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New Yorker coming to Dallas Labor Day Weekend

I have never been to Texas and I will be in Dallas for Labor Day weekend for the Michigan v Alabama football game at Cowboys stadium. We are staying in Downtown Dallas and want to have the best food experience possible (I am a bigger food fan than football fan ;)).

I dont need super upscale but would love to know about some favorites ie breakfast, lunch, dinner, without ODing on BBQ.

If you have any questions to narrow the field, I am game to help (no pun intended)

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  1. Try searching some the following on the DFW boards. If you want detail on any of these, lemme know:

    Fearings
    Stephen Pyles
    Victor Tangos
    Lockhart BBQ
    Pecan Lodge BBQ (and really only this and the above for BBQ - you won't OD on the stuff - North Texas is not known for it - if you OD on anything, it will be Tex-Mex)
    Taco Joint
    Taco Stop
    Alligator Cafe
    Mesa
    Nova
    Meddlesome Moth
    Smoke
    Mama's Daughter's Diner
    Herrera's

    1. The Sunday brunch at the Mansion on Turtle Creek may be a relaxing change of pace after game day. The Blue Mesa restaurants also do a nice Sunday brunch, but much more casual.

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      1. re: Veggo

        Second Sunday brunch at The Mansion!

      2. Brunch (or, dinner) at Hattie's (low country Southern) in Oak Cliff or, Brunch at (arguably, the best brunch in Dallas) Smoke would be a welcome change for someone from NYC. Believe me, I know!

        Also in Oak Cliff for the real Mexican food of Veracruz, try Mesa for dinner.
        The Reyes family are wonderful cooks and hosts.
        http://www.mesadallas.com

        Also, in downtown Dallas, Stephen Pyles would be a must for dinner.

        http://www.hatties.com
        http://www.smoke.com
        http://www.stephanpyles.com/menu/

        And possibly the best of all, Lucia. Reserve soon! Very popular!
        http://www.luciadallas.com

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        1. re: twinwillow

          second the Mesa recommendation. I love their fish presentations and the mojitos, yum.

          1. re: tiomano

            Yes, genuine Veracruz style fish dishes at Mesa, that's where the lovely owners are from. Last year about this time they did a seasonal special of chiles en nogada - worth watching for as it's very good and hard to find.

        2. For BBQ ~ Only two places worth their smoke.

          Pecan Lodge in Shed #2 at the Dallas Farmers Market.
          They're only open Thur-Sun from 11:00AM until they run out.
          Have the fatty brisket, ribs, and wonderful pulled pork. Their sausage is meh.

          Lockhart Smokehouse in Oak Cliff. Again, fatty brisket is a must! Sausage is good here.
          Forget about anywhere else but the above two places! Seriously!

          http://www.pecanlodge.com/
          http://www.lockhartsmokhouse.com

          1. Breakfast: Crossroads Dinner, Breadwinners, Oddfellows, Kuby's

            Lunch: Maple and Motor (best burger in DFW), El Fenix

            Dinner: Stephen Pyles, Nick and Sam's Steakhouse, Nick and Sam's Grill, Del Frisco Grill, Cane Rosso or Campisi's for Pizza

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            1. re: jkg040508

              Would skip pizza here. They have much better pizza
              in New York. What they don't have is "Tex Mex"

              1. re: jinet12

                They don't have better pizza in NY than we have in Dallas at Cane Rosso.
                You'd have to go to New Haven, Cn. to get better pizza.
                http://www.ilcanerosso.com

                  1. re: twinwillow

                    Really? TW, you're from Brooklyn, are you saying that Cane Rosso is better than the great Dom DeMarco of Di Fara?

                    It's the Di Fara's where they charge $5.00 a slice and the likes of Christopher Kimball leaves his enclave to pay homage to Dom.

                    Even the top hound himself, Jim Leff gives major props to Di Fara's.

                     
                    1. re: Scagnetti

                      Scagnetti, It's been soooooo long since I had a slice in Brooklyn. But, if I were there, I'd head straight to Di Fara or Totino's'

                      It was great when I lived in NY but after living in Dallas since 1963 and having to eat all the crappy pizza I've eaten in Dallas since that time, Cane Rosso is a "Godsend".

                      And, Cane Rosso is really wonderful Neapolitan style (not NY style) pizza! The best I've had outside of Italy.

                      And, do you mean to say that "cheapskate" Christopher Kimball actually paid $5.00 for slice of pizza? Hard to believe! Well, for him it's probably a tax write off.

                      1. re: twinwillow

                        I enjoy Neapolitan pizza but I don't like eating it all of the time.

                        I was surprised to find the picture of Kimball at Di Fara's because he doesn't lend his name or face to anything that he's not making a dime off of.

              2. After living in both places, here's my list of cuisines that I believe to be better in Dallas:

                BBQ
                Tex Mex
                Mexican
                Vietnamese
                Korean

                I'd focus on those if you want to get something that you can't find of comparable/better quality in NY.

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                  1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                    @TW, with all due respect (and i love Cane Rosso), there are a dozen better Neapolitan style pizza places in NY. When it comes to NY style, Dallas has nothing close to any neighborhood place in Brooklyn, let alone Di Fara's. While I honestly believe Cane Rosso would be successful in New York, it is still not as good as Motorino, Roberta's or several other Neapolitan style places in NY. I do agree, that with Cane Rosso, we do have a comparable offering now.

                    @LH, I do believe the Thai food is better in NYC. Specifically, Sripraphai blows out any of the Thai places i've been to in DFW (never been ton Andaman which I know you're a fan of). After Sri, i'm hard pressed to think of many other stellar options but I would put a place like Pam's Real Thai up against any option here.

                    1. re: demigodh

                      Yes pizza is so much better in NY it's amazing.
                      So are a ton of other cuisines

                1. For some incredible Japanese go to Tei-An in downtown Dallas. I always order the Omakase, (tasting menu) and don't forget to check out their rooftop bar.