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Jul 8, 2008 12:11 PM

How to show a Foodie a good time in Dallas

I've got a friend coming into town who loves food and appreciates a good adventure. He's introduced me to many great restaurants up in New York, and now that he's coming down here I'd like to show him that down in the south, we're not culturally barren!

So where would you imagine I could take him? I'd like the first words out of his mouth to be, "Wow, this place is neat!", and after that he should be pretty much incapable of speech because he's to busy stuffing his piehole to speak. I've thought about Kalachandji's, and if the Queen of Sheba was still open on Lemmon, I'd take him there. Where would you take a fellow foodie to give them a memorable time? To make things a little more interesting, I'd like to keep the prices under $40 a person too.


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  1. Queen of Sheba reopened in Addison. That would be a great place to take him. It's at inwood, south of belt line.

    I'd also recommend a visit to Central Market (the Dallas location).

    1. LOL...Queen of Sheba popped into my head as well.

      Ama Lur in Gaylord Texan. Order off the Bar's good.

      The Grape..Greenville Avenue.

      AliBaba off of 75 in Richardson.

      1. Little Sichaun for great Sichuan style Chinese food. Ask for the specials that are written in Chinese and ask for extra sichuan peppercorns and drink water as you will fly through it with the spicyness. Legacy & 75 in Plano. $30-$40 for two and depends on what you get....a few of the special run $16 but worth it! Tea smoked duck is wonderful here!

        Jasmine Thai also in Plano for awesome Thai food ask the waiters for specials not on the menu or make your own dish (i.e.steamed whole snapper with ginger and basil).

        South Dallas Cafe just because it is that good. Great home style cooking and not expensive at all. I haven't had a bad dish there ever. About $35-$40 for two with drink and dessert...but you will be so stuffed you will need a nap

        La Me in Dallas for the Bun Cha Ha Noi...some say it is better at Pala Cafe. This is a dish you get cravings for it is so good. Also good here are the Bahn Mi (all of them) and the sweets. Pala Cafe supposedly has great Pho and also Beignets. It is Vietnamese you will be hard pressed to spend $40 for two at both including dessert if you can stomach anymore.

        Lola of course would be my No.1 suggestion for a foodie for a high end place. Try the tasting menu a 2 1/2 hour grand feast and a great deal for the amount of food. Also don't for get to try the house cured salumi. Above the $40 per person but every foodie needs to splurge once!

        For real inexpensvie try out one of the many locations of El Pollo Regio. The chicken is just a great babecued grilled chicken with a bit of spice. Dinner for two will set you back about $14.

        Taqueria El Paisano (on Lombardy btwn Webb Chapel and Denton Dr) - just have two meats (al pastor or fajita) on two tortillas (corn or flour). I would go at lunch. Excellent al pastor tacos. $1.15 for corn and $1.40 for flour.

        Elaine's Kitchen just dow a bit from South Dallas Cafe but worth every penny. The Jamaican style Caribbean fod here is awesome, cheap and very spicy! Another only to visit at lunch! Contact info on the post below. $30 for two max....portions are large

        Just for refried beans alone...I know it is an overlooked dish for sure. Tipicos on NW Hwy in the flight path for Love Field on the north side of Bachman lake has IMHO the best in the city. I also like the cheese enchiladas just b/c the sauce is not ranchero style sauce but a chili gravy. Simple and great! About $20-$30 for two

        I will throw El Ranchito in Oak Cliff out there for just for the thicker corn tortillas. I liked the cabrito there my wife did not. Plenty of options, but too bad we don't have a Oaxacan style place. This will suffice for the time being.

        Also on the Mexican theme is Cafe San Miguel. They have a few dishes that are good to great but overall I think it is more hype hence the pomerita web address. I have heard the chile en nogada is pretty good there. I have not had it personally but had it on my recent trip to Oaxaca.

        Afrah in Richardson is probably the best place for Lebanese though not the best you have ever had, the pita and the baklava are worth the trip. About $30-$35 for two depends on how hungry you are!

        Most of the suggestions I posted will be $40 for two people and most of the restaurants can easily acommodate that price range here. I would skip any of the pizza places here as I am postive there are better in North NJ/NYC. This should get the list started. I am sure you will have some others chime in! I am also not sure which area you will concentrate on. My recommendations tend to lean more towards the hole-in-the-wall kind of places that are affordable for the general public not just the foodie! Hope your enjoy showing your friend around!

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        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

          What a great list of suggestions! Thanks, buddy!

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          1. Lola would be the obvious choice, I also would try Hibsicus or Suze.