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DH and I are headed to a concert at the House of Blues on Saturday night. We need recommendations for a fairly casual restaurant for dinner pre-concert. We usually hit Green Papaya before concerts at the AAC. I am thinking about the Cedars Social. Is the wait really long on a Sat. night? Also considering Alma but I may be eating at La duni the next day so not crazy about two latin restaurants in a row. The Porch is another option, haven't been there in awhile and I also know we don't want to wait forever at Victor tango's or Neighborhood Services. The concert starts at 10 so we will probably want to eat dinner around 8:00ish. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Neighborhood Services
5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

Green Papaya Cafe
3211 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

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  1. Well, now thinking about something even more casual...along the lines of the old monk or vickery park. Is Smoke really casual....how hard is it to get into smoke? Thanks

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    1. re: cchavez

      I tried Common Table a couple of Saturday's ago and was quite impressed. Very casual laid back place.

      1. re: cchavez

        You were already on the right track considering Cedars, good idea hitting that for casual in the area and try calling ahead to see if they can do a reservation or put you down on a list ahead of time at the very least. I'd put Common Table over either of the first two beer bars you had mentioned.

        1. re: cchavez

          Smoke is casual, but reservations are a must (if you don't enjoy a long wait, and who does?). At Cedars Social, I'd check on the status of their A/C. Last time I was there, sweat was rolling down our faces. First time that has ever happened to me sitting inside a restaurant ... I was amazed. Good thing they have waffley kitchen towel napkins--extremely useful for wiping your brow. Of the two, I'd recommend Smoke.

        2. Lemongrass Restaurant at 2711 Elm Street in Deep Ellum has delicious Vietnamese food and excellent service in an elegant but very casual setting and, FREE parking in their own lot across the street from their front door. If you like Green Papaya, you'll go nut's for Lemongrass.
          http://www.lemongrassdallas.com

          1. Meddlesome Moth would be an option as well, usually not too bad of a wait for two, but I'd call ahead. Food is solid and not something you're likely to repeat two meals in a row. Excellent beer selection if that's your thing.

            Cedars Social is very good food and drinks, although it can get very crowded, especially if there are events going on in the area. I'd second Smoke anytime, and Bar Belmont if you can get by on bar snacks, it's the best view in town.

            All of these are pretty casual.

            1. The Porch isn't a bad option. Also Salum, Stephen Pyle's Indian Fusion place is downtown on Ross Ave. I enjoyed it quite a bit when I ate there not too long ago. Not as Indian centric as I would have like, but some will consider that a plus. If Pizza is your think (and it's not really mine) Coal Vines Pizza isn't too far away.

              And while these choices are a bit more up market, they are still relatively casual. You close to Charlie Palmer, Fearing's, Craft, Local, and Stephen Pyles. I each at each of those (other than SP at least once a month. All decent choices 9though I've listed them in my order of preference which is strongly influenced by wine list issues).

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

              Coal Vines Pizza
              2404 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75201

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              1. re: Mike C. Miller

                Second Local ... and Paula's Mozzarella Company is right next door (I like to kill two birds while I'm in the 'hood).

                1. re: Mike C. Miller

                  Samar is SP's Indian place, Salum is Abraham Salum's place on Cole. I love Salum but I don't put it in the casual box. I have heard Komali is more casual (abraham's new place) but I can't vouch for it myself.

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

                  1. re: vstock

                    Yep, sorry for that mix up. You are correct. Samar.

                2. We ate at The Meddlesome Moth and it was great! The only thing we didn't like was the lamb.