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Dallas: Boston Hound comin to town

Ok, I will be coming to your fine city in a couple weeks for the Patriots/Cowboys game and will be there all weekend. What I am looking for, obviously, is some chow-worthy chow. So, if people could give me their TOP 3 Dallas area restaurants that would be great. No real restrictions, but I would like to know if there is something unique to the area that I should try while I'm there. Any guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

TOP 3 DALLAS SPOTS...

Oh yeah, and I'm staying at the Fairmont if that helps anything geographically.

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  1. My personal TOP 3 UPSCALE:
    Stephen Pyles
    Abacus
    Mansion on Turtle Creek (although I have not been there since Dean Fearing left and the dining room is under renovation). I have not been, but would suggest trying Dean Fearing's new place, simply called...Fearing's.

    My personal TOP 3 casual
    Avila's
    Cafe San Miguel
    Vietnamese place in Garland whose name I can't remember. Realizing that is not helpful (and that you probably get good Vietnamese in Boston) perhaps you would be interested in stuffing yourself at Babe's Chicken House. Fried chicken, biscuits, all the sides. Very good and uniquely southern.

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    1. re: Honey Bee

      Not sure if the game is during the Texas State Fair, but if it is then you should consider going. It is bigger than any other State Faor I have seen. Search this board for food recs at the Texas State Fair and you will find all sorts of information.

      1. re: Honey Bee

        Definitely consider the Fair. This is the most recent link on the subject:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/443913

        Make sure you mega-dose any cholesterol medication before you go.

        1. re: Shayna Madel

          The game is on October 14, so the fair will still be running. I'd also toss my recommendation towards attending!

          1. re: air

            Definitely thinking of hitting up the fair for saturday morning/early afternoon, looks like a good time.

            1. re: ebone

              At which point, you must eat a fletchers corny-dog.

    2. Price is no consideration!!! Hey, can I get a no-interest loan with no payback terms and no conditions of default . . .

      Fearing's in the Ritz Carlton is awesome if you don't mind the "hotel" atmosphere. The Bison marinated in maple syrup is spectacular.

      Stephen Pyles - The 8-course ceviche tasting just might be the best selection of tastes I've had in a while.

      Lanny's - I haven't been in over a year, but I think it's the most interesting restaurant in the Metroplex. Inventive and "Texas" all the way (no Boston chef would ever come up with the concept).

      Baby Back Rib Shak - South of Downtown, it's my favorite BBQ spot in town. Great for lunch.

      Avila's - If you're gonna stay in Dallas, you gotta get some Taqueria grub. Great place to help you forget the Pats' blowout loss to the Boys!!!

      Sincerely yours,

      A Devoted Romosexual

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      1. re: Epicurious Esquire

        Touche...its shaping up to be a hell of a game though. I love the suggestions, keep em comin!

      2. A Patriots fan, huh?

        There's this place P F Chang's - they have a location in Northpark. Or, you know, Dallas is where Chili's originated. Also, most people don't know this, but you can just scoop up handfuls of dirt in Irving and eat it just as it is.

        Seriously, though, I'd recommend a "when in Rome" strategy. Boston has plenty of upscale restaurants, so you should search out things that Dallas has but that Boston doesn't. I'd recommend Tex-Mex, Fried Chicken, Barbecue (though pickings are slim in Dallas), and Soul Food. Searching these boards should find you plenty of information on all of these categories, but I'd recommend looking into Mia's, Babe's, Brothers', Baker's Ribs, Angelo's, and Vern's.

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        1. re: ratatosk

          Babe's and/or Brother's get my vote.

          1. re: ratatosk

            I will look into those for sure. Those are the kind of suggestions I was definitely looking for, although it is also my birthday that weekend, so I think there will be one fancy-schmancy dinner included as well. But I do want to check out some things that I can't get in Boston. Thanks!

            1. re: ebone

              FYI, if you go to Babe's you get 1/2 chicken or they have other options for the meat and I think they offer a fish choice, but the sides are all you can eat. I think Brothers has fried chicken livers, if you are in to that. Good to keep your mind open--I am NY born and raised and when I visit Dallas, I like something I can't get at home as well, though it is fun to "clean up" and enjoy some fine dining...

              1. re: Shayna Madel

                Oh, BOY, do they ever have livers! It's drive through, but while most fried chicken doesn't suffer one bit from sitting around a while, the livers should be eaten as soon as they won't burn your mouth (or slightly sooner). A liver or two wrapped in a piece of white bread, drizzled with jalapeno juice, maybe a pickle slice thrown in there... HEAVEN!

          2. 1. Abacus- Renowned for the head chef who was a contestant on Top Chef. Food is amazing, service is excellent, and it is located in a great part of town.
            2. Craft- At the W Hotel so very shishi. Located in the heart of the American Airlines center area so always a lot going on at night.
            3. Capitale Grill- Located in the Crescent Hotel. Go to get a very nice steak. The crowd is a bit older at this restaurant than the others but it is known for being one of the best restaurants in Dallas.

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            1. re: lmhamilt

              If you want unique tastes to Dallas, I would encourage avoiding both Capital Grill and Craft. These are both chains, one of which is in Boston, that have nothing unique to Dallas (except Craft purvey's its meats/produce from local sources).

              I would echo what others have said. For unique, upscale cuisine either Stephen Pyles or Fearing's are your best bets. Abacus is a very good restaurant with a nationally known chef/owner but the cuisine is not all that unique to Dallas. I think you can find restaurants in Boston that serve similar cuisine that is as good or better.

              1. re: Bhutani

                Yeah, been to Capital Grill many times. I won't be going there.

                So, if you had to chose between Stephen Pyles and Fearings, what would you go with? Personally.

                1. re: ebone

                  To be honest, I haven't yet been to Fearing's as it only opened in the last 6 weeks or so. Dean Fearing is an amazing chef and I have eaten his food on a few occasions when he was at the Mansion at Turtle Creek. I am basing that recommendation purely based on others' reviews plus his reputation.

                  All that being said, I would lean towards Fearing's (that is if you can get a reservation). I do like Stephen Pyles but the restaurant's food has more of a South American (especially Peruvian) slant. He does have some menu mainstays (like the Cowboy Ribeye) but overall the food does not blow me away. One major flaw at Stephen Pyles is that they seem to be consistently heavy handed with the salt. While the the restaurant is probably the nicest interior of any in Dallas, I think the food, based on my previous dining experiences at the Mansion, would be better at Fearing's

                  1. re: Bhutani

                    I totally agree with both of the prior posts from Bhutani.

                    I had lunch at Fearings this week and it was very good. By the way, it does not feel like hotel dining.

                    I am a big fan of Stephen Pyles' ceviche and it is quite close to your hotel. Perhaps you can stop in for ceviche and a martini during your stay. But were you to choose only one I would go to Fearings. Here is why:

                    - Its new which means that the people watching is very good and you are likely to have a tableside visit from Dean (as we did at lunch).
                    - Dean used to be the chef at the Mansion, long regarded as Dallas' finest restaurant so you will be sort of getting a "2-fer."
                    -You can order the tortilla soup which is a Dallas thing, and Dean is quite well known for his, thus satisfying both your nice dinner and local requirements
                    -the Ritz is uptown - meaning, a more active area at night.

                    One more thing - Javiers has a great cigar bar and good atmosphere but it is mex-mex not tex-mex.

                    Have a great visit and let us know what you ate!

            2. First, let me apologize in advance for the thrashing our cowboys will give your Pats. Okay, on to the food.

              State Fair is fun for a few hours. Make sure you get a Fletcher's Corny Dog while you're there. It's a must.

              Stephan Pyles is a no brainer. It's walkable from the Fairmont and is upscale southwestern/global cuisine. Ceviche is unbelievable. www.stephanpyles.com

              Abacus is widely considered one of the very best in town. Global with Asian influences. www.abacus-restaurant.com.

              If you want a steak, the absolute best is Bob's on Lemmon Avenue. Make sure you go to this location (the original and only one still owned by Bob) instead of one of the outposts. www.bobs-steakandchop.com

              For Mexican, check out Javier's or Cafe San Miguel. Javier's is a little fancier and good people watching and CSM is a little more authentic. So it depends what you're looking for. www.javiers.net and www.pomerita.com

              For Tex-Mex, my favorites close to downtown are Avila's and Mattito's.

              Enjoy the food, b/c the game is going to break your heart!!!