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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. 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. You can find Ilene's articles about her favorite hot spots and foodie finds at, and in TravelAge West magazine. You can also follow Ilene on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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. Some of the best can be found at Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum."

10Best Lists by Ilene Jacobs

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The Definitive Night Owl's Guide to Big D

Dallas may be a hive of activity during business hours, but the hustle-and-bustle doesn’t end when the sun goes down. If anything, it's when the city really starts to come to life with a dazzling array of...


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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...