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Where would you take a food personality when visiting Dallas?

Good friend of mine, who is a reasonably well-known food personality, will be in Dallas for 24 hours. We're taking him out to dinner, and we're in charge of picking the spot. He's really into the farm-to-table movement as well as sampling indigenous fare. I want to show him Dallas' sophisticated, urbane side. Price is not an object, he may not want to get dressed up though. This dinner is not for his job at all, but I want to make sure that one of his rare "dinners off" is a great one. Where would you take him?

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  1. Bolsa, Fearing's or York St.

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    Bolsa
    614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

    1. I would take him to Lonesome Dove Bistro in Ft. Worth. Chef Love is doing great things there. Fearings would be my choice next.

      Lonesome Dove Western Bistro @ 2406 North Main St., Ft. Worth, TX 817 - 740 - 8810.
      http://www.lonesomedovebistro.com/

      1. I will hesitatingly suggest Potager, and truly hope that someone else comes behind with glowing recs for it. I've eaten there 3 times - twice with great satisfaction, the third time, great disappointment. I will say that the 3rd time was during dinner service and we were there when the doors opened - so perhaps they were quite ready??? hopefully that is the reason. Potager is a most unique food experience with open pricing (you pay what you feel is the value), participating in the Slow food, farm to table philosophy. Other review sites continue with nothing but happy reviews. Short of them having a "bad day", I believe this would be a great dinner adventure for your friend - even if not dished up by a sophisticated, celebrity chef.

        You may see a sample of their menu and "who they are" at:
        www.potagercafe.com/

        For hours and add'l info, see the top of their home page.

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        Potager Cafe
        315 S Mesquite St, Arlington, TX 76010

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        1. re: CocoaNut

          Would also agree for Potager being a really unique experience for Dallas. Have been there 5 times and found nothing to complain about on any of those visits.

          If it has to be more urbane, go to Bolsa.

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          Potager Cafe
          315 S Mesquite St, Arlington, TX 76010

        2. Local would be much higher on my list than Potager, based on my experiences at both ... I also wouldn't call Potager 'sophisticated and urbane' ... not that there's anything wrong with places that aren't!

          http://www.localdallas.com/welcome.html

          Also, the Mozzarella Company is right next door ... I'm sure Paula would be happy to give you a tour and tasting.

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          Potager Cafe
          315 S Mesquite St, Arlington, TX 76010

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          1. re: foiegras

            And Potager is BYOB which may be a plus or a minus for the original poster.

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            Potager Cafe
            315 S Mesquite St, Arlington, TX 76010

          2. Given your criteria, York Street. Chef Hage focuses on local, organic ingredients. Her food is sophisticated and urbane, not flashy or pretentious. It is a small, neighborhood venue. Local would be my next choice.

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            1. re: Dallas Alice

              I concur. York Street is arguably, Dallas' most "chef driven" restaurant.