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First trip to Dallas......

Hi Guys great board , am making my first trip to Dallas tomorrow and will be there all week Fly out on Friday. I am looking forward to some outstanding food. Can't afford the real pricey stuff.

I tend to like small places, whole in the walls are fine by me like a good glass of wine with a meal but a cold beer will do just as well.

Staying at the old Richardson hotel , now the North Dallas Hyatt

I have four nights and was looking for a BBQ, Mexican ,Tex Mex, and Cajun( I will hit pappadeax's if there is not a better local place .

I have been to Austin fairly frequently and liked, Rudy's , County Line, Stubbs, Manuels on Congress, Shoal Creek Saloon ( I usually eat half my meals here), Cherry Creek Catfish Co., and Pappadeauxs.

Hopefully this will help you guys point me in the right direction . Looking forward to my visit.

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  1. Even thought you didn't mention Italian....


    Great Italian food.....when we first sit down, we order drinks and an order of their rolls with a bowl of meat sauce on the side!

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    1. re: acruice

      Italian's tough for me first I'm from NY second my wife is Italian and makes scratch pastas and sauces hard to top in a restaurant

    2. Well, first, forget about BBQ. You're in the wrong city for that. Save the BBQ for Austin. We've got plenty of Tex-Mex, though.
      Find your way to Oak Cliff for a lot of the best mexican food in the area. I would search here on this site and, www.dallasfood.org.
      On the "home page" there's a link to, "Mexican on Jefferson Avenue" in, Oak Cliff.
      Check it out and have fun.
      Cajun? "Nate's" on Midway at Beltline in Addison. Probably the best around.

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      1. re: twinwillow

        I would not ever "forget" about any food type in any large metro area - Our D/FW metro is a very large space with hundreds, if not thousands of BBQ joints, some liking hiding, yet undiscovered gems in the rough. (I know of a couple, although not in the LBJ/Central surround) I would be hard pressed to write the entire DFW BBQ genre off due to a few chains catering bad BBQ to the unsuspecting masses.

        1. re: CocoaNut

          Mind sharing these places with us? I'd gladly make the trek, it'd beat taking a trip to Central TX.

          1. re: CocoaNut

            I second Air's request. I would love to know of a few good hidden treasures within our area.

        2. If you're flying into DFW, stop at Hard Eight in Coppell, it's not the best 'que in Texas, and it's slightly overpriced, but it is one of the few places in the metroplex that does bbq in the central Texas style. Otherwise I haven't found much that's worth the trouble, nothing that's any better than Rudy's or Stubbs, which aren't that great in the first place.

          1. I'm also traveling to Dallas for the first time this weekend -- arriving about 9 pm Friday, so probably looking to do some late-night eating/wine bar hopping around 11. Any suggestions for late-night eats?

            I also third (fourth?) the request for good BBQ places -- Hard Eight sounds like a great place to hit up before flying out on Sunday. The Oak Cliff recommendation is appreciated too.

            I'm thinking that I'll want one fancy-pants dinner on Saturday night and I'm considering making a reservation at Stephen Pyles. The credit-card guarantee worries me, though, because I probably won't make up my mind until Saturday morning anyway. I notice that they have a separate ceviche/tapas menu -- are there separate dining rooms for lounge eating and full-menu eating at SP?

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            1. re: turtles_27

              I would make the reservation now. If your wanting to have dinner at any fine dining restaurant, you would most likely need a reservation ahead of time. Although, most restaurants dont require a credit card to secure the reservation. Stephan Pyles would be a great place for dinner being your first time in town. The whole restaurant is one room broken up by the display kitchen. The ceviche bar is in front of the kitchen. The bar is in a corner in the front of the restaurant. Im sure they have photo's on their website.

              1. re: turtles_27

                You have a couple options Friday night, you could hit up West Village, maybe eat at Lazare & drink at Social House. Or you could head to One Arts, eat at Tei An or Dali. Or you could go to that area by Primo's, and skip eating for the most part. I'd agree with Hard Eight on your way out Sunday. tbh if you're going to splurge for dinner at Stephan Pyles, I wouldn't want to do it at the ceviche bar. Their ceviche is not that great or representative, and their best options are from the full menu.

              2. Wolfang Puck's "360" would be a great dinner venue for someone coming to Dallas from out of town as well. The food is very good, I hear. And, you can't beat the view!

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                  1. re: twinwillow

                    Great idea. The food is awesome and view is neat, especially if you are visiting Dallas for the first time.

                  2. For Mexican, I would recommend Cafe San Miguel on Henderson in Dallas or El Ranchito in Oak Cliff. For Tex-Mex (and a little closer), I thnk Casa Milagro is pretty good...it's on the northeast corner of Campbell & Plano Road, not too far from your hotel.

                    Also, for breakfast or lunch, you might want to try Taqueria El Fuego, which is on the opposite corner of Plano Rd. & Campbell in the shopping plaza just past the Texaco station. Their breakfast burritos (which are really the size of tacos) are delicious as are their salsas. They have a pretty good lunch selection.

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                    1. re: lckeating

                      I would go with Casa Milagro over Cafe San Miguel.

                      And for the people saying DFW doesn't have good BBQ, I say that is just not right. I think the hardest part of BBQ is that everyone likes different kinds whether it be Austin, Memphis, Kansas City or North Carolina. DFW has tons of good choices but most of them are of the Sammys, Dickeys, Sonny Bryans, Spring Creek variety. There are many others but those are the go to style of DFW. If you want more of Austin style bbq, you can to to Rudy's in Frisco.

                    2. Hey Al Lunn, I'm from Dallas and live in NY now so I can definitely recommend what you can't get here. While the people on this thread are right in saying the 'cue is way better elsewhere in Texas, even the worst barbecue in Dallas (Dickey's) is leagues above the best in NYC. So research a place and go, my favorite is Bakers Ribs.

                      For Tex Mex, you can go high end or cheap. I like Abuelos for high end Tex Mex, specifically the bacon wrapped shrimp dish (can't remember the name). For Cajun, Pappadeaux is as good a choice as any other albeit slightly more expensive. For Mexican, you can't go wrong in Oak Cliff but you don't have to travel that far. I really like Cuquitas which has several locations in Dallas.

                      A couple cuisines you're missing that you absolutely should get while in town is soul food/southern food and you should definitely do a big breakfast one morning. For great southern food and especially fried chicken, I recommend Babe's. For breakfast, i have two recommendations. If you want a big plate of eggs, grits, bacon, toast, sausage etc., go to Norma's. For something you truly can not get made properly in NYC, you should go to Barbecs for their legendary Beer Battered Biscuits and Gravy. I crave biscuits and gravy up here and nobody does it even remotely well. Hope I'm not too late to help. I really hope you get to Barbecs, it should be an eye opening experience.

                      1. I suggest Avila's for TexMex and for cajun, I'd skip Papadeaux in favor of Alligator Cafe. Enjoy your visit!

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                        1. re: Franklyn

                          i second Avilas and Aligator Cafe!

                        2. BBQ: Red Hot and Blue is my favorite... dry rub ribs, brisquet and the sausage is awesome and the potato salad is the best.

                          Mexican: Mia's on Lemmon is the best hole-in the wall and get the brisket Tacos or go to Carolina's on Rosemeade... same family, silmilar food and really good civiche.

                          Cajun: Nates.... only correct choice in Dallas.