Downtown Dallas - conference dinner for 12
I'm organizing a dinner for twelve people, in the context of an academic conference in a few months.
It has to be reasonably near the Adam's Mark hotel in downtown Dallas, and nice enough for the senior professors but inexpensive enough for the graduate students. I thought it should also reflect the local specialties, since everyone will be traveling from the US and Europe.
After checking the archives, I have four possibilities, all within a mile of the hotel. Can anyone rate these, or others I've missed?
El Fenix, 1601 McKinney Ave.
Monica's Aca Y Alla, 2914 Main St.
Baker's Ribs, 2724 Commerce St.
Sammy's BBQ, 2126 Leonard St.
I think you'll get more options if you expand your area of focus to more than a mile around the Adam's Mark, since that price requirement you mention is a toughie for any place "nice enough".
Sammy's: last time I was there, is only open for lunch,
Baker's is a BBQ hall--ain't nothing nice 'bout the decor
El Fenix - much better choices for Mex-type food nearby
Monica's - decent and not a bad choice for a group
I'm ditching the BBQ notion, as I think Dallas 'Q pretty much stinks. Out-of-towners might thinks differently.
La Calle Doce and Matt's Rancho Martinez around Lakewood; Mattito's, Taco Diner (nicer decor) and S&D Oyster House in Uptown; Mia's (on Lemmon Ave.) or Manny's.
Venturing out a little more, Dunston's on Harry Hines features the "king" of Dallas food -- grilled beef steaks -- at prices that won't break too many banks. It's not a great steak, but it is not a bad value.
hope these help you