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Which Neighborhood Service is the best?

Turnersinfrisco Jan 19, 2011 08:58 AM

Original, Tavern or Bar and Grill? Is there a trick to avoiding a long wait? Will arriving at 5pm be sufficient? Your help is appreciated!

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5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

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    pgwiz1 RE: Turnersinfrisco Jan 19, 2011 10:01 AM

    I can only speak for the Tavern on Henderson. Food and drinks are very good. The wait...not so much (which is disappointing, since we live so close and go there often). If you go before 7 on a weekend, you should be okay...and their "calling ahead" system is severely broken (we "called ahead" for a table at 7:30 and got seated at 9:30....what's the point?)

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      Turnersinfrisco RE: pgwiz1 Jan 19, 2011 12:14 PM

      pgwiz1, thanks for the help!

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      masnole RE: Turnersinfrisco Jan 19, 2011 01:08 PM

      Only have been to Lovers Lane and it's great place. The wait is what it is....

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        gavlist RE: Turnersinfrisco Jan 19, 2011 01:40 PM

        Tavern (sitting at the bar) > Lovers > Bar&Grill > Tavern (sitting in the dining room)

        The food is roughly equivalent at all three in my experience. Tavern has the edge for cocktails, but I find the dining room to be crowded and uncomfortable. The Bar&Grill is a bit too stodgy for my taste... and the Lovers location strikes a nice balance in between.

        I was at the tavern last Saturday at 6ish, and it was mostly empty, so I think arriving early should work well. The "calling ahead" system seems to do exactly what it intends - it puts your name on the wait list 15' earlier. It's not a reservation system... so if you call when they're slammed you'll still have a long wait.

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          pgwiz1 RE: gavlist Jan 20, 2011 02:13 PM

          That's what we'd hoped for the "calling ahead", but something was off that night, because the put someone at our table literally 5 minutes before our time, and everyone apologized the whole time we waited, because something got screwed up...

        2. loratliff RE: Turnersinfrisco Jan 21, 2011 06:17 PM

          Tavern was always my personal favorite, over the Lovers location. Haven't been to the bar & grill.

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            JonFromTJs RE: loratliff Jan 22, 2011 06:57 AM

            not just saying this because its my 'hood...but i love the preston forest location.

            -its always bumping but quieter than the other locations
            -the smoked salmon devilled eggs topped with some sort of famous smoked salmon ;)
            -the staff...from hostess on up, everyone is just so nice. not that they aren't at other locations, but particularly at preston forest.

            i get it, if you live south of NWhwy you aren't going to come up north, but its my favorite location.

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              pinotho RE: JonFromTJs Jan 22, 2011 01:33 PM

              the restaurant is at Preston Royal........ no need for anyone to go looking for it at the wrong location.

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                JonFromTJs RE: pinotho Jan 22, 2011 03:15 PM

                Sorry Preston royal typo!

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                  twinwillow RE: JonFromTJs Jan 22, 2011 09:38 PM

                  Jon, that's only 'cause you're working too hard at TJ's at Preston Forest.

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            yodbug RE: Turnersinfrisco Mar 5, 2011 05:20 PM

            Went to Preston/royal location...there were three of us...I think we ordered a mix of appetizers and entrees to share...probably 6-7 different things...disappointed in everything except the cocktails. Hubby regularly eats at lovers lane...he really likes it. I've heard the same thing from friends about PR location. Food was very bland! I know we got the deviled eggs...big disappointment. I want to like it to support the neighborhood. :(

            1. twinwillow RE: Turnersinfrisco Mar 5, 2011 07:01 PM

              My only experience is with the Henderson Avenue location which, I'm happy to say is excellent!

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                HungryHorn RE: Turnersinfrisco Mar 18, 2011 12:40 PM

                All three are great but some of the same dishes served at all three locations are actually less expensive ($1 - $2) at the Tavern location. The wait is equally long at each location

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                  William Rucker RE: Turnersinfrisco Oct 20, 2011 06:48 AM

                  The one you don't go to. The bartenders at the one on Lovers are good. Less so if you're at the Taven. Both have middling dishes which are too expensive. Houstons has better food, execution, and waitstaff.

                  Try Bolsa, Old Monk, or The Porch for a Dallas specific place with a similar style of menu.

                  Don't waste your time or money on a Neighborhood Services.

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