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Fun/Trendy Downtown Dallas Dining Option

Roonytunes Feb 16, 2008 01:52 PM

I'm a foodie that has traveled across the country making my first visit to Dallas next weekend. I'm staying at the Magnolia hotel downtown, and am looking for a fun/hip/fusion restaurant to have my first meal there around 4pm on a Fri afternoon (early dinner!). I also love ethnic food or a good pizza/pasta/wine place and can take that over trendy or fusion. Fuse would fit the bill perfectly but I'm going there on Sat. And I also have plans for Iron Cactus already. Any other options to check out? I will have access to a car!


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  1. vktp RE: Roonytunes Feb 16, 2008 03:39 PM

    If money's not a problem, then Stephan Pyles.

    Warning you now, the food at Iron Cactus is pretty mediocre.

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      donnaaries RE: vktp Feb 17, 2008 11:21 AM

      Stephan Pyles is always a good choice. Also check out the Dallas Fish Market in the old Jeroboam space. I would definitely skip Iron Cactus, it's good for a margarita and the rooftop view but that's about it.

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      kelly2 RE: Roonytunes Feb 18, 2008 07:13 AM

      I would recommend skipping Iron Cactus for dinner as well.

      As for trendy, check out the restaurants at Victory Park right by American Airlines Center. http://www.victorydallas.com/

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      1. re: kelly2
        AussieGirl RE: kelly2 Feb 18, 2008 09:35 AM

        I wouldn't bother with Iron Cactus either except for drinks. A popular downtown option for Tex Mex is San Miguel's (akard - near Elm. it's just by the Dart rail (akard station) so u can't miss it. If you go after midday, there's always a line.

        Scene is great! they have a 3 course prix fixe for only $42 ($38 if you go early).

        Also Dallas Fish Market is a good choice. Lurve the modern decor.

        I'd also try Charlie Palmer's (main). they have great steaks there and yummy desserts.

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        sike101 RE: Roonytunes Feb 18, 2008 02:01 PM

        If you like pizza and wine, check out Coal Vines. Good pizza and about the right amount of trendy.

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          Analisas mom RE: sike101 Feb 18, 2008 02:35 PM

          Monica's in Deep Ellum is a lot of fun on the week-ends

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