|Plato Ibérico from Café Madrid|
|The Wave by Santiago Calatrava|
To commemorate the grand opening of the new building, Spanish avant-garde architect Santiago Calatrava designed a sculpture that you can see along Bishop Boulevard: a series of 129 bronze beams go up and down, staggered one after the other to create a “wave” effect. Calatrava also designed the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge spanning the Trinity River just outside of downtown Dallas.
|St. Francis Kneeling in Meditation by El Greco|
Strolling through the museum’s halls takes around an hour, so it’s not an exhausting undertaking like visiting Spain’s Prado is. Coincidentally enough, though, the Spanish word prado means “meadow,” which just so happened to be the last name of the museum’s generous benefactor.
How to get there: The Meadows Museum is on the campus of SMU in University Park, a tiny enclave of Dallas proper at the intersection of US-75 (Central Expressway) and Mockingbird Lane. It’s easy to get to via the Red, Orange, and Blue light rail DART lines, and Mockingbird Station has a shuttle (#743) that connects the train station, the museum, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
|Galician tetilla cheese|
Like, those four vegetarian croquetas in the picture above? EIGHT dollars. They would have cost three, maybe four euros in Spain—or they would have been free with a drink. And I understand that the meat-heavy plato ibérico might be a little pricey due to import costs, but charging $5 for a piece-of-pie-sized slice of Spanish tortilla? I could buy a 10-lb. bag of potatoes, a 2 1/2 dozen eggs, and several onions at Walmart and make six whole tortillas for $10.
Anyways, the priciness aside, Café Madrid does make legit Spanish food—just be aware that this is a $$ restaurant.
How to get there: Café Madrid is located at 4501 Travis Street, Dallas, TX 75205, a few blocks west of US-75 and a short drive south from SMU. The 521 bus passes through this neighborhood on its way between the Mockingbird and City Place/Uptown DART light rail stations.
Sangría Tapas and Bar
How to get there: Sangría Tapas and Bar is located at 4524 Cole Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205, just around the corner from Café Madrid. The 521 bus stops a few yards away from the restaurant, so you’re good to go!
Have you ever tried Spanish food in America? Was it terrific or terrible? Tell me how you fared in the discussion below!
For more pictures, check out my album on Flickr.