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Ilene Jacobs, Dallas Local Expert

About Ilene

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after spending 10 years as a university student in Paris where she spent most of her time eating her way around France.

When she's not writing about the latest happenings in her hometown of Dallas, she's hanging out in Paris and road tripping around Europe with her spunky teenage son.

You can find Ilene's articles about her favorite hot spots and foodie finds at, and 

Special Interests

Ilene knows a lot about:

  • Foodie destinations
  • Hidden gems
  • Budget travel, European destinations, traveling with kids

Ilene's Special Recommendations for Dallas

Ilene says, "Don't leave Dallas without tasting Texas style barbecue, especially the brisket cue at Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum."

10Best Lists by Ilene Jacobs

10Best List

Get In The Groove At Dallas' 10 Best Jazz Joints

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is no stranger to jazz music. After all it's where you'll find the University of North Texas, one of the top institutions for jazz studies in the nation. The area is also home to...