recent release on DVD, the movie is still busting guts. It tells the tale of a group of guys traveling to Vegas to celebrate a bachelor party that end up misplacing the groom-to-be after a night that they can’t remember. Through such shenanigans as returning a stolen tiger to Mike Tyson, finding a nude man in the trunk of their car and returning a baby to its mother, the groomsmen attempt to track down their long lost friend.
 
Best bar
Readers Pick: Homebar
5612 Yale Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 750-6625
Staff Picks: Ozona’s Bar & Grill
4615 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 265-9105
ozonagrill.com
 
Best bartender
Readers and Staff Pick: Barley House
5612 SMU Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-0306
barleyhouse.com
 
Best live music venue
Readers and Staff Pick: House of Blues
2200 North Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 7
5202
(214) 978-4800
hob.com
 
Best club for under-21s
Readers Pick: Lost Society
2008 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206-7124
(214) 823-9600
lostsocietydallas.com
 
Best club for over-21s
Readers Pick: Lizard Lounge
2424 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204-5834
(214) 826-4768
thelizardlounge.com
 
Best Happy Hour drink deal
Readers and Staff Pick: Monday: $1 Margarita’s at Ozona’s
4615 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206-5009
(214) 265-9105
ozonagrill.com
 
Best cocktail
Readers Pick and Staff Pick: Mattito’s Rumbarita
3011 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201-1300
(214) 526-8181
mattitos.com
 
Best margarita
Readers and Staff Pick: Bandito’s Tex Mex & Cantina
6615 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205-1312
(214) 750-6100
banditos-dallas.com
 
Best form of instant communication
Readers and Staff Pick: Text messaging
 
Best viral video
Readers Pick: David after the dentist
Staff Pick: Susan Boyle singing
 
Best movie classic
Readers and Staff Pick: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  
 
Best TV Show
Readers and Staff Pick: Glee
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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