Go West(in), Sooner Fans
Despite a disappointing start to the season, the Red River Rivalry beckons. Because the game doesn’t carry its usual wealth of implications, this year might be one to take in some of the local scenery before and after the big game.
There’s no better place to nest than the Westin Galleria, where you’ll find a lovely hotel with an efficient staff, a restaurant under the supervision of one of Dallas’ finest chefs who happens to be an ex-OU wrestler, and more shopping than you can ever possibly take in around a football game and the fair.
The newly remodeled hotel has 448 suites/rooms within its 23 floors, two high-end restaurants and is attached directly to the mall, which is four stories high and has more than 200 retail stores. Don’t forget two food courts and nearly 30 places to eat besides The Second Floor and The Oceanaire Seafood Room.
You can spend the night on a luxurious Heavenly Mattress, wake up to an indulgent breakfast of steak and eggs — no cheap sirloins from executive chef J Chastain, this is braised short ribs. We also had the classic Eggs Benedict and they were perfection.
With the game starting at 11, one could conceivably root the Crimson and Cream on at the Cotton Bowl and get his/her Christmas shopping done before dinner.
Two birds, one stone and that’s not counting Friday night or Sunday morning.
The Galleria is north of downtown Dallas, so it’s closer to home coming and going.
When I stayed there, the staff was courteous, friendly and informative. The views were as good as Dallas can offer. The tall, mirrored cityscape of downtown is south. You’ll find yourself humming the opening theme to “Dallas” if you’re older than 40. North is, well, Oklahoma. Let’s face, the scenic parts of north Texas aren’t much different from those in central Oklahoma. That said, it’s pretty cool to be in a room high enough to watch airplanes fly by at eye level.
My son Luke and I headed over to Six Flags Over Texas for the day to celebrate his 12th birthday, making it there in less than 30 minutes. I must say as much as I enjoyed the Eggs Benedict, I would be lying if I told you that it was the wisest breakfast before we took on the Judge Roy Scream twice, the Runaway Mine Train, the Shock Wave twice, the Texas Giant and Batman. I fought the laws of digestion, and the laws of digestion won.
That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t order them again in a heartbeat, it’s just I wouldn’t put my heart through them and a 3-plus hours spinning, curving, dipping, looping and corkscrewing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour. So, maybe go for some nice granola before the big game. Save the big breakfast for Sunday morning.
The Westin offers valet parking for $25 a night, which sounds steep but it beats parking overnight in a mall parking lot. Prices for rooms hover around $100 a night and up, ranging from basic rooms to multiple-room sky suites. Go to the hotel Web site to check for special packages and current room rates.
The only thing Westin can’t take care of is Sam Bradford’s shoulder. I say that, but has Bradford contacted the Westin? If he doesn’t play by Baylor, perhaps someone should give them a call.
Check in next week when I blog about Gottlich’s crowned jewel, Bijoux.