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Jun 15, 2009 09:01 AM

Dallas Observer's 10 most overrated Dallas restaurants

What are your thoughts?

Mi Cocina is dead on target, they deserve it. Nothing but sub par food for above average cost. And the point they make about Twisted Root is valid. I like their burgers, sure, but they're not good enough to warrant national TV coverage.

I used to enjoy their food blog because of the craft beer coverage, but they lost a lot of credibility after I saw their rave review on Sonny Bryan's. I was totally astonished and think their sad excuse for 'cue should have earned them a spot, but that isn't gonna happen, not after publishing such a review.

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  1. you have to keep in mind who was raving about Sonny Bryan's. It's not BBQ aficionados, but rather everyday Joe's who are perfectly happy with average grocery store buns and meat doused in sauce.

    I thought Snuffer's belonged on the list. The cheese fries are pathetic and the burgers are mediocre. I haven't actually been to most of those places, I don't know that I think Mercury is overrated.

    1. Mi Cocina would have been #1 on my list as well.

      1. Here is my take:
        Mi Cocina - The nailed it. Went to HP Village last week cuz I had to and it is not good.
        Cafe Pacific - Went there a couple weeks ago and it was not good. I tend to agree with this on, but I must say I do like that atmosphere
        Matts- Never was the same when he left Ferguson.'s-
        Fireside Pies - meh
        Primo - Disagree. It may be good ole day syndrome (sitting on the patio way before the expansion), but I like the margs, spinach enchiladas, Suiza, chips and salsa.
        Don't have much of an opinon on the rest.

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        1. re: J.R.

          I'll second Fireside Pies. I went there with a friend when they first opened and I was just NOT impressed AT ALL.

        2. I still can't access the list. I know it says they fixed it, but it still ain't workin for me! Can someone post the list or a link that works? Muchas gracias!

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            1. re: luniz

              Thanks. Turns out I just couldn't see the links for the tab nos. above the photos. Not sure why the font color was so faint!

              1. re: michaela0416

                I did the same thing. I saw that someone posted it had been fixed, and i was not seeing any difference! Then i realized the tabs were barely visible.

          1. 1. Mi Cocina
            2. Primo's
            3. Any of Alberto Lombardi's Restaurants
            4. Café Pacific
            5. Breadwinners
            6. Fireside Pies
            7. Matt's Rancho Martinez
            8. Mercury
            9. Twisted Root
            10. Nick & Sam’s Grill

            Couldn't agree more about Mi Cocina.
            Primo's has never been known for its food.
            Breadwinners is overpriced.
            I disagree with Fireside Pies, I like it.
            Matt's. Sorry, never got why this place was so popular.
            Twisted Root is good but it's not slipped into the overrated category. Yet.

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              1. re: Scagnetti

                I agree with all on this list and on this page. However, reference: #3 above. I like Taverna. It's, Alberto's best restaurant in Dallas. You can keep all the others.

                1. re: twinwillow

                  I agree 100% on Taverna. It's one of the closer to real Italian restaurants in town.

                2. re: Scagnetti

                  Couldn't agree more with this list.

                  Mi Cocina. I go for work happy hours and eat the guacamole, but I never choose it when given a choice.

                  AND, I know others love it, but I went to Twisted Root once for a burger and have yet to go back. It was only ok.

                  1. re: Scagnetti

                    Here's the thing about the above listed places. And this is just my own opinion...they are what I call the "greatest common denominator" formula restaurants. The food is pretty dumbed down for the general public. Not as bad as Cheesecake Factory, but with the same concept. They are places you can take a random group of people and everyone will be able to find something that is not completely offensive. So for me, they serve a purpose. I can't tell you how many times I've taken friends to my favs like Afrah, La Me, El Ranchito, Cheetinaad Palace, etc. and they just don't get it. Like Chinese...they don't want to try something new. They want chicken fried rice. It's frustrating, so a Mi Cocina fits the bill for dinner with those kinds of friends. And while these places are pretty generic, you know what you are getting. I'm willing to bet 90% of the population would be happy with these restaurants. I'm totally fine going there with friends, but I don't crave these restaurants (except Breadwinners...I like breakfast because I am a carb/sugar lover). So, unless someone says, "I want authentic Mexican," I don't know that I would send them over to Jefferson as opposed to Mi Cocina. Most of my friends would want Mi Cocina.

                    BTW- I would have put Steel on the list. Also, isn't Cafe Pacific one of D Magazine "Best" for seafood? Ouch....

                    1. re: jindomommy

                      But 90% of ALL restaurants fit in the "greatest common denominator" category because no matter what you think, financial survivor is still the driving force of any restaurant. Unless you're an Afrah, La Me, etc., a restaurant needs to have broad appeal or they will most likely struggle.

                      To me overrated means the experience didn't justify the buzz. It's one of the reasons why I don't go to movies that've been over hyped.

                      1. re: jindomommy

                        that's the point of the list. Those are places indiscriminate people love. They are the ones overrating.

                        You need cooler friends. ;)

                        1. re: jindomommy

                          @ jindomommy: I have known D magazine to be a shill for the highest bidder for quite some time. Not sure anyone takes the rag serious, besides the ones that pay to be seen in it. This certainly would apply to everything from restaurants to attorneys. Good call...

                          1. re: DallasDude

                            See...I interpreted it to mean places that are overrated by the likes of D Magazine. Most of those places are literally listed on the D Best list.

                            "Cooler friends"...LOL.