Vegetarian Inquiry (Tempeh Restaurant?) & Carnivore Suggestion (Best Dallas Burger)
Vegetarian Inquiry - Does anyone know of a restaurant in the Dallas area that regularly serves tempeh, aside from Spiral Diner? In particular (but not as a limitation to any restaurant that offers other tempeh dishes), I am looking for something along the lines of what Dream Cafe used to offer, before they eliminated tempeh from their menu, and along the lines of what Mother's Cafe in Austin still does: an Asian stir-fry that combines tofu and tempeh along with a blend of high-quality vegetables.
Carnivore Suggestion - "Burger Bueno" opened last year on the northwest corner of Coit Road and LBJ Freeway (same strip as Quizno's, fronting Coit), and we just had an opportunity to try it last week. If you are of the thick-patty school of how hamburgers should be made, and especially if you like sweet potato fries, BB should not be missed!
The hamburger, a monster of a hand-made patty weighing in at a miimum of 8 oz., was flame-cooked to order, perfectly seasoned, and placed on a large fresh Mrs. Baird's bun along with all of the accoutrements needed to properly dress a burger. We had ours with sauteed mushrooms and swiss cheese added. It was simply the best burger that I've had in Dallas - and believe me, I've had burgers at pretty much every place in town, having tracked "best burger" lists for years, such as the ones in D Magazine and Texas Monthly, as well as the one under a separate CH thread.
Moreover, as someone who is always scouting for good sweet potato fries, these were perfect: freshly fried, extraordinarily crisp but not burnt, not greasy in the least, cut in a way that suggested they were not from the same frozen batches that most places around Dallas serve, and personally seasoned to your taste (or without any seasoning at all, which is what we did).
The only two possible draw backs to Burger Bueno were the atmosphere (somewhat uncomfortable with only tall table s and limited counter space) and that they don't serve ice cream based drinks, but I have found that a number of the better burger places are either remarkable for there atmosphere (or lack thereof) and/or not serving shakes and malts: see, e.g., Wingfield's, the former Rose's, Beckley BrewHouse, and the Grape.