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Eating near the Galleria

We have a friend staying at the Westin Galleria and looking for a non chain restaurant to take him to. Would prefer to stay in that general area maybe traveling as far south as Royal and as far north as Beltline (no Knox Henderson no oak cliff would end up being just way to much driving) thanks for any help.

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  1. We have had wonderful luck with Kenny's Woodfire Grill. Upscale feel, yet very laid back. Located on the SW side of Beltline before the Tollway. Every dish I have had is outstanding, but the top stars for me are the crab cake and creamed spinach.

    1. I second Kenny's Woodfire Grill and have also enjoyed Kenny's Italian Kitchen off Beltline and the Tollway as well. If you like Thai food, Thai Star (off Midway in Addison) is amazing!

      1. A very short drive south from the Galleria,
        you might also consider Meso Maya in Preston Forest shopping center (N/W corner) and, Dough Pizzeria in the same shopping center. Much, much more than your average pizzeria.


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        1. re: twinwillow

          I hate to highjack but how upscale is Kenny's Grill? We were thinking of taking some out of town guests to Stampede 66 or Nick and Sam's but I like the location and price point for Kenny's. Thanks.

          1. re: cchavez

            I haven't been to Stampede 66, but I would say Kenny's Grill is slightly more upscale than Nick and Sam's "Grill" (not sure if you meant the steakhouse or grill). It has more ambiance and WONDERFUL service. There is also no pretentiousness like many other upscale places in the area. This would be a great place to take out of town guest.

            1. re: TXMandy

              Also, check out their Yelp reviews and pics, they're right on. http://www.yelp.com/biz/kennys-wood-f...

        2. Re: Nick & Sam's.
          Very elegant setting, loud & busy, and, very pricy. But, the steaks are worth it. It's one of my favorite steakhouses in Dallas.

          Nick and Sam's Grill is very "hipsterish". More of a cool, bar/bistro scene.

          That said, I think you'd be very happy with Kenny's Wood Fired Grill. Good food, less pricy, and, less pretentious.

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          1. re: twinwillow

            Yes, we love Nick and Sam's but would like a better price point so we will try Kenny's. Thanks!

          2. Lived in the area for 14 years, and our top pick for non-chain is Canary by Georji in the same center as Kenny's Italian place (which I am NOT a fan of) on the southeast corner of Beltline/DNT. We do like Kenny's Woodfire for a few things, but Kenny's is becoming too chainified. This is a chain wasteland baby and it's hard to fight the Ben E. Keith/Sysco craze of having your food preprepped/premixed before it ever reaches the restaurant, but if you find a good one like Georji, support them!

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            1. re: HalfBaked


              I've been curious about Canary, so your recommendation will send me that way soon. Is there any items there you recommend or meh items?

              1. re: HalfBaked

                agree ... used to work near there & had lunch there once or twice a week. the chicken would hit the grill as i walked in the door. the pomodoro sauce & tzatziki are both excellent.

                2nd floor is inside the galleria & quite nice (from the bijoux people).

              2. If you enjoy Indian food, one of the best, if not the best Indian restaurant in Dallas is right around the corner from the Galleria on Alfa Rd. Mughlai.
                Great lunch buffet as well!


                1. Thanks for the replies so far some good looking places. The Kenny's places look good but they do look a little chainy to me. Any other chef driven or non Mexican ethnic food places. Thanks again dinner is next Monday night.

                  1. Neighborhood Services Bar & Grill @ Preston/Royal

                    nhs bar & grill
                    10720 preston rd, suite 1101
                    dallas texas 75230

                    It's in the SE quadrant of the intersection.

                    1. Probably not what your looking for in this context, but I'd like to put in a vote for one of my favorite places to eat in Dallas that's in this neighborhood. It's as unfancy as a restaurant can be -- Kel's. Just a old fashioned diner where you can get a decent chicken fried steak and some vegetables.

                      If your friend is in town for two days, and you want something easy, quick, good, and inexpensive for a second meal, this would be a great place. I highly recommend the fried squash. Made fresh after you order it. If they have tortilla soup as the soup of the day, you won't be sorry you got it, either.


                      Not recommended if you get offended if the waitress calls you "Sugar," "Darlin'" or "Hon"!

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                      1. re: Mike C. Miller

                        never knew about this place! i'll be in the neighborhood later this week & will check it out ... thanks, darlin'.