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dinner near Kimbell Museum (Fort Worth)?

FiveDanFive Apr 15, 2008 12:40 PM

I'll be heading to Fort Worth for the first time and was wondering if any of you Chowhounds had a solid recommendation for dinner near the Kimbell Museum.

I'd planned on going to Duce on Camp Bowie, but I just learned they're closed for dinner tonight.

Any others? I've heard mixed reviews for Lanny's, Bistro Louise, and Italian Inn.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.


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  1. LewisvilleHounder RE: FiveDanFive Apr 15, 2008 12:50 PM

    It is actually closer to the Hospital District but Nonna Tata would be a place you might want to check out - 1400 Magnolia Ave, FW, TX 76104.

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      tiomano RE: FiveDanFive Apr 16, 2008 11:00 AM

      My meals at Lanny's have been the most memorable I have had in Ft Worth. Plus, it is like 2 or 3 blocks away. I would go there before any other place in Ft Worth. I like it much better than Duce.


      Check around on that site. I have been to Lanny's with Scott. My vote goes there.

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        Epicurious Esquire RE: FiveDanFive Apr 16, 2008 11:32 AM

        I went to Duce one time. It will be the only time I go. I was completely undercome.

        On the other hand, I think Lanny's could be the best restaurant in Texas. I have been blown away the several times I've eaten there. It is absolutely marvelous.

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          PetriDish RE: FiveDanFive Apr 16, 2008 06:32 PM

          I might be too late but you can never go wrong with St. Emilion on 7th street.

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            FiveDanFive RE: PetriDish Apr 17, 2008 12:07 AM

            So I ended up going to Reata. Food was OK, but not outstanding, although the pecan biscuits with pepper-infused butter were delicious. (Well ... biscuits are almost like pizza -- even when they're bad, they're pretty good.)

            I ordered the beef tenderloin with mushroom sauce, with green beans and jalapeno and cheddar grits. This might have been where I went wrong. In retrospect, I've never really had an outstanding beef/steak dish with a mushroom sauce. I probably should have opted for a regular rib-eye. The grits were definitely more memorable than the tenderloin.

            I should say that I enjoyed the service. My waitress was friendly and attentive, and most important, she knew what I ordered, meaning when she checked on me, she asked, "How's the tenderloin taste?" rather than a general, thoughtless and obligatory "You doing OK?" That's a minor detail, but I guess I'm big on those.

            I'm looking forward to trying Lanny's and St. Emilion the next time I'm in Fort Worth. Thanks for the suggestions. I've heard Lonesome Dove might be the best restaurant in Texas, so that's definitely on my list, too.

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              iluvtennis RE: FiveDanFive Apr 17, 2008 08:48 AM

              Does St. Emilion have a website? I'd like to take a look at the menu.

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                speyerer RE: iluvtennis Apr 17, 2008 12:32 PM

                I couldn't find a website for Saint-Emillion, but I always have their wonderful roast buck. Look also for various in-house made pates, fresh seafood, escargot (of course), as well as beef tenderloin, mutton, rabbit, veal, etc.
                You can call ahead to see what is on the menu for the evening. 817-737-2781.
                This is not an inexpensive restaurant, the average main course price is $40.00 - $50.00, but prix fixe specials are available. It's worth the visit,

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                  PetriDish RE: iluvtennis Apr 17, 2008 05:19 PM

                  St. Emilion is a tiny old house with about 14 tables. The menu changes daily, no lunch and closed on Sunday's and Monday's. For two, we usually have an appetizer, main course, wine and dessert for under $100 but you will be there about 2.5 hours. Don't be in a rush and sit back and enjoy the laid back atmosphere and wonderful/knowledgeable staff. Make reservations!

                  Reata is great for out-of-towners who want to feel apart of the downtown/Cowtown vibe but the roof is where most enjoy having a few drinks and mingling.

                  You can NEVER go wrong with Lonesome Dove or one of Tim Love's other two restaurant's in town. I also have heard that Nonna Totta is great as well.

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