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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

best Plano breakfast

I'm not sure if you're talking about West Plano, but there isn't much there other than Denny's, etc. I live nearby at Preston and Geo. Bush and the only places I go to breakfast before 9 are in Dallas; the Original House of Pancakes at Sakowitz Village in Addison (not the same as IHOP) and Deli News at Preston and Campbell. There is a Dream Cafe in that same shopping center that many like. Some people also like Cyndy's in Richardson. There is a new Breadwinner's in Plano in Preston north of Parker, but I don't particularly care for it. I think there are some decent Mexican restaurants in East Plano east of 75. If anyone knows of anything else, I'd like to know myself.

Mar 07, 2008
Clem943 in Texas

Looking for Shrimp and Grits

Mister F-This post is a little belated, but I noticed that Uglesich's recipe for shrimp and grits is in the cookbook they published just before they went out of business.

Feb 24, 2008
Clem943 in New Orleans

Addison, TX?

I work in the area and have two favorites: 1) Andiamo's at Belt Line and Marsh is reasonably priced Italian in a cozy litte restaurant. It's been there at least 15 years. 2) And, on out Belt Line a mile or two, is Caribbean Cafe, which has been written about much on these boards.

Feb 11, 2008
Clem943 in Texas

Bistro Nous - N.Dallas

As a follow up, I did speak to the owner of Bistro Nous. He had been at the grill that night and was very apologetic. He explained that the crowd had gotten out of hand and they were going to reconsider whether to accept these parties in the future. He told me that the server was new there and had admitted fault. When I asked about the food, he told me that he had been "rushed" in his preparations because of the party. He was as gracious as he could have been, spoke knowledgably and maybe these things just happen sometimes, but still .....

Dec 18, 2007
Clem943 in Texas

Bistro Nous - N.Dallas

I had dinner at this restaurant last night. When we got there, we found that it was very cozy. There was low lighting and it had nice Christmas music playing at just the right volume. With the cushioned bench seating against the wall and a cool wind blowing in, it reminded me of a cozy NY restaurant. I had ordered tea, but the mood was so nice, I ordered the wine list. Then the wheels fell off:

There was a party that had evidently booked the bar. They were at a low din in the beginning but , as the night wore on, they got louder and louder. They were playing some game where they yelled out numbers. (I must have been a drinking game). When we complained to the waiter, he was unapologetic and shrugged saying they were the staff from Tei Tei Robata and this was their Christmas party. The noise ruined the mood completely.

The waiter and service was slow. The waiter was perplexed by the wine menu. When i asked for his recommendation, he stared blankly at the list without ever saying anything. So I chose the house sauvignon blanc with no suggestion from him and he then took a good 10 minutes to bring the wine which I had to ask him to chill. There were only 4 other two top tables taken, so he wasn't busy with other patrons. Then, when we were done with our entree, he presented the check without ever asking if we wanted dessert or coffee. (To be fair, when I pointed this out, he brought us out a dessert we didn't touch). After signing the bill, then he came back later and said that he had given us the wrong bill, so we had to sign again. We sat next to a couple who said they had been there 7 or 8 times and they admitted that this was the worst service ever. We got there at 8 and left around 10 (dining should be an experience so that was fine by me except that 2 hours of the noise was too much).

The food was bland and uninspiring. In particular, we had the beef stir fried with egg noodles as an entree and a tart appetizer that supposedly had cheese and sausage (none seen). We also had the angel hair pasta with crabmeat, which actually had quite a lot of crabmeat, but still managed to be a little bland. The one exception was the warm endive salad. The only problem was that it got cold while I was waiting on the wine. The couple I mentioned above raved about their food though.

I left a note to the management explaining the problems and I've gotten a message this morning from them comping the meal altogether. So at least they're trying to do the right thing. Still, I don't think I'll be going back. You can blame much of the problems on the party that they refused to control, but not the food and that's too bad. We could certainly use more of these types of restaurants (i.e., non-Chili's) in the neighborhood.

Dec 18, 2007
Clem943 in Texas

Review of Steve Fields in Plano

Okay, here's a couple more in the neighborhood:

For Italian, try Covino's. It's another BYOB place with good pizza. The wait is pretty long on most nights, but you can wait with your wine. It's sort of hidden in the SW corner of Parker and Independence.

A pretty good deli is Deli News. A NY style deli with what many say are the best pastrami sandwiches you'll find in these parts. They're open for breakfast, too. Preston and Campbell.

Also, for Thai, just north of Preston and Campbell is Banana Leaf. It's been voted the best in Dallas before in the Observer and usually wins the Best of Plano tasting (no jokes here, please). You'll recognize the manager, Steve, as the Asian with a Texas twang.

Speaking of wine, one of the best wine stores in DFW is Mr. G's at Coit and 15th. No liquor (have to go to Addison for that), but it has one of the deepest selections of Australian and domestic (Calif., Wash) wines around. Ask for the manager, John.

As far as local steak, go to Central Market and get one to grill. (They get their meat shipments on Tuesday and have been lately selling out much of the prime by the weekend due to some kind of beef shortage, so go early). It's expensive, but it really is the best place to buy meat around town.

Jul 09, 2007
Clem943 in Texas