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Next week, I will be staying near the convention center for one week, without a car. First visit to Dallas. I generally prefer to get take-out and eat in my hotel room. Suggestions would be appreciated. FYI, I am a BBQ hound, but have the impression that, despite a Texas BBQ craving, it would be wise to do without rather than go to Sonny Bryan's nearby West End location. Also like authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex, Cuban, Indian, middle-eastern, good sandwiches, Italian subs, and various Asian. Thanks

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  1. If you're going to be at/near the convention center, you're probably going to have access to the DART light rail system. Off the top of my head I can come up with

    Your best bet for take out is going to be the West End. Pricey but still interesting. On the Green Line North there's Victory Plaza and the Asian District. There's Mockingbird Station and Lover's Lane on the Red Line North that have some interesting restaurants. There's a couple of italian sub places in the downtown rail corridor. If youre up for a bit of a walk there's also McKinney Avenue restaurants which are interesting as well but more of a eat in.

    DART.org can help you find all sorts of routes to interesting restaurants.

    1. A couple of block walk to the Farmer's Market might be in order. Pecan Lodge there is definitely worth the short walk for some of the city's best BBQ. Also, La Popular for tamales and Old World Sausage for cased meats and sandwiches, etc. are both pretty good. Check the hours on weekdays.

      Be a little vigilant in the blocks between the CC, City Hall and the market, there is a big homeless shelter and soup kitchen or two around there so there can be a bit foot traffic and the occasional panhandler, but it shouldn’t scare you off. Walk up the north side of Young, then right/south on Harwood.

      Cindy's for serviceable deli and bagels is one block from the CC.

      If you get adventurous, you can check out the tunnel network downtown. There is a dumpling shop called Kuai and a Noodle shop called Nexus that will satisfy a fix. Also a place called Tree Birds for Cajun, try the rice and beans. Most of this is shut down after hours. There are various other fast food and sandwich shops that are probably not worth mentioning.

      Here’s a map of the tunnels: www.noahjeppson.com/downloads/tunnel_...

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        1. re: sike101

          A third vote for the dumplings (don't get the rice bowls) at Kuai...and it's kinda fun walking around the underground network.

          You can get takeout from any restaurant in Dallas, even higher end ones which surprised me when I moved down here. In the West End, I'd recommend YO Ranch Steakhouse. www.yoranchsteakhouse.com

          Also, just a short walk down Lamar from the Convention Center is The Cedars Social - I love the pork belly and the fries, but you can't really go wrong with anything on the menu. http://thecedarssocial.com/

          Also the Omni just opened up right beside the convention center. There's a Bob's steakhouse located in there - apparently the best steak in DFW (although I don't think so, but it wins numerous polls every year).

          1. re: sike101

            Be mindful of the hours of Pecan Lodge too, only thursday to sunday!


            Otherwise I'd agree with Cedars Social, also take advantage of the light rail and head over to Deep Ellum or other areas of downtown. Either way, the cab ride is pretty short and inexpensive.

            If you like good Japanese food, do not miss Tei An (run some searches on them here).

          2. WOW! You guys are great. I am printing your responses and taking them with me and will report back. Any further suggestions? Thanks again.

            1. You can also take the green line DART train to Deep Ellum, where there's excellent pizza, good burger joints, and a variety of other restaurants.

              1. Good, seriously no frills, greasy Tex-Mex simple food. Love the nachos - Miguel's - downtown, 1/2 block from the Akard Station, red or blue line. Comfotable for solo dining. M-F til 7pm. http://www.miguelscantina.net/

                1. I don't know why you'd prefer to eat in your room but, that's your decision.

                  Should you want to venture out, there's plenty of good restaurants downtown. If you'd like to have an exceptional meal and don't mind paying for it, I'd recommend Stephen Pyles on Ross Avenue.

                  If you'd like to try some good old fashioned Dallas Tex-Mex, I'd recommend the original El Fenix.

                  If you wouldn't mind a very short taxi ride to the Deep Ellum area just east of the 75 overpass, I'd heartily recommend Cane Rosso on Commerce Street for fabulous Neapolitan pizza. The best, anywhere!
                  Guy Fieri just finished filming a "Diner's, Drive In's, and Dives" show there which will air in February.

                  If you'd like an excellent 1/2 lb. burger, in a "funky" but comfortable burger joint, I recommend Twisted Root Burger across the street from Cane Rosso. Great sides, home made ice cream, and home made root beer.

                  On Elm Street in Deep Ellum there's, Lemongrass. Really delicious Americanized Vietnamese food served in an upscale (for Deep Ellum) comfortable and casual restaurant with excellent food and service.

                  Be sure get a business card from the taxi driver to call when you want to be picked up and taken back to your hotel after you're finished. I don't recommend walking around downtown Dallas alone after dark.


                  1. Thanks again for the taking the time to respond--and also for suggesting tourist stuff, such as the tunnels. I really appreciate it. Flying to DFW tomorrow.

                    1. We stayed at the Omni a few weeks ago and checked out the sports bar, which looked really awesome. The bar food looked good from what I spied but we didn't eat while we were there. Seemed like a fun place that you could grab a seat at the bar (that has a frozen trough for your drink!) and not eat alone in your hotel room!

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                      1. re: mrs.brownie

                        And, any restaurant in Dallas will be happy to call a taxi for you to take you back to your hotel.

                        1. re: mrs.brownie

                          Interesting. Your rec for the Sports Bar is the second restaurant in the Omni recommended in this thread (Bob's Steakhouse). We just checked to the Omni for 8 nights (wife is attending a conference--hence my eating alone most of the time).l We're tired and don't feel like leaving the hotel on our first night, so the Sports Bar or Bob's it is! Thanks.

                          1. re: PDXHOUND

                            Regardless, just enjoy. I think you'll be happy with Bob's.