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MN Hick Chowhound Feb 26, 2007 12:16 PM

My wife and I will be visiting DFW in late March and are looking for the best chicken fried steak, best BBQ, best Tex-Mex and the best texas roadhouse-style steakhouse.Also any suggestions for lunch in Fort Worth on a Saturday. We are staying at the Adams Mark in Dallas but will have a car. Thanks in advance!!!

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    ratatosk Feb 26, 2007 01:29 PM

    Lunch in Fort Worth on a Saturday has you covered for the best BBQ - go to Angelo's. The chopped beef sandwiches are pretty good, if unusual, but the ribs are top notch. If you have to eat your BBQ in Dallas, I'd go with Baker's Ribs.

    My votes for Tex-Mex and CFS both go to Matt's Rancho Martinez, but if you only want to go there once, order Tex-Mex there. Babe's is a good bet for CFS, and also has excellent fried chicken and pretty decent catfish (it's mentioned on the dallasfood site, and gets the same grade as the winners, but apparently doesn't qualify because it's in a suburb).

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    1. re: ratatosk
      gavlist Feb 27, 2007 12:02 PM

      I love the chicken chile rellenos at Matt's. Never had the CFS there, but I've heard it's good.

    2. GroovinGourmet Feb 26, 2007 03:32 PM

      If you're doing Ft. Worth you might consider doing your Q stop and heading to Angelo's. Most will say it is the best in D/FW, though still a far cry from Central Texas. And I will risk the seemingly requisite flaming and recommend a visit to the original Sonny Bryan's, on Inwood north of Harry Hines. Go for an early lunch, get a brisket sanny and some O-rings.

      My Tex-Mex fave is Herrera Cafe...several locations around Dallas. The quasi-original is on Maple near Oak Lawn and is BYOB. Recently awarded best chips by D Magazine, they have HOT, tasty salsa and are the originators (at least in Dallas) of Crazy Nachos (start off your meal with an order of 6).

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        carrienation Feb 26, 2007 07:46 PM

        I second the Herrera's mention for Tex-Mex in Dallas. Benito's in Fort Worth on Magnolia has incredible Mexican, but steer away from the Tex-Mex enchiladas, etc. and try something more adventuresome there like the chile relleno, the barbacoa tacos, or the tacos de puerco en salsa verde.

        There's a beer joint in Fort Worth called Fred's (near the museum district) that has mindblowingly good dinner specials, pure Texas, heavy on the meat.

        I am heavily biased when it comes to barbecue. Hardeman's serves the best brisket in North Texas, hands down. Sonny Bryan's original location on Inwood is very good but it is usually a circus.

        I'm not a huge CFS fan, but when I get a jones for one I go to Good Eats. It is a local chain, but has consistently good chicken fried steaks.

        If you're into soul food, seek out Sweet Georgia Brown in South Oak Cliff. They try to *kill* you with the portions and play deafeningly loud gospel. Oh, and they have a "cobbler bar". 'Nuff said.

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          TexasToast Mar 4, 2007 11:51 PM

          What is the big deal with Herrera's? Maybe at one time somebody had a good meal there, but there really is a lot BETTER quality food out here than that. I mean, try Chuey's or Luna De Noche, or Javier's (each quite different, but better than Herrera's).


        2. donnaaries Feb 27, 2007 05:45 AM

          Definitely Babe's for Chicken Fried Steak.

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            skedhead2000 Feb 28, 2007 12:53 PM

            Best BBQ (for ribs) - Baker's Ribs
            Best Tex-Mex - Mia's
            Best Chicken Fried Steak - Vern's Place (they're a soul food place not really known for CFS, but it's fantastic, hours are 7am-3pm SU-F)

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              ratatosk Mar 3, 2007 07:13 AM

              Good calls on Mia's and Vern's!

              I always forget about Mia's for some reason, which is aggravating given that it's my 2nd favorite Tex-Mex in the city. And I haven't had the CFS at Vern's, but I'll readily believe it's top notch. Do they have it every day, or is it one of their rotating daily dishes?

              If you go to Vern's, keep an eye out for the banana pudding.

              1. re: ratatosk
                skedhead2000 Mar 7, 2007 10:25 AM

                Yeah - the Chicken Fried Steak, Beef Stew and the Short Ribs are the the only three dishes Vern's offers every day. I usually get the Short Ribs . . . I can't resist!

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              lckeating Mar 1, 2007 03:19 PM

              I agree with Babe's for Chicken Fried Steak and I also like Allgood Cafe on Main in Deep Ellum. If you like coconut cream pie, order it at Babe's if you can (sides are served family style....I am always stuffed when I eat there but manage to fit some pie in). Also agree with Angelo's, the BBQ is quite good.

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                textex Mar 4, 2007 05:02 AM

                i lov herrera's for tex mex and how about kincaid's hamburgers in fw for sat.lunch

                1. MN Hick Chowhound Jul 9, 2007 01:52 PM

                  Thanks to everyone who relied! We tried: Babes (2 locations), Sweet Georgia Browns, Matt's, Benito's, and Vern's. Loved them all but especially sitting outside at Matt's, and the food at SGB's and Babe's.

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