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Ilene Jacobs, Dallas Local Expert

About Ilene

Ilene Jacobs

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

10 best places for live jazz in the Dallas area
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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...


10 best free things to do in the Dallas area
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Whoever said the best things in life are free must have been talking about Dallas, because the city has tons of things to do that will cost you literally nothing. And we’re not just talking about hanging out in...