There’s no place like home for Krista Villarreal Moore, whose career took her to another side of the country before she returned to her native North Texas. This Denton-raised mom is now Lockheed Martin’s communications and community relations manager; the role follows her time at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, where she served as PR and communications director. She’s long been skilled at communicating important information in STEM-related fields—you may remember Villarreal Moore from her years as a broadcast meteorologist in Dallas Fort-Worth.
During her tenure at NBC 5, Villarreal Moore met her now-husband Fred (who went on to spend a decade with the Dallas Cowboys as a graphic artist; he’s now working through his own creative design business). Fred grew up in Arlington, the city where the couple are raising their own children, Abigail, 13, Maloreigh, 10, and William, 5.
DFWChild: What are your favorite Arlington restaurants?
Krista Villarreal Moore: Admittedly, we eat most meals at home, so it’s a treat when we eat out. Torchy’s Tacos in Champions Park is close, and you can’t go wrong eating a taco under string lights. For comfort food, we like Moni’s Pasta and Pizza, and Skillet and Grill—my husband has been going there for decades. The Texas Rangers Golf Club is newly opened and has a relaxing patio overlooking the course with a Texas-inspired menu, so I can see this becoming a new family favorite spot. For staying in, we love getting takeout—the spicy cashew chicken—from Sukhothai, a tiny strip-center restaurant in Fielder Plaza.
C: Where does your family go to enjoy the outdoors?
KVM: River Legacy Park has miles of hiking and biking trails along the Trinity River. It’s a great place to picnic, play, take family photos, walk, throw a frisbee and see wildlife—like turtles, possums and even bobcats. Crystal Canyon Natural Area is a small but unique place for a geological adventure walk. You can find a lot of fossils.
C: How else do you spend time together?
KVM: We are a big sports family and love to cheer on the Rangers and Cowboys. Texas Live! is a fun spot for a family date night, with giant yard games, live music and restaurants. Bonus? You can also see the post-game fireworks there. Levitt Pavilion also does free outdoor summer concerts, which are a fun place for the kids to run around and dance under the stars.
C: What are the best local spots to beat the summer heat?
KVM: To cool off, the pool at Randol Mill Park has a little lazy river feature. When my kids were smaller, we liked the shallow Howard Moore pool with lots of slides and spray pumps. Epic Waters in Grand Prairie is indoors, which can provide a little taste of summer even when it’s cold outside!
C: How did you meet your mom friends?
KVM: Honestly, life and work keep me so busy that I meet most of my amazing mom friends through my neighborhood and my children’s school and activities. My favorite place to catch up with moms over coffee is a new local coffee shop called Salter Bros. Coffeehouse and Roastery, owned by my friends Cindy and John. They specialize in small-batch, ethically sourced specialty coffee.
C: Where do you go for girls’ night or date night?
KVM: There’s been a revitalization in downtown Arlington, with lots of new restaurants and hangouts. Urban Alchemy has a laid-back vibe for a glass of wine, or coffee, and I love the atmosphere at The Tipsy Oak. Their patio—with an adult beverage, live music and a smoked brisket grilled cheese sandwich—makes me happy.
C: Everyone needs some self-care time. Where do you get yours?
KVM: Nature energizes me, so taking a walk in my neighborhood or playing cornhole with my family in the backyard is an instant recharge for me. But a massage at Hand and Stone Spa or a nature walk at River Legacy Park does the job too! The Big Tease, a cute salon of independent stylists, is my go-to for hair and nails.
C: What does giving back look like in your family?
KVM: Engaging in our community has been very different in the last year. At dinner, though, we talk about the “kindness moments” we observed or sparked that day—from comforting a left-out friend at school to picking up litter. It’s a sweet way to end the day with gratitude, which is especially important during challenging times.
C: Why did you choose Arlington for your home base?
KVM: Arlington has the personality of a small city despite its size. We live in a quiet, wooded North Arlington cul-de-sac where all of the neighbors know our kids, but some of the state’s most popular entertainment attractions are just a few miles away. I think it’s the best of both worlds.
Featured photo courtesy of Julie Meredith Photography.