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Dinner recommnedations needed

bobygee Sep 20, 2011 05:58 AM

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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    CocoaNut RE: bobygee Sep 20, 2011 07:03 AM

    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 - http://www.westvil.com/dining-nightlife/
    Uptown - http://www.uptowndallas.net/explore/f...

    Idle Rich Pub
    2614 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

    1. twinwillow RE: bobygee Sep 20, 2011 07:44 AM

      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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        bobygee RE: twinwillow Sep 20, 2011 11:01 AM

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

      2. twinwillow RE: bobygee Sep 20, 2011 09:14 AM




        Manny's Uptown:

        Stephen Pyles:

        Stephen Pyles menu:

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          zeruel13 RE: twinwillow Sep 20, 2011 03:21 PM

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

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

          1. re: zeruel13
            twinwillow RE: zeruel13 Sep 21, 2011 03:38 PM


            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
            Mike C. Miller RE: twinwillow Sep 25, 2011 10:05 PM

            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.

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            gdubfosho RE: bobygee Sep 21, 2011 10:28 AM

            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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              twinwillow RE: gdubfosho Sep 21, 2011 03:34 PM

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

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                bobygee RE: twinwillow Sep 22, 2011 05:07 AM

                I am 50

                1. re: bobygee
                  twinwillow RE: bobygee Sep 22, 2011 09:47 AM

                  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.

            2. bhoward RE: bobygee Sep 26, 2011 12:24 PM

              IMO the bar overlooking Dean's Kitchen at Fearing's is your best bet. Great place to eat solo.

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