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[DFW]99 Ranch Market is Coming to Plano!

Great news for CA transplants :-)
http://www.globest.com/news/1454_1454...

I hope they'll bring CA prices with their larger chain (than their TX competitors).
They send a discount coupon for your b-day every year.

Now only if we could have TJ here... (and also Coco's Asian Chicken Salad).

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  1. We just told me aunt in Plano the good news. Whenever she visits us here in California, she stocks up quite a bit at 99 Ranch!

    1. hopefully they help bring a couple more restaurants to that spot. And a good bakery would be nice although probably not so good for the waistline. Should be pretty convenient for me if the produce is any good, they'll have a lot of competition though.

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      1. re: luniz

        I know. Super G might go out of business. (I'd rather keep it than Asia World. I know you and many ppl disagree!)

        For a restaurant, I would want Sam Woo (from CA), much better than FCB!
        http://www.samwooirvine.com/menu.html
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Woo_...

      2. Love Ranch 99. Hope they do a Hawaii format with a a nice food court. Just got back from SoCal and not loving TJ's so much anymore. With the exception of produce, the prices were kind of high.

        1. Wow! I'm really excited! I miss 99 Ranch.

          1. This is great news. I just checked their website, but no word of when they are opening yet. Any idea when they will be opening?

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            1. re: LucyK

              Possibly towards the second half of this summer.

            2. Keep an eye on this space. It should be opening very soon, I'll try to post here asap when it does.

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              1. re: luniz

                To second what luniz wrote, I just called them and they said they would be opening "In July. Soon."

              2. I was just coming to the board to see if anyone knew anything about this place, as I pass it on my way home every day.

                Signs are up on the building along with a banner that says "Coming Soon!"

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

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                1. re: txram

                  This is awesome. Can't wait for it to open.

                  1. re: txram

                    There's a new Sichuanese restaurant next door I stopped at for lunch (was pretty good, not spectacular). Afterwords I checked Ranch 99, they say they're opening tomorrow (Monday).

                  2. It's open. I popped in tonight to buy a cucumber. Picked up a couple other things too that caught my eye. Will probably go back this weekend to try their food counter and buy a durian. Also some fish and some of their nicely marbled beef. Very clean (easy to do on your first day) and easy to get around, sort of like a saner Super H. Glad to have this place across the street!

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                    1. re: luniz

                      Clean is an understatement. They have signs up talking about cleanliness starts here.. There fish all looks great! There produce is beautiful, but not cheap. I was quite impressed.

                      1. re: irodguy

                        yeah I forgot to point out that they have a lot of pre cut slabs of fish for sushi if you're into that sort of thing. I'm sure it's not cheap but if you wanted cheap you'd just buy a fish and prepare it yourself.

                        1. re: luniz

                          Just got back from there and all I can say is wow. The place is packed with goodies. Their produce is some of the freshest I have seen in an Asian style market and I was surprised to see that they had a nice small selection of standard american fare. Ended up spending about 50 bucks when I just went to check it out. They have some beautiful sushi grade fish which is one of the main reasons I haven't looked into making my own sushi. This could be dangerous.

                      2. re: luniz

                        luniz, pls report back on the food counter. The eating area was packed today. They seem to have better fish than other local Chinese stores. I thought the prices of their sale items were pretty good. You can't get a box of Vermont curry for $2.98 anywhere else in the Metroplex. And right now there's a lot of stuff on sale.

                        1. re: kuidaore

                          I also signed up. I am sure it's going to be a zoo there this weekend. I may be crazy but planning to stop by and pick up some fish.

                          1. re: irodguy

                            So I'm back with a complaint. Still like the store and will go back but bought some bad fish there last week. Grabbed some snapper and put it in the frig. The fish looked great. The next day opened the fish and the entire frig stunk to high heaven. Opened it up and it was bad, bad, bad. The expiration date was good and the fish itself had the right look and color when I got it. I don't know how anyone could ever eat bad fish. That smell would knock a buzzard of a Sh$% wagon.

                            1. re: irodguy

                              It was packed Saturday night. I got their "all you can carry" self serve box thing for $6.50. So it's $1 more than Asia World but you can get a little more "entree" in there (since you put the rice in yourself) and you can get more than 3 different things if you like. I would say that it was ok but nothing too exciting, although Asia Worlds can also be pretty bland. I went back for breakfast this morning right at 9 and it was not crowded of course. I got 3 different bun, red bean, Mexican style cream or something, and pork sung. They didn't have char siu bao, I liked the Mexican and the pork sung quite a bit.

                              1. re: irodguy

                                Packed during Sunday afternoon. Produce looked good. Super H Mart is still my favorite since I like Korean foods. Prices seemed comparable. We'll see how things hold up after a few more months.

                            2. We went Saturday afternoon and agree that it was a zoo. Everyone was milling about, the checkouts were not very crowded, lines weren't too long. We got the fresh fish packaged with ginger and scallions for steaming. We were pleasantly surprised. Steamed it for 9 minutes, and it was very fresh.

                              1. We went to 99 Ranch Market last Saturday and I really like this place. I'll be putting it in my once or twice a month rotation. The prices on many things there were fantastic. They seemed to have a great selection of meat/poultry/fish. Since I was with my hubby, a/k/a the power shopper, I didn't get to linger and label-read too much, but look forward to going back and having a leisurely stroll through the aisles. The place is sparkling clean and fresh-smelling. We live really close to H-Mart, so 99 Ranch won't be our primary Asian market. H-Mart is also impeccably clean and has great prices. My quick initial impression is that 99 Ranch has slightly lower overall prices on meat/poultry/fish and that H-Mart has slightly lower overall prices on produce. One strength that H-Mart has that I don't think 99 Ranch has is that they carry almost everything you could need, normal American staples and lots of ethnic ingredients besides Asian. After a trip to H-Mart you normally don't need to visit an American grocery to pick up staples. I can't wait to visit 99 Ranch again. I want to try some of the interesting things that I've never seen anywhere else, like the Silkie chicken.

                                1. Well, it is now June 2011 and I finally ventured there for the first time today. I was really impressed and managed to spend almost $60. The place is still very clean and Albertson's should take a lesson from their fish counter! I bought some large head on shrimp for $6.99/lb., baby bok choy, enoki & shitake mushrooms and daikon sprouts among many other things. It is definitely worth the 50+ mile trip for me from Fort Worth.

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                                  1. re: Barbara76137

                                    Have you tried super H mart on Old Denton and the bush? I love Ranch 99, but I would think that Super H would cut some miles off.

                                    1. re: irodguy

                                      Haven't tried super H yet, so thanks for the recommendation!

                                  2. Anyone tried the beef?

                                    Every time I browse the meat case they have giant beef tenderloins for darn cheap! I want to try one! It looks like it would need a bit of cleaning (silver skin, etc), but man...at that price...

                                    What are some other opinions/observations?

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                                    1. re: JethroSpanks

                                      Haven't tried their beef yet, but we've now tried their fish and pork. We made ceviche with their Basa and it was fabulous. We've purchased pork belly there several times to make our home-smoked bacon. Eventually when we get our technique just right, I'd like to find a source for really high-end pork belly, but for now the prices at 99 Ranch can't be beat.

                                      1. re: JethroSpanks

                                        The beef tenderloin not so tender, but I have smoked the tenderloin and it came out just fine. It was fantastic for serviing a large group cheaply (~$35 for whole tenderloin).

                                        1. re: DallasDude

                                          Hm. Would a 24 hour marinade help? Or is it a low and slow only job? (I'd most likely have to roast it, but I could experiment with my new outdoor electric grill!)