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upcoming 1st trip to Dallas - have a dining plan - would love input

Hi Dallas posters:

I have already used your boards to get some good tips - so thanks in advance. I am going to be in Dallas in early April Thursday afternoon - Monday afternoon, looking to enjoy some great food - all price ranges. There are 3 of us - one has celiac so has to eat gluten-free and another is a pescatarian.

Here is what I am thinking so far:

Thursday dinner - Neighboorhood Services

Friday lunch - Ziziki's

Friday dinner - Balsa

Sat lunch - Fearing's

Sunday brunch - Cafe San Miguel

Sunday dinner - Brownstone

Monday lunch - Salum's

Am thinking about breakfast at these spots: La Duni, Smoke, The Dream Cafe and Craft.

And I am wondering if I should try to get to Stephan Pyle's?

Really appreciate any feedback - thanks!

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La Duni Cafe
4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

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

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

Ziziki's
11661 Preston Rd Ste 309, Dallas, TX 75230

Stephan Pyles
1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

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  1. Baubie,
    I can tell you've done your homework, you have made good choices. I do think that you have picked many restaurants that serve similiar type food. NS, Bolsa,Brownstone,Fearings and Salum all serve "American" type food. I think Dallas has many Tex Mex and Japanese options that would definately be worth visiting. Perhaps you have chosen these due to the gluten free options or maybe based on where you are coming from you are looking for something different?
    Specifically, Tei An, Yutaka, Teppo, Tei Tei for Japanese, and you can search this board for numerous tex mex options.

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    Tei Tei Restaurant
    2906 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

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

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    1. re: PeterQ

      I agree that Japanese could work and it's a good idea, but that may be a challenge cuz of the gluten-free requirement. I'd also agree with the Kalachandji's suggestion (think I remember seeing that in another gluten-free thread).

      Another useful link:
      http://www.dfwceliac.org/html/restaur...

      1. re: air

        I know the trip has already taken place, but just wanted to note for future reference that Tei An with its soba noodles couldn't be more perfect for gluten-free. And even though it has a traditional Japanese language menu, it's also got plenty of things that aren't Japanese, like braised BBQ brisket and my own personal favorite, buckwheat risotto.

        I had quite indifferent food at Kalachandji's, but the atmosphere on the patio in nice weather is TDF.

    2. Hit Kalachandjis at some point.

      1. +1 for the Japanese spots. Definitely hit Stephan Pyles. Smoke brunch is awesome although might be tough with a pescatarian. Also love Lumi for lunch but all the good stuff has gluten and pork.

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        Stephan Pyles
        1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

        1. Some nice choices for sure. But unless you have a strong reason to visit these places, I'd consider taking a few off of your list. La Duni, Dream Cafe and Ziziki are all ok, but do nothing for me.

          Are you coming from Boston? I'm guessing you have access to great Japanese food - however, I'd still take PeterQ's suggestion and check out Tei An. And I'd substitute Bolsa with Lucia... not that they're the same style (Lucia is Italian, which you also probably have plenty of) but the food at Lucia is excellent and imaginative, and the food at Bolsa is mediocre in my experience.

          You should consider adding Lockhart Smokehouse or Pecan Lodge for BBQ... probably nothing for your pescatarian there, but come on... you're in Texas - you've gotta eat some BBQ! Also, Komali is worth a try - the pozole is outstanding (and there's some other great stuff), and overall the restaurant is better than Cafe San Miguel. As is Alma.

          Which Neighborhood Services are you going to, and what's your crew like? The three locations have very different atmosphere.

          I'd definitely add Pyles (over Fearing's from what I've heard, although I haven't been to Fearings), and lunch is a good suggestion. I'd also second the_sneeb's recommendation of hitting Smoke for brunch, although dinner there is pretty interesting as well. Not sure I'd go to Lumi again, but I'm not sure that I'd argue strongly against it either.

          Oddfellows is my other choice for breakfast - probably the best coffee in Dallas, and pancakes like I've never eaten before. They also have good huevos rancheros - prominent ancho chile flavor in the ranchero sauce.

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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

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

          Ziziki's
          11661 Preston Rd Ste 309, Dallas, TX 75230

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          1. re: gavlist

            I've eaten at both multiple times. I'd pick Fearings' over Pyles any day. Especially if you are a wine drinker.

            1. re: Mike C. Miller

              I think we are going to hit both Fearing's and Pyles now.

              What is the general opinion on Brownstone?

              And does anyone think Lonesome Dove is worth hitting? We are going to 3 baseball games while we are in town and see that it is not too far from the park.

              1. re: Mike C. Miller

                good to hear. What do you like at Fearings?

                1. re: gavlist

                  The shrimp taco is amazingly good. That's the only single dish that I'd single out that is a staple on the menu. Recently there has been a lobster/ginger bisque with jasmine rice that has been very, very good. I will say that I find that the sea food is generally better than the meat dishes (and I usually find the opposite in most places), although both are good. And I think the more Asian influence a dish has, the better it is.

                  The dishes that I'm not too fond of are the meat dishes with the sweet sauces. If find that the sauce overwhelms the meat, at least to my taste. But I'm just not fond of sweet sauces with meat, while others obviously like them.

            2. If you call ahead, most any restaurant will be happy to accommodate most special diet requests with a meal prepared equaling the restaurant's creds - be certain to ask to speak with the manager or chef; ie do not rely on whoever answers the phone to properly transfer the requirement request. My dad is celiac and handled this way, he seldom has a problem with food at any restaurant. Where problems arise is waiting until you show up, particularly if at a busy service time. It's unfair to the kitchen staff and very often, the servers are unfamiliar or uncaring to the need.

              Tex-Mex is an excellent choice.

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              1. re: CocoaNut

                Thanks so much Dallas hounds. Based on your comments/suggestions, I think I am going to skip Bolsa, Neighborhood Services,Cafe San Miguel, Ziziki, La Duni and Dream cafe. Instead, I am thinking Hattie's, Komali, Alma, Veracruz Cafe and Stephan Pyle's. I am not sure if I am going to be able to fit it all in but we will try. I might skip Salum's as well if we go to Komali.

                I love Japanese, but the rest of the crew is not as big a fan, so that is why none of those restaurants made our list.

                Sneeb: I saw on another board you are headed to Boston this spring - am happy to give you some suggestions if you want. Might even be able to hook you up with some Sox tickets. That is why we are coming to town.

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                Bolsa
                614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

                La Duni Cafe
                4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

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

                Ziziki's
                11661 Preston Rd Ste 309, Dallas, TX 75230

                Stephan Pyles
                1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

                1. re: baubie

                  That'd be awesome. How can I get ahold of you?

                  1. re: the_sneeb

                    Sneeb:

                    Best way is via cell - just for the sake of bots and such I will spell it out - fouronefivefourzeroseventhreezerosixsix

                    Hope you are not planning to come for the Cubs weekend - tix will be near impossible to get then

              2. You also might want to add Kozy Kitchen to your list of breakfast places. They serve breakfast every day, and have tons of GF options on the menu. They even have some fabulous GF desserts. Atmosphere leaves much to be desired, but it would be a great weekday breakfast option.

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                1. re: swicker

                  Thanks Swicker - the fact that Kozy has GF desserts will make it place for us to try for sure!

                  1. re: baubie

                    Thanks everyone. We are headed to Dallas today. We are planning to eat at Alma, Kozy Kitchen, Gloria's in Arlington (due to ballpark proximity), Fearing's, Smoke (for brunch), Hattie's and Stephan Pyle's.

                    I will be sure to report back with reviews.

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                    Stephan Pyles
                    1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

                    1. re: baubie

                      We are just back from Dallas. We had a great trip and I wanted to thank everyone for their tips. We did not make it to as many places as I would have liked, but we did have some great meals.

                      We really liked Alma, Fearing's and Stephan Pyle's.

                      At Alma's, the guacamole, street snacks, house salad, fish and corn side were all very, very good. And the drinks were great too. A very fun atmosphere and diverse crowd.

                      Fearing's was our best meal. Mike c. Miller -I took your advice and went with the lobster bisque and shrimp taco - both were incredible. And the wine list was swoon-worthy. The staff was fantastic, gave us the 50 cent tour and Eric, the chef de cuisine, could not have been nicer. My father had the Nova Scotia halibut that was just added to the menu and it was delicious.

                      Stephan Pyle's was also quite good. I really enjoyed the ceviche tasting - my favorite was the Ecuadorian shrimp. The house smoked salmon salad with brioche, cucumber and yogurt dressing was superb. The smoky tomato and eggplant soup was also excellent. And the beignet/cajeta/creme brulee dessert was quite memorable. The wine list there had a lot of nice surprises and some hidden gems. And the menu for the special 10 or 12 course Fuego tastings on Friday and Sat night looked really wonderful.

                      And Swicker, thank you so much for mentioning Kozy Kitchen. The German chocolate cake there was the best gluten-free dessert we ever tasted. And the bread was also delicious - we brought a loaf home. Franchising that place around the country would be a gold mine.

                      Thanks again Dallas hounds. We enjoyed ourselves so much, we will definitely be back again.

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                      Stephan Pyles
                      1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

                      Fuego
                      6333 Camp Bowie Blvd Ste 240, Fort Worth, TX 76116