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All things Goat

I'll have to check out that place. I've actually been searching for a Torta Ahogada, a specialty of Guadalajara, and it is very very hard to find around here. Regarding El Come, I think it's a little overrated at this point. They have some items that are otherwise hard to find, which is great, but I was not blown away by the quality the one time I went. Still plan on going back though.

Quick note, Tripas are actually intestines. Buche would be closer to tripe but is pig stomach. I remember being surprised to learn tripas are not tripe as I had always thought.

Apr 10, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth
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All things Goat

Happy to help and I'm fairly familiar with Everest. Their momos (dumplings) are good. They do not have buffalo momos so if that's what you're seeking you'll have to go elsewhere.

There is not a bar but they may serve alcohol, I don't really remember.

My favorite item there is not on the menu but it's called Bhutun (pronounced boo tun) and it's stewed goat organ meat. This, like many other dishes, are served with beaten rice, soy beans, and achar. I recently had a goat head fry there which was a special that day and it was amazing.

I also highly recommend sukuti (pronounced soo-koo-tee) which is like a jerky. Another good choice is sekuwa which is like a grilled meat.

There are lots of dishes that will be familiar from Indian cuisine as well as a number of chinese options. You can always get a thali to try more stuff too but just make sure you start with momo's if this is your first Nepali meal as that is the culinary centerpiece of Nepal.

Apr 09, 2014
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All things Goat

They have goat brain masala at many Pakistani places. I've had it at Al Markaz. Goat brain tacos (cessos) are also sometimes available at El Come Taco.

@LH, I'd say lamb is a deal killer for now. I'm particularly interested in finding good goat dishes. Love lamb too but could save that for a different post.

Apr 08, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth
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All things Goat

I've never had that issue though I have had to clarify that I do indeed want goat if it's called something different on the menu (e.g., if it's barbacoa made from goat). Slightly related, most restaurants around town (South Asian primarily) serve goat in their "mutton" dishes.

Apr 08, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

All things Goat

Thanks for the tips! Forgot about the curry goat at Elaine's, it is fantastic. I'm excited to try the goat at nam hua, never been there despite many trips to that shopping center.

Apr 07, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Innovative in Dallas--April 5-7

I actually didn't get it because I didn't think foie would be a worthwhile addition. We're probably saying the same thing... it's not worth the $10 upcharge to add foie gras to the poutine. I just wouldn't expect it to cost any less.

Apr 03, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Innovative in Dallas--April 5-7

To second Gavlist, I had the poutine at BB and was not impressed. I'm not an expert on poutine but had it once in MN which was way better. To your friends point, the fries sucked, curds didn't squeak, and the duck wasn't great. The only thing I disagree with is I think $10 to add foie is not an unreasonable upcharge.

All in all, I would like BB if it weren't so trendy, crowded, and a hassle to get in and out of. If it were a half filled bar with elevated bar food, it would be great. For the struggle to eat there, the food is not nearly good enough.

Apr 03, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Fuzhou Style Cuisine - Richardson

I'm bumping this up because I've been sorely missing Fuzhou for the last couple years. Anyone know of a Fujian style restaurant in Dallas?

Apr 01, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

BBQ, Tacos & Local Food (Help me trim down my itinerary)

I actually disagree and think Mesa is way overrated. The enmoladas are fantastic, as are all mole options, but i've never had anything else there that I thought was worthy of the high praise they receive. If you do go to Mesa, get anything with mole.

I'd look at some Tex-Mex options while you're here as well. Personally, I think the brisket tacos at Mia's/Manny's are destination worthy.

Lastly, I'd consider adding Lucia to your list if you're looking for a high end meal. I think it's the best fine dining restaurant in the city.

Mar 13, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

All things Goat

I love goat. Let's crowdsource some good goat options around Dallas. Excluding Indian and Mexican as they are plentiful and I'm looking for some new options. Thanks.

P.S. it's close to Indian but I had the goat head fry at Everest last week (it was a special) and it was amazing.

Mar 11, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth
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3.5 Days in Dallas, Trimming the Itenerary

Thanks for the writeup and I look forward to your longer reviews.

One thing I noticed missing from your review is any Mexican or Tex-Mex. I would try to get both while in Austin if you can squeeze it in (you can definitely find room for a taco at some point). It would be a shame to visit Texas and miss those.

Mar 06, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Thai Condiments

Every Thai meal should be accompanied with a standard set of four condiments on the table: sugar, dried red chiles, fish sauce, and fish sauce with sliced chiles in it. In Thailand you're as likely to see all of those on your table as you would find ketchup at a burger place here.

So, what Thai restaurants in DFW either have them on the table as a default or will bring them if you ask? I'm using this as a not-so-reliable barometer of authenticity.

Feb 12, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

CBD Provisions

I've been for brunch several times. I wouldn't say I'm blown away by their brunch (though in all honesty I wouldn't say any brunch in Dallas has blown me away). The stand-out dishes I've had that are worth your time at brunch at CBD are the tripe and the pastries. The pastries are actually extremely good and worth a visit on their own. The plate usually comes with a croissant, financier, muffin and scone.

Feb 06, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Need a BBQ spot, but for dinner....

Well if Hard 8 isn't too far, I'd through Three Stacks into the mix.

For Big Als, my family used to go there a ton about 10 years ago. I recall that they had the best bbq chicken (though really, who cares) and I wasn't blown away by the rest. That said, it was 10 years ago so I'd trust TW on this one. And try the chicken.

Jan 21, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas Downtown recommendations wanted!

Great point Webra. The distance is manageable but it wouldn't be a pleasant walk.

Jan 17, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth
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Dallas Downtown recommendations wanted!

Fearings or Pyles or Stampede 66. They are distinctly Texan.

Jan 17, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas Downtown recommendations wanted!

I'd consider Meso Maya or Komali. Think Rosa Mexicana but way better and more interesting as well. The latter would be hike but would take you through a vibrant part of Dallas (uptown) which might be fun to see.

Jan 17, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tortas... Go!

I like the chain hechizerra but am sorely lacking in my torta knowledge. Where are the best?

Jan 16, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas Downtown recommendations wanted!

Check the menu at FT33 in adavnce for vegetarian options. Gavlist has been much more than me and I trust his advice but the one time I went they had literally no vegetarian options. There was a pasta that was the clear choice if you're vegetarian but even on that dish you would have had to request no ham (i think it was ham, it was clearly a meat that you could omit to make it vegetarian).

Jan 16, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

3.5 Days in Dallas, Trimming the Itenerary

Adding Dude Sweet Chocolate to the list. I'm assuming this is a road trip and some good chocolate would be nice to have in the car.

Jan 13, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth
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3.5 Days in Dallas, Trimming the Itenerary

Great post and thank you for doing research in advance. I'm just going to go down your list and add my thoughts.

Sunday Brunch: I like Bolsa for brunch. Also great and a more Texan experience would be Smoke. Another good brunch is Boulevardier or CBD Provisions. Of all of these I would recommend Smoke where you can get brisket hash and other items that are semi Texas in style/theme.

4 Dinners: I would do one or the other regarding Stephan Pyles or Fearings. Both are quintessential Dallas spots but are not too dissimilar in approach so one could satisfy. FT33 is probably the most trendy choice right now. I haven't been to Belly & Trumpet but have heard great things. In my opinion, Lucia is the best high end restaurant we have right now so definitely keep that on the list and order charcuterie.

3 Breakfasts: Eliminate Bread Winners. Unless you just like pastries, I have had two terrible experiences there regarding both food and service. Plus, while the menu is expansive, none of it is very interesting. I would add Crossroads Diner, Good 2 Go Tacos (interesting breakfast tacos), or just breakfast tacos anywhere (e.g., Torchys). You'll get tons of breakfast tacos in Austin as well so keep that in mind.

3 or 4 lunches: This is a good list with Pecan Lodge being the only "must-go". If you've never been to BonChon and want fried chicken you should add that to your list. Avila's is good Tex-Mex, you can do a search for other good tex-mex options. You've left off Mexican which you should definitely find.

Meddlesome Moth is a fantastic beer bar but i've never been impressed with their food. It's good enough though and a good pre-game spot if you want to drink a lot of great beer.

Snacks - El Portal Bakery in Carrollton for Almojabana. International Bakery (also in Carrollton) for cuban pastries. Village Bakery for canele's. And, if you go to brunch at CBD Provisions, they have an incredible pastry plate.

Lastly, you did not include any types of asian food in your lists. We have lots of options for Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese (mostly Sichuan and Cantonese), SE Asian, etc.... Let us know if that's something you would like while here.

Jan 13, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth
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Tacos in Dallas are shameful

Hey TW, thanks for the tip on El Come. I've been wanting ot go there for a few weeks, now I'm going to make sure I do so soon.

I have a quick semantics question that I wanted to clarify. Is there a difference between Mexico City style tacos and just Mexican tacos? I wasn't sure if that meant something more specific. Either way, I'm very much on board with not using the term "street tacos" which is a bit of a pet peeve of mine.

Jan 13, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Fort Worth/Dallas in March

It looks like you're from D.C. so I will no longer recommend Ethiopian (it's good here, it's not D.C.).

I lived in D.C. for four years, here are the items I missed from Dallas while I was there:

Tacos - They're everywhere, they're fantastic, you should get some. Search here for the best but you can't go too wrong and it will almost assuredly be better than anything in the metro area.

BBQ - Already covered above, but a second for Pecan Lodge.

Cajun/Creole - LA natives will say it's terrible here, and they're probably right, but it's still way better than in D.C. I like Big Easy in Plano but I'm sure you can find some Ft. Worth options.

Steak - this one is tricky because high end steakhouses get the same quality beef all over the country. Where I believe you'll find a difference here is in the mid-price/cheap steaks, which don't exist in non-cattle areas. Charco's Broiler in Oak Cliff is an experience and you get a steak, loaded baked potatoe and salad for under $10. I'll qualify by adding, it's not phenomenal but a good souvenir of Dallas as it's also located next to the Texas Theater where Lee Harvey Oswald was captured.

Gulf Coast Seafood - You'll be here in the heart of crawfish season and it would be a shame not to take advantage. Boiling Crab is the best.

Jan 03, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

So Fort Worth is getting a Cane Rosso....and a Velvet Taco :)

At Cane Rosso, the crowd consensus favorite nearly every time I go is the Delia which has the bacon marmalade in lieu of red sauce. Another good, off menu, option is the Pinche de Julio which is a dessert pizza made with mascarpone, nutella, and vanilla bean.

Dec 27, 2013
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Belly & Trumpet

Anyone been? What's the word?

Dec 18, 2013
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Casa Rubia

To follow up on my original post, I absolutely enjoyed Casa Rubia. Here is a quick summary of what I had:

Jamon Iberico de Bellota - This is the expensive one. It was fantastic I would not order it again. I'm happy I've had it but would sooner have good salumi shipped in than pay for that ham.

Croquetas - These were flavorless, like bland hushpuppies. No discernible seafood flavor at all.

Lamb Belly - This was fantastic, highly recommend.

Erizos - toast with uni, quail egg, and jamon iberico lardo on top. If that doesn't read as a must order to you, we're from different planets.

Rabbit - Also fantastic, highly recommend.

Dec 18, 2013
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Casa Rubia

That's really helpful, thank you. I was definitely planning on getting the Erizos. Sea urchin and lardo, yes please.

Dec 16, 2013
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Casa Rubia

Anyone been yet? Any must get dishes? Also, would greatly appreciate your input before this evening.

Dec 16, 2013
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where to find Singaporean, Malaysian, Southern Cantonese, Nonya cuisine in DFW?

I'm 99% confident you're talking about Hainanese Chicken. You can get it at any of the Malay/Singaporean restaurants of which I think Secret Recipe is the best.

As a side note, I made this dish for the first time recently and it's actually very easy. You boil a chicken with aromatics. Once that it's done, put the chicken in an ice bath and then use the chicken broth to cook the rice. Making the dipping sauce requires a blender but not much more.

For Cantonese, I'm a big fan of Lucky City Chinese BBQ, specifically their wonton soup. But I think I've beaten that horse to death on this board already.

Dec 13, 2013
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Monkey King Noodle Company

Quick follow up on Sichuan King. I suggest mainly sticking to the original menu items. I ordered the cumin lamb and it was awful. I say "mainly" only because they do have an appetizer, not on the original menu, called tiger skin which is wok cooked jalapenos (sliced in half lengthwise) with garlic and oil and msg and it's awesome. Kinda like blistered shishito peppers but very spicy, way more flavor, and not offered in every restaurant in the city.

Dec 10, 2013
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth