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[DFW] Nonna: I surrender

Scagnetti--Why did you back down? You made great points. Just because "everyone" loves Nonna doesn't mean "everyone" has an informed opinion. IJS.

Oct 20, 2008
Piegirl in Dallas - Fort Worth

New Mansion? anyone been?

AussieGirl,
I went there for a media preview dinner and was blown away. I know, it was a press event, so we probably got fantastic service and really amazing food, but I loved the dining room and you just can't beat the experience of the Mansion. We had about four servers helping us throughout the meal who were subtle and friendly, but not over-the-top. The food was also superb. I had duck confit to start, followed by butter-poached lobster. Overall, the three of us saying "THIS is why we love our jobs!" Excellent food, beautiful atmosphere, delicious food. The renovation gives the restaurant a new feeling--no more stuffy grandma furniture.
Unfortunately I won't be able to afford this very often on my own dime. But it's a special occasion restaurant in my mind, still, even though they're not requiring a coat and tie anymore.

Nov 27, 2007
Piegirl in Texas

A&J's Bakery (Dallas)

I've heard their sandwiches are very good too, but haven't tried them yet. I think they only make them at lunchtime. Also, their red velvet cakes and coconut cakes are fantastic.

Jul 06, 2007
Piegirl in Texas

Cafe Toulouse impressions [DFW]

Jim--I've had that eggy souffle too. It was truly awful. This was about two months ago, so clearly, something is going very wrong in that department. We sent it back and complained, and they seemed so surprised! (No, souffles should NOT taste like burnt eggs.) Thankfully, they took it off the bill...but they should take it off the menu if they're going to butcher it so badly.

Jun 05, 2007
Piegirl in Texas

best fries in Dallas

I like the fries at Toulouse, although many times I have to ask them to send them back the first time around because they are not hot or crispy enough. But when they come out that second time...oh, man. Wrapped in a paper cone, served with mayo. It doesn't get much better.

May 04, 2007
Piegirl in Dallas - Fort Worth

Sprinkles (Dallas) - moved from Texas

I've tried them, and they are spectacular. They opened Monday in Preston Center. They come in flavors such as red velvet, pumpkin, lemon, etc. that change daily. The frosting is sweet but not sickly sweet like Magnolia for example. The cakes are beautiful, complete with giant circular sprinkles imported from France.
Mod cakes, not retro, you know? And no, I don't work for Sprinkles even though it sounds like I do.

Mar 28, 2007
Piegirl in Chains

Fat Straws (DFW)

Anyone tried the bubble tea at Tempest Teas? I haven't, but I've heard good things.

Mar 16, 2007
Piegirl in Texas

Tio's (non)Tortas

Wonderful-I love mexican wedding cookies! Thanks gavlist!

Feb 23, 2007
Piegirl in Texas

Tio's (non)Tortas

Sorry all-just realized you were asking for non-sandwich items. I saw Tio's and got a little excited...apologies!

Feb 22, 2007
Piegirl in Texas

Tio's (non)Tortas

Tried the new grilled chicken torta today. Co-worker had the barbacoa (loved it), another one tried the turkey (he thought it could have used more cranberry), and I devoured mine. Love love love the roasted onion salsa from the condiment bar, as well as the homemade pickles. Oh-and the chipolte ketsup?? Tastes like BBQ sauce but there's nothing wrong with that. What are the cookies about? I sadly missed those somehow.

Feb 22, 2007
Piegirl in Texas

Luqa restaurant

Ieatdallas, I agree with your lackluster first impression. I went to Luqa (how do you even pronounce that?) about three weeks ago on a Friday night, and the elevator was broken, the valet was really at some other place across the street, and the place just didn't feel like it had any character at all to me. I think the DMN reviewer also mentioned how his/her seat was repeatedly bumped into throughout the night, and mine was as well. There is simply not enough room for servers and busboys to maneuver, which feels like total amateur hour to me. This lackluster-ness continued with the food. First of all the server asked me how I wanted my short ribs prepared, which struck me as odd, considering that particular cut of meat is very tough and must be slow cooked for a long period of time (as we all know, sorry to state the obvious). So I asked him if the meat was braised, and he said yes... (???) so then I asked him what he meant by the original question. He was very confused and finally I just said forget it-just have the chef prepare it however he wanted. When the piece of meat arrived it was tender and obviously slow-cooked, but not cutting-through-butter-type tender. I still had to use my knife if that gives you any indication. I don't remember all the ingredients involved with the salad I ordered (and its no longer on the website), but I believe it included matchstick-sliced apples, pomegranetes and a light vinaigrette. I believe the menu said the salad included blue cheese but it was strangely (and noticeably) absent. It was forgettable. My friend is a wine buyer and he liked the list a lot (prices especially), so that's a point in Luqa (luke-ah? Loo-qwah?)'s favor. For me that was the only point...oh wait, the roasted potatoes were divine. Covered in the fatty sauce, roasted to browned-skinned perfection.

Feb 20, 2007
Piegirl in Texas

What is the Best Margarita in Dallas?

A few people I know enjoy the margs at Ojeda's on Maple as well. I've never tried but I've heard they're lethal! They also come in "baby size," about 1/2 the size of a regular.

Feb 09, 2007
Piegirl in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas Engagement Evening Restaurant Suggestions?

Choose the Mansion. It's just made for this kind of celebration. No question. I would be the happiest girl on the planet if I got proposed to and got dinner at the Mansion to top it off!

Feb 08, 2007
Piegirl in Texas

DFW - Breakfast Spots

Don't forget Dream Cafe in the Quadrangle. Very family-friendly if that's your thing.

Feb 05, 2007
Piegirl in Dallas - Fort Worth

Strong Margaritas

El Rio Grande. Margaritas are $7 and they are very strong. Might as well try a plate of steak nachos while you're there too-huge chunks of steak, cooked to whatever temp you request.

Dec 28, 2006
Piegirl in Manhattan

Lavagna or Five Points for New Years?

Coming to visit a friend in NY for New Years Eve. Made reservations at both Five Points and Lavagna for New Year's-both are restaurants relatively close to his apartment that could get us in at 10pm and aren't forcing us into a prix-fixe situation (but we're not too concerned with cost).
But help! Which one should we go too? I lived in NYC for two years, but I never visited either so I'm at a loss. I would prefer a friendly/fun atmosphere because of the holiday, but of course, the most important part is the food. Per my research on this board it seems both are beloved spots for different reasons... What would you do? Thanks!

Dec 20, 2006
Piegirl in Manhattan

Best cookies in Dallas

No...more like the size of a salad plate.

Dec 06, 2006
Piegirl in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best cookies in Dallas

Probably not a mail-order thing, but I'm eating a sugar cookie from Potbelly right now and DAMN! It's super-soft, almost raw in the middle (if you like that kind of thing, and I do) and satisfingly crunchy on the outside. And enormous. Fantastic!

Dec 05, 2006
Piegirl in Dallas - Fort Worth

Trece?

Hi Steven. My Trece recs are not as glowing at FlFoodie's, but I have only eaten there twice, and the first time was about two weeks after opening. The second was much more pleasant. Overall it's a fun atmosphere, but they do try and present an "exclusive" front that I just have a hard time taking seriously. The host/hostesses are always friendly, but definitely not warm...the kind that sort of sneer instead of really welcome you. Drinks are expensive IMO, and I know they're trying for a 'Dos Caminos" in Dallas thing, but we shouldn't have to pay NYC prices. Same with the guacamole-delicious, a must-order, but expensive all the same. On my last visit we all enjoyed the trio of salsas, the guacamole and the lobster nachos. I made the mistake of ordering the caesear salad as my entree, and it was loaded with dressing and just bland overall. The only good part about it was the chili popcorn on top. Ugh. The first time I ate there I tried the pollo a la parilla, and the chicken was slimy and unedible. My friend ordered a shrimp dish that was much better.
On the other hand, I do think you'll have fun there, especially with a big group, and the space itself is really beautiful. As far as hotspots go, it's close to the top right now, so there's an excitement in the air as well that always makes for an interesting evening. Let us know what you think!

Nov 30, 2006
Piegirl in Texas

DFW- Central 214

FLFoodie: I had a similar experience. A friend and I went to Central 214 for drinks about a week ago following a work party. We sat at a high-top table in the bar, and waited around 10 minutes to be noticed by our server. We ordered drinks and I ordered the chopped salad. It took at least 15 minutes to get our drinks. We could see our server yelling at the bartender and storming away behind us-it was all very unprofessional. The salad was nearly inedible. It was around 9pm, and I was starving, but I only ate about 1/4 of it. The salt was unbelivable! The artichokes were mushy, the toasted bread was so hard it scraped the top of my mouth. I was shocked. Our server barely gave an apology when I told her of the saltiness and the hard bread...by that point, we really just wanted to leave. The table next to us in the bar had similar service problems-we all kept looking at each other and shaking our heads. I have no desire to return at this point, but I probably will with the hope that things will improve. The interior is gorgeous and it would be good for this restaurant and hotel to succeed.

Nov 20, 2006
Piegirl in Texas

Cafe Toulouse impressions [DFW]

I think the atmosphere at Toulouse is the biggest draw. Unfortnately I've never found the food to be very well executed. Co-workers do rave about the hamburger, and the fries are delicious (although twice I've had to ask the server for different fries, as the ones he brought us were soft and cold), but to me, Toulouse is more of a "4pm drinks on Saturday" kind of place than a serious culinary destination.

Nov 13, 2006
Piegirl in Texas

Best refried beans in Dallas?

Just got back from Blue Goose and had the refried beans. This got me thinking-who does the best refried in Dallas?

Chuy's have pretty good ones...I thought Blue Goose beans were average. Thoughts?

Nov 13, 2006
Piegirl in Texas

Recs for Central 214?

I'm eating there tomorrow night. If anyone has eaten there and recommend what to order, I'd appreciate it. So far I've only heard Mac and cheese...yeah yeah yeah.

Nov 10, 2006
Piegirl in Texas

The Best Restaurant in Dallas?

For future reference-I wouldn't recommend York Street for a business related dinner, mainly for size reasons. It's such a small place you might feel self-conscious making small talk and "getting to know people," considering everyone around can hear your conversation pretty easily. To me, Aurora is a very special occasion type venue, and the prices and atmosphere reflect that.

Nov 09, 2006
Piegirl in Texas

Soup in Dallas

Agree with Webra1-co-workers have been raving about the pumpkin and pear soup at Greenz for two weeks.
I like Whole Foods on Lemmon (or on Lower Greenville) for soup. They have several choices every day, as well as a separate section for chili, and seafood-based chowders and soups by the fish counter.

Nov 09, 2006
Piegirl in Texas