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Moving to Dallas - Need Some Help!

Hi - I'm taking a new job in Dallas area and will be moving the family there over next two months or so.

My wife and I will be in town this weekend to begin house-hunting. She's never been to Dallas other than in/out of the airport or perhaps as a kid.

We're going to be crazy busy this weekend so I'm not looking for "best meal in Dallas" type of recs (I've been to a few of those places via work...) - we just don't have the time to do that justice.

Rather - what are some cool spots (not too pricey) where we can kick back each night, have a good glass of wine or two, good food (we love all cuisines), cool social scene and perhaps get a nice feel for the area?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. Are you focusing on a particular part/side of town?

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    1. re: CocoaNut

      To live? Yes, Northern part.

      For this weekend, want her to see the city moreso than the 'burbs...

    2. these are all over town - which might be good because they can give you a sense of different areas in Dallas. If you like beer, definitely check out The Meddlesome Moth (in the design district) - outstanding beer selection and an interesting menu. I think that Neighborhood Services Tavern (on Henderson) could be good for you as well. Eno's or Bolsa in the Bishop Arts district are also good. Samar (downtown) would also be a great choice.

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      Neighborhood Services
      5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

      Bolsa
      614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

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      1. re: gavlist

        Samar looks great. Thanks. Tried to get into there a few months ago with my ad agency for dinner, fully booked.

        How hard would it be for two people to just pop into place, say after 9pm and grab a spot at bar or table in bar? Do we need reservations?

        1. re: masnole

          It should be easy - they may have changed policies recently (I haven't been to Samar in a while now) but I thought that they didn't take reservations, unless you had a largish party. I've never made reservations there, but at peak hours I have occasionally had to wait for an hour or so with a drink at the bar (standing). I think your plan would be fine, but you could always call in advance and see how they're doing.

          if you can, definitely try to get a seat at the Chef's counter (or whatever they call it). Lots of fun to watch them cook, chat with the chefs (if they're not too busy) etc.

        2. re: gavlist

          gavlist, the Neighborhood Services places talks about "Hot Birds"...what is it? I didn't see a discription on the website, tho it must be good, since they take the time to point it out....

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          Neighborhood Services
          5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

          1. re: pgwiz1

            Only the original Neighborhood Services does the hot birds to go. From what I hear, it's a roast chicken, and a bunch of sides, bread, and salad. I haven't tried it, but Nancy Nichols did, and seemed to enjoy it:

            http://sidedish.dmagazine.com/2009/08...

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            Neighborhood Services
            5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

            1. re: gavlist

              Their website only lists the location on Lovers. I see you said there is one on henderson...where exactly on henderson?

              1. re: pgwiz1

                "Neighborhood Services Tavern" is on Henderson - it's located in the space formerly occupied by Soley! and sandwiched between Capitol Pub and the new J. Blacks. It's a different menu, but stylistically similar to the original location albeit a bit more casual. Also notable is the cocktail menu, which has some really good/interesting drinks. There's a third location (I think "Grill") slated to open at Preston/Royal sometime next month.

        3. All the above suggestions are very good! Especially, Samar. You shouldn't have any problems getting a table after 9:00PM. But, I like sitting at the 'chefs bar'.
          Neighborhood Services on Henderson is terrific, too.

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          Neighborhood Services
          5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

          1. Urbano cafe behind Jimmy's is very good and BYOB. However, the owner can get pushy and try to get you in and out. Samar is O.K. after 9 p.m. Adelmo's on Cole is very good, relaxed. Apparently they have a new Chef. Great wine list and nightly specials.

            1. Thanks Everyone for your suggestions!!! I've never been steered wrong on this site.

              Friday night we went to Neighborhood Services. Great Pick!! We started with the flatbread, wife had the Pheasant, I had the Pasta with Seafood. Outstanding.

              Saturday night we went to SAMAR. Sat at the Tandoori bar to watch the chefs cook. Stephen Pyle was behind the bar, we talked to him a bit. Nice Man. Food was again OUTSTANDING. Hard to pick favorite dish, but if pressed I think the Potatoes & Chorizo with the Foi Gras and egg was mine. Wife and I have already agreed we're coming back and are going to take our kids (10, 13).

              In the meantime, I arranged for temporary housing in Plano at the Shops at Legacy development. Walked that area a bit.....not bad for a couple of months as we look to buy a house.

              Wife had never been to a Central Market, took her to the one in Plano, she loved it.

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              Neighborhood Services
              5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

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              1. re: masnole

                Should be a great place to stay--enjoy it!

                Central Market is my regular grocery store, and I hate to think about ever leaving it behind. The cheese department alone is almost worth planning your life around ;) Be sure to check out the Miles of Chocolate in the bakery.

                1. re: foiegras

                  >>> Be sure to check out the Miles of Chocolate in the bakery.

                  Are you referring to the FW CM location? I was over that way several months ago and saw a VERY LARGE banner referencing "Miles Of Chocolate". The parking lot was insanely crowded so I didn't go in. I thought it was a special event, but maybe not?? The Southlake location doesn't have anything special, specific to chocolate, so wonder if MoC is unique to FW?

                  1. re: CocoaNut

                    Miles of Chocolate is a refrigerated, almost flourless brownie. Very rich ... just a bite or two will give you a fix on an average day. If it's been a very bad day, you may need a couple more. I am partial to a piece from the middle with no crust, and if I'm feeling patient, have it cut for me that way. It is to die for.

                    I do buy it at the FW location, but I'd be surprised if it were exclusive ...