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Nov 9, 2008 06:54 PM

New here from NYC...need help with the following:

I am DYING without my Special Request Skim Plus Milk.....what is the best skim milk in this area!

Also.....All of the restaurants I have tried so far have been bad. Need suggestions for anything at any time. I moved to Addison from Manhattan. Thanks in advance! Any help is appreciated!

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  1. I'm a big fan of the Whole Foods 365 skim milk. It's not organic, but it is hormone free.

    Addison is home to many, many chain restaurants. I wish I could help there, but I live in East Dallas and I don't think I've eaten in Addison since I worked there over 10 years ago!

    1. I moved here from NYC not long ago too.

      For sushi, I'd recommend Teppo. The sushi is very good and their sake list is the best I've found in town. For Italian, Adelmo's is quite good. Coal Vines makes a good NY style pizza and their wine list and wine prices are very good. I've read a lot of great reviews about Bijoux but the one time I tried it, I was disappointed. They may have just had an off day since it was during restaurant week (even though we didn't order from the restaurant week menu) but I don't plan on returning anytime soon.

      1. I am also a displaced NY'er. Here are a few of the best NY food staples nearby:

        Pastazios Pizza‎ - more info »
        5026 Addison Cir, Addison, TX‎ - (972) 386-9200‎

        First Chinese BBQ‎ - more info »
        1927 E Belt Line Rd # 122, Carrollton, TX‎ - (972) 478-7228‎
        (Try Noodles w/ BBQ pork)

        Jewish Style Deli + Bagels:
        Deli News‎ - more info »
        17062 Preston Rd # 100, Dallas, TX‎ - (972) 733-3354‎

        Sushi-Sake Japanese Restaurant‎ - more info »
        2150 N Collins Blvd, Richardson, TX‎ - (972) 470-0722‎

        Kenny's Wood Fired Grill‎ - more info »
        5000 Belt Line Rd # 775, Dallas, TX‎ - (972) 392-9663‎

        Try the skim milk from here:
        Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores‎ - more info »
        3400 E Trinity Mills Rd, Carrollton, TX‎ - (972) 380-0110‎

        Let me know if you need anything else.

        21 Replies
        1. re: snatex

          OMG thanks so much....the more info the merrier.

 kidding..I am in chain hell!

          1. re: lynny_lynny

            We are moving to Addison in a month, albeit from Dallas. Dont fret. Its not "chain hell." In fact, assuming ou live nar beltline and the tollway, there are many great places within 10 minutes and several within 2 minutes. You have everything from great pizza to wonderful Thai, to Awesome steaks, to delicious Italian, to quickie deserts within a few minutes. One spot to get a quick intro to places is here:


            and here:


            If youre willing to drive 10-15 minutes to either dallas or plano, you have food that rivals much of what's in NY. What have you tried that was bad, and what are you looking for?

            1. re: ssh

              ok lets see
              3 Mexican places that all sucked... El Fenix, Manny's Uptown and the worst I ever had, Berryhill Baja Grill...OMG Burnt Beans and disgusting fare
              2 Chinese.....gross May Dragon, August Moon
              1 New Orleans (where I am originally from) Shuch and Jive...should be renamed SUCK and Jive
              My birthday dinner take out...Chamberlain's Steaks.... (mediocre at best)
              Chow Thai ( was decent....we can't have it every night though)
              Ghengis Grill (yucko)
              Cheddars (mediocre)
              Houstons (again, it is ok....went there a lot from N.O. AND NYC...again so so)

              Italian...Pastazios remarkably unremarkable and Momo Pasta....soso but not good at all for the price Macaroni Grill....yucko
              Paradise bakery...yuck and HORRIBLE service
              The list goes on....half of which I can't even remember.
              Red Brick Oven.....high hopes only to get smashed...

              I am looking for GREAT Mexican, because I should be able to get it here for Chrissake lol GREAT BBQ...see above reasoning
              Sushi, Chinese, Best Thai, Indian, American, Italian, a decent Bagel, Pizza that doesn't suck ....Lets start
              Thanks again. I don't mean to be so sour, but when you keep shelling out money night after night only to get yet another bad meal, it gets frustrating!

              1. re: lynny_lynny

                Ok, for starters, and in or near Addison, there are 2 pretty good italian places:


                Mi Piaci

                Chinese: Yao Fuzi


                Pretty good mexican (not great but not bad


                Blue mesa


                Glorias (south american/mexican


                There are 2 indian places on beltline--neither traditional fare but both pretty tasty. Kampai, just off beltline, has good sushi, as does chaucers. Banana leaf, on preston and near frankford, is great thai.

                If youre looking for finer dining youll have to go a bit further. Id suggest Bijoux, French Room, Aurora, Fearings, Abacus, and the Mansion. All are within 10-15 minutes. Search this site for many reviews on each.

                  1. re: ssh

                    Blue Mesa is Southwestern, not Mexican. Still a decent place.

                    1. re: ssh

                      I too will vouch for Mi Piaci and Yao Fuzi.

                    2. re: lynny_lynny

                      Here are my two Mexican choices in the area:

                      Mi Cocina Restaurant - more info »
                      18352 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX‎ - (469) 533-0856‎

                      Manny's Uptown Texmex Restaurant‎ - more info »
                      14905 Midway Rd, Addison, TX‎ - (972) 490-1616‎

                      BBQ you are out of luck. Nothing good in the area. Surprisingly DFW does not have any truly great BBQ. There are some decent spots but they are not in that area.

                      I agree with Yao Fuzi for upscale Chinese. First Chinese BBQ for authentic casual.

                      Another Pizza option:

                      Angelo & Vitos Pizzeria‎ - more info »
                      4520 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX‎ -
                      (972) 381-1001‎

                      1. re: snatex

                        How about Christina's in Addison? I havent been but heard its pretty good.

                      2. re: lynny_lynny

                        Mexican: El Fuego (Richardson), El Ranchito (Oak Cliff)
                        Chinese: First Chinese (local chain) Yao Fuzi (upscale fusion)
                        New Orleas: I've heard S&D Oyster Co is good, still waiting to try it myself. Pappadeux's is acceptable albeit unpopular here (and expensive)
                        Steaks: I've been to Bob's, it was pretty good
                        Thai: Thai-riffic or Jasmine (Plano)
                        Ghengis Grill and Cheddars: I don't know why you would go there to eat.
                        Italian: Nonna
                        Pizza: Grimaldi's (I haven't tried the rest)
                        Sushi: Masami or Teppo
                        BBQ: Nothing better than mediocre is available in Dallas at this time. Best option may be the smoked pork chop @ Kuby's.

                        1. re: luniz

                          Poor thing. Looks like lynny lynny will be driving all over the metroplex. Unfortunately, that is what happens here. One needs to drive 15 - 20 minutes in any direction out of Addison to get decent food. Wait i take that back I think Kenny's Wood Fire Grill is really good. They have great ribs there and that might help a BBQ craving among other things. I guess that is the only place worth going to in Addison IMO. I would also say Oceanaire but I believe that is considered North Dallas - but it is close.

                          To answer your skim milk question. I like Horizon Organic Skim. They have it at Tom Thumb. Surely they have a Tom Thumb in Addison. LOL!

                          1. re: pizzaQTpie

                            oh I forgot about milk. As far as organic goes, I look for one that's pasteurized rather than ultra pasteurized. I believe Shamrock is the name of what i have found currently.

                            1. re: luniz

                              Thanks so much!
                              As for milk, I never said organic, or ultra pasteurized....just something good that doesn't taste like
                              Thanks for the Braum's recommendation. I got some and it isn't nearly as bad as ones I have tried so far. YAY
                              I will also try Horizon.

                              Thanks also for the Kenny's recommendation. That is pretty close.
                              THEY HAVE GRIMALDI'S HERE?
                              I wonder if it is a knock off. That is one of my favorite places in Hoboken and I love Patsy's too Keep em coming!!!!

                              1. re: lynny_lynny

                                Article re: Grimaldi's:

                                There's also another newer location, at Watters Creek in Allen (Plano really). I thought it was pretty good albeit a bit sweet.

                                1. re: luniz

                                  Thanks luniz!!! We ordered it tonight! YUM! Though there idea of extra cheese (at this one) is lacking, and there is a slight bit more of a sweetness to the sauce, it was still a HUGE win!I am also psyched to see that there is a Craft and Nobu here. (is there hope?) lol

                                  I will try Kenny's this weekend.

                                  1. re: lynny_lynny

                                    I'm typically not a fan of national chains and especially expensive "name" places, but by all accounts the food at Craft is well executed and the service is good. I can't say I've heard the same at Nobu, I'd recommend instead that you try Tei Tei or Teppo (I haven't been and haven't heard any recent reports), or my favorite Masami, or even Tei An if you're willing to branch out from sushi a little bit.

                                2. re: lynny_lynny

                                  Grimaldi's is great. Pizza almost identical to Brooklyn's. Atmosphere is great.

                            2. re: luniz

                              As far as Addison is concerned....I like Queen of Sheeba for Ethiopian.....some like Addis Ababa (Abeba) in Richardson better. I really like La Spiga for bread made fresh in house with the baker runnign the register....can get a bit crowded during lunch. I believe after a certain hour the bread goes half price. That sums up Addison for me!


                              Nix the Thai-riffic off your list.....last time I went it was worse than the version at Pei Wei. Just a suggestion but you might go for a return visit...I was not impressed.

                              Outside of Addison
                              I would throw Little Sichuan in the mix in Plano (might spend a bit in gas) food is affordable though. Also Sichuanese Cuisine (Plano)...a bit spicier and better for the winter. Ask about the items written in Mandarin in both places you will fare better with those options...same principal at First Chinese (I prefer the one in Carrollton the best). Mr Shabu Shabu (Plano) is great for the winter also if you are familiar with Shabu Shabu....some claim it is chinese...some Japanese....I say it is a mixture in the May Hua Chinese Market anchored center (across from Sichuanese Cuisine). Kirin Court (Richardson) is also a great place and probably has the best dim sum.

                              Nam Hua in Richardson is worth the trip for at least the Vietnamese market next door. Some of the best Vietnamese dishes besides pho, bun cha, bun bo hue and banh mi. Banh Cuon inside the market place still warrants a try.

                              Woul agree with El Fuego and El Ranchito. I also like El Paisanita for the al pastor tacos (Love Field area). For a great side of refried beans go to Tipicos on NW Hwy close to Love Field.

                              BBQ I make my own...haven't had any better...Smitty's in Lockhart comes close.

                              Thai....Jasmine is the place to go....the original one on Spring Creek and Alma

                              Sushi...Masami, Teppo or Yutaka

                              Pizza....most like Olivellas (Snider Plaza), Campania (West Village), or Cavalli's (Irving).....I thought Grimaldi's had a very sweet sauce

                              I won't recommend any NO places because what we have doesn't seem to satisfy....perhaps Aligator Cafe (East Dallas) is closest or Big Easy (Plano)

                              Milk I would try out Lucky Layla....might ask about the milk

                              Also try out

                              I searched your zip code - 75001

                              1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                Al pastor tacos at La Paisanita (Maple/Lucas) are the best around. Their red and green salsas are very good as well. I dont see what the big buzz is on Fuel City. Fuel City is not even in the same ballpark. I believe they dont even make their own salsa.

                                1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                  Lucky Layla is one of the best reasons to live in Dallas. I think they were in Saveur or Food and Wine for their yogurt based drinks. I don't know if they still do passionfruit and guava, but those used to be my favorites.

                                  Also, I don't know about NY, but state law requires that all sushi grade fish be flash frozen. This is what I was told by Rex's Seafood and TJ's (two great resources for fresh fish). Thus, this somewhat comprises the taste of the sushi here. I have eaten the specials on the board at Tei Tei and they did not taste frozen to me. I had super blue fin toro and Hokkaido uni. The stuff not on the board that were not specials definitely tasted flash frozen. They were super expensive! I believe ownership has changed for Tei Tei since I was there. Not sure.

                        2. re: snatex

                          As an ex-New Yorker, I would go with "snatex's" list. Those are my favorites as well!
                          Especially, First Chinese BBQ, Deli-News and Sushi Sake. They're all the best of their type in Dallas!

                        3. I live in Addison said you wanted to try some decent Mexican? Cyclone Anaya's opened at montfort/beltline....we've been 4 times, haven't been disappointed yet.

                          Sushi? Try Kempai Sushi in Addison Circle...not a chain, fresh fish..mondays they do 1/2 price sushi night...great deal. it's located in the circle by the big blue thing.

                          houlihan's is decent for late night appetizers...they have great mini burgers and drink specials...the patio is ALWAYS busy...great place to go alone and sit at the bar...everyone there is really nice. It's at montfort/beltline

                          Gecko in the shopping center near La Madeline at montfort/beltline is great too..they have a grouper sandwhich that's really tasty and you can't beat their waffle fries.

                          vernon's Grill (in the same shopping center) has GREAT sliders and homemade BBQ chips.

                          Mercy Wine Bar is in the area as well..they have some great dishes and it's a perfect place to go grab dessert and a glass of wine.

                          just a few suggestions. :)

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                          1. re: FoodieDiva

                            Monday night @ Houlihan's: dollar sliders!

                            Speaking of burgers, Jake's is a good place to go as well. It's near Studio Movie Grill on Belt Line.

                            For bagels, go to Deli News on Campbell and Preston.

                            Milk and Honey may have them too, it's on Coit in between Belt Line and Arapaho.

                            Also highly recommending Taqueria El Fuego, it's worth the drive to Richardson. I miss living near UTD, back then I could go there very often.

                            Lastly... here's the scoop on some great sushi near Addison.
                            Mori-san used to operate Sushi Place inside the May Hua supermarket in Plano and now he's giving a new restaurant a shot. His new restaurant is called called Sushi Robata and it's located on Frankford and Dallas Parkway in the same strip as Kroger and Bank of America. The atmosphere is much more refined and upscale compared to Sushi Place's location inside the food court. Despite the trendy flair, the food continues to be extremely authentic, the service is still just as prompt and the fish is very fresh. On top of all that, eating there won't cost an arm and a leg.

                          2. Bene Bene for very good, but not cheap, Italian.
                            Selim's Doner for Turkish, well, Doners and unusual Schnitzel (sorry if I mis-spelled it).
                            Benedicts for eggs benedict.
                            Cindi's NY Deli has good days and an occasional bad day.
                            Norma's Cafe for classic diner breakfasts (go down beltline road east from Addison just a bit).
                            Queen of Sheba Ethopian, on Inwood, tucked deep inside a strip mall near all those liquor stores. Stick with ethnic foods and skip the italian offerings (they used to be an Italian colony if no one knows).
                            For Milk, go up to Central Market in Plano and try every brand until you find the one you like: Braum's is no different than grocery store milk. Whole Foods for a second source of good milk.
                            Happy dining.