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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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    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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      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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        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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          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"

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            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

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              Veggo Aug 29, 2012 07:37 PM

              Wink ;)
              Vegs, from New Haven

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                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.

          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

            1. 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.

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                  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. 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!

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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

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