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Apr 13, 2012 04:49 PM

Recommendations for 1st Visit to Dallas/Ft. Worth in July

Hi! In July it will be our first trip to Dallas - will be staying at the Hilton Anatole and will have our own vehicle. Any great recommendations for a BBQ, burger place and higher end restaurant for a birthday dinner? Also any suggestions of "Must See" attractions would be great!


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  1. See the recently started thread about "Off-Site Kitchen" for starters.

    1. Where are you visiting from? That might help steer our suggestions for a higher end place towards something not as common in your area.

      For barbecue, I'd recommend Pecan Lodge at the Dallas Farmers Market. I also second the recommendation for Off-Site Kitchen although the only downside is it's mostly outside seating and you are visiting in one of our hottest months. Right now they are only open for lunch. There is some shade on the back patio but it's just something to keep in mind in case you are like me and melt in the sun. One of my favorite burgers is at Bolsa, served only at lunch I believe.

      In general for upscale, some of my favorite places are Local, Stephan Pyles and Hibiscus.

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      1. re: lckeating

        Second Pecan Lodge for BBQ in Shed 2 at the Dallas Farmers Market.
        Open, Thursday-Sunday.

        1. "recommendations for a BBQ, burger place and higher end restaurant for a birthday dinner".

          Off-Site Kitchen is a new sandwich place (Includes burgers) owned by a local restauranteur in an industrial area (he has successful mid-range restaurants in other parts of town.) Good sandwiches/good prices, but oh yeah.... counter seating in a hallway kind of room - well, there's deck/patio seating outside, but in July? Nah.... Other than convenient location several blocks behind the Anatole, it is not relevant to a celebratory event, particularly for a first trip to Dallas. Sorry, but you need all the facts. Take a look at the also recent thread/recs @

          Additionally, look at the very well received Nana at the Anatole and Fearings at the Ritz-Carlton. (Both Chefs Dean Fearing and Stephan Pyles are long time regional favorites providing interesting selections.) For very high end - The French Room. For Steak - Pappas Brothers. For loud/fun Tex-Mex - Pappasitos (regional chain). For subdued, classical Mexican - take the 30 minute drive to Lanny's Alta Cocina in Fort Worth.

          Whichever you choose, make reservations sooner than later.

          1. If you are going to be town over the weekend, the Grape has a great Burger but just on Sunday.

   It's also a lovely romantic restaurant.

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            1. For your higher end restaurant, suggest Marquee Grill or Bijoux. Must-see attraction ... how about the Impressionist exhibit at the Kimbell. From there you'll be very close to the Fort Worth Zoo, which is ranked in the top 5 nationally.

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              1. re: foiegras

                CocoaNut and foiegras have a great idea. One of the best things about Dallas is Fort Worth. Drive over to Cowtown, visit the Kimbell and the Modern (the museums are next to each other and are architectural gems), visit the zoo, and have dinner at Lanny's, Ellerbe's Fine Foods, or Lonesome Dove Western Bistro.

                1. re: foiegras

                  I see you're coming in July, and I mentioned an exhibit that closed this month. There's currently a Lucian Freud exhibit at the Modern (which has a very nice cafe--both the food and the view of the reflecting pool), and the permanent collection at the Kimbell is still well worth a visit. If you like Georgia O'Keeffe (and I do), the Amon Carter has five of her paintings.

                  I like going to Lonesome Dove after a museum visit--it's a nice straight shot up University to the stockyards. Bonnelle's specializes in wild game and is well worth a visit, though not quite as conveniently located.

                  A nice shaded outdoor destination that's also very close to the arts district is the Japanese Garden inside the Botanical Gardens.