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amazinc May 18, 2009 05:20 AM

We'll be looking for lunch for 4. No Mexican, no bar b que; no spicy anything. Brother-in-law
can't take it. Sooooo where do we get some pretty basic American fare, or pehaps French...without taking out a bank loan ( under $30 per person). We're staying at the Fairmont, but have cars and will travel. Is the restaurant in the Fairmont worth trying? I know it was re-modeled within the past year.
Any and all suggestions appreciated.

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    mjtx May 20, 2009 02:14 PM

    Cadot opened today (Preston Road and Frankford). It is owned by Gaspar Stantic and Jean-Marie Cadot. We had lunch there today and it was very good. If we didn't know that it was the restaurant's first day we wouldn't have been able to tell. The service was spotless and the waiters knew the menu and were able to answer all questions. If you like mussels ($9.95), their's are some of the best we've had. The lunch items run from $7.95-$15.00. There is something for everyone (anything from a sandwich or salad to pasta, fish or steak or lamb chops). We are looking forward to going back.

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      DallasDude May 20, 2009 08:25 PM

      Crave mussels, how were they served?

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        mjtx May 21, 2009 05:06 AM

        They were served in a wonderful herbs cream sauce and white wine. At lunch they are offered as an entree and come with French Fries. On the dinner menu they are offered as an appetizer (no French Fries). Mussels is one of my favorite dishes and the sauce that these are in is one of the best I've had.

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      jindomommy May 19, 2009 11:04 PM

      A lot of restaurants offer fantastic lunch pre-fixes. The one that I've been dying to try is Charlie Palmer at the Joule Hotel. 3 course prefix is $28. Look around though because there are a lot of restaurants with lunch specials, like Perry's Steakhouse. Personally, I love Neiman Marcus' Zodiac Room for it's history. They do a great lunch. The nothing at the Fairmont is really just a basic hotel restaurant.

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        BluffViewChound May 18, 2009 05:26 PM

        Salum on Cole Avenue

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          sl1 May 18, 2009 12:16 PM

          Havent been but, Nick & Sams Grill?

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            DFWFOODIE May 18, 2009 11:03 AM

            Here are my suggestions:

            1. The Grape (don't believe they're open for lunch on the weekend)
            2. The Porch (american fare)
            http://www.theporchrestaurant.com
            3. Hattie's (upscale southern food
            ) http://www.hatties.com/index.html
            4. Cafe Toulouse (french
            ) http://www.toulousecafeandbar.com/

            These are all non-chain restaurants. They're not too casual or upscale (right in the middle). Have a wonderful lunch! Let us know if you need more suggestions.

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              simply_victoria May 18, 2009 08:48 PM

              The grape does a really good weekend brunch.

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              gavlist May 18, 2009 09:31 AM

              given your criteria (pretty basic American fare, good, reasonable price) I'd hit Lazare in the West Village (which also happens to be pretty close to your hotel). The chef has recently changed, but I'm guessing that the food is still pretty good. You could also try Bolsa down in Oak Cliff, if you want to drive for a while. Or Twisted Root in Deep Ellum for a burger. Jimmy's was also a good suggestion. You might also want to look into Aurora, which is serving a < $20 prix fixe lunch. Haven't tried it yet, but it's probably fantastic.

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                sl1 May 18, 2009 08:50 AM

                Havent heard much about the new Pyramid restaurant in the Fairmont. Stephan Pyles is right down the street. Also One Arts Plaza has several great options for lunch. Dakota's is also very close.

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                  zosotx May 18, 2009 07:11 AM

                  3 Random Suggestions ... in descending order of priciness
                  1) Sushi ... Yutaka (it's in Uptown area ...2633 Mckinney Avenue )
                  2) Burger ... The Grape (on Greenville) .. this is more a dinner restaurant, but they make a mean burger and its only available on their lunch menu
                  3) Sandwich/Deli (and a pretty authentic italian "deli" experience - coming from a native Bronx italian) ... Jimmy's Food Store (Bryan and Fitzhugh, kind of near Baylor)

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