Chitown Hound needs specific rest. rec
My husband and I will be traveling to Dallas Friday. I have done some research and many reviews come up on: Lola, Bijoux, Stephen Pyles, York St, and Local. I do not want FRench, Italian or New American/continentla menu...looking for something more interesting. We love mxican, french vietnamese, thai, sushi, etc. Out of that list: Stephen Pyles and Local look the most interesting. which od you prefer, or should I choose something completely different? Also looking for nothing too stuffy in atmopshere, or too minimalist....want a great ambience....romantic would be ince, e.g. candlelight or pretty outdoor space, etc. any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Price no object. thanks!
You have narrowed it down to 2 good, unique restaurants. I am pretty familiar with the Chicago dining landscape and you aren't going to find anything like Le Colonial, Topolabampo, or Arun's here. Good upscale Asian isn't really found in Dallas. There is decent interior Mexican (Cafe San Miguel, or Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana) but CSM may be too casual and Lanny's is in Fort Worth.
I like Stephen Pyles but don't love it. Everything seems a little heavy handed, especially the seasoning. I really want to like the restaurant b/c of the chef's reputation and the great looking menu and restaurant, but I have never been wowed. The cuisine is something that you probably won't find in Chicago, however.
I like Lola and York Street but there is nothing too uniquely Dallas about the restaurants. You have Alinea, Moto, Blackbird, Avec, etc, etc that frankly are more unique and probably better.
I like Local and the vibe may be what you are looking for. The menu is very chef-driven which I appreciate and it focuses on regional ingredients. I have had some great meals there and some meals that were so so. Overall though, I would recommend it over Stephen Pyles. If you want to follow the food press, and money isn't an object, you may want to think about Fearing's at the Ritz Carlton.
If you're going for one nice meal, IMO Stephen Pyles or Fearing's is your place. You'll get a great meal with a little local flavor and see a nice area of town. Local is great and hip, just not in as shiny part of town as the others. Skip York St, it's overrated.