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Baby Shower for the Boys - Dive Mexican/bbq for a large group?

We are planning a baby shower in Austin and could use some local help --- this is not your usual baby shower, this ones for the boys. Should be all about the food, dive Mexican Austin style. No tablecloths, no ivy, no lace, tulle or jello molds.... just a good solid pick this as your last one rockin taco. 20 people on a Friday night (Juan in a million is not open)... Any good local Chow advice?

Feb 01, 2010
ErinTulane in Austin

Baby Shower for the Boys - Dive Mexican/bbq for a large group?

We are planning a baby shower in Austin and could use some local help --- this is not your usual baby shower, this ones for the boys. Should be all about the food, dive Mexican Austin style. No tablecloths, no ivy, no lace, tulle or jello molds.... just a good solid pick this as your last one rockin taco. 20 people on a Friday night (Juan in a million is not open)... Any good local Chow advice?

Jan 31, 2010
ErinTulane in Austin

Dallas - Salum

We love Salum...... And I never thought of them for catering. Hmmmm.... going to put that piece of information to good use.

Four Seasons - Cafe on the Green

Has anyone been to this restaurant? We are doing a bit of a staycation at the Four Seasons and would like to have a nice dinner, with some really good food. I dont know much about this spot though. Open to other suggestions too if there is a better place convenient to the Four Seasons where we can have a great multicourse chef driven meal...... Thanks in advance!!

Blue Canyon?

Has anyone been to Blue Canyon in Rockwall (or any of the other locations?) I normally am adverse to chains, but this place has the look and feel that we are going for. We are taking my father in law to a birthday dinner. Think ranch, game, hunting, shooting, etc. Seems like he would like it, if the food is done well. Thoughts or other recomendations? Other option would be heading to Ft. Worth to either Bonnells or Lonesome Dove. Any help would be appreciated!!!! (I should say, we live in Dallas, so part of the question is whether the drive is worth it).

Feb 24, 2009
ErinTulane in Texas

Fuel City Tacos

These tacos are amazing! Who knew you could get a "roadside taco" right here in Dallas! I had the chicken and the beef - with everything. Theres no where to sit and I couldnt wait to get home, so I ate them in the car while driving (EWD). Would advise against that if you dont want your car to stink for the next couple days, or if you dont want to get pulled over but yes, they are THAT good.

Jaspers is now open in the Domain

we were there last night and that creamed corn is amazing - I want to make it for Thanksgiving! Also, my husband had the ribs and ate them with a *fork* - they were good!

Oct 05, 2008
ErinTulane in Austin

DFW Chow Friendly Football (incl. live opening of National Sports Lounge review)

My sweet husband, who who has the pleasure of picking up the check while I try all the new restos loves football. The man has 4 fantasy teams... which means effective today I have many Saturday (college), Sunday (early, late, night), Monday (night), and sometimes Thursday games to look forward to. If I am to survive til the new year, food is essential!!!!!!!!

We are forever in search of the perfect place to Watch The Games. Usually, this means "Watch the Early Games" which is Sunday morning, at 11 (go early to get a good seat) until 3:30 (end of game, race home to catch the begininning of the Late Games.) So, brunch is in order.

We need a Chow Friendly football bar... he needs TVs with the full sports package (e.g. Direct TV, more viewing than basic cable. aka "All The Games"). I need decent food, preferably solid brunch, and ideally, an excellent bloody mary. Bonus points for wireless (chow posting), plentiful outside TVs (bring the dog), waitresses who get to wear clothes, and my dream... no, nevermind, lets just shoot for brunch and TV.

Review of NSL (Live)
I am posting this live from the National Sports Lounge on Greenville Ave. This is basically their opening, so its extra interesting for me... bottom line: big crowd place is FULL but service is not keeping up, largely due to mgrs not staff.

Food situation: No Brunch menu. Pro: Buger not greasy, nice option to get avacado slices, apparently they are out of tomatoes. Bonus points: Wheat Bun on my burger. DH got pulled pork sammy.... that was good. Light for bar food, a plus for us.

Atmostphere: TV situation: when we got here they lacked the key to get into the mgr's office to get the remote. That took 20 mins. Later, took 20 mins to figured out how to turn them on. Ultimately: All The Games, seconds to spare with the kick off.

Service: Wait staff is good, our waitress in particular. Management, less so. I actually love our waitress. Her get up is the less scary (people are in Church!) of the two options, but shes a doll, and a pro. The Mgr told all the ppl who waited through the TV turn on debacle, (these are rabid football fans, every second the games arent on freaks them out and this is a sports bar, it was a tense moment... think of going to a fine resto and they cant get into the wine cabinet, but keep saying "we will, we will") just came around to the full tables on opening day of his resto and told them all they had to leave by 3pm. For non-football ppl, the Early Games end at 3:20ish. (So, this is like "I know your goat cheese panna cotta with raspberry coulis and almond butter tuile is coming but you can stand in the corner and eat it, we need to turn over your table"). Maybe they dont want a football crowd.

Bar: Holy cow, these beers are huge. The medium is a double decker. Bloody Mary is doctorable.

Crowd: Toddler count: earlier, this was high, all well behaved, very cute, entertaining, a plus. Male Female ratio: solid. Lots of groups with both. Saints fans in the house. Jerseys - One per table. Place is packed.

Net- Net: I would come back but would really rather something with eggs, Hubby will only come back if the 3pm situation is resolved favorably, its a cliff hanger.

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Are there any Hounds out there that love football? Can you help?

Bolsa [Dallas]

Anyone been to Bolsa in Oak Cliff (near Bishop Arts)? I think we might try it tonight. I like the concept... fresh, local, no freezer or fryer, extensive wine list.... yes!

Turkey Burger - Dallas

I have to second Cafe Express - I tried it on a whim and was very happy with it. Who knew? ;>

Dallas - Screen Door

Sounds promising! And the BLT may be a good addition to my cocktail...

Dallas - Screen Door

So, I went. The space is very pretty - lush and airy at the same time. So that, I liked.

I had gumbo and the asparagus salad. The gumbo was ok. The salad was ... eh.
Seemed more like a side dish (a row of spears with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes and marinated mushrooms across the center).

My dining partner had lobster bisque and a salad. Soup was ok. Salad had fried chicken on top. There was a good amount of chicken, and the fry was very crispy, chicken juicy - but no flavor in the fry. It was ok.

Were I to go back, it would be for a cocktail at the bar, which looked rather enticing. (And I do love my cocktails, and its on my way home.)

Any one else?

Dallas - Screen Door

Has anyone been to Screen Door in One Arts Plaza? What did you have, was it lunch or dinner, and how was it? If its even half as good as Hatties, I am going to be really excited!

Lola or Local in Dallas?

We had such a bad meal at Local I had to post about it on this board.

Interestingly enough, we adore Lola, from the friendly informative service to the creative (and so reasonable - shh, dont tell them) food, its a go to restaurant for us.

So, for me this is an easy choice!

Chocolate Secrets

Interesting. I have never eaten the truffles - I bought at box as a hostess gift at C.Secrets and stopped by Corner Market shortly after whereupon I saw them and they were clearly (as distinuished by the name of the flavors and the decoration on top, size, shape, etc.) the same ones. So I asked where they get their truffles, which is how I learned about the FW place. guess i will stick with society next door fr my sweet tooth!

Jan 19, 2008
ErinTulane in Texas

Where can I find the best Asian noodle soups in Dallas?

Pho 95 by the asian grocery off of Skillman.

"We're done here" - the mid-meal departure [Moved from Texas Board]

We ate - or rather tried to eat - at a very well regarded local restaurant last night. We had heard that it was fantastic and were looking forward to a great meal. That never happened - everything went wrong with our experience.

This was the poorest service we have ever had in five years of eating out - entirely too much - together.

From the 20 minute wait at the bar for even a greeting (there were only 10 people at the bar, there were empty bar stools), to being asked to move, to the bad table where we were sat (dim drafty corner out of view of the main room staring at a door), to running out of certain dishes, to the entrees that arrived so long after our app they were cold, little went right with our visit. When the waiter offered to re-heat (and thereby overcook) my husband's lamb shank, (they were out of the braised osso bucco) he responded with "thanks, but I think we're done here." The highlight of our experience was the manner in which our waiter handled our departure.

This was a first for us and hopefully an only - we are not complainers and frankly we are not picky - but we left mid-meal. The only other time I have done that in my life was in New Orleans and involved a cockroach.

It was almost 10 when we left and we sought out a place we were certain would still serve us. On that criteria we chose Toulouse. I know Toulouse is much maligned on this board but let me tell you, from the always warm greeting at the door which involved a kiss on each cheek, our meal was friendly, prompt and properly prepared. It was a welcome change.

Everyone has a bad day at the office and the restaurant's reputation is likely built on the back of the house. Maybe this one of those freak instances of all of the bad things happening to one set of customers.

But I am curious, has anyone else on this board left a restaurant mid-meal? Tell us your story.

Jan 13, 2008
ErinTulane in Not About Food

Chocolate Secrets

The local truffles are completely over priced. The same truffles from the same place (which I forget the name but is in fort worth) are carried at The Corner Market on Greenville for a full dollar a piece less.

Jan 01, 2008
ErinTulane in Texas

Missing home - and back for 5 nights to EAT!

Well, its hard to believe that is so close but we get to town on Friday and so its time to lock it in! Thank you to everyone for your helpful suggestions.

Definites include:
RTM Blueberry Pancakes
Dmitris
Tria
Pats
Buddakahn
BYOB - TBD

Any thoughts on the BYOB?

Dec 16, 2007
ErinTulane in Pennsylvania

Best Bakery for Petit Fours and/or Sugar Cookies (Dallas, Richardson, Plano area)

Society bakery on greenville has both (and good cakes too)!

Oct 09, 2007
ErinTulane in Texas

Missing home - and back for 5 nights to EAT!

Not anymore - in Dallas now. NOLA will always be my "2nd hometown" though (2nd to Phila).

Interesting recomendation!

Sep 30, 2007
ErinTulane in Pennsylvania

Missing home - and back for 5 nights to EAT!

You'll have to let me know what you think after trying Emerils! ;>

BTW - I hadn't realized that Marcus Samuelsson left WS. That does change things a bit.

We will definitely take everyone up on these recs! I am so glad I asked!

Sep 30, 2007
ErinTulane in Pennsylvania

Missing home - and back for 5 nights to EAT!

Yeah - we love it all - we love the byobs (which is something we dont get enough of in Dallas) - and we love the starr concept restaurants. For what they are, they are great. Mostly we love chef-driven seasonal menus . By the way, Emeril's restaurant (the real one not the outposts) actually IS very good. We avoided it for years on principle but I have to say that was a mistake bc its a great restaurant!

Sep 29, 2007
ErinTulane in Pennsylvania

Dallas: Boston Hound comin to town

I totally agree with both of the prior posts from Bhutani.

I had lunch at Fearings this week and it was very good. By the way, it does not feel like hotel dining.

I am a big fan of Stephen Pyles' ceviche and it is quite close to your hotel. Perhaps you can stop in for ceviche and a martini during your stay. But were you to choose only one I would go to Fearings. Here is why:

- Its new which means that the people watching is very good and you are likely to have a tableside visit from Dean (as we did at lunch).
- Dean used to be the chef at the Mansion, long regarded as Dallas' finest restaurant so you will be sort of getting a "2-fer."
-You can order the tortilla soup which is a Dallas thing, and Dean is quite well known for his, thus satisfying both your nice dinner and local requirements
-the Ritz is uptown - meaning, a more active area at night.

One more thing - Javiers has a great cigar bar and good atmosphere but it is mex-mex not tex-mex.

Have a great visit and let us know what you ate!

Sep 28, 2007
ErinTulane in Texas

Dallas: Boston Hound comin to town

At which point, you must eat a fletchers corny-dog.

Sep 28, 2007
ErinTulane in Texas

Missing home - and back for 5 nights to EAT!

Thanks. We are in Texas so we probably will avoid philly tex-mex which at this point for us would be like ordering a cheesesteak in Dallas. But, I do agree with you that El Vez is a fun place for a drink! This brings up a good question... what is the best/hottest Starr restaruant these days?

Sep 28, 2007
ErinTulane in Pennsylvania

Fun Date Restaurant in Dallas

EpiEsq, thats hilarious. The food at Vickery is excellent - and I fully second the calamari. Just make sure about what time you go, etc. since it is very much a bar atmosphere (dark, smoky, etc) and not a particularly date-night like crowd. Not sure what your date is like but he/she may or may not be in to that.

Sep 28, 2007
ErinTulane in Texas

Fun Date Restaurant in Dallas

Yep - thats the one! Thanks ;>

Sep 28, 2007
ErinTulane in Texas

Hatties last night - fabulous!

Right now they have a Halibut special that is amazing. Its encrusted in something (not pepitas and not nuts) and served with a fantastic fennel salad. I seriously would have eaten a second one! Has anyone else had this dish? Do you recall whats in it?

Sep 23, 2007
ErinTulane in Texas

Texas State Fair

Get a Fletchers Corny Dog and a fried twinkie.

Sep 23, 2007
ErinTulane in Texas