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unclepat Oct 11, 2010 01:01 PM

Hey guys, my parents would like to take me out to dinner this Thursday, and I was looking for some suggestions to eat at.
Serving roughly 6 people so Id like for the price to be fair, no more than $12 an entree.
The place could be adventurous but friendly toward younger palette since my younger brother and sister will be coming, 12&14 y/o.
We arent picky eaters by any means, ethnicity is a plus.
Location would be most ideal in the Garland / Plano / Richardson area.
Mainly I just want to have a good meal thats a bit out of the ordinary, but not too foreign to fit their needs. Nothing fancy, I prefer good food over the fluff and decor.
Last year I took them to a Vietnamese place which got mixed reviews, but overall positive.
Thanks in advance guys.

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    pinotho RE: unclepat Oct 11, 2010 08:43 PM

    Noodle Wave, a Thai restaurant on the border between Dallas and Richardson.

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    Noodle Wave
    1490 W Spring Valley Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

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      luniz RE: unclepat Oct 12, 2010 01:06 PM

      Saigon Block (the whole fish seems popular, I haven't had it), Jasmine Thai (get the fried water spinach!), Masami if you're into sushi, La Me (lots of discussion of it here).

      1. amokscience RE: unclepat Oct 12, 2010 01:48 PM

        Plenty of Chinese places where you can get as adventurous as you would like. I've enjoyed Umeko, Kirin Court, and First Chinese BBQ (cash only) in those areas.

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        First Chinese BBQ
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        Kirin Court Restaurant
        221 W Polk St, Richardson, TX 75081

        1. LewisvilleHounder RE: unclepat Oct 12, 2010 04:08 PM

          I would probably go with Royal Sichuan I have attached the menu in the pictures. I would start with three items off the cold plates, the greens of the day, the chili bamboo shoots, and the spiced chicken gizzards (the gaminess is removed). You could get 3 plates of those so everyone can have a good bit those are $6 for 3 options. I would start off the menu items with 3 of either the Spicy Cold Noodle (if it happens to be hot outside) or the Szechuan Flavor Noodle (A5 or A6 - $4.95). Basically these dishes could be a full meal as they are filling in of themselves paired with the cold plates. A safe dish would be the Chongquin Deep Fried Chicken with Roasted Chili (C22 - $9.95). The Smoked Tea Duck Szechuan Style is always a hit with large crowds I would say one plate for 6 (C3 – $10.95). I really enjoy the Sichuan Boiled Fish and I am not sure which version it is on their menu; Steamed Fish in Soft Tofu Pot (E5 – $10.95) or Sliced Fish in Fiery Sauce (F6 - $10.95). If you have tofu lovers the Stir Fired Tofu in Hot Sauce would be a good dish aka MaPo Tofu (P1 – $7.95). If you need some veggies Braised Eggplant with Garlic (Q9 - $7.95), the Dry Fried String Bean (Q10 - $7.95), or Three Kinds of Edible Fungi (Mushrooms) Served on a Sizzling Plate (J7 – $11.95). This should get you a great memorable meal and come in roughly on budget at $74.
          $18 for the Cold plates
          $15 for the Szechuan Flavor Noodles
          $10 for the Chongquin Fried Chicken
          $11 for the Tea Smoked Duck
          $8 for a Veggie
          $12 for the Fish

           
           
           
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            gavlist RE: LewisvilleHounder Oct 13, 2010 09:51 AM

            I agree about the Dry fried beans, and the tea-smoked duck, and the sliced fish in fiery sauce (that's what's typically called water-boiled fish). All delicious. I thought the Ma Po Tofu was ok, and the mushrooms were a bit bland for my taste. Haven't tried the other stuff.

            Savory Hot Shrimp is also outstanding - I get it pretty much every time I eat there. It's fried shrimp - typically they're beautifully fried, light and very crisp - tossed in a wok with chilies, onions, scallions and peanuts. The peanuts might be the best part - I could eat a bowl of just those stir fried in the chili oil. Ask for it extra hot.

          2. air RE: unclepat Oct 12, 2010 08:50 PM

            Betchee's Brazil would be interesting but you'd have to stretch the budget a little bit. I like their rodizio more than the pricier places you typically hear about (Fogo, Texas De Brazil etc).

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