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One nice dinner in south Dallas? For my birthday :-)

Beckyleach Nov 20, 2009 08:50 PM

We're visiting my husband's family for Thanksgiving, in the Desoto/Cedar Hill area this coming week. I don't particularly even *like* traditional Thanksgiving foods, and so my family wants to make it up to me for missing my birthday (travel time) by taking us out for something really authentic and adventuresome the next evening.

We're die-hard foodies in this family, BUT my mother's entire family was from Texas, as well... and I've had my fill of BBQ and Tex-Mex.

We also are modest like country mice from Iowa, and so our idea of an expensive meal runs no more than about $20-25 per person (not counting drinks).

I see a lot of interesting recommendations for Japanese, etc., in NORTH Dallas, but we will be bringing my aged m-i-l, and she probably can't handle a long car trip. I'm interested in Japanese, French bistro, Spanish, Afghan....? We have very good and authentic Vietnamese and Mexican in our home state, so we're probably not looking that direction.

Oh! I just realized I've never eaten at a good *northern* Italian style restaurant, either.

But I'm open to suggestions of all kinds. :-)


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    Beckyleach RE: Beckyleach Nov 20, 2009 08:51 PM

    "modest country mice," that is...don't know how that "like" slipped in there! :-O

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      Beckyleach RE: Beckyleach Nov 20, 2009 08:52 PM

      And Cajun might make us happy, too.

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        dfwtexex RE: Beckyleach Nov 23, 2009 05:56 AM

        Becky, there is a thread on this board about restaurants in Bishop Arts. That area will be a short car ride from Desoto/Cedar Hill. You'll see lots of places mentioned and all are in your budget (although any of them could have a special entree,there are plenty of choices below $20). Check out the menus online, but, in a nutshell: Hatties, Bolsa, Kavala, Tillman's Roadhouse, Cafe Madrid (Tapas), Enos Pizzeria, Zen Suhi, are all excellent choices. The one italian restaurant in Bishop Arts (Vittos) has ok pizza, but is otherwise not any place I would reccomend. Kavala (Mediterranean), Cafe Madrid (Spanish Tapas) both meet the non-traditional element of your post, but really all those places would be fun and walking around Bishop Arts is a good adventure.

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          air RE: dfwtexex Nov 23, 2009 12:53 PM

          Agreed on Bishop Arts, it's not far from Desoto/Cedar Hill and a lot of the restaurants there won't break the bank. There's a real broad selection so that just leaves it up to the OP to decide what cuisine you're in the mood for. If I were to narrow it down to, say 3 choices, I'd say Bolsa, Hatties, and Tillman's.

          For Japanese, you can head downtown to the One Arts Plaza and go to Tei An.

        2. Carrollton Foodie RE: Beckyleach Nov 24, 2009 10:00 PM

          If you like Mexican food and seafood, you might want to consider La Calle Doce, also in Oak Cliff. For a reasonably priced restaurant it's very lovely and romantic. http://www.lacalledoce-dallas.com/

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