In all the years I’ve lived in the Dallas area, yesterday was my first trip to Southlake. I met my friend, Red, there for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. We’ve both been in a funk and needed to get out of the house, but weren’t up for a full-swing social event with the whole gang. So, it being daylight, I was brave enough to venture down the road less travelled.
The restaurant is located in the Southlake Town Square, which is a nice little area of shops all laid out like a little town of its own, back when streets were lined with shops instead of the giant malls and shopping centers we’re used to today. Not exactly square though, don’t let the name deceive you. It’s similar to what they have recently built in Garland at the Firewheel Town Center. It’s a nice concept, but with the year-round Texas heat, it’s really only truly enjoyable on a cool day or evening. But it’s great for running into a particular store without having to deal with the crowds or parking at the malls.
After lunch, we walked around for a little while, not really to shop, since neither of us can afford that these days. I had seen the neat red brick Town Hall building when I drove in, and really wanted to get some photos of it, so we ended up walking there. It was super bright, mid-afternoon sun…not the ideal time for photos, but I was there and I had my camera, so I had to at least give it a shot.
Definitely not a good time for photos with all that harsh light, but worth a return visit sometime in the evening light….when it isn’t so freaking hot outside, too!
It was good to get out of the house and out of hermit mode for a few hours. Red and I are going to have to force each other to do that until this latest funk passes for both of us.