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Just moved to Tarrant County - kind of depressed about the food scene here

Hi All,
My husband & I just moved to Tarrant County by way of Phoenix, by way of Los Angeles ;) Right now, we're staying in corporate housing in Coppell, but we'll likely end up in the Southlake/Keller area once we get more settled. We are adventurous eaters and more than anything, we appreciate good ethnic food.

For example, our "regular" joints in Phoenix were an amazing Ethiopian cafe, a fantastic Mexican place, great Indian, a Vietnamese place and a Thai place. Of course we also love the basics too - great pizza, great hamburgers etc.

I would love ANY and all suggestions for GOOD food. We've had a handful of bad experiences thus far, and I'm just kind of bumming out on the choices here. As tasty as it may sound, I don't want Bacon in my Fajitas or BBQ sauce on my burritos. It seems like BBQ, TexMex and more BBQ are my options.

Maybe y'all can cheer me up??
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Have you seen this thread?

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857253

    For Ethiopian, I like Queen of Sheba in Addison, but I know that's partially for sentimental reasons. Compared to living elsewhere, I know we do more driving to get good meals in the Dallas area. :)

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    1. re: sarahintexas

      Although I live in Dallas, (where you'll find everything you want, gastronomically, speaking) In Ft. Worth, I would recommend Nonna Tata for exceptional hand made Italian food. Just stay away from Joe T. Garcia's. No matter what anyone tells you.
      http://www.google.com/search?client=s...

      And also excellent, any of Tim Loves restaurants. Especially, The Love Shack.
      http://www.google.com/search?client=s...

      If you're looking for great recommendations in Dallas, just ask.

      1. re: twinwillow

        twin is correct, driving to Dallas is the answer. There is good food in Tarrant County ... but it ain't Dallas. There is information galore here about good restaurants to try ... in my experience, the supply of them across the county line is inexhaustible.

        1. re: foiegras

          foiegras is correct. If you're willing to make the 45 minute or so drive to come to Dallas, give us a list of which type of food you like.

          We've got it all! Anywhere from Indian, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, Chinese from Canton, Taiwan, or Szechuan. Plus, good Tex-Mex to authentic Mexico City style tacos. And of course, some of the best damn pizza in the US!

          1. re: twinwillow

            Has the cornmeal crust spread down to Dallas too, or is that just a St. Louis-inspiration? What cheeses do Dallas pizzerias usually use?

            1. re: BuildingMyBento

              My favorite pizzeria in Dallas, il Cane Rosso uses both, an imported Italian buffalo mozzarella and, a whole milk cows mozzarella. It depends on the pie. I don't know the brand names but, they're both delicious! I do know they use imported Italian, Molino Caputo tipo 00 pizza flour. Considered, the best pizza flour in the world. However, I'm not sure about the cornmeal crust thing.

              http://www.ilcanerosso.com

              1. re: twinwillow

                Il Cane pizza is made in the style of Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) - trained and certified.

                Cavalli Pizza in NW Irving (off LBJ on your way to the airport) makes the same great pizza with the same certification. (second location in McKinney)

    2. You are NOT alone! I've lived here five years but need to head east to Dallas for most authentic stuff. twinwillow introduced me to Il Cane Rosso and that pizza is better than I ever found in LA where I lived for over 20 years.

      Speaking of Italian, you'll have to check out Jimmy's which is the Italian market that makes Il Cane Rosso's sausage.

      I also don't know why so many dishes have to have bacon! Foods can be perfectly tasty without any "animal protein/fat", but then, OMG, they'd be "Vegetarian", and that, I've learned, is a bad word here :)

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      1. re: Barbara76137

        I'm in agreement. Not the best food place I've lived either. Do you all that the Il Cane Rosso mobile over comes to FW and hangs out at Times Ten Cellars on Foch On Thursday evenings? I get it every week!
        I also think that Muang Lao has very good and authentic food. It's up on the north side, just south of 820. Here's a link:
        http://www.muanglaocuisine.com/
        Shinjuku Station in FW is also a very tasty break from bbq and TexMex:
        http://www.shinjuku-station.com/
        The baked halibut is wonderful with a very delicate ponzu.

      2. I've lived in the DFW area most of my life with frequent travels elsewhere and I agree with PennyLane. The food scene in Tarrant County is depressing...dismal...nonadventurous(no sarcasm). It will be difficult to adjust initially but it will take time to find the gems we have here. Dallas does have much better food than Tarrant County. There is little ethnic food in the Keller/Southlake area.

        If you want good asian, Arlington and Garland has good Vietnamese. Richardson has good Chinese. Irving has good Indian food.

        Jimmy's Italian Market is one of the best Italian markets I've been to in the US (food selection wise). It's no Eataly like in Mario Batali's place but it's pretty darn good.

        I would recommend Royal Thai for Thai food in Dallas off of Lovers Lane (it's close to the Central Market)

        I will have to say that the food scene in the DFW area has improved in the past 2-3 years if that matters any

        1. PL, I have lived in Coppell for 10 years. Here are my suggestions:

          Cavalli Pizza - Best Neopolitan Pizza in Dallas. Period. Off Beltline just south of 635 in the shopping center behind the McDonalds. And it's BYOB.

          Zinzero Bakery and Cafe. Open a few weeks now. Interesting high quality house made pastries, desserts, cakeballs, etc. Great coffee, and they have great sandwiches, soups and salads at lunchtime.

          Mooyah - Good burgers, great fries. Corner of Denton Tap and Sandy Lake.

          Hard Eight BBQ - Barbeque is not as good as Austin area barbeque, but about as good as you are going to find in the this area. Freeport and Bass Pro Rd.

          Uncle Julio's in Grapevine - Best fajitas in DFW, chicken or beef, plus other Tex Mex staples.

          Maurizio's - Above average sit down Italian with some authentic touches. Pizza is not bad, but I stick with basic pasta dishes like the Rigatoni Matriciana. Service can be hit or miss.

          First Chinese BBQ - In Carrolton, corner of Josey and Beltline. A quick trip, especially if you live on the east side of Coppell. Some of the best authentic Chinese in Dallas.

          Pho Pasteur - In same shopping center as First Chinese BBQ. Perfectly fine Vietnamese.

          Bon Appetit.

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          1. re: supeRex

            Forgot to mention Siam Thai in the Tom Thumb center at the corner of MacArthur and Beltline. We get delivery from there often, and it quite good. Great mango with sticky rice.

            Also, there is a huge Indian population in Valley Ranch, and several Indian restaurants along MacArthur around 635 and 161. My wife doesn't like Indian food, so I haven't been to many, but Mayuri and Our Place were both tasty on my visits.

          2. Folks, if you don't want to offer suggestions to the poster because you don't like the way they've asked the question, that's fine, but please just move on to the next thread quietly, rather than stopping to take them to task for their post. We understand that people feel defensive when their hometowns get slighted, but discussing that really drags threads off-topic and away from food.

            1. PennyLanye111,

              Let us know some of the restaurants you have been to and have been dissapointed so we don't suggest those.

              Also please help us out by giving us some starting points:
              What do you mean by adventurous?
              What are you favorite cuisines?
              Any cusine in particular that you are looking for suggestions?
              How far would you drive?

              I would like to say that I have eaten at most of the ethnic restaurants around the metroplex (not all of them) and can guide you toward the best of what we do have. I have not been to Phoenix but I have been to LA.