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Korean BBQ in DFW

I know this is a bit old, but I'm trying to figure out if you can get the Korean BBQ at your table for a weekday lunch.

It seems that a number of the Korean BBQ places aren't open for lunch, and the ones that are open, I can't tell from the listings whether they will do the BBQ at lunch or not. Current candidates seem to be Koryo Kalbi, Namoo, and Seoul Garden.

Back in 2007 on this other thread, Irodguy said that Korea Garden was the only one that would do real coals...

best pita bread in Dallas supermarkets or bakeries?

We're looking for a market or bakery that sells delicious pita bread, preferably inside the 635 loop. Pita, at least the high-quality kind, doesn't seem to be a staple in supermarkets.


good value large quantity olive oil

Thanks so much for these great suggestions! Our kitchen will be a well-oiled place...

good value large quantity olive oil


Does anyone recommend a good place to get a good value on a large container of olive oil?

The Central Market house brand is great, but it doesn't come in a very large container.


Restaurant Week menus (2011)

I noticed this review (from 3 years ago) saying their Rest. Week experience at the Mansion was not good -- is that to be expected there?

Pho in Dallas?

What's the best option if you don't want to go too far from downtown or East Dallas?

I've had excellent pho in Arlington, at both Pho Palace and Pho Pasteur.

Pho Palace

Pho Pasteur

Pho Pasteur Restaurant
100 W Pioneer Pkwy Ste 158, Arlington, TX 76010

Pho Palace
2126 S Collins St, Arlington, TX 76010

Gilroy restaurants

Thanks to all for the tips on Gilroy wineries... now I want to ask if anyone has recommendations about Gilroy restaurants? Thanks in advance.

I'm aware of these threads but they're a couple of years old; I'm sure there have been updates since then.

By the way, the search/link function seems tricky with the restaurant links... I wanted to put them all at the bottom under "LINKS" but couldn't do it.

First Street Coffee

Sue’s, 7501 Monterey St.

OD’s Kitchen, 28 Martin St.

House of Bagels, 793 1st St.

Carnitas Michoacan, 7484 Monterey St.

Los Pericos, 20 5th St.

Tacos El Grullense Jal, 251 1st St - link below

Super Taqueria, 401 E 10th St.

Quickly Asian Fusion, 565 1st St.

Sushi Omakase, 6905 Camino Arroyo

Lizarran Tapas, 7400 Monterey St.

Ayuttaya Thai, 1340 1st St.

Station 55, 55 5th St.

Pinocchio’s Pizza, 7041 Monterey St.

Pinoy Lechon BBQ & Grill (Morgan Hill)

Mama Mia’s, 1360 1st St.

First Street Coffee Exchange
1211 1st St, Gilroy, CA 95020

Mama Mia's
1360 1st St, Gilroy, CA 95020

Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine
1340 1st St Ste C, Gilroy, CA 95020

Tacos El Grullense Jal
251 1st St, Gilroy, CA 95020

Pinoy Lichon Bbq & Grill
10980 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Pinocchio's Pizza #1
9325 Monterey Rd, Gilroy, CA 95020

Ayuttaya Cuisine
1340 1st St Ste C, Gilroy, CA 95020

Gilroy wineries

Thank you for all the responses! We are looking forward to checking them out.

Gilroy wineries

We're going to be in Gilroy and curious about visiting the local wineries -- concerning the wine itself, of course, but also the whole experience and whatever else one does when visiting a winery.

These were some of the ones we discovered -- does anyone have a recommendation or other tips?

Clos LaChance
Sycamore Creek
Sarah's Vineyard
Jason Stephens
Kirigin Cellars

(No, probably won't make it to Napa or Sonoma...)

Thanks in advance!

Lake Village, AR to Shreveport ; Lake Village to Texarkana on US-82

Dear esteemed Chowhounds:

We're going on a drive between Dallas, TX and Lake Village, Arkansas. The plan is to go in on I-30 / US-82 and back along I-20 or vice versa. (The other half of this question is on the Texas board here:

Searching found many great recommendations (especially from Littleman - thanks!) but I'd like to ask two questions:

First, which of these on our list are especially great (worthy of making a special stop for)? We'll probably only stop for one real meal each way and want to make it count.

Second, which are most typical of local specialties, especially things we can't get in Dallas or in the North? ** The asterisks seem like strong contenders at the moment.


* Bryce's
* Dixie Diner
Ironwood Grill
Jackie OH's
Ivan's Bistro

Backyard Barbeque

Lipsey's Sandwich Shop

Lakeshore Cafe - will probably go while we're in Lake Village

* Doe's Eat Place
Posecai's Restaurant


* Strawn's Eat Shop
* Herby-K's
Shane's Acadiana Crawfish
Ernest's Orleans Restaurant
Bella Fresca

Crawfish Hole Number Two

* Sundown West Tavern
Rabb's Steak and Spirits

* Ray's PeGe
* Enoch's Pub and Grill
Trio's Restaurant
Magic Grill

Granny's Family Restaurant

Posecai's Restaurant
1443 Trailwood Dr, Greenville, MS 38701

Bella Fresca
6307 Line Ave, Shreveport, LA 71106

Sundown West
111 E Park Ave, Ruston, LA 71270

110 E Elm St, El Dorado, AR 71730

The Dixie Diner
3200 N State Line Ave, Texarkana, AR 71854

Crawfish Hole Number Two
12903 Highway 371, Minden, LA 71055

Lipsey's Sandwich Shop
524 S Washington Ave, El Dorado, AR 71730

Granny's Family Restaurant
1713 E Madison Ave, Bastrop, LA 71220

Strawn's Eat Shop
125 Kings Hwy, Shreveport, LA 71104

Dixie Diner
3801 E 9th St, Texarkana, AR 71854

Lakeshore Cafe
4407 E Highway 82, Lake Village, AR 71653

Ernest's Orleans Restaurant
1601 Spring Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

Granny's Family Restaurant
2400 Cypress St Ste 46, West Monroe, LA 71291

Sep 26, 2010
Benjamin.L in Central South

I-30 between Dallas and Texarkana ; I-20 between Dallas and Shreveport

Esteemed Chowhounds:

We're taking a drive between Dallas and Lake Village, Arkansas. The plan is to go out on I-30, and back on I-20 (or vice versa). So looking for suggestions. (The other half of this question, I'm posting on the Central South board here:


I found many great suggestions on a search of the board -- especially from littleman (many thanks!) -- but I have a couple of questions:

First, which of these on our list are especially great (worthy of making a special stop for)? We'll probably only stop for one real meal each way and want to make it count.

Second, which are most typical of local specialties, especially things we can't get in Dallas or in the North? ** The asterisks seem like strong contenders at the moment.


ROCKWALL, TX (could go here anytime, but don't)

Big Daddy's Roadhouse

Yen Jing Chinese (it gets good reviews...)

* Shrimp Shack

Blaylock BBQ
Bodacious BBQ

Nana's Family Diner

Ramage Farms Country Store

* Bryce's
* Dixie Diner
Ironwood Grill
Jackie OH's
Ivan's Bistro


Fat Catz Creole Kitchen

Rod's BBQ
Robertson's Hams

TYLER, TX (worth the detour from I-20?)
* Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ

* Country Tavern

* Dudley's Cajun Cafe
Carter's BBQ
Bodacious BBQ
Texas Roadhouse

P & J Lunchroom

* Strawn's Eat Shop
* Herby-K's
Ernest's Orleans Restaurant
Bella Fresca

Nana's Family Diner
1026 N Center St, New Boston, TX 75570

Dixie Diner
415 N Kings Hwy, Texarkana, TX 75501

The Ironwood Grill
4312 Morris Ln, Texarkana, TX 75503

Dudley's Cajun Cafe
301 W Loop 281, Longview, TX 75605

The Shrimp Shack
102 W 5th St, Winfield, TX 75493

Sep 26, 2010
Benjamin.L in Texas

Tex-Mex for a reluctant skeptic

Yikes - sorry for messed-up editing. Can't figure out how to fix it.

Tex-Mex for a reluctant skeptic

Wow - many thanks for all the excellent suggestions. Very grateful!

These are my notes summarized from the first 15 responses (excluding those that seemed possibly more Mex-Mex):

[first stop here?] Uncle Julio's - carne asada; salsa; fajita beef
El Fenix - tortilla soup
Pepe & Mito's - enchiladas
Chuy's - chicken relleno with ranchero ; green chile sauce
Mexican Inn - corn tortillas & Frito-style chips
Pappacito's - chicken enchiladas
Calle Doce - seafood

At El Si Hay, I raved about the al pastor followed by the barbacoa, but had no idea these were considered "Tex-Mex." From brief experience plus internet searching, my checklist for the latter included brisket; dishes swimming in sauce; chile con queso; cabrito [loved this in San Antonio]; and enchiladas.

The tacos at El Si Hay, like the fried chicken at Bubba's and the 4-cheese mac & cheese at Hattie's, are simple (and in a way humble) but bursting with flavor and perfectly cooked and balanced - I'm not able to describe it in a more precise way. That's really what I'm looking for.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that some of the suggestions here would be closer to "Mex-Mex" (I love the back-formation of this term) than classic Tex-Mex. From reviewing other threads, as well as the suggestions here, I'm eager to try La Acapulquen~a and La Victoria in East Dallas [where we live]; Cuquita's; El Atoron and San Miguel on Henderson; El Ranchito and Gonzalez on Jefferson; El Fuego in Richardson; Pollo Regio (roasted); and Pollo Campero (fried).

Thanks again. Glad to be in such an interesting place.

El Ranchito
610 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208

El Atoron
2023 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

El Fuego
1891 N Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

La Victoria
1605 N Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

3408 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75074

Uncle Julios
1125 N Union Bower Rd, Irving, TX 75061

Pollo Campero
3434 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, TX 75211

El Fenix Restaurants
6391 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76116

Tex-Mex for a reluctant skeptic

Greetings all-

I'm a non-Texan, and I want to love Tex-Mex -- I really do -- but Mia's, Manny's, Matt's Rancho, Joe T. Garcia's, Gloria's, Monica's all seem unremarkable. In a few visits, I just haven't found anything impressive.

Where do you go, and what do you order? Chile con queso? Brisket anything?

[By comparison, I've been bowled over by El Si Hay, Bubba's, Hattie's and York Street, so nothing against DFW food as such - it's just this one category that I don't get.]

Thanks in advance...

Manhattan with Rye Whiskey

Hello all-

Many bars in the metroplex seem not to be stocked with rye whiskey. How perplexing!

For those who hold the belief that a Manhattan is properly made with rye... where do you go?


Downtown Dallas - conference dinner for 12

Thanks -- this is great information!
Much appreciated.

Dec 03, 2007
Benjamin.L in Texas

Downtown Dallas - conference dinner for 12

Hi all,

I'm organizing a dinner for twelve people, in the context of an academic conference in a few months.

It has to be reasonably near the Adam's Mark hotel in downtown Dallas, and nice enough for the senior professors but inexpensive enough for the graduate students. I thought it should also reflect the local specialties, since everyone will be traveling from the US and Europe.

After checking the archives, I have four possibilities, all within a mile of the hotel. Can anyone rate these, or others I've missed?

El Fenix, 1601 McKinney Ave.
Monica's Aca Y Alla, 2914 Main St.
Baker's Ribs, 2724 Commerce St.
Sammy's BBQ, 2126 Leonard St.

Many thanks!

Nov 26, 2007
Benjamin.L in Texas