dallas/plano/richardson eats -- it's been a long time!
paid a visit to the motherland after three years (i live in boston now) . . . here's what i ate:
tacos (9!) at el paisano taqueria (lombardy and webb chapel) -- 1 al pastor, 4 chicken, and 4 beef. my first time to have chicken tacos, delicious. also an horchata (could only drink half). can't find decent tacos in boston, so hence the quantity. my mom can't seem to get enough of the sauces they have in the squeeze bottles on the table, and i couldn't get enough of the steaming salsa in the molcajete -- i've never been served warm salsa before!
lucky layla drinkable yogurt -- from garland. had one of each flavor that i could find: banana, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, mango. thick and tasty. favorites: banana and strawberry.
inside the may hua asian grocery store at park and coit in plano:
bulgogi at the korean restaurant (with the takeout they give you rice, kimchee, seaweed salad, and some pickled bean sprouts) -- excellent ribs. fell right off of the bone, delicious marinade and fat-to-beef ratio!
pastries from the taiwanese bakery: an eggy sponge cake (stayed fresh for days), a taro pastry (fine), a cinnamon-roll sort of pastry baked in a tin cup (50 cents but a little underbaked for my taste -- still not too shabby)
lamb-filled borek at cafe istanbul (in the shopping center near the inwood theater and empire bakery) -- fine but uninspiring.
brisket at spring creek barbecue in richardson. the brisket seemed a little dry, but my real addiction there is the plethora of hot rolls that just seem to keep appearing in front of my nose. mmm. any recommendations for better bbq in plano/richardson? i really wanted to drive to lockhart but didn't have the time.
taro shake at taiwan cafe in chinatown in richardson (near maxim restaurant). i recall it being thicker and taro-ier a few years ago -- sadly disappointing.
small tres leches cake from fiesta mart. just a taste since i'd never had one before -- good idea, but this one was almost like cake soaked in a milk soup. too much liquid! once again, any recommendations for a better one?
(couldn't pass up 50-cent tuesdays at the cinemark 10 at park and coit in plano to see ratatouille!)
chicken tortilla soup and rib-eye fajitas at mi cocina at the tollway and legacy. my first foray into tortilla soup territory . . . and this was light and delicious. loved the avocado and melted cheese. and i'd never had such rich fajitas -- i normally get the normal (skirt steak) beef, but rib-eye! !dios mio! hard to go back to the regular stuff now. heh heh. tender beef, nice marbling of fat, beefy perfection.
almond toffee and milk chocolate caramel from schokolade around the corner from mi cocina -- seemed like it could be better, but fine. i'm guessing this is a chain?
(had to check out the modern art museum of ft worth -- free on wednesdays! no time for grub in ft worth, sadly. awesome museum, though)
chicken-fried steak at black-eyed pea with the baked squash casserole and fried corn. fine for a chain -- any better suggestions?
cactus sorbet at henry's homemade ice cream in plano (15th and independence). interesting. tasted like apple with a slight bit of texture from the white stringy part of a banana. was looking forward to a scoop of black raspberry but not this time as they were out.
refreshing limeade at braum's (and a few bites of my mom's frozen yogurt twist -- good as always). that limeade always makes me happy -- so simple yet so tasty. i love the freshly-squeezed limes that can't ever be replaced by the stuff in the bottle. no way!
zapp's caribbean key lime chips. i was expecting something light and refreshing (as you may be able to tell now, i love limes) but got a bag of chips that tasted weirdly like key lime pie. it had a dimension of dairy-ness to it. odd.
and man, i'm still full (days later now). i love eating in texas . . . so many new things to eat. always makes me look forward to coming home.
Good to see you paid your respects to Braum's! Of all the people that I know that have moved away, Braum's hamburgers and ice cream seems to be the common restaurant that everyone misses. Man, those burgers are awesome!
tres leches cake - La Duni is supposed to be excellent; but I haven't tried it yet.
Chicken fried steak - Chubby's is better than black eyed pea.