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Nov 28, 2006 05:34 PM

[Dallas] Dinner near the Meyerson on Sunday?

Hi, will be going to the Meyerson to hear the Turtle Creek Chorale this Sunday ... what's my best bet nearby? Looks like Jeroboam, Lombardi's, Dream Cafe, Rosebud, and many more are within a mile ... I'm hoping for good food without spending a car payment (well, I guess that's what I'm always looking for :)

TIA, fg

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  1. Hi FG-

    Well 3 out of 4 are closed (Lombardi's, Rosebud and Jeroboam) if that helps at all. If you are looking for a good steak, you can try Perry's, it's close by. There is also Palomino at the Crescent complex where you can pretty much get anything, food is good, service can be slow. Steel is close if you are wanting Asian Fusion. If you are wanting casual, there is the West Village (Taco Diner, Mi Cocina, Ferre, Cru)just down McKinney Ave, not fine dining by any means but convenient and always good people watching. Hope this helps!

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    1. re: FLFoodie

      Bah! Yes, that does help ... you see why I need advice, this is not my stomping grounds ;) I try to avoid the West Village as the people watching has been known to interfere with my appetite, but it does offer some reliable (if less than exciting) choices.

      I noticed there were several BBQ places nearby ... I wonder if any of them are decent??

      Thanks for the help, I appreciate it :)

    2. Not great quality, but decent Italian nearby is Grotto Ristorante. Corner of Pearl and McKinney. Moderately priced, fun atmosphere, very good to decent food, very good service. Better quality Italian, but closer to a car payment for dinner, is Bice. Just across the street from Grotto. Seems like I saw that they're open on Sunday now, but you better confirm.

      Stephan Pyles -- again prices closer to a car payment, but not quite, at least if you have a nice enough car -- is also right down the street. Also nearby, and definitely in the car payment range, is Craft at the W Hotel. Very good food however.

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      1. re: Mike C. Miller

        Thanks, I will add some of these to my list of suggestions :)

        1. re: foiegras

          Ok, not to keep adding to the last what about 2900? I haven't been there in ages, but they are usually good. There is also Tucker.

      2. How about Arcodoro-Pomodoro, Italian of the Sardinian persuasion?

        Avoid the barbecue places in that neighborhood.

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        1. re: Kirk

          Thanks for the additional suggestions, Victoria and Kirk. Arcodoro & Pomodoro's menu looks great ...

          1. re: foiegras

            Thought I'd follow up with a review of Arcodoro ;)

            Overall, service was quite friendly if not exactly efficient, food was pretty good, cost was less than a car payment, atmosphere was nice but chilly (too cold to take my coat off).

            The wine turned out well--my Pinot Grigio was quite pleasant, and the waitress came thru with a successful suggestion for my hard-to-please friend who's not really a wine person.

            As for the food, I had the Arcodoro salad, which I found bland and didn't hesitate to doctor with the balsamic on the table. The bread was pretty good but I thought overly garlicky. Next the pasta special, their award-winning seafood ravioli. Good if fishy at times, and I was at a loss to understand the stale flatbread? cracker pieces? and wilted sage on the plate ... For dessert, the custard in pastry with caramelized sugar. The custard was perfectly nice, but the pastry ... the menu referred to it as homemade, handmade, something like that, so I was determined to try it. I should have taken the hint when I couldn't break it with fork or spoon or combination thereof, but I stubbornly requested a knife and discovered it to be the toughest, most tasteless pastry I've ever experienced in my life. It must have really taken some work to get it that tough ;) The hazelnut and cinnamon coffee was good.

            The whole experience moved quite slowly ... menus were extremely slow to arrive, for example ... the idea that you might have someplace else to go afterward appeared to be foreign.

            Overall I felt it was perfectly fine, but didn't deliver impressive value for the money.

            1. re: foiegras

              Sorry things were less than stellar. I've had decent food there. If the Sardinian flatbread was stale, they should be ashamed of themselves. Pane carasau or "Carta da musica" is usually great -- served warm, brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt, it is food for the gods.

              1. re: Kirk

                i used to be a pretty big fan of arcodoro but haven't felt compelled to eat there lately. i'm wondering if their heyday lost its hey

                1. re: Kirk

                  No need to apologize unless you own or manage the place ;)

                  Certain elements were outstanding, and there are definitely lots of places you can go where nothing is :)

          2. TeeGee-

            I totally agree. I used to go there often but my last experience left me wondering what had happened to them. Service was less that stellar (and that was before they spilled an entire bellini on me) and our food came out cold. I really hope things change for the better, it was always a good spot.