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May 24, 2011 11:27 PM

San Diegan coming to Addison/Dallas for the weekend, need your hidden gem recommendations!

San Diego hounder here. Fiance is working in the area, staying in Dallas. Do have a car so will drive (hey we're hounders). But the closer the recommendations, the better. Anyone can find the fine dining/steakhouse options in the city, but I love to hear what the locals think are their hidden gems. The place that if your relatives came to town, would be on your rotation.

I think I''ll skip the asian (japanese, thai, viet, etc.), tex-mex (unless it's something really worthwhile), italian. I don't get any BBQ or good Cajun or Creole out here unless I make it myself (I'm an avid smoker). For Cajun I see Nate's being tossed around. I believe that's in Addison so that works perfectly. For BBQ there is Lockhart? I don't need sauce on my bbq but my fiance does (what can I say, she's a sweet sauce bbq type girl) I love crawfish and will definitely be eating that

I am actually aging a 18lb prime ribeye roast right now, so the prime steakhouses aren't high on my priority since I'll be cutting and cooking that up when I get back. But if there is a decently priced high value steakhouse I'm all ears.

I'm excited to discover the good chow in the area!

EDIT: Looking into BBQ joints, C T's REal Deal in south dallas looks like it has potential with its soul food menu? I'd love to have some soul food as well.

San Diego Restaurant
1229 N 18th St, Waco, TX 76707

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  1. OK, looks like I'll go first.
    GREAT soul food and BBQ: Sweet Georgia Brown in Oak Cliff (south Dallas). HUGE portions! Try and share. I don't recommend going on a Sunday afternoon, Too busy with after church lunch crowd.

    Speaking of Oak Cliff, (Dallas' sweet eating spot)
    In the Bishop Arts area: Hattie's for fabulous "low country" cooking in a very pleasant restaurant. Shrimp 'n grits are a must! Great brunch as well.

    Smoke. Especially for brunch but, great anytime.

    Bolsa. Very popular restaurant serving great food with locally sourced ingredients. Same owners as Smoke.

    Nova. Relaxed, comfortable "gastropub" bar/restaurant serving great food. Very popular with locals. great burgers, too!

    While in the Bishops Arts, a must for handmade chocolate:
    Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Like no other chocolate shop anywhere.

    I know you said no Italian but, we have one of the finest Italian chef owned restaurants in the USA in Oak Cliff. I'm not talking about a "red sauce" type of Italian. Extremely popular, you'll be lucky if you can snag a reservation. Lucia

    Lockhart Smokehouse on Bishop at Davis serves very good Central Texas (the area with best BBQ in the USA) style BBQ. However, bring a fork and, sauce. Because you won't get either there.

    Downtown Dallas: Dallas' own James Beard award winning chef owned, Stephan Pyles on Ross Avenue.

    I'm sure others here will provide information on their favorites as well.
    I'm more familiar with Oak Cliff than Addison (a gastronomic wasteland IMHO).

    And BTW, Nate's cajun food is very good. And, crawdad's are in season!

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    1. re: twinwillow

      My brother and sister in law loved Afrah on Beltline (called "Main St" on that stretch) in Richardson. It's Lebanese/Middle Eastern. Lunch is buffet only on weekdays, I prefer the menu to the buffet, but then I always do.

      This place is not fancy, just good. Service tends to be slow.

      1. re: twinwillow

        Great Rec's that's what I'm talking about. Thanks.

        I'll check out Afrah for sure that sounds interesting

        1. re: twinwillow

          I'm a newbie to Dallas but I have had the etouffee and roux based gumbo at Nates, and a few pounds of their turbo crawdads, all are the real deal. Folks tout their bread pudding; I haven't had "room" for it yet.

          Twin, before you write off Addison, have a bowl of tortilla soup at Blue Goose Cantina - best 7 bucks I have spent in the 'hood.
          Lucia sounds intriguing - I didn't have a chance yet to hit you up for Italian leads!

          1. re: Veggo

            Blue Goose is one of the few exceptions to my low opinion of Addison's restaurants.

          2. re: twinwillow

            Eh, the problem with Addison is that it's just drowned in chains and mediocre places. I've enjoyed Constantin's, La Spiga, Mi Piaci ,Ferrori's, Fogo de Chao, Chamberlain's, Momo's , Pastazio's , Smashburger , Zuzu's, and more. No, not generally what I'd want if this was a special trip to Dallas but perfectly fine to eat and spend your money at.

            Mi Piaci
            14854 Montfort, Dallas, TX 75254

            4980 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254

            1. re: amokscience

              I concur with your comment. And, I've also enjoyed La Spiga, Lefty's, and of course, Chamberlin's.
              But Addison still has a long way to go to become a "dining destination".

          3. If you're here on a saturday, do the buffet at Taqueria El Fuego.

            You've gotta get some good Tex-Mex while you're here too, and Tipicos on Belt Line near Marsh isn't far from Addison at all. You may have to bust out some Spanish. Typical (get the name?) Tex-Mex classics like cheese enchiladas are leagues ahead of most of the lame places around town like Uncle Julio's or El Fenix (you're gonna wanna ignore any suggestions for either of those two places).

            El Fuego
            1891 N Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

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            1. re: air

              A big second for Taqueria El Fuego! And if you must eat Tex-Mex, try Casa Milagro around the corner on Campbell at Plano road. IMHO, the best Tex-Mex in Dallas. A very comfortable restaurant with caring service, great drinks and, delicious food.

              El Fuego
              1891 N Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

              Casa Milagro
              1403 E Campbell Rd Ste 110, Richardson, TX 75081

              1. re: air

                I went to Tipicos today on your reco, had carnitas. Nothing Tex-Mex about them - chunks of seasoned, slightly crisped pork, authentic estilo de Zacatecas. Rustic but I enjoyed it. No english spoken, I almost paid with pesos from the other compartment in my wallet.
                My first chilada came out as a michelada. My second chilada was Sol on ice. If I have to teach every Dallas restaurant how to combine 4 ingredients to make a simple $&*# chilada, I'll do it :)

                1. re: Veggo

                  LMAO! Please-Do try Casa Milagro.