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Greetings from a new Dallasite

Hey guys,
Just a brief introduction from a new member. I moved to Dallas back in July and just got around to posting up here. I've already picked up lots of great recs from searching around here. Also, I work at Central Market on Lovers as a "foodie."
Interests: Vietnamese and Thai, real Mexican, mega-spicy foods, Offal, Pork, Oysters and Crawfish
Favorites in town so far: Bistro B, Louie's, Herrera's, Lola, Tong's House

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  1. Welcome.

    I suppose you've tried Royal Thai and that divey looking place on Greenville, just south of Lovers already?


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      1. re: gavlist

        I believe the place is called Bangkok City. Not too much of a dive as far as Thai restaurants go but in a tight space right by Milo's.

        1. re: dallaspete

          interesting. I had lunch there once a few years back and thought it was pretty unimpressive (if not fairly poor quality). Have others had good experiences there?

          1. re: gavlist

            I havent been for lunch but, I have been several times for dinner and really enjoy the Basil Chicken. It is also BYOB.

            1. re: sl1

              I had a really spicy yellow curry dish there once that wasn't too bad.


    1. hope you like dallas so far

      1. If you like Herrera's you might like Avilas on Maple near Ojedas.

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        1. For real Mexican, try Cafe San Miguel on Henderson, as well as Pedrito's at Henderson and Capitol.

          For offal, go to Watel's Allen Street Cottage in Uptown. Superb.

          Eat happy.

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          1. re: HalleyP

            Thanks for that tip! I currently live in uptown and was begining to think there wasn't one place worthwhile around here except Lola. Oh and Hook Line and Sinker...

            1. re: Crouton

              We stayed in an uptown apartment for a month right after we moved from CA 18 months ago. Breadwinners was around the corner and we love their breakfast and bread.

              For real Mexican, we like El Fuego in Richardson.

              We like Thai Thai's buffet, but not so much the dishes we ordered from the menu.

              Is Tong's House (in Richardson?) good? What kind of Chinese? It's around the corner from where we live and we never paid attention.

              1. re: Crouton

                If we're just talking Uptown:
                La Duni
                Kozy Kitchen for something a little different
                Tin Star in the Quadrangle
                Yutaka Sushi Bistro
                Coal Vines for pizza
                Campania also for pizza
                Hola or Cafe Madrid for Spanish tapas
                Tio's Tortas supposed to be good, but haven't been
                Wild About Harry's for frozen custard and hot dogs

                Otherwise. . .

                Real Mexican:
                Cuquita's on Henderson

                Dallas doesn't really have great Thai, but my personal preferences in town are
                Thai Soon in Richardson
                Chan Thai in the Bishop Arts District
                Toy's Cafe on Lemmon Ave

                Good Chinese:
                First Chinese BBQ
                Kirin Court

                Good Vietnamese:
                my parents still go to Saigon Kitchen in Garland, but that's more out of habit than anything else. You might want to check some of the places discussed here:
                http://chaskemp.googlepages.com/east_... But there's definitely lots of viable options in that Jupiter/Walnut Little Saigon area.

                Korean BBQ:
                Seoul Garden

                Fried Chicken:

                Daza's in Deep Ellum
                Crustacean's in Deep Ellum

                If you like Lola you'll also like York Street. Had some great sweetbreads there in the past, but the menu is seasonal, so.

                Other notables in town:
                Hattie's in Bishop Arts
                Sushi Sake in Richardson (search for previous postings on this board; you'll find plenty of accolades
                )Doughmonkey for baked goods
                Henry's in Plano for ice cream

                Can't help you with pork, uber-spicy, oysters, or crawfish.

            2. Finding good Asian cusuine in Dallas is not an easy task. I have not found any notable Thai retaurant here despite visiting most in Dallas. Vietnamese is also pretty pitiful. Royal Thai and Bistro B are the best Thai/Vietnamese I have found.

              1. Royal Thai? Really? I've only been once for dinner, but I thought it was pretty sub-par; I also got the same impression at Bangkok City on Greenville. I do like Thai Soon and Jasmine Thai a good bit, and there' s also the true hole in the wall: Thai Lotus! I'm about to go now I think... It's in the Oak Lawn area, on which crossroad I can't recall. Vietnamese and Korean seem to be in abundance though. Hong Ly is good in Richardson's Chinatown area.

                1. Well if you are looking for real "Foodie" advice I have the man for you. It looks like you have already found a great tour guide for ethnic food in Dallas. But we know you know where to find the best ribs in town "so far."

                  1. There are some good things In Uptown -- Primo's has good brunch items and decent margaritas. I agree with the Breadwinners recommendation. It's been a couple of years, but Thomas Ave Beverage Co was dependable, and I like some of Marc Cassle's fun dishes at Dragonfly. Yutaka has really good sushi/sashimi, and S&D does a nice job with authentic barbecued shrimp.

                    1. The original Bangkok City at Bryan and Peak is far better than the Greenville location --

                      I would encourage anybody to try it before ranking the "best" Thai.

                      1. Best Thai in Addison isn't bad at all. It's kind of hard to find, but it is in the shopping center right next to Ferrari's on Midway if I remember correctly. I usually just order from them through DiningIn.com, though. I also have trouble finding good Thai food here in the Dallas area. There has to be a good little dirty mom & pop Thai place waiting for me out there somewhere.

                        1. I think Tukta Thai is pretty good Thai food. It's a mom and pop looking place:

                          1. I lived in Dallas for 15 years until I was able to move to the Hill Country about 9 years ago, I try to get back to the Big City about twice a year. Last time, a week ago,I lunched on mussels et frites at 'The Old Monk' (Henderson @ Central), I also revisited Café Madrid on Travis just South of Knox and it was as excellent, if busier, than I remember. I also went back to Campisi's 'Egyptian' Italian Restaurant (SW corner Greenville & Mockingbird) and had a great 'down & dirty Italian feast'. Other meals were consumed at 'Trinity Hall' as I was just a tad too overserved to venture further from my 'within walking distance' Radisson Hotel. I did not have the opportunity to go to my old favourite Vietnamese restaurant 'Mai's' on Bryan, I'd appreciate any recent reports on their cuisine?

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                            1. re: Monkeyhanger

                              Unfortunately, my last two meals at Mai's were unimpressive and borderline bad. Service was slow and inattentive. I wonder if they have new owners since I've heard others say the same. It was very crowded each evening, so I can only imagine that most of the diners were there so they could BYOB.

                              In my opinion, Vietnam Restaurant on Bryan down the street is a million times better. You will also actually see Vietnamese people eating there.

                              My absolute favorite place for Vietnamese now is Bistro B in Garland. That place is amazing.

                            2. Crouton,

                              I haven't been an avid poster persay on Chowhound but I check it regularly for recommendations. I have lived in Dallas my entire life (except the brief time in Denton at UNT). As for the recommendations for the cuisines you listed:

                              Thai: Hands down Zoom Vietnamese and Thai (especially if you are in North Dallas or the northern suburbs)
                              I have never had a bad dish (if you include getting the typical Pad Thai then probably yes). I am never one for getting the ordinary at the resturants around town. Tess Nyugen (owner) and Dat Pham are great at recommending dishes just make sure you know what type of meat you are in the mood, for the menu is quite extensive. I have gotten the "hot" on the menu and it is pretty fiery although if you like uber hot try the "extra hot". Most people will recommend Asian Mint or Royal Thai. I have never been to Asian Mint b/c I didn't feel like waiting for an hour when I went (It is usually packed but has the typical Thai dishes that everywhere else has). Royal Thai is good but I like the ambiance of Zoom much better (think the food tastes more fresh at Zoom). Been to Bankok City one night and had the Tom Yum soup...they were heavy handed on the fish sauce, out of several appetizers, and shorthanded....not good for a first impression.
                              My second recommendation for Thai is Thai Chili - Las Colinas - (Las Colinas Blvd btwn O'Connor & Rochelle (next to Mayuri Indian mentioned later)). Thai Chili is a small location but has great food and you can get it to your heat tolerance. Thai Chili is a bit more upscale side but preparation and ingredients are always on top.

                              Vietnamese: Have been to several and I have favorites at each
                              Pho: Saigon Kitchen - Garland
                              Banh Mi: Pho Express - Carrollton (if you care more for the barbecued pork or chicken rather than the bologna type meat


                              Real Mexican: Depends what you are after and what style
                              Cabrito: El Ranchito - Oak Cliff (Jefferson - Btwn Zang & Tyler/Polk)(make sure you bring another person to help finish the cabrito)
                              Tacos (Picadillo (addictive)): Fuel City - Dallas (just off Industrial on the South Side of Downtown
                              )Mole as well as others: Nuevo Leon - Farmers Branch (SWQ Josey Ln & Valley View Ln)
                              Fresh Corn Tortillas - Cuqitas - Dallas (Knox/Henderson), Mis Cazuelas - E. Dallas (Deep Ellum/Main), Luna's - Dallas (Downtown/McKinney Ave & Woodall Rogers)
                              Tamales - La Poplar - E. Dallas (Columbia Ave btwn Peak & Munger


                              Plug - If in the area of E. Dallas make a side trip to two foodie places Jimmy's Food Store (Fithzhugh & Bryan) has great italian sausage and meatballs (family recipes) as well as a fine selection of Italian imported cured meats, Italian imported cheeses, Italian wines, and great prime meat cuts. Mozarella Cheese Company (Deep Ellum - Elm & Walton) has a very fine selection of artisnal cheeses great smoked scamorza and fresh mozzarella. http://www.mozzco.com/

                              Not too much of offal meats but the ones on the Dim Sum carts and on the menu at Kirin Court are pretty good - Richardson (75/Central Expwy & Belt Line/POLK


                              Mega-spicy foods: Thai - Zoom (see above), Thai Chili - Las Colinas (from above), Indian - Mayuri - Las Colinas (Las Colinas Blvd - Next to Thai Chili - Btwn O'Connor & Rochelle) I think Mayuri has a good spread at lunch better than India Palace and the food has a more lively and fresh taste. Mayuri has been consistent in the tastes and spice since I have been eating there (10+ years). If feeling adventurous and have brushed up on your Indian dialects, try Taj Chaat House. It is a full vegetarian place but the Dosas are freshly prepared in front of you. Listen to your order though you might miss it being called out overhead in the native tounge. This is not an elegant place by any means but gives you a good idea what it might be like to eat street food in India without the long flight.
                              Sichuanese - Plano (NWC of Coit & Park) awesome Sichuan Boiled Fish and anything else there has been excellent and spicy!! Might have a bit of time with ordering....mostly Chinese spoken.

                              Cajun: Aligator Cafe - E.Dallas (Live Oak - btwn Peak & Carroll

                              Fried Chicken - Brothers Fried Chicken - E. Dallas (WC of Gaston & Fitzhugh) also in Richardson (NWQ of Coit & Spring Valley


                              Soul Food - Hands down South Dallas Cafe - (Fair Park - Grand Ave just southwest of Robert B Cullum Blvd). Hard to name a dish that isn't good here, just go trust me! Greens are awesome, chicken fried steak awesome, bbq ribs awesome, sweet potato pie awesome, and south dallas kool-aid awesome.

                              As for Pork and Crawfish I am kinda out of suggestions on those. Seafood is a bit spotty in Dallas. Oysters I would prolly recommend Oceanaire in the Galleria since they bring theirs in daily. Pork it just depends if you want New American to Chinese as to what suggestion you can get.

                              Chinese: Kirin Court - overwhelming menu - mentioned above
                              First Chinese BBQ - Plano (Richardson & Carollton locations also) (NEC of Coit & Parker) all the dishes are great!
                              Sichaunese - Plano (mentioned above)
                              Jeng Chi - Richardson (Richardson Chinatown (Greenville -btwn Arapaho & Belt Line)) great house made dumplings (boiled or steamed) only one in the center with a round door.

                              Japanese: Ajisen - Richardson (Richardson Chinatown (Greenville -btwn Arapaho & Belt Line)). Awesome Tokyo ramen soups.

                              Lebanese: Afrah - Richardson (Belt Line/Main just past Greenville across from Richardson Police Station). Have the best pita, hummus, baba ghanouj, Kibbe, and baklava you have ever had.

                              Since I live in the northern half of Dallas my recommendation tend to be "outside the loop" as some would call them, but they also tend to be on the inexpensive side so you give up convenience for price.

                              1. Every newcomer should avail themselves of Herrera's (preferably the quasi-original on Maple just east of Oak Lawn, be sure to BYOB) at least once. Just might become your favorite Tex Mex in town. It's been mine for going on 34 years now.