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Tasty Cheap Eats near Hotel Zaza (Downtown)?

FoodFanNYC Apr 16, 2007 07:23 PM

Staying at the Hotel Zaza (Leonard St & McKinney) for a few days. Can anyone recommend some good eats in the area for some authentic Dallas style cooking?

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    adewaal Apr 16, 2007 07:39 PM

    You will be in an area with lots of restaurants. In general, you will have plenty of options on McKinney, Lemmon, and Oak Lawn. Here are some of the cheap, casual options in the area:
    S&D Oysters on McKinney (for lunch). Good po'boy sandwiches
    Sammy's BBQ on Leonard
    Avila's on Maple for Tex-Mex. Good mole.
    Gloria's on Lemmon ( a local chain, but very Dallas). Good papusas and black beans.
    Eatzi's on Oak Lawn (it is a large food-to-go place) A good option if you want to take something back to your hotel room
    If you decide to splurge on a meal, I recommend Stephen Pyles. Wonderful food and atmosphere.

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      FoodFanNYC Apr 16, 2007 08:20 PM

      Great. Thank you. Sammy's sounds good and I've read some good things about Primo's, Cuquitas, and Matitos as well. Will continue to research.

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        adewaal Apr 17, 2007 06:51 AM

        It depends on the type of Mexican food you are looking for. Myself, a San Antonio native, prefer menus that incorporate more influences from Mexico (hence, I prefer Avila's). I don't care for the food at Primo's at all, but there is a huge scene there most nights. If you want to see beautiful women with designer jeans, skimpy shirts, and blonde hair this is the place. Matito's...less scene but same type of food. It will not be memorable, but will suffice as dinner. I have never heard of Cuquitas so I can't share any insider info on that. If you want straight forward middle-of-the-road Tex Mex, I would suggest Chuy's (a very small Texas chain). It is on McKinney, has good margaritas, a lively crowd, solid chile rellenos, and decent queso.
        I see jinet12 has recommended Chip's (very good burgers), La Duni (good Cuban sandwich and great cakes), and Breadwinners. I strongly suggest you do Breadwinners for breakfast and not lunch. Their strength is "sweet" and not "savory". The banana bread french toast is awesome.

    2. jinet12 Apr 17, 2007 06:38 AM

      I would add, for reasonable prices and good food, grab some lunch at Bread Winners, and don't miss dessert there...Also cheap and good is a burger at Chips...Definitely go for lunch at the S & D Oyster Co....Of course my very favorite is to grab some lunch at La Duni...

      1. vktp Apr 17, 2007 08:18 AM

        Uptown Bar and Grill is in walking distance and has great burgers (best at lunch; I hear it's not so great at dinner). Tin Star at the Quadrangle is also cheap and offers an array of tacos.

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          FoodFanNYC Apr 23, 2007 07:43 AM

          Just returned from Dallas and we ended up at Primos and Mattitos. Both are highly recommended for Tex-Mex. Both had a great vibe to it and the food was moderately priced. Primos though had more to do in the surrounding area and was a nice scene to be around locals. We stopped by the Old Republic around the corner for drinks and that fit the night perfectly. The other nights we stayed local at the hotel (Dragonfly at the Hotel Zaza) and a few steak houese (Dakota). Both were very good, but a little expensive compared to $20 at the Tex-Mex places with drinks. Thank you all for your responses.

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