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Staying near DFW for 2 weeks - HELP!!! (recs please!)

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nader Jul 25, 2007 01:21 PM

Hello all!

I'll be staying at the Embassy Suites at DFW (4650 W. Airport Freeway, Irving, Texas) for 2 weeks, and I really need some help in finding nice dining spots nearby. Anything good, really, would be nice - but I'm a bit of a foodie so I don't mind a short taxi ride for something really special. I'm on a bit of a budget, so around $20-30 per night for the meals only would be nice.

Any ideas???

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  1. jinet12 Jul 27, 2007 04:53 AM

    Well, you are not getting a lot of replies on this....My personal opinion (don't hate me chows!), is that for a foodie, you will probably need to take a taxi and head to either Dallas or Fort Worth...I lived in that area for a few years, and was unimpressed with the restaurants there...Many are chains...So, having said that, your best bet for Dallas anyway, is the Oak Lawn or Uptown area..where I will recommend La Duni's, Avila's for Mexican Food,and S&D' Oyster Company for seafood...These all have really good food and meet your price range...I will let the Ft. Worth people recommend places there...

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      textex Jul 29, 2007 12:35 PM

      a place i like in irving is rudy's texmex very good & HOT salsa

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        JB_Dallas Jul 31, 2007 02:00 PM

        Another excellent, hole in the wall, special Tex-Mex spot is
        Arturo's Mexican Restaurant 1810 W. Irving Blvd. Irving TX 75061 972-254-1292

        My father used to work for the city and we ate there frequently. Something I learned a long time ago is follow the police. During lunch time, it is not unusual to see many high ranking city officials in there (city hall is close by). Those folks have the money to eat at nicer places but chose to eat there. I always enjoyed it although the salsa (homemade) can get a little spicy at times.

    2. kuidaore Jul 27, 2007 07:26 AM

      There are many Indian restaurants in Irving, but you still have to take a cab from your hotel. We always stop by Mayuri when we go toward the airport. Bhemas is closer to your hotel (3-4 miles east)--it's scary-looking (both inside and outside), but the food isn't bad (better than Indyafusion's) and cheap. Their dosa and chicken tikka masala are pretty good. It's near 183 (Airport Fwy) and Story Rd.
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/364592
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/414381

      Bhemas Indian Cuisine
      1725 N. Story Rd., Irvine
      972-870-9595

      Once you get to Las Colinas, there are other restaurants.

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        Miss Picky Jul 27, 2007 12:17 PM

        Look up Cool River Cafe. It's on Hidden Ridge Drive in Irving. They also have music and are a hip scene on Thursdays and Fridays.

        If you can get a ride, there are lots of restaurants (mostly chains) at the intersection of 121 west and 114 in Grapevine. Look up Grapevine, there are some individual restaurants there, too.

        1. Webra1 Jul 27, 2007 03:58 PM

          I used to live close to that area. Here's some of our favorite affordable non-chain restaurants:

          Delicias Brazil - Brazilian food. It's a buffet, but you can also order from the menu. If you drink alcohol, you must try the Caipirinha. http://www.deliciasbrazil.com/

          Hanasho Japanese Restaurant - Very friendly and nice decor. We still go here about twice a month. Huge menu. Ask for Kenny at the sushi bar.
          http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97400&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&item_id=2800

          Kasbah Grill - Moroccan. Kind of hit or miss, but definitely interesting.
          http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97400&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&item_id=33196

          Las Lomas - Mexican. Nice decor. Never had a bad meal here. They serve goat and quail. Also good margarita's. http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97400&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&item_id=13420

          Pasand - Indian. Best to go for the weekend buffet. Dishes can be very spicy, so be careful if you have a low tolerance to heat.
          http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97400&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&item_id=12598

          Sin Fronteras - Peruvian. Not a very fancy place, but interesting to try. Not sure if they are still in business, I haven't been there in a while so you might call first. ONLY ORDER PERUVIAN FOOD. The tex-mex was awful when we tried it. If you eat raw fish, get the Ceviches.
          http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97400&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&item_id=27122

          Taboon Bakery and Grill - Middle Eastern. Owned by a very nice couple. Ask questions about some of the unusual menu items - they are very helpful. All meats are Hallal.
          http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97400&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&item_id=1998

          Bangkok Orchid - Thai. Nice atmosphere and good food.
          http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g56032-d523774-r6901283-Bangkok_Orchid-Irving_Texas.html

          El Regio - Mexican chargrilled chicken. Ok, I wouldn't get a taxi to come here, but if you can get someone to drive you here for lunch, it's quite a find. More info: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37236...

          1. jaime24g Jul 28, 2007 09:06 AM

            Good recos Webra1...I would add:

            Paciugos (ice cream)- MacArthur and 114
            Best Thai - MacArthur between 635 and 161
            I Love Pho (Vietnamese) -MacArthur and 635

            All these are about 5-10 minutes from where you are.

            1. irodguy Jul 28, 2007 03:17 PM

              IF you are looking for a nice Mexico City style restaurant try Taco Diner http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?...

              It's a nice place to go out as apposed to just having a quick meal at a taqueria.

              1. irodguy Jul 28, 2007 03:20 PM

                Oops almost forgot Ichijo in Irving on Beltine & Rochelle on the SW side. The Japanese cultural group goes there often. http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?...

                There can be a wait so it's best to call ahead.

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                  BigTyme Jul 28, 2007 04:09 PM

                  Go to Fort Worth. The BBQ and Mexican places below might be the best in the state.

                  Mexican:
                  Joe T's
                  La Playa
                  Pulido's

                  BBQ:
                  Railhead
                  Angelo's

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                    Jerry627 Jul 29, 2007 03:42 PM

                    I've lived here all my life. Try Lucile's in Ft. Worth on Camp Bowie; everything from burgers to lobster. (chicken fried steak is perfect). Great food and you'll feel at home in jeans or a tux.

                    Also in Ft. Worth, Joe T. Garcia's for Mexican food, everyone in Ft. Worth, Dallas and around the world goes there. It's that famous. Sit outside in the courtyard if it's not too humid.

                    In the Mid cities where you will be, the best bet is Mac's Bar and Grill off Hwy. 360.
                    Also for Italian try Italianni's off 283 and Precinct Line.

                    In Dallas, Jimet12 recommended S&D Ostyer Co., and that is an exellent choice for a Dallas tradition. You'll feel like you're in New Orleans when you walk in the door. Make sure you try the shrimp dip. Lawry's in Addison is also a good choice if you like the traditional prime rib, creamed spinach, and Yorkshire pudding (haven't been there in a while....I really miss it).

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                      jsb23nc Jul 29, 2007 08:30 PM

                      I'd skip Joe T Garcia's. Yes, the atmosphere (especially if sitting poolside) is pretty cool but the food is only ok but an EXTREMELY limited (as in three choices) menu.

                      Check out downtown Grapevine (about 5 minutes from the airport) for Esparanza's for Mexican and an Italian restaurant whose name is skipping me at the moment.

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                        jaime24g Jul 29, 2007 09:38 PM

                        Yup, skip Joe T Garcias. Food there is terrible.

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                          Jerry627 Jul 30, 2007 10:09 AM

                          I wrote Joe T.'s off for about 10 years and told everyone that the food was mediocre. Then I went back to try it again about 7 years ago and tried the chicken/beef fajitas with their nachos as apetizers. I've gone back every week for the last 7 years, and my daughters insist that I take them with me.

                          There's all kinds of glitzy TexMex places to go in the DFW area, but when they are out of business, Joe T.'s will still be there for one simple reason. They keep it simple and it works.

                          Esparanza's is definitely a good choice with a big selection if you want to try lots of TexMex foods.

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                            jaime24g Jul 31, 2007 09:43 PM

                            IMO, I really dont think its the simplicity of the food. Its the very nice atmosphere of the patio. You have to look around. Are there actually any Hispanics that go to that restaurant? Very few and far between. I went there a few months ago to celebrate a birthday party and the food there is still below average.

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                              Jerry627 Aug 12, 2007 01:03 PM

                              Correction to my last entry re: Esparanza's. I was referring to Esparza's in Grapevine.

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