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Walking Underground in Downtown Dallas - Mexican Burger's and Fortune Cookies at the Food Court

Updated on February 20, 2014

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Walking Realizations

Cold weather always sends me looking for shelter; but, for some strange reason, I do not mind sweating my rear off during the summer. If you are wondering, I am reflecting on how strange it is that I waited until now to start looking at the tunnels underneath Dallas. They are something that I knew about; but, I have never really explored them. I guess it took a layoff, combined with a miserable job market, to open my eyes to the world in front of me. In a strange way, having a truck limited my range of experiences to areas that I could drive to. (Okay, I have learned my lesson. I am ready for life to get better. It’s worth a try, someone might be listening.)

Look this structure on Elm street near Field.  This is one of the entrances to the tunnels.  It is the food court for Renaissance Tower.
Look this structure on Elm street near Field. This is one of the entrances to the tunnels. It is the food court for Renaissance Tower. | Source
The sign in front of the food court.
The sign in front of the food court. | Source
Christmas display telling the story of the Christmas Carol.
Christmas display telling the story of the Christmas Carol. | Source
Thanksgiving Square is close to the Akard stop and is an entrance to the underground.
Thanksgiving Square is close to the Akard stop and is an entrance to the underground. | Source
This is a courtyard attached to the tunnel system.  You can get to it through a main street entry or through the Bank of America Food court.
This is a courtyard attached to the tunnel system. You can get to it through a main street entry or through the Bank of America Food court. | Source

The Burgers and More

There is a food court underneath the Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas. It is also one of the entrances to the Dallas underground system. You are able to walk from there to the underground food court at the Bank of America building. There is some great places there too. The food court under the Renaissance Tower has all of the normal chain/franchise establishments. There are about two places that appear to be mom and pop shops that caught my eye, although I have only eaten at one.

This time I ate at the Burguesa Burger: Home of the Mexican Burger.

I ordered the special and substituted onion rings for fries, which came to about seventy five cents extra. It came with a Mexican fortune cookie. That is the same thing as a Chinese fortune cookie, just flatter and the fortune was written in Spanish with an English translation. It’s possible that the fortune was written in English with a Spanish translation. It really does not matter. Chinese fortune cookies are not actually Chinese, so I assume that Mexican fortune cookies have little to do with Mexico. The cookies taste alike too. The service was good; but, get there early or after the lunch rush. The food court was crowded and this place had a line. Other popular items were churros and breakfast burritos. The burger was good; but, if you are a carnivore, you will be disappointed. The patties were not generous in size. The burger made up for that in flavor. The onion rings were good, especially with the dipping sauce. In hindsight, the sauce was probably meant for the burger.

The place is filled with fast food style establishments. A steady diet of fast food is never good. For those of us that appreciate more of a sit down meal, take an escalator to a level below the food court. There is a cafeteria that is unique to the building. If you want to try these places, keep in mind that the tunnels and establishments all close down at 5:30 pm. This place is within walking distance of the Akard Dart rail stop. From there you can find plenty of dinner options from Union Station to Plano, Texas.

A Mexican Fortune Cookie

If you were wondering, this is what they look like.
If you were wondering, this is what they look like. | Source
I really was not expecting this cookie.
I really was not expecting this cookie. | Source

Maps

show route and directions
A markerRenaissance Tower -
1201 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75270, USA
get directions

The map is wrong. Nieman Marcus is located on Main street.

B markerBank of America Plaza -
901 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA
get directions

C markerPop's Popcorn Shoppe - Underground Entry -
Field and Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA
get directions

Pop's is located at the base of a set of stairs.

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    • johndnathan profile image

      John D Nathan 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      I love me some Burguesa. I always get "La Monumental" with a side of spicy fries and an orange soda made with real sugar. Also don't forget that the tunnels aren't open on the weekend.

    • tammyswallow profile image

      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a nice vacation. New cultures are fun to explore. Great hub!

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      Brian L. Powell 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

      Amy,

      The cookie said:

      Visite a un amigo que usted no ha visto en un rato.

      or

      Visit a friend you haven't seen in a while.

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      Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

      The Mexican fortune cookies look interestimg. What did yours say?