Coppell, Texas. A small city in the greater Dallas area that is home to about 40,000 residents including myself. It’s the only home I’ve ever known and I love that it is the place where I grew up. The culture of Coppell has come to be a mix of the Old Coppell, a small farming community, with the new Coppell, a community growing larger and more diverse each year. It combines old southern hospitality and great Texas food, along with the modern aspects of a changing city, creating a unique vibe. One of the best places to visit during your trip is Main Street Coppell. Visitors to Main Street Coppell can find some of the best food here, between the Coppell Deli, Hard-8 Barbecue, and the Local Diner. All of these restaurants are excellent options, but my personal favorite is Hard-8. Here, an out-of-towner can go get a taste of traditional Texas Barbecue, and it’s one of the best Barbecue pits I’ve ever been to! Main Street Coppell has a number of shops currently being built as well. In these boutiques, visitors can purchase the clothes made by local designers, and see the favorite fashions of a Coppell woman. The Farmer’s Market is also held here every Saturday morning, from 8 till noon. Main Street Coppell also is home to the Coppell Museum, where visitors can learn more about Coppell’s history and look to see how it has shifted from a small town into the city it is today.
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There are many other dining options in Coppell, most of them located along Coppell’s busiest road, Denton Tap. The most popular of these places are Anamia’s and J. Macklin’s. Anamia’s is a local favorite for Tex-Mex and is packed every Friday and Saturday night, so visitors should try to arrive before 6:30. The food is incredible and is pretty inexpensive. The atmosphere also gives diners a flavor of the Mexican influence in Texas. J. Macklin’s is also a favorite and will often have musicians playing to diners outside. Their menu consists mostly of gourmet salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers. Both of these and all other restaurants on Denton Tap are excellent dining options for visitors.
As far as who to meet while visiting the great city of Coppell, Texas, be sure to head over to Coppell Middle School East and meet the beloved principal, Ms. Laura Springer. Springer started as assistant principal at Coppell High School, however, 7 years ago she moved to her new position at CMS East. What’s great about Ms. Springer is her ability to remember names. She has learned the names of all the students she’s ever taught, and even remembers students she taught 30 years ago! She is such a sweet woman, and embodies Coppell’s warm spirit.
Overall, Coppell has a lot to offer visitors. Dining experiences are diverse and range from classic southern barbecue to Tex-Mex. Shopping, eating and learning in Main Street Coppell is also something to keep tourists busy on their trip and should definitely be visited when in town. Coppell is also only 10 minutes from the DFW airport, and this close proximity makes it convenient for travelers as well. So if you’re looking to get away to a small town with a welcoming vibe and full of fun activities, Coppell should be your next destination. Coppell gives visitors a look into both Texas’ past and future and should not be missed.
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