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May 5, 2010 09:51 AM

Lunch around Stemmons and NW highway?

I know this is Mecca of the chain restaurants but anything interesting around here? ...come to think of it I may have answered my own question...Mecca. I am open to other suggestions though.

Stemmons Cafe
7800 N Stemmons Fwy Ste 160, Dallas, TX 75247

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    1. Namoo, Chosun Kalbi and Korea House are all around 35 and Royal would be great choices for Korean.

      On occasion I like El Paisa on either Harry Hines @ NW Hwy or Walnut Hill @ Shady Trail

      There are quite a few taquerias over around Bachman Lake which isn't too far. Tipicos and El Pollo Regio are both solid choices.

      I wouldn't stick around that intersection for eats, all of them are chains. Pappadeauxs might be the best option of them all if Pappa Bros Steakhouse isn't open.

      If you are looking for budget I would give Chosun Kalbi Korean a try. Believe it or not the hamburger steak (Myeong Dong Ham Bak Steak) for lunch comes with enough food for two and is reasonable at $10. I believe you also get banchan/panchan with lunch but a select few (around 5-8). If I remember correctly the marinated grilled beef (So Bulgogi) or the marinated grilled pork (Dweji Bulgogi) were both good on a lunch visit.

      Chosun Kalbi Restaurant
      2560 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75229

      3118 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75220

      El Paisa
      10091 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75220

      9 Replies
      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

        Above I meant to say Seoul Garden not Korea House

        Seoul Garden
        2502 Royal Ln Ste 103, Dallas, TX 75229

        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

          I'd agree with heading to K-town and seeking out Korean. If it has to be near NW Highway, head east and there are also some recent posts on Dallasfood talking about good Mexican/Tex-Mex places to hit along Bachman Lake, Tipico's being one of many.

          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

            What do you order at Tipicos?

            I've been to El Pollo Regio a dozen times for takeout and I'm always tempted to go next door to Tipicos but I don't want to be the mumbling, stumbling gringo who has no idea what to order.

            3118 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75220

            1. re: Scagnetti

              The menu's pretty simple (which makes sense for a place named Tipico's), you'll see enchilada, quesadilla, fajita, gordita, tostada, burrito or other Tex-Mex plates. All around good, but for me the crowning highlight of the place is the super smooth refried beans, that are packed full of flavor thanks to some bacon grease, mmmm.

              3118 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75220

              1. re: air

                Thanks for the help.

                I'll assume they do takeout.

              2. re: Scagnetti


                Actually I order one simple thing cheese enchiladas $5.95 everyday and made with real cheese not processed American. The sauce is acutally a chile gravy without any meat in the sauce. It is also not rancera sauce which is terrible. The beans air is referring to are flor de mayo refried beans prepared the same way others are except these are blended smooth and come hot out of the salamader with a fresh bubbling sheen of bacon grease on top.

                I have had pretty good guisos there both verde and rojo. They do have some offal (sesos - brain) tacos.

                The place is actually not as daunting as say Rodriguez Grill around the corner on NW Hwy and Webb Chapel (across from the old Goldfingers Greek place). I went in a few times the food was okay but apparantly they are the hot spot for a Friday night live drag show. The Bachman Lake area is know for the mayates.


                Still Tipicos is not as daunting as Taqueria Tierra Caliente (which oddly enough has a small rodeo in the back which backs up to Stratos). I dined with a few surly looking characters at Tierra Caliente and have not been back since.

                Both of those restaurants it is mandatory Spanish speaking.

                Tipicos is rather safe and you can get your meal to go.

                3118 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75220

                2907 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75220

                Tierra Caliente
                4911 Main St, The Colony, TX 75056

                1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                  I live but 10 minutes from that area so I'm always looking for new places.


                  1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                    OK - I google searched mayates and reviewed a number of returns. Most all (literal and urban) translations equate to dung beetle or derogatory likeness to a dark-skinned person.

                    Somehow, I don't believe your intended use was the literal, dung beetle - ha! I know you enjoy using descriptors in the vernacular, but in this case, I'm not quite understanding. I think we all know that the Bachman area is largely Mexican, so are you saying it's becoming the new Cedar Springs or that it's becoming thuggish?

                    1. re: CocoaNut

                      Read the linked Observer story above from 2005. I did not use mayates as a deragatory term, the Observer quoted that from several sources in the story.

              3. Pollo Regio, where the jets cross NW Highway as they fly into Love Field. Freakishly good grilled chicken and carne asado tacos.

                1. I had lunch at Pollo Campero today. Although their fried chicken is terrific, I had a half grilled (very tasty) chicken with fried plantains and Campero beans (beans with everything but the kitchen sink). All the condiments are delicious and plentiful. With a large iced tea my bill was under $9.00.

                  Pollo Campero
                  3434 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, TX 75211

                  1. When I worked over there some years ago, I liked Las Brisas on Harry Hines. They served Dr Pepper in bottles (the old tall ones), which absolutely charmed me. Looks like it's still open ...