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One Sunday night in March

I am a New Yorker now living in Dallas. I will be in manhattan with my wife and two girls (11 and 16) at the end of March for one Sunday evening and a breakfast Monday morning. This will be their first time in Manhattan. We are staying in Times Square and trying to figure out our options. Here are my thoughts so far: Starting with Monday morning I am thinking of Carnegie deli for brunch just to give them the experience. Moving back to Sunday, we are going to try and catch a half priced Broadway show if we get lucky but either way looking to have a nice dinner with plenty of foods we don't get her in Dallas. As we all like sushi and Japanese overall, I had been hoping to take to a restaurant called Serina, I had been to many years ago but I have heard it closed down. Is there anything similar? It was such a fun place to eat at, and the girls would have loved the decor. Never been to Japan but I assume that was a close facsimile. If not Japanese, we love Chinese food and I miss the New York wonton soup and eggrolls. Anyplace special where we can get the full Peking duck? Something similar? I am hoping to bring them to a place they will remember years from now in case we don't get back that quickly. I was thinking ferrari's bakery in little Italy for dessert if we are in that area. I don't want to go so far as to say price is no issue, especially in NY. But we are willing to splurge a little. Also, what is the nearest pizza by the slice in walking distance from Times Square so they can taste authentic NY pizza? I figure they have to try a slice of pizza, a bagel and a pretzel. Worth trying to take them for a Mickey Mouse at the bar at the Plaza? I appreciate your ideas and know my time is very limited. I was at a first thinking someplace very famous like Russian Tea Room or similar but not sure if that makes sense for us in so little time.
Thanks for any suggestions,

Ron

Jan 26, 2014
ronaldpedwards in Manhattan

Whats are some Favorite/Specialty items you buy at Central Market and Whole Foods?

Funny you mention that. My dad is coming to visit for Christmas on Sunday and I have on my list to go to CM Saturday and get the Ba-Tampte mustard and pickles. The jar usually lasts me most of the year as my wife and kids only like yellow mustard.

Dec 19, 2013
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Whats are some Favorite/Specialty items you buy at Central Market and Whole Foods?

This is a great thread and it has been a while since I have posted on Chowhound I wanted to throw in my two cents. I came to DFW from the Northeast and had no experience with HEB. I had been to WF before and it is a wonderful market but it can be extremely pricey. In my opinion, WF tends to go a little more towards organic or healthy while CM just gravitates towards higher quality. CM reminds me of a specialty market we used to go to in New Jersey called Zagarra’s which I have heard is unfortunately gone.
I started going to CM about six or seven years ago (Southlake store) when they were running a weekly special on Wednesdays selling their ground beef at $1.00 a pound. This was some great special which got me in the store just about every week and I always ended up buying something else. Alas, I have not seen that special for some years now but I have found that CM runs enough fruit and vegetable specials to keep me coming in on a weekly basis. I think that WF produce is the best I have found, lasts the longest but is by far the priciest. CM is a little behind (I get most of my produce at Sprouts on Wednesdays when they allow you to use the old week coupons and the new weeks) but they run specials every week which also allows me to try a few new types of apple or similar that is not on my normal shopping list. I like the seafood better at CM than WF, I think you will find some threads about this on CHOW. One thing we recently started buying at CM is the sushi grade fish which they keep in a self-standing freezer close to the seafood. The kids and I wanted to try making out own basic sushi for my wife’s last birthday and we really had fun and enjoyed it. They have an 8 ounce tuna and an 8 ounce salmon package which was very reasonable (about $1 per ounce) which now allows us to expand our basic sushi intake at a reasonable price and have fun with making our own rolls and sashimi at home. CM also was where I was getting my New York like eggrolls at the deli counter. The Southlake store however has stopped selling these and I am horribly disappointed as they were as close to Long Island Eggrolls as I had found in the area. We also buy their pizza dough and make our own pizza’s at home. They put it through the machine to flatten for us and at $2 a pop, I can have my fresh mozzarella with San Marzano tomato pizza whenever I like. I actually buy the pickles from CM, the Ba-Tampte brand is for me, the most like New York deli I have tried (I have not tried all of the other specialty brands but some are just absurdly priced at like 10 a bottle. Too much for me to pay for pickles.) On the note that some items are weirdly cheaper at CM, we usually get our Simply Orange juice there which has gone up in price recently but it still competitively priced. You can find some interesting frozen items like knishes and blintzes not available in most markets. And if you get a chance try the Speck from the deli counter.

Dec 19, 2013
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Instant Coffee

I do like making a nice cup in my french press on the weekends or for a special occasion and will often drink coffee out when I know the restaurant puts in the effort, but as I am the only one in my family who drinks coffee,I have been using folgers instant for years. It is not the same but as I use Splenda and milk anyway the taste is not so different. So far, my best cheapest easiest option when I just want the basic cup of joe without the fuss.

Oct 11, 2012
ronaldpedwards in General Topics

New Years Eve Dinner

I will check these out. A friend also suggested Rough Creek Lodge about an hour outside of Fort Worth. Website looks really nice and it looks like they do a special where you stay and eat at the restaurant which seems to get great reviews. I sent them an email asking of they have anything special for New Years but this looks pretty good. Anyone been?

Oct 11, 2012
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

New Years Eve Dinner

GREETINGS ALL,

I KNOW IT IS A LITTLE EARLY BUT MY WIFE AND I WANTED TO GET SOME IDEAS FOR NEW YEARS EVE. THIS IS OUR FIRST NEW YEARS AS HUSBAND AND WIFE AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR A RESTAURANT THAT PUTS ON SOMETHING SPECIAL. WE ARE NOT BIG DRINKERS SO ARE NOT LOOKING FOR A BAR WITH FOOD OR AN ALL YOU CAN DRINK TYPE ATMOSPHERE. RATHER, SOMETHING SMALLER, ROMANTIC AND WITH GREAT FOOD THAT WILL ALLOW A LATE NIGHT DINNER WHICH CAN GO THROUGH MIDNIGHT WITH A LITTLE CELEBRATION. WE ARE OKAY WITH A LITTLE DRESSY BUT BLACK TIE IS A LITTLE TOO MUCH. WE LIVE IN KELLER AND WE ARE HOPING THAT WE MAY FIND SOMEPLACE WE CAN GET A CLOSE BY HOTEL ROOM AND STAY THE NIGHT SO AS TO AVOID POST MID-NIGHT DRIVING (NOT MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR TO BE ON THE ROADS.) OPEN ON PRICE ALTHOUGH WE WOULD LIKE TO LIMIT OURSELVES TO $75.00 OR $100.00 PER PERSON FOR FOOD AND UNDER $150.00 FOR HOTEL, MAYBE INCLUDING JUST A CHAMPAGNE TOAST OR A RELATIVELY CHEAP BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE. WE ARE OPEN FOOD WISE BUT STEAK AND SEAFOOD ARE NEVER BAD OPTIONS FOR US. SOME OF OUR IDEAS SO FAR ARE: STAY LOCAL AND HAVE DINNER AT CLASSIC CAFÉ (IN ROANOKE) ASSUMING THEY HAVE A LATE DINNER OPTION, THEN A 5 MINUTE DRIVE HOME (THIS IS OUR BEST, EASIEST AND CHEAPEST OPTION); HATTIES IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN DALLAS ALTHOUGH I DON’T THINK WE WOULD WANT TO STAY LOCAL IN OAK CLIFF; HAVE DINNER AT DEL FRISCOS IN FORT WORTH (WE HAD OUR WEDDING DINNER THERE THIS PAST JUNE) AND STAY SOMEWHERE IN FT WORTH (WE STAYED OUR WEDDING NIGHT AT THE ASHTON WHICH WAS BEAUTIFUL BUT MOST LIKELY THIS COMBINATION WILL BE A BIT MORE EXPENSIVE THAT WE WERE HOPING TO GO.) CAN ANYONE TELL ME FROM PAST EXPERIENCE A GREAT AND FRIENDLY PLACE THAT WE WOULD LIKE. I WOULD EVEN BE WILLING TO DRIVE OUT OF TOWN FOR THE DAY, EX. TO GRANBURY OR SOMEPLACE SIMILAR IF WE COULD STAY LOCAL. BED & BREAKFAST ALSO WORKS FOR US. THANKS.

Oct 10, 2012
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Late June Honeymoon in Victoria/Vancouver/Seattle - A little help please.

Yes, sorry it was Deep Cove Chalet. A beautiful garden and rocky beach surround it. Enjoy.

Jul 09, 2012
ronaldpedwards in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

NEED DINING ADVICE

We just got back from our Honeymoon in Vancouver and we had dinner last Thursday at Blue Water. It was excellent. A very nice looking restaurant and we actually chose it as we wanted to have our first sushi dinner together. We had each sampled a little sushi over the years here in Dallas but never gotten that into it. This restaurant was suggested to us as it is first and foremost a seafood restaurant in case we wanted to move back into cooked food. We sat at a table, not the sushi bar and asked our waitress to pick out our choices for us. We are very glad we did. The combination of sushi and the few rolls we tried were amazing. This is not going to be exotic type sushi like what we heard they might serve at a Tojo's, mostly salmons and tunas but it was a great experience. We really loved it and this has opened up a new cuisine for us although we dont think that the options in Dallas will be quite up to par with Vancouver. Highly recommend Blue Water. Also, we ate another night at the Kirin Seafood in Richmond. We had a car so it was no big deal. We really enjoyed the Peking Duck. Many asian families were obviously eating special soups and etc. as evidenced by the large serving tureens and platters. The menu was pretty complex with shark fin and birds nests soups (a little too exotic for our experience level) as well as other items we would never see on a menu down here in Dallas. We really enjoyed the experience, Hope you have fun.

Jul 02, 2012
ronaldpedwards in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Late June Honeymoon in Victoria/Vancouver/Seattle - A little help please.

Okay, we just got back and wanted to give you a report. Our trip was amazing, such a beautiful place to visit and the food was superb. All of the flowers were in bloom and while is was mostly overcast, we did not have any significant rain and the temperature was pleasantly cool.
In Victoria we had our breakfasts at our B&B, Abbeymoore Manor and we highly suggest this to anyone looking. The room was huge, innkeepers were knowledgable and very nice and the breakfasts were perfectly portioned and diverse.
We ate dinner at Hidden Cove Chalet which was a beautiful location. Not easy to find (even with directions) but worth it, food was wonderful, place is beautiful and make sure to give Ernie, the lab sleeping by the door a nice pet. The second night we drove out to Sooke Harbor House. This was just plain amazing. All they say about this place is true. One of the nicest, most delicious meals we have ever eaten. Service was beyond perfect. Overall the best experience of our trip and we tried raw oysters for the first time. We also did a lunch at Red Fish, Blue Fish. Tried the combo fish & chips; one cod, one halibut and one salmon, all perfectly fried, not at all fishy and delicious. Well worth the 20 or so minute wait. We had desert one night at Café Brio which was excellent and we would go back for dinner if we were ever in town again.
In Vancouver we had dinner at Kirin in Richmond (very good, we enjoyed the Peking Duck but could see that many tables were enjoying more exotic seafood and special soups. We also ate dinner at Blue water café. We had sushi and for beginners this was an amazing experience. Everything was so fresh and delicious. Nothing too exotic on the menu but the restaurant is beautiful and the fish was perfect. We are now going to look to have sushi at home in Dallas but understand we may not get such quality. Finally we had dinner at the Boathouse in Kitsilano. Nothing spectacular but location was nice and food was adeqaute. We had tickets to Bard on the Beach right afterwards so location was perfect as we walked the way over.
We had breakfast twice in the Granville market which was a wonderful experience, wish we had something like that here in Dallas. We are now hooked on Maple Crepes!!!
By the time we got to Seattle we were all fished out and ended up having a couple of cheeseburgers at the Capital Grill across the street from our hotel. Pricey but awesome if you like a good burger.
All in all it was a wonderful experience and one we will never forget. The food was unbelievable and we definitely gained a few pounds. Thank you all for your help and suggestions and we hope to get back to this beautiful area in the future. There were so many places we would stil like to eat at that we just did not find the time. Perhaps for an Anniversary.

Jul 02, 2012
ronaldpedwards in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Your "Food Fantasy Lifestyle." Have you got one?

What an interesting question. Well, I think that for the true fantasy portion, I would need to be able to eat anything I want, in whatever portions I want, without ever gaining weight or having to worry about things like cholesterol.
For the how would I live if I had inherited the Steve Jobs estate: I think I would buy a residence on “The World” cruise ship. If you have never heard of this, try googling “the world cruise ship” and take a look. This is a ship which travels the world endlessly with 165 luxury residences aboard. Constantly travelling to new cities with new restaurants and food choices.
Each day you would have the choice of choosing one of the local restaurants in the city you are visiting, eating at one of the (I assume awesome) restaurants on board the ship just a walk down the hall from your home, or buying fresh local groceries and bringing them back on board to cook in your own kitchen. Imagine stocking your shelves with ingredients fresh from farmers markets in the cities you are visiting. A truly never ending culinary retirement. And perhaps just as importantly you have the opportunity to meet and dine with people from all over the world and learn about their foods and cultures.

Jun 19, 2012
ronaldpedwards in General Topics

Late June Honeymoon in Victoria/Vancouver/Seattle - A little help please.

Andrew, When we originally were looking at Victoria, I saw the Wick Inn and the Tofino area and thought it looked beautiful but when we decided to stay in Victoria I got the idea that this was too far to drive for just an afternoon or a meal whereas Sooke was about an hour. Was I mistaken about the distances here?

Jun 01, 2012
ronaldpedwards in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Late June Honeymoon in Victoria/Vancouver/Seattle - A little help please.

Thank you Sugearl.
I will let you know when we get back.

May 31, 2012
ronaldpedwards in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Late June Honeymoon in Victoria/Vancouver/Seattle - A little help please.

Thank you all again for your help in this. Sugearl, we are also staying at the Abbeymoore. Dont want to get too far off topic but how was your stay? How were the breakfasts?

May 29, 2012
ronaldpedwards in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Late June Honeymoon in Victoria/Vancouver/Seattle - A little help please.

Thank you all for these detailed responses.
In no particular order: I am not sure how I missed Blue Water but having looked it up, I think this may be a winner for us one night in Vancouver; La Buca, Lupo or Cioppino’s seem a safe bet for a second night as having grown up in New York I am partial to Italian food. Any idea which one I’d like better being from New York?; Question regarding the Chinese restaurants vs the Night Market. Having grown up eating in Manhattan’s Chinatown and in Long Island, what is likely to be similar? In Dallas, I miss eggrolls, wonton soup and peking duck from my youth. Understanding that this may not truly be Chinese as much as New York Chinese food; I had heard the Bengal lounge for the Indian Buffet in Victoria was nice but as we are staying at a B&B in Victoria, not sure that we would do more than snack other than dinners; I don’t think my Fiance is quite adventurous enough for some of the more exotic places that have been mentioned and I am hesitant to bring her to Japanese as her experience is limited; I had looked at Amuse and I think that is a strong option for one of our nights in Victoria; We will definitely hit Granville Island and some of the more touristy spots. Truth be told we will probably do more shopping than majorly strenuous activities; We were already planning on a trip to Steveston so will probably do a lunch there. Appreciate all of the comments so far.

May 23, 2012
ronaldpedwards in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Late June Honeymoon in Victoria/Vancouver/Seattle - A little help please.

Thank you anewton. We are really looking forward to our trip. My Fiance loves scallops so that will definitely be on our menu more than once.

May 23, 2012
ronaldpedwards in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Late June Honeymoon in Victoria/Vancouver/Seattle - A little help please.

I will be honeymooning in Victoria/Vancouver/Seattle the last week in June. Three nights in Victoria, three nights in Vancouver and the final night in Seattle (Flying into and out of Seattle.) We both love seafood and are hoping to make that the main theme of our trip food wise. We are coming from Texas and have good access to high quality beef regularly so are not really looking for steakhouses and we are not drinkers so no need to use wine availability in any recommendations. We will have a car and don’t mind travelling for a great meal. Hoping you can lend your expertise to our plans.

While in Victoria, we will be staying at a B&B so will mainly be interested in three dinners (We are planning on an afternoon snack at Red Fish, Blue Fish.) We already have reservation for one night at Sooke Harbor House. For the other two nights we are looking at Amuse Bistro and Bakery, Harbor House, Camilles, Lure, Blue Crab and Pescatores Seafood and Grill.

While in Vancouver, we will be staying at the Four Seasons. We are thinking one night Italian (Provence Marina-side, La Buca, Lupo, Il Giardino, Cioppinos Mediterranean Grill, Il Terrazo or Via Veneto), one night French (Les Faux Bourgeois, Chambar or Le Crocodile) and one night Chinese (Kirin, The Jade, Sun Sui Wah or Shanghai Chinese Bistro and we would love to combine this dinner with a trip to the night market.) We are hoping to do Bard on the Beach one night so would like to combine with dinner. While we hope to eat local seafood throughout our trip I have also heard good things about these specifically seafood restaurants in Vancouver (West, Rodneys Oyster House, Five Sails, Fish House Stanley park, Joe Fortes, Salmon House on the hill.)
I don’t really have too much idea about breakfasts while in Vancouver (We would love to get fresh Croissants or pastries with good coffee) or lunch (not burgers or pizza) so would appreciate some help with these recommendations. I have read that when we go to Granville Island we should have lunch at The Lobsterman.)

Finally, our final night in Seattle we have reservations at The Georgian at The Fairmont Hotel and plan to spend the little time we have shopping and noshing at Pikes Market.

Thanks for any ideas.

May 23, 2012
ronaldpedwards in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Refills To Go at Sit Down Restaurants

I think this may also be a regional thing. I lived most of my life in the Northeast and in Southern Florida and would never have thought to ask for an additional Coke to go after the meal. However, for the past five years I have lived in Texas and I find that people do this regularly. The caveat is that all of the people I have been with only do this for iced tea, not actual soft drinks. I had come to the conclusion that this was a Southern thing based upon years of sweltering heat and no air conditioning and the need to keep cool. I still find it a little odd and have never done so myself.

May 10, 2012
ronaldpedwards in Not About Food

A good first date place in Addison...

Might not be what you are looking for but Lavendou is on Preston. Very romantic feel to the place. Only been once as I live on the other side of the metroplex but remember enjoying it and I seem to recall there being a nice bar area.

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Lavendou
19009 Preston Rd. Ste 200, Dallas, TX 75252

Jun 27, 2011
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Growing to hate Sonic. (Tipping, etc.)

Okay, reading your posts I went back to try and get some additional information on the minimum wage thing.
Unable to get an answer at 866 OK-SONIC, I ended up looking up a job opening at SONIC for car hop in Texas and called and was told that some car hops do not make minimum wage but rather “waitress salary” and it depends upon the store. So, not across the board but in some locations, some car hops do not make minimum wage. Surely, this cannot be a violation of the minimum wage law? I find it almost impossible to believe that such would not have been litigated way before now. Having said that can we really make any argument that a car hop is comparable to a waitor/waitress serving you in a sit down restaurant? Now here’s the bigger question? How do I know which employees make minimum and which do not?
When I googled the minimum wage question there seems to be a few people out there who have sworn off SONIC for this reason.

May 31, 2011
ronaldpedwards in Chains

Growing to hate Sonic. (Tipping, etc.)

I moved to the Dallas area a few years ago and was happy to discover the Sonic franchises having never lived within their areas before. I really enjoy their breakfasts, tater tots and their drinks especially at Happy Hour can be a really great deal with tons of options. However, I now have some concerns which may stop me from going there altogether and wanted to get your thoughts.

Some time back, I noticed that often times as I went to a drive up menu (not the drive thru,) I was often left having to ask for my change back when paying. This happened at more than one location more than one time. I then started doing some research and found out that Sonic does not pay its employees minimum wage. That, in fact, as opposed to other fast food places, their employees are paid similar to waiters/waitresses. Now, what made me most mad about this is that I had no idea and Sonic certainly does not go out of its way to advertise this. To be honest, I was not thrilled with the idea of leaving a tip for fast food, even if they did have to walk/skate 10 feet to my car from the door. (I do not want this topic to run over into a tipping discussion please.) So, rather than get into that issue, I just decided to only order through the drive thru. Unfortunately, I have found this “not wanting to give change” thing seems to encompass the drive thru as well (again, I have experienced this at more than one Sonic.) Now, I don’t consider myself a bad tipper but I do have a problem with tipping someone at the drive thru just as I would not tip if I went into a fast food restaurant and ordered at the counter. I was just not raised to believe this should be done.
Has anyone experienced these issues? Any ideas? I would write to Sonic if I thought it would help but I am currently frustrated and ready to start avoiding them completely.

Thanks,

May 31, 2011
ronaldpedwards in Chains

Dallas Wedding Restaurant

Mike and Twin,

Thank you for your help. I will definitely be contacting them. As for the St Germaine, It no longer looks like it will be workable. They have advised they would not be able to accomodate a small wedding like ours. We are still examining all options. Our latest find is the Inn on lake Granbury which we originally though of as a nice place to stay our wedding night (our honeymoon is scheduled for three weeks later to Vancouver) but the website pictures are so beautiful we plan to head down there in the next month or so and see if maybe we might just do the whole thing in one place as we had originally hoped at the St. Germaine. They seem much more willing to accomodate a small party and we feel our needs are pretty simple and our budget should be adequate.
I really appreciate everyones help, please feel free to offer any other ideas that come up and i will let you all know when we make some decisions.

May 23, 2011
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas Wedding Restaurant

nomnom,

Thank you for your suggestions and Congratulations to you as well. We had originally wanted to do the entire thing at the St. Germaine but after talking to them we confirmed they do not like to arrange small weddings. Thus our decision to have our ceremony at the Arboretum.
We are actually looking to do this on a Thursday afternoon which we hope will increase our options. I will look into your suggestions and thank you.
Also, has anyone eaten at the Crescent Room? The website suggests that if you stay at the hotel you will get access to the private restaurant and it looks beautiful. However, I cannot find a menu online anywhere. They are currently running specials like get a suite for one night for $525.00 inludes dinner for two at the crescent room and then breakfast for two at the conservatory as well as a bottle of champagne. As we assumed our dinner bill for 6 would be around $100 per person anyway and our hotel stay at about $300 this might be workable if they will allow all six of us to eat there (and they have private rooms as well).
Again, thanks for any help.

May 19, 2011
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas Wedding Restaurant

Greetings Dallas Chowhounds.
I am looking for some advice regarding my Wedding dinner. We are planning to get married early next June, most likely at the Dallas Arboretum and are looking for have a spectacular, memorable dinner. We will be a party of six including a 9 and 14 year old. Originally, we were looking at French restaurants such as The Mansion, St. Germaine or the French Room (We are still thinking of getting a room at one of these three places to stay our wedding night.) However, the more we think about it, the more we wonder if this is not the best choice for our group. We will have two children at least one of which is a fussy eater. So, we have now started thinking about a high level steakhouse. Our thoughts currently include places such as Pappas Brothers steakhouse, Capital Grill, and III Forks. We are looking for a steakhouse which has at least some seafood and non steak options and we are more interested in varied appetizers than dessert as we plan to bring our own wedding cake. Of course we would be thrilled to get a private room but a quick look tells me that for most of these places 6 people would be too few to do this. I know it is more than a year away but we hope to wrap up some of the details this summer. Any ideas and experience you can give are appreciated.

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III Forks
17776 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75287

May 18, 2011
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Your Favorite Chain Burger

I am a Fuddruckers guy. Never had a bad burger but I actually don't like their fries. I love their fixings bar so I can make it just the way I like it.
Red Robin is pretty good.
I used to live in Florida and we had a chain called Rudy's. No longer in business but was told they were created by the people from Fuddruckers as well. I remember it as being awesome.
Also a chain in Florida called HOP'S. When I used to live in Tampa they were running a special, eat at the bar after 8pm and get a burger for 2 bucks and a beer for 2 bucks. Burgers used to have shaved cheddar on top, really good deal.
I know alot of differing opinions on chow about Outback but I have always enjoyed going there by myself for Sunday or Monday night football and sitting at the bar and getting a burger and of course if you have more than one a bloomin onion is like ultimate onion rings to me.

Aug 24, 2010
ronaldpedwards in Chains

Dallas / Fort Worth Restaurants

Yes, and as I said, we understood that it would be a wait. One of the things about our club is that we always meet on Friday night (every other on average) and always around 7 or 7:30. Also, since we don't make people rsvp ahead of time we usually dont know how many we wil have until about 15 minutes after start time so we often wait a bit. However that is usually part of the fun as we get to see people and catch up. Of course it is one thing to wait 20 minutes inside an air conditioned restaurant while seated or preferably at the bar, quite another to be waiting outside with no seat in 100 degree heat in Texas summer.
I do hope no one thought I did not mean to go. The wait is indicative of how good they are and what you get for your money. The food was very good and while it looks like some prices may have gone up a little since we went, the menu has expanded, the portions are large and well worth it for everything we tried.
Interesting article in the times, glad to see they are expanding.

Aug 17, 2010
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where can I find good pizza in Dallas?

Let me preface this by saying I am a misplaced New Yorker (Born in Brooklyn) but when it comes to pizza, I like New York and Chicago style equally.
Jimano's in Plano was very good when we visited. Reviews on Urbanspoon seem mixed but we tried both deep dish as well as Chicago thin crust (and I was with an ex Chicago Cop) and we loved them both. So far, the bext pizza I have had in the metro.
http://www.jimanos.com/locations_Plan...

Aug 16, 2010
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Half priced happy hour food at higher end restaurants.

Thanks all, I will let you know what we think.

Aug 16, 2010
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Peking Duck resturant in Fort Worth

Happymeal:

This week we are going to dinner in Oak Cliff Friday night at 7:30:

La Carreta Argentine
http://www.lacarreta-argentina.com/
Kessler Park and Stevens Park
1115 North Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203

But I wil try and advise next time we go somewhere in Fort Worth. Until then we have a Yahoo page:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dfwfrid...
If you are interested just sign up and you will get our emails. (Please note that we are just a bunch of friends. We are not very formal and our groups fluctuate from a low of 2 to a high of 17 on one occasion.

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Thanks

Aug 16, 2010
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best place to buy grills?

I think you really need to sit down and determine what price range you are in. A few months ago I did some research for both gas and charcoal grills. My girlfriend just bougth a house and was in need of both.
Long story short is that everyone swears by Weber but of course if you are getting gas the minimum price is $400 (with the better ones in the $750 and up range) and they hardly ever go on sale. For a charcoal grill Weber still seems a favorite but of course about a third of the price. Everyone seems to have great things to say about the Green Eggs but they are very pricey (about a grand.)
Went to BBQ Galore in Grapevine and Weber was the lowest priced models for gas grills they had. This should give you an idea of their customer. (This is a store that actually has utensils sets for well over $100.)
Also went to Sears/Lowes/Home Depot/Target/Walmart, etc. and while there are as many reviews for Grills online as there are stars in the night sky, I was raised to trust Sears and feel that they will back up their products even if this is no longer quite true.
I decided to wait for the end of summer/early fall as concensus is that the prices will fall (but not much for Weber.)
Good luck.

Aug 16, 2010
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas / Fort Worth Restaurants

Hello Happymeal,

Our experience overall was positive but had its ups and it's downs.
The food was definitely an up. We were served generous portions and the prices were very good. Overall the food was at least as good as most restaurants twice the price or more I have been to in the area.

Unfortunately, while the experience of eating in a gas station is unique, something is lost. First, the place is small and when we went (with a party of 10) on a Friday night at 7 we had to wait nearly 90 minutes. But it was a large party and a small place and a Friday night so we accepted it. To be honest, eating in a converted gas station did somewhat take away from our experience. At the time the place was not particularly comfortable and it was kind of annoying to try eating fancier, higher end food with cheap utensils and plates (This may have changed by now as I have just looked up their website and it seems clear that their selection has become more varied.) Our service at the time was at best average.
The prices still look very reasonable. There seems to be a larger variety of seafood on the menu and it looks like they are now serving breakfast as well. Certainly their menu tells me they are not afraid to take risks and serve food you would not find outside of expensive restaurants.
Overall, we found it to be well worth the trip (the bread pudding in particular was delicious and everyone in our party enoyed the meal.)
If you are looking for an opportunity to try some very good food at very reasonable prices (even if they ambience is a little lacking,) give it a shot and of course let us know your experience.
I would say that Chef Pointe and Potager have ben the two most interesting restaurants we have eaten in so far. Each a unique, delicious and inexpensive meal in a different way.
Have fun and enjoy.

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Potager Cafe
315 S Mesquite St, Arlington, TX 76010

Aug 16, 2010
ronaldpedwards in Dallas - Fort Worth