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Feb 13, 2008 10:08 AM

DFW Area-destination dining for an 80th B'day

Anyone have a suggestion for a once in a lifetime type place for an 80th birthday in the DFW area?

We've done Mideval times.
Anything else that combines some entertainment with good food?

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  1. Price range? Style of food? Does the 80 year old celebree have any special requirements (my grandparents both live in Dallas and they are both older than 80!)? Patio? Big windows and well-lit (my grandmother requires both)?


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    1. re: Epicurious Esquire

      Any price range and any food type. There will be 6 of us.
      Only special requirement is that we can order champagne or a nice bottle of wine (or BYOB with a reasonable corkage fee).
      The main point is to make it a dinner to remember so something unique would be great. He's from Canyon which is a tiny town near Amarillo, so we want to wow him!

      1. re: amykragan

        OK, there's no entertainment, but I'd recommend the French Room. It's hard not to be wowed by the atmosphere, service, and food.

        It's quiet, there's enough light to see your food, and the food is very classic. I know personally, my grandparents don't understand or like "fusion" anything.

        If you're still wanting more of a "fun" atmosphere, maybe Trader Vic's?

        1. re: Webra1

          Thanks Webra, I'll check out their websites. The birthday isn't until April, so I have some time to plan.

    2. Perhaps Pappas Bros. Steakhouse on 35 @ Technology Blvd. They have recently been given the honor of the best steak in Texas. I am sure your grandparents might find the steak memorable and they perhaps are comfortable with steak coming from Canyon (Home of the Buffs).

      1. My folks love Trader Vics. They are not in their 80's but they have very fond memories of the place from 'back in the day'.
        I must admit it is fun. However a bit dark inside but very kitchy.

        1. Are there any places that have a dinner and a show thing going on?

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          1. re: amykragan

            If you want to see a movie, go to Studio Movie Grill. They have 5 Star food from a great chef. (You mus get the spicy tabasco wings!) Medievel Times is good, but you've been there. Magic Time Machine has great food and super entertaining servers. El Ranchito has Mexican singers, but their food isn't even close to El Fenix. I wouldn't even call it Mexican.

            1. re: DeniseAV

              I haven't found too many places in Dallas that have cabrito on the menu, which is what I had at El Ranchito. I am not sure about the other less adventurous side of the menu but I thought the food at El Ranchito to be quite good. Also which El Fenix did you go to?

              1. re: DeniseAV

                Denise, El-Fenix is Tex-Mex, not Mexican. El Ranchito is fairly authentic "Northern Mexican". Because of regional differences it is very hard to define "Mexican" cuisine, but it ain't El-Fenix.

                1. re: DeniseAV

                  Sorry, but I have to disagree about Magic Time Machine. It's is pretty much Friday's with costumes.

              2. There use to be a greek place over near northwest highway where they had belly dancers during dinner. I can't remember the name but maybe some of the other posters will.

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                1. re: Analisas mom

                  Goldfinger was probably the old place but has been replaced by Stratos as the belly dancer place. I went for lunch to Stratos not to long ago and thought it to be pretty pricey and not quite as good as say Charlie's Opa Grill (Preston & LBJ), the other greek place at Preston & LBJ or Greek Isles In Plano. Goldfinger has been replaced by Extravaganza, which from what I gather is Hispanic themed dance hall/restaurant.