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mommystar Jan 27, 2011 03:54 PM

Everybody thinks we are going out of town for a week, but we're really staying home. My sweet husband said he would take me out for breakfast and dinner every day that week. If you were a tourist in Dallas, where would you go? I'm a darn good cook and we are open to anything. Thanks for any suggestions!

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    mrs.brownie Jan 28, 2011 09:19 AM

    That's so fun! Like your own personal Resturant Week. It might help to say what area of town you are near.

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      mommystar Jan 28, 2011 11:59 AM

      Opps, sorry. We're in Preston Hollow.

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        strong95 Feb 1, 2011 08:15 AM

        Since no one has replied, I will give it a go. You will need a mix of types of food, a mix of area of town, and a mix of high- and low-end.

        Breakfast possibilities:
        Crossroads Diner
        La Duni
        Good 2 Go Tacos
        Fearing's
        Legal Grounds
        Kozy Kitchen

        Dinner:
        Neighborhood Services
        Italian, either Lucia or Nonna
        Something in Oak Cliff - Bolsa, Hattie's, Smoke
        Asian, you pick; lots of experts on this board
        Mex or Tex-Mex, you pick
        Burgers or Pizza, you pick
        At least one high-end place, somewhere that you have not been before; Mansion, Samar, Fearing's, Abacus, Bijoux

        You could also pick one day or night to go to Fort Worth -- Bonnell's, Lanny's, Lonesome Dove, Brownstone, Nonna Tata

        I am happy for the resident experts to fill in my gaps. Hope you have fun and don't gain too much weight!

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        Neighborhood Services
        5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

        Bolsa
        614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

        La Duni Cafe
        4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

        Nonna Tata
        1400 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

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          pgwiz1 Feb 2, 2011 12:35 PM

          Rise in highland park (lunch or a more casual dinner). For nicer dinner places: Nana, Abacus, or 560.
          I second Neighborhood Services.
          For breakfast, if you're looking for some non-conventional breakfast options, I'd say try dim sum or something, if that's your cup of tea.

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          Neighborhood Services
          5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

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        luniz Feb 1, 2011 09:20 AM

        Places that I'd want to go (mostly because I haven't been or want to go back) are La Duni & Oddfellows for breakfast, Wingfield's for a burger, Nonna, Maximo, Ozona, Smoke, Tillman's and Bolsa for dinner.

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        Bolsa
        614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

        La Duni Cafe
        4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

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          gavlist Feb 1, 2011 11:24 AM

          regarding Oddfellows - I may have mentioned this to you, but I want to be clear. Coffee is good to excellent. Pancakes are fantastic (although I've only tried the buttermilk). The rest is so so - decent enough breakfast food, but I haven't had anything else that blows me away.

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          mommystar Feb 3, 2011 01:35 PM

          Thanks to everyone for the fantastic recommendations. We're probably going to Neighborhood Services, Lucia, Good 2 Go Tacos and then we'll have to decide on the rest. Thanks again!

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          Neighborhood Services
          5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

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            DallasDude Feb 3, 2011 10:46 PM

            Good luck with Lucia. Reservations are at least 2 monhs out.

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              gavlist Feb 4, 2011 09:25 AM

              I heard that it was 2 months out for weekends, but more like 2 weeks for mid-week tables

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                DallasDude Feb 4, 2011 12:47 PM

                Jennifer said that the bar was much easier to get a last minute seating. For those that haven't been the bar is more foos prepo sine they only serve wine and a few beers. Actually prefered seating as far as I am concerned.

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                  gavlist Feb 5, 2011 11:04 AM

                  same here.

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            Carla Marie Weir Feb 3, 2011 04:07 PM

            If you haven't been to Kalachandjis it's a fun and different experience, if the weather is nice, they have the loveliest patio dining in the city.

            1. LewisvilleHounder Feb 11, 2011 06:14 PM

              Can you give us a hint as to the foods that interest you?

              My list is very differeant than say gavlist's or even luniz's list. Yes we all know each other but we all live in different parts of the metroplex and we all have places that we really like moreso than the others.

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                mommystar Feb 12, 2011 01:13 PM

                I think it was Robert Burns who said, "the best laid plans of mice and men." Thank you, everyone, for the wonderful suggestions, but I got (and still have) some kinda terrible bug. The worst part of it is, I have no appetite and feel like I downed a bag of moldy cheetos. We did make it to Neighborhood Services and it was ok, but I have issues when I have to request a salt and pepper shaker. Why are some chefs so arrogant? We also went to Ali Baba in Lakewood one night, and it was wonderful, especially the thyme pie and the Lebanese moussaka. I could eat both of those dishes several times a week and be a happy camper, but right now, I'm sticking with Jewish penicillin (my mother-in-law's recipe).

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                Neighborhood Services
                5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

                Ali Baba
                2103 N Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080

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                  Barbara76137 Feb 12, 2011 03:24 PM

                  You poor thing! I can sympathize, though. I was ranch sitting for a friend in Sonoma County (CA WINE COUNTRY!!!! ) and I got a horrible cold. To top it off, my then-boyfriend flew up there from LA so we could wine taste and eat fabulous wine country cuisine :(

                  I hope you feel better soon.

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                    mommystar Feb 12, 2011 10:11 PM

                    God has a sense of humor! At least I have a wonderful start on my annual spring diet....

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                      Scagnetti Feb 13, 2011 06:34 PM

                      In 1968, after an alcohol-fueled rampage though the Cholon district of Saigon, I took an AK-47 round in my shoulder and in a drug induced stupor, I attended a not-to-be-missed 3 star dinner at a well known French restaurant.

                      I remember nothing from that night other than a Château Talbot Saint-Julien 1959.

                      La guerre, c'est l'enfer.

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                        mommystar Feb 15, 2011 02:10 PM

                        Tres bien sur.
                        And thank you.

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                      gavlist Feb 13, 2011 08:38 AM

                      completely agree about salt and pepper, although I'd prefer to see a dish of kosher or sea-salt and a pepper mill - hate the taste of that iodized salt and pulverized pepper. Honestly, if the kitchen could reliably send out correctly seasoned food, I wouldn't mind their absence on the table - but by the time you taste your food and realize that it needs salt, flag down a server and then wait for the salt to arrive... it gets kind of irritating.

                      So... chefs and restaurant managers... what's the problem with making a little dish of salt a standard part of table settings?

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                        mommystar Feb 13, 2011 10:44 AM

                        Amen to that! I had fish and chips and the chips were great, but a little salty, but they're chips and that's ok. But, the fish had no seasoning whatsoever. It needed salt, lemon, malt vinegar, some acidity. I agree it is irritating to have to ask for salt. I would never think of not having salt and pepper on the table when I have company over, so why should it be different at a restaurant.

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                          gavlist Feb 13, 2011 12:05 PM

                          I had the same experience with the fish... in that case, it's too late for salt anyway. The fish needs to be seasoned before the batter goes on.

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                        DallasDude Feb 13, 2011 11:56 AM

                        The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley.

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