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Jan 4, 2011 11:23 AM

Restaurants we don't hear much about but are amazing

There are certain restaurants in the DFW area that are quite good but get little play here or in the press. Certainly Salum is greatness and he fills his seats quite well. But we do not hear much about his place much. What are your gems that need more shout outs?

This isn't a project of mine, just curious.

Salum Restaurant
4152 Cole Ave Ste 103, Dallas, TX 75204

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  1. Definitely agree on Salum. It's always packed but you just never really hear anything about it.

    Slightly less amazing, but Cafe San Miguel seems to fly under the radar. Ditto about Nonna, except for on this board as of late. For years I heard nothing about it. And with everything new opening on Henderson, I think Hibiscus seems to fall under the radar at times.

    Also, Nana.

    Cafe San Miguel
    1907 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

    Salum Restaurant
    4152 Cole Ave Ste 103, Dallas, TX 75204

    1. I've always felt that Oishii never got near the attention it deserves. People rave about the sushii, which I rarely get, but their soft shell crab sea salt is excellent.

      Maybe the location is the reason this place isn't more popular but Teppo Yakitori & Sushi Bar is underrated. Funky place with very good food.

      1. In Fort Worth there is a Thai restaurant way on the west side in the, uh, adult district that is absolutely amazing!! It's called Rice n Noodle. They also serve chicken wings out of the same place. It doesn't look promising when you roll up, but it is the best Thai I've eaten in the US. And after spending several months in Thailand, I was badly in need of a fix. Lovely, friendly owner and staff and they'll happily adjust dishes according to taste or they'll make things that may not be on the menu.
        Great topic--I finally get to give a shout out to this place!! My favorite plate is the appetizer Thai beef jerky. I have never seen this on a US menu and was so happy to find it.
        It's BYOB and very clean and homey inside--you can sit and keep ordering nibbles and swilling Singha and they don't care.
        If you're in FW, give this place a go.

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        1. re: alliegator

          Looks interesting. I'll be sure to check this place out.

          1. re: alliegator

            Where exactly is it? I'd love to try it out.

            1. re: Barbara76137

              Sorry-I haven't checked this topic in quite a while. Here is the website with the address:

              1. re: alliegator

                thanks! I see they have two locations. The N. Beach one would be more convenient for me, but I'm curious if it is the same quality as the Camp Bowie restaurant. I guess I could try Camp Bowie since it isn't too far out of the way from my horses. I assume it is pretty casual so I could show up in jeans and boots.

                1. re: Barbara76137

                  I can't speak for the other location--haven't been there. But I've turned up at the Bowie branch in a tracksuit more than once and fit in just fine! No pretense there, just food :)

          2. I'm not sure it's amazing - but I'll say it's quite good. Maximo.

            My husband and I went expecting nothing special and were very impressed. Excellent margaritas. I really enjoyed the made to order ceviche and Gazpacho with crabmeat. The dessert churros were made fresh. Good stuff...

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            1. re: Webra1

              I've been meaning to get down to try this out. Glad to hear that it's worthwhile, especially the margaritas.

              1. re: luniz

                Get the margarita with raw jalapenos. Definitely our favorite of the night.

            2. Never had a bad bite at Craft. Still, it seems to get unfairly maligned on this board because, I think, it is a "chain."

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              1. re: bhoward

                Maybe because it's in Victory Park. That reminds me of two more around there - Neo Pizza Napoletana and Kenichi.

                In our experience, Neo is better than the original Olivella's. The crusts are consistently cooked correctly and the parking is much easier.

                Kenichi has a saké sommelier which alone makes it worthwhile to try. We have also had great Omakase at the sushi bar. They have the best Mackerel (saba) sushi in town.