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Lunches in Dallas Next Week

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bdgeary Aug 31, 2008 11:44 AM

I'm taking vacation next week {hardly ever happens} and plan for me and the wife to visit very nice restaurants for lunch only since the kids are in school and we need to be back in the afternoons. Here is the list I have put together of options and would like all of you hounds advise for the top 3.

Aurora
Craft
Fearings
Lanny's
Mansion on Turtle
Stephen Pyles

Others I may have missed?

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    BluffViewChound RE: bdgeary Aug 31, 2008 12:35 PM

    York Street serves lunch on Wednesdays.

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      Thefoodczar RE: BluffViewChound Sep 1, 2008 07:28 AM

      Jasper's in Plano in the Shops at Legacy. The $15 Today's Lunch Special is marvelous and a real bargain for the price!

    2. bhoward RE: bdgeary Sep 1, 2008 12:06 PM

      I agree with the addition of York Street but definitely call to make sure they are still serving lunch now that school has started back.

      Your list looks good--definitely try Craft. The last couple of meals I have had there have been perfect.

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        classyandsassy RE: bdgeary Sep 1, 2008 03:22 PM

        Stephan Pyles is tremendous for lunch! I can highly recommend - see blog post: http://dallaseats.blogspot.com/2008/0...

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          bdgeary RE: bdgeary Sep 2, 2008 01:26 PM

          Ok we had lunch at Craft's today and I would have to say it was good, not great especially considering the price and I am no cheapskate. Only saw 3 other people having lunch there today so maybe it's another economic sign. We tried several different items from a new feature the waiter suggested called the lunch pre-fix. Steak, skate, escargot, salad, green beans, ice cream, and berries. This was our first visit and the place is very upscale and nice. Service was great and the decorations and the atmosphere very nice.

          I think Stephen Pyles will be the next place we visit.

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            lizlemon RE: bdgeary Sep 2, 2008 02:52 PM

            did you try any of the desserts? we had the beignets.. awesome.. will go back just for the sweets...

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              bdgeary RE: lizlemon Sep 3, 2008 05:19 PM

              Only the berries and ice cream.

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              gavlist RE: bdgeary Sep 3, 2008 02:24 PM

              In my two experiences at Craft (one during restaurant week) I'd say that their focus seems to be simple dishes with skillful execution. The dishes I've had were not terribly creative, but were very well prepared. Was your lunch experience similar? Did you say "not great" because the dishes weren't interesting, or because the preparation was below your standard? just curious.

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                bdgeary RE: gavlist Sep 3, 2008 05:41 PM

                Certainly not below my standard and may be that I need to acquire the taste for finer foods. I did enjoy the meal very much but did not find anything really tasteful and that would bring me back. If you or other patrons of Craft have certain menu items to suggest I would try again.

            3. jinet12 RE: bdgeary Sep 3, 2008 07:52 PM

              My suggestion would be to add the new restaurant The Screen Door, in One Arts Plaza, downtown...then you could stroll through the Nasher or Dallas Museum of Arts afterwards...I hear the food is wonderful, and the lunch menu looks great....http://www.screendoordallas.com/

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                bdgeary RE: jinet12 Sep 4, 2008 07:02 AM

                The screen door sounds like a great idea and we may try tomorrow or one Sunday for brunch. Today we are headed to Jasper's in Plano for lunch and I will give my 2 cents worth this evening on this experience.

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                bdgeary RE: bdgeary Sep 4, 2008 01:02 PM

                Ok, let me tell about lunch at Jasper's today in Plano. It was great and we did the whole 9 yards. My wife loves ribs so I had already read from one post about how good the ribs were here. We are from TN so outside of ribs {so far} TX BBQ just don't stack up from our liking and from our neck of the woods.

                Anyhow, Jasper's is very nicely decorated and a cozy atmosphere for couples. I did not see anyone with kids so I assume it kinda adults mostly. We started the lunch with a Cesear salad that we shared. My wife loves these type salads and the lovely waitress {Kit} recommended this for an awarding winning dressing. It was very nice.

                Next of course came the ribs for my wife and I ordered the pork tenderloin. Both were prepared nicely and had great flavor. She will order the ribs again and I will probably try a fish or steak entree. I had some Italian Chianti and she had the tea which she enjoyed and mentioned had some type of hint of peach flavor.

                For dessert we had chose the trio with Chocolate cake, Creme Brulee, and some type of Toast with bananas. All were very good but I would skip the chocolate cake. I ordered her a Chocolate Martini which she did not care for and thought was too strong. I was able to knock this down nicely. I also had an expresso to top off the event which honestly was not too hot.

                All in the all the experience was very good and we will return. Compared to Craft's the price was about the same and we had a lot more food, variety, and better flavorings for our taste.

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                  jinet12 RE: bdgeary Sep 7, 2008 02:18 PM

                  Wow...IMO, the chocolate martini is worth the visit alone...I have ordered them many places, and Jasper's makes the best one...Incredible!

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