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Your favorite restaurant in Oak Cliff

twinwillow May 24, 2009 11:09 AM

We're looking for a really good restaurant in Oak Cliff for this Friday evening, 5/29/09.
Any style food or ethnicity is good. Whatcha got?

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  1. LewisvilleHounder RE: twinwillow May 24, 2009 04:01 PM

    La Palapa Veracruzana


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      twinwillow RE: LewisvilleHounder May 24, 2009 05:47 PM

      Thank you. Been there three times and really enjoy their food. However, we're looking for someplace different this time.

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      gizzledos RE: twinwillow May 24, 2009 05:55 PM

      If I'm ever out there I like to go to Gloria's.

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        dalaimama RE: twinwillow May 25, 2009 11:39 AM

        We love Bolsa. They have a short list of pizzas that are very good - they call them flatbreads which acurately reflects the thin, charred crust. I'm partial to the mozz, tomato and basil one that has a drizzle of basalmic vinegar on top. The specials are always good and reasonably priced - usually $20-$25 (I say reasonably because the specials will be scallops or steak or that kind of thing). You don't get a huge plate of food, but I have never left hungry. Fun wine list and they will let you try selections if you are ordering by the glass. They also have a good selection of house cocktails The bruschetta is a great starter. Salads are good although the spinach salad is almost always over-dressed.

        They don't take reservations, so go early or be prepared to have a cocktail and wait for a bit.

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          twinwillow RE: dalaimama May 25, 2009 08:51 PM

          Thanks. Bolsa is on our "short list".

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            jindomommy RE: twinwillow May 26, 2009 05:12 AM

            There's lots of great eats in Oakcliff. If you have not been to Bolsa, I would suggest you try it. It's definitely unique and has a great atmosphere. I live in the area and the two most popular restaurants are Bolsa and Kavala. I also really like Kavala. (However, last summer, the air conditioning wasn't really working.)

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          sike101 RE: twinwillow May 26, 2009 10:31 AM

          Veracruz Cafe is excellent, if you're looking for mexican rather than Tex-Mex. It's a small place in Bishop Arts. Tillman's Roadhouse is a great time and the food is pretty good too. Living in the area, I probably eat a Calle Doce most often, one of the best patios in the area. Hattie's is probably the most upscale, but the service and food can be hit or miss. Eno's pizza is as good as any thin crust in town, great beer selection and you can get a table on a Friday night in under an hour. Bolsa is great locally/regionally sourced food, but its hard to get in on the weekend. Kavala has excellent food, but the menu is a bit limited and seems overpriced to me. There is a new Asian spot on Davis, but I haven't tried it or heard anything about it.

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            OCNC RE: sike101 May 26, 2009 06:51 PM

            If you like york Street go to Bolsa. If you like authentic Mexican, go to Veracrus Cafe. You can't go wrong with either one.

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              twinwillow RE: OCNC May 27, 2009 09:15 PM

              Been to Veracruz a number of times. As a matter of fact, I originally went there within the first 2 weeks of their opening 7 years ago. I agree, It's always very good.
              Bolsa would be a great choice but, we don't want to have a long wait.

          2. twinwillow RE: twinwillow May 28, 2009 08:17 AM

            Many thanks for your suggestions. We've narrowed it down to El Ranchito. Any comments?

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              LewisvilleHounder RE: twinwillow May 28, 2009 09:49 AM

              Don't order anything with the salchicha as it is Eckrich style sausage. The mollejas (sweetbreads) are probably the best bet and the grilled cabrito is a favorite of mine (wife hates it). Get corn tortillas there are made there. Also ask to sit away from the mariachi so you don't come out of there with a headache. Eat light and walk caddy corner across the street to Paletas Frutitas.

            2. twinwillow RE: twinwillow May 29, 2009 08:26 PM

              We went to El Ranchito tonight. It was really good. First, let me say, the fresh watermelon Margarita was, outstanding! Three of us had a shrimp dish, cabrito and the short ribs. Everything including the service was, primo!
              Thanks for all your suggestions.

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