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Dinner in Lakewood

crb2 Oct 2, 2007 09:30 AM

My wife and I are coming to town from Los Angeles to do some house shopping in Lakewood. We'd like to try something that is delicious but also will give a good feel for the area and what its like on a Friday or Saturday night. Any thoughts? Thanks

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  1. Dallas Alice RE: crb2 Oct 2, 2007 09:44 AM

    Easily the best restaurant in that area is York Street. Although not officially in Lakewood, but close by, is The Grape. Kitchen 1924 is in Lakewood, but isn't as good -- although it does have more of a Lakewood neighborhood ambience.

    1. adkim RE: crb2 Oct 2, 2007 10:11 AM


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        redy2die4food RE: crb2 Oct 2, 2007 12:59 PM

        Another vote for York Street as best restaurant in the neighborhood. Some others:

        Kitchen 1924 -- Good to great food, nice interior and neighborhood feel with local customers.
        La Calle Doce -- Really good Tex-Mex and Mexican seafood.
        Legal Grounds -- Great morning coffee/breakfast place. Favorite haunt of neighborhood runners and writers. Turns into a greek restaurant at night.
        Sol's -- Tex-Mex...not the greatest in the city but solid and fairly popular with Lakewood families.
        Matt's El Rancho -- Tex-Mex...great food and really fun patio.
        Garden Cafe -- Wonderful, Austin-y, breakfast and lunch place. It is a bit south of Lakewood but I still consider it a neighborhood place. They have a garden out back (where you can also sit) and grow much of their produce and herbs there.

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          ratatosk RE: redy2die4food Oct 2, 2007 09:04 PM

          That's a good list, R2D4.

          York Street is definitely the best restaurant on the list, but it's rarefied enough that I'm not sure it captures the feel of the neighborhood. For that, I'd vote for margaritas, a basket of chips, and a bowl of Bob (Armstrong dip) on the patio at Matt's. I mean, if the OP is thinking about moving to the neighborhood, a place like Matt's is probably going to be a more regular hang-out than a place like York Street.

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            HuongStar RE: redy2die4food Oct 3, 2007 08:17 AM

            Great list! I agree with all of the recommendations, although I find Garden Cafe to be a bit more yuppie in terms of clientele.

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            chipsandsalsa RE: crb2 Oct 3, 2007 05:05 AM

            Scalini's and Tipperary Inn are fun neighborhood hangouts. I also would second Matt's or La Calle Doce (especially their blacken salmon tacos.)

            1. adkim RE: crb2 Oct 3, 2007 09:37 AM

              I would also recommend going to Lakewood Landing. The regulars there are a pretty good representation of the residents that live in Lakewood, East Dallas, and Lower Greenville area. They have a great burger, an awesome BLT, and a pretty tasty pork cutlet sandwich. Around the corner is Cosmo's and they have a laid back lounge vibe without all the pretentiousness. Across the street from Lakewood Landing is the Tipperary Inn, an Irish Pub that serves great fish and chips.


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                ratatosk RE: adkim Oct 3, 2007 01:00 PM

                If I remember correctly, the Tipperary Inn also pours a well-above-average pint of Guinness.

                And they have dartboards.

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                  adkim RE: ratatosk Oct 3, 2007 01:50 PM

                  they do pour a good guiness, as do the bartenders at the landing (raising a glass to cullen, kirsten, tiffany and slim).

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