LA Hound coming to Dallas
Greetings fellow Hounds!
I'm an LA based Hound who is coming to Dallas. Having never been to your fair city, I can use as many suggestions as you can give me. Here are some things to consider -
I'm looking for great food and great service. Cost is not a consideration. Steakhouses won't excite me. I want to be "wowed".
Fire away, and thanks.
I will second the La Duni dessert recommendation and I hope it is not too late to send you to two of my Dallas favorites. I highly recommend local. Please visit their website localdallas. I also really like Amuse. It is out of the way but there are some interesting bars nearby-Gilley's and Poor David's Pub. If you do not make it to laduni you could try going to it's sister restaurant ALO. Dallas has great food and none of these will break the bank, just impress your palate. And if you are interested in BBQ try Sammy's near the federal reserve, don't skip the potato casserole!
If you are craving sushi while you are here go to either Tei Tei on Henderson or Teppo on Greenville. All other sushi places are not really worth going to since many here like to just serve ginormous rolls. Tei Tei and Teppo have a good selection of interesting things as well as robata. As for the other places here that others listed to be wowed, i would second going to York Street, Bijoux, or Lola (they also have a tasting room that is incredible).
I agree 100% with your Tei-Tei recommendation. Fabulous sushi. I bet it's good enough to surprise a discriminating West Coaster.
I would also recommend Yutaka - the quality of the fish is a notch higher than Tei-Tei, but the scene isn't nearly as fun.
I don't know how long you'll be staying or where you'll be staying, but I'd also recommend El Ranchito on Jefferson for a kick-arse good time. Great Mexican (not Tex-Mex) and a fantastically fun atmosphere.
If you don't mind a bit of a drive, then you should go to the biggest "Wow" spot in DFW - Lanny's Alta Cocina. Aromas, flavors and textures that are singularly unique. For instance, I had a Brown Butter Chipotle Gnocchi that was out of this world.
If price is not a factor, try Aurora. They serve wow. Fearing's at the Ritz if you want to hit "the" spot. Pyles for sure, especially to see that Dallas isn't all Steak. I'd also agree that La Duni for desert is hard to beat. Our Nobu is mildly overrated, for sushi/asian there is Kenichi in Victory Park if you're going to be staying down that way.
re: yumyum palace
Thanks, yumyum palace, foodie06 and ssh.
I really like all types of food, so I can't say there isn't anything to eliminate. I'm only saying no to steakhouses because steakhouse chefs can't show off that much. It's more about the quality of the beef.
I've been to the Crafts in NY, LA and Vegas, so I probably will skip the Dallas location this trip. However, I'll keep it in mind for a future visit.
How is your Nobu?
Oh, one other request... A good place to go for dessert.
Again, thanks very much!
I love Nobu but im not a sushi fan--I go for the meat, chicken, and desserts. It has the best selction and tastiest dessserts of any asian place Ive ever been. So if youve never been to Nobu, and like asian and desserts, its great.
Of the above, Pyles and Abacus have the best and most varied desserts. Abacus has sushi too so its a great choice to satisfy sushi and dessert cravings. If you want to go elsewhere for desserts N9ne, although a steak place, is a trendy/hip/loud spot that has amazing desserts.
All these places have been reviewed here and will be happy to email you their current menu.
I have been to Nobu in NYC and Dallas, and there answer to your question is, don't go. I found the food lacking in comparison to the one in NYC. Perhaps it's the chef, or the quality of fish, but I think it isn't worth it.
2900 has delicious desserts. A friend of mine is a pastry chef for the bakery that supplies them with their desserts. You may also want to consider La Duni for desserts. Just check it out for yourself.