Dallas Restaraunt Recs
I will be in Dallas a few days after Chrsitmas ( staying near the Galleria).
I would be interested in recs for good lunch spots (BBQ or tex mex suggestions) and a few dinner recs (Steak or nicer restaurants) please no ethnic- any price range okay.
Anyone been to the ice exhibit at the Gaylord Hotel- is it worth seeing? Any other must not miss sights?
Have to admit, I'm not a Sonny Bryan's or Spring Creek fan, but if forced, I'd definitely go to Sonny Bryan's first. You might want to look at Smoke for dinner. I'm a fan of Marquee ... you could also get in some shopping in historic Highland Park Village where it's located. In the Galleria, I love Nordstrom Cafe for lunch--they really have fantastic salads there. When I worked nearby I went at least once a week.
I have been to the ice exhibit ... it wasn't my idea of a can't miss. But I find the whole place vulgar ... what can I say.
We have great museums here in DFW, so you might check out the exhibits online and see if anything appeals.
Spring Creek Restaurants
4108 S Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Don't forget Oceanaire in the Galleria Hotel. It's excellent for upscale seafood.
Others here will poo poo it because it's a chain but, I still think Spring Creek BBQ at the S/W corner of I-635 (LBJ Frwy) and Preston Road is decent enough BBQ. Especially if you're not from an area known for BBQ.
Otherwise, I agree with all of GroovinGourmet's suggestions.
Will you have wheels? If so I know where I'd go.
Herrera's on Maple just west of Oak Lawn. Some of the best TexMex in town and my favorite for 35+ years. Way hot, way tasty salsa. The original Crazy Nachos (individually crafted instead a bunch of ingredients slopped high on a plate) and flour tortillas to die for... think Mexican pitas... thick and fluffy.
The naysayers abound around here, but I would still recommend the original Sonny Bryan's (Inwood Rd near Harry Hines) for BBQ. Every 'hound needs to go once and make up their own mind. It's a unique experience and was a favorite spot of Julia Child. Their sauce remains the one by which all others are judged. Get a sliced beef sandwich, onion rings and enjoy the schoolhouse desk chair setup.
That being said, there are some other worthy Q places: Baker's Ribs on Greenville Ave is pretty solid. If you are up for a bit of a drive there is Lockhart BBQ in Oak Cliff. I have yet to go... it's on the list next time I am home... but it sounds like the real deal. Relatives of one of the legends of Central TX Q if I am not mistaken.
For a nice dinner I'd head for one of Stephan Pyles' establishments. He kind of gets lost in the shuffle with all the TV/celebrity chef hoopla, but he is one of the true pioneers of Modern American cooking. On the pricey side, but worth it.
For a nice dinner close to your hotel I would head for Mercury Grill in the Preston Forest shopping center. Their Couscous Carbonara is one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. Do make reservations, and request to be seated with any waitperson other than Kenneth (assuming he's still there).
11909 Preston Rd. Suite 1418, Dallas, TX 75230
1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201