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Jun 3, 2010 04:36 PM

Favorite places to eat around Las Colinas?

Hi! My husband and I will be in Dallas for Wicked on Saturday. Our hotel is in Las Colinas. Any suggestions on a good place for dinner after the show? He has been out of town for the last 2 1/2 weeks and I am really looking forward to us spending time together this weekend. We love all kinds of food except sea food. Thank you so much!!!

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  1. This would be my list in no specific order.

    Royal Sweets is tops in my book off MacArthur and Valley Ranch Pkwy. It is all vegetarian Indian cuisine. They now have I believe 3 thali (sampler platter of sorts). The dosas are huge and definitely big enough for two. The Hot Kachori Chaat is a samosa (I believe) smothered in curried garbanzos (Choley). Another dish is just fried naan with curried garbanzo beans (Choley Batura). The dosa are split do the middle for me...I like curried potatoes my wife hates them so I like the Mysore Masala Dosa and she likes the Paneer Dosa with onions (Indian name slips my mind at the moment). They also have the metroplex's largest array of sweets. The snacks (nimco) are my favorite pepper (mari) plantain chips.

    When I used to live in Irving Thai Chili was the best Thai place in town....I am not sure if it is still there but it is/was in a very nice and peaceful part of Las Colinas along the canal

    If I were in teh mood for Thai I would make the special trip over to the Irving Mall area for Bangkok Orchid. Yes it is that good and it is worth the drive. I drive all the way from Lewisville (north of Dallas) to eat there. Their version of Pad Cha is the best of only two versions that I have ever seen. All the dishes though are great but order more off the Authentic Thai menu to make the meal more memorable. Ask a bunch of questions to make substitutions to a dish if you would like. The staff is very friendly.

    I have heard murmurs about the Chicago deep dish pizza place but have never been

    For a chain I really like Sweet Tomato if you like a good salad bar. They usually have at least 1 or 2 good soups also. Plus just about every week they have a bogo coupon if you sign up.

    When I was a kid my mom loved the salsa at Mercado Jaurez. The fajitas weren't bad either.

    If you are feeling really adventurous there is Namoo over off Royal Lane for Korean.

    I have never like Ali Baba's that much but it is popular for Lebanese/Medit.

    I prefer Jericho over off 183 and Esters for my Palestinian fix. The falafel really is that good. Also with a bit of a warning, such as a car ride from Las Colinas he could whip up a dish of foul maddames. The pita is not that great but the hummus is made fresh from dried garbanzos not canned..

    If you like couscous and mint tea then Kasbah Grill off Esters and Rochelle is by far the best on both. The waiter is not bad to talk to (usually the place is pretty quiet after dark). either especially if you have questions about Islam (one of the largest mosques in Dallas is next door), Morrocan food, etc. I also really liek the bastills if you can get one.

    Two big cuisine in Irving are Indian and Mexican. Taquerias and all kinds of Indian restaurants dot the city. Enjoy your time

    Royal Sweets
    219 W Airport Fwy, Irving, TX

    Thai Chili
    397 Las Colinas Blvd E, Irving, TX 75039

    7447 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75063

    Ali Baba Cafe
    1901 Abrams Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75214

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    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

      Wow! I love that you gave the links...I will be checking these out. Thank you so much for the time you put into this post!

    2. Would not recommend Mercado Jaurez as it is today. The food is not even a shadow of what it was back in pre-90's days. Indeed, warmed salsa used to be the best, as was many of their other plates - bbq ribs were outstanding. Opinion only, but too many neighboring "gentlemen's" clubs have lowered the bar on their once good food.

      That out of the way and assuming you intentionally mention a 2-1/2 wk separation from your husband, you may want to look further into Via Real - on the expensive side, but long standing restaurant with consistently high reviews.
      Mexican: 7 Salsas; Thai: Blu Ginger; Italian: Bruno's; Steak: Saltgrass (chain); breakfast: Local Diner; Casual, but outstanding wood-fired oven pizza: Cavalli's.

      Edit: I've just reread your post about "Wicked" and eating *after* the show. I believe this musical is being presented at the Music Hall in Dallas. I wonder if you are looking for restaurants specifically in Las Colinas or, more open to anywhere between Fair Park and Las Colinas. (Restaurants in Las Colinas are less likely to be open for late night dining.)

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      1. re: CocoaNut

        Thank you! Yes, CocoaNut....anywhere between Music Hall and Las Colinas would be great! I just spoke with my husband who is on his way home and he mentioned really wanting some "good" food while we are in Dallas Sat. night!
        Edit*** We are attending the 2:00pm show....and thinking of dinner on the way back to the hotel.

        1. re: bestillandknow2

          Though many of the options already offered are very good, you've now opened up many more options. Do you have a price point in mind... casual, fine dining?

          1. re: CocoaNut

            Either way. We love a good steak, but casual is right up our ally too! We won't be dressed up....just in case that matters.

        2. re: CocoaNut

          What exactly is so good about Via Real? I've never had anything there that had me thinking I -have- to come back. Seemed not much different to Mi Cocina so we take out of town coworkers there just to impress them for the atmosphere. Can't say I'm blown away by the food though.

          1. re: air

            Can't say there is any one thing although I do enjoy the spinach quesadillas and the beef tenderloin enchilada that they have. Over the many years I've been going, the quality of food and service have always been consistent and on par with their pricing. The atmosphere is casually upscale and to my liking. I have no hesitancies in recommending it to anyone, as I enjoy it. If you don't, that's ok too.

        3. I assume you are going to the 2:00 PM performance and not the 8:00 PM. If it's the 8:00 PM, there may not being many places in Las Colinas that will be open when the performance lets out.

          Why do you want to eat in Las Colinas when on your drive back from the Music Hall, you'll be passing up some of Dallas' best dining options?

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          1. re: Scagnetti

            I already asked that - see above. Appears that they are open to anything between the 2.

            1. re: CocoaNut

              -- I already asked that - see above --
              Thanks for pointing that out.

            2. re: Scagnetti

              I just put Las Colinas because that is where our hotel is, but we would love any suggestions in between!

            3. Within Dallas, here are a few selections:

              The Porch: New American
              Toulouse: French bistro style food
              Rise No 1: Excellent souffl├ęs
              Fireside Pies: Great pizza, the salads and apps are sharable
              Celebration: Home cooking, served family style
              Al Biernat's: Steak
              Pappa's Bros: Steak

              Fireside Pies
              5717 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024

              Al Biernats
              4217 Oak Lawn, Dallas, TX 75219

              1. With fall upon us, Sweet Tomatoes always has 6 - 8 hearty soups - usually at least 1 vegan and/or vegetarian. Just received notification that through the season, they are adding a chicken pot pie stew.

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                1. re: blynk

                  I will have to agree for a buffet place (which I rarely dine at) Sweet Tomato is pretty top notch and on a regular rotation in my dining.