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Sep 20, 2011 05:58 AM

Dinner recommnedations needed

I am a Chowhound from Philadelphia and I will be staying in Dallas at the Ritz Carlton for one night during the week and would appreciate some dinner recommendations. I will have a car and don't mind a short drive. I typically don't mind dining alone, but I usually like a place that either has a bar you can eat at or is fine for solo diners. I am open to anything, but I love BBQ, Mexican, tex/mex, or any other ethnic as well as Italian. No steak houses please. thanks much!

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  1. For one night, you really don't need a car as you'll be right on the McKinney Ave Trolley line which runs from downtown, through uptown to West Village - many, dining options on and near the route.

    Fine dining Fearings, with regional favorite and chef/owner Dean Fearing at the helm, is in the Ritz.

    More casual options - Idle Rich Pub, Dream Cafe

    West Village -
    Uptown -

    Idle Rich Pub
    2614 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

    1. I would try "Samar" on Ross Street downtown. They have a "chefs counter" that you can sit at comfortably. Fabulous Indian/middle Eastern "fusion" foods by Stephen Pyles. His (Stephen Pyles) restaurant also has a chefs counter to sit at.

      Also, "Nosh" on Oak Lawn in Highland Park. Again, with a great "chefs counter" and, fabulous food!

      I would try Manny's Uptown (Tex-Mex) not terribly far from you. Also, in the West Village shopping center not far from you is Baboush. Excellent Moroccan food.

      There are many restaurants on Mckinney Avenue not far from your hotel. Talk to the concierge (especially about Nosh and the other restaurants I've listed) in your hotel if you don't find the answers here. Or, try the other threads here based on the particular food you want.

      Click on the links of the restaurants I mentioned.

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      1. re: twinwillow

        Thanks. Samar looks really good. The others also are in close running.

        1. re: twinwillow

          Salum and next door Komali
          Mesa in oak cliff for mexican.

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

          1. re: zeruel13


            Salum is much closer to the OP's hotel and has a great bar to eat at.
            Mesa is in Oak Cliff across the Trinity and serves the very best Veracruz style food in Dallas.

          2. re: twinwillow

            Just one man's opinion, but I much prefer Fearing's to Stephen Pyles. If you just want to get out of the hotel, fine, but Fearing's is the better restaurant, in my opinion.

            And while Samar is nice enough, it's not in the same category as the other two.

          3. get a chicken fried steak at the bar at ozona, watch a rangers game, drink a few beers and talk to one of the nice bartenders.

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            1. re: gdubfosho

              That's a great suggestion provided the OP is in his early 20's.

                1. re: bobygee

                  IMHO, I personally think you'd probably prefer one of the other places I, and others have mentioned above. Especially, Samar, Nosh, Salum, or Stephen Pyles. Any of them will be most conducive for a solo diner.
                  Click on all the above links and see which menu and restaurant suits you the most. They're all good ones.
                  And please, be sure to give us your report after your Dallas visit.

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