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Special Occasions Dinner in DFW

hwapper May 14, 2009 07:24 AM

I am looking for a place to take my wife and the in-laws for my mother-in-law's birthday. We're looking for a place that has nice food but is not stuffy. We're looking for good food without pretense.

I was thinking Lola but I've never been before.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

  1. ddavis Jun 2, 2009 07:20 PM

    Check out Fearing's in the Ritz-Carlton. It meets your criteria to the letter. Excellent food, definitely not stuffy and absolutely no pretense. Would be a great choice.

    1. twinwillow Jun 2, 2009 05:56 PM

      I'd try the newly opened, Wolfgang Puck's 560 in the Reunion Tower. Or, Stephen Pyle's on Ross Street downtown.

      1. j
        jindomommy Jun 1, 2009 08:03 PM

        Tillman's is fun, but can get loud. Out of town guests always love Tillman's and Hattie's (seems like that's the only time I ever go there). Everyone likes Tillman's smores and french fries. How about Local in Deep Ellum? I love Sharon Hage's food, but I feel so claustrophobic in York. It really is like NYC tiny. If you do decide to go stuffy, a lot of "older" people love Old Warsaw. I don't get it, but everyone has such individual taste.

        When I get together with my in-laws, we do Indian. Their tastes veer a little more towards the mild, so we go to India Palace. They like it because it's pretty and not too crazy spicy. Totally safe. For the record, given a choice, I like Chettinaad Palace.

        I don't care for Celebration. I know it's pretty beloved here in Dallas, but I'd eat at Bubba's any day before I go there. IMO, it's just not worth the price.

        1. p
          Plano Rose May 15, 2009 06:20 AM

          How about Sevy's, Maguires, or Chamberlain's Seafood? Your mother-in-law is probably of my generation, and I like all three.

          1. twinwillow May 14, 2009 09:45 PM

            The French Room for a really special occasion.
            York Street

            1. g
              gavlist May 14, 2009 09:18 AM

              Lola would be a great choice. The atmosphere is nice but relaxed, food is great, wine is very reasonably priced. Nonna would be a good choice too.

              1. f
                fixer May 14, 2009 08:30 AM

                City Cafe?

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                1. re: fixer
                  sl1 May 14, 2009 09:12 AM

                  City Cafe? Are you serious?
                  Upscale: Lola, York St or The Grape.
                  Casual options: Celebration, Taverna or La Duni.
                  There are a lot of other great options on this board.

                  1. re: sl1
                    fixer Jun 1, 2009 12:58 PM

                    Nice food, not stuffy, no pretense. City Cafe fits the request. Sending every diner to Lola seems to be the routine around here. Poster already came up with that themselves.

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