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Best of the Dallas Area

Yeah, I just wish I were still stuck in Austin. Oh well.

Anywho, I really do appreciate all the rec's. I think I'll be sticking mostly with First Chinese when i'm craving bbq pork and the like, but the rest of these places are new to me, as far as I can tell. Of course, I'll probably be delaying long drives until gas prices (ideally) come down.

Jun 09, 2008
ZephyrSeija in Dallas - Fort Worth

Birthday cake with natural sweetener, preferably banana?

Understood, and best of luck to you. The reality is that it's hard to make a true cake without sugar, because it's critical in the creaming process. You could definitely make some tasty cake-type bread with other ingredients, but honestly I've never understood why people are so afraid of "refined" sugar. Nothing is all that bad for you if you consume it wisely in moderation, but that's neither here nor there.

Also, you absolutely should not feed honey to a baby under the age of two. The critters living in the goo could be extremely harmful to the baby's weak immune system.

Jun 03, 2008
ZephyrSeija in Home Cooking

Best of the Dallas Area

There's a Sushi Sake in Austin that is absolutely horrible, but from what I understand, they're not related. Sushi Sake is fairly close, so I may give that place a shot first and then work from there, depending on how it goes.

Jun 03, 2008
ZephyrSeija in Dallas - Fort Worth

Birthday cake with natural sweetener, preferably banana?

If I may ask, why exactly do they want a birthday cake without any sugar?

Jun 03, 2008
ZephyrSeija in Home Cooking

Best of the Dallas Area

I really love the whole gamut of food, from hole-in-the-wall to fine dining, and I'm willing to spend big bucks for worthwhile endeavors. Regardless, my common eating is done at about the level of First Chinese in terms of cost. Also, I really love all the fat at First Chinese, especially on the bbq duck and pork, but King Noodle sounds interesting.

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'm most interested in finding really good sushi, as I had a few really excellent places to go in Austin for phenomenal fish, and my old favorite from high school, Awaji, has not held up over the years.

Jun 02, 2008
ZephyrSeija in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best of the Dallas Area

Don't worry. As someone with extensive experience in eating at Chinese owned and operated restaurants, I am well aware of the usual rules of thumb regarding Chinese food. I actually hold Pie Wei and PF Chang's in particular contempt such that I essentially never eat there unless someone else wants me to go with them (and is paying.)

Knew about the First Chinese, as there is one in Austin, and it's the place I'll probably go for Chinese food in general. I've also eaten at Yao Fuzi, which is surprisingly good considering the history of its location, but the good stuff on the menu costs more than I care to pay at a Chinese restaurant. And I've been to Mr. Shabu Shabu before, and it's a fun place, but I typically think of shabu shabu as winter food. Just a personal thing, I'm sure. I'll have to look further into the rest of your recs, though. Thanks.

Jun 02, 2008
ZephyrSeija in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best of the Dallas Area

I'll begin with a short story. For the last four years, I've been a student at UT Austin. As you can imagine, over this period of time I've spent a lot of effort finding the best restaurants in the area for a variety of cuisines. Now, I'm stuck in Plano for at least the summer, if not for much longer, and I don't really know of many good places to eat. I am fairly willing to drive if the food is worthwhile, so it's ok if the restaurants are outside of Plano or Dallas. Thus, I'm requesting a list of the best restaurants in the Dallas/Plano area in the following categories:

- Vietnamese (both for pho and regular dishes)
- Japanese (sushi and other food)
- French (bistro or more refined style)
- Italian
- Chinese
- Mexican
- Thai

Naturally, I'd prefer to stay away from chains and franchises as much as possible, but I'm willing to make exceptions for good food. Thank you all in advance for any information or advice you can offer me. I really don't want to be stuck in this city with nothing to eat but Chipotle and my own cooking. =)

Jun 02, 2008
ZephyrSeija in Dallas - Fort Worth