Del’s: Lowkey, High Qual Burgers.

This morning was a physical beating.

A couple of friends and I served at Creekside Baptist Church, taking their old, drab look and transforming it into a beautiful landscape.

Our friend Mike really put us to work. He had us planting shrubs, watering, transplanting grass, moving dirt. It got hot outside really quick–thank you, Texas springtime.

After hours of grunt work, we decided we deserved a hearty lunch. My friend Jonathan recommended Del’s, a little place in Downtown Richardson.

Del’s is the definition of lowkey.

It’s tucked away in a corner on a street off of Main Street. It’s this tiny, almost shack-looking place. But once you enter, it’s actually bigger than it looks. And you can instantly smell the juicy burgers on the grill.

But man on man, these are high quality burgers.

They start at $5, which is an absolute steal. And you can pack on whatever condiments your heart desires. Their fries are tasty–that’s what I had. But I kept eyeing other customers’ curly fries, so you bet I’m trying those next time I pop in.

So if you ever find yourself near Downtown Richardson and you’re craving a burger, you know exactly where to go.

Opening Bell.

If you’re looking for a place to listen to live music…

You must visit Opening Bell. It is the cutest little coffee shop downtown off  of Lamar St. It’s a bit hidden underground, so it feels cozy and warm down there.

If you want to find the latest up-and-coming singer-songwriter in the area, come to the shop on its weekly Open Mic night (on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.) You may catch me there, sitting in the back, sipping a latte and nodding my head to the beat.

Opening Bell was my first “concert” venue alone.

When I was probably 15, I went out with my older friends to see my favorite singer-songwriter, and long-time friend, Jillian Edwards, on a Friday night. My parents didn’t realize that Opening Bell was downtown and approved the little excursion.

When I called and told them where I was, my dad nearly threw a fit. He didn’t think it was safe for me to go at such a young age. I really didn’t care, I got to cheer on Jill Bill and drink some really great coffee! (The addiction started young).

Opening Bell will always be a nostalgic place for me. I encourage you to visit for either coffee or music, or even better, both!