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Super Bowl Menu

What are you making or picking up for your Super Bowl Party? Are there any great foodie treats that you like to pick up in Dallas, Plano, or Richardson? I am looking for some inspiration.

Feb 02, 2012
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Mofongo in DFW?

There is a new place on Beltline in Irving that is opening soon. It is called Adobo Puerto Rican Cafe.

Jun 18, 2011
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best at the Ballpark?

I eat at the Ballpark often due to my Rangers fever. I too am disappointed that the Rangers have not brought in some local brands to improve the food selection like other parks have done. There should be good local mexican, bbq, etc brands represented.

Here is my opinion on some of the options:

Diamond Club - It is about $30 for adults and $8 for Kids for an all you can eat buffet. There are coupons available that give you 20% off. The quality of the food is good step above most of the concessions. This is in LF and you can watch the game from your table. They charge extra for the dessert buffet which is stupid imo. Reservations required but anyone with ticket can go.

Cuervo Club - Must have pass or good tickets to enter. Bar menu. Good view of game if you can snag 1st row of tables. Again food quality here is well above anything available at concessions. All Star Burger (Bacon, Pepper Jack, Cheddar) is a solid burger.

Food Network Steak Sandwich - Fail. Poor meat quality and bad bread to meat ratio.

Chopped Steak Sandwich - Solid. - Served at Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog Stand.

Cajun Corner - Fail - Rice undercooked. Beans had no flavor.

Stir Fry - Solid - Love the old fashioned box and chopsticks. Sapporo too. Recommend you tell them no oil and serve hot veggies, chicken and sauce on cold noodles.

Hot Dogs - This is tricky. The $1 versions are gross imposters of hot dogs. The Nolan Ryan hot dog stand has a gigantic hard bun and is overpriced at $9. The steamed silver pouch variety served at most of the stands on the concourse are sad and wilted. The water dogs that the walking vendors serve this season are solid but they only offer ketchup and mustard. Nolan needs to get these guys some relish packets or an onion tray. The bacon wrapped variety sounded gross but were actually much better than I expected and offered good toppings. There is a stand behind home plate that will top a grilled hot dog with various premium toppings like brisket, jalapenos, chili, cheese, etc. This was pretty good. The best dogs are probably those served at the sizzling grill stands on the outer part of the concourse. They serve fresh grilled onions, sauerkraut and jalapenos. You want to get one early though because they grill a whole bunch early in the game and then put them in warmers for the rest of the game.

Garlic Fries - Tasty but greasy and limp. Overrated if you ask me.

Hamburgers - So so. Edible I guess.

Jun 09, 2011
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas best brunch

Whiskey Cake -

Very impressed. Interesting menu. Locally sourced food. Awesome decor and vibe. Brunch has been the best I've had in DFW.

Here are the Brunch items I've tried so far -

Pulled Pork Benedict - Open-faced biscuit, sunny side up egg, smoked chile hollandaise w/ micro-greens salad

Stuffed French Toast- Coated with Cap'n Crunch Thick Brioche French toast stuffed with mascarpone, mixed berries, dusted with Cap-n-Crunch

Chicken & Waffles

Biscuits & Gravy

Fried Green Tomato and Egg B.L.T. - Toasted challah bread, fried egg, remoulade w/ chips

I would highly recommend all of them.

Jun 07, 2011
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

ISO good deals for Vegas restaurants, recession prix fix menus, etc

Bubbles and bites at Guy Savoy is a great deal. $45 for 4 small plates from the menu. You also get bread and amuse bouches gratis. My wife and got 4 each for a total of 8 and shared them all.

Jun 06, 2011
snatex in Las Vegas

Trip Report - Country Club, Joe's, Guy Savoy, Bouchon, E, and Tableau

Country Club - We got to the Wynn and went and shared the French Dip that was recommended by a member of this board. It was very good served over a brioche bread with onions, cheese and au jus. The flavor profile is very similar to french onion soup. It was served with some fresh made tasty parmesan truffle potato chips. Went down well with a Guinness. Nice atmosphere overlooking the golf course. Grade - B+

Joe's - Later in the afternoon we stopped a Joe's and split a stone crab appetizer with a Blue Moon. They also gave us a nice bread basket with a dynamite pretzel roll. Grade B

Guy Savoy - For dinner we went to Guy Savoy and sat in the bar area and ordered off of their Bubbles and Bites menu. This has to be one of the best fine dining bargains in Vegas. They let you choose 4 small versions of their menu items for $45. My wife and I got 4 each and shared most of our dishes. The only dish we didn't share was the black truffle artichoke soup which we both ordered. This is one Guy Savoy's signature dishes and it was wonderful. In addition they serve you fantastic bread and amuse bouches. Other dishes we tried were Oysters in Ice Gelee (great), Iberico Ham (good), Mosaic of Poularde (great), Lobster (great), Salmon (good), Veal Sweetbreads (good). We also ordered a desert, two small pots of chocolate mousse and rice pudding(great) for $10. We also had two really good glasses of champagne each. All in all it was a great experience. I got to try some of Guy Savoy's signature dishes and didn't break the bank. Grade - A

Bouchon - We loved Bouchon last time we went to Vegas. We had the salmon rilletes and some waffles with strawberries. This time was not as good. We tried a chocolate almond croissant that was hard as a rock and we returned for an average regular croissant. My wife had the corned beef hash and I had a salmon baguette. The salmon baguette was actually very good but the corned beef hash was just ok. Grade - B-

E - Words cannot explain how much I enjoyed this meal and experience. After the meal I felt the same adrenalin rush and euphoria that I felt after I went skydiving. The service was impeccable. We were greeted with some cava at the bar while we waited for the other guests to arrive. We ate with 5 other people. All were wonderful people that we enjoyed the experience with. There were many laughs and conversations going on at the table. There were 24 courses so I will not go into all of the courses, but I will say that they were sized and paced beautifully. The head chef, Edwin, was engaging and interesting. The food was creative and delicious. Best meal of my life by a large margin. Grade - A++

Tableau - We finished our trip by sitting out on the patio and having the braised duck and eggs over a puff pasty with tomato hollandaise, white chocolate/orange french toast, and some pastries. The duck dish was one of the best breakfast dishes I've ever had. The french toast was very good. My wife loved it. The pastries were top notch as well. Grade - A

Overall, I was very happy with the dining choices I came up with based on my research.

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Bouchon
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

May 28, 2011
snatex in Las Vegas

Please help with my restaurant itinerary ...

Sold. I will put the Country Club down for lunch on Wednesday. Thanks!

May 24, 2011
snatex in Las Vegas

Please help with my restaurant itinerary ...

What are the best things you have eaten at the Country Club?

May 24, 2011
snatex in Las Vegas

Please help with my restaurant itinerary ...

Last time in Vegas we tried the Robuchon 16 course extravaganza. It was good, but not mind blowing, and also a bit slow and pretentious. Our other dinner was at Craftsteak, which was solid but coming from Texas, home to many great steakhouses, it was not anything we couldn't have back home. For brunches, we had Society Cafe and Bouchon. The Rillettes aux Deux Saumons at Bouchon was awesome and everything else we had there was very good. Society Cafe did not impress at all. That was last time and we are looking for some help with our next trip which is later this week.

Here is the outline:

Wed
Lunch - ?
Dinner - ?

Thur
Breakfast - Bouchon
Lunch - ? (something light at the Wynn)
Dinner - 5:30pm at E by Jose Andres

Fri
Breakfast - Tableau

Wednesday lunch I am thinking it might be best to eat at our hotel, the Wynn, since we get in at around noon and check in may be dicey as our room may not be ready. I've heard good things about the Country Club and La Cave but neither menu is exciting me.

Wednesday dinner I think I would like something not too fancy or spanish since we are doing E on Thursday. I am leaning towards Raku.

Thursday we are leaning towards Breakfast at Bouchon, something light mid-day, and we hav a reservation at E for Dinner. If it ends up being a late night maybe we will get a late night snack at a lounge.

Friday we are leaving so we are thinking of going for breakfast to Tableau at the Wynn.

I live in Dallas and we have pretty good Steakhouses, BBQ, Mexican, and Asian food so they are not high on my list. I would like to have stuff I can't really enjoy at home.

If you can give me your thoughts on menu items to order at these places or any other restaurants we should consider it would be much appreciated.

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Bouchon
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

May 23, 2011
snatex in Las Vegas

Best jewish deli in Dallas?

There are things I like at both but I will definitely take the chopped liver and pastrami at Gio's Cafe and NY Deli at Preston and 635 over the ones served at Deli News.

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Deli News
17062 Preston Rd Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75248

May 23, 2011
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Las Vegas Epicurean Affair

Has anyone ever attended this event?

http://www.nvrestaurants.com/displayc...

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. Thanks.

May 13, 2011
snatex in Las Vegas

New pizza ...

I noticed two new pizza places just opened in North Dallas/Addison and was wondering if anyone has tried them yet. One in NY Pizza Palace at Arapaho and Montfort. The other is Ciao Chicago at Addison Rd and Beltline. Please share your thoughts if you've been able to check either of these places out. Thanks.

May 09, 2011
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Mofongo in DFW?

Mi Tierra in Arlington and Isla Mia in Carrollton both had Purto Rican chefs that made excellent mofongo. Unfortunately both closed recently. I don't know of any other place that serves it. Caribbean Cafe is a Cuban place that may be able to make it for you.

Apr 30, 2011
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Zanata in Plano.

Went a few weeks ago and wasn't impressed at all. I think we were the only table in the restaurant on a Sunday night. We tried the Blue Crab Dip, Baby Spinach Salad, Pizza, Tagliatelle, the Stuffed Pork Chop and several deserts. The crab dip was very rich with cream and cheese. The salad was too sweet with dates, grapes, pears and a sweet dressing. The pizza was limp with nothing standing out about the ingredients. The taglietelle was cooked well and was probably the best dish of the night. Though I didn't love the guanciale incorporated into the dish. The Stuffed Pork was dry and overcooked. Nearly inedible. We also had Butterscotch Pudding, Chocolate Cake and a Cheesecake for desert. I didn't like the pudding. The two cakes were decent. I will not be back.

Mar 14, 2011
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Neighborhood Services
Mi Cocina
Sprinkles
Campisi's
Snuffers
Houston's
Texadelphia
Ziziki's
Momo's
Mama Daughter's DIner
Norma's Cafe
Cafe Amore
Besa's Pizza
Yourway Burgers
Fuzzy's Taco
Twisted Root
The Egg and I
Cowboy Chicken
Lumi
Jason's Deli
Whataburger
Which Wich
Genghis Grill
Cafe Brazil
Mooyah
BJ's
Qdoba
Jimano's
Loft 610
Hooters
Banana Leaf
Burger Bueno
Benedict's
Taco Joint
Abacus
Uncle Julio's
Fireside Pies

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Neighborhood Services
5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

Banana Leaf
17370 Preston Rd Ste 500, Dallas, TX 75252

Cowboy Chicken
5315 Greenville Ave Ste 125, Dallas, TX 75206

Ziziki's
11661 Preston Rd Ste 309, Dallas, TX 75230

Fireside Pies
5717 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024

Loft 610
5760 State Highway 121 Ste 175, Plano, TX 75024

Momos
400 N Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX 75081

Cafe Amore
6505 W Park Blvd Ste 320, Plano, TX 75093

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

Feb 15, 2011
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Foodie Destinations between DFW and Nashville?

I am taking a road trip to Nashville in a few weeks and was hoping for some foodie recommendations from you guys. Looks like I will be going through Little Rock, AR and Memphis, TN. Any travel or food tips are appreciated.

Jan 03, 2011
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Any information on new deli in Dallas?

I went back for dessert tonight. Oh my. The cheesecake and many of the other pastries are also brought in from the Carnegie. I think I have a new home away from home.

Dec 17, 2010
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Any information on new deli in Dallas?

I tried breakfast this morning and was very impressed. The corned beef hash was as good as any I've had in town. Eggs were cooked perfectly. Lox spread had nice chunks of nova in it. The bagels are made fresh in house. They are boiled and then baked like they do it in NY. The bagel had great flavor and was very fresh but lacked the weight of a NY bagel. I'm guessing it is the difference in the water of NY and Dallas. Either way it was a good bagel. I even preferred it to the imported from NY par baked bagels that Deli News offers. The coffee was NY standby Chock Full o'Nuts and it was outstanding.

I also scoped out the other items too. The corned beef and pastrami is brought in from the famous Carnegie Deli in NY. Hebrew National hot dogs are used. They serve 3 types of knishes. The salads (whitefish, tuna, cole slaw, chopped liver, etc.) all looked fantastic. It all looked very promising. I can't wait to try more.

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Deli News
17062 Preston Rd Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75248

Dec 17, 2010
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Salado Restaurant Campbell/Coit

Salado Wood Fire Salsa opens Dec. 13

After months of renovating the old TCBY storefront at Coit and Campbell, the new and somewhat obscure restaurant, Salado Wood Fire Salsa, will finally open to the public at 11 a.m. Dec. 13.

It’s based on the concept of building your own taco, burrito or salad but with a few extra perks that you won’t find at Chipotle or Freebirds, says Josh Gibson, one of the restaurant partners. Salado will make all its tortillas in-house, using high fiber and no preservatives. They also will smoke their own brisket and cook all their meats over a live mesquite fire.

The restaurant also features a salsa bar, which offers three signature salsas – mild, chipotle hot sauce and green tomatillo – plus a few others like pineapple and homemade pico de gallo. While it’s a fast-casual concept, Gibson hopes to also attract an evening crowd with the upscale decor.

Gibson, who worked with Chipotle for six years, has partnered with David Franklin and Doug Rogers, veterans of the restaurant industry. Franklin founded Texas Land and Cattle and On the Border and Rogers founded Cheddars. And there are future plans to expand Salado Wood Fire Salsa. But why start in Far North Dallas? Gibson says the neighborhood offers a diverse demographic to test the concept – families, UT Dallas students, high-school kids, etc.

And the restaurant already has started giving back to the community. Before it officially opens, you can stop by 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 and participate in a fundraiser for the JJ Pearce Athletic Booster Club. It costs $5 per person or $10 per family to come in and be the first to try out the new place, and all proceeds to back to the club.

http://farnorthdallas.advocatemag.com...

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Chipotle
7700 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75206

Dec 02, 2010
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Bambu - North Dallas / Richardson - Incredible New Thai Restaurant!

I didn't ask what the off menu items were. It was basically a tasting menu invitation. The menu definitely has some fusion to it but Thai is the main influence. Some of the other specials included - Bamboo Shoot Soup, Whole Garlic Fish, and Grilled Yellowtail Cheekbone.

Oct 13, 2010
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Bambu - North Dallas / Richardson - Incredible New Thai Restaurant!

Thanks TW!

I think LewisvilleHounder will really dig this place. Just like Jasmine and Bangkok Orchid they have some interesting authentic Thai dishes on the menu and will surprise with off menu stuff if you request it. LH - Please post your take if you get over there.

Oct 12, 2010
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Bambu - North Dallas / Richardson - Incredible New Thai Restaurant!

My family tried a new Thai restaurant in our neighborhood the other night. It is at the corner of Coit and Campbell hidden behind a Starbucks and a Qdoba. I am so glad we found it. The food and service were both top notch. The menu and daily specials are not just your run of the mill Thai entries either. There are many authentic dishes and they are even off menu items that they will make if you ask. I was with my two young kids so we played it pretty safe so they would eat everything. We tried the dumplings, ribeye/mushroom and ribeye/scallion skewers, clams basil, grilled whole calamari, pad see eew, and the Bambu special (crab) fried rice. The dumplings were not my favorite but my family loved them. The ribeye was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Clams basil had great flavor and was a fun dish. The grilled calamari was a pleasant change from the fried version. It came with two dipping sauces. One sweet and one spicy. Both were very tasty. Pad See Eew was the best I've had in DFW. The tartness of the chinese broccoli really balanced well with the sweet but not too sweet sauce. The Bambu special fried rice, with lump crab meat in it, was awesome. I'd put it up there with Shinsei as the best fried rice I've had in town. BYOB is always a plus too. Definitely give this place a try and tell your friends about it. They are in a tough location and I would really like to see them to succeed.

You can see the menu here:

http://www.bambuasiancuisine.com/

You can see from the early yelp reviews that people are really enjoying it.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/bambu-asian-c...

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Bambu
1930 N Coit Rd #100, Richardson, TX 75080

Il Cane Rosso Closed?

I heard my favorite pizza place in Dallas closed recently. Any buzz on why or where and when they are going to reappear?

Jun 21, 2010
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Lunch spots in the midcities (HEB)?

I'd highly recommend getting a fresh pie over ordering a slice. They have 3 sizes. The slices are just cheese slices reheated and they add your toppings and some fresh cheese on it. Also, the prices at this place are insanely cheap. For $4.99 you can get a pasta (lasagna, etc) lunch with a salad and fresh bread. All the entrees are sub $10 too. This place is a hidden gem.

May 11, 2010
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Lunch spots in the midcities (HEB)?

CN,

I found a much better Italian spot near Saviano's. Here is my Yelp review:

Great NY style pizza served in a very modest and casual Italian restaurant setting. Not a typical pizzeria where you can see the guy making the pizza and the ovens. It has a small dining room with waiter service. Wonderful fresh baked bread with dipping oil mixed with fresh herbs served with meals. Great prices. Diverse menu and specials. The owner started cooking in Italian neighborhood restaurants at age 16 in Rome, Italy. Later in New York, he cooked at a number of neighborhood institutions like Seven Brothers at the corner of Church and Flatbush in Brooklyn, Angelo's in Little Italy, and Ray's in Manhattan. This place is the real deal.

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Lizzano's Pizza
2390 Fuller Wiser Rd Ste 512, Euless, TX 76039

Apr 29, 2010
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Restaurants for a Bowl o' Red

Tolbert's in Grapevine. This is the family that wrote the book "A Bowl of Red" and founded the World Chili Championship held annually in Terlingua, Texas. It is now named after them.

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Tolbert's
423 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

Jan 21, 2010
snatex in Texas

Asian Breakfast (DFW)

I tried the congee from Kirin Court yesterday. It was fantastic. Everyone at my table loved it. It had pork and egg in it.

Dec 20, 2009
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

[DFW] looking for best Lao food

I think this is the place:

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Thai-Rrific
3068 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75234

Dec 17, 2009
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

Asian Breakfast (DFW)

Where in DFW can you find some good asian breakfast dishes served in the morning? I am guessing that Richardson, Garland and Carrollton have to have some good options. Congee? Khao tom? Johk? Kaya toast with soft boiled eggs? Roti parathas? Nasi lemak? Other recommendations are welcome. Please share. Thanks.

Dec 17, 2009
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth

(DFW) Wanted**Steak Sandwiches*** dead or alive (I mean well-done or rare) THIS IS A REAL MEAT EMERGENCY!

Neighborhood Services

The Flat Iron London Broil: just three steps: marinade/ grill/ slice
*Bar Sandwich: roasted garlic & blue aioli/ caramelized onions 16 sliced tomato/ split & grilled French/ balsamic/ bag of warm chips

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Neighborhood Services
5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

Nov 10, 2009
snatex in Dallas - Fort Worth