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Suggestions for restaurants near Hotel Zaza?

Yutaka Sushi Bistro is excellent, and it's in that area. Another really reliable place is S&D Oyster Company. Very fancy but gorgeous place is at the Hotel St. Germain, on Maple Avenue.

Apr 12, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

What to eat in Big Bend?

What are the good places to eat in Marfa and other towns around Big Bend National Park?
I've heard Maya's is good and that there's a good pizza place. Is Reata still good? Is there anything at all around Terlingua (isn't that where the chili cook off is)?
Thanks for the advice.

Apr 12, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

What is the Best Brunch in Dallas

Primo's on McKinney Avenue has the best Mexican brunch in all DFW.

Apr 09, 2007
HalleyP in Dallas - Fort Worth

Reccomendations for Ft. Worth?

Don't forget Lanny's, by the museums.
For cheap and really good by the museums, go to Fred's Texas Cafe and to J&J Oyster Bar.
Hedary's is exceptional for Middle Eastern dining.
Some people find La Piazza way too snooty.
Near downtown, the best Mexican food in town is at Benito's.

Apr 09, 2007
HalleyP in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas Rehearsal Dinner Help Needed

Javier's has a private room - been to a rehearsal dinner there that was loads of fun, and the food wasn't bad, either.

Have you checked Matt's in Lakewood? Seems like that upstairs space would be suitable.

You could always do something like book a rental space, such as Belo Mansion, and cater in from Blue Mesa.

Mar 29, 2007
HalleyP in Dallas - Fort Worth

Gourmet burgers

Thinking about that Kobe beef burger at N9ne, I remembered back when Chris Ward did the foie gras-topped burger at Paris Vendome. And there is something called a lobster burger on the lunch menu at the Mansion now. But is there a lamb burger anywhere? And is anybody in Dallas putting foie gras on a burger? And who does the best kobe burger? Oh and where are really really good matchstick fries? Must be dinner time.

Mar 27, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

Trader Vic's

Has anyone been there yet? I don't remember the food being anything special way back in the day. Is it supposed to be anything other than a place to drink this time around?

Mar 18, 2007
HalleyP in Chains

Reccomendations for Ft. Worth?

Reata is still very popular but the food isn't as special as it once was. The setting is loads of fun, however, particularly on the roof.

Mercury Chophouse in Sundance Square has good food - Chris Ward from Mercury in Dallas oversees the food. Service usually good.

Piranha in Sundance Square also has good sushi and other Japanese/new Asian stuff. Insane on weekends, so it's loud but still fun.

On Seventh Street, about five minutes by car from downtown, you can go to Gloria's for Mexican and Salvador food; to Saint Emilion for French; to Lanny's for a real high-end version of Mexican, and it's really more French/Mediterranean in effect.

If you want something delicious but totally laid-back, go to Fred's Texas Cafe, just off Seventh St. on Currie. Rumor is they're taking credit cards now.

Joe Ts is fun and it's great on the patio. If it's a really nice day or night you could be waiting for a table for a long time, so go at an odd hour.

Mar 18, 2007
HalleyP in Dallas - Fort Worth

Food in Castroville?

Are any of the restaurants in Castroville worth a stop?
If so, what should we eat?

Mar 18, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

New York Times Piece on Texas Barbecue

I'm a fan of thelma's, personally, but then again I haven't ever been there when it wasn't good. I find that soul food barbecue is often so different from the german descendents' barbecue that I don't hold them up to the same measuring sticks.

Try also the market or grocery in Gonzales for good brisket, sausage and ribs.

Mar 12, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

chicago beef sandwich in D/fw

Weinberger's is on Main St in Grapevine, in the historic downtown.
Windy City Grill in Keller - seriously suburban shopping center - also has that sandwich.

Mar 08, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

Greetings from a new Dallasite

There are some good things In Uptown -- Primo's has good brunch items and decent margaritas. I agree with the Breadwinners recommendation. It's been a couple of years, but Thomas Ave Beverage Co was dependable, and I like some of Marc Cassle's fun dishes at Dragonfly. Yutaka has really good sushi/sashimi, and S&D does a nice job with authentic barbecued shrimp.

Mar 06, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

New Dallas eating

SushiSamba was schedule for fall 2006, back when Grill on the Alley opened, then winter 2006, and it's still just ... what? Looking forward to BLT Steak, too. Really enjoyed it in NY.

Mar 05, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

Dallas - help me to narrow choices

Try these:
1) Soul food: South Dallas Cafe, but I love Miz Vern's, too

2) Southern: Mama's Daughters on Harry Hines, Norma's in Oak Cliff

3) BBQ: Hard Eight in Stephenville

4) Southwestern: that isn't Stephan Pyles anymore at all - try Reata in Fort Worth

5) Tex-mex: Matt's in Lakewood - his grandpa opened the first tex-mex restaurant in Austin

6) Mex-mex: Cafe San Miguel, but Veracruz is sure good

7) Cajun: there's a place opened in Deep Ellum by some Katrina evacuees that everyone loves, can't think of the name - somebody know it?

8) Steakhouse: Perry's is fantastic

Check em out.

Mar 05, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

Bill Addison, New Critic for DMN [moved from Texas board]

I like his style and his approach to food. It's fun to see what an experienced newcomer sees. And getting the perspective from someone who has worked in a kitchen is cool.

Mar 05, 2007
HalleyP in Food Media & News

Old Warsaw (Dallas) Recommended?

Don't overlook Nana at the Anatole and Bijoux, both truly exceptional dining experience for both food and setting. Elegant, and then some.

Fuel City may be a dump, but in terms of excellent flavor in great, basic tacos, you cannot find better. Dangerous part of town? Maybe at 3 am. At 10 am or 3 pm it's OK.

Mar 05, 2007
HalleyP in Dallas - Fort Worth

DFW - Breakfast Spots

Fuel City on Industrial has phenomenal breakfast tacos but sometimes you gotta deal with people asking for money, and there's no seating, so you're stuck eating in the car. All that aside, it's worth it.

Dream Cafe is awesome.

If you happen to be near the airport, the Biscuits Cafe in Grapevine has the best corned beef hash this side of New York. In Grand Prairie, the Pioneer is good.

Mar 05, 2007
HalleyP in Dallas - Fort Worth

San Antonio -- but not Tex-Mex?

La Reve is lovely, French, possibly the best restaurant in texas.

Mar 05, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

Greetings from a new Dallasite

For real Mexican, try Cafe San Miguel on Henderson, as well as Pedrito's at Henderson and Capitol.

For offal, go to Watel's Allen Street Cottage in Uptown. Superb.

Eat happy.

Mar 05, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

New Dallas eating

Who has been to Nine Steakhouse by the AAC? I haven't heard much yet and am curious. Does it compare to the Vegas store?

And what is up with Sushi Samba at the Galleria? Is it still on the horizon?

Mar 05, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

Mansion on Turtle Creek with Tesar (DFW)

Just a fancy name for a lobster sandwich, I guess. A big piece of lobster on a bun that's suitable for a burger and served with those incredible fries.

Jan 05, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

Birthday dinner in Dallas/Ft. Worth

Ovation is a super idea. Lots of fun. Really good, diverse crowd and live music. Food is full of flavor - chicken and waffles (I think it's an old thing in Harlem, Gladys Knight does it at her cafe in Atlanta), really good gumbo, nice steaks, etc. The cheese grits with jalapeno are so good and rich they should be outlawed.

Byblos is fun, too, and the food's gooood. Lonesome Dove is so hit or miss. Some nights the food is outstanding but the service is dreadful. Some nights it's the opposite. Reata might be more consistent.

Jan 03, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

Mansion on Turtle Creek with Tesar (DFW)

Help me out here, guys. I haven't been around as long as you have. How do guidelive's reviewers look at the food compared with how chowhounders do it?

And vktp, for a special dinner, I kind of think that you'll get a better experience -- superior food, less attitude -- at either York Street or Bijoux than at Mansion or Craft. IMO, of course.

Jan 03, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

Best BEEF ribs in Dallas (BBQ)?

It's hard to find beef ribs worth your time or trouble. Pork are far superior.

Cousin's BBQ in Fort Worth has them, and they're OK.

Buck's right - no beef ribs at Angelo's.

Jan 03, 2007
HalleyP in Dallas - Fort Worth

Mansion on Turtle Creek with Tesar (DFW)

Went for lunch a couple days before Christmas. Lots of lobster options. I had the lobster burger - really pretty darned good. Came with truffled french fries, which were just this side of perfection. My friend had the lobster roll, which was another fancy sandwich take, and it was good, too.

Jan 03, 2007
HalleyP in Texas

LuQa?

Has anyone been to LuQa, opened in downtown Dallas in the past few weeks? It sounds interesting but I'm curious as to what impressions have been before we make our reservations.
Thanks.

Dec 18, 2006
HalleyP in Texas

In Shreveport on Christmas Eve

Thanks. We finally settled on William B's at my brother's, casino/hotel, Sam's Town. Sounds OK. I appreciate the help.

Dec 18, 2006
HalleyP in General South Archive

DFW- Central 214

Both the Dallas Morning News and the FW Startlegram liked it in last week's reviews.

My service was exceptionally good when we went for dinner. The feta grits were phenomenal, and the hanger steak was a huge hit at our table.

Dec 05, 2006
HalleyP in Texas

In Shreveport on Christmas Eve

Family members are coming from points east and west to meet in Shreveport on Christmas Eve. We'd love something nice for dinner that night, as it's our only night together during the holidays.

Superior Steakhouse looks fabulous but prices are a tiny bit high for some of the relatives.

Any ideas? We're not familiar with the city.

Thanks.

Dec 05, 2006
HalleyP in General South Archive

Thanksgiving in Dallas area

We're also looking for a nice brunch or dinner out on Thanksgiving day. We've done the buffets and they're just too overwrought for us. We want something soothing and elegant, with a menu - like two or three choices for apps, same for salad, entree, dessert. A nice wine list would be welcome, too. I'm not going to worry about price at the holiday.

The Mansion may be a good choice, with the new chef coming aboard before then, but what else? I thought Craft was OK, if rather impressed with its ubercoolness. I'd be in heaven if York Street or Lanny's were open for the holiday, but back to reality....

Any more ideas?

Oct 09, 2006
HalleyP in Texas