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One Night in Dallas (Downtown).... I need EPIC

I would stay and eat at either the Ritz (Fearing's for dinner) or the Mansion on Turtle Creek (restaurant has the same name). You don't want to return to a so-so hotel after a great meal, and why not just walk from your room to a fine restaurant?

Dallas Farmers Market?

Yes and no. There is locally grown produce -- and the folks from local farms let you know they're local. There also are stalls that sell stuff shipped in from who-knows-where.

Best Philly Cheesesteaks in DFW?

It's been years since I was in Philly and had a cheesesteak, but I really like the one at Truck Yard, however authentic (or not) it may be.

Suggestions near Marblehead

My wife and I will be visiting family in Hamilton next week, and would like to have dinner with a friend who lives in Marblehead. Any suggestions for good food in that area? Price doesn't matter, just quality.

Minneapolis foodie in Dallas

I would vote for Lucia. Reservations are impossible to get, but they take walk-ins for bar seating.

what about Local? Or...?

Local doesn't get a lot of love on this board, but it remains one of my favorites. Tracy Miller serves consistently great food, and I enjoy the laid back ambience of the place. I think it is as Texan as Stephen Pyles -- after all, other than the ribeye and the wild boar, most of the dishes at SP have as much a South American taste as a Texas twang. But you can't go wrong at any of the places you are considering.

What's the best place to get some good food at the DFW airport?

Terminal D has some decent spots inside security.

Can anyone tell me about Iravat? -- the Indian place in the asian marketplace at Legacy in Plano.

Thanks so much. This is extremely helpful.

Can anyone tell me about Iravat? -- the Indian place in the asian marketplace at Legacy in Plano.

And about Chennai . . . ?

Good Food in Plano/Richardson

There are so many great asian places in the area that I barely know where to start. Little Sichuan, on Legacy just west of 75 in Plano. Royal Sichuan on Greenville in Richardson just north of Main/Beltline. In the same shopping center as Royal Sichuan, Jeng Chi, which has great dumplings. Nam Hua (Vietnamese), at the corner of Jupiter and Belt Line. Saigon Block, at Arapaho and Jupiter. Mumtaz (Indian), on Campbell just west of 75. Bambu Thai, at Coit and Campbell. Sushi Sake, on North Collins in Richardson. La Me, on Walnut at Audelia. For non-asian: Zorba's (Greek), at Plano Parkway and Preston in Plano. This is scratching the surface, but you can't go wrong at any of these places.

Can anyone tell me about Iravat? -- the Indian place in the asian marketplace at Legacy in Plano.

We had lunch at Little Sichuan today, and picked up a menu from Iravat. Looks good, the place smelled fantasic, but there were relatively few people there. Ok, it was lunchtime, and the place looks a bit upscale for a stripmall lunch joint, but we'd appreciate any feedback. It'll be hard to pry us away from Little Sichuan, but we're always up to try something new.

NYer coming to Dallas for the first time.

Lucia. Reservations are impossible to get, but you can walk in and eat at the bar.

Downtown Dallas Dinner Recommendation - Tough One

The recs below are solid, but none of them are really downtown -- you'd need a car or cab for all of them. If you want to stay downtown, you could take the light rail (which is right next to your hotel) to the new Omni hotel (train stop right there, too). The Omni has a very good steakhouse (Bob's), although I don't know their TV resources. The Omni also has a sports bar with lots of large screens, but I haven't had the food there. I'd call the hotel and ask.

Quick visit with kids

Pretty much any Tex-Mex place will be o.k. for kids -- it's not like those places are high-end, fancy joints. You can surf this site for Tex-Mex restaurants that are convenient to where you will be staying. Some favorites (in no particular order) are Mia's, Pepe & Mito's, Herrera's, Avila's, and Matt's Rancho Martinez. Barbeque places shouldn't be a problem with kids, either. In Dallas, the best are Pecan Lodge, which is in Shed #2 of the Dallas Farmer's Market (downtown), and Lockhart Smokehouse, which is in the Bishop Arts section of Oak Cliff, just west of downtown. Pecan Lodge typically has a long line, so have one parent entertain the kids while the other does the waiting and ordering. Also, PL is only open for lunch, 11 - 3. Some of the fancier steakhouses might be a bit of a problem, but my attitude is, if they're taking your money they can put up with your kids. Also, some of the best steak places are not super fancy -- like Bob's on Lemmon @ Wycliff. Or try excellent Neapolitan-style pizza at Il Cane Rosso on Commerce St. in Deep Ellum, just east of downtown. The antithesis of Chi-town deep-dish. Also, Dallas is in a taco craze these days. There are all sorts of places, besides Tex-Mex restaurants, serving tacos, and nothing but tacos, and non-Mexican takes on tacos. Places like Velvet Taco, The Taco Joint, Fuzzy's Tacos, Rusty Taco. Then there are the authentic, old-school, Mexican tacquerias, like Tacqueria El Si Hay and La Banqueta -- the real deals. The kids would probably dig tacos from Fuel City, a truck stop just west of downtown, where there are longhorn cattle and a swimming pool out back. I do not jest. Have fun.

Dallas visit

Note that Pecan Lodge -- which has the best barbeque in town, most folks agree -- is only open for lunch on Thurs - Sun, from 11:00 - 3:00. It is in Shed 2 at the farmers market downtown. There is always a long line.

Dallas visit

I agree with gavlist and twinwillow.

Jack's Southern Comfort

Jack's Southern Comfort on Lower Greenville (in the old Ali Baba space) is a wonderful addition to the area. The food -- in both taste and portion size -- is better than Sissy's. It's like a more-casual Hattie's. The Texasian salad is delicious. The Upside-Down Chicken Pot Pie (essentially pot pie filling poured over a home made biscuit) was an obvious favorite. The owners are originally from Louisiana, and the influence shows -- crawfish mac 'n cheese, gumbo,. etc. Lots of staples, done up right -- fried chicken, brisket chili, catfish, collard greens, fried green tomoatoes, deviled eggs, and lots and lots of pies.

The place is small, so we had to wait for a table. They don't have a liquor license yet, so you can BYOB -- and they were serving complimentary watermellon sangria. The staff was friendly and attentive. And the prices are very reasonable.

Check it out.

Downtown Dallas

The obvious choice is the French Room in the Adolphus Hotel. It's a formal, high-end place, but the food is excellent and it's next door to the Magnolia. Dallas Chop house (1717 Main) is also walkable. For less expensive fare, Chesterfield (1404 Main), Fuse (1512 Commerce -- directly across the street from the Magnolia), and Wild Salsa (1800 Main) also are walkable. Given how hot it is, you won't want to walk to Stephen Pyles or Cane Rosso, but both are great and worthy of a cab ride.

Mediterranean specialty store

Thanks for the info on Phoenicia. I just checked their website and they've opened a store in downtown Houston -- directly across the street from my firm's Houston office. I'm psyched to go down there and check it out.

Food Writing in Dallas

I think CB is occasionally hilarious -- she didn't get nominated for a James Beard food writing award for nothing -- and frequently very funny, but few writers bring their A game to every assignment. Her best pieces are about places and events she loves -- like fried everything at the State Fair, or Thanksgiving. I think she goes on and on and on with bad vulgar jokes mostly when she doesn't want to fill her column with examples of why the place was awful. Her weaker columns don't bother me; they're short enough that I don't mind. I agree with you that her imitators should get lives and stop trying to sound like CB -- those folks do get on my nerves.

By the way, CB and some of her pals are hosting Meat Fight 2012 on November 4 at Sons of Hermann Hall. Very impressive list of Fighters and Judgers. Check it out: http://meatfight.com/

Whats your favorite ethnic restaurant in dfw?

Nam Hua for Vietnamese - ask for the take-out menu, as it has translations of the specials that are just in Vietnamese on the regular menu. Go with a crowd and order all the specials.

For Thai, I like Bambu in North Dallas/Richardson, and (I'm not kidding) Thai Noodle & Rice on Fitzhugh (doesn't look like much from the outside, but very tasty food).

Jimmy's. 'Nuff said. Don't know if it qualifies as "ethnic" but you should go there no matter what.

Elaine's Kitchen at MLK & Malcolm X for Jamaican.

Royal Szechuan on Greenvile just north of Main/Beltline.

Kuby's for wurst-apalooza.

I'm getting hungry . . .

Recommendations for 1st Visit to Dallas/Ft. Worth in July

CocoaNut and foiegras have a great idea. One of the best things about Dallas is Fort Worth. Drive over to Cowtown, visit the Kimbell and the Modern (the museums are next to each other and are architectural gems), visit the zoo, and have dinner at Lanny's, Ellerbe's Fine Foods, or Lonesome Dove Western Bistro.

Good group dinner places -- Downtown Dallas.

If you're staying at the Hyatt downtown, go to Bob's Steakhouse in the new Omni Hotel.

Also, across the street from Twisted Root is Il Cane Rosso for pizza.

best of

You will get no end of replies for best steakhouse. I'm not an expert on steakhouses, but many others will chime in, I'm sure.

As far as barbeque is concerned, most folks on this board will tell you that Dallas isn't a smoked meat hot spot -- but Pecan Lodge is our salvation. Pecan Lodge is in the Dallas Farmer's Market (which is downtown), in Shed #2. They only serve barbeque Thursday through Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Get there early, because they often sell out before 3:00. Get the brisket for sure -- they also have ribs, pulled pork, and sausage. Everything's good, but the brisket is as good as the famous bbq places in central Texas.

You really won't need a steak after Pecan Lodge.

Rosemont . . .Mmmmm, good.

Yesterday some friends and I checked out Rosemont, the new breakfast/brunch/lunch place just opened by Tracy Miller (Local). It's just west of Local (and Rudolph's) on the south side of Elm, in a sign-less building surrounded by parking lots. The interior is spare and clean. The food, as you would expect, is wonderful (I've always been dismayed that Local wasn't open for lunch). We shared a couple of apps -- white bean dip and croque monsieur triangles -- and they were great. The pan-fried fish sandwich was tremendous (the only problem was not enough of the best hush puppies ever); if you've ever had Local's burger, you know how good the burger is; and even the turkey sandwich stood out. Prices are very reqsonable -- if I recall, the most expensive items on the lunch menu were roast chicken at $15 and a small filet at $17. Service was a little slow, but it was only their second or third day open. One of our party was a guest who probably was expecting to go to a fancier place -- but he was really impressed with the quality of the food and very satisfied with his meal. Rosemont really is worth checking out. I can't wait to go there for breakfast and brunch; I expect those meals to be just as exceptional.

Dallas Observer says the pho at Lemongrass is really good . . .

I'm skeptical. Can anyone provide guidance? It would be nice to not have to drive to Richardson or Garland for some good pho, but I'd rather drive than slurp some swill.

MUST TRY!

Being from Austin, you might want to go to Chuy's on McKinney at Knox (very close to SMU). If you didn't like it in Austin, you can skip it here, or vice versa.

Best Vietnamese in the Dallas area?

We finally went to Nam Hua for dinner with a group(10 total), and used LH's extremely helpful translations to order from the Specials Menu. Everything was fantastic. The biggest hit was the Thai Beef Salad, but we loved everything: the Bo Luc Lac, grilled mussels, grilled escargots, coconut crepes, and on and on. They brought us, gratis, a coconut tapioca dessert with potatoes and carrots -- really tasty.

And, by the way -- if you ask for their take-out menu, it has the Specials Menu translated. Go figure!

First Time Dallas Visit!

It's unclear just what you're looking for, and where you are staying and whether you'll have a car makes a difference, but I'll take a shot.

As far as things to take home, I'd first go to Central Market and get some Texas salsas, hot sauces, chips, beer, wines, and other goodies (they have a helpful staff, just ask). CM makes good tamales, get some of those. CM also sells local cheeses by the Mozzarella Company, but if you go to their store in Deep Ellum, there's a better selection. If you can take home perishables, just down the street from Mozz Co is Rudolph's, a butcher shop that makes their own, great sausages. Likewise, Kuby's, in Snider Plaza, makes incredible German wursts; and Jimmy's Food Store makes wonderful Italian sausages and meatballs. Jimmy's also has a small section of locally made pickles, sauces, etc. You should have a sandwich at Jimmy's in any case; it may well be the best meal you have in Texas.

Most folks from the great frozen north think of barbeque and Mexican food when they think of Texas. Dallas doesn't have great barbeque, but we've got some pretty good stuff -- try Pecan Lodge in the Farmer's Market (Shed 2, Thurs - Sun only), or Lockhart Smokehouse in Oak Cliff.

You also need to have a real taco (e.g., baracoa, al pastor, lingua), and not at some white-bread place. Try Taqueria El Si Hay in Oak Cliff or the spot at Fuel City (yes, its in a giant truck stop with longhorn cattle). For real Mexican cuisine (not Tex-Mex) go to Komali or, in Oak Cliff, Mesa or Vera Cruz. There are a ton of Tex-Mex places: El Fenix, Mia's, Herrera's, Avila's, Manny's Uptown, Nuevo Leon, Mi Cocina, Chuy's, I could go on and on.

For a good, down-home breakfast with a side of biscuits and gravy, go to the Original Market Diner on Harry Hines Blvd or John's Cafe on Greenville Ave. Just good, hearty greasy spoons.

Should you want to try Southern soul food, go to the South Dallas Cafe or Sweet Georgia Brown's.

For upscale southern cooking, go to Hattie's in Oak Cliff or the Screen Door in the Arts District.

For fancy restaurants, there are any number of threads on this board to guide you.

Welcome to Dallas.

Dallas bound for chowhound

Try Local, in Deep Ellum.
+1 for Stephen Pyles.
Fearing's
I'm not a big fan of Samar, although I know that puts me in a small minority on this board.