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Walking Under Dallas, Texas - Exploring the Tunnel System in Downtown Dallas

Updated on April 18, 2014

Introduction

The taking of photographs is a bit tricky under the skyscrapers for various reasons. After all I do not want to argue with the security personnel. They all have legitimate reasons that I understand and agree with. My photographs will concentrate on the entrances and exits to this system. If I find an unusual business, or feature I will include it, The tunnels are documented on Wikipedia and I don't want to duplicate the effort of mapping the system,

Photographs

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View from the bottom of the stairs at the Field Street entrance.  This is a spectacular view of the towers  from the bottom of the stairs.This sculpture is found at the entrance to the lobby of the Bank Of America Plaza.  You can access the shops and food courts under the tower.   This plaque is a quote by the architect associated the tower design.   It is in front of the Red Statue.Pops Popcorn.  It is located at the bottom of the Field Street entrance stairs.  They sell gourmet popcorn and candy.
View from the bottom of the stairs at the Field Street entrance.  This is a spectacular view of the towers  from the bottom of the stairs.
View from the bottom of the stairs at the Field Street entrance. This is a spectacular view of the towers from the bottom of the stairs. | Source
This sculpture is found at the entrance to the lobby of the Bank Of America Plaza.  You can access the shops and food courts under the tower.
This sculpture is found at the entrance to the lobby of the Bank Of America Plaza. You can access the shops and food courts under the tower. | Source
This plaque is a quote by the architect associated the tower design.   It is in front of the Red Statue.
This plaque is a quote by the architect associated the tower design. It is in front of the Red Statue. | Source
Pops Popcorn.  It is located at the bottom of the Field Street entrance stairs.  They sell gourmet popcorn and candy.
Pops Popcorn. It is located at the bottom of the Field Street entrance stairs. They sell gourmet popcorn and candy. | Source

Under Dallas There is Life and Commerce and Burgers and Food

Many cities have a tunnel system, or underground city, in the downtown areas. It is found in extreme climates, usually cold climates. Of course, Dallas does not have extremely cold weather for long periods of time. Dallas has extremely hot weather over a long period of time. If you work downtown, these tunnels are a godsend from May till October. It's not a bad thing during the few weeks the temperature drops below freezing.around here.

Keep in mind that the people who use the tunnels work in the buildings above. The establishments include a lot of cafes, a small art framing shop and gallery, a doctor's office, and a hair stylist. The BoA lobby is located under the BoA tower, along with plenty of ATMs and security guards. The tunnels close at the end of the business day, and those seeking nightlife are on the surface of Main Street, or heading to Deep Elum, or heading to the West End, if they don't mind family oriented establishments.

Tunnel is a misleading description. There are a series of tunnels broken up by open air courtyards and at times you walk on sky bridges connecting buildings. The color and materials of the tunnels also change as you hit different areas.

I was there today and I walked to the Field Street exit/entrance, which is coincidentally near the Main Street Night life I was talking about. The Sky Bar, which is being transformed into a new place. is on the same block as the stairs going down to the tunnels. On Field Street is Sabor, which serves great tacos. Their hours are geared toward the nightclub crowd.

List of Places - A Work in Progress

The following capsules list the places in the various areas. Sadly, the pizza place in the Bank of America Plaza went out of business. Dante's by the train stop is the closest place for pizza. I would take a little bit of time and head up to the Original Italian Cafe. There is one on Main Street that serves great food and another at the Saint Paul Stop that is just as good, but without a bar.

Entry Points

Bank of America Lobby

Renaissance Tower Food Court

Stairs at Field and Elm

Thanksgiving Square

Bank of America Plaza Food

Place
Style
Comments
Breakfast
Asia Wok
Asian
Decent sushi, great service, cash only
No
Melters
Burgers
Good burgers, great breakfast
Yes. The biscuits and gravy are good.
Grandies
Fried Chicken and fried stuff
Just like all of the other Grandies out there but more compact.
Yes
Wraps
Tortilla Wraps
Need to try but lines are too long for my short attention span.
No
Alanti
Buffet and Catering
No comment
Yes
Subways
Delli sandwiches
One of three in the area. I llike the people running the one in El Centro.
Yes. It's the same as all of the other Subways in the area.
Starbucks
Closed
I was surprised when the location closed. Seemed ideal..
 
Burrito Jimmy
Burritos, Mexican Style
Tastes good.
I think I saw breakfast on the menu.

One Main Place and Exterior Courtyard

NAME
STYLE
COMMENTS
BREAKFAST
Colt's
BBQ
Good burgers, excellent onion rings, great BBQ and service.
yes
Treebirds
Closed
Closed
closed
Chef Wong
Hunan, Schezwan, and Mandearin
Need to try this one
no
J's Wok: Asian Kitchen
Asian
It's good; but not spectacular
no
Pop's Popcorn Palace
Candy Store
Great Place
no
Dellilicious
Deli / Middle Eastern Food.
The Kabobs and Chicken Curry are fantastic. Take away only
yes. donuts, bagels, eggs

Renaissance Tower

Restaurant
Style
Comments
Chick-fil-a
Chicken
Same as the other franchises. I like the waffle fries.
Dickey's BBQ
BBQ
It's okay for a chain.
Kuia Asion Fusion
Asian
Very good, affordable food. The Ahi Tuna Tower is my favorite. Try the Ginger-honey tea.
Taco Bell
Fast Food
It's Taco Bell.
Smoothie King
Fruit Drinks
Great during the summer, good service.
Renaissance Cafeteria
American
Looks promising, but I need to visit.
Paridise Bakery and Cafe
Similar to a Corner Bakery
Looks pricey, but it is crowded.
Potbellly Sandwiches
Fast Food Deli Sandwiches
It's okay for a chain.
Quiznos Subs
Fast Food Deli Sandwiches
the sockpuppet ads
Burgesa Burger
Burgers and Mexican Food
It's good.
Renaissance Salon
Hair stylest I guess.
No real interest for me, but it is there. I wish there was a barbershop in the area.
Dentist Office
Take care of your teeth
Check the link, but I don't remember seeing the office.
 
 
 

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    • johndnathan profile image

      John D Nathan 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas. USA

      Nice article, Leroy64. I usually wander around the tunnel network when I'm downtown, however the network is a little small. I'd like to see a proper series of tunnels criss-crossing all over downtown, with maps and guides. It could be a neat tourist attraction if it were actually open past 6pm.

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      crissytsu 5 years ago from Texas

      Yeah I think they are interesting too, but I've only been in them briefly a few times because I don't work or live in the area...I'd love to explore them more though...and there are some really good pages and news clips about their history out there and it makes them even more intriguing.

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

      Thank you. I spend a lot of time in the tunnels from roughly July to August when the temps go above 100 degrees on the streets of downtown. For some reason I find the tunnels interesting . I should look a little closer at their history.

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      crissytsu 5 years ago from Texas

      I've heard all kinds of stories about the Dallas tunnel network, like back in the 70's some kids found a train, and people getting lost...all kinds of stuff--I'm sure a lot of the stories were all hype and it was probably before they had it all mapped out but the stories are funny and entertaining still. Seems like back in the day (when they were first built) the tunnels held more mystery...Your hub has a lot of good info, you must spend a lot of time down there.

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