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hotsauce123 Aug 17, 2012 07:23 PM

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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    Jon G Aug 18, 2012 01:47 PM

    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. Veggo Aug 18, 2012 01:51 PM

      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
        twinwillow Aug 18, 2012 04:44 PM

        Second Sunday brunch at The Mansion!

      2. twinwillow Aug 18, 2012 03:57 PM

        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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          tiomano Aug 30, 2012 01:04 PM

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

          1. re: tiomano
            Veggo Aug 30, 2012 01:22 PM

            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. twinwillow Aug 18, 2012 04:15 PM

          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

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            jkg040508 Aug 27, 2012 02:15 PM

            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
              jinet12 Aug 28, 2012 09:35 PM

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

              1. re: jinet12
                twinwillow Aug 29, 2012 06:53 PM

                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
                  Veggo Aug 29, 2012 07:37 PM

                  Wink ;)
                  Vegs, from New Haven

                  1. re: twinwillow
                    Scagnetti Aug 29, 2012 08:10 PM

                    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
                      twinwillow Aug 29, 2012 08:58 PM

                      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
                        Scagnetti Aug 31, 2012 07:12 AM

                        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.

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                demigodh Aug 29, 2012 07:09 AM

                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: demigodh
                  LewisvilleHounder Aug 29, 2012 05:22 PM

                  There is better Thai in NYC??

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                    demigodh Aug 30, 2012 08:20 AM

                    @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
                      jinet12 Aug 31, 2012 12:48 AM

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

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                  tiomano Aug 30, 2012 01:03 PM

                  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.

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