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Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant for First-Time Visit By New York Foodies

Of those Vietnamese places I would strongly recommend La Me. Mot Hai Ba is on the fancier side and not the most authentic. If you prefer a more upscale and chic setting you may really like it but I wouldn't go there for authentic Vietnamese food. Pho is for Lovers is on the (to put this politically incorrectly) Pho for white people side. And while I do admit that I judge it for the audience they serve, it's also just substantially worse than places like Pho Bang, Pho Tay Ho, Pho Pasteur and others. La Me is authentic, serves a Vietnamese patronage, and very good though I would get anything other than pho there.

For BBQ with Pecan Lodge's new digs it's not as difficult to get. There will be a line but I'd say your best bet is to go around lunch time. Not sure about the others but many BBQ places are closed on Sundays and for dinner so look in advance.

If you only have 2 meals and are staying at the Joule, I want to re-emphasize that you go to CBD for the Pigs Head Carnitas among other dishes. That will knock out two birds with one meal: great dinner and mexican food.

about 8 hours ago
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant for First-Time Visit By New York Foodies

In my experience, and I'm sure others will disagree, high end dining here is really bad compared to NY. Lucia would be an exception but you're not lacking for good high end Italian. I think Tei-An is good but way overrated and worse than the upscale Japanese options up there. I had a tasting menu at FT33 once and thought it was good but I wasn't blown away. I haven't had a high end meal in Dallas that compares to Momofuku Ko or Blue Hill at Stone Barns (two of my favorite meals of my life) in Dallas.

All that said, you could still get a very good high end meal here and one that emphasizes southwestern ingredients. I'd consider Fearings or the Mansion for classic Dallas or FT33 or Spoon for "new age" Dallas.

Another good option I just remembered is CBD Provisions. The pig head carnitas are awesome and is served as an entire half pig's head. Split that with a couple people and it's a great meal. Afterward you can head downstairs to a very new and hip cocktail bar called Midnight Rambler.

Dec 16, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant for First-Time Visit By New York Foodies

Hey. I used to live in NY and there are definitely a handful of cuisines we do better down here (some obvious and some not so much). Here's where I would recommend:

Pecan Lodge - Best brisket I've ever had by far. This one will get recommended a lot.

Mia's or Mannys - Specifically go for the brisket tacos. Most tex-mex is largely dismissed by foodies (if you don't have nostalgia for shitty ground beef smothered in cheese then you might not appreciate it). I think the brisket tacos at these places stand alone and are a great example of good tex-mex.

Tacos - You should also get real Mexican while you're here. You can search the boards to identify the best but I recommend you at least once stop at a gas station taqueria as you drive by and pick up one or a few.

Fancy Tacos - For interesting taco combinations I like Velvet Taco. Also a fan of Torchys (especially for breakfast tacos). Stay away from Fuzzy's.

Fancy Mexican - "Modern Mexican" is not really an option in NY, at least not when I lived there. You can try Mesa, Meso Maya, or Komali for traditional Mexican food that is being prepared by a trained chef.

Ethiopian - Ethiopian food sucks in NY and it's pretty good here. I recommend Ibex or Lalibela

Fancy Southern - Though it's not my personal favorite you can get elevated southwestern cuisine at Steven Pyles, Dean Fearings, Tim Byrnes (Smoke), or Tim Love restaurant.

Dec 16, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

One Night in Dallas (Downtown).... I need EPIC

All the recommendations are great. Since you specifically mentioned seafood, I'll highly recommend the tasting menu at Spoon. I enjoyed it much more than the tasting menu at the Mansion and it is entirely seafood focused. While not as chic, it is as expensive so like gavlist mentioned it depends on the ambiance you want. I should also mention that I've only been to each restaurant once so I'm not making a blanket statement on which is better as I don't have enough data points to judge.

Coming from OC, and presumably foodies, the omakase at Tei-An might be a good idea as well to demonstrate the high quality Asian (in this case Japanese) food we have in Dallas.

Oak can be romantic and in a trendier part of town. FT-33 has the most hype these days so it would be the "hippest" choice, and delicious.

Oct 02, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Celebration Dinner on a Sat. night in Dallas

Spoon has a great tasting menu if you love seafood.

Sep 26, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Seeking authentic mexican WITH atmosphere?

That place gets busy but it's also huge. If there is a wait I doubt it would be long. I recommend you get the mollejas (sweetbreads).

Also, be prepared for extremely loud mariachi. If there are older people in your group that don't like loud restaurants than this is a terrible choice.

Pozole???

I'm curious to see the recommendations on this. I don't have a defined favorite though I like the pozole from Taqueria Lupita on Henderson.

Sep 17, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tlacoyos

Perfect, thanks! La Hechizera always comes through in the clutch. Only place I know of for a pambazo (though my dallas area torta knowledge is not extensive) and now tlacoyos as well.

Sep 08, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tlacoyos

Thanks. I think they highlight nopales more than other similar options (e.g., huaraches, sopes etc.)

Sep 08, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tlacoyos

No worries, I didn't know what they were until a week ago. They are a common street food in Mexico City (I just vacationed there). It's blue corn masa formed into a flat oval and stuffed with cheese or beans (or I think sometimes meat) and then fried (on a flat top, not deep fried) and topped with nopales, salsa, and cotija. It's nothing earth shattering but it would be fun to introduce some friends here to the dish. Here's an image:

http://eatyourworld.com/destinations/...

Sep 08, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tlacoyos

Still would love tlacoyos but where do you find arepas? That would be great as well.

Sep 06, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tlacoyos

Does anyone know where to get a tlacoyo in Dallas? Preferably from a cheap vendor and not a Meso Maya or Komali or somewhere of that ilk. But I'm open to whatever if it's authentic.

Sep 03, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Foodie Dinner in Dallas

Do you care about ambiance or neighborhood? Are you looking to go out drinking after? Want to eat at an old stodgy steakhouse or a new one? There are no shortage of high end steak houses in Dallas (and in my opinion steakhouses are generally fairly interchangeable) so those other considerations can be the deciding factor. If you're trying to go out after for a friday night, depending on the scene you like we can find a steakhouse that'll put you in the right place.

Aug 22, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Agua Frescas

Ha, it's in Old East Dallas if that helps. Don't remember the name and couldn't find it online but if you drive to that corner you'll find it. It's on Lindsley just south of Beacon.

Agua Frescas

Over the weekend I drove past a store (fruteria) that specializes in Agua Frescas at Lindsley and Beacon. That's probably worth checking out.

Aug 18, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Agua Frescas

Good to know, I'll try there. Just for clarification, Egyptian karkade (hibiscus tea) is not made with mint. I'm sure the dried hibiscus flower is the same wherever it's from but of course I have a nostalgic reason to try and find Egyptian.

Agua Frescas

haha, not if they market it that way!

Aug 07, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Agua Frescas

I guess the "moral" part is more tongue in cheek but I do hate whole foods. You asked for it so here's my rant. First, I think their products suck. I've never been a fan of the produce section. Don't even get me started on the 365 brand. Second, I think the whole non-GMO, organic, gluten free, paleo, quinoa, kale or whatever fad is in at the moment theme of WF is also ridiculous. I guess I just don't care about those things, and rarely does the science line up with the health trend of the day (e.g., gluten, GMO, paleo etc.). Third, you can't get regular products there! If I want Jif peanut butter or Mission tortillas or Shells and Velveeta, you can't get them at WF. Instead you're forced into their organic and crappy tasting alternative of said foods. Fourth, I don't want to be judged at checkout for wanting a bag. I think grocery stores should have an upcharge (like $.10 or something) for a bag. Trying to make me feel like a jerk for wanting a bag to put my groceries in is ridiculous. Further, I can't stand all the monitors they have showing how great they are with their micro-finance programs in Africa or eco-friendly initiatives. I think micro-finance is really cool but WF profiting off of it by using it in their marketing seems to go against the "crunchy" vibe they sell so hard. Fifth, and lastly, it's ridiculously expensive. Considering my first point (I think their products suck) I don't really have much reason to go there.

So, that's why I hate Whole Foods. I'm not really trying to start an argument about it. If you love shopping there then keep at it. Occasionally, like now, it's brought to my attention that they carry something I want so I go there. But believe me when I say I go begrudgingly.

Aug 07, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Agua Frescas

Slightly unrelated but that's great to know that Whole Foods has Egyptian hibiscus. A few years ago I visited Cairo and drank karkade (hibiscus tea) all the time but haven't found it here. Where in Whole Foods do you buy it? Tea section? Is there a tea section? Sorry for all the questions, I'm generally morally opposed to Whole Food but I'll sacrifice that for some hibiscus!

Aug 06, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Agua Frescas

Serrano Sandia at Komali. One of my favorite cocktails in Dallas.

Taiwanese shaved snow ice

Mays Ice Cream in the Richardson Chinatown (greenville between belt line and arapaho) is a Taiwanese Shaved Ice place.

Jul 14, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Royal Sichuan (Richardson)

King's Noodles is a Taiwanese place specializing in beef noodle soup in Richardson and they have a cold bar with some similar offerings. They won't have the chili oil stuff but they do have marinated cucumber, pigs ears, tofu and more.

Jul 08, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Royal Sichuan (Richardson)

With regards to Sichuan King, I highly second LH's recommendations, pretty much all of which are from their original menu. When they expanded the menu several months ago to offer more Szechuan staples, I found the new items to be well below mediocre. That includes items like the Cumin Lamb and Twice Cooked pork. So, if you go there, make sure you order one of their original items, particularly the hand torn noodles. As a brief aside, the two dishes I mentioned that aren't good at SK are best at SIchuanese in Plano in my opinion.

If you like very spicy food, I also highly recommend the Tiger Skin at SK. It's jalapenos quickly cooked with oil and garlic. I think of it like blistered shishito peppers except much spicier and more flavorful.

Jul 07, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Iftar Buffet

Bumping this. As Ramadan has started, where are you planning for a good (open to public) Iftar feast? I think Eat St will be in order for me. Last year I went to Dean's but it ended up being the exact same as their normal buffet but significantly more expensive.

Jun 30, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Help with really picky eaters in Dallas!

I agree with PlanoRose. You should get chicken fried steak. It meets your criteria, is awesome, and uniquely texan.

Jun 30, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas bar/bakery/restaurant/coffee shirts

Billy Dee Williams Approved Colt 45 shirt from Bryan St Tavern.

A number of cool shirts from Black Swan including "Deep Ellum Strikes Back" (a la Empire Strikes Back)

Cane Rosso has some fun ones including a pig anatomy one and "PILF" (think milf but pizza)

I'm going to keep trying to think of more, this is a very original question!

Jun 18, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Celebratory restaurants

No worries. I drive by it regularly so it's pretty front-of-mind for me. Plus, Spoon is so good, I'm excited to see what he does as I'm not generally into steakhouses.

May 09, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Celebratory restaurants

You could make a reservation at Knife. They're opening soon.

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.

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.