I love living in Dallas. There are plenty of big reasons why, but there are plenty of small reasons as well. Case in point: certain kinds of eateries and drinks that are common around here, but are hard to find elsewhere. This didn't occur to me until the recent holiday season.
Kyle and Sally are both from Texas, but live in Chicago. They love Chicago, but whenever they come down to visit friends and family, they want to hit up certain places that aren't in Chicago. Totally reasonable as that's what I've done whenever I've visited Chicago. In deciding on where we could meet up for lunch one day, Kyle was craving Whataburger, so we went there. As someone who hears commercials for Whataburger and sees some of their umpteen restaurants every time I drive around, I rarely eat there. But I'm pretty sure that if I lived in Chicago, I'd miss Whataburger too.
What was even more interesting was when we were getting our soft drinks. Kyle said he once asked for Dr. Pepper in Chicago and the response he got was, "No, but we have root beer." If you've never had Dr. Pepper, this is like asking for orange juice and being offered chocolate milk instead.
Then there's a guy named Frank who recently moved from Denton to New York City. He's digging the town, but craving Shiner beer. He's heard of a bar in Brooklyn that serves Shiner and he hopes to find the place very soon. It's as if he's heard of a record store that still carries 78s.
After spending years living in towns where the general mindset was, "We don't need to good into the city. We have everything here in our small town," I find Dallas to be a relief. There's still plenty I'd like to explore around here (including finding out if Flower Mound is a real place). But if some major opportunity came to where I would have to move out of here, I'd do it. I'd probably still come back and visit friends and family and also have some Whataburger and Shiner.