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Foodiehoward Mar 18, 2012 06:05 AM

ok...top 3 restaurants, best cuisine in preferably the downtown area or short cab ride. Any suggestions?? Coming in from Canada for a week. So far my picks are Lucia (can't get a res) The Mercury maybe? Any suggestions would be much appreciated

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Cadillac Ranch Restaurant
857 West John W Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX 75039

  1. Veggo Mar 18, 2012 06:14 AM

    Sunday brunch at Mansion on Turtle Creek

    Mesa on Jefferson for a dinner

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      Foodiehoward Mar 18, 2012 06:29 AM

      Thank you, Mesa looks wonderful. Much appreciated

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      foiegras Mar 18, 2012 07:57 AM

      Suggest Tei-An in One Arts Plaza (you could also check out the Crow Collection or the Nasher Sculpture Garden while you're there).

      1. twinwillow Mar 18, 2012 09:02 AM

        I also recommend all of the above. Especially, Mesa. My personal favorite.

        For me, The Mercury is, meh. You can do much better.

        Lucia has four seats at the chefs bar which is are no reservations and open for first come, first served.

        A friend who lives nearby Lucia has never had a problem getting one or two of those seats.

        If Lucia proves to be impossible to get in to, try Nonna on Lomo Alto
        off Lemmon Ave in Highland Park. Excellent Tuscan style Italian food.
        Also very busy! My favorite Italian in Dallas. PS; Not a "red sauce" restaurant!
        http://www.nonnadallas.com

        I also like both, Samar and, Stephan Pyles on Ross Avenue. downtown. Both owned by Stephan Pyles.
        http://www.samarrestaurant.com
        http://www.stephanpyles.com

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          Foodiehoward Mar 18, 2012 10:11 AM

          Ok Mercury out and Mesa IN!! Life is too short for Meh haha

          I just joined this site today, fantastic! Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. It's soooo funny you mention a red sauce restaurant. We were just in Stowe Vt and I was talking about this Italian where every dish tastes the same and just the pasta shape or meat underneath changes.

          Gracias!

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            twinwillow Mar 18, 2012 02:59 PM

            De nada.

        2. Dallas Alice Mar 19, 2012 07:39 AM

          Try Local, in Deep Ellum.
          +1 for Stephen Pyles.
          Fearing's
          I'm not a big fan of Samar, although I know that puts me in a small minority on this board.

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