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10 best things to eat in Dallas

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I stole this from another board where it was stolen from another.

Not 10 best places-just the 10 best individual things to eat.

Cuban sandwich at Jimmy's Food Store
Filet de Cantinflas at Javiers
Cake by the slice at Dallas Affairs (when available)
Cheese fries (loaded) at Snuffers
Grilled cheese at Highland Park Pharmacy
Supreme pizza from Marco's
Cheeseburger from the Dairyette
Fried shrimp at S&D Oyster Co.

What are some of the best "off the menu" items in town?

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  1. Chile Relleno at Matts
    Pizza at Louis
    Cheeseburger and Fries at the Angry Dog
    Fried Chicken at Babes/Bubbas
    Tres Leches at La Duni
    Salad Burger at Goffs
    Fried Catfish at Aw Shucks
    Burger at Wingfields
    Fried Green Tomatoes at Hatties

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    1. re: J.R.

      We must run into eachother all over town because a few of these came to mind when Imade my list but I couldn't put 2 pizza or 2 burgers or 2 cakes on my list. i

      Nice list. I'm a fan

      1. re: J.R.

        The tres leches or cuatro leches cake at La Duni has been listed on this "10 Best Things to Eat in Dallas" probably as much or more than any other item so I had to try it when I was in Dallas briefly recently. I was pretty disappointed. It was as if they'd take an OK but not great cake and ruined it completely by soaking it in a liquid which I assume is one of the 3 or 4 milks. Cake is OK moist but wet cake? C'mon, get real. Wet cake can't be one of the best things to eat in Dallas or anywhere else. (Of course, I don't even like ice cream and cake on the same plate so ....)

        1. re: djschryver

          that style of cake is supposed to be soaked in milk. that's the authentic presentation.

          1. re: djschryver

            As Jon says, Tres Leches cake is basically a vanilla/white/yellow cake with evaporated milk, cream, and sweetened condensed milk poured over it. I forget where La Duni gets the 4th.

            My experience with this cake wasn't that great for the opposite reason. The slice was moist/wet in the center but the edges were dry and the cake wasn't good enough to stand on it's own as a dense, dry cake. Was expecting more care for the price. I enjoy my homemade version much better and it's a rather simple cake to make yourself.

            La Duni Cafe
            4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

            1. re: amokscience

              from city of ate's top 100 things to eat in dallas (great list BTW):

              The "quatro" in the "Quatro Leches" is a drizzle of Colombian Arequipe, or dulce de leche.

              1. re: djschryver

                djschryver: I think your ice cream comment pretty much responds to your own post.

                1. re: bhoward

                  I just had the Quatro Leches cakes yesterday at lunch and it was pretty darn good. I thought the dense rather hardy cake was a nice foil for the very moist rich icing. Not sure it's a Best in Dallas, but justly famous.

                1. re: J.R.

                  Wow, JR is my long lost foodie twin. Our taste is eerily similar! Here's a few more I'm sure you love.
                  Smoked Bob - Matt's (not on the menu and off the charts)
                  Baby Back Ribs w/spicy BBQ - Peggy Sue's (as my friend coined it in his first trip 'game changer')
                  Lavender Vanilla Bean - Henry's Ice Cream
                  Chicken Pad Thai - Bangcock City
                  Iltalchos - Terreli's (pizza nachos, absurd)
                  Ahi Tower - Blue Fish (the OG tuna tower)
                  Lobster Shooters - Abacus (best rest top to bottom in Dallas)
                  Sea Bass Ceviche - Stephen Pyles
                  ANYTHING at Local (now you know, shhhh)
                  Lobster Bacon Mac & Cheese - Hibiscus

                  1. re: graysonwafford

                    I think the lobster mac & cheese at Capital Grille rules (and it's the reason I go back), but now that you've told me about it, I'll have to try the one at Hibiscus ...

                2. Enmoladas at La Palapa Veracruzana
                  Mango Paleta w/ Chimayo at Paletas Frutitas
                  Pate Banh Mi at La Me
                  Banh Xeo at Nam Hua
                  Chicken Sekuwa at Temptations
                  Mysore Masala Dosa at Taj Chaat House
                  Dwejigogi Soondubu at Tofu Korean Restaurant (To Dam Gol)
                  Pita and Baklava at Afrah (if I can get it home made baklava)
                  Spicy Sour Coconut Shoot Soup w/ Catfish at Jasmine
                  Grilled Giant Prawns w/ Fresh Thai Dipping Sauce at Jasmine
                  One of the fresh seasonal dishes on the white board at Little Sichuan

                  That is 11 but hard to choose a top 10.

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                  1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                    Hounder...what is Mango Paleta? I love Chimayo. I'll have to try it. I bet it's by my house, close to Jefferson?

                    1. re: jindomommy

                      Well typically it is a ice cream bar with mango but they have a version on Jefferson at Lewellen (NEC) that is all mango and a bit of water so it freezes solid and melts much like a popsicle. The have a chile mixture in the bottom and cover it with a Chimayo sauce before you leave. I believe they are $0.75


                    2. re: LewisvilleHounder

                      The second one is actually called a Mangonada

                    3. I started a list like this, but can't find it now. Hope I did not violate a CH posting rule. Here I go...
                      Lucky Layla Passion Fruit Yogurt Drink
                      CM Butter Tortillas
                      Jimmy's Sausage and Meatballs
                      Henry's Vanilla Ice Cream
                      Zander House Buon Cuon
                      Buffalo Mozzarella from Mozarella Company
                      Afrah's Chicken Tawook and Baklava
                      La Me Coconut Tapioca
                      Mia's Brisket Taco's
                      Zaguan Guava and Cheese Pastelleis
                      Empire Baking Company Chicken Salad Sandwich
                      Wingfield's Burger
                      Can I include Doughmonkey's? If so, everything they use to carry.
                      I know...that's more than 10.

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                      1. re: jindomommy

                        Mia's brisket taco's-good one. Me like-y. I need to get out and try some of these places.

                        1. re: jindomommy

                          Nope no can do on Doughmonkey.....place is gone and will be missed.

                          Have you tried Banh Cuon Thang Long inside Saigon Mall? If so how does it compare with Zanders?


                          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                            Zander's tastes almost exactly the way my mom would make it...with lots of stuffing and the perfect steamed rice crepe. It's pricier than most places, but just really good. Even Little Saigon in SoCal did not have Banh Cuon (I spelled it wrong...I too was thinking about maybe putting one of La Me's sandwich on the list). Thang Long tastes more like what you would find in restaurants/street food. This dish can be found all over Vietnam, cooked in people's garages. LOL! It's quick street food and the Zander's version is really the way a mom would do it...at least my mom and she was known for her cha gio (fried spring rolls) and Banh Cuon. For me it boils down to the perfect proportions...a ravioli like Banh Cuon or something a little more noodle like. 99% of all Banh Cuons you will find anywhere will have Thang Long's proportion of noodle to meat.

                          2. re: jindomommy

                            jindomommy: unfortunately this board has a couple unwritten rules...

                            My list:
                            Henry's Ice Cream: Cinnamon Apple Ice Cream
                            Natsumi: Nutella gelato
                            Natsumi: Green tea frozen yogurt
                            Natsumi: Pink guava frozen yogurt
                            La Duni: Cuatro Leches Cake
                            King's Noodle: Za Jiang Mein
                            Mr. Wok: Peking duck
                            Zander's House: Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio (vermicelli with grilled pork and egg roll). Yes, despite having a ton of Vietnamese options in Houston, I really like their take on my favorite Vietnamese dish!

                            1. re: air

                              I love Zander's too. I'm surprised it hasn't been chatted up more on this site. Wow Air...5/10 picks were sweets!

                              1. re: jindomommy

                                Zander's was hot on this board when it opened in 2006, but then some people said the quality of the food went downhill since. My partner loves their Mango Catfish. The best dishes aren't on the menu (which changed over the last 3 yrs).


                                1. re: jindomommy

                                  It's kinda in a weird location and frankly it's a bit pricey. I've had some good stuff there but for whatever reason it's one of those places that I think "oh I need to go back there sometimes" and then never do.

                                  1. re: luniz

                                    Same here. They don't have anything addictive like Nam Hua's crepe.
                                    But we've never had Buon Cuon at Zander's so we'll try that next time.

                                    1. re: kuidaore

                                      When are we going to see a top 10 list from you Kuidaore?

                                      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                        I was waiting for the EveilTwin's list.

                                        -Banh Xeo at Nam Hua
                                        -Minced Pork w/ Bean Curd & Hot Peppers and Shredded Pork w/ Dry Bean Curd at Umeko(we mix the two dishes)
                                        -(Deep-Fried) Salt & Pepper Squid at Kirin Court and Thai Orchid
                                        -Pork Chop with Salt & Pepper at Maxim's
                                        -Deep-Fried Squid Tentacles at Sushi Robata
                                        -Hummus at Ali Baba
                                        -Baklava at Afrah
                                        -BBQ Pork Banh Mi at Ba Le
                                        -Borani and Oliveh Salad at King Kabob
                                        -Flour Tourtilla Quesadilla at El Fuego
                                        (Red Bean Buns at New York Bakery--the world's best!)

                                        KuidaoreEveilTwin's Top 10
                                        -Banh Xeo at Nam Hua
                                        -Grilled Mussels w/ Cream Cheese at Nam Hua
                                        -Minced Pork w/ Bean Curd & Hot Peppers and Shredded Pork w/ Dry Bean Curd at Umeko (we mix the two dishes)
                                        -Buffet at El Fuego
                                        -Buffet at Mayuri
                                        -Mantoo at Afghan Grill
                                        -Mango Catfish at Zander's House
                                        -Empanadas at Don Panza
                                        -Four Kinds of Cold Dishes at Chef Hsu
                                        -Combination Banh Mi at Ba Le

                                        1. re: kuidaore

                                          That deep fried squid is delicious indeed. Have you gotten to try the niku tofu at Sushi Robata? What do you think of it compared to any other's you've tried? It's really grown on me. I'm working my way through their hot foods menu but it's so hard to resist ordering it whenever i go. I tried out Masami's the other day and I felt like I was going to drown in soy sauce. I didn't like it very much.

                                          I also really wanted to throw in El Fuego's buffet, couldn't decide between that vs. the Zha Jiang Mein. I have got to learn how to make a bowl of that stuff.

                                          I'll have to check out Don Panza. I really like Marini's in Houston and didn't think anything like that existded up in Dallas.

                                          1. re: air

                                            I've never had niku dofu in my life, even in Japan. (I think it's an Eastern Japan dish.) I think it's very similar to sukiyaki in taste. I also love Sushi Robata's grilled mussels (Green Dynamite?), much better than Nam Hua's mussels. (I like my mussels w/ mayo, not cream cheese.)

                                            When I went with some other people, they liked sawara no kasuzuke (can't remember the English name) and deep fried karei (or hirame?)--the whole fish fried like this, only bigger. You can eat the bones.

                                            There's a Korean waitress (who looks like a Filipina) who is very helpful. Her recommendations are good.

                                            You must have missed the Don Panza craze on CH when it opened a couple of yrs ago.

                                            1. re: kuidaore

                                              Forgot to mention that I also really like this one dish there that had bardock root - but I'm not sure what the Japanese name is.

                                              I tend to go every thursday night during happy hour with some friends and we all usually sit in Joanne's section, and she fires the recommendations at me.

                                              1. re: air

                                                Kimpira gobo? (badrock root = gobo) sweet and hot stir-fried gobo with sesame seeds. You can get a frozen ready-made version at grocery stores.

                                  2. re: jindomommy

                                    Yep. If you ever meet me you'll quickly learn I have quite a sweet tooth!

                                    I've tasted everything at Natsumi's menu as well as other flavors ordered for special occasions, and it was really difficult for me to narrow it down to even two items.

                                    1. re: air

                                      Have you ever tried smoothies at the last vendor in the row (right next to the bakery) in the mall? Their smoothies taste very natural and delicious (not like chemicals).

                                      At Nam Hua, we order most dishes from the Vietnamese menu (the last page of the menu) with no English translation. Banh Xeo is on the English page.

                              2. Shrimp won ton soup at First Chinese BBQ.
                                BBQ roast duck at Chinese First BBQ.
                                Clams with ginger and green onion sauce at Chinese First BBQ.
                                Coconut gelato at Natsumi.
                                Fried catfish, shrimp, oysters and French fries at Big Shucks.
                                Tres leches cake at La Duni.
                                Fried catfish at Celebration.
                                Crispy pizzas from Taverna
                                Buffalo cheeseburger with watermelon ice tea from Twisted Root.
                                Oysters on the half shell from Pappadeaux on Oak Lawn.

                                1. Soft shell crab at Oishii
                                  Chicago hot dog at Wild About Harry's
                                  Crawfish with turbo at Nate's
                                  BBQ at Big Al's Smokehouse
                                  Burger at Wingfield's
                                  Steak dinner at Pappas Bros
                                  Sushi at Teppo
                                  Spaghetti with meat sauce at Daniele Osteria
                                  Tapas at Cafe Madrid
                                  Pho at Pho 95
                                  Lamb kebab at Afrah

                                  1. I guess before that would be my ethnic version, for more common dishes that most have heard of.

                                    Cheeseburger at Wingfields
                                    Pizza at Salernos (hey I can't afford to drive all the time)
                                    CFC at Norma's
                                    Supreme Po Boy at Antones
                                    Tapas at Cafe Madrid
                                    Any sandwich at Jimmy's (I have had all of them, tuna panino is mot my favorite though)
                                    Sausage plate at Kuby's (I mix it up)
                                    Mutti's Jager Schnitzel at Jorg's (Hey it is the closest thing to Czech food I can find, kolaches don't count)
                                    The greens at Dats Good BBQ....I don't care for any BBQ anywhere in Dallas
                                    Fried Taco at Escondidos....gluttonous I know

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                                    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                      LH- Is that the same Escondido's that used to be located on Maple and Wycliffe so many years ago when there was a 7-11 there as well? It was open late nights (great drunk food) and the busboy would stand on the table and sing into his dish towel along with a small mariachi band. Greatness... even better enchiladas. If they are the same, I will go there today!

                                      1. re: DallasDude

                                        Not sure about Maple at Wycliffe...I remember the 7-11 and the BBQ Bus but I don't remember the Escondidos being there. The old shanty shack is on Butler in between Harry Hines and Maple.

                                      2. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                        Been to Sweet Georgia Brown in south Dallas or Mike Anderson's across from Parkland? They have the best BBQ I have found in Dallas.

                                        1. re: colinnwn

                                          Yes I have been to both. While Mike Anderson's is decent it is not the best. I prefer smoking my own to approximate the flavors of the smoked meats in Central Texas (Lockhart - Smitty's being my favorite).

                                      3. Cameron Juarez at Mercado Juarez
                                        Biscuits and Gravy at Barbec's
                                        Ladrillo-Nuevo Leon
                                        Puerco Guiso-Cuquitas
                                        Cheese bread pop overs-Fogo de Chao
                                        Larb-Star of Siam
                                        Cold Beef Salad-Bistro B
                                        Chili Cheeseburger-Balls
                                        Chicken Fried Chicken-Normas
                                        BBQ Pork-First Chinese BBQ

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                                        1. re: demigodh

                                          Oh...I forgot about Cuquita's. Corn tortillas, Puerco Guiso and the spareribs. Yum. I'm going to wait a little bit and then redo my list.

                                          1. re: jindomommy

                                            OK, my bad. The old place that was at Maple and Wycliffe was called Chito's. I just came from Escondido's and it is just as wonderful as it was 100 years ago when I was there last. Thanks for conjuring that place up, decent food. Escondido means 'hidden' in Spanish, and if you try to find the place you know why it has that moniker.

                                            On an unrelated note, but pertinent to the OP, has anyone heard of a place on harry Hines in the Korean District called Chef Hsu? I have not been, but heard that a fab Cantonese style restaurant hides under the guise of a schlocky buffet. There is a separate room for 'the good stuff'. Any info would be appreciated, I plan on hitting them up this weekend.

                                            1. re: DallasDude

                                              Chef Hsu isn't Cantonese, but Shaodong style. The owners (brothers) are Chinese from Korea. They speak both Mandarin and Korean.

                                              They have great noodle dishes. While their black bean noodle is popular, I think their Woo Dong Noodle (which is called something else on their newer menu) is the best ramen in town. It's basically seafood ramen. We also like their pork belly.

                                              If you aren't East Asian and if you don't go with an East Asian, you'll be seated in the buffet room (dunno why). Make sure to get the menu. Most patrons there are Koreans, not Chinese (despite what most CHs say).

                                              You can have pretty good Cantonese at Maxim's. The chef is from HK (though the owner is Taiwanese).

                                              I'm working on my top 10 list and debating whether to include Chef Hsu's Woo Dong Noodle and Maxim's pork chop.

                                              1. re: kuidaore

                                                I think a discussion of Cantonese, Shadong, Mandarin, Korean, Taiwanese, East Asian influences and cooking styles would make an excellent topic for another thread, don't you?

                                                1. re: kuidaore

                                                  OMG i freaki ng love you. I will be at Hsu on Saturday, and now know I have been freaking deprived. I still need a slow and low guidance in Korean, and would so appreciate any help on a very ignorant level in this wonderful cuisine. I know so much about so many cuisines, but Korean is just not one of them. Where do I go and what do I order... In my crowd they would be shocked I ask this, but I am humbled.

                                                  1. re: DallasDude

                                                    For Korean, these threads should help.

                                                    Most ppl would recommend Seoul Garden for Korean BBQ. We don't order BBQ and our favorite dishes suck there so we don't go there.

                                                    Snow Mtn in Garland used to have the BEST Seafood pancake, but they shut down earlier this year. We now go to Jin Mi in Plano (I think the ownership changed and the food is much better now.) Their japche (stir fried vermicelli) was perfect a couple of months ago (would have made it into my top 10), but it wasn't as good last month (still pretty good.)

                                                    If you live near Koreatown (Royal/Harry Hines area), there's no reason to drive to Plano for Korean.

                                            2. re: demigodh

                                              Barbec's is a good call. I forgot about the biscuits and gravy.

                                            3. Good lists, everyone!

                                              • Ahi Tower @ Bluefish
                                              • Baba ganuj @ Fadi's on Knox
                                              • Steak sandwich @ The Libertine Bar
                                              • Yellowtail sashimi @ Sushi Sake in Richardson
                                              • Blue Cheese & Jalepeño Burger @ Twisted Root
                                              • Boudin @ Baby Back Shak
                                              • Bhel puri @ Taj Mahal Imports (Best kept secrets)
                                              • Tampiqueno chicken-fried steak @ Matt's Rancho Martinez
                                              • Papaya salad @ Ginger Thai at Mockingbird/Abrams
                                              • Yeast rolls @ Bubba's Cooks Country

                                              1. I'm allergic to alcohol and I know it doesn't count as "eating" but, I'm surprised no one has listed a margarita. Moving here from the West Coast, I immediately noticed how Texans love their margaritas and that they are made really, really well here. My husband is a margarita maniac and I know his vote would go to Gloria's. Food is so-so, but according to him they have the perfect margarita.

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                                                1. re: jindomommy

                                                  Go try the new "freshest" margarita at a few Chili's locations, or wait until the first of the year for them to be everywhere. The current Dallas locations with the new full menu are Wylie, Park and Preston, and Valley Ranch. Fresh squeezed lime juice, tequila and agave nectar only. I forget which tequila it is.

                                                  1. re: jindomommy

                                                    He should try a top shelf Margarita at El Fenix on Beltline in Addison

                                                  2. This is a really tough one...i'll just say what comes to mind first:

                                                    Fajita Tacos at the gas station off loop 12/Harry Hines
                                                    Fried Chicken at Babe's (Carrollton)
                                                    Nutella Cake at La Duni
                                                    Mac & Cheese and Strawberry Cake at Sweet Georgia Brown
                                                    Yakitori and Sushi at Teppo
                                                    Porterhouse for 2 at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
                                                    Blackberry Yogurt Drink from Lucky Layla Farms
                                                    Pizza and esp. Cheesecake at Fireside Pies
                                                    Baklava at Afrah
                                                    Most Sandwiches at Jimmy's

                                                    There's a few more but i ran out of spaces...
                                                    There should be a separate one for desert b/c i didn't get to put any ice cream on my list.
                                                    Boo hoo... :(

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                                                    1. re: DFWFOODIE

                                                      I agree. My top 10 list would shift around a bit and I'm pretty sure I could come up with five more desserts :)

                                                    2. catfish, fried whole - Top Cat
                                                      thousand island and/or cucumber salad dressings - Celebration
                                                      Tanee egg rolls - Thai Tanee
                                                      #2 or #5 hamburger - Jake's
                                                      buffalo steak - Fearings
                                                      almond crescents - Henks/Black Forest
                                                      shrimp rellenos/shrimp enchilados - Chaparritos
                                                      #1 combination - Escondidos
                                                      choc merenge or butterscotch merenge pie - Highland Park Cafeteria
                                                      chicken fried steak - Babe's
                                                      Henderson's Fries Chicken - there's a new one on Harry Hines

                                                      1. Well, I definitely haven't been here long enough to have any sort of definitive list. But I can mention some of the more memorable dishes/foods I've had here...

                                                        Sourdough Bread - Eatzi's
                                                        Quattro Leches - La Duni
                                                        Steak Tartar - York Street (I have no idea if this matches/beats others in the area but I sure loved it)
                                                        Ancho Chipotle Ketchup - Twisted Root
                                                        Cachapa - Zaguan's (At least...it *used* to be great...last couple times they burned it. Oh well)
                                                        Smoked Sausage - Marlo's House
                                                        Monte Cristo - Dream Cafe (Another *used* to be great...I think they stopped using french toast with it...now it's just toast with powdered sugar.)
                                                        Kobe Beef Sliders - Central Market (Best.Bun.Ever...why can't burger places around here give any consideration to the bun? It's crucial)
                                                        Lamb Souvlaki - Ziziki's
                                                        Bagels + Pizza - My House (Can't find any in the DFW area that can match me sadly)

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                                                        1. re: lawofmurphy

                                                          I was wondering if it was just me that had noticed that about Dream Cafe's monte cristos. Thought I was going crazy. Those Kobe Beef sliders are an awesome deal whenever they've got them at CM too.

                                                        2. Can't believe I posted my list, yet left off my current favorite dish: the grilled chicken at El Pollo Regio.....way too good not to be mentioned.

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                                                          1. re: pinotho

                                                            I am surprised no one has mentioned the stuffed chicken wings at Thairrific.

                                                            1. re: bhoward

                                                              you had me at stuffed....where is Thairiffic??

                                                              1. re: pinotho

                                                                Webb Chapel and Forest Ln...it is in the center out in front of Caribbean Grill.

                                                                I give Thairrific or however you spell it about a B-. I am not going to go to a restaurant based soley on some stuffed chicken wings. I had them and they weren't that great maybe I had a bad batch I don't know.

                                                                I would still say Jasmine Thai in Plano would be my choice.....Thai Herbal Chicken makes a nice appetizer there.

                                                                1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                  I hope all Chowhounders ignore the above post about the stuffed wings. They are fabulous. I assume you had a bad batch as you say.

                                                              2. re: bhoward

                                                                I think Thirrific is, well, terrific, but I've never tried their stuffed chicken wings. I'll have to swing by this weekend. Thanks!

                                                            2. It's Dairy-ette (the hyphen is crucial).

                                                              1. Try a rib eye steak at Cattlemans in Ft Worth......worth every penny.

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                                                                1. re: Pennace

                                                                  really surprised to see this.....haven't gone to Cattlemans in years, and there is a reason for that..........

                                                                2. Mac and cheese at Perry's
                                                                  Miso sea bass at Tei Tei
                                                                  Kobe beef at Nick and Sam's
                                                                  Ceviche at Stephan Pyles
                                                                  The Brick at Hibiscus
                                                                  Scrambles at Breadwinner's
                                                                  Chop Salad with chicken at Toulouse
                                                                  Salad bar at Eatzi's
                                                                  Onion rings at Bob's
                                                                  Cuatro Leches Cake at La Duni (on many lists here for a reason)

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                                                                  1. re: magmae

                                                                    Eatzi's gets overlooked a lot. The sammich bar is dynamite. Pretty much any sandwich with most anything you can think of, on a whole host of fresh artisan breads made on campus for 6 bucks. They have some nice ready made entrees, but I don't think they are worth the cash.

                                                                    I would disagree with the Pyle's ceviche. I have had several and many times now... not worth the plunkity-plunk on that product. I have had just as good if not better at one of the Mexican market delis in Dallas. He does a fine job otherwise. I just steer clear of his tapas and ceviche. (I even called and told him so, lol.)

                                                                    Nice list though, magmae. I have been pondering one of my own for sometime. I have to revisit a few places first, and one is in south Dallas. So might be a week.

                                                                    1. re: DallasDude

                                                                      As a Philly native, it's been preached to me over and over again that sandwiches (and frankly pizza/burgers/etc) live and die by the bread/roll/crust. Anyone can get decent meat and spreads (and lord knows, Eatzi's does), but the reason their sandwiches are my fave in Dallas is because they have the best bread. It's that simple for me.

                                                                  2. I'll play:
                                                                    Chicken piccata -- Adelmo's
                                                                    Cheeseburger -- Angry Dog
                                                                    Mac and cheese -- Hattie's
                                                                    Cuban sandwich -- Jimmy's Food Store
                                                                    Brisket tacos -- Mia's
                                                                    Ziziki bread w/ yogurt sauce -- Ziziki's
                                                                    Pork tenderloin -- Fearing's
                                                                    Prime rib -- Chamberlain's
                                                                    Pancakes -- All Good Cafe
                                                                    Chicken fried steak -- Metro Diner (Caveat: I've never had this when I wasn't at least partially inebriated)

                                                                    Not to be a snooty LA native, but the Korean food here is mostly lousy.

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                                                                    1. re: FiveDanFive

                                                                      I lived in L.A./Orange County for 8 years. I doubt anyplace has better Korean food than the Koreatowns in both counties. If you go back to L.A. and are in O.C., you have to try Lighttown House BBQ. Everytime I asked a Korean person where to get the best BBQ, they said LH. It's the special coals that really adds great flavor to the BBQ and they cook the rice over a flame in those individual containers. Really good.

                                                                    2. Fried snapper head @ Tei Tei
                                                                      Blue fin @ Yutaka
                                                                      Oysters @ Rex's
                                                                      Cock's comb @ Aurora
                                                                      Marrow @ Victor Tango's
                                                                      Dallas Dog @ Big D's Dog, may it rest in peace

                                                                      Also, I'm surprised to see the Cuban from Jimmy's so many times on here. Have you people never had a REAL Cuban sandwich? Jimmy's is fine but it ain't even close.

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                                                                      1. re: the_sneeb

                                                                        I'm with you. Jimmy's Cuban is ok but far from the best I've had.

                                                                        1. re: snatex

                                                                          Jimmy's Cuban is damn good for Dallas. This ain't Miami, you know.

                                                                          1. re: J.R.

                                                                            Well, guys, I haven't been to Cuba, but I have been to Jimmy's. Today I was able to grab a tasty Cuban sammich and a few canoli's to go. I was supposed to go home and share this sammich with a cute neighbor, but when approaching to pay, I was overcome with the desire to grab a Dr Brown's root beer and sat at one of the provided tables and played Dope Wars on my Blackberry.

                                                                            I was so overcome by guilt, on the way home I ate one of the canoli's. But my neighbor enjoyed the second one. God bless her. And God bless Jimmy's.

                                                                            And no mention of my sacred cow Javier's. Javier is like a god to me and the cigar bar is the last bastion of decency and civilness left in the great city of Dallas, Texas. Damned fine steak, and even better cocktails. Have any of you even tried the Tuaca Lemondrop? I prefer Knob Creek rocks, but I always have to order one of the Tuaca's before leaving.

                                                                            1. re: DallasDude


                                                                              We have to part company on Jav's. I would put it on the D mag. overated list. The food is ok, somewhat expensive, but my main complaint is that I always feel rushed by the staff. If I'm spending $100 for Mex, don't rush me amigo.

                                                                              1. re: J.R.

                                                                                I couldn't agree more about feeling rushed at Javier's .. on a recent Saturday night, we were in and out of the restaurant in 45 minutes. It was rushed service, and on a Saturday night, one likes to linger over a meal. The food isn't good enough to be rushed like that. Won't go back.

                                                                      2. The cheese and pepper stuffed Filet at Javier's (can't remember the name)
                                                                        Lamb Souvlaki at Ziziki's
                                                                        Cheesesteak with mushrooms and extra cheese at Texadelphia
                                                                        Spicy Tuna Handroll at Miyoshi in Plano
                                                                        Filet mignon at Rick's chophous in McKinney
                                                                        Cheese manicotti at Picasso's in Plano (handmade pasta)((Coit and Legacy))
                                                                        Brisket at Rudy's in Frisco
                                                                        The Italian at Jimmy's (well, anything at Jimmy's)
                                                                        Goat cheese stuffed Piquillo peppers at Cafe Malaga in McKinney
                                                                        Cheeseburger (med-rare) from Jc's Burger House in Plano, Allen, or McKinney. They grind their beef fresh daily.

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                                                                        1. re: joanna.mcmaster

                                                                          ooo good call on the peppers at Malaga, that's why you're looking for them huh? That's definitely the first thing I order every time I go there.

                                                                          1. re: luniz

                                                                            Yes!! I used to waitress there and crave them. I am having a dinner party and they go wonderfully with wine. Very simple to make, that's the beauty of them.

                                                                            1. re: joanna.mcmaster

                                                                              Not sure where to find them locally, but if all else fails piquillo peppers can be ordered from www.latienda.com A bit pricey, though.

                                                                              1. re: Carrollton Foodie

                                                                                Thanks, Dallasdude told me they can be found at central and world markets, as well as whole foods.

                                                                                1. re: joanna.mcmaster

                                                                                  yea I've seen them at the first two places, let us know how they turn out & what goat cheese you use :)

                                                                                  1. re: luniz

                                                                                    Thanks, I will. I always use only Montrachet goat cheese, that's what they turned me onto while qorking at Cafe Malaga.

                                                                                    1. re: luniz

                                                                                      Thanks for the suggestion on where to get the peppers, I live in the Colony, and no decent grocery stores around. Got the peppers at CM and used Montrachet goat cheese. They were a hit, they were gone nearly the instant I put them on the table. Thanks!!

                                                                            2. re: joanna.mcmaster

                                                                              Jimmy's also has cans of piquillo peppers.

                                                                            3. FAVORITE TEN THINGS TO EAT IN DALLAS (in no particular order)

                                                                              1. Italian beef sandwich from Jimmy's Food Store (with the spicy Italian sausage a close runner-up).
                                                                              2. Bruschetta sampler at Bolsa (I'll admit, I liked it so much that I've plagiarized the concept and started making my own versions at home).
                                                                              3. White chocolate rum tart at Bolsa (okay, is it cheating to put two dishes from the same place?? I love it!).
                                                                              4. Tomato & onion utthapam dipped in masala powder mixed with ghee at Taj Chaat House (I almost always stop there on my way home from DFW)
                                                                              5. Xiao long bao from Jeng Chi. Not the best I have ever had (a bit picky being from SoCal) but XLB options are limited in the DFW area. I also enjoy their green onion pancakes!
                                                                              6. Frozen yogurt from Yogilicious (It will never replace Pinkberry in my heart but I love the self-serve format. I always get the same trifecta combo of flavors - plain topped with pomegranate seeds, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, raspberry sauce and a touch of marshmellow topic; green tea topped with mochi; and coconut topped with shredded coconut, almond slivers and chocolate chips. Share with a friend -- the cups are huge and almost everyone overdoes it!).
                                                                              7. Tom Kha Gai from Mango Thai (the versions at Noodle Wave & Royal Thai are close seconds. Interestingly, I prefer Noodle Wave to Mango Thai overall but there's something about the tom kha gai at Mango Thai that just makes it spectacular).
                                                                              8. Banh mi thit nguoi from Lee's Sandwiches at Saigon Plaza in Garland (Many purists decry Lee's as a sell-out version of banh mi since it is a chain, but what can I say? I like the bread. And it reminds me of home.).
                                                                              9. Chocolate cake pudding thing with ice cream from Alo
                                                                              10. Tie between Cold Sichuan Noodles from Little Sichuan and Sichuanese Boiled Fish from Sichuanese Cuisine in Plano. Mmm...spicy.

                                                                              HONORABLE MENTIONS:
                                                                              1. Stuff jalapenos and hot wings from Chapman Chile Kitchen
                                                                              2. Beef fajita tacos from La Guadalupana
                                                                              3. Cupcakes from the Society Bakery -- any flavor, though I am partial to the red velvet, being in Texas and all
                                                                              4. Eegra from Cafe Izmir on Greenville. My Indian friends find it terribly dull, calling it a pale copy of baignan bharta, but I can't get enough of the stuff.
                                                                              5. Roast beef, tortillas of any sort and the 7-seed boule from Central Market
                                                                              6. Gindara miso (grilled black cod with miso) from Masami
                                                                              7. Filete al mojo de ajo / garlic fillet from La Palapa Veracruzana
                                                                              8. Aji de gallino from Alo

                                                                              FAVORITE DRINKS: (I'm normally a dirty vodka martini kind of girl, but if I had to choose...)
                                                                              Victor Tango, Victor Tango
                                                                              Pisco Sour, Alo
                                                                              Mambo Taxi, Mi Cocina
                                                                              Margarita, Soley!

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                                                                              1. re: habereno

                                                                                Do I detect the wife of a well known hound? ;)

                                                                                The eegra (warm eggplant with tomatoes and onion) is more of a ramped up babaganouj since it is Lebanese, but a good baignan bharta will have the chilis, coriander and ginger so I can see why they would think that. Good call and GREAT list (mmm miso black cod).

                                                                                I am still agonizing over my list. Lists are so... final.

                                                                                1. re: habereno

                                                                                  "Bruschetta sampler at Bolsa"

                                                                                  Gets my thumbs up!

                                                                                  1. re: habereno

                                                                                    Finally somone agrees with me on Taj Chaat House

                                                                                    It is a very chow-worthy list!

                                                                                    Hard to overlook #8 though.

                                                                                    If you can find it ask for the DeBecca Beef Pastrami at CM......Hard to find but it blow away the other NYC stuff they sell. DeBecca used to be based in Clifton, TX not sure if they still are.

                                                                                    The garlic filet at La Palapa...hmm I would have thought the red snapper (huchinango)...I will give it a go next time.

                                                                                    Given your tastes it is hard to believe you don't like Jasmine Thai in Plano.....there is a separate Thai menu bring along a translator for it though. Or just know your protein and let the staff suggest something. The Tom Kha Goong soups is up there as a great soup but not my favorite that is the Gaeng Leung (Yellow Soup with Catfish and Coconut Shoots)

                                                                                      1. re: habereno

                                                                                        Try the cucumber martini at Si Lom.. It can't be beat I promise you. I also love victor tangos drink.

                                                                                      2. had a chance to hit Jimmy's again this past weekend. What a wonderful culinary weekend it was too. The visit to Jimmy's netted me a few sandwiches with some friends. Never been on a Saturday afternoon, gotta say it was near impossible getting in. The true delight of the day (besides cannoli) were the sausages I picked up for Sunday 'que event by the pool. I managed a keg of beer and about 3 yards of the hot Italian. I also snagged the wild boar. T

                                                                                        The boar was dry and not the best, although the texture was greatness. A nice medium grind. But logic dictates that a wild boar has little fat, and isn't that what makes or breaks a sausage.

                                                                                        On the other hand, the hot Italian could not have been any better. The absolute perfect blend of spices, terrific grind and casing. I grilled dozens of various items that day, but the hot Italian got the crowd moving. That, and the keg didn't hurt.

                                                                                        Jimmy's. Dine in to soak up the lovely wines and sammiches. Take home a load of sausages and meatballs. I would discuss the rest of the menu, but not the proper forum...

                                                                                        OH! Thank you to the fellow hound that shared some incredible tapas ideas.

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                                                                                        1. re: DallasDude

                                                                                          Way to go Jimmy's. Gotta love consistency. : )

                                                                                        2. in no particular order

                                                                                          1.gyro pita sandwich @ Zorba's
                                                                                          2.no. 5 w/ grilled onions & bacon @ Keller's
                                                                                          3.mac n cheese @ The Porch
                                                                                          4.white littleneck clam pizza @ Nonna
                                                                                          5.Pho dac biet @ Pho Bac
                                                                                          6.Kebabs w/ spicy harissa @ Cafe Marrakesh
                                                                                          7.barbocoa tacos all the way @ Fina on Harry Hines/NW Hwy
                                                                                          8.mi vit quay hoanh thanh(duck and wonton noodle soup) @ First Chinese BBQ
                                                                                          9.Ribs @ Big Daddy's Roadhouse (Lavon on hwy78)
                                                                                          10.anything chicken fried just about anywhere...we are the Chicken Fried Nation

                                                                                          Since I didn't put any sweets on there, I'll say the Taro frozen yogurt w/ pineapple at Yogilicious.


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                                                                                          1. re: DFDubster

                                                                                            MY TOP 10

                                                                                            CheeseBurger and Fries at Angry Dog
                                                                                            Shrimp Wonton and BBQ Pork Soup at 1st China BBQ
                                                                                            Ceviches at Stephen Pyles
                                                                                            Pork Bowl (Bun) at Pho Bang
                                                                                            Coal Vines Cheese Pizza
                                                                                            Coal Vines GodFather Sandwich with Fries and Fried Garlic Chips and Fried Rosemary and Basil
                                                                                            Stonleigh P Tomato Salad (no longer on menu but they'll make it)
                                                                                            Fried Fish Sandwich and Clam Chowder at Fishmonger's in Plano
                                                                                            Chicken with Cashew Nut at Asian Mint on Oak Lawn
                                                                                            Tortilla Chips with the Dipping Oils at La Duni

                                                                                            La Duni Cafe
                                                                                            4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

                                                                                            Angry Dog
                                                                                            2726 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226

                                                                                          2. Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras - Suze

                                                                                            1. Chili cheese burger with mustard from Dairyette, and their rootbeer too.
                                                                                              Twisted Root's burger (any kind) and sweet potato chips, house made rootbeer.
                                                                                              Sushi at Sushi Sake in Richardson- No wide array of fusion rolls, just good sushi, sake, and a few traditional Japanese dishes this place is a true gem among Dallas sushi resturaunts, fantastic atmosphere as well.
                                                                                              CFS at Babe's

                                                                                              I haven't done a lot of highbrow eating in Dallas. I still have a lot to try as well. Jimmy's is at the top of my list as is La Duni.

                                                                                              1. Hmmm, this is hard! Here are some of my favorites:

                                                                                                Baked Mac n Cheese - Hibiscus
                                                                                                Bloody Mary - La Duni
                                                                                                Cupcake - Society Bakery
                                                                                                Pizza nachos or "Italchos" - Terilli's
                                                                                                Pimiento Cheese - Kuby's
                                                                                                Brisket Taco's - Manny's (many places have brisket taco's, but I like the au jus that Manny's serves with their b tacos the best.)
                                                                                                Warm green salsa with butter and chips - Javier's (there are many other great things at Javier's, but I think I could drink their warm green salsa.)
                                                                                                Sweet potato fries - village burger bar
                                                                                                Fried Chicken - Bubba's
                                                                                                Fried Rice - Shinsei
                                                                                                Del's Delight (ice cream liquor dessert drink) - Del Frisco's (they also have a wonderful lemon cake)
                                                                                                Hummus with pita bread- Ismir Market on Greenville
                                                                                                Margarita - Joe T Garcia's (beware, its a doozy), oh and Tillman's Roadhouse has a really good blood orange margarita
                                                                                                Salad Bar - Eatzies

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                                                                                                  1. re: DallasDude


                                                                                                    Oh oh, I forgot one! Lobster Pad Thai from Salum... They almost never have it but they told me I could call ahead and request it when I know I am coming in.... Talk about an accommodating restaurant.

                                                                                                1. QUATRO LECHES Cake @ La Duni
                                                                                                  Foie Gras @ Utaka
                                                                                                  Double Double & Fries @ Burger House
                                                                                                  Trio of Fries @ TIllman's Roadhouse
                                                                                                  Silver Noodle Chicken @ Bangcok Inn
                                                                                                  Thai Dumplings @ Bangcok Inn
                                                                                                  Siam Wings @ Royal Thai
                                                                                                  Beer Biscuits @ Barbecs
                                                                                                  Golden Chicken @ Ali Babba
                                                                                                  Mozzarella Gellato @ Bolla
                                                                                                  Twig & Branch Flatbread @ Bolsa
                                                                                                  Italian Stallion @ Jimmy's
                                                                                                  Ice Cream Baklava Cake @ Ziziki's
                                                                                                  Lengua Tacos @ La Paradilla (taco stand only)

                                                                                                  1. Tupy Tacos - Tupinamba
                                                                                                    Fajita Quesadilla (with sliced avocado/pico/green salsa) - La Marketa Cafe
                                                                                                    No. 8 - Keller's Burger
                                                                                                    White Pizza - Nonna
                                                                                                    Black Cod Miso - Yutaka
                                                                                                    Spanish Mackerel Sashimi - Teppo
                                                                                                    Carnitas - Taqueria Pedrito
                                                                                                    Italian Beef Sandiwch - Jimmy's
                                                                                                    Shrimp & Remoulade - TJ's
                                                                                                    Quatro Leches Cake - La Duni

                                                                                                    1. Crab cake and fries at Oceanaire
                                                                                                      Short ribs and Yukon gold puree at Craft
                                                                                                      Fried shrimp at S&D
                                                                                                      Ceviche at Stephan Pyles
                                                                                                      Any souffle at Rise #1
                                                                                                      Bruscetta or flatbread at Bolsa
                                                                                                      Lobster shooters at Abacus
                                                                                                      Fried whole snapper with chili at Zander's House
                                                                                                      Stuffed chicken wings at Thairriffic
                                                                                                      Lamb with Ziziki sauce at Ziziki's
                                                                                                      Tenderloin with poached eggs and Bearnaise at Mignon
                                                                                                      Agnolotti an Nonna
                                                                                                      Pork belly at Charlie Palmer
                                                                                                      Pepperoni, mushroom and onion pizza from Pizza by Marco

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                                                                                                      1. re: bhoward

                                                                                                        No list should be complete without adding a nod to Nonna. And good to see another Craft fan.

                                                                                                        1. re: DallasDude

                                                                                                          I have had many meals at Craft--lunch, brunch and dinner. I can honestly say I have never had a bad dish there. Can't say that about many places.

                                                                                                          1. re: bhoward

                                                                                                            The short rib, hen of the woods mushroom and Scharffenberger chocolate tart with coconut ice cream are orgasmic.

                                                                                                        2. re: bhoward

                                                                                                          surprised that this is the first mention of lobster shooters at abacus, those are delicious!

                                                                                                        3. Add to my list way above-
                                                                                                          At, Seafood Shack:
                                                                                                          Shrimp Tostadas ($2.25 (each) special on Mondays)
                                                                                                          Seafood soup.

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                                                                                                          1. re: twinwillow

                                                                                                            And I think the pescado ceviche tosdas are a buck and a quarter. Very nice. Their fish is fried in peanut oil that I find too heavy for a delicate fish.

                                                                                                          2. I gotta add this to my list:
                                                                                                            The tacos al carbon at Taqueria El Si Hay in Oak Cliff. OMG! Incredible!

                                                                                                            1. Pecan Catfish at Hatties
                                                                                                              Any of the pasta dishes at Nonna Tata's
                                                                                                              Ravioli Stefano at Ferrari's in Grapevine
                                                                                                              Onion Soup at Rise
                                                                                                              Steak Diane at Mercury Grill
                                                                                                              Chips and Hot Sauce at Mi Familia in Roanoke (addicting)
                                                                                                              Crab Cakes at Oceanaire
                                                                                                              Chicken Fried Steak at Mac's Bar and Grill in Colleyville
                                                                                                              Baked Potato Soup at Houston's
                                                                                                              Lobster Bisque at Ruth's Chris

                                                                                                              1. I will add a few more after a lunch I just had at Andaman in Denton. It was an absolutely perfect meal from start to finish.

                                                                                                                Red Curry Chicken with Young Jackfruit (see picture 1)

                                                                                                                Giant Prawns with Ginger, Garlic, Thai Basil and Dill with a Thai Dipping Sauce (See Picture 2)

                                                                                                                Khao Soi with Shrimp (See Picture 3)

                                                                                                                1. Ham salad sandwich and chocolate malt at Highland Park Pharmacy
                                                                                                                  Foie gras, escargot, and chocolate souffle at Cadot
                                                                                                                  Marshmallow soup and bread pudding souffle at Rise
                                                                                                                  Fried chicken and biscuits with Plugra & sorghum at Babe's
                                                                                                                  Burger at the Grape
                                                                                                                  Fried shrimp and Mexican shrimp cocktail at Aw Shucks
                                                                                                                  Hot chocolate from Dude Sweet Chocolate
                                                                                                                  Miles of Chocolate from Central Market
                                                                                                                  Nua Nom Tok and sticky rice, and sticky rice with mango at Chow Thai
                                                                                                                  Steak at Local

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                                                                                                                  1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                    Gotta second that marshmallow soup at Rise.

                                                                                                                    1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                      Just wanted to note that the chocolate souffle is off-menu at Cadot, and add blue cheese fudge from Dude Sweet Chocolate.

                                                                                                                      1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                        I gotta get to Dude Sweet Chocolate!

                                                                                                                        1. re: twinwillow

                                                                                                                          I saw where katherine at Dude, Sweet Chocolate is planning 'parties' to start in July. A different version for adults versus children, they will be 'ice cream socials'. She said she had room for up to fifty and the adult version sounded sinful. Fun eh? Look for more on this to come soon.

                                                                                                                        2. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                          Something happened to Katherine's blue cheese fudge at 'Dude, Sweet, Chocolate', and it's not a good thing. Last time I got it, it wasn't blue cheesy. Instead it had these slightly sweet pieces of plastic wrap embedded in the fudge pieces. Seriously, no notable cheese taste whatsoever! Instead, 3 large pieces of plastic wrap infused chocolate for $10+?! I'll pass.

                                                                                                                          1. re: HalfBaked

                                                                                                                            Update: Dude, Sweet's blue cheese fudge is back to it's bloomy self. I picked up a box at Mlle Fleur in Addison on Monday. DELISH! Love it's salty goodness. I also picked up a little bag of the Coco Puffs. This was my first experience with the homemade Valrhona marshmallows and I am sold. The little pillows of chocolatey goodness pack quite a whollop of flavor in a surprisingly light package.

                                                                                                                      2. 1. Black Bean Dip - Gloria's
                                                                                                                        2. Shrimp Cocktail - Big Shucks
                                                                                                                        3. Tacos on Corn Tortillas - Fuel City
                                                                                                                        4. Pizza - Greenville Avenue Pizza Company
                                                                                                                        5. Lentil Soup - Old Monk
                                                                                                                        6. Scallops - Bolsa
                                                                                                                        7. Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada's - Blue Goose
                                                                                                                        8. Loaded Cheese Fries - Snuffer's
                                                                                                                        9. Ropa Vieja - Zaguan's
                                                                                                                        10. Chicken Pho - Vietnam

                                                                                                                        614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

                                                                                                                        Big Shucks
                                                                                                                        103 S Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

                                                                                                                        Greenville Avenue Pizza Company
                                                                                                                        1923 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

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                                                                                                                        1. re: martharose

                                                                                                                          1) Brisket Tacos at Mi Cocina (with a MamboTaxi margarita)
                                                                                                                          2) Pizza & Salad at Fireside Pies~I love their jalepeno ranch dressing
                                                                                                                          3) Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll at Gui (Amazzzing)
                                                                                                                          4) Three Forks Salad and either their steak or lamb with creamed corn
                                                                                                                          5) Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwich at Celebrity Bakery
                                                                                                                          6) Argentinan Sausage & Cheese Appetizer @ La Duni (i forget the actual name)
                                                                                                                          7) Mojitos & Tacos from Cuba Libre (currently closed for construction)
                                                                                                                          8) Hamburgers @ JC's
                                                                                                                          9) Baker Brother's Chicken Salad Sandwich and Baked Potato Soup
                                                                                                                          10) Popovers with Strawberry butter at the Zodiac Room

                                                                                                                          La Duni Cafe
                                                                                                                          4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

                                                                                                                          1. re: kew428

                                                                                                                            Hey whats the deal with this Banh Xeo at Nam Hua?

                                                                                                                            My list...

                                                                                                                            1) Banh Xeo at pho mac =P (comes with vietnamese fish mint!!)
                                                                                                                            2) Tilapia with Palm Oil sauce at Kijiweni swahili (closed, this is just a memorial)
                                                                                                                            3) Bibim Naeng Myun at Chosun Kalbi
                                                                                                                            4) Cold soba at Tei An
                                                                                                                            5) Catfish and Palm Oil stew with Habanero at Oti restaurant
                                                                                                                            6) Fried water spinach at Jasmine Thai
                                                                                                                            7) Whole fish with sliced chilis at Royal Sichuan
                                                                                                                            8) Any robata fish at Tei Tei
                                                                                                                            9) kind of generalized but food at Akimatsuri festival
                                                                                                                            10) chili crab at secret recipe

                                                                                                                            Tei Tei Restaurant
                                                                                                                            2906 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

                                                                                                                            Chosun Kalbi Restaurant
                                                                                                                            2560 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75229

                                                                                                                            Kijiweni Restaurant
                                                                                                                            125 S Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080

                                                                                                                            1. re: YingZheng

                                                                                                                              Ying what do you mean is the deal with the Banh Xeo?

                                                                                                                              You can get Vietnamese Fish Mint with your Banh Xeo if you want it at Nam Hua(just ask for Diếp Cá) or if you are really crazy about it you can ask for Vietnamese Coriander (Rau Răm). I personally like the Rice Patty Mint Herb (Ngổ Ôm) the best.

                                                                                                                              1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                                                                Just curious sense everyone singles it out as the best. Ive never been to Nam Hua so maybe I will give it a try.

                                                                                                                                ... conversely, the worst I've had is at Vietnam restaurant on Bryan. It was soggy, and came with just a tiny sprig of cilantro and a single lettuce leaf... =X

                                                                                                                            2. re: kew428

                                                                                                                              The popovers and strawberry butter at the Zodiac Room is on my list too. I don't think that place gets enough kudos. It's a beautiful room, service is attentive, and the food is delicious.

                                                                                                                          2. I'm adding ribs from Off The Bone to my original list. I know Dallas doesn't have much to offer in terms of BBQ but Off The Bone is Damn good.

                                                                                                                            1. Pizzaholic has only submitted 4 articles, all this afternoon, all about this pizza joint.
                                                                                                                              Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: jmellby

                                                                                                                                Many of my favorites have already been mentioned so I'll limit this list to items/places not previously listed:

                                                                                                                                1. Cubano Torta @ La VIctoria - Has little in common with a traditional cuban sandwich, but is nothing short of incredible. Maybe my favorite sandwich in all of Dallas.

                                                                                                                                2. Jerk Chicken with hot water cornbread @ Elaine's - Messy as all get out, but delicious none the less. Even better if you get a meat patty to mop up the copious left over sauce.

                                                                                                                                3. Gyro Omlete @ John's Cafe - a Lakewood hallmark,. Makes my mouth water just thinking about my favorite breakfast spot. Owned and operated by Grecian ex-pat, it's the perfect place to spend sunday mornings in the fall.

                                                                                                                                4. Softshell Crab with Bienville Sauce @ Dodies - rich and heavy, but wonderfully satisfying. No better way to consume three days worth of transfat.

                                                                                                                                5. Canolli @ Jimmy's - as close as I've found to what we got up in New England since we moved to Texas ... in 1985.

                                                                                                                                6. Tavern Favorite @ Bryan Street Tavern - Loaded with Jimmy's sausage and fresh veggies with a surprisingly crisp yet chewy crust. Rapidly shooting up my local pizza heiraechy.

                                                                                                                                7. Bob Armstrong Dip @ Matts El Rancho - Simple yet wonderful, its the perfect play off of traditional queso.

                                                                                                                                8. Drago's Style Charbroiled Oysters @ Dodies - while falling well short of their namesake, still provides delicious flavor in a pool of rich garlic butter. Warning, if you don't like a heavy dose of garlic, avoid this one.

                                                                                                                                9. The Stodg @ the Porch - Not a huge fan of this place as it is generally overpriced, but I've tried nearly all of the burgers on previously listed, and the stodg smokes them all. Fantastic foie-buttered bun and topped with a fried egg, it definitely falls in the "fancy burger" category. But my god it is good.

                                                                                                                                10. Steamed Mussels @ Neighborhood Services - Typically one my least favorite seafood items, these are plump and juicy with none of the chewiness that generally ruins such dishes for me. It also helps that they are served in a chorizo broth that demands to be sopped up with bread.

                                                                                                                                Neighborhood Services
                                                                                                                                5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

                                                                                                                                1. re: menczer

                                                                                                                                  Neighborhood Services is a disservice unless they simply need time to figure out how to cook their meny. Nothing at a table of 7 people was successful, and the bartenders couldn't mix a simple cocktail to boot. Get the mussels and fries at TOULOUSE on Knox. The can cook the things on their menu.

                                                                                                                                  Neighborhood Services
                                                                                                                                  5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

                                                                                                                                  1. re: William Rucker

                                                                                                                                    surprising. I've probably been to the Lover's location, as well as the Tavern on Henderson, close to 15 times each, and almost everything I've eaten has been technically well executed. Fried foods are crisp, proteins are cooked appropriately, sauces are well balanced with salty/sweet/acidity, food arrives warm, and the fries are among the best in Dallas. I've also generally found the bartenders to be at least competent - the only misstep was one of the new bar staff's bizarre concept of what comprises a Negroni.

                                                                                                                                    What did you order, and what specifically did you find to be lacking?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: gavlist

                                                                                                                                      I got bland mussels with a lot of salt. I got jet fuel instead of a refreshing gimlet. I got pretty good service. We had halibut that was fairly good, but nothing special. Beet salad was the best thing we ordered. We also had some pork tacos I don't see on the menu which were no better than fuel city.

                                                                                                                                      Color me nonplussed

                                                                                                                                      In all fairness we went to the Tavern. I have not tried the original Lovers lane location, maybe they have meals worth coming for. The Henderson location did not.

                                                                                                                                      Nobody knows what a Negroni is anymore. I've had them delivered shaken, up, & with olives...

                                                                                                                                      1. re: William Rucker

                                                                                                                                        even more bizarre. I have eaten at the Tavern most frequently, and have always had excellently prepared food. It can be a little uninspiring depending on what you order, but (like I said) always well made. The beet salad is good... and if you find yourself back there (which sounds unlikely) my favorites are the steak frites (very flavorful steak, awesome fries, and a bargain for the price they charge) and the Schnitz or whatever they're calling it these days. And if they happen to have the pork shoulder ragu as the pasta dish, by all means order it. It's extremely delicious.

                                                                                                                                        NST used to be one of the best cocktail bars in Dallas - but the major talent has moved to Marquee (both Jason and Andrew are there now). I haven't been to the Tavern in a while, so it's possible that the bar quality has declined somewhat. Too bad.

                                                                                                                                        WITH OLIVES? ugh... You can get a good Negroni at Marquee, I guarantee. And most likely at Bolsa and The Windmill.

                                                                                                                                        614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

                                                                                                                              2. The egg salad at Neuhaus Cafe can't be beat by any that I've had in the Dallas area. It actually has flavor. Add 4 thick slices of really nice bread and butter pickles and serve alongside a cup of cheese broccoli that has fresh cheese, chunks of real broccoli and has been seasoned with onion, you just won't find a better lunch.

                                                                                                                                I ate here for the first time last week and am anxious to go back to try other selections. While it is primarily, the "Cheers" for the very senior set, they have a really good, though almost too varied a menu selection, but includes pastas, breakfast served til 3pm, and also deli selections of lox, (Stage Deli) pastrami and corned beef. Sitting at the counter, I noticed there's a full bar and woman next to me said they have live music on Fri and Sat nite - couldn't help but wonder what the genre is.

                                                                                                                                (Do not be tempted by the beautiful cake selections. They're not baked there and the Kahlua slice that I had, had a very large and tough crumb and was kind of oily, as in boxed cakes)

                                                                                                                                Neuhaus Cafe
                                                                                                                                626 Preston Royal Shopping Ctr, Dallas, TX 75230

                                                                                                                                1. I am slowly chipping away at some of these lists and I cannot help but be disappointed with the majority so far. Growing up in New Orleans, and spending most of my adulthood living in NYC, I am spoiled! I moved here 2 years ago, and have only had a handful of decent things here. The bagels all stink..... all of them. The pizza is subpar. (Even the Grimaldis here puts some kind of sugar in the red sauce!) The mexican is meh.... chinese, SO Not impressed. I have yet to have awesome sushi here. I had a nice bread pudding souffle at Rise, and a nice ceviche dish and gnocci app at Nana. The Italian food is not impressive at all, and even the burgers are bleah. I also see Nates crawfish listed on some of these lists....OMG it is AWFUL. The whole point of New Orleans crawfish boil is to have it all of the dry seasonings the sachet and boil the crawfish, potatoes, corn, mushrooms and whole garlic, in there for a good long time. Instead they just boil it and dump the seasoning on it, so it gets all over your mouth, your hands, and you choke on it. Gross...... so not right.
                                                                                                                                  I will continue to work through some of these lists and hopefully find a few gems. it is making it easy for me to stick to my training diet for sure.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: lynny_lynny

                                                                                                                                    Dallas doesn't claim to have the best pizza or even bagels. I know not to get my hopes up on a bagel locally unless I see someone with a kettle of boiling water and a wood fired oven, doubtful that will ever happen.

                                                                                                                                    Pizza is getting better Il Cane Rosso might be your best bet for now.

                                                                                                                                    Sushi you will have to tell us what your idea of awesome sushi is. Some of us have a difference of opinions and we need to hear your side before we can point you in the right direction. For the good stuff you will have to shell out some $$. You will also need to early or an off night to beat the crowds.

                                                                                                                                    I am not sure what Mexican you are going to but I have had some Mexican that approximates what I have had in Mexico. So it is out there you just need to know where to look. You might tell us what you are looking for before I start point you to places. If it is tacos tell us if the actial meat is more important or the tortilla.

                                                                                                                                    I will agree the Cajun/Creole food here is not very good but at least we have something. Best bet is to find a Cajun/Creole friend and eat at their place. It is what I do when I get the chance.

                                                                                                                                    I am not sure which Chinese place you have eaten at but our Chinese is pretty darn good. Not as good as LA but pretty close. Try Royal Sichuan in Richardson, North China in Plano, Yoa Fuzi in Plano, Little Sichuan in Plano, and First Emperor in Richardson for Taiwanese.

                                                                                                                                    I went to Jitlada in LA and can say with an honest face I will never set foot in that place again. We have five restaurants here locally that can live up to most of the West Coast. Try out these and only these places Jasmine Thai on Spring Creek and Custer in Plano (Southern Thai Muslim), Bangkok Orchid in Irving (Southern Thai - Buddist), Andaman in Denton (Southern Thai - I assum Buddist, dont see a shrine there though), Bambu in Richardson (Issan), and finally Thai Orchid in North Richland Hills (Issan)

                                                                                                                                    Thai Orchid Restaurant
                                                                                                                                    4930 Belt Line Rd Ste 190, Dallas, TX 75254

                                                                                                                                    Spring Creek Restaurants
                                                                                                                                    4108 S Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

                                                                                                                                    1930 N Coit Rd #100, Richardson, TX 75080

                                                                                                                                    Jasmine Thai
                                                                                                                                    2050 Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023

                                                                                                                                    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                                                                      correction Thai Orchid is in Haltom City

                                                                                                                                      Thai Orchid Restaurant
                                                                                                                                      4930 Belt Line Rd Ste 190, Dallas, TX 75254

                                                                                                                                      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                                                                                                                        I'm afraid our Chinese is nowhere close to LA's San Gabriel Valley in quality or diversity. Nothing here comes close to a Sea Harbour, Elite or Newport Seafood, not to mention the multitudes of noodles shops and other regional Chinese cuisine. Our Vietnamese also pales in comparison to what can be found in Orange County, but then again in the entire US only Houston can even claim to maybe come a little bit close to little Saigon.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: lynny_lynny

                                                                                                                                        For Pizza:
                                                                                                                                        Corky's "Wood-Fired" Brick Oven Pizzeria (love the white pizza here)
                                                                                                                                        Nizza Pizza & Pasta (but ONLY the one at Cooper & Park Row) (get the works and an order of garlic knots)

                                                                                                                                        For Bagels, I've heard good things about this place, but can't personally vouch for it (yet). Maybe someone else can?
                                                                                                                                        Iris Bagel & Coffee House

                                                                                                                                        All are in Arlington.

                                                                                                                                        Nizza Pizza & Pasta
                                                                                                                                        1430 S Cooper St, Arlington, TX 76013

                                                                                                                                        1. re: lynny_lynny

                                                                                                                                          I wouldn't necessarily say you're spoiled, just spoiled with those types of cuisine. Dallas, in general, has better Mexican, Vietnamese, Korean, BBQ, Soul Food, Tex-Mex, and Ethiopian food than New York. I practically lived in Queens for two years and live here now and I am very confident that Dallas is better for those foods. Holding out hope for good Pizza/Bagels is a losing battle, especially if you want NY style of those items.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: demigodh

                                                                                                                                            where is the soul food you like in dallas better than NYC? not challenging...want to check it out!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: JonFromTJs

                                                                                                                                              I don't think there's better "soul food" anywhere than that served at Sweet Georgia Brown in Oak Cliff (South Dallas).

                                                                                                                                              1. re: twinwillow

                                                                                                                                                2 kats in pleasant grove on bucker is really good also

                                                                                                                                            1. re: lynny_lynny

                                                                                                                                              I agree with you, linny_linny on pizza, crawfish, bagels Italian- so far I have not found any of that good in the DFW area. I would add to that so far in my ventures the Korean food and Japanese food is subpar as well. Sigh. But, I come hopeful to read all of these top 10 lists and find contenders! :-)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamaof2

                                                                                                                                                Pizza: Cane Rosso
                                                                                                                                                Crawfish: Nates Seafood
                                                                                                                                                Bagels: Deli-News
                                                                                                                                                Italian: Nonna and, Lucia
                                                                                                                                                Japanese: Sushi-Sake and, Teppo.
                                                                                                                                                Korean: All MEH to me.

                                                                                                                                                If you haven't been to any of the above mentioned restaurants, then you do not live in Dallas!

                                                                                                                                            2. i will have to com back to finish my list as they come to mind but off the top of my head: 1) the smoked salmon with tartar sauce at houston;s (they have changed the name now) 2) the juicy lucy burger at house of blues 3) the pork chops at macaroni grill 4) armadillo eggs at humperdinks 5) sauteed mushrooms at texas land and cattle...will be back after i think some more 6) ioxtails from elaines kitchen

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: db3784

                                                                                                                                                +1 for Hillstone's (Houston's) in-house smoked salmon.
                                                                                                                                                +1 for Elaine's (Jamaican) Kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: db3784

                                                                                                                                                  You reminded me that the pork chop @ Marquee Grill is some of the best pork I've ever tasted.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: db3784

                                                                                                                                                    +2 for Elaine's. The goat curry and jerk chicken are great.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dallas Alice

                                                                                                                                                      I'm partial to the shrimp and ackee at Elaine's Kitchen.
                                                                                                                                                      Washed down with either a Red Stripe or, their home made ginger beer.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: twinwillow

                                                                                                                                                        I had not even heard of this place. Guess i will have to check it out. Thanks for the info

                                                                                                                                                  2. Had the sweetbreads at Smoke in Oak Cliff recently, absolutely fabulous. In fact, most the dishes we had there were spectacular. The cabrito and goat cheese was so good I almost ordered a full second plate!

                                                                                                                                                    Off to Suze tomorrow night for Foie Gras and Pinot Noir. Don't know what the dinner will be but last time the venison tenderloin was fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Duck bacon flatbread @ Victor Tangos
                                                                                                                                                      Qual wings @ Nickel & Rye
                                                                                                                                                      Pad See Ew @ Si Lom
                                                                                                                                                      Tom Kha Gai @ Si Lom
                                                                                                                                                      Sweetbreads @ The Standard Pour
                                                                                                                                                      Beef Carpaccio @ Resto Gastro Bistro
                                                                                                                                                      Crispy Artichokes @ Casa Rubia
                                                                                                                                                      Chicken Liver & Poached Egg Salad @ Boulevardier
                                                                                                                                                      Tuna Tartar @ The Pyramid
                                                                                                                                                      Foie Gras @ Boulevardier
                                                                                                                                                      Fried Sweetbreads @ Meddlesome Moth