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Restaurants everyone loves--except you

I agree!

Nov 12, 2010
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

I found good BEEF RIBS in Dallas Metroplex

Thank God that I am not alone on this! The BBQ snob in me absolutely rejects any BBQ from any yuppie grocery store, but the Whole Foods on Preston and Forest does some really good BBQ, especially the Beef Ribs! Their brisket was very good as well!

Nov 12, 2010
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

Indian Food Virgin----Where to go and What to try in Dallas

I like Chaat Cafe. http://www.chaatcafes.com/ I think they have a couple locations. I would recommend just looking at what the specials are and choosing one from there.

If this is your first time experiencing Indian food, I would recommend going the buffet route.

http://www.ourplaceusa.net/ has a buffet and the owner is super excited about bringing Indian food to the mainstream. He catered our Diwali celebration at work and the food was pretty good!

Good luck!

Oct 02, 2009
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

Help! (Irving-Las Colinas) Looking for tex-ribs style fun place for group of 25.

Stay away from Sonny Bryans in Irving...nothing special there and their bbq is subpar. Pappas is slightly better in the bbq and atmosphere dept.

As far as a place that serves bbq and would be fun for out of towners, I recommend Hard 8 bbq. Although their bbq is very hit and miss, I think it would be fine for out of towners (unless they are from south central texas). The real sell of the place is their atmosphere. They serve open pit bbq...imagine the smell of smoking mesquite as you walk past several iron bbq pits to get to the pitmaster. When you get close, your eyes are immediately drawn towards a whole smoker filled with smoked chicken, ribs, brisket, sausage, and other smokey goodness. You order by the pound and everything is served on butcher paper. After you get your food, you exit stage left into the dining room, which resembles an old texas barn (its even decorated with native texas taxidermy). Don't forget the big ol' pot of slow cooked beans....free of charge.

I reiterate, hard 8 is not the best tasting bbq around, but the atmosphere is worth it, especially for out of state-ers.

I would recommend Uncle Julio's over La Hacienda. The food is better and the atmosphere is much more lively.

Good luck!

Jun 30, 2009
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

Chef Point (DFW - Watauga)

April 6th. According to the Dish guide, it will feature a gas station that serves Duck l'orange.

Mar 31, 2009
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

Central Texas BBQ

I had Kreuz a couple weekends ago and I want to echo some of the sentiments here. The brisket was undercooked, very little smoke flavor, and super salty. The shoulder was a bit better and the ribs were meaty...unfortunately everything was just too salty! I was planning on visiting other BBQ places in Lockhart on that trip, but the Kreuz experience put me off to BBQ for that weekend.

-ikiru

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Oct 14, 2008
ikirumata in Texas

Do lentils become carbs?

I don't follow the Atkins diet, but here is what the website says about fiber:

"Although it is a carbohydrate, fiber does not convert to glucose and thus does not raise your blood-sugar level the way carbohydrates typically do."

Not sure if Atkins is specific on which sources of fiber are preferred more than others, but beans are a pretty good source of fiber.

-ikiru

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Feb 05, 2008
ikirumata in General Topics

Shortcut BBQ Brisket

Texan here...

Unless you are entering a BBQ competition, there is nothing with wrapping a brisket. In fact, its called the "Texas Crutch" by the locals.

I like Pecan for smoke flavor, but recently I have been preferring Oak or Mesquite.

I have no problem with the recipe, except that I think 275 is a bit too high. I would shoot for around 225-250 and then wrap after your brisket reaches 160.

Oh...and if you are going to serve brisket to a Texan...don't sauce. Texans believe that sauce should be served on the side.

Good Luck!

-ikiru

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Feb 05, 2008
ikirumata in Recipes

Lewisville lunch

You could try Ms Mary's

http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?...

-ikiru

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Jan 24, 2008
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

Authentic Sushi?

I second Seabose.

Dont get too caught up with "real" or "authentic" just for the sake of being "real" or "authentic". Sushi fans can sometimes be "elite-ist" in their choice of sushi. Sushi actually has roots in China where fish was fermented with rice and eaten by poor rice farmers. If thats the way you want to go, more power to you. For me, give me some of that new fangled sushi =)

Personally, I think Koreans establishments make the best sushi because they seem to be willing to break traditions and come up with new and inventive items.

Good luck in your own personal search!

-ikiru

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Oct 11, 2007
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

SUSHI DEALS!!!!

Im not sure if they still do it, but Fujiyama on Midway and Frankfurt has buy 1 get one free sushi for lunch. I haven't been since I changed jobs, but last I remember, it was the best lunch sushi in town.

Good Luck!

-ikiru

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Sep 25, 2007
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

Favorite Texas or Dallas food items/ingredients

Sep 12, 2007
ikirumata in Texas

Dallas for one night -- where to eat?!?!

Babes

http://www.babeschicken.com/

-ikiru

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Aug 29, 2007
ikirumata in Texas

Best Grilled Cheese in Dallas

Not sure what makes a grilled cheese "classic", but my wife and I are big fans of Mimis Cafe's 5 Way Grilled Cheese.

-ikiru

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Aug 27, 2007
ikirumata in Texas

Best Fried Chicken in Dallas?

I had Babe's the other day for lunch. I agree that their chicken was a little on the bland side. However, the creamed corn and biscuits were excellent and more than made up for the chicken. I would like to explore some of their other offerings. Catfish may be next. Throw in great service and atmosphere...and you have a very unique and wonderful experience.

-ikiru

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Aug 18, 2007
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

Pflugerville Pizza and Wing Pfactory?

They claim to have authentic Chicago style pizza. I was planning on heading down to Austin to visit my brother and my wife has been craving some pizza like we got while visiting Chicago (Gino's East). Has anyone eaten there?

http://www.pflugervillepizza.com/

-ikiru

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Aug 03, 2007
ikirumata in Austin

Hard Eight BBQ (coppell, tx)

I have now visited Hard Eight a good half dozen times. I was excited to see them come to the Dallas area as I enjoyed their Stephenville location. If I had one word to describe Hard Eight, it would be "inconsistent" (really, "madeningly inconsistent" but I promised one word). A times I have gotten brisket there that was no better than shoe leather and sometimes I have had brisket that melted in your mouth with great smoky flavor (for me its like that one "Tiger Woods" like shot you make on the muni that keeps you hooked to a sport that you have no business playing). The same thing goes for the ribs. Some days the ribs are spot on, and some days, I feel ripped off (I have just learned to avoid them alltogether).

I think their best item is their spicy sausage.

Their chicken, jalapeno poppers (wrapped in bacon) are pretty good as well. In fact, one day I ordered a couple poppers and one of the poppers fell into the vat of butter (they keep a vat of butter around to dip the corn and pork chops). Anyway, I couldn't resist the idea of a bacon wrapped jalapeno, chicken popper doused in butter, so I had the carver fish it out (he felt like a goon because he dropped it in there and gave it to me for free). I think it was the best popper out of the bunch and I think butter submersion will be a part of future popper orders...ANYWAY...

After eating there, Im starting to develop a theory that their smoke filled serving line may in fact work against them. I think that you are so saturated with smoke, by the time you eat your food, you cant detect much smoke flavor (remember your taste buds work in harmony with your nose). I find that if I get an order "to go", I can detect more smoke flavor (and I get the added benefit of going through the "to go" line around the side).

Here is some advice I have compiled for those who venture out to the Hard Eight

1. Be specific on how you want your brisket cut. I have noticed that some of the carvers dont know how to cut a brisket. In fact, I had one guy give me a cut with the grain. It was a "to go" order and I didnt catch it till I was pretty far away. Needless to say, it was a bit tough to get through.

2. Go for the "fatty side" of the brisket. Just ask. HOWEVER, be especially watchful if you order from the "fatty side". The top of the "fatty side" has grains that run at a 45 degree angle to the bottom. If you don't watch out, the carver will just cut right through and you will get some cuts with the grain. The carvers are extremely nice and seem to be accommodating. If you get the right cut from the "fatty side", you will have a great brisket experience.

3. Hard Eight is a bit on the expensive side, so I have devised a strategy for making my money go a bit further. I usually order a bit of spicy sausage and "fatty end" brisket (you can order your favorite meat combo), chop them up at my table, grab a to-go box (they are lying around the tables), fill the to-go box with the free beans, and then mix in the chopped meat (add in jalapenos and onions for an extra kick). It makes a great meal and after you get your fill, you should have enough for lunch the next day (plus it tastes better the next day anyway). I'm calling it Ikiru's Hard Eight BBQ Bean Hash (IHEBBQBH...for the textoids).

4. You have to go out to the patio to exit the place. Just a tip because I see lots of people wandering around trying to get out.

5. Watch out for the pepper shakers. They put out a lot of pepper in a hurry.

6. If you go there for lunch, get there before 11:30am. The lunch line fills up and you could find yourself standing outside in the heat for a while.

7. There are 2 lines for service. Make sure you check the line that goes around the other side. I find that most people don't know its there and the line is usually shorter.

8. The menu is up on the rafters...up and to the left of where you enter. Most everything is by the pound. The "bigger than your head" sized pork chops are sold individually.

-ikiru

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Aug 03, 2007
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

Fresh Seafood in Dallas

Seabose Hours
Tue-Fri: 11am-8:30pm
Sat: 8:30am-8:30pm
Sun: 11am-6pm
214.483.5839

I was in there a couple of days ago. I agree that it is small, but the sushi- is wonderful. I tried a couple pieces, "just to make sure" and after tasting, I will definitely go back. I recommend calling ahead and placing your order for pickup.

-ikiru

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Jun 21, 2007
ikirumata in Texas

Deep dish pizza in Dallas/Fort Worth area?

Yeah, it has been in the works for a couple of years now. Some developer from Houston came in and bought the whole block. Unfortunately, word on the street is that he is going to charge 3x the rent. Chances are slim that the original tenants are not going to return. Its a shame because The Tomato really did have great and unique pizza. Hopefully they will find another venue.

-ikiru

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May 22, 2007
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth

Deep dish pizza in Dallas/Fort Worth area?

May not be "Chicago Style", but a great deep dish (my favorite) can be found just north of the DFW area in Denton. The place is called The Tomato (formerly The Flying Tomato). Its just off the North Texas campus. 1226 W Hickory St, Denton TX

As a reference to my tastes, I have been to Chicago a couple of times and have tried Due's and Gino's East. To me, of the two, Gino's is the superior product (I especially like the sausage patty style). Even after tasting these "True Chicago Pizzas", I still prefer The Tomato.

One thing about The Tomato, I prefer the single "rectangle" slices over ordering a whole "round" pizza. For some reason the "rectangles" taste better...

-ikiru

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May 17, 2007
ikirumata in Dallas - Fort Worth