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Steakhouse in Dallas

al427 Oct 11, 2007 11:09 AM

What is the best steakhouse in Dallas ? I am planning on taking my boyfriend to a steakhouse for his birthday. Some of my friends have suggested Del Frisco’s, Pappas Bros., Bob’s Steak and Chop House, and Capital Grille. I’ve also read some good reviews on Chamberlain’s. I’d like to narrow it down and make a final decision. Thanks!

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    Nita01 RE: al427 Oct 11, 2007 11:17 AM

    I love Bob's! The food is great--I am actually having a surprise birthday dinner for my husband there this weekend...

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      chickstein RE: al427 Oct 11, 2007 11:45 AM

      How old are you and your boyfriend? I dined at N9ne Steakhouse last night and it was fabulous. But it was a scene and be seen type of place with a young crowd. The atmosphere was LOUD, but the food and the service was outstanding and I didn't find it to be more expensive than any of the others.

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        al427 RE: chickstein Oct 11, 2007 04:23 PM

        I'm 24 and he's going to be turning 25.

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          chickstein RE: al427 Oct 12, 2007 10:45 AM

          I think you will really enjoy N9ne. Very young and hip crowd.

          Let us know where you go and how your meal was!

      2. jaime24g RE: al427 Oct 11, 2007 01:26 PM

        Chamberlains is my favorite hands down.

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          luniz RE: al427 Oct 11, 2007 01:36 PM

          depends what you want. At Bob's for instance, you'll wait a bit at the bar and get a good old fashioned cocktail while doing a bit of people watching. You'll be enveloped in a large booth that will mostly isolate you from the other diners. Service will be professional and unobtrusive, food will be good and the atmosphere will be fairly intimate. I'm sure there are other places that are more intimate and...seclusive? And others that might have better (strictly) or at least different steaks. But the steak at Bob's won't disappoint and imo it's good for a date. Haven't eaten at most of the other places so I can't compare.

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            ssh RE: luniz Oct 11, 2007 03:43 PM

            Go to N9ne if you dont mind a loud atmosphere. It has the best steaks plus great sides, bread and dessert. Its not that loud during the week. My next choice would be pappas brothers. More romantic and quieter. Third choice would be Al's. It also has great sides and bread and desserts. Bob's sucks. Its over rated. It has a poor selection, awful side dishes, old time blah desserts and mediocre steaks. Im shocked there are so many people that like it (of course, that may mean Im the one with bad taste). Objectively speaking, it lacks assortment and variety, and is old school--its a steak a buttered carrot and hot fudge sundae. If thats what you like, its not bad. If you want food designed sometime after 1954, go elsewhere.

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              J.R. RE: ssh Oct 12, 2007 11:00 AM

              As mentioned, If you guys want the hipster scene, N9ne would be a fun scene with good food. Luniz described Bob's perfectly. If you want a little society/star gazing spot, Al's would fit that bill. My last meal at Al's was very mediocre. Pappa's is much lower key and doesn't really have "vibe" if you looking for it. Del Frisco's IMO has the best piece of meat in town. The atmosphere the dark, cluby type thing. 9 and Al's are very loud if that makes a difference. They are all bloody expensive.

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                teegee RE: ssh Oct 12, 2007 06:52 PM

                i'm going to second pretty much everything that ssh says. great steaks at N9NE but kindof loud. pappas is my favorite. and ssh, i think you got it exactly right about bob's - i don't understand why people like it as much as they do.

                pappas has a dry-aging room on the premises. their steaks are really excellent. and the atmosphere is very "big city".

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                  luniz RE: teegee Oct 17, 2007 08:52 AM

                  does Pappas have a bar I can eat at (that is, without a reservation)?

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                    majmaj4 RE: luniz Oct 17, 2007 11:16 AM

                    sorry I can't remember for sure, but I think so. All the other Pappas restaurants have a bar area that is nicely set up for dining.

            2. Wurzel Gummidge RE: al427 Oct 12, 2007 02:21 PM

              Don't go to the Bob's in Plano. Poor service and average food for inflated prices.

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                mr.entertainment RE: al427 Oct 12, 2007 06:03 PM

                For the best food....

                It has to be Del Frisco's or Pappas Bros. Both are excellent!! N9ne will certainly be a little more "hip".

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                  texann RE: al427 Oct 17, 2007 09:49 AM

                  Perry's on Routh. Hands down, best atmosphere, best service I have ever experienced, perfectly cooked prime aged beef and a great selection of seafood as well. This place proves that white table cloths and candles doesn't mean stuffy. Go in your jeans and enjoy a truly delightful eveng.

                  1. HalfBaked RE: al427 Oct 17, 2007 02:25 PM

                    3rd rec for Chamberlain's.
                    The porterhouse my husband and I shared was a perfect piece of meat, and I don't say that lightly. Nice char on the outside, moist pink on the inside, even a little smoke from the char/grill. The aging gave it a beefy taste you believe.. nay, you hope, all steaks have when preparing to bite down on the first juicy bite, but seldom ever do. I had to tell him no when I saw him eying the bone on the plate.
                    Oh, don't miss the chocolate souffle cake, so yummy!

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                      TopCat RE: al427 Oct 18, 2007 08:52 AM

                      See my recent review of Nick and Sam's. Ask for Dwyane the waiter. A very good experience in my opinion.

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                        Thefoodczar RE: al427 Oct 18, 2007 09:26 AM

                        I can comment on a few of your choices. Del Friscos? Very good food, but when we went there, the waiter was quite rude. Chamberlains? Not bad, but honestly, rather ordinary. For the perfect combination of great food and great service, I recommend the choice of visiting celebrities everywhere: Al Biernat's, hands down. Located on Oak Lawn near the Park Cities, Al's was the setting for our company Christmas party a few years back. Check out their website and see what you think!!!

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                          Thefoodczar RE: al427 Oct 18, 2007 09:32 AM

                          Me again. I can't believe I didn't even think of III Forks. Actually, a tossup between them and Al Biernat's. It depends on where you live, III Forks is in Far North Dallas, on the Tollway near Frankford.

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