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Moving to Richardson/Dallas area, looking for good, local food

I'm moving to Richardson for an internship from August to January. I have never really been in the Dallas area before, so I am looking for places to eat over the next few months. I would prefer more local venues with maybe a lower price tag. I also like restaurants that have FRESH food. Restaurants in Richardson, Dallas, or surrounding areas would be great! Thank you for the help and I cant wait to try all of the suggestions!

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  1. If you get over to Fort Worth, Angelos for BBQ!

    Great food! Really honest old-time setting.

    1. The Richardson area has a great concentration of ethnic food (Asian, Middleastern, Indian). If you let us know what you like to eat, we can perhaps make more educated recommendations.

      1. I am not a picky eater at all. I am actually wanting to try more ethnic food. I live in College Station right now and there aren't that many choices for good food ( there are a LOT of chain restaurants, which I am not crazy about). I would love to try some good Indian, Greek, Middleastern, etc. I love Asian food too.

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        1. re: xLaurenAshleyx

          see the thread about Plano "east off 75" or whatever. That stuff's all 10 minutes north of you. Otherwise, there's Masami for sushi, Kirin Court for dim sum/Cantonese, lots of other places in the area for specific items that are done well (just search Richardson on this board) ie pho. And make sure you check out the Zaituna supermarket sometime.

          1. re: luniz

            Hey LaurenAshley, I'd suggest heeding luniz' rec to research these boards and coming up with specific questions. A general quiry like this is just too broad for people to answer. I also went to school at A&M and understand what a culinary wasteland (for the most part) CS and Bryan are. But Dallas is a huge place with a lot of food. Search Richardson or Plano on these boards and you'll find lots of good information.

        2. There is good, cheap Indian at Pasand. You can print off a 50% off coupon at restaurant.com for only $3, which makes it even more afforable. It is on Campbell at Coit in Richardson.

          1. Babes-there are three locations in the area. They were rated a #1 fried chicken by SL. All the food is served family style. I understand the Sanger location has live music and the best atmosphere.

            We like Caravelle in Richardson for Chinese. Its a fun place to go with friends. For good Thai, we like Mango Thai (there is one in Dallas and one in Plano).

            Dallas area-I would recommend Sonny Bryans as the best bbq.

            1. Try Aboca's for Italian if you want a huge, cheap portion of very rich pasta. I usually split it with someone. Or go for lunch when they always have a pizza special, and get a meatball, portobello mushroom, and fresh mozzarella pizza for 6.99.

              Amigos, down the street on Beltline east of 75, is a great local place for Mexican food. I love their beans.

              Both of these restaurants are fairly cheap.

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              1. re: Chile Pepper

                yea another great Mexican (really!) restaurant I totally forgot is El Fuego. Only place in town I've been to where they make fresh corn tortillas by hand.

              2. My favorites in the North Dallas/Richardson/Plano area: Asian Mint at Forest & 75 (SW corner shopping plaza), Casa Milagro at Campbell & Plano Road, Fred's Downtown Philly at 15th & Custer (a bit of a hole in the wall but really good cheesesteaks), Yao Fuzi (Park & Preston) and Sea Breeze Fish Market (Preston in the Lakeside Market). I would second the suggestions for Aboca's and Babe's.

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                1. re: lckeating

                  Right in your area, try Sushi Sake. Arguably the best sushi in Dallas metro.

                2. If you like Texas style BBQ, try Springcreek Barbeque @ US75 (Central Expy) and Main St. (Beltline Rd). They make their own BBQ sauce (the best!) and fresh baked hot yeast rolls. Very reasonable. Greenville Ave. @ Beltline is lined with many Asian restaurants. It's like little Asia. On Plano Rd near Beltlline is Furr's Fresh Buffet (or Cafeteria, if they've not changed the name yet) where you can get more American style food. Usually at a very reasonable price.

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                  1. re: mdelno

                    i just can't let this go. i don't want to bash springcreek bbq since it's generally edible, but i wouldn't call it texas style bbq. if it was, it wouldn't matter if they made their own sauce or not, because you wouldn't use it. it's just a run of the mill chain place that's no more representative of texas bbq than it is memphis or st. louis 'que.

                    1. re: luniz

                      well said , Liniz , well said .........

                      1. re: pinotho

                        And also skip Furr's while you're at it.

                  2. You may want to check out Del's Burgers in downtown Richardson. It's been there forever and I used to go with my family as a kid. I left the Dallas area about 15 years ago but was curious the other day and I found their website. I also googled and they seem to have a very loyal following still. Great charcoal burgers that I recall...

                    http://www.delsburgers.com/menu.pdf

                    1. Another great website to look up restaurants in the DFW area (besides chowhound) is http://www.guidelive.com
                      You can break up your search of restaurants by location, type, price, and amount of stars. Usually anything with 3 stars or more is worth checking out.

                      1. Since Donna and Luniz are adding their comments I suppose I will also.

                        This is purely suggestions within the city limits of Richardson (might skate on Dallas and Garland).

                        For Vietnamese (Garland is the best place for Vietnamese in Dallas County) - I would skip Caravelle in the Richardson China Town and head to La Me in Dallas (corner of Audelia and Walnut - next to Bistro B and Hong Kong Supermarket). La Me serves up a great selection of Bahn Mi sandwhiches and also has a great Bun Cha Ha Noi.
                        http://www.la-me.net/

                        Also a venerable place that is owned by the owners of the former Duy Tan (meaningless to an outsider but was one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the Metro area) is PaLa Cafe is still great for pho and beignets oddly enough (Buckingham @ Shiloh - this is actually Garland
                        )http://www.palacafe.com/

                        Pho Bang and Saigon Kitchen have both been mentioned several times as having great pho and other authentic Southern Vietnamese dishes both are in the large Vietnamese complex at Jupiter and Walnut in Garland. Neither of which have websites but reviews on Yelp
                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-bang-rest...
                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/saigon-kitche...

                        For Chinese - I would stick to the major two in Garland of Maxims and Kirin Court. Both have great Cantonese cuisine and would explore the menu heavily (not ordering the typical Americanized dishes). I would chose Kirin Court over Maxims if you are just going solo or with a small group. If you go with a large group I would ask for the special menu at Maxims and you get better food that way. Kings Noodles and First Chinese BBQ are also favorites and are more moderately priced but are CASH ONLY. I tend to like the Carrollton location of First Chinese BBQ better than the original but Kings Noodles is excellent and only has one location. For more varied and regional Chinese, Plano is the place to be - they have Shabu Shabu (more Japanese than Chinese) - Mr Shabu Shabu, Sichaun - Little Sichaun and Sichaunese, Cantonese - New San Dor, and Taiwanese - Umeko, Shanghainese - Yao Fuzi, and an awesome drink shop - Cassis.

                        For Indian - I have had lots of people tell me Pasand in Richardson is not that great but the chaat coutner inside Taj Mahal Imports (SWC Belt Line & Hwy 75) is excellent and that is coming from Londoners who frequented Brick Lane. I suppose it also depends on which Indian dish you are looking for as to what to suggest.
                        http://www.yesandyesfoods.com/wst_pag... - menu fron Taj Chaat House I believe it is all vegetarian

                        For Lebanese/Mediterreanean - I would say Afrah on Belt Line just past Greenville is my favorite not only for the fresh made baklava (it really is the best in the city) but also for the pita and hummus. Some others like Ali Baba on 75 just north of Campbell I thought it a bit mediocre.
                        http://www.afrah.com/
                        http://www.alibaba-grill.com/

                        For Mexican - I would say that Taqueria El Fuego at Campbell and Plano Rd is probably the best for representative Mexican. They really don't specialize in one regional cuisine of Mexico but the hand made corn tortillas, huitlacoche (corn fungus) quesadillas and flor de calabaza (squash blossom) quesadillas are quite good. I am biased b/c I just spent a week in Oaxaca. Most other Mexican places will lean more toward Tex-Mex unless you hit up the area around Spring Valley & Coit.
                        http://taqueriaselfuego.com/

                        For Sushi - I would say for a more relaxed and less expensive sushi place go to Masami also on the SWC of Belt Line & Hwy 75 - very edge of the shopping center along Belt Line. Masami is low key but still maintains a fresh and lively vibe. Rio is the man to see just call off what you would like. Favorites have been Sake steamed Snapper Head, Tear Roll, Mito Natto roll or just plain, and the jalapeno stuffed with seafood. A lot of what I have had has not been on the menu so I can't tell you the names.

                        1. Since Donna and Luniz are adding their comments I suppose I will also.

                          This is purely suggestions within the city limits of Richardson (might skate on Dallas and Garland).

                          For Vietnamese (Garland is the best place for Vietnamese in Dallas County) - I would skip Caravelle in the Richardson China Town and head to La Me in Dallas (corner of Audelia and Walnut - next to Bistro B and Hong Kong Supermarket). La Me serves up a great selection of Bahn Mi sandwhiches and also has a great Bun Cha Ha Noi.
                          http://www.la-me.net/

                          Also a venerable place that is owned by the owners of the former Duy Tan (meaningless to an outsider but was one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the Metro area) is PaLa Cafe is still great for pho and beignets oddly enough (Buckingham @ Shiloh - this is actually Garland
                          )http://www.palacafe.com/

                          Pho Bang and Saigon Kitchen have both been mentioned several times as having great pho and other authentic Southern Vietnamese dishes both are in the large Vietnamese complex at Jupiter and Walnut in Garland. Neither of which have websites but reviews on Yelp
                          http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-bang-rest...
                          http://www.yelp.com/biz/saigon-kitche...

                          For Chinese - I would stick to the major two in Garland of Maxims and Kirin Court. Both have great Cantonese cuisine and would explore the menu heavily (not ordering the typical Americanized dishes). I would chose Kirin Court over Maxims if you are just going solo or with a small group. If you go with a large group I would ask for the special menu at Maxims and you get better food that way. Kings Noodles and First Chinese BBQ are also favorites and are more moderately priced but are CASH ONLY. I tend to like the Carrollton location of First Chinese BBQ better than the original but Kings Noodles is excellent and only has one location. For more varied and regional Chinese, Plano is the place to be - they have Shabu Shabu (more Japanese than Chinese) - Mr Shabu Shabu, Sichaun - Little Sichaun and Sichaunese, Cantonese - New San Dor, and Taiwanese - Umeko, Shanghainese - Yao Fuzi.

                          For Indian - I have had lots of people tell me Pasand in Richardson is not that great but the chaat coutner inside Taj Mahal Imports (SWC Belt Line & Hwy 75) is excellent and that is coming from Londoners who frequented Brick Lane. I suppose it also depends on which Indian dish you are looking for as to what to suggest.
                          http://www.yesandyesfoods.com/wst_pag... - menu fron Taj Chaat House I believe it is all vegetarian

                          For Lebanese/Mediterreanean - I would say Afrah on Belt Line just past Greenville is my favorite not only for the fresh made baklava (it really is the best in the city) but also for the pita and hummus. Some others like Ali Baba on 75 just north of Campbell I thought it a bit mediocre.
                          http://www.afrah.com/
                          http://www.alibaba-grill.com/

                          For Mexican - I would say that Taqueria El Fuego at Campbell and Plano Rd is probably the best for representative Mexican. They really don't specialize in one regional cuisine of Mexico but the hand made corn tortillas, huitlacoche (corn fungus) quesadillas and flor de calabaza (squash blossom) quesadillas are quite good. I am biased b/c I just spent a week in Oaxaca. Most other Mexican places will lean more toward Tex-Mex unless you hit up the area around Spring Valley & Coit.
                          http://taqueriaselfuego.com/

                          For Sushi - I would say for a more relaxed and less expensive sushi place go to Masami also on the SWC of Belt Line & Hwy 75 - very edge of the shopping center along Belt Line. Masami is low key but still maintains a fresh and lively vibe. Rio is the man to see just call off what you would like. Favorites have been Sake steamed Snapper Head, Tear Roll, Mito Natto roll or just plain, and the jalapeno stuffed with seafood. A lot of what I have had has not been on the menu so I can't tell you the names.

                          1. Oh welcome welcome to the hood.

                            Some places I frequent on a regular basis have already been mentioned below, but let me just put in another good word for Sushi Sake and Masami. Love them both!

                            Kirin Court is a regular stop for dim sum. I love going with a big group and stuffing ourselves silly.

                            And just to add:
                            Pizza Villa - Good thin crust pizza. Very tasty. Closed Sunday and Monday though.

                            Main Street Liquid Co. - Good burgers and great bar people watching. Nuff said.

                            Afrah Bakery - When I'm craving chicken shwarma, this is where I go. And you can pick up a bunch of baklava too. If your in the mood. I always seem to be in the mood.

                            Jeng Chi - dumplings. I like em. And their noodles are good too.

                            Noodle Wave - This is where I go for thai. Mmmm, peanut curry noodles.

                            Sawadyka - the other place I go for thai. I actually love their pad thai. Its the simplest dish and I always get it.

                            And some others may be dissing Caravelle, but its the only place I can get my crispy salted shrimp with heads and lemon grass tofu. Two thumbs up from me!!

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                            1. re: simply_victoria

                              Like donna said, being more specific would definitely be helpful and we'll point you in the right direction.

                              Personally, the number one thing I miss about living near Richardson is El Fuego. Most authentic Mexican food I've had around here.

                              I always thought Sawadika was overpriced and mediocre; to me they seemed like they were more focused on being a bar than serving food. My favorite Thai place around here is Thai Soon on Belt Line and Coit.

                              Does Pizza Villa sell pizza by the slice? If they do, I'll definitely check 'em out the next time I'm in the area.

                              Pho Bang is pretty good, I'd also recommend Pho Pasteur on Belt Line and Plano Rd.

                              1. re: air

                                No can do Thai Soon. Tastes like nail salon to me.

                                Not sure if PV does pizza by the slice. Maybe during lunch?

                                As I said, I really only do the pad thai at Sawadika, and I usually get it to go.

                                1. re: simply_victoria

                                  Ran a quick search and yep, they do. I'll swing by for lunch today.
                                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/323761

                                2. re: air

                                  pho bang is in garland isn't it? i've heard they have a good bun bo hue.

                                  1. re: luniz

                                    Yeah it's in Garland. Driving distance from Richardson still isn't too bad though.

                                    1. re: luniz

                                      Pho Bang is at Walnut @ Jupiter on the NW side. It falls in Garland. From what I have seen in the number of peopel in the place and heard on the street it is good. I will always remember Saigon Kitchen (where I had my first taste of Pho in Dallas). It is also in the same shopping center

                                      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                        New San Dor is no more.