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May 14, 2012 08:53 PM

Last Minute Dinner for a newbie!

Hi there, just moved to the Dallas area myself about a month ago, so really need some last minute help. Family is flying in from Manhattan and staying near the 75/12 hwy intersection (if that makes sense). I need a nice(r) restaurant around there or North Dallas area, steak and seafood but perhaps a hair below the price of a traditional steakhouse. Willing to drive a few minutes, no problem there... just want to make sure it's a great restaurant with an equally great atmosphere.

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  1. That would put you close to Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. They're very good but, not cheap!

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    1. re: twinwillow

      Pappas Bros is at 35 and Loop 12 (aka NW Hwy). Pappas is a good steakhouse but I think Al Biernats is a bit closer although same price tag.

      I would also recommend Craft in the W at Victory Park close to downtown. It is a NYC transplant but they execute their dishes pretty well.

      If you are paying then go to Dunston's on Harry will be way cheaper than the previous recommendations but still have a good steak.

    2. Ahh, got a better one for you. Suze at NW Hwy (loop12) and Midway. Excellent food and not overpriced. Extremely popular with locals so be sure to reserve.

        1. Celebration, Mockingbird Lane, about 1/4 mile west of Innwood. Classic Texas comfort food served with family style vegetables in an inviting atmosphere (several old houses joined together). Several special every day, plus the old favorites on the menu.

          Menu us usually up to date on the web site.

          Food isn't revolutionary or out of this world good, but it's fresh, very good, and has a bit of a Texas twist without being too over the top. I'm quite fond of the place as are many others. Been there for over 35 years but doesn't seem at all dated.

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          1. re: Mike C. Miller

            And, it gets better all the time. Love Celebration! And thanks to Ed for keeping it first class all these years.

            1. re: Mike C. Miller

              Has Celebration moved? It used to be on Lovers Lane, not Mockingbird.

              If you enjoy AYCE restaurants with pedestrian food at a low price point then Celebration is the place to go.

              Strangely, their lunch menu offers better choices than their dinner menu.

              1. re: Scagnetti

                Celebration is still on W. Lovers Lane.

                1. re: Scagnetti

                  I haven't been there in many years, but the food I had was a good notch above pedestrian. Home cooking style with some standouts like really good housemade salad dressings.

                  Texas Land & Cattle isn't bad, but they do have a tendency to overtenderize and overbake. At not far off their price point, I prefer Saltgrass.

              2. Take a look at Tx Land and Cattle, but be advised the smoked sirloin it very in-your-face w/smoke. If anyone in your party shows interest in it, ask to sample it first.

                It's on Lemmon just west of 75.

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                1. re: CocoaNut

                  I second CocoaNut's and foiegras' suggestion for Texas Land and Cattle. Their regular (un smoked) steaks are pretty good. Not prime mind you, but pretty good none the less. They also do good salmon and a more than decent roast chicken. If you go and order the roast chicken, be sure to ask for a fresh one. Good value for the money. Good for families. And, good old Texas atmosphere!
                  Also, easy parking in their own NON-VALET parking lot.

                    1. re: CocoaNut

                      No kidding! I ordered their roast chicken one time and it was fabulous. The second time, meh. I asked why there was such a difference from one time to the other and I was told next time to order a "fresh" roasted chicken vs one thats been sitting around in the kitchen.