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Looking for Chicken & Rice (NYC Street Food)

DRuss, you just made my day! They have chicken, lamb, combo?

Jul 30, 2015
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Chilled Soups

With a couple months of 100 degree days around the corner I thought now would be a good time to add to my repertoire of chilled soups. What are your favorites? To give some criteria, they need to be a soup (so coctel wouldn't count) and they need to be cold. I had Mul Naeng Myun today at Gui Rock which was excellent and want to add to my list. Thanks!

Jun 24, 2015
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tourist in Brisbane - Need Recs

Reporting back from my trip. I had a great time in Brisbane, thank you to everyone for the recommendations. First things first, Australia may have the best coffee culture of anywhere I've been. I loved how you can find good coffee everywhere, and the John Mills recommendation was spot on. I ended up there 3 times.

For food I was generally very happy. Here are the places I went:

Lunch at Little Singapore - I had the hokkien mee, it was fantastic.

Grand Central Pub - I guess I just wanted the pub experience. I had a chicken parmy - it was okay. My colleague had a burger and it looked terrible. Also, 4X Gold is gross. I expected that going in, everyone told me it would be, but I'm still happy for the experience.

Dinner at Little Greek Taverna - This place was awesome. I get such terrible Mediterranean food in my hometown so I was very happy with this restaurant. Had the grilled octopus, an eggplant dip, and a lamb shank special (side note: it's amazing how much lamb y'all have). Everything was great and everything I saw on our neighbors tables looked delicious as well.

Breakfast at Gunshop Cafe - This was pretty good. The back patio area is really nice and the food was solid. I had the toulouse sausage and a side of black pudding.

Dinner at Esquire - Had the full degustation menu with wine pairings. I really like the interior but it was very awkward as it was nearly completely empty. There were two other tables total that were there the entire time we were there, which was 7:30-9:30 on a Thursday. So, that felt odd. The food was all very good with really no misses. I've had roughly 20 fancy degustation meals in my life and this was probably top 10. At most one dish knocked it out of the park for me but everything was a solid A minus. Until... dessert. This was a major, massive faux pas for the restaurant. The general progression of the meal was very nice; it built nicely and the final three dishes were chicken, duck, then beef. After the beef course (or main/heaviest protein) I usually expect a palate cleanser course, such as a cheese plate or sorbet, followed by a rich dessert course such as a panna cotta or a chocolate something. Normal progression to end a meal. After our beef course, they brought out a goat cheese plate with some simple syrup type thing on it. The cheese, which they said they make in house, was completely flavorless. I would have counted this as the first course that was off just flavor wise but it would at least work as a palate cleanser. But no, that was the dessert. I was amazed. It may sound like I'm making a big deal out of nothing but I was surprised they didn't have a real dessert. And if that was their dessert that they didn't consider the role of a palate cleanser course leading into a dessert. And since they served a bland palate cleanser as their dessert, that they were comfortable ending the meal that way.

Regardless, I don't mean to be too negative because the meal really was very nice. I had a poached chicken dish that was incredible, and a smoked mussel that has changed how I think of mussels. It just ended on such a low note that it soured the experience which is a shame 'cause it was otherwise so good.

Anyways, thanks again everyone for your help. It made a huge positive impact on my trip.

Another enjoyable Dallas trip

Thanks for the feedback. I haven't been to Ten 50 yet but I've heard it's really good.

May 20, 2015
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tourist in Brisbane - Need Recs

Thanks everyone for your help. One last question. I'm trying to make time for one special meal. I don't care where it is (I'll take a cab) or how much it costs. What's the best meal to be had if price is not a consideration?

This time I did do some research but all the chowhound threads are old. Ortiga seemed the consensus choice but it's closed. I saw ARIA and Esquire but would like input here before picking. Thanks!

Tourist in Brisbane - Need Recs

Awesome, thank you both! I'm looking into those restaurants now. Anything uniquely Australian? I'll definitely want to get Asian food as I imagine it's higher quality over there (relative to Texas) but would love to eat something specific to Australia too.

Tourist in Brisbane - Need Recs

Hi All,

I'll be visiting from the U.S. next month for an education conference in Brisbane. I'll be staying at the NEXT hotel (72 Queen St) and the conference is at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Center. I have no car and will be on foot or public transport. I would greatly appreciate any recommendations y'all have. I will truly eat anything, cheap or expensive, and ideally would like to find something that is A) uniquely Australian (even better if it's unique to Brisbane) and/or B) incredibly delicious. I just learned about the trip yesterday so I'm beginning my research here. Any advice you can give to point me in the right direction would be fantastic. Thanks.

Good Food Near Belmont Hotel

If you hadn't already gone for Dinner, I'd recommend Boulevardier's brunch over Bolsa. I've been to both for brunch a number of times and Boulevardier has a more interesting menu and is simply more delicious. Plus, the pastry plate at Bouleveradier is fantastic, second only to CBD Provision in my opinion.

Apr 22, 2015
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Trendy+Kid Friendly+Tasty+Weekend Large Party

I think Remedy would be a good choice for this. Menu satisfies all the ages plus those from HK with elevated classic diner cuisine.

Apr 02, 2015
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Gemma - one of my top ten restaurants in the past 10 years

Thanks for the awesome review! Can't wait to try it.

Mar 23, 2015
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Mex-Mex restaurants in Dallas area?

Try Webb Chapel Extension around Northwest Highway, Old East Dallas, and Pleasant Grove for literally hundreds of Mexican places where little to no English is spoken.

A few places I'd highlight are Estilo Hidalgo (for lamb barbacoa, only open on weekends), Tortilleria La Nueva de Zacatecas, a million different taquerias (you can search the boards for specific spots), Birreria Aguinaga (only place in Dallas I know of where you can get a Torta Ahogada but i'm sure someone will suggest others), and Medranos.

Mar 23, 2015
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Japanese Whiskey

Parliament has about 5 or 6 Japanese whiskeys. They're priced between $15 and $27 for a straight pour.

Feb 04, 2015
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

Mindblowingly delicious cake in Dallas/Plano?

Have you tried the Whiskey Cake at Whiskey Cake?

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

I've been there twice though once was for brunch.

Dec 22, 2014
demigodh in Dallas - Fort Worth

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.

Dec 19, 2014
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.