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Restaurants near Ritz (Dallas)

I'll be at the Ritz on McKinney Ave with a group in mid August. Fearing's sounds good but I can't afford to feed 15 people there for 3 nights! Any suggestions for something in the neighborhood (what IS the neighborhood?) for dinner for a group?

Thanks,
Stacy

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  1. Sorry! I forgot this was a statewide board. That's the Ritz on McKinney in Dallas.

    1. Uptown (or technically “LoMac” nowadays), but you'll be close to Oak Lawn and several other neighborhoods. There are a thousand places in that area, any ideas on cuisine, price, etc?

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        1. re: sike101

          If we can get in to Fearings one night, the second night can be more casual. Less than $50 a person including a drink? I am open regarding cuisine but nothing too exotic, I suppose, since I don't know the rest of the group that well.

        2. Just up from the Ritz on McKinney Avenue is S&D Oyster House. An excellent seafood restaurant that would serve your purposes well for value, atmosphere and quality food. Check it out. Also, at 3130 Lemmon Avenue (Eastbound) and Cole Avenue is, Texas Land and Cattle Company. Also, a terrific valued venue for a large group.

          1. Cremona's has good prices and decent Italian food....and I like their new location near the Quadrangle after fire destroyed the original.

            1. Coal Vines (two blocks up McKinney) has good pizza. Palomino at the Crescent is not too expensive. Jake's (further up McKinney) is a good hambuger spot. I second S&Ds.

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              1. re: primi_timpano

                S&D looks interesting but it appears that they don't do reservations and I don't want to have to wait for 45 minutes with a group of 15 on a Friday night....

                We're in at Fearings for Saturday night and I'm considering Mi Cocina for a smaller group on Thursday.

                So just one more not terribly expensive place for Friday.

                1. re: Stacys

                  Not terribly exciting but if you're looking for good downscale food, especially for lunch but dinner as well; there is a Cafe Express just a block away.

                  You'll get a ton of negative responses about Mi Cocina, I’d say ignore it. It's a good place with reasonable (but not hole in the wall) prices just a little too much of a scene for this board. If you're staying at the Ritz, it'll fit nicely. If you do change your mind about Mi Cocina, there is a Mattito's right around the corner from your hotel.

                  I’d second the Palamino at the Cresent. You could always try Pappadeaux’s for your seafood evening; it’s pretty close, good and fits the budget.

                  1. re: sike101

                    I agree about Mi Cocina. Way overpriced, poor service and mediocre food.
                    Good suggestion for Pappadeaux's seafood. Something for everyone and, I'm sure they would easily accommodate all of you. And, the Oak Lawn (one block North of Lemmon Westbound) location is actually, the best in the chain.

                    1. re: twinwillow

                      Actually, I'm one of the few around here that likes Mi Cocina. My favorite plate at Mi Cocina is the same price as my favorite plate at Herrera's and I've never had bad service there. The drinks are high, but they are good and concordant with the surrounding establishments.

              2. You might also consider, Compania on McKinney Avenue (Blackburn Ave. address)
                www.campaniapizza.com
                Really great pizza, not expensive and, enough room both inside and outside. Check about reserving because their really busy Friday nights.

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                1. re: twinwillow

                  Campania's is excellent thin crust pizza and it's Byob also.

                  Not sure if you have transportation but the McKinney Ave Trolley stops right outside the Ritz and you can ride for free up and down McKinney with no worries about parking. Here's the link: http://www.mata.org/index.shtml

                  The trolley goes the West Village, where you will find Mi Cocina, Tom Tom Asian Grill for great sushi and Beef Rendang, and Paciugo Gelato.

                  http://www.tomtomasiangrill.com/
                  http://www.paciugo.com/

                  I also really like Idle Rich along Mckinney for fish and chips and draft beer, but it turns *really* loud on wknd nights, so best to get there early

                  http://www.idlerichpub.com/

                    1. re: tiramasue

                      A trolley? Cool. I work for an association in DC and am used to being in a very walkable area for these meetings and hate to have to deal with cabs. A restaurant along the trolley would be great.

                  1. Campania is 3800 McKinney Ave. St.150. Not, Blackburn.

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                    1. re: twinwillow

                      You know, for sushi it's not tops. But damn I like Tom Tom. They have a tsaty varied menu. I like the little bar, I like the food. I gush over the nice service and just a generally a cozy date spot in West Village.

                      1. re: DallasDude

                        Dude, it might be a little too small for his large group. Unless of course, they can all sit outside.

                        1. re: twinwillow

                          Of course twinwillow, just tossing out props to a place mentioned in the thread.

                          You know what I might actually recommend for a nice sized group around the uptown area is Sambuca. Quasi-Mediteranian menu, mid range in price, full and small plate menu, entertainment and dancing nightly (calander of events and menu below). I have always had a nice time at this Sambuca location. Something for everyone. Wonderful for out-of-town guests. Accessible from trolley line (also info below on that feature of McKinney Ave.)

                          More on the trolley: You are able to actually charter out the trolley and have catered meals aboard, or they can assist a progressive dining experience for you. I have heard some awesome success stories surrounding the trolley events (the trolley operators enjoy talking about some of the livelier ones, with discression of course). The route covers a very large area from the West Village past the Crescent through to the Museum District. During regular hours the trollies are free of charge and extreme on accomodation.

                          http://www.sambucarestaurant.com/cale...
                          http://www.sambucarestaurant.com/menu...
                          http://mata.org/

                          1. re: DallasDude

                            Sambuca might be great. It looks like it's across the street from the RItz. Might be a good place for dinner Thursday - people can join us as they arrive.

                            Any idea what time the bands go on? I didn't see that on the site (of course, I could call....). We would be going more for the food (& location), less for Tiny & the Kingpins....

                            1. re: Stacys

                              Noticed a Plano Sambuca coming in August. Didn't think people in Plano could dance, but ok...

                    2. What do you think about El Fenix? The reviews I've seen have been all over the place. Location and price wise, it would fit for the Friday night dinner. Tried Mi Cocina but they don't take reservations.

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                      1. re: Stacys

                        El Fenix is one of the oldest "Tex-Mex" restaurants in Dallas. The descendant's of the founder recently sold the chain to a real estate developer but they are keeping the (original) location open.
                        If you like Tex-Mex, it should be a good venue for your group. Plenty of parking and cheap, dependably good food. I think you'd enjoy it. And, it's very close to your hotel. I say, go for it.