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Chicago hound needs dinner recs in Dallas near Convention Center and Adam's Mark

Arriving Sunday night for a conference. Need Sunday night dinner near Adam's Mark hotel and Monday night dinner Convention Center or hotel.

Not looking to spend a whole lot.


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  1. Do you want to stay downtown or are you willing to venture out a few miles?

    1. I won't have a car, so staying downtown or venturing out a short cab drive away would be preferred.

      1. The palm in the west end has been reliably good for me and is not super expensive.

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        1. re: don62

          The Palm has an outlet in Chicago, and it's better than the one in the West End.

        2. There are quite a few places in Uptown along McKinney Ave that are reasonable. What sort of food are you looking for?

          1. I'm not fussy.

            That said, Mexican is weak here in the Chicago burbs where I live. I miss my Los Angeles Mexican food (lived there for 6 years). Certainly Dallas has some?

            I think the key here is location and moderate pricing.


            1. Mexican here is Tex-Mex and different from LA. There are tons of them. Close to you and moderately priced...Mattitos on Routh St. Monica's in Deep Ellum, Ojeda's @ Maple and Wycliff.
              As for other places that are close and moderately priced, Amuse on Lamar St is pretty good and has a nice view of downtown. Fuse on Commerce St has interesting and tasty tex-asian fusion. As I said before there are quite a few places on (and near) McKinney Ave. Yutaka Sushi, S&D Oyster House, Uptown Bar and the Loon (burgers etc), Cru (wine bar), Arcodoro Pomodoro (Italian), Coal Vines (New York Pizza), to name a few.

              1. I would check out the original El Fenix downtown. Not the best tex mex in my opinion but supposedly they originated the frozen margarita so it can't be all bad, right? Angry Dog in Deep Ellum is solid and some others you were given - S&D Oyster, Uptown Bar & Grill, and Yutaka are very good along with Breadwinners.

                1. Thank you!!!! I'll see where I end up. :)

                  1. For good Tex-Mex that's a fairly short cab ride away, you might also add Primo's on McKinney. Another good Mexican place is Taco Diner in West Village. Mexico City style tacos. Great salsas. I'd also give a strong second to the mention of S&D Oyster Company. Good Gulf Coast style seafood.

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                    1. re: Mike C. Miller

                      I guess this post is probably too late for your stay, hopefully you had some good food while in town!

                      I think the food at Primo's is subpar, especially for Mexican in Dallas. Primo's only advantage is that it is open late (until 2:00 am I think).
                      My favorite Mexican places near the area are:
                      -Monica Aca y Alla (downtown)
                      -Rafa's Cafe
                      -Chuy's (can't beat their happy hour margaritas and appetizers, and they have good tortilla soup)
                      -El Rincon Tapatio #3 (for more authentic Mexican, less tex-mex)