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Dallas / Ft Worth - 1 Night - Mid Week - Suggestions for a beer, a walk about and some good food

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TheEverHopefulOne Mar 21, 2012 12:58 PM

Heading over mid next week from the UK and have 1 evening to spare.

Staying near DFW Airport and looking for an area (within say 1/2 an hours taxi ride) to have a walk around, a beer and some good regional food.

Any price from low to high is fine.

Suggestions please for an area, bar and restaurant.

Thanks in advance.

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    CocoaNut RE: TheEverHopefulOne Mar 21, 2012 01:59 PM

    Can you define "near DFW Airport" - there are hotels near both the north AND south entrances. Please include the city/town name, if not the hotel.

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      TheEverHopefulOne RE: CocoaNut Mar 21, 2012 02:27 PM

      East of airport, but expecting to take a cab maybe to Dallas or fort worth or a similar distance

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        Scagnetti RE: TheEverHopefulOne Mar 21, 2012 08:47 PM

        Have you been here before?

        East of the airport is an area easily four times larger than Wandsworth and that excludes the city limit of Dallas.

        £55 round trip cab ride from the airport to Dallas proper.

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          twinwillow RE: Scagnetti Apr 4, 2012 02:01 PM

          Blimy! That's about US$88.00!

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            TheEverHopefulOne RE: twinwillow Apr 9, 2012 10:47 AM

            Ended up at about $75, see my thoughts below on reply to sike

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      sike101 RE: TheEverHopefulOne Mar 21, 2012 02:51 PM

      Sundance Square in Fort Worth is a nice place to walk around, grab a bite. There is good mexican food at Mi Cocina or upscale "Texas" fare at Reata, or a Steak at Bob's, and grab a beer at the Flying Saucer. All well within walking distance.

      Or Uptown in Dallas, grab a beer at the Katy Trail Ice House for many local beers, and walk nearby to Matito's for mexican, or Nick & Sam's for more upscale steak. You could also walk over to McKinney Avenue for bars and mid-range restaurants and take the trolley into downtown (plenty to eat down there).

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        TheEverHopefulOne RE: sike101 Mar 22, 2012 04:05 PM

        Thanks sike, I may well try sundance square.

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          TheEverHopefulOne RE: TheEverHopefulOne Apr 9, 2012 11:14 AM

          Thanks for that, ended up getting a cab down to Sundance Square area, looked very very quiet so we followed the drivers recommendation and got dropped off down in the Stockyards area.

          So $75 later, not quite what I was looking for as it was all a bit naff, (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define...). So after a couple of beers in what was a nice(ish) bar restaurant hotel got another cab back up to Grapevine :-).
          $65 later got dropped off in the high street (main street).

          Ended up in a restaurant having tex/mex but the food was not really that good. I am not naming it as these things stick on the net and perhaps we just had a mediocre plate of food when normally its good.

          Spent the next day in meetings but had lunch the following day before we headed to the airport in Dallas at RJ's. Sat outside under dappled shade of the trees with skyscraper backdrop. The food was superb, and quite reasonable $ wise. I am sure if I had the time I could have found many other good places but RJ's will stick in my mind for a long while.

          So in summary for anyone in a similar situation looking at these posts in future, If I were there again for just one night, I would head down to the historic district in Dallas to RJ's.

          Many thanks for your recommendations

          RJ Mexican Cuisine‎
          1701 North Market Street
          Dallas, TX 75202, United States
          (214) 744-1420
          rjmexicancuisine.com‎

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            sike101 RE: TheEverHopefulOne Apr 12, 2012 07:43 AM

            Yep, the Stockyards/Northside is a bit of a tourist trap (some of us don't even own cowboy boots or horses), but there are some good restaurants down there like Joe T's, Lonesome Dove and Love Shack. 7th Street might have been an option if you were looking to do some people watching.

            Glad you liked RJs, it doesn't get much local chatter because the West End is also quite touristy, but it's not bad at all.

            Better luck next time, stay for the weekend, and stay in the city if you can.

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              twinwillow RE: sike101 Apr 12, 2012 05:36 PM

              Let us know when you return and we'll try to "steer" you in the right direction. Sorry you were dissatisfied.

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                CocoaNut RE: twinwillow Apr 12, 2012 06:19 PM

                If you read his initial posts, he wasnt very forthcoming with much of anything. Hard to direct someone effectively under such closeted predilections

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        Brad2 RE: TheEverHopefulOne Mar 22, 2012 08:26 PM

        Staying closer to where your at, you can go to downtown Grapevine. Tolbert's for local flavor in food and Wilhoites for great local people watching and a beer. Lot's over other spots up and down main street to check out.

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          Jayzee RE: Brad2 Apr 4, 2012 11:47 AM

          I, too, recommend Grapevine.

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            TheEverHopefulOne RE: Jayzee Apr 9, 2012 11:15 AM

            Thanks for that, ended up getting a cab down to Sundance Square area, looked very very quiet so we followed the drivers recommendation and got dropped off down in the Stockyards area.

            So $75 later, not quite what I was looking for as it was all a bit naff, (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define...). So after a couple of beers in what was a nice(ish) bar restaurant hotel got another cab back up to Grapevine :-).
            $65 later got dropped off in the high street (main street).

            Ended up in a restaurant having tex/mex but the food was not really that good. I am not naming it as these things stick on the net and perhaps we just had a mediocre plate of food when normally its good.

            Spent the next day in meetings but had lunch the following day before we headed to the airport in Dallas at RJ's. Sat outside under dappled shade of the trees with skyscraper backdrop. The food was superb, and quite reasonable $ wise. I am sure if I had the time I could have found many other good places but RJ's will stick in my mind for a long while.

            So in summary for anyone in a similar situation looking at these posts in future, If I were there again for just one night, I would head down to the historic district in Dallas to RJ's.

            Many thanks for your recommendations

            RJ Mexican Cuisine‎
            1701 North Market Street
            Dallas, TX 75202, United States
            (214) 744-1420
            rjmexicancuisine.com‎

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