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Private room for surprise birthday party in dallas

A couple of years ago, I had a surprise birthday party for my girlfriend at Dean Fearing's with 10 of her best friends (all in their 40s or so). I had them all show up in advance and when I arrived with my girlfriend at the front desk, the maitre'd took two menus and showed us to our "table for two." When we rounded the corner, she saw all of her friends seated at the large table that had been set up for us in the very middle of the dining room. They all cheered "surprise" and she was completely surprised. The staff even seated her in a special large highback chair they had sat up for her alone. We ordered from the full menu, the service was great, the chef came out and we all had a great time. They even served a cake that I had brought in from her favorite bakery. And, after dinner, the concierge got us a reserved table at Sambuca's for drinks on a packed night. They really did a spectacular job. And they didn't charge me an extra dime for any of that. I don't even recall it being that expensive.

Dec 01, 2014
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Sweet Georgia Brown Okra Gumbo Recipe?

1 lb round steak, cut into 1" strips, kosher salt and black pepper, 4 tbs canola oil divided, 1 slice ham steak 1/2" thick and diced, 2 tbs all purpose flour, 1 onion finely chopped, 1 qt beef stock, 1 lb okra finely chopped.

Season steak with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbs oil in large heavy bottomed pan. Add steak and ham and cook until steak is brown on both sides, 2-2 1/2 mins. per side. Remove meats. Add remaining oil to pot and combine with flour. Cook until brown, 5 mins. Add onion and cook until soft, 3 - 5 mins. Return meats to pan, add stock and okra and season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cover until meat is tender, 1 hour. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper.

Oct 07, 2014
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Sweet Georgia Brown Okra Gumbo Recipe?

I haven't had the okra gumbo at SGB that I can recall, but I ran across a good okra gumbo in a little cookbook I found at Central Market the other day called "Okra." It was an old Southern recipe; very simple with a pound of okra, an onion, a ham steak and a pound of round steak. I don't know that I'd ever seen a recipe for okra gumbo before. I tried it and it turned out very good. It doesn't have bell pepper or pickled okra, but I can send it if you'd like.

Sep 30, 2014
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Beef Cheeks

Call Rudolph's and ask them. I think I've seen them there in the front case before.

Sep 22, 2014
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Gumbo question

Thanks for your responses. The recipe called for 3 lbs of smoked turkey wings, which amounted to 5 or 6 pretty big pieces. I would change suppliers but, even in Dallas, smoked turkey wings are really hard to find. So, using the same supplier, I will reduce the amount of wings and increase the amount of water when making the broth. Also, maybe I won't use so much of the turkey meat from the wings and use more of the turkey breast bought separately. And, no, I did not add the 1 tsp. of salt the recipe required.

Sep 19, 2014
Clem943 in Home Cooking

Gumbo question

I've made seafood gumbos for years, but lately ventured out into other types. Last weekend, I tried a smoked turkey and andouille gumbo (from this month's Saveur). The recipe called for a homemade broth made from smoked turkey wings and then using the broth for the gumbo along with some turkey breast meat. So I simmered the smoked turkey wings (which were hard enough to find) with a mirepoix for 4 hours according to the recipe and, since there was some good dark meat falling off the bones, I added that meat with the breast meat in the gumbo. The problem was that the smoked meat and broth were just too salty. After a day or two in the refrigerator, it was too salty to eat. How do you avoid having too much salt in this instance? Someone said that you should boil the salt out of the wings before you use them to make broth, but wouldn't that also take away their smoky flavor? Any ideas?

Sep 19, 2014
Clem943 in Home Cooking

Dallas Farmers Market?

Until recently, there were two sheds that sold produce. (I think they are Shed 1 and Shed 2). Shed 2 was strictly for local producers and Shed 1 had a few. All local vendors have a little sign that identify them as local growers, so you can look for that. There are several longtime local vendors such as Mr. Lemley, Betty's Tomatoes, and Heddin's Peas. Gray's Produce is another good one but their greens are from the Valley I think. I think that most all of the produce, local or not, comes primarily from Texas and much of it comes from the Valley. Recently, Shed 2 was closed for renovations and all of the vendors are in Shed 1 for now. There are other farmers markets nearby that are strictly local, such as White Rock, but they are much smaller.

Aug 06, 2014
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Knuckle bones

I think I've seen them before at Fiesta at Ross and Greenville. You should probably call first.

May 15, 2014
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

where in ft worth/metro area to buy Fresh Turnips with Greens

I've seen them at Grey's at the Farmer's Market in the summer along with mustards and collards. And you can usually find pretty good ones at Fiesta and Central Market, too. Sometimes they're attached and sometimes not.

Dec 23, 2013
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best place for Ethiopian in Dallas?

I don't know Ethiopian well enough to compare them, but Queen of Sheba is near you on Inwood south of Belt Line.

Feb 29, 2012
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Why can't I cook a proper hamburger on my grill?

Look, this is really simple. I use 85/15. Put only kosher salt and pepper in the meat. Nothing else. Use a lot. Go get you one of those hamburger formers you find at Williams Sonoma or such. It costs $20 and will form a 7 oz burger the same shape every time. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees. No more and no less. Cook the burger for 5 minutes on each side. No more and no less. Put cheese on in the last minute if you want cheese. Take the burger up and put it in tin foil for five minutes more. That's it.

Aug 23, 2011
Clem943 in Home Cooking

Husband in NOLA...what ingredients/foods should I have him bring back for me?

Blue Plate mayonnaise. Don't know where you are, but I can't get it in Dallas.

May 10, 2011
Clem943 in New Orleans

French Polynesia Suggestions

Elzoe, I was in Australia awhile back and had great food while there thanks to the help of some Sydney Chowhounders so I thumb through the Australia blog occasionally. I hope that you get this email before you leave for Tahiti. I was in Tahiti overnight and Moorea for a week a few years ago. There is a board on a website called tahitiexplorer.com that you should reference. It is really more for general questions, but you can check there for good restaurants on Moorea, in particular. Some favorites on Moorea were Mayflower, Les Cocotier (my favorite of all), Le Mahogany, and Les Tipaniers. These were all very good. Alfredo's and Allo Pizza are not as nice, but pretty good for where they are. The only place I ate on Tahiti was Le Belvedere. The food was just okay, but it is at the top of a long and winding road that you have to see to believe and has a spectacular view of Tahiti and Moorea from a mountaintop. You should go there for that reason alone. I don't recall any of these being particularly expensive; certainly not Tetsuya prices, for example. Happy to have returned a favor for a Sydney Chowhounder. Hope you have a great trip.

Jul 03, 2010
Clem943 in Australia/New Zealand

Good Lunch Spots Near Dallas Tollway & Pres Geo Bush Turnpike

Irodguy, FYI Afghan Grill moved several months ago. It's now further south on Preston almost to Campbell. It's on the East side of Preston in the shopping center behind Banana Leaf and Texas Land & Cattle in the old Pho Delavie space.

Apr 28, 2009
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Good Lunch Spots Near Dallas Tollway & Pres Geo Bush Turnpike

I live near there. There's not very much at that exact intersection. The closest intersection is Frankford and the Tollway which is just south. Nothing there other than Pappadeaux's, Blue Fin, Mi Cocina and the like. But in the NE corner of that intersection next to Albertson's is Bene Bene, which I've never thought much of but some people like. If you'll go a mile or so east on PGBT from the Tollway to Preston Road, you'll find more. Lavendou (French bistro) is just south of that intersection and just north is Zorba's (Greek). A couple of blocks further south on Preston are Banana Leaf (Thai), behind it in the same shopping center is Afghan Grill and another block south is Deli News. All of these are what I consider "chowish" andn have lunch. You can search any one of them on this site. And all are within 5 minutes of PGBT and the Dallas North Tollway.

Apr 27, 2009
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Caribbean in DFW

Battman, if you haven't been to Caribbean Cafe yet, I'm not such a great fan of their Cuban sandwich. (It's okay but there are better things on the menu; their roasted pork is sometives overcooked). My favorite dish there is the oxtail and they have very good ropa vieja and picadillo. I would choose one of these over the Cuban sandwich. (I've always wanted to try the Valenciana paella for 2 but you have to order it ahead)

Jan 12, 2009
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas - Cotton Bowl

Or if you're looking for a good cheap greasy spoon breakfast, try the Original Market Diner on Market St and Harry Hines (4434 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219 - 214-521-0992). It's very close by.

Jan 01, 2009
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Caribbean in DFW

Caribbean Cafe at Beltline and Webb Chapel is very good Cuban.

Jan 01, 2009
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas CH coming to Sydney-Late Night Dinner/Breakfast recommendations?

Sorry for the delay in following up, but wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your recommendations.

Golden Century was a nice change of pace after 10 days in Queensland (Not much to eat in and around Cairns (I had barbeque pizza one night, fo rexample ), but the food at Lizard Island was quite good). The szechuan seafood dishes seemed best and the wine list was much better than expected. The wife was a bit uneasy watching the live seafood at the front prepare to meet their fate...but had no problem with wolfing it down.

The second night we went to Est. it was probably the prettiest of the restaurants we went to with a soft inviting atmosphere. You would never know there a loud bar scene just downstairs. The staff was very knowledgable and attentive. The wine list was exceptional (As an aside, I've a new appreciation for Australian wines; I've seen only maybe 2 or 3 dozen Australian wine labels here (mostly white) and the vast majority are the large vineyards such as Penfolds or D'Arenberg. I really had no idea there were so many good smaller Australian vineyards and was surprised most of all by the quality of the Tasmanian vineyards (Rockford, for example). Australian wines do not get the attention here that they should). The food was hearty and the presentation was very nicely done. (By the way, the manager mentioned that he was losing his chef to Oscillating Wildly).

The third night was Quay. Quay was something of a disappointment; the view was incredible (how can you beat the Opera House just outside the window?), but the food and service were nowhere in the league as either Est or Tetsuya. The staff repeatedly confused the dinner and drink orders and were somewhat nonchalant about it. In fact, they said very little to us at all. The portions and quality of the food was acceptable but not inspiring (maybe I'm just comparing it to Tetsuya's) and was overshadowed by the poor service. A couple of people in our party had gotten their orders mixed and had food they had not ordered (and were too gracious to complain). I had read somewhere where Quay may be resting on its laurels. This could be true as I don't see how they're so highly rated. The wine list was an exception, by the way.

Tetsuya's for lunch on the 4th day was, far and away, the best meal of the trip and was perhaps the best I've ever had. The service here was simply not beatable. It was a 13 course meal (an extra one thrown in since it was our anniversary) that took 3 1/2 hours and there was not a single mistep in that whole time. Dishes were removed and wine glasses filled promptly. Our waitress was absolutely delightful. The food made a believer out of my wife, who does not normally eat Japenese or sushi. I had not known what exactly "French Japanese" fusion meant but it reminded me of Le Bernardin in NYC though it is much better and probably less expensive. This was a meal I won't soon forget.

We never did make it to Oscillating Wildly. There wasn't much room left after 13 courses for lunch at Tetsuya.

On the recommendation of the staff at the Park Hyatt, we went for lunch one day to Pony Restaurant. I'd not heard of it but it was close by so we tried it. Very cosmopolitan and the meal was solid.

One last confession: Harry's Cafe de Wheels may be a tourist trap but it was a great place to try my first meat pie. The hot dog was good but I don't think I'll ever forget the Tiger pie. Any good American Southerner knows that any single dish with meat, peas, gravy, mashed potatos, and pastry dough can't be bad.

All in all, a great dining trip. Thank God the exchange rate for the US dollar was so favorable. It would have cost a small fortune at par. Thanks again for the recommendations.

Dec 29, 2008
Clem943 in Australia/New Zealand

Addison Rec.s

Andiamos (Italian, small and cozy).

Dec 19, 2008
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas CH coming to Sydney-Late Night Dinner/Breakfast recommendations?

Thanks so much to all of you for your suggestions. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Nov 12, 2008
Clem943 in Australia/New Zealand

Dallas Visitor Seeks Great Wine List at Great Prices

I second Donnaaries. Lola's pricing is surprisingly reasonable and the list is surprisingly deep. There are a lot of wines you don't see around very much and certainly not for that price on a restaurant wine list. In terms of selection and value, it probably has the best wine list in the Southwest. If you don't know wines that well or are on a budget, choose from the first page called "Van's Picks" or something like that. Can't go wrong with any of those.

Nov 01, 2008
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas CH coming to Sydney-Late Night Dinner/Breakfast recommendations?

Brunelleschi, thanks for the suggestions. Chinese may well hit the spot at about that time. Also, I spoke to the owner of Oscillate Wildly. He said he was booked a year in advance but asked that I call him when I get to Queensland and he would see what he could do. Nice fellow; when I told him where I was eating in Sydney, he asked if I was a chef. Thanks again.

Nov 01, 2008
Clem943 in Australia/New Zealand

Dallas CH coming to Sydney-Late Night Dinner/Breakfast recommendations?

My wife and I are spending 10 days diving in Far NE Queensland and, on our way back, are spending November 26-November 30 in Sydney and staying at the Park Hyatt at the Rocks. Thanks to the great reviews and recommendations on your board, I've got reservations at EST, Quay, Tetsuya and I'm still working on Oscillate Wildly. I have a couple of questions though I'd like answered that I can't seem find on your board. We arrive after 8 pm on a Wednesday and probably won't get in to the city until 10 pm or so. Where would be a good place for a late dinner close by? I imagine that's too late for fine dining and that's okay, but where could we find a good late dinner nearby? Also, we like to get up early and get out in the city and try out good local breakfasts. Neighborhood, greasy spoons are just fine. Any recommendations for breakfasts? We're looking forward to visiting and thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Oct 29, 2008
Clem943 in Australia/New Zealand

Best Fajitas in Dallas?

Never mind about Nuevo Leon. This string made me think of their fajitas which I hadn't had in a long time, so I had them for lunch today. Not good at all. Too bad, since it's a decent little place.

Oct 10, 2008
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Fajitas in Dallas?

Above 635, try Nuevo Leon in Farmers Branch at Josey Lane and Valley View.

Oct 10, 2008
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Plano: Country Burger

I understand they had a problem with the lease in their old space, so left and opened this one.

Jul 10, 2008
Clem943 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Great Mexican for Group Dining (635 / 35E)

There's two Mexican taquerias that I often go to in that area. One is Taqueria Arandas about a 1/2 mile north on I35 (on the east service road) and the other is Casa Navarro which is just south on Marsh about 2 miles east on 635. Arandas is a small chain out of Houston and is in an old fast food restaurant. Navarro is run by the daughter of a family that used to own a renowned Mexican restaurant downtown for many years. Understand they are not upscale by any means (like Mi Cocina for example), but are good solid Tex-Mex restaurants very close by. They could be small for 30 people though, so you should call and make sure they can handle you first.

Apr 15, 2008
Clem943 in Texas

Walking Distance in Garden District

ZestyZ, with all due respect, I can't imagine traveling to New Orleans only to eat at a chain rotisserie chicken restaurant recommended only by a hotel. Didn't you notice that not a single person who responded mentioned (much less recommended) Zea? You easily got over a dozen recommendations in 7 different posts for great New Orleans places you could get to by cab or trolley within the time it would take you to walk 5 blocks.

Apr 08, 2008
Clem943 in New Orleans

Birthday dinner rec - TONIGHT - someplace like Hattie's but North.

Lavendou is in that neighborhood and better than Mirabelle or Sweet Basil though not much like Hatties.

Apr 01, 2008
Clem943 in Texas