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Mar 14, 2012 08:13 PM

recs for solo dining, near Warwick Melrose Hotel?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

My husband will be on his own for dinner one night during a brief stay at the Warwick Melrose. Hoping to eat somewhere in walking distance, ideally sitting at a bar, somewhere with good veggie and seafood options. Nice wine list is a plus. (Steakhouses are OK as long as they offer good pescatarian fare and a good bar, as steakhouses often do.)

A brief browse of this board turned up some raves for Al Biernat's. Their website looks good but I'd also like to hear any other ideas people have to offer.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Nick & Sams has (arguably) better food and without argument, a much more vibrant ambiance and, a spectacular bar.

    Also consider, The Place at Perry's.

    Both of the above restaurants are very popular and reservations are advised.

    1. The food available at the Warwick isn't bad, though not what it used to be. (The restaurant used to have an excellent chef-driven menu, but now serves The Library Bar food, basically--which is still much better than a lot of what's out there.)

      Of the three restaurants mentioned, I have only been to Nick & Sam's, but would not go back. I felt it was trying to be a high-end steakhouse, but not succeeding all that well. Couple examples ... their lobster mac & cheese is downright sad in comparison with Capital Grille's. And they serve their foie gras with tempura grapefruit. Huh?! Didn't make any sense to me, but I'd seen it recommended here and thought they must know what they were doing, but it was actually much worse than it sounds (and served lukewarm). I have been served foie gras with sweet fruit many, many times--apples, strawberries, peaches, figs, etc. I have had it with heavily acidic fruit only at steakhouses (and apparently they shouldn't be allowed to handle such delicate ingredients because they don't know what they're doing).

      I will say that some of their housemade steak sauces are excellent.

      PS What I said about the Warwick was old news. The Landmark restaurant has a better menu back, and also offers a chef's tasting: http://www.landmarkrestodallas.com/Re...

      When will your husband be here? A friend is trying to arrange a get-together at the Warwick next week, so I'll know more about the new menu then.

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      1. re: foiegras

        He'll be there in early April.

        I really appreciate all the tips!

        1. re: triple creme

          At the Landmark, I'd recommend that he have the striped bass with black rice and asparagus. Those who had it really loved it. I tasted the black rice and cognac sauce, and the rice was really great. It's a variety of black rice I've never had before, and perfectly prepared.

          My overall impression was pretty much what I expected. The food was a little more exciting than expected. Ingredients were high quality, service very nice. Everything (including the foie gras) was competently prepared. Wine selections were good, and people were very happy with their mixed drinks from the Library Bar.

          PS The roasted tomato and feta bruschetta was quite, quite good.

      2. Send him to Eddie V's. I haven't been to the Own Lawn location but have been to Ft Worth and Austin. Bar was very welcoming and the seafood is top notch!

        1. Leslie Brenner of DMN pretty much trashed Mike Pecheco's Landmark Restaurant in the WM today, so make sure your husband packs his walking shoes.

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          1. re: Veggo

            You certainly have a different concept of 'trashed' than I do ... http://www.dallasnews.com/entertainme...

            I remember that foie gras and wild boar parfait quite fondly.

            1. re: foiegras

              Leslie gave it 2 of 5 stars, and ended with "I can't help but wish a storied room like this would offer dining with a little more dazzle."
              Her words, not mine. FWIW. I haven't been there. I respect your opinions, so maybe you cancel hers?

              1. re: Veggo

                I don't have an opinion of the Landmark under the new chef ... plan to be there next week, so will comment then.

                The job of a critic is one thing, trying to find a place to get a good meal (given dietary restrictions) within a very small radius is another.

                Reading the review, I saw repeated statements that x was good, y was good, z was perfectly nice. One complaint was that there was too much bun. That is true of 95% of everything that comes with one. Maybe it's a food critic's job to say so, but it wouldn't prevent any normal person from enjoying that sandwich. Just tear off the excess bun and put it on the side of your plate like we've all done a thousand times ...

                The gist of the review seemed to be that the food wasn't exciting, and it was disappointing in comparison to the glory of the past. Well, the food of the past lives only in our memories, no one can eat it now, and we don't know what kind of corporate constraints the chef may be under ...

                Anyway, will report back when I have a firsthand opinion ;)

                Btw, my recollection is that you can order from both menus from the Library Bar.

            2. re: Veggo

              Oh please, shame on you Veggo, so because one critic, whose word hardly has any weight, "trashes" a place, you're going to take her word as the gospel??? and repeat it on such a public board! Why don't YOU try it first. I think they do a good job.

            3. The Warwick is in a most unique and eclectic part of Dallas with many interesting people. Personally, I'd nix the whole steakhouse idea and walk 3 blocks for al fresco dining at Eatzi's Market.

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              1. re: CocoaNut

                Yes, just to be clear here, spouse doesn't eat meat. He's looking for a place he can eat good pescatarian/veg food at a bar by himself. In my original post I mentioned the steakhouse concept only in the sense that he wouldn't rule it out, as steakhouses do often have a nice wine bar with solid seafood preparations.
                But something outside that box would be welcome if available in walking distance to his hotel.
                Thanks everyone!

                1. re: triple creme

                  I think the OP idea of Al Biernat's fits the bill--great to eat at the bar and the seafood options are first rate. Pretty good walk, however.

                  1. re: bhoward

                    Thanks. Pretty good walk is no problem. We are East coast no-car types, accustomed to walking.