Business dinners DFW
Hello Texas hounds,
My boss in NYC is spending a few days at a conference in Irving, TX, and I'm looking for the best steak, bbq and tex-mex--on expense accounts, so price is not a consideration. Driving distance is though--they'll be taking cabs, so not sure which places make sense. From searches, I've put together the list. Would love feedback from Texans. Maybe one nice steakhouse and the other a more casual meal? Thanks so much in advance!
If you're stuck to your list, go to Al Biernats...Great atmosphere, steaks and Al walks you to your table personally (top notch!). If not, go to Bob's Steak and Chophouse... best steak in the world! For something different, but still a steakhouse, go to Fogo De Chow... great meat and salad bar and tons of it. Look it up to see what I mean.
All are accesible from anywhere.
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I always call about a day or two in advance. She also delivers but I don't mind the drive.
Irving is where I grew up. More than likely the conference is in Las Colinas as there really aren't any national companies in S. Irving. Irving is filled with more family run taquerias and believe it or not great Indian restaurants. I don't want to bore you with all of my posts so I will just attach the restaurant websites.
As for steakhouses I would say Pappa's would be the closest and shortest cab ride from the conference. I don't care for steakhouses as I can prepare a decent steak. I thought Pappa's was pretty good when I went a few years back. Even if I did have an expense account I probably wouldn't spend it on steak.
I would rather spend the money on quality ingredients and a solid menu. Lola's would be my choice to send the bosses to. They have an extensive wine list and the food I have had there has been the best I had had in Dallas. The chef is part of the Slow Food organization and prepares his meals around what is in season. I would set them up for a Tuesday night....restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday...the ingredients are the tops on Tuesday! I think this one is worth the cab ride!
Abacus just got a fresh redo at their restaurant and has lost Top Chef - Tre Wilcox. The food I have heard is still solid if not better since his departure. This place is pretty far from Irving though but once in Uptown you are in the middle of all the restaurants.
BBQ I would skip here in Dallas unless you can find a willing individual to cook some personally. The rest of the options are forgettable. I would say Baby Back Shak (south of Dallas CBD) is my favorite in town, definitely not upscale but has the best BBQ I have had in the Metroplex. They recently had a fire and have reopened!! Purist will argue that this place is not really BBQ per say but grilling as they use charcoal.
For Tex-Mex and dinner I would go with El Ranchito but be prepared for a long cab ride and a somewhat rough part of town. Great otherwise. I would recommend the grilled cabrito if your bosses are into that.
(Not Fancy) For Irving proper south of the Irving Mall is El Pollo Regio which is great for a dive kind of place. About $12 for a whole grilled chicken (can feed two) with a bunch of sides.
If they are up for Indian/Nepalese I would highly recommend Temptations in Irving. I have excellent Indian dishes and Nepalese/Himalayan dishes. Nothing is just off the wall crazy as far as spice but if you like curries and the other exotic flavors of India then this is a great place.
The best casual dinner you can send them to is Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Carrollton. The best for fried chicken or chicken fried steak, family style sides. All around great Southern comfort food!
If they are into Chinese Plano/Richardson would be a great place to swing by. Dallas actually has more to it than steaks and Tex-Mex....unfortunately we don't have any great BBQ places.
Pappas Bros.-Have an extensive wine list and phenomenal dessert. I wasn't blown away by the steak but it was definitely a good dinner.
Fearings-Food and Service were very good. Tends to be super busy and a real people watching place.
Stephen Pyles-Food and service is great. I highly recommend having dinner there. I liked it a bit more than Fearings.
Al Biernats-great atmosphere, definitely a more local place and not a chain like Pappas. I haven't had steak there so I can't vouch for the quality.
Abacus-Definitely recommend. Make sure to go on a weeknight so you can do the tasting menu. Its incredible.
El Ranchito-I've never been.
Sonny Bryans-Definitely my favorite in the area. Their brisket is really good.