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Lunch around W 7th Street -- good food, reasonably priced, quiet, not the W 7th Street hype

peppergal Feb 2, 2012 07:04 PM

Fort Worth Chowhounds! I know you're out there!

Let's forget, please, the vibe, vibe, vibe, I'm looking for a nice, pleasant, good, quiet place to have lucnch with a long-time friend. I know those places are there. Please guide me. Thanks, my friends. Maybe even on Camp Bowie.

  1. Barbara76137 Feb 2, 2012 07:09 PM

    La Familia?

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    1. re: Barbara76137
      peppergal Feb 2, 2012 07:32 PM

      Thanks, Barbara. Great idea. Wasn't thinking Mexican, but this might work. La Familia is always a welcoming place.

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      CocoaNut Feb 3, 2012 05:50 AM

      The Modern has never disappointed, but make reservations and check the hours - I think they're short, which may not work for you.

      At the opposite end of the spectrum, on a nice day, there's hamburgers on the patio at Fred's.

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        foiegras Feb 3, 2012 05:17 PM

        Maybe you should be on Magnolia instead ... you might think about Lili's Bistro.

        Tillman's (though not my favorite) is often quiet at lunchtime.

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          peppergal Feb 4, 2012 09:10 PM

          Thanks to you all.

          I'm embarrassed to say, Cocoa, that I've never eatern at The Modern -- though I live only several blocks west . Have heard only good things about it, and I'll make sure to eat there soon. Fred's, of course, except she's many pounds lighter than I am, so maybe she doesn't indulge in such! But good.

          Foiegras, haven't been to Tillman's. Will have to try. Magnolia, of course, has lots of options. Love Lili's, as well as many others on Magnolia. My friend lives at The Stayton, just off West 7th, so am trying to find the perfect place that will be convenient for her.

          I miss -- unforfunately, can't even remember the name now -- the bistro that opened, then closed, on Stayton/Museum Way. Opened by the man who had The Vault downtown. Unfortunately, he may have opened too soon.

          Thanks to you all. If anyone has other suggestions, of course I'd love to hear them.

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          1. re: peppergal
            Barbara76137 Feb 5, 2012 09:59 AM

            A friend of mine is on a diet and said she had "the best" shrimp cocktail at Fred's the other evening, so they've expanded their menu a little.

            1. re: Barbara76137
              peppergal Feb 6, 2012 09:10 PM

              Thanks, Barbara; good to know. I believe their evening fare is quite a bit different from lunchtime -- though those hamburgers hold their own charms while, admittedly, not being diet food!

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            CocoaNut Feb 5, 2012 08:54 AM

            I'm not all-knowing on Greek, but a neighbor is, noting that she and her husband are on the side of the "hill" where "vibe, vibe, vibe" would be a deterrent. ;) With that, I recalled a conversation with her several weeks ago.

            She and her husband had been to one of the museums (during the week), followed by just driving around to see what was new. They happened by Terra Med and decided to try it for lunch. To their dismay, when they walked in, they found it to be buffet during lunch and almost left because of it. But hunger won out and it ended with them being very surprised with the freshness and flavors of their "find". She still isn't a "buffet person", but said this was a very pleasant, Greek buffet experience.

            So FWIW.... if Greek is even on your radar.

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            1. re: CocoaNut
              foiegras Feb 6, 2012 01:28 PM

              I have yet to experience the buffet there (which I've heard raves about) ... have had the regular menu a few times. It's good, just a bit limited. Service is good. They have a lot of kebabs. Not sure I'd call it Greek ...

              1. re: foiegras
                CocoaNut Feb 6, 2012 02:33 PM

                Like I said - I'm no aficionado. If I remember, she may have said it was more Eastern Mediterranean. Guess it'd be best to take a look at the menu -

                1. re: CocoaNut
                  peppergal Feb 6, 2012 09:32 PM

                  Cocoa and foie -- I'm not a big buffet person either, though I've enjoyed the Terra lunch buffet the 3 or so times I've been there. Good variety, though not overwhelming. Particularly enjoy the mezza, zattar bread, roasted cauliflower, roast chicken.

                  I think, Cocoa, I must live on the same side of the "hill" as your neighbor! I had plenty of the "vibe,vibe,vibe" when I lived in NYC for 10+ years back when I was young and cute, or at any rate much younger and cuter than I am now! While I loved it then, I can easily leave it to others now :)

                  Thanks to all for your good suggestions. I'm not meeting my friend (an acquaintance during undergraduate days) until Thursday, so any other thoughts will be very welcomed.

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              foiegras Feb 7, 2012 06:07 PM

              Wondering if anyone else has eaten at the Ginger Man ... I remember once having a salad there with extremely vinegary dressing. The place seems right, so just wondering if they have better food choices than my selection.

              Also wanted to second the Modern ... you want to be seated next to the water. Very cool and completely unique dining experience! They make a great burger, great salads ... it's fairly challenging to go wrong there.

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              1. re: foiegras
                peppergal Feb 8, 2012 08:44 PM

                Haven't been to the Ginger Man. Spent a fair amount of time after work with colleagues when it was Rick's on the Bricks, but that was a time ago.

                Thanks for your second, foie, for The Modern. I have to get there. Went on a wonderful tour this afternoon of the Gaulthier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. Fascinating. And fun. I understand they have a couple of venues for dining, but had only a sandwich with my group. A decent chicken tarragon salad. Nothing exceptional.

                Would any of you be interested in getting together for a CH lunch (with any other local CHers) at one of the places that have been mentioned? Or anywhere else. We all have an interest in food, you all sound like interesting people, "it's only lunch", and it could be a lot of fun.

                I'm not a stalker, not desperate, just think it would be interesting if some of us could have a fun lunch. Respond, if you'd care to.

                P.S. My friend called me tonight. She has to reschedule due to closing on the sale of her house. We'll get together in another week or so. Thanks again for your suggestions. Will report.

                1. re: peppergal
                  The Chowhound Team Feb 15, 2012 05:10 AM

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                  Thanks, and have fun!

                  1. re: The Chowhound Team
                    peppergal Feb 15, 2012 08:38 PM

                    My apologies my friends, foie and barbara. I had no idea that our getting together at a taco truck or the like would elicit such a corporate response. I'll review the rules, and try to figure out how to facilitate our getting together. I *think* I can post an email address, but will check to be sure. Whatever, we will persevere! Thanks for your interest, and our group will grow!

                    Be in touch soon. And thanks.

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                      peppergal Feb 21, 2012 03:54 PM

                      Foie and Barbara, so sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. Things have been crazy -- and I read in another thread, Barbara, that you're managing a friend's horse ranch for a week or so. Good for you!

                      I've established a new email address for our gettogether: mps1007fw@hotmail.com.
                      Let's use that for our taco meeting.

                      I believe, foie, that you were going to check on days and times of their operation, so looking forward to hearing from you.

                      I hope we can get together soon. It sounds as if the weather is going to continue to be beautiful.

                      Let's try to get together in the next week or so.

                      1. re: peppergal
                        foiegras Feb 21, 2012 05:23 PM

                        Yes, I posted that information, but it was deleted I gather. I will e-mail you ...

                        1. re: peppergal
                          Barbara76137 Feb 21, 2012 05:25 PM

                          Thanks, I'll save that email address and check in when I get back home. I won't have access to email when I'm there.

                          1. re: Barbara76137
                            peppergal Feb 21, 2012 05:39 PM

                            So glad you're both still interested.

                            We'll make it happen.

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                  CocoaNut Feb 9, 2012 06:54 AM

                  Zambrano Wine Cellar (Houston @ 9th) was positively reported in a post a few months back. Sounds like the surrounding you're looking for. One day, I will remember to try it while in FW. (For future reference) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/817819

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                  1. re: CocoaNut
                    peppergal Feb 9, 2012 09:13 AM

                    Thanks! Sounds great.

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