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New Yorker coming to Dallas Labor Day Weekend

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 RE: hotsauce123 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:

    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
    Meddlesome Moth
    Mama's Daughter's Diner

    1. Veggo RE: hotsauce123 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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        twinwillow RE: Veggo Aug 18, 2012 04:44 PM

        Second Sunday brunch at The Mansion!

      2. twinwillow RE: hotsauce123 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.

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


        And possibly the best of all, Lucia. Reserve soon! Very popular!

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          tiomano RE: twinwillow Aug 30, 2012 01:04 PM

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

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            Veggo RE: tiomano 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 RE: hotsauce123 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!


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            jkg040508 RE: hotsauce123 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 RE: jkg040508 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 RE: jinet12 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.

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                  Veggo RE: twinwillow Aug 29, 2012 07:37 PM

                  Wink ;)
                  Vegs, from New Haven

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                    Scagnetti RE: twinwillow 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.

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                      twinwillow RE: Scagnetti 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.

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                        Scagnetti RE: twinwillow 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 RE: hotsauce123 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:

                Tex Mex

                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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                  LewisvilleHounder RE: demigodh Aug 29, 2012 05:22 PM

                  There is better Thai in NYC??

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                    demigodh RE: LewisvilleHounder 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.

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                      jinet12 RE: demigodh 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 RE: hotsauce123 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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