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Asian cake for bday

Jeng Chi does beautiful pastries and custom cakes.

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

Thank you for reinforcing what many of us living in Dallas believe that Dallas has indeed become a dining destination to be reckoned with.

Best Mex-Mex restaurants in Dallas area?

A big second for Estilo Hidalgo! Very much what the OP asked for.

Best Mex-Mex restaurants in Dallas area?

La Banqueta Puro DF Proximamente. 1305 No. Carroll Avenue. (My personal favorite)

El Atoron.

Each of these two have other locations. But don't let that put you off. Take my word, you'll be the only gringo in either of these two great taquerias.

Note: Most of the really good Mexican taquerias in Dallas have more than one location.

Best Mex-Mex restaurants in Dallas area?

I'd go with Mr. Mesero on McKinney Avenue and Meso Maya (downtown or Preston Forest). Also, Gonzalez Restaurant (order from the "house specialties" and don't forget to request the "salsa fresca" with your chips) ) and El Ranchito (cabrito is the house specialty). They're both on Jefferson Avenue in Oak Cliff. And don't miss Mesa. Also on Jefferson Avenue.

Great dinner, great wine, great cocktails

Enjoy! They've just been rated as one of the 10 BEST restaurants in Dallas.

Great dinner, great wine, great cocktails

Gemma. On Henderson Avenue. Has everything you asked for.

Brief visit to Dallas from UK

Maybe this will help regarding burgers.....

Brief visit to Dallas from UK

Mike is correct about Off-Site Burger. I neglected to mention it. Not fancy but, it's what you want! My favorite, actually.

Also, Maple & Motor on Maple Avenue. Another contender for "Best burger in Dallas".

Pecan Lodge uses Mesquite wood to smoke their brisket. Mesquite makes for a very acrid bark on their otherwise excellent brisket.
Slow Bone uses Post Oak for a smoky but, friendlier brisket eating experience. The brisket at both places are melt in your mouth tender.

Btw, The Slow Bone BBQ and Offsite-Kitchen are across the road from each other.

Brief visit to Dallas from UK

The closest you'll come to a British style carvery in Texas is Lawry's The Prime Rib. Their various prime rib cuts are sliced off the whole prime rib section in front of you from the cart. Fabulous! I highly recommend.

There are burger joints galore in Dallas. Some of the best...
Hoppdoddy Burger Bar. Three Dallas locations.
Chop House Burger. On Main Street downtown across from the Joule Hotel.
Adair's Saloon in the Deep Ellum area.

BBQ. In the order of the best in my opinion...
The Slow Bone
Pecan Lodge
Lockhart Smokehouse

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. The very best in town. Incredible wine list as well.
Knife. Excellent for long dry aged steaks.

Cleburne, Tx suggestions

Look up Yelp for Cleburne,Texas restaurants. I'm sure you'll find something that will appeal to you and your family.

Empire Rendered Chicken Fat

Try the Tom Thumb store at Preston & Forest. N/E corner. They cater to a large Jewish clientele.

Dallas to Austin to San Antonio

Lonesome Dove is over 30 miles away from Dallas in Ft. Worth.

While in Dallas, you might try Meddlesome Moth. An excellent gastropub with a very large selection of craft beers on tap and excellent food to match.

85 miles south of Dallas on I-35 to Austin, you should stop in the Czech town of West, Texas for the best Kolaches this side of Eastern Europe.

Near Austin, my personal favorite BBQ is Louie Mueller in Taylor, Texas.

13 Things to Do With Canned Sardines

The very best canned sardines come from Spain, France & Portugal. Not necessarily in that order.

Feb 06, 2015
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where to buy calamari steak in Dallas?

If HEB has it then Central Market might have it as well. (Same company).

where to buy calamari steak in Dallas?

I would try Sea Breeze, TJ's Seafood, or even Central Market. If they don't stock it they might be able to get it for you.

Italian Sausage in DFW?

I remember seeing and talking to Al's son when he worked the deli counter at Central Market (Dallas) after Al's Market closed. But he is no longer there. I was told he died a few years ago.

Italian Sausage in DFW?

I'm afraid I have to agree with you. Jimmy's sausage needs more fennel in it for one thing.

If anyone remembers Al's Italian Market at Park Lane & Greenville Avenue, they'll remember that Al's sausage was THE benchmark for Italian sausage in Dallas. And theirs contained plenty of fennel.

Best BBQ sauce and rub from a supermarket?

I know nothing about the Westlake area. However, if you'll drive to Dallas, you'll have access to three of the best BBQ joints in North Texas.

In the order of my personal preference......
1-The Slow Bone.
2-Pecan Lodge.
3-Lockhart Smokehouse.

I'll let you google them for reviews, open times, and locations.

Best BBQ sauce and rub from a supermarket?

Glad to know CM stocks Franklin's sauce. Thanks.

Best BBQ sauce and rub from a supermarket?

Personally, I've never found a supermarket BBQ sauce that I like.

I very rarely use sauce when eating BBQ out because the places I frequent serve excellent BBQ that doesn't need sauce.

However, that said, I do like to keep both sauce and rub in the house for those occasions when they come in handy for certain recipes.

And for that, I buy Baker's Ribs sauce and rub. They're both excellent and sold at all of their 10 Dallas and Dallas area locations.

Their sauce is a bit thicker than you specified but the addition of a little good quality apple cider vinegar should give you the desired results.

top 5 coffee shops

Ascension in the design district would have to be at the top of the list.

Signature Dallas Food

AllGood Cafe in Dallas' Deep Ellum area would be good for CFS.
Also try Norma's Cafe in Oak Cliff.

Signature Dallas Food

The best advice I can offer you is, avoid Sonny Bryan's BBQ!

If you've had Austin, Lockhart and Taylor's central Texas BBQ, you've had the best in Texas.
However, in Dallas, The Slow Bone, Pecan Lodge and, Lockhart Smokehouse are on par. In that order.

El Fenix (downtown) is solid old school Dallas "Tex-Mex".

More upscale and authentic Tex-Mex & Mexican can be had at Mesa, Mr. Mesero and Meso Maya-downtown in back of El Fenix. (same owners).

Aji Amarillo

If Fiesta at Ross & Henderson doesn't have it, they'll be happy to get it for you. I've found all the managers there very helpful. Ask them.

Best meal in Grapevine, TX?

Sorry, I don't spend enough time in Grapevine to help with food recs.
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Dinner Recs near Renaissance Hotel

If you're staying at the Renaissance Hotel near the Market Center, I would highly recommend The Meddlesome Moth.

Aji Amarillo

Easily available online if Fiesta at Ross & Henderson in East Dallas does not stock it.

Deep Fried Shrimp Heads

I prefer Sushi Sake in Richardson.
But as I said above, most any good sushi bar will offer "sweet shrimp".

I know I wrote "fresh shrimp" in my first post above but I meant to write, "sweet shrimp" which is the correct term for this particular shrimp dish.

Deep Fried Shrimp Heads

Go to just about any good sushi bar in DFW and ask for "fresh shrimp". It's a two part course. First course is eating the raw shrimp flesh (sweet and tender) and the second course is being served the deep fried shrimp's head and body (crunchy and delicious).