DAL: Resto rec for nice dinner
I'm drawing a blank. We will be taking a couple out for dinner and I need a resto rec that meets the following:
- No Tex-Mex or Asian
- She's a vegetarian but gets by in most any resto except a place like a steakhouse
- Mid-price, we don't want to make them uncomfortable in a high end place.
- A nice bar so we can visit before we sit down. I don't want to be jetted to a table the moment we get in the door.
- North Dallas area
Some of my thoughts: Iris or is that too pricey and Parkie? Maybe something in the Knox/Henderson area? What about the new Alessio's? I'm not going back to Daniele or Sevy's. I would like to go to Ciudad's but the service there can be spotty.
Ziziki fits the bill for what you're looking for. Food is pretty good for what it is. You won't leave raving about the place being the best restaurant you've ever eaten in, but everything is nicely done. Mid priced. Service is attentive, but if you want to linger and talk, I"m sure that's no problem.
Il Sole should do, too, although it's a notch up on the noise scale. Food is a bit more inventive, but with that come some risk that the execution won't quite be up to snuff. I've found most meals there to be quite good, but it does sometimes seem to lack that something extra.
The Grape fits the bill, although it's not really north Dallas. Can be a spot busy and noisy on weekends, however. You might move up the street a bit and try St. Martin's. Food is a bit less adventurous, but still good.
Penne Pomodoro in Snider Plaza would also fit the bill. A chain, but a good branch of one that does their business pretty well from a food standpoint. I've only done lunch there, so I can't comment on noise levels at night.
Might also try Ferre' at West Village. Nice enough Italian. Had lunch there this week. Also Danielle Osteria on Oaklawn. Very good Italian.
Yes, I wasn't getting much of a response here so I trolled Guidelive and came up with:
Maguire's Uptown Grill
I've eaten at Il Sole one time and liked it. They appeared to know what they were doing and the wine was good.
Well, it's a challenge ... if you eliminate ethnic food, once you get past the chains you're pretty close to that Iris (and so many others) price point. I love Iris ... great atmosphere, friendly service, and good food for the money. Plus good vegetarian options. If what you're worried about is that high-falutin' thing, you should be pretty safe there. To be extra safe you could request female waitstaff (the only one I've seen with nose in air was a guy).
On Knox-Henderson, what about Il Sole? I've had some really nice food (and wine) there ...