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Where are the most unusual dishes??

LOL!!!!

Aug 29, 2013
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where are the most unusual dishes??

east or west of 75?

Aug 29, 2013
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth
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Where are the most unusual dishes??

Grand Prairie.

Aug 29, 2013
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where is the BEST napkin in Watauga?

I'm an environmentalist first, so I try to use as few towels as possible. A single one-ply is more than enough for anyone, but I don't want to judge others' napkin needs. (Lewisvillehounder, of course you get a "pass" for using the napkin twice.)

If I AM forced to use one of the thick towels, I'll take it with me and use it multiple times throughout my day for whatever napkin needs emerge.

p.s. I'll confess, I don't know the napkin situation specifically IN WATAUGA. Sorry I did not address the original question. :(

Aug 29, 2013
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where is the BEST napkin in Watauga?

I personally am not such a big fan of the very thick paper towels offered in some rest rooms. I feel that it is wasteful. (You really only need a one-ply towel after washing your hands.) Now my favorite is at NHS because they have the one cloth towel that kind of goes in a circle. I think it freaks out some people who are germ-phobic but I've actually heard that a little bacteria isn't a bad thing. It helps bolster your immune system.

Aug 26, 2013
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where are the BEST soups in DFW??

Neil I can't wait to hear your first-hand reports on all these soups! Looking forward to reading your reviews!!! Which of course you will post here on chowhound and not some other online review site, I HOPE?!

Where is the BEST pizza in DFW??

LOL Air! We might see some good responses though!!

Aug 26, 2013
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where is the BEST pizza in DFW??

Neil - I really think you ought to post another query - I would call it "where are the best seafood places in DFW???" - that way, maybe you will discover some of the best places that a person can eat fish in Dallas-Fort Worth. It might be that your aversion to fish is simply a matter of not having had GOOD seafood. I have read some of the other online review sites say that Oceannaire at the Galleria Dallas has excellent seafood. Please post a query! I would love to see the responses!

Aug 26, 2013
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where is the BEST pizza in DFW??

Dear "Neil" (and I hope i can call you Neil? LOL!) You've posted a provocative query here, one that is sure to generate many heated responses on the popular topic of pizza! I have had pizza at many of the local pizzerias in town and sometimes I think there are so many choices that it can be positively overwhelming.

I too have read many of the reviews about Cane Rosso on other online review sites and they all seem pretty positive to a T. And like you, when I am buying pizza, I can never quite decide whether to go more simple or to try some of the many unusual toppings that are out there. It's a real quandary!

Do you prefer thin-crust, thick-crust, New York-style or there is also a Chicago-style pizzeria in Fort Worth that has been there a long time.

Dallas-Fort Worth has many suburban neighborhood Italian joints that sell pizza as well as pasta, so if you go with a large party there is something for everyone. One thing funny that I have noticed is that many of them have similar names like Joe's or Al's. I always wonder if they are a chain.

One item of note regarding pizza in Dallas that I think a lot of people do not know is that Dallas - well, The Colony - is headquarters to a large chain, Pizza Inn. They've recently introduced an interesting quick-cook concept called Pie Five. I have yet to try it! (p.s. sorry to post about a chain, but I think it's relevant because it's from Dallas!)

Mexican in Downtown Dallas

I can think of two decent-to-good restaurants with Mexican food that are in downtown Dallas, both walking distance from the Fairmont.

1. Wild Salsa - is an upscale version of authentic Mexican but the food is good. The menu ranges from fancy dishes like lamb shank barbacoa with a poblano tamale for $29 all the way down to $2.50 tacos. It's a beautifully designed space with a Day of the Dead theme, and has a bunch of unusual margaritas.

http://www.wildsalsarestaurant.com/

2. Sol Irlandes is a pretty good Tex-Mex place with classic recipes dating back to one of Dallas' earlier Tex-Mex chains, Tia's -- nachos, fajitas, rellenos, combination plates, queso, and also American dishes like burgers and chicken-fried steak.

http://solirlandes.net/

3. there's also Iron Cactus, a spin-off of a mediocre Tex-Mex place from Austin with a convenient location on Main St but it's more popular for drinking than eating.

and you'll hopefully budget in an hour wait for Pecan Lodge? the lines are long since their DD&D appearance

Aug 22, 2012
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Two Nights in Plano

Old downtown Plano is a great place to hang for a while - you can stroll up and down 15th street where there are shops & bars. (you can even take DART there, if you're near a Rail station, since one stops right at 15th St.)

Fillmore Pub and Vickery Park are two solid restaurant-bars, both with good beer selections, right across the street from each other, and they both do pretty good food; Fillmore has notable fish & chips and beef stew, while Vickery is 'fresher' - they actually have a mesclun salad with dried cranberries etc.

there are two yupscale pizza places, Urban Crust and Zanata, both with fancy ovens and better-than-average crust. i like the pizza at Urban Crust better - they do interesting toppings - but Zanata seems to have a broader menu, and there's not as much of a line/wait

Jorg's Vienna is an old classic that does Austrian and German food - schnitzels, apple strudel - the quality is very good, and they have a quaint biergarten.

Daisy's Barn & Grill is cheap, funky home-cooking; they make a just-like-mom's stuffed bell pepper and it's about $7.

Posh Nosh Market just opened - mostly prepared foods but they're fiiiinally bringing espresso drinks to the area and they have a full case of Talenti gelato.

Jun 07, 2012
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Lakewood

just ate lunch last week at my Lakewood favorite, Dixie House. vegetable plate: real mashed potatoes with skins-on; broccoli with cheese; green beans - round thin ones, nice and green; glazed carrots soft and sweet; and fried okra. came with as many warm wheat rolls and squares of buttery cornbread as i wanted, all for $7. Shiner, #4, and Fat Tire on tap.

Aug 03, 2011
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Restaurant Week menus (2011)

Shannon at Pegasus has compiled menus from more than 80 of the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week ... list is at the link below, and the restaurants with menus are bolded:

http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2011/...

Aug 03, 2011
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Christmas Eve / Christmas Day Dining 2010

Pegasus did a big list. i mean, probably every other site did a list too, i just happen to know the one at pegasus heh

http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2010/...

Dec 22, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Corned Beef Hash in Dallas - Ft. Worth?

Crossroads Diner on Walnut Hill east of 75 by chef Tom Fleming has both corned beef hash and pork hash. did not try the corned beef but there's a photo of the pork hash here:

http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2010/...

i just recently ate at Original Pancake House for the first time and really like their Dutch baby pancake. the texture was really good - kindof spongy in a good way

Dec 09, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Food Blogs?

have always loved TSOGB for its international perspective and beautiful photos http://scentofgreenbananas.blogspot.com/

Aug 22, 2010
teegee in Food Media & News

Nectarines Baked with Pistachios and Fresh Ginger

i don't recommend this recipe. for me, it produced an extremely unpleasant dish. the texture and flavors were just bizarre.

the filling turned into a weird firm blob in the middle - very little interaction between the filling and the nectarine. eating it was awkward. you can't exactly cut a nectarine half into "bite-size" bits, especially with the firm wad in the middle. the pistachio turned weirdly mealy and gummy, and the lemon zest became harsh.

i was grateful for a recipe with nectarines because there aren't that many, but next time i'll find a peach recipe -- of which there are plenty -- and sub out nectarines

Aug 08, 2010
teegee in Recipes

KRLD Restaurant Week 2010

restaurant week or not, i think brownstone is pretty easy to eat at for $30 per person. they do the small plates to share and the portions are pretty big. they only have about 5 entrees and those are HUGE

Jul 12, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Frozen Cocktails - Dallas

the snow cones with alcohol are at Twisted Root. i had them at the Roanoke branch but the new SMU branch has them too. (i think deep ellum does not.) the one i had at Roanoke had blueberry & basil, it was really good.

i love frozen cocktails. my very favorite that i'm obsessed with is at Glass Cactus and at AmaLur, out in the Gaylord Resort in Grapevine. it's a haul but i will make it for their prickly pear margarita. the texture is gorgeous - no pellets at all, just frozen meltiness, smooth and slick, and the prickly pear puree has a luscious flavor. this drink was originally served at Taqueria Canonita in the 90s under the supervision of Stephan Pyles, who brought the drink to Gaylord when he consulted on their menus. i've never had a prickly pear margarita as good. last summer, Glass Cactus was doing a Sunday brunch and during that time, the prickly pear margaritas were only $5. it's quite nice to brunch there and look out on the lake with the absolute best frozen drink around. I LIKE THAT DRINK. ha

speaking of prickly pear frozen margaritas, i just had a close second, alas, also in the mid-cities, at a new place in N. Richland Hills called Anejo's. It's a fancy tex-mex and they have one where it's a regular frozen margarita to which they add the prickly pear puree. it's expensive though, maybe not worth the drive.

as of July 12, Lemon Bar in the West Village will bring back the frozen mojito, devised by since-departed bar manager Jason Quiroga, who first created the drink when he was at Republic on Hall & McKinney. they use fresh mint and lime, it's very puckery and good.

those bellinis at Patrizio are good and are often priced at $1. for $4.58, you can get them with a shot of raspberry Chambord.

Bolsa has a few frozen drinks with fruit in them, and La Duni picked up some of the exotic frozen cocktails they were serving at Alo. Alo had great frozen cocktails

Jul 09, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Cold Noodles with Sesame Sauce in Dallas

i wasn't fond of the long black hair that showed up in my food the last time i went to Tong's House. i know these things happen but ... disgusting

i love Tei An's noodles with black sesame, great suggestion Webra

noodle-making session!
http://sidedish.dmagazine.com/2009/10...

Jun 10, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Aldi

tom thumb is selling some great reusable bags these days. i already have a slew of canvas bags (from Trader Joe's no less!) but the tom thumb ones are real comfortable and practical and i think they're only 99 cents each

Jun 08, 2010
teegee in Chains

Aldi

planojim, you rule for bringing your own shopping bags
meanwhile, that sounds like a helluva dessert you were making...

Jun 06, 2010
teegee in Chains

New to Dallas: Ice cream, bread, etc...

i hear you on the disappearing flavors. i forget what was in Bovinity Divinity?

i really liked "Black & Tan", a 2006 flavor described as "Chocolate & Cream Stout Ice Creams Topped with a Cream Stout Ice Cream Head". basically chocolate ice cream + malt ice cream, awesome. but they pulled it because the name offended some people.

i just tried Boston Cream Pie, a new Ben & Jerry's flavor... it was OK. a bit rich

Jun 02, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

New to Dallas: Ice cream, bread, etc...

as an ex-new-englander, i don't much care for Milwaukee Joe's, either. sticky and gross. (altho i haven't tried the lemon custard...)
i should say that growing up in new england makes you spoiled/picky when it comes to ice cream. has to be a certain way! ha

Jun 01, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

New to Dallas: Ice cream, bread, etc...

sillypup, from which massachusetts town do you hail?

speaking as a fellow former massachusettsian, i'm not a fan of Henry's in Plano at all. try leaving it out on the counter to melt. it just sits there like a block of cheese. yuck

the closest i've found to what i grew up with is all the way on the other side of the metroplex in Southlake - it's called The Ice Cream Place. the ice cream there is similar to new-england-style ice cream in that it's better than supermarket ice cream and braum's but not as rich as the superpremiums like Haagen Dazs, which for me taste greasy, and their texture is too tight.

The Ice Cream Place is right in between. it has the creaminess but you don't feel dead after you eat it.

they have rather too many chocolate flavors for me and few of the classic new england flavors like orange pineapple or grapenut custard; but i had a great cone this weekend, a potent coffee called Eyes Wide Open.

it's at 1957 West Southlake Blvd and the # is 817-749-0888

i agree with amokscience that Paciugo is very good, and also that Eatzi's is one of the best places to get bread. Also: Empire Baking Co., which, as amokscience points out, is inconvenient, with only the one branch at Lovers & Inwood.

Jun 01, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

City Hall Restaurant in Keller

thanks FoodChic and hey CocoaNut have a great day! always enjoy reading your posts

Apr 22, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

City Hall Restaurant in Keller

FoodChic, it's obvious you're a "big fan" of City Hall, so i had a question about your steak: when you say it was "devine", do you mean it was REALLY good or just 'good'. also wondered about that party room. did they add on a tip for a large group? was also curious to know if they have drink specials, and if so, on what days

Apr 21, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Another Samar review

could those cones maybe be the "Papadum Jugalbandhi"? cutting and pasting from the menu: "Cone Shaped Papadum Sampler 1. House-Made Mung Sprouts with Tomatoes, 2. Spiced Potatoes, Peas and Pomegranates, 3. Green Garbanzo Chaat with Micro Cilantro"
i ordered it once thinking it would be good but ... i thought wrong

Apr 18, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

City Hall Restaurant in Keller

oh my gosh, Lfitz200, I was just thinking about going out and visiting City Hall tonight when I coincidentally stumbled across your comment. It's like there's this completely organic grass-roots viral type GROUNDSWELL of excitement brewing for this exciting new jewel on the landscape of Keller, Texas. Your description of the food really had my mouth watering, and I've got like 10 kids, so anyplace with a kids menu is an automatic YES

Apr 06, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth

"Gelatina Encapsulada" or fancy Mexican jello with flowers inside...where to find it?

this might be a good place to start

http://www.gelartfloral.com/technique...

it seems to imply that the "flowers" are made of gelatin

Feb 09, 2010
teegee in Dallas - Fort Worth