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Aug 23, 2010 08:19 AM

New to Dallas have a question about area near the Fairgrounds/SuperPages


So - Are there any good or worthwhile places to eat down in that area?

Taking my daughter (a young foodie too) to a concert this week down there.

Thought it'd be nice if we could grab a decent meal before the show.


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  1. IMO, no, it's quite dodgy on that side of Fair Park.

    Not too far away is Elaine's Kitchen though, with some authentic Caribbean fare. It's pretty much a take out joint though.

    I'm sure there are some good taquerias over on the east side of Fair Park, others could probably suggest.

    Lee Harvey's in the Cedars has good grub and you can sit outside.

    Deep Ellum isn't that far away either and there are some good places to eat there.

    Lee Harvey's
    1807 Gould St, Dallas, TX 75215

    Elaine's Kitchen
    1912 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215

    1. You will be close to Deep Ellum. I would always be thankful for a trip to Allgood Cafe. Best for a young daughter since it is not a bar. Many of the good restaurants in Deep Ellum are bars. More upscale rendering, Green Room just reopened its doors after many years of haitus.

      Pictured: Allgood chicken fried steak (pounded tenderloin)

      Allgood Cafe
      2934 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

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      1. re: DallasDude

        Ack.. Meant to post this photo of Allgood cfs...

        Allgood Cafe
        2934 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

      2. Just north of I-30 is Kalachandji's which would be an interesting experience as a foodie.

        1. About 2 blocks from the Exposition entrance to the Fairgrounds, you'll find one of the tastiest, authentic Taqueria's (consummate hole in the wall) in Dallas, Luna's Cocina.

          Their breakfast tacos, stuffed into their delicious, slightly greasy home made flour and corn tortillas are pretty heavenly.

          The egg is not overcooked, as it tends to be at non-gringo taquerias (As a West Dallas native, my family lived off of the homemade Bean, Bacon and Egg breakfast tacos from Don Pepe's in West Dallas (another favorite for beef enchiladas, menudo and homemade flour tortillas-yes, there's a trend. I like my flour tortillas fresh, and good grief can this Latina nose of mine sniff out an impostor!), and various other Mom and Pop locales throughout WD and Oak Cliff. Asking for soft scrambled eggs was always included in the ordering vernacular), the bacon strikes a nice crunchy, chewy balance, and the beans are creamy, yet not drowning in the ubiquitous Taqueria pool of lard.

          They also have brisket tacos that my coworkers say rival Mia's and silky barbacoa tacos that are usually inhaled in seconds. We're a ravenous bunch!

          I can't vouch for them, however, as I've yet to deviate from my BBE breakfast taco. Dang it, if these delicious and cheap (1.25) tacos, aren't my kryptonite!

          Which is why I'd also highly recommend Kalachandji's. My office visits every Tue and Fri, hoping to nutritionally reconcile our 2 or 3 (or 4:>) breakfast taco fueled days. (Deluded, I know:>)

          1. I've been hearing good things about Pizza Lounge on Expo. I haven't made it there though. I like the potabello fries at Meridian Room. It is a bit of a hipster bar, but the food is pretty good.

            Meridian Room
            3611 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75226

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            1. re: simply_victoria

              Meridian Room definitely has decent food - and an incredible bargain on Wednesday nights, when everything is 1/2 price.

              Meridian Room
              3611 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75226