Visiting Dallas From NYC For 3 Days - What should I not miss?
I'm visiting from NYC so am less inclined to explore the fine dining scene, but rather some of the more neighborhood / cutting-edge DFW restaurants. That said, I'm booked at Fearing's but don't plan to do any more fine dining / corporate / hotel type places. I've read that York Street, Stephan Pyles and Lonesome Dove are worth a try. I'd also like to include some of the places that local DFW residents frequent. Specifically, Mexican, Tex-Mex, BBQ and any other ethnic foods that are well-represented in the area. If there's a standout steakhouse I'd be open to that as well.
As an aside, I'm staying at the Gaylord Hotel but will have a car and would prefer to venture outside of the grounds for dining. Thanks very much in advance for your suggestions.
1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201
Obviously a few searches for the cuisines you listed will get you the best results but here are my suggestions based on the time I lived in NY and what, from my experience, is significantly better down here.
Mexican not tacos: Cuquitas, Taqueria Pedrito
Tacos: search the boards, too many to recommend
Tex-Mex: Gonzalez's, Pappasitos, Mia's
Cajun: Big Easy
Vietnamese: Pho Pasteur, La Me, Bistro B
Southern food: Hatties, Babe's
Taiwanese: Umeko, May's Ice Cream, Kings Noodle
All of the above suggestions are, in my opinion, better than their counterpart in NYC.
May's Ice Cream
400 N Greenville Ave Ste 15, Richardson, TX 75081
8251 N Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX 75063
9780 Walnut St, Dallas, TX 75243
1915 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75075
321 E Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75203
Fearing's is a good place to start.
Then, try some of our true Mexican taco joints. Some of my personal (non-gringo) favorites: (you won't get this in NYC)
El Tizoncito in Oak Cliff. Clean and bright. Incredible tacos al pastor carved from the roasting tower of pork. Check their website for details.
Restaurant Gonzalez in Oak Cliff. Family oriented. Incredible pork stew and fresh handmade flour tortillas like mama (only wished she) made. Important: Be sure to ask for the SALSA FRESCA with your chips. They won't bring it unless you ask for it. otherwise, you get gringo salsa. Check their website.
And also, El Si Hay in Oak Cliff. Free standing walk up true Mexican street tacos.
As a matter of fact, just stay in Oak Cliff and visit Hattie's in Bishop's Arts for true (low country) Southern food. The shrimp 'n grits are a must!!! Check their website.
Also: Smoke. Also in Oak Cliff at the Belmont hotel.
Bolsa. Same owners as Smoke.
Arguably, the very best Tex-Mex in Dallas: Casa Milagro on Campbell at Plano Road in Richardson. Clean, comfortable, great food and service. Fabulous Margaritas. Check their website.
Another great taqueria around the corner from Casa Milagro is Taqueria El Fuego. Lunch only. Hand made corn tortillas made while you watch. Check their website.
Very hot now: Neighborhood Services. Two locations. One on W. Lovers Lane and the newest one on Henderson Avenue.
Again, check the websites.
Eat, drink and have a great time!
5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX
614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX
1891 N Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 75081
1403 E Campbell Rd Ste 110, Richardson, TX 75081
And one more thing. Do not eat BBQ in Dallas! Except at, Smoke. Despite what others recommend.
However, although I've never been to Meshacks, a lot of people here say very good things about it. However, I believe it's take out only.
If you MUST have BBQ, go to Baker's Ribs (Greenville Ave. location only!) Their pork ribs are terrific. If you want brisket, ask them to cut from the fatty end, only! You won't regret it. Blah, sides.
Their pulled pork is very good, too.
I think the Vietnamese in Dallas was better than what I had in NYC. I'd pick Pho Bang, Pho Bac, or Nam Hua.
BBQ: On a good day some places can shine but overall it's not so great in DFW (which might still be better than NYC). I'll throwout Meshack's, Big Al's, Railhead, Angelo's as places I've had good BBQ.
For Mexican I eat at El Fuego or El Torito.
Pho Bang Restaurant
3565 W Walnut St Ste A, Garland, TX 75042
Pho Bac Restaurant
153 N Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 75081
1891 N Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 75081
Fearings is a great place to start! They also have a wonderful brunch.
Gourmet Mexican food in Dallas: Javier's. The steak filled with cheese is mouth watering, I forgot what it is actually called.
BBQ in Fort Worth: Railhead.
My favorite steak in DFW is Del Friscos in Fort Worth. I have been to Del Friscos in NYC, Houston, Dallas and this one is by far the best. Eddie V's in Fort Worth has a comparable seak.
Lonesome Dove is incredible. Tim Love also has a fun burger place in FW called the Love Shack.
You could swing by the Farmer's Market and check out the Pecan Lodge or whatever that has BBQ and some other Texas-y stuff. Not sure if it's all that exciting, but if you have a lot of time then it's kind of two birds with one stone. I'd try some Mexican at either Nuevo Leon in Farmer's Branch, El Ranchito in Oak Cliff, or Cafe San Miguel on Henderson. Other people like Gonzalez, I haven't been there. demigodh's suggestions are all pretty good imo.
Cafe San Miguel
1907 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
El Ranchito Restaurant
502 N Scott Ave, Keller, TX 76248