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I'll be in Dallas early in November for a conference, specifically in Richardson. What are some notable places in the area? Closer to Richardson would be good, but if there's a really good place that's a ways off I'm willing to face a long drive. Good food obviously has priority, but if there's a place with an awesome atmosphere and only so/so food (or worse*) I'd be up for that too.

I'd like to have some good BBQ once, just to see how you guys do Q down there, but other than that I've got no preferences for styles of food.

* example: Casa Bonita in Denver is someplace everybody should go to once just to see the spectacle, but the food was forgettable.

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  1. Taqueria El Fuego is one of my favorite restaurants and it is in Richardson. Pretty much everything on the menu from the tacos to the huitlacoche is good, and try to go to the saturday buffet if you can.

    Richardson has so much good ethnic food that I don't even know where to begin, unless there are cuisines that you are averse to. If you could be a little more specific we could help you out better.

    Russo's Coal Fired Pizza serves up some pretty good pizzas, zha jiang mein and other soup dishes at King's Noodle are top notch, Nam Hua is an excellent Vietnamese restaurant in Saigon Mall, Afrah for Middle Eastern - this is where I go for chicken shwarmas, both Masami and Sushi Sake are good for Japanese depending on your budget. This is all just off the top of my head and skimming the surface, like I'd said, there are plenty of other good spots to hit.

    Also hate to say it but Texas style BBQ won't be anything spectacular around here. You could hit Sonny Bryan's and Spring Creek, but they are both just mediocre. Haha, at least we have First Chinese BBQ or Golden Joy BBQ, but they are totally not what you are looking for. Regardless, both have menus full of authentic Chinese dishes. Golden Joy is a noteworthy new place as their pork BBQ blows FCB;s away and their menu shows plenty of potential.

    Here's another thread with more recs:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/532832

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    1. re: air

      Air and my previous post covered most of the highlights.

      Air and I dined at Golden Joy BBQ on the NEC of Plano Rd and Belt Linerecently . They are great for the Chinese style BBQ. The BBQ and Roast Pork were excellent but sad to say that First Chinese BBQ (Belt Line and Greenville) still beats them on BBQ duck. We had a sample plate of 3 meats and 1 dish of Salt & Pepper Pork Chop and we were stuffed. Portion sizes were very large (as Air is a very large eater).

      I would highly recommend the dim sum at Kirin Court (Polk @ 75/Central) on the weekends.

      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

        Second First Chinese and Kirin Court. I seem to be a fanboy of Kirin these days. They are open for dim sum daily 11 to 3. Larger selections Saturday, even larger Sunday. get there early on weekends, or late, for a seat.

      2. re: air

        rather than one of the chains, if you want BBQ near Richardson I'd probably try Kelly's Eastside in downtown Plano...the BBQ is hit or miss and it's nothing particularly special, but it can be pretty decent sometimes & you can get a ribs & brisket combo plate which can be ok.

        1. re: luniz

          I think they also do all you can eat ribs on monday nights, right?

          1. re: air

            yes they do, beef & pork are all you can eat on Mondays.