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2007 Restaurant Week

SP is booked as well. Guess i'm too late for most reservations. I don't know too much about the remaining restaurants that are extending.

--in reguards to my above post, i thought kenichi was on the list to extend , but it's not.

Aug 20, 2007
cheryl29 in Texas

2007 Restaurant Week

Did anyone happen to dine at Stephen Pyles for RW? i have a group that wants to hit up one of the restaurants extending RW--Craft is sadly all booked up. Just wondering if SP is worth it, or actually any reccs on the extended restaurants. Looking for somewhere that offers a nice variety in the RW menu and doesn't go cheap with salad/ice cream for the 1st/3rd courses. Thanks for any info.

If anyone is still looking to do RW dining, I'll recommend Kenichi...they had plenty on the menu to choose from...the black cod, dynamite shrimp, and sea bass were all great. I still crave the black cod. My friend enjoyed the lamb chops. Go for the bread pudding for dessert..skip the hot balls..that was about the least enjoyable dessert i've ever had.

Aug 20, 2007
cheryl29 in Texas

2007 Restaurant Week

Went to N9NE this evening. food was good, but the RW menu left something to be desired. I know the RW menu is a limited menu, but I dined last year with more options. Apps: Iceberg Wedge or chilled cucumber soup. chose the soup, it was refreshing, but seemed more like a palette cleanser than a solid appetizer. Entrees: 6 oz Tenderloin with mashed potatoes or Salmon with bok choy. Tenderloin was nice..very tender and the mashed potatoes were nice as well. Dessert: no choice here...just bananas foster. Nice dessert, but nothing special, i make the same dessert at home in a snap.
So, really the whole point of having a nice 3 course meal at a set price gets a bit lost here since the main course is the only one that's worth while. I would've like to have walked away feeling very pleased with all 3 courses.
We did order a kobe carpaccio as an additional appetizer off the regular menu after seeing the RW offerings, and i will say that that was an exceptionally nice dish.

Aug 13, 2007
cheryl29 in Texas

2007 Restaurant Week

i had a great dining experience at Mercury Grill last year...service was good and food was delicious.

Jul 19, 2007
cheryl29 in Texas

2007 Restaurant Week

i didn't even realize this and made my N9NE reservation for 8:30 on a monday....they called me today and told me that they are only offering the RW menu between 5:30 & 7pm. I had to reschedule for 6:30, which is highly inconvenient with my work hours, but by then all their weekend slots had been booked.

Why do they even bother participating if they only do it 2 hours a night?

Jul 18, 2007
cheryl29 in Texas

2007 Restaurant Week

I made reservations for N9NE and Nobu. Both are restaurants I probably wouldn't go to at the normal pricing. I'm hoping for a good experience!

--edit
After reading poor reviews, i changed my Nobu reservation to Kenichi. I haven't heard much on Kenichi, so hopefully I made on OK choice there.

Bijoux and York Street are very tempting, but I think I'd rather visit them on a non-RW occasion.

Jul 17, 2007
cheryl29 in Texas

Korean Tofu - So Kong Dong Tofu House

Have you tried Twins Hot Tofu in Richardson? It's on the West side of Plano Rd, just before Beltline, in the same strip as Albertson's. They make their tofu fresh there, which my Korean friend says most other places don't, and is what sets it apart from the rest. We go there weekly for lunch and get the vegetable soondubu for $6, which comes with rice, sides, and a silky tofu appetizer. The price goes up to $8 at dinner and the appetizer changes to a plate of fried tofu. It's definitely the best tofu i have had in a restaurant, although i have not tried the tofu house you're mentioning. If you enjoy soondubu, definitely give Twin's Hot Tofu a try and let me know how it compares!

Jul 07, 2007
cheryl29 in Texas

Help with birthday dinner--steak

well, since no one had anything bad to say about S&W, i went ahead and made a reservation there. I'll probably go with Nick and Sam's or Bob's for my next steak outing. Thanks for the replies!

Nov 28, 2006
cheryl29 in Texas

Help with birthday dinner--steak

My boyfriend wants a good steak for his birthday (wed) and he threw out the suggestion of Smith & Wollensky. We only know it from driving by it, not from recommendation. Is this a good choice for good steak/nice birthday dinner? Is there a better choice? I just can't find much on these boards about it and i want to have a good experience.

The only thing is that we want to go to one we haven't been to before so Papa's, Perry's, Del Frisco's, Dakota's, III Forks, and Al Biernet's are out.

Thanks for any comments/recs!

--forgot to add, i'm in Las Colinas, so anywhere between downtown dallas and Addison is fine by me.

Nov 27, 2006
cheryl29 in Texas

Pizza by the slice-Richardson

well so much for Aboca's!

Today i actually got directed by a co-worker to Cafe Roma on Plano Road behind the Dickie's. It's easy to miss bc there is no sign for it.
I ordered the lunch special to go...2 large slices, a salad, and drink for $5.50. The pizza was pretty good to me in terms of a cheap conveniently close and quick lunch. It could've been crisper for being so thin, but i'm sure i can make a request for that if i want.
I'll still try to look into Pizza Villa...if i ever find myself with cash on me...which is rare.

Sep 13, 2006
cheryl29 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Pizza by the slice-Richardson

Thanks for the recs! I'll def try them out soon.

Sep 13, 2006
cheryl29 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Why are drinks in America so large?

i avoid all ridiculously oversized portions by ordering kid's meals when going for fast food. The now kid's sized drink is what the old small used to be....and the free water cup is what the old kid's cup used to be. That or i go for the juice boxes. Saves me money and i don't waste a ton of food or over consume.

Sep 08, 2006
cheryl29 in Not About Food

New to Area (DFW) - Craving Good Ethnic Food

isn't Piranha at Green Oaks and Collins?

Sep 08, 2006
cheryl29 in Texas

What Did Your Mom Cook You When You Were Sick?

Shrimp flavored Ramen and country time lemonade.
I was so used to eating it when sick, that when i tried to eat it when well, i began to imagine my throat starting to hurt. I just couldn't imagine the food without the symptoms! haha.

Sep 06, 2006
cheryl29 in General Topics

Pizza by the slice-Richardson

I work in Richardson and was wondering where i can get some good pizza by the slice for lunch. I'm in the Campbell/75 area.

I typically just like a large new york style slice with sausage. Nothing crazy or super gourmet.

Thanks for any advice!

Sep 06, 2006
cheryl29 in Dallas - Fort Worth

issues of restaurants reusing used food

i've known of vietnamese restaurants in my area salvaging unused food from the tables...mainly bean sprouts and the other fixings for pho.
A friend would always request that her's be steamed first...to kill off germs and ensure that her portion wouldn't be reused.

Aug 22, 2006
cheryl29 in Not About Food

Smorgasbord/Cafeterias-Dallas

what kind of food are you looking for?

yes, plenty of luby's around as well as some Furr's locations. You can visit their websites for details.
Arlington has a Hometown Buffet...their website also has their details.
This southern home cookin buffet seemed to keep popping up on the net with good reviews:

http://cityguide.aol.com/dallas/resta...

I haven't eaten at an american/country buffet in years, so i can't give any particular recs.

Aug 22, 2006
cheryl29 in Texas

KRLD Restaurant Week (DFW)

-the souffle on the Mercury Grill RW menu this year is a raspberry souffle with orange scented vanilla sauce. It looked amazing and i wish i had ordered that instead when i saw it being delivered to neighboring tables.

Aug 16, 2006
cheryl29 in Texas

KRLD Restaurant Week (DFW)

I enjoyed my meal at mercury grill...they had a nice well rounded selection for their menu. I had the pulled pork enchilada, petit filet dynamite, and tres leches cake. The steak was wonderful. portions were smaller, but who needs more food than they can finish anyway?
The place was very busy, but service was still great. We were seated immediately and out in a little over an hour.

I'd like to know how the other restaurants on the list fared.

Aug 16, 2006
cheryl29 in Texas

xiao long bao DFW?

thanks for the replies. I haven't tried Jeng Chi yet, but I work a few minutes away and will make a trip there soon. Too bad there aren't more choices for Shanghai cuisine in the area.
I didn't not like the dumplings at Shanghai Restaurant, they're good enough to fix my cravings until my next trip to NY, but they just didn't have the full flavor of the ones i had previously. Also, my dining experience was a little uncomfortable there. We arrived 45 minutes before closing and had to hear for the next 5 minutes, the workers continually saying "no more customers!" to each other, while looking at us like we were the burden of their evening. They had long shut off the AC (in Texas during business hours?) and only turned it back on when we started fanning ourselves with our menus. The heat and humidity accompanied by a thick mothball-like scent in the air wasn't the best environment to enjoy a meal. So, yes, even though they have pretty good food, i'm still looking for other options out there.

Jul 17, 2006
cheryl29 in Texas

KRLD Restaurant Week (DFW)

i tried to make reservations at Stephan Pyles today...people sure do jump on these RW reservations! They only had 10 & 10:30 seatings left, which is just too late for me to have a 3 course meal.
I went ahead and made a reservation at Mercury Grill, which i haven't been to before, but read good things about on this site.
Do you all think that's a worth while RW dine, or is there a different restaurant on the list i should go with?

Jul 17, 2006
cheryl29 in Texas

xiao long bao DFW?

Does anyone know where i can find some really good xiao long bao (soup dumplings) in DFW, besides at Shanghai Restaurant. I had these at Joe's in chinatown in NY and loved them. I've searched to find Shanghai cuisine here in DFW, but only came up with Shanghai Restaurant, which i tried and didn't totally love. If anyone knows of a restaurant here that serves excellent soup dumplings, please let me know. Thanks!

Jul 13, 2006
cheryl29 in Texas