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QueenB Sep 8, 2006 01:33 AM

Hi everyone,

I've been going through the archives and haven't seen much about my area. I moved to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area a week ago from Philly and I'm already craving some good ethnic foods such as Chinese, Japanese (sushi!) and Indian. I know the Mexican places are plentiful and I plan to try out a lot, but I need my other ethnic!

Can anyone help me with recommendations for good sushi, Indian or Chinese in this Euless area? Or any other ethnic recommendations? Also, what's the best pizza in town?

I know, a lot of questions for one post, but I'm a bit lost for the moment. I'm willing to travel to Dallas or Fort Worth, but I absolutely would love more recommendations closer to home, since I'm pretty unfamiliar with the area.

Thank you so much!

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    mahoney Oct 8, 2006 04:45 AM

    Had very bad service tonight at Sweet Basil Thai restaurant in Hurst (next to NE Mall). They obvious don't care about their customers. I'll never go there again. There are many other Thai places in the area. My favorite, in that area, is Quick Thai Bistro - SE corner if Hall Johnson and Grapeving Hwy (26).

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    1. re: mahoney
      TexasToast Oct 8, 2006 09:38 PM

      What went wrong exactly? Just so we know what to expect. I've always liked the food at Sweet Basil, but I can't really recall anything about the service either way.

      TT

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        sunnyco Dec 5, 2006 01:38 PM

        I pretty much quit going to Sweet Basil, even though it is by my house. Their service did not strike me as great, and I have often waited far too long to get my check so I could leave.

        The thing that really got me is that it is the ONLY Thai restaurant that I have ever ordered from that would not replace one vegetable for another in a dish. I can not eat hardly any green bell peppers without being in pain and not being able to sleep, and I get frequent cravings for red curry. Sweet Basils red curry uses green bell pepper as the predominant veggie, and the manager would not budge and put another veggie in it's place, in that or in any of the other dishes with green pepper (which is a lot!) Like I said, I have never had that problem with any other place, so I will go just about anywhere but there.

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          mahoney Dec 6, 2006 04:46 PM

          Advertised and posted closing time was 10:00 PM. My wife and I walkd in at 9:35, didn't need menu and were ready to order. They wouldn't seat us. We had just left a show at Bass Hall in FTW so were dressed okay. I asked for the manager or the owner and none were available. There were 8 to 10 people eating and 5 or 6 employees sort of hanging around a counter/bar area near the left back side. It does seem to be the only Thai place in that immediate area which is too bad. I was really disappointed because we hurried over there and I really wanted some Thai food!! I'll never go there. I ate at Quick Thai Bistro yesterday in Colleyville... this is making me crave Thai food just thinking about it. Maybe I'll go there again today!

      2. QueenB Oct 2, 2006 05:19 PM

        Has anyone been to Kababish in Bedford? I think it's on Harwood? We just got a coupon in the monthly coupon clipper. Pakistani food, which I like.
        Any opinions?

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        1. re: QueenB
          Webra1 Oct 3, 2006 03:35 PM

          I've been to Kababish a few times for the lunch buffet and enjoyed every visit. The food is above average and the staff is very friendly.

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            QueenB Oct 3, 2006 06:28 PM

            Great! I'm planning on heading over there next week either for the lunch buffet or a regular dinner, if I can convince Mr. B to go with me.

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              QueenB Oct 11, 2006 09:00 PM

              Visited Kababish (Harwood Rd. near 121) for the lunch buffet today. I was a bit apprehensive, because I had read numerous comments on other sites that the staff was not friendly, but I went with Webra1's recommendation and gave it a shot.

              I have to say, I was pleased. The lunch buffet cost $5.99 + tax, and I had a glass of water. There was a nice variety of dishes, both vegetarian and for the meat-eaters. They had two types of rice (plain and with veggies). The food had a nice heat to it as well. I'm not much of a "burn your face off with spiciness" person, but many of the dishes left my mouth with a pleasant tingle. They were all very flavorful as well and everything was hot and fresh. I tried the vegetable rice, the daal of the day (which was yellow lentils) and two chicken dishes. I really have no idea what they were, but they were very good. I believe one of them had gizzards and hearts or some other organ meat in them.

              My one and only complaint was the naan. It was a bit tough and soggy from sitting in the chafing dish. I understand it must be difficult to keep naan warm while keeping the integrity of the bread though, so no huge fault. There is nothing like naan straight out of the tandoor though...

              I was pleased with the service as well. The man behind the counter was very friendly. I wouldn't call him talkative, but he certainly was nice enough and helpful if you asked questions.

              They do take out as well, of individual dishes. They also seem to have a chicken biryani or chicken tikka $2.95 special that I'd be willing to try, as biryani is one of my favorite dishes.

              As for atmosphere, there really isn't much. The place is very plain with cafeteria-like seating, which doesn't bother me at all. They had some sort of Pakistani dance music playing, which I found great. I always appreciate going to ethnic restaurants and hearing actual ethnic music.

              I'll go back and order takeout some day in the future. I'd definitely recommend the place.

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                Kirk Oct 11, 2006 09:18 PM

                Thanks for the review, QueenB!

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                  Webra1 Oct 12, 2006 02:56 PM

                  Whew! I'm glad it turned out OK.

                  I usually make a habit of hitting Indian lunch buffets right when they open (usually around 11:00 AM). That way, the food and Naan is always freshly cooked.

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            bluelemon Oct 1, 2006 08:59 PM

            Babe's Chicken (Roanoke, TX) has been written up many times as best fried chicken in the US. They are about a 30 minute drive from here and serve a great fried chicken dinner. I drove up once and enjoyed it... their slaw is like my Mom makes not the kind you buy in stores or other restaurants with good mash potatoes and gravy... I better go there again...

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              QueenB Oct 2, 2006 05:17 PM

              I've had Babe's chicken and I've got to say, I was in heaven. It was their creamed corn that pushed me over the edge.

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                irodguy Oct 3, 2006 03:14 AM

                Yep Babe's chicken recipe is based on Youngblood's which was the best chicken ever. They do a very respectable rendition. While celebration gets honorable mention, the fact is that Babes is the best chicken by far in DFW today.

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              bluelemon Oct 1, 2006 08:42 PM

              There was a mongolian stir fry in Denton I ate at about 6 months ago that was great, anyone know the name?

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                bluelemon Oct 1, 2006 08:41 PM

                Does anyone remember that name of the pizza place that serves the oval pizzas that are thin with high quality ingredients (might be the one in Colleyville, but I thought it was in Euless near the 121 overpass?

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                1. re: bluelemon
                  TexasToast Oct 1, 2006 09:47 PM

                  You're not thinking about Campisi's are you? Their pizza's are kinda oval, but they're not very good. Unless you think that canned ingredients are good.

                  TT

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                    munchie1 Oct 2, 2006 08:59 PM

                    Could possibly be i'Fratelli Pizza. They are oval, thin crust.

                    1. re: munchie1
                      TexasToast Oct 3, 2006 10:15 AM

                      You know, I'm glad you posted that, as I thought it could be ifratelli as soon as I posted about Campisi's. Still not very good though.

                      TT

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                    cagirlintexas Sep 24, 2006 02:17 PM

                    We recently tried Thai Basil in Dallas and loved it. My husband who is Thai and very picky though the food was excellent. I think this is thier info but you would have to call

                    Thai Basil
                    9090 Skillman St
                    214-340-9261

                    Also we were really really pleased with the pizza at
                    http://www.pastazios.com/index.html I orginally from Jersey and had been craving a good slice and this place did awesome.

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                      bluelemon Oct 1, 2006 08:34 PM

                      Thai Basil is very good in my opinion as well...

                      If you like Salads there is a place called Souper Salad near this place that serves a great salad bar (about 60 feet long) and a few soups, baked potato, very thin pizza (veggie available), and a few other odds and ends for less than $6

                      1. re: bluelemon
                        TexasToast Oct 1, 2006 09:44 PM

                        Oh no, I can't recommend Souper Salad. It's the Denny's of salads. Actually, you'd be better of getting a salad from Denny's.

                        TT

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                          foiegras Dec 6, 2006 10:19 PM

                          Agree completely on the very frightening Souper Salad, though I've heard rumors that some locations are better than others. (Doesn't really qualify as ethnic in any case tho ...)

                          For Americanized Chinese, Golden China in Bedford is good. Avoid the seafood and pork, though, go for chicken or beef. And they deliver ;)

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                        asiantale Oct 4, 2006 04:18 PM

                        I concur on Thai Basil as well. Fresh ingredients - she once gave me Lime leaves from her own garden so I could make some Tom Kha Gai. I've been a regular since..

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                          mahoney Oct 8, 2006 04:50 AM

                          Have you tried the Thai buffet - SW corner of Walnut Hill at Central (on the service road)? Is it any good?

                        2. QueenB Sep 20, 2006 11:29 PM

                          Thank you guys for the Piranha Sushi recommendation.
                          Mr. B and I went there for dinner tonight. It was his first experience with sushi. The fish was fresh and the prices were reasonable. I tried Lava Grill in Euless last week and was not impressed.
                          Mr. B had the sushi dinner which was a large amount of food. I had two rolls (spicy tuna and forget about it). The only complaint I had was the cocktail-like sauce they topped both rolls with. I'm not used to spicy tuna being served that way.
                          Thanks again for the recs!

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                            bluelemon Oct 1, 2006 08:37 PM

                            Going on the cheap side with decent sushi there is a place called Asian Super Buffet on Rufe-Snow near Mid-cities Blvd (in same cluster as 99 cents store) that charges around $5 for buffet style with about 100 items to choose from

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                              TexasToast Oct 1, 2006 09:43 PM

                              There's a sushi place in Irving/ Las Colinas that does a roaring trade on its lunch buffet. The name escapes me right now, but I think it's on MacArthur?

                              TT

                              1. re: TexasToast
                                QueenB Oct 2, 2006 05:18 PM

                                This may sound funny, but the idea of sushi buffet really kind of scares me.

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                                  TexasToast Oct 2, 2006 05:25 PM

                                  Well, it's all made right in front of you and put out on the buffet line. It's not like they salvage unused pieces from diner's plates all week and use those!

                                  TT

                                  1. re: TexasToast
                                    QueenB Oct 2, 2006 08:31 PM

                                    I understand that. However, in my hometown (Pennsylvania), I had the unfortunate experience of a sushi buffet that was not so fresh. That experience kind of turned me off of the buffet concept of sushi.

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                                      Scott Oct 2, 2006 09:48 PM

                                      It's no accident that Bourdain began his infamous "From our Kitchen to Your Table" chapter with "discount sushi." As he wrote, "I can't imagine a better example of Things to Be Wary Of in the food department than bargain sushi. Yet the place had customers. I wonder, had the sign said 'Cheap Sushi' or 'Old Sushi,' if they'd still have eaten there."

                                      Particularly in an inland city like Dallas, I'll pass on the sushi buffets.

                                      Scott

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                                        TexasToast Oct 3, 2006 10:13 AM

                                        Have you ever tried the famous free sushi Happy Hour @ STEEL? There are lines of people eating that stuff up.

                                        TT

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                                          Kirk Oct 3, 2006 12:18 PM

                                          There are also hundreds of people lining up for fried crap at the State Fair, but that doesn't make it good food ... or even edible.

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                                            TexasToast Oct 3, 2006 12:47 PM

                                            Well, I've eaten the sushi at STEEL (both HH and off the menu) and it's tasted fine. Besides, all the fish has probably been frozen before, so whether a city is landlocked, like Dallas is, becomes irrelevant [Scott].

                                            TT

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                                              Kirk Oct 3, 2006 02:23 PM

                                              Like I said, people incapable of making rational judgments about food will line up for crap.

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                                              Scott Oct 3, 2006 03:19 PM

                                              I'm already in line (i.e., for the fried crap at the State Fair).

                                              Scott

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                                                Kirk Oct 3, 2006 04:13 PM

                                                Don't become irrelevant. Or GERDish.

                            2. teegee Sep 8, 2006 02:52 PM

                              pizza possibilities, first being best and going down from there:

                              Palio’s in colleyville ... thin crust, very good, la-dee-da
                              http://ae.dfw.com/entertainment/ui/dfw/restaurant.html?id=72488&reviewId=18736

                              ti amo in hurst
                              http://ae.dfw.com/entertainment/ui/dfw/restaurant.html?id=8311&reviewId=2656

                              little joe’s in keller (Chicago style
                              )http://ae.dfw.com/entertainment/ui/dfw/restaurant.html?id=73267&reviewId=19108

                              not quite as good but geographically desirable: Café Amore
                              http://ae.dfw.com/entertainment/ui/dfw/restaurant.html;jsessionid=EF5782F4787CC0FA86CB3A91726BA932.prodapp12_ae_01?id=63502&reviewId=13305

                              boppa’s – an upscale cici’s
                              http://ae.dfw.com/entertainment/ui/df...

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                                QueenB Sep 8, 2006 03:54 PM

                                Thank you teegee.

                                If you don't mind me asking, what is Cici's? I passed one the other day going to the grocery store. Is it any good, or should I just stay away? What about Mr. Jim's? Is that more on the scale of Domino's (which I dislike).

                                I've heard from a local that I may have difficulty finding the same type of pizza here in Texas as I had in PA, but I'm not sure I believe that...

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                                  Kirk Sep 8, 2006 07:21 PM

                                  Stop. Put your hands up. Step away from the Cici's.

                                  It's an all-you-can-eat, baaaad pizza place. Awful!

                                  Stay as far away as possible, especially on the weekend, when birthday parties, soccer teams and other assorted maniacs flood the place.

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                                    teegee Sep 8, 2006 07:32 PM

                                    Kirk, you forgot to mention the operative data: it's a $3.99 all-you-can-eat pizza place. ($3.99 or thereabouts.) once a year, it's not such a bad thing for $3.99, even if it means sitting next to a hugely obese fellow w/ 35 slices of pizza stacked on his plate

                                    you're right about the soccer teams, though. avoid them like the plague

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                                      QueenB Sep 8, 2006 07:44 PM

                                      Ok, that just sounds unappetizing.
                                      Thanks for the warnings.

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                                        bluelemon Oct 1, 2006 08:25 PM

                                        Hey, give it a try, but don't limit yourself to what they serve... You can order anything you want! Their chicken garlic parmisan tastes OK, but I add mushrooms. Also I order a deep dish veggie with added jalepenios and green olives with red sauce (not their cheese sauce veggie (blah)) They also have a small fresh salad bar so for $3.99 it can be satisfying if you order what you want (which they will bring to your table while you enjoy a salad first). Also quality varies from store to store try the one in NRH (North Richland Hills). If you like it crispy say so and they will double cook it... Off the hot plates the quality is so-so as stated, but wait a few minutes and they'll make some decent pizza...

                              2. Webra1 Sep 8, 2006 02:25 PM

                                I used to work in the H-E-B area, so we'd eat at the following:

                                You're in luck if you like Thai.

                                Thai Papaya Garden in Euless is excellent. 1201 W Airport Fwy, Ste 100, Euless. 817-684-9378.

                                There is also Sweet Basil in Hurst near North East Mall which is good. 977 Melbourne Rd, Hurst. 817-268-2899

                                Thai Jasmine in Bedford isn't as great as the others, but still good. 3104 Harwood Rd, Bedford. 817-858-0555

                                A little further out but good is Sukhothai. This is a great dinner place as you can BYOB. They are in Arlington near I30. 423 Fielder North Plaza. 817-860-4107

                                For excellent Indian food, there is Kababish in Bedford. 3508 Harwood Rd, #202, Bedford. 817-355-5000

                                Also good for Indian is Tandoor in Arlington (in the same strip center as Suckhothai) which has an above average lunch buffet.

                                If you like Vietnamese, try Miss Saigon Cafe. It's not the best Vietnamese, but I think it's the only one around H-E-B. 932 Melbourne Av, Hurst. 817-595-0137.

                                For the BEST Vietnamese, try venturing out to Haltom City. It's really not too far away, and they have a ton of fantastic Vietnamese restaraunts there. My favorite is MyLan. They have one of the longest menus that I've ever seen. 4015 E Belknap St, Haltom City. 817-222-1471

                                For mexican, don't miss Esparza's Tequila Factory & Grill in Bedford. http://www.esparzastequilafactory.net/

                                For sushi, I agree with Piranha in Arlington.

                                For Chinese, I'd venture out to Arlington and try First Chinese B-B-Q. 2214 S Collins St. 817-469-8876

                                If you like Lebanese, venture out to Fort Worth to Hedary’s Lebanese Restaurant. 3308 Fairfield Av, FW. 817-731-6961

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                                  QueenB Sep 8, 2006 03:50 PM

                                  Webra1, thank you for all of that information. I've never had Vietnamese food, but am always willing to try just about anything. There are so many places to try around here! Coming from the small town that I did, it's quite shocking and a bit overwhelming, but I don't think I'll have difficulty trying them all!

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                                  Chandavkl Sep 8, 2006 04:43 AM

                                  Good Chinese food is largely limited to two regional areas, Richardson-Plano-Garland and Arlington. See thread from earlier this summer

                                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                                  1. re: Chandavkl
                                    QueenB Sep 8, 2006 07:44 PM

                                    Thank you Chandavkl. That's a good thing to know.

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                                    cheryl29 Sep 8, 2006 03:18 AM

                                    isn't Piranha at Green Oaks and Collins?

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                                      MarcusB Sep 8, 2006 03:38 AM

                                      Colllins, cooper, it's all the same to me.

                                      You are correct, it's at Green Oaks and Collins.

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                                        QueenB Sep 8, 2006 03:47 PM

                                        Thank you! We'll have to go there and definitely check it out. Is it very expensive? When I eat sushi, I usually go for the rolls.

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                                          TexasToast Sep 8, 2006 10:59 PM

                                          Excellent rolls. You won't be disappointed, QueenB.

                                          TT

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                                      MarcusB Sep 8, 2006 02:30 AM

                                      The best Sushi in the area is just south of Euless on Cooper St in Arlington is Piranha.

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