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BYOB options in Central and North Dallas?

We really like Pera Turkish Kitchen at Preston and Campbell. It's good enough to make the drive. We do.

May 27, 2015
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Fresh Masa

Firstly, I just ordered a tortilla press and am about to dial in the tortilla making process. Does anyone know if fresh Masa is available in Dallas?

May 07, 2015
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Italian Sausage in DFW?

Thanks for all the responses. I did buy some sausage from Carbonne's. Just like everything else, he does, its fantastic. It will be my new go-to spot. Waiting for Luscher's to open to try his. Also, yes...Al's was awesome back in the day. It was kinda my intro to finer and ethnic foods out of college. (as was Martys (RIP)

Feb 10, 2015
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth
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Italian Sausage in DFW?

Before you say Jimmy's, I'd like to know if anyone has any other suggestions. I'm a 20 yr Jimmy's loyalist, but for some reason, I just don't find the sausage to be outstanding, particularly when used crumbled in sauces. Any help would be appreciated.

Jan 29, 2015
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

denver lunch

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Jul 11, 2014
J.R. in Mountain States

Best cheesesteak in Dallas and surrounding metropolitan areas.

I think the Truckyard has about as good a cheesesteak as you will find in these parts. Give it a go. I like it with white american and Whiz

Apr 15, 2014
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

1 Portland, 2 Willamette (solo)

Thanks for he suggestions. Just what I needed. Will report back.

Mar 10, 2014
J.R. in Metro Portland

1 Portland, 2 Willamette (solo)

Opps sorry. Correct. I mean Willamette Valley...Specifically Dundee as I'm staying at the Inn at Red Hills. I will have a car and will be visiting the surrounding AVS, so flexible. More interested in solo dining in the valley as I've only had lunch at Ponzi.

Mar 08, 2014
J.R. in Metro Portland

1 Portland, 2 Willamette (solo)

Howdy PDXers,

Will be in Portland nest week for 1 night and 2 in the Willamette on business. It's been a few years since I've been to both. I've search the boards, but I can's seem to find any recs on solo dining in both places. Would really appreciate some recs for solo dining in both (bar preferred but not a must). Am up for anything just as long as it has a local vibe and great food (upscale or more casual is fine). I may tend to more of a beer related place in PDX, since I will have my fill of wine in the Willamette. Appreciate and suggestions and will certainly report back.

Mar 08, 2014
J.R. in Metro Portland

Scottsdale for New Years with Kids

Danieli,

Sorry for the delay in posting about our visit. You certainly hit it out of the park. Firstly, we spent NYE at Hiro as we thought it would be less busy. Only had to wait 15 min. or so. It was perfect for the 4 of us. We all sat at the Sushi Bar which the kids love. The 2 highlights were the whole fried Pomano and the Sesame Roll. The Sesame Roll was similar to a Spider roll but was wrapped in what looked to be White Nori with sesame seeds all over. The interior is very homey and service was gracious and efficient. Love finding great food where you would generally not think it should be. i.e...fish in Arizona.

We visited the Humble Pie on 7th I believe on NY Day. There were 10 of us and the place was perfect for a pre-game meal. We split the BBQ Pizza, Meat Lovers, Margarita, and White Pie. All were stellar. The crust was particularly good with the requisite char on the bottom and top of the crust while the middle was just perfect. Really liked the layout and vibe of that location.

Finally, we visited the Parlor for Lunch on the way out of town. Wow, was that place good and also very groovy. Loved the decor. We sat outside as the weather was just perfect. I think we sampled a little bit everything. Started with the Arancini to share. Perfectly crispy and risotto like in the center served with really good house made tomato sauce. We shared a sausage and sage Pizza which was great. Daughter had the BBQ Pizza which was different that most, but so much better. I had the seafood pasta and son had the Bolognese. All pastas were homemade and really well done. Wife had a salad with veggies and Banyuls vinaigrette which was perfectly sweet.

It's splitting hairs, but the pizza may have been better at Humble Pie, but not by much. Thanks again for the reqs as they were all spot on!

JR

Jan 15, 2014
J.R. in Phoenix

Scottsdale for New Years with Kids

Thanks much Danieli10. Those seem to be just the types of spots we are looking for. We are staying at the Scottsdale Resort and Conf. Center and are coming from Dallas. Do you like the Parlor or Humble better for pizza?

Dec 11, 2013
J.R. in Phoenix

Scottsdale for New Years with Kids

Hello Phoenix/Scotts Hounders,

We will be in Scottsdale for the Fiesta Bowl on the 1st with 2 kids (13,14) who are very Chowish. Would really appreciate reso suggestions for 2 meals. New Years Eve (early) and Lunch/Brunch on New Years Day which could be problematic. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We have a car, so travel is fine. Thanks in advance.

Dec 10, 2013
J.R. in Phoenix

Road trip Chow (dallas tx to santa rosa florida)

I 3rd Beaux Bridge and the Old Thyme Grocery for Po Boys. I will also add that you should swing by Don's Specialty Meats in Lafayette for the best Boudin, Boned out, stuffed chicken stuffed with crawfish, boudin, etoufee ect. They also have fresh Cracklins which are wonderful. We make that drive to the beach every year and stop at Don's on the way back and fill the cooler up.

May 13, 2013
J.R. in Central South

Restaurant -- Park Cities area

Nonna, Spoon, or Marquee. Nonna for Italian (real Italian), Spoon for amazing seafood. Marquee for American and fancy people.

Apr 23, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Tesar's Fish: Wine List?

Although this post is a little dated I thought I'd weigh in as I just dined there last week. Firstly on the wine list. I was really well chosen, but really, really pricey. The list is on an ipad which I liked. To give you perspective on wine pricing, there were 2 items on the low end that I have in my cellar that I was interested in as I know they are good. Thomas Sancerre... I paid $20. on list for $70. Moet 1992 vintage champagne. I paid $65... on list for $350. However, the somm. knew her stuff and gave a great rec. I asked her for a white rec. that would go with all the fish courses that was bang for the buck. and she recommended a Nigl Gruner for $60. Perfect choice.

Now to the food. Dined on oysters which were pristine. Crudo sampler which contained Geoduc, tunua, and live diver scallops with truffle which was the best dish of the night. All the crudo was of utmost freshness and wonderful preparation. Followed by grilled octopus which was really tasty. My daughter had the fresh pasta with crab which was the best seafood pasta dish I have ever had. I had Sturgeon and Griblice sauce and it was terrific. I had Avacodo Ice Cream with Grapefruit. (inventive and great). It was fairly pricey, but as good of cooking as one can find in Dallas.

Feb 23, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Interesting find at East Plano Costco....whole pig

awesome. Will it fit in the oven?

Feb 14, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Beef Cheeks in Dallas?

yep. Yep, I'm a daily Whole Foods shopper due to proximity and quality of produce, so this was a breath of fresh air. El Rancho will be on my rotation since it's not far from my office.

Jan 28, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Beef Cheeks in Dallas?

They had them indeeed. Frozen, but it works. Never been to an El Rancho as I usually shop at La Michoacana or Fiesta. I was really pleasantly suprized by the quality of thier produce. Really nice stuff. Much, much better than any Tom Thumb.

Jan 28, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Beef Cheeks in Dallas?

Thanks guys. Will check both today.

Jan 23, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Beef Cheeks in Dallas?

Anyone have any ideas when to source or do I need to special order? Thanks in advance

Jan 22, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Asia World Market (and Central Legacy Plaza in general)

thanks demi. I'll head over there this week.

Jan 16, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Asia World Market (and Central Legacy Plaza in general)

Demi,

Can you give me a little more info on Lucky City? What else do you like? How's the service compared to 1st CBBQ? I always feel rushed there. We love N. China also. Thanks in advance.

Jan 15, 2013
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Brief Lockhart Smokehouse report

how does the egg work for beef ribs?

Nov 13, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Grilled Mexican meats - parrillada

TW,

You are right there with Casa Milagro. My office is in Richardson, but live in Dallas. Probably the best Tex-Mex in town. Great salsa.

Nov 13, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Restaurants' reputations

Cafe Pacific.....I've never been to a more middling place. Can someone please tell me why I still go there? Help!!!

Oct 24, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Pre-Marinated Fajita Meat?

Skirt. It did have a kinda rubbery texture.

Oct 18, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Pre-Marinated Fajita Meat?

thanks for the responses. I wanted to follow up. I ended up going to Fiesta for beef and chicken as I had to feed 20 in hurry. It was exactly half price of CM. Knowing my audience, they would be able to tell the difference. Not bad. Chicken was better than the beef, but it worked well in a pinch. NIce to have all the fixins fresh, homemade, and ready to go. Chicken was better than La Mich. Beef is better at La Mich IMO.

Oct 16, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Pre-Marinated Fajita Meat?

ah, yes, forgot about CM. thanks. TW

Oct 12, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Pre-Marinated Fajita Meat?

Do to time constraints, I need to do Fajitas tonight for a group. I'm looking for opinions on best Fajita Meat that is pre-marinated. I've used Fiesta and La Michiochana previosly. Anyone know of better in Dallas?

Oct 12, 2012
J.R. in Dallas - Fort Worth

L' Ami Jean Today

Parigi/Mangeur,

You guys have been extremely helpful to us preparing our food itenery via stalking your postings. CH is interesting as you can really tell who knows the subject matter by doing alot of scanning posts. One last question. We are dining at Breizh tonight as I think the kids will like and I'm interested in the Cider. As I mentioned, we have been here a month and I think I have one more lunch/dinner left in me. Any suggestions? We are in the 7th, but obviously will travel for chow. I tried Jadis but they are done for the summer.

Jul 29, 2012
J.R. in France