Photo courtesy of Paloma

A sleek new nail salon has set up its first shop in Dallas, just steps from SMU. Paloma, a which offers "non-toxic" manicures and pedicures, has opened a jewel box location at Snider Plaza (3400 Rosedale Ave., Suite B).

The intimate 600-square-foot space, next to Festive Kitchen, offers five pedicure stations and three manicure stations. All five pedicure stations are available for dual treatments - manicure and pedicure at the same time, in under an hour - and the whole salon can be rented for private parties.

Paloma seeks to differentiate itself from typical spas by avoiding toxic chemicals such as dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde, and others — creating an “odorless environment,” per owner Maryam Naderi. Resin basins replace the typical tubs to create a bacteria-free environment.

Manis and pedis are performed with products that are Gluten Free, non GMO, Fair Trade, 87% Organic, and Certified Vegan, "making them safe for even the most sensitive skin types," a press release says.

Naderi founded Paloma (styled PALOMA), in Houston in 2016 - a few years before the pandemic brought health and safety concerns to the forefront of the beauty industry - how prescient! Her two Houston locations quickly became favorite go-to's for Houston clients looking for an elevated, modern, and purer salon experience. The Dallas Paloma is her third salon and the first outside of the Houston area.

“I am excited to bring my brand to Dallas and serve the wellness-oriented and sophisticated consumer," she says in the release. "Guests can expect clean and safe treatments from an educated and passionate nail technician team.”

While catering to an upscale clientele in the Park Cities, Naderi intentionally sets prices at a “reasonable” rate, which SMU students on scholarship will surely appreciate. For example, The 25-minute Pronto Manicure (perfect for the lunch hour rush) is $30, and the 45-minute Classic Pedicure runs $55. (A number of upgrades and add-ons are available.) There's even a kids' manicure and pedicure, both $20.

For long-lasting mani/pedi gel options, Paloma offers The Gel Bottle (vegan) Gel and CND Shellac with an LED light (not UV) as to not damage the nails or skin.

Paloma's Restorative Hand Treatment Manicure ($60), touted as "a facial for the hands," uses luxe products from Augustinus Bader, La Mer, and Jo Malone designed to soften and moisturize skin. It's the most popular service at their salon in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood, they say.

Unlike the Houston salons, the Dallas Paloma will not offer facials, full-body massages, or waxing.

Dallas guests will, however, be able to enjoy complimentary beverages including Illy espresso, Stash tea, triple filtered water, and wine.

Paloma Dallas is open daily, 10 am-7 pm. Appointments may be booked through the website or by calling 972-626-1102.


Steven Devadanam contributed to this report.

Photo courtesy of Studs

New celeb-approved ear piercing boutique needles into West Village for Dallas debut

Gun-free zone

Bopping to the mall with your girlfriends for a hand-holding, group-ear piercing session followed by warm Cinnabon comfort is so last century. Chic new piercing studios like Studs - debuting in Dallas' West Village on April 26 - take a more modern approach to the body-altering procedure.

"Studs has reimagined the antiquated ear piercing experience for new generations," says a release. "Their trained piercing experts use needles (never piercing guns!), allowing for better precision, safety, and healing."

The brand also touts itself as the authority on "earscaping" (which they capitalize and trademark-symbol in the release), the process of "stacking" several piercings up and down the ear.

"Their knowledgeable and skilled piercing experts offer personalized consultations, advising on the best piercing placement and earrings for your unique ear anatomy and style," they say.

Launched by co-founders Anna Harman and Lisa Bubbers in late 2019 (even before COVID brought health and safety concerns to the forefront of the beauty industry), Studs now has 18 studios nationwide and four in Texas. West Village is its first venture into Dallas-Fort Worth, after two locations in Austin and one in Houston. They clearly know where the piercing action is.

Studs ear piercing studio

Photo courtesy of Studs

Studs co-founders Anna Harman and Lisa Bubbers have opened their 18th location in Dallas' West Village.

"When choosing a new location, Studs looks for cities with large Gen Z and millennial populations and shopping areas with strong foot traffic from locals and tourists and proximity to trendy and popular restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and boutiques," the founders say in the release. "Opening a new studio in the West Village shopping center was a no-brainer."

Their goal, the founders say, is to connect ear piercing with aftercare and earring shopping in a cool, fun, safe, and welcoming environment - without exorbitant prices. Piercing costs are as follows:

  • 1 Piercing is $35 + the cost of jewelry
  • 2 Piercings are $50 + the cost of two pieces jewelry

Besides offering piercings in a more clinical setting, Studs offers an assortment of affordable, on-trend earrings for purchase. They're sold as singles or pairs, made of high-quality materials, and prices range from $10-$160, they say.

Best-sellers include playful novelty earrings like a cowboy boot huggie ($28), cowboy hat huggie ($28), and Y’ALL stud ($22).

Piercing checkups, piercing jewelry changes, and flatback downsizing are also offered.

In just a few short years, Studs says, it has quickly become a favorite piercing destination for Gen Z and millennial crowds and celebrities, including Kaia Gerber, Emma Chamberlain, Dixie D’Amelio, and Rosalia.

Studs follows the opening of another dedicated ear piercing studio-jewelry boutique, Wildlike, which debuted at Dallas’ Shops of Highland Park in summer of 2021.

The new Studs, West Village, is located at 3699 McKinney Ave # 102, Dallas. Hours are 11am-7pm Monday-Sunday.

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Target's robot manicurists clock out from 3 Dallas-Fort Worth stores

Beauty news

Attention, Target shoppers: The days of popping into the beauty aisle for a $10 manicure performed by a robot are coming to an end. Target and Clockwork, the robots' parent company, confirm that the service will end at all stores - including three in Dallas-Fort Worth - February 20.

"Our robots at Target will be removed as we conclude a very successful pilot," says a spokesperson for Clockwork. "Our last day will be Monday, Feb 20, 2023. We have enjoyed working with the Target team, and thank all our customers for all the love and support they have shown us. We hope to be back to serve them soon."

Adds a Target representative, "At the end of February, Target and Clockwork will conclude a successful pilot that brought Clockwork manicures to select Target stores, an offering that drove new insights around our in-store experience. At this time, we are not expanding the service. We are always evaluating how to better meet our guests’ needs and will continue exploring ways to bring valuable services they will love to Target."

Launched in spring 2022, the Clockwork system was touted as the world's first fully autonomous nail-painting robot and has been offered at Dallas' Target Medallion (6464 E NW Hwy.), Target Fort Worth Central (301 Carroll St.) and Target Cityview (5700 Overton Ridge Blvd.).

DFW was the third test-market for Clockwork, behind cities in Minnesota and California. All stores are ending the service.

The Clockwork manicures, dubbed "minicures," are nail-painting sessions that take 10 minutes and cost $10.

Clockwork robot manicures TargetYou could sit down and have a manicure on a Target run for Diet Coke and Clorox Wipes. Photo courtesy of Clockwork

To paint nails, the machines rely on cameras, data, and algorithms. Users place a digit on a finger rest and slide it into the machine, where two cameras rapidly take about 100 pictures of the nail. Those images are used to create a 3-D point cloud showing the shape of the nail, and this data is used to figure out where the edges of your nail are located. This information is then used by algorithms that figure out things such as how (and how fast) the machine’s polish-dispensing pipette should move to apply paint to your nail.

A human attendant stands by to help position hands correctly in the machine and to tidy up polish afterwards.

Although the robots are not as accurate as a real-life manicurists, they do provide a quick, cheap alternative for budget-minded consumers on the go.

In a February 13 email to customers, Clockwork says there are some new things in the works.

"We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that our next generation robot is ready to paint! The first of many next gen robots launched in San Francisco last week at in the LinkedIn building, with more locations to be announced soon," they write. "The most exciting change to our next gen robot is that it is fully autonomous. That’s right, it is now completely self serve, with live customer support available at the touch of a button. We hope to return to Target locations in the future, once our autonomous experience has been perfected for their store environment."

They will be rolling out the next gen robots throughout 2023, they say.

For now, there are still some appointments available through February 20 at all DFW stores. Those with unused service bundles can book their appointments and share discount codes with friends.

Those who are unable to use their bundles before they close should email customer support for a refund.

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New York skincare shop Heyday brings fuss-free facials to 2nd Dallas-Fort Worth location

Prettying up

A new facial and skincare shop with a goal to “take the facial out of the spa and into your life” has debuted in Southlake: Heyday opened its doors in Southlake Town Square on Thursday, January 19.

Heyday Southlake is the brand's first location in Tarrant County and the second in North Texas, after a shop opened in Dallas’ Knox-Henderson district in December.

Heyday offers 50-minute facials at a more affordable price ($135) than most luxury spas. They keep things simple and unfussy by providing just one type of facial that gets tailored to each client. To be clear, it's not a med spa - no fillers or laser lipo being done here.

All facials include a thorough skin analysis by a trained esthetician, who customizes treatments with services like exfoliation, masks, extractions, and facial massage, then offers a personalized regimen that guests can replicate at home with the same products and brands available for purchase in-store and online.

Optional facial enhancements include Gua Sha, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, professional peels, microcurrent, and hydration infusion.

In a release, they emphasize that there’s not “one size fits all” when it comes to caring for guests’ skin.

“Consumers are focused on self-care and wellness now more than ever before, and with that comes the need to help them break through the noise and choose what’s best for their individual needs,” says Patrick Ryan-Southern, CEO of L5 Skincare, the Heyday franchising entity, in a statement. “Heyday aids consumers in doing exactly that by providing them with product recommendations and facials formulated to address their individual needs from real experts.”

Similar to a business model such as Facelogic (which no longer has Tarrant locations), Heyday offers monthly memberships that provide discounts on services and products. Another similarity is that treatments are performed in semi-private rooms, and guests do not undress into a robe (as they would at a luxury spa), making it easier to fit facials into everyday schedules, they say.

Heyday's retail shop sells high-end and "clean" brands such as Naturopathica, Image, Moon Juice, One Love, Grown Alchemist, Ursa Major, Supergoop, Skyn Iceland, and more.

Heyday was founded in 2015 in New York by Adam Ross, who set out to make facials more approachable and accessible to all, according to the website. The concept took off, and the company expanded coast-to-coast, with locations across California and throughout the United States. The Dallas and Southlake Heydays are the first two in Texas, with more to come, they say.

Southern tells CultureMap that Southlake was a natural fit for the company.

"In addition to its premiere dining and shopping destination, Southlake is filled with families, businesspeople, and young professionals who we believe would benefit from the accessible 50-minute facial services that Heyday offers," he says. "Enjoying a treatment at Heyday doesn’t require setting a whole day aside, and that’s what makes it a favorite destination for so many of our busy clients looking to prioritize their self-care.”

As for the name, the website says, “We want you to leave feeling at your prime. To live in your ‘heyday’ each day.”

To celebrate the opening of Heyday Southlake, the shop is offering all first time facials for $70 (normally $135); book here.

Memberships are available for $104 per month, which includes a monthly facial; 50 percent off enhancements, and 20 percent off all products at sign-up then 15 percent off anytime). Non-member facials are always $135.

Heyday is at 116 State St., Ste. 150, Southlake Town Square. Hours are 10 am-7 pm Monday and Friday, 10 am-8 pm Tuesday through Thursday, and 9 am- to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

To learn more or book an appointment, visit their website.

Photo courtesy of Vivian's Boutique Spa

Gift merry 'me-time' with festive specials from this chic Dallas spa

It's the Holiday Season

Ready to put a little more happy into your holiday? Vivian's Boutique Spa has special packages and holiday services that make the ideal gift for everyone on your list — including yourself.

Holiday services
Cozy Cocoa & Cinnamon Marshmallow Massage
60 minutes, $130/90 minutes, $170
Breathe in the sweet scent of cinnamon as vitamin-rich body oil, combined with botanically based vegan cream, is massaged into the body to release stress and tension. Feel toasty all over as warm stones are used to relax muscles throughout the body.

This decadent delight continues as marshmallow shea body butter is painted onto décolleté for a luxurious neck and shoulder massage. Enjoy this treat all the way down to your feet, as chocolate serum is painted on toes and tootsies, which are then wrapped in fluffy soft booties for a cozy cocoa cocoon.

Warm Spiced Wine Festive Facial
60 minutes, $130/90 minutes, $180
A plush orange-vanilla balm-to-foam cleanser infused with vitamin C and omega fatty acids melts away makeup and leaves skin silky smooth. Skin is also treated to a peptide infusion with FarmHouse Fresh Wine Down Recovery Serum. Chock full of resveratrol (a potent antioxidant made from red grapes), bioactive fruit compounds to help reduce pore size, and organic chamomile extract known for its soothing properties, it’s a powerhouse serum used to help reduce oxidative stresses to skin.

Your facial also includes a luscious lip treatment. Lip polish made from shea butter, cane sugar, and merlot wine grapes is applied to gently exfoliate rough patches. A rich, creamy blackberry balm is then applied to moisturize lips with hydrating vitamins A and E and pomegranate seed oil.

Hot Toddy for the Tootsies Foot Ritual
50 minutes, $95
Soak tired tootsies in a soothing apple toddy bath bomb, made with vitamin E and coconut oil to soften skin. Next is a gentle exfoliation with FarmHouse Fresh Bourbon Bubbler Body Polish, made with brown sugar, Kentucky whiskey, and rice bran oil.

Dip your toes in a butter rum plant-based paraffin made with shea butter and jojoba oil, and unwind as fluffy soft booties wrap your feet in cozy comfort. Cinnamon body oil is painted on with a fan brush while a warm stone massage helps relieve tension in the legs and feet. Feel completely relaxed as creamy honey-chai lotion is massaged into skin for a lush, nourishing experience.

Please note this service is a luxurious foot ritual and does not include a pedicure.

Take your relaxation to the next level by adding the Warm Stone Butter Rum Paraffin Hand Treatment ($20) to your Foot Ritual. Enjoy a rich, butter rum plant-based paraffin treatment on the arms and hands. Hands are immersed in sweetly scented moisturizing paraffin while warm mittens help seal in hydration and softness. Relax as you enjoy a warm stone arm and hand massage for a truly luxurious experience, from your hands to your feet.

Spa packages
Merry Moments, $345
Includes the Cozy Cocoa & Cinnamon Marshmallow Massage (60 minutes), Warm Spiced Wine Festive Facial (60 minutes), Hot Toddy for the Tootsies Foot Ritual with Butter Rum Paraffin Hand Treatment (60 minutes).

Holiday Cheer, $325
Includes the Cozy Cocoa & Cinnamon Marshmallow Massage (90 minutes) and Warm Spiced Wine Festive Facial (90 minutes).

Warm Wishes, $270
Includes the Cozy Cocoa & Cinnamon Marshmallow Massage (90 minutes) and Hot Toddy for the Tootsies Foot Ritual with Butter Rum Paraffin Hand Treatment (60 minutes).

Sugar & Spice, $270
Includes the Mellow Mama Prenatal Massage (90 minutes) and Warm Spiced Wine Festive Facial (60 minutes).

Perfectly Pampered, $255
Includes the Swedish Massage with Honey Glaze & Cream Foot Cocoon (60 Minutes) and Rosy Glow Facial with Eye & Lip Treatments (60 minutes).

Couples packages
Designed for you and a loved one to enjoy a blissful break from the everyday, both couples packages feature the relaxing Rose Quartz Massage. Known to promote love and balance, rose quartz stones are naturally healing. Enjoy soothing aromatherapy benefits as soft scents of rose and almond oil calm your senses.

Relaxing Retreat, $355 per guest
Rose Quartz Massages in Couples Room (60 minutes), Rosy Glow Facial or Gentlemen’s Facial for each guest (60 minutes), and Side by Side Hot Toddy for the Tootsies Foot Rituals with Butter Rum Paraffin Hand Treatment (60 minutes).

Tranquil Time Together, $280 per guest
Rose Quartz Massages in Couples Room (90 minutes) and Side by Side Hot Toddy for the Tootsies Foot Ritual with Butter Rum Paraffin Hand Treatment (60 minutes).

All holiday packages are available through January 31, 2023. Call 214-484-4714 to book your appointments, or purchase gift cards here.


Vivian's Boutique Spa is located at 5420 Ross Avenue.

Vivian's Boutique Spa holiday

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Looks good both under and in the tree.

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Fabio Luisi creates exclusive new perfume with Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Performer and perfumer

Dallas Symphony music director Fabio Luisi has proven he's a maestro of many talents on the podium. But behind the scenes, he's got another finely tuned forte that may surprise even the most ardent of concert patrons — he's a perfumer.

Luisi has created a new, limited-edition, exclusive perfume for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, called ON (Ogni Nota), available as of November 10.

According to a release, the fragrance is now being sold in the Dallas Symphony’s store in the lobby of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, priced at $120 for 30ml and $40 for 10ml.

A selection of Luisi's other fragrances in his FL Parfums collection are also available at the DSO store for $140 for a 20ml bottle.

“This perfume is unisex, and it is very clean with citrusy notes,” Luisi says in the release. “I wanted to evoke a feeling of joy and lightness, like a crisp, Sunday morning.”

Luisi has been creating perfumes since 2012 and has become a celebrated perfumer, lauded in such media outlets as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and CBS Sunday Morning, DSO says. His FLPARFUMS line is sold online and at very select boutiques around the world.

The DSO fragrance, ON, started as a conversation between Luisi and Kim Noltemy, the Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony. According to the release, they discussed ideas for a scent profile and tested a number of combinations to come up with the perfect perfume for the DSO.

“Perfumes are a passion of Fabio’s, and we have talked about his process of creating new scents and finding new combinations for perfumes,” Noltemy says. “I’m delighted that he agreed to create something customized for us.”

For more information, visit the DSO website.

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DFW's dismal ranking among best places to live leads this week's 5 most-read headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Dallas-Fort Worth no longer a top 100 place to live, declares U.S. News & World Report. Dallas-Fort Worth has fallen from grace in a closely watched annual report of the best places to live in the U.S. The Metroplex appears at a dismal No. 113 (out of 150) in U.S. News & World Report's Best Places to Live ranking for 2023-2024. Last year, DFW landed at No. 32; it was No. 37 in 2021. Here's (sort of) why it plummeted in the rankings.

2. Sliders restaurant from Detroit shimmies onto Dallas' Greenville Ave. A slider concept from the Great Lakes State is expanding to Texas, and that includes a high-profile location in Dallas: Called Savvy Sliders, it's a young fast-casual concept founded in Flint, Michigan, and it will open its first Dallas restaurant at 4818 Greenville Ave., in the space recently vacated by vegan chicken restaurant Project Pollo.

3. New lagoon-waterpark with lazy river dives into Dallas-Fort Worth. A long-awaited waterpark in Cedar Hill is debuting Memorial Day weekend with two of Texas' favorite splashy attractions: a lagoon and lazy river. The Lagoon at Virginia Weaver Park will open Saturday, May 27 after more than a year in development.

4. Happy Hippie Brewing to bring peace, love, and beer to new HQ in Richardson. A craft beer brewery is opening a splendid new facility in Richardson: Happy Hippie Brewing Company, a small brewery specializing in Belgian-style beers, is opening an an 11,000-square-foot brewery and taproom at 500 Lockwood Dr., in the Lockwood area within the city's evolving CORE District.

5. Asian restaurant Howard Wang's shutters location in Uptown Dallas. A Chinese restaurant in Uptown Dallas closed: Howard Wang's Uptown Grill, one in a family-owned chain, closed its location at 3223 Lemmon Ave. #103, with the final day of service on May 21. The restaurant had been at that location for 12 years.

21 North Texas museums offer free admission to military families this summer

Giving Back

Nearly two dozen Dallas-Fort Worth museums are honoring active duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, May 20-September 4, 2023.

Established by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Blue Star Museums program annually provides military families free access to 2,000 museums nationwide throughout the summer. The program begins yearly on Armed Forces Day in May and ends on Labor Day.

Free admission is extended to personnel currently serving in the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard (including those in the Reserve), and all National Guardsman. Members of the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps are also included in the program.

Those who qualify can use their military ID to bring up to five family members - including relatives of those currently deployed. More information about qualifications can be found here.

There is no limit on the number of participating museums that qualifying families may visit. Admission for non-active military veterans, however, is not included.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts website, the initiative was created to help "improve the quality of life for active duty military families" with a specific focus on children. The site states 2 million have had a parent deployed since 2001.

"Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of reintegration," the organizers say. "This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together."

In Dallas-Fort Worth, participating institutions include well-known art, science, and history museums, as well as smaller museums outside the city limits. Here's a look at all the museums in North Texas that are participating in the Blue Star Museums initiative this year.

In Dallas:

In Fort Worth:

In Garland:

In Irving:

In Mesquite:

In Cleburne:

In Krum:

In Sanger:

More information about Blue Star Museums and a full list of participants can be found on arts.gov.

These are the 7 best most intriguing hot dogs in Dallas right now

Hot Dog News

Editor's Note: In prior stories, CultureMap contributor Lila Levy has sussed out the top bagels in Dallas, and tried pretty much every lavender latte in town. Now she's ready to offer her take on that summertime classic: hot dogs.

Portillo's hot dogs
portillo's hot dogs


Hot dogs are the quintessential summer food and an item that nearly everyone loves. They're simple, flavorful, easy to make at home, and affordable if you dine out.

Some cities like Chicago have a long-standing tradition with hot dogs, and while Dallas is not Windy-City-level quiet yet, we've seen an influx of some exciting new hot dog concepts come to town, joining a few locals who've been dishing out memorable hot dogs all along.

Here's the 7 most interesting hot dogs you can find in Dallas-Fort Worth:

Portillo’s in the Colony, Chicago-style hot dog, $4.50
Chicago-based fast casual brand known for its hot dogs and other favorite Chicago fare, has expanded to Texas, with its first restaurant in The Colony, which opened in January 2023. Chicago-style hot dogs are my favorite kind, and Portillo's does it right. Their basic hot dog comes with "everything": mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, sliced tomato, pickle, and sport peppers on a steamed poppy seed bun. I loved the condiments, especially the peppers and relish. My companion thought the bun was too soft, but it was fine for me. Their hot dogs have a snappy casing with a robust tangy flavor.

Hunky'sHunky Dog, $4.25
Cedar Springs pioneer has been serving hamburgers, fries, and malts, since 1984. They're known for their burgers but they also do a trio of hot dogs including the classic "Hunky Dog," a hefty quarter-pounder with relish, onions, and mustard. I've been here before and know it's best to ask for the hot dog to be grilled extra, to give it that additional "burnt hot dog" cookout flavor. At $4.25, it's a bargain and their presentation is cool: They split the hot dog down the middle and place the onions and relish on top, and they toast the edges of their bun.

Fletcher's Original Corny DogsMake Mine Texan, $10
No story on hot dogs is complete without Fletcher's, famed purveyor of the classic corny dog. You used to have to wait for the State Fair of Texas to get them, but now that they have a food truck, you can find them camped at venues such as the Dallas Arboretum, and they're also at Klyde Warren Park Tuesdays-Sundays. They've expanded their lineup of flavors so I ordered their most recent invention: Called Make Mine Texan, it's a hot dog made of beef and brisket, with smoke seasoning that adds a heartier Texas flavor.

Dog Haus in RichardsonTooo Chi, $8
California hot dog chain takes a gourmet approach with jumbo hot dogs, veggie dogs, vegan sausages, and 40+ toppings including some you might not expect, such as arugula. I ordered the Tooo Chi, their version of the Chicago hot dog, which they brag is a hormone- and antibiotic-free beef hot dog, with tomato, pickle, neon-green pickle relish, mustard, diced onions, sport peppers, and celery salt. Their cooking added a nice char that emphasized the grilled flavor. It made me nostalgic to the days when my parents would grill hot dogs in the summer outside. Their point of distinction is their bread: sweet rich King's Hawaiian rolls, which they butter and grill, for a nice contrast of soft roll and crisp edges.

Angry DogAngry Dog, $8.95
Deep Ellum staple had hot dogs on the menu long before hot dogs became the foodie sensation they are today, and they offer a simple plain hot dog on a bun as a nod to those humble days. But everyone gets the signature Angry Dog: a kosher dog, split in half and grilled, placed on a toasted open-faced bun, then topped with chili, grilled red onions, mustard, and shredded cheddar cheese. It's more of a chili casserole than a hot dog, a knife-and-fork kind of deal where the bun gets soggy underneath the mountain of toppings, and you almost lose track of the hot dog. But unbeatable for a hangover cure or a big cheat meal.

Globe Life Field, Ballpark hot dog, $7
In recent years, the Texas Rangers' food service division has been jazzing up its ballpark menu, introducing new items, some of them crazy like the Boomstick 2-foot-long hot dog. I stick to the basic ballpark hot dog, with the only option being that you can get grilled onions at no additional charge. It's a standard six-inch hot dog, with self-serve mustard, ketchup, and relish, on a soft, nondescript bun, with a nice snap, the prototypical hot dog you eat while cheering on the hometown team.

Frank Seoul, Potato hot dog, $5.49
Korean hot dogs, also known as Korean corn dogs, are a Korean street food that started showing up in Dallas a few years ago, via Korean-born chains such as Two Hands and K-Town. Frank Seoul was one of the first and has locations in Carrollton and Frisco. Their specialty is hot dogs coated in a batter and deep-fried, like a corny dog but with a batter made from flour or rice flour, and additional ingredients such as the coating of diced potatoes in the potato hot dog that I ordered. They have a wild variety like a "cream cheese dog" — literally cream cheese on a stick &mdash and prices are all $6 or less.

This is not the place for a hot dog purist. The hot dog itself was lackluster, but the "shell" of crispy fried potatoes was magnificent, like a wonderful hash brown, and great on its own, didn't need the mustard I added a bit.