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NYer coming to Dallas for the first time.

misnatalie May 19, 2013 06:08 PM

I'm planning a long weekend in Dallas, staying at the Zaza hotel. I would love some suggestions for dinner for 3 nights. Price is not a factor.

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    Jon G RE: misnatalie May 19, 2013 08:20 PM

    Fearing's, Stephan Pyles and Mesa. You are gonna get a ton of recs, so I am just throwing these out there to start. I am a born and bred NYer, if that counts for anything.

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      twinwillow RE: Jon G May 19, 2013 09:40 PM

      I'll agree with those three and throw in FT33,
      Bolsa, And, Driftwood.

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        misnatalie RE: Jon G May 20, 2013 03:37 PM

        OMG, these look great, thank you

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          twinwillow RE: misnatalie May 20, 2013 04:30 PM

          Jon G is right on. Mesa is a "must do"!
          Owned and operated by the wonderful Reyes family. Serving the delicious foods of Veracruz, Mexico.
          Great drinks too. Have the ceviche & duck mole' if you go.
          And, I'm an old ex-New Yorker as well.

      2. Dallas Alice RE: misnatalie May 20, 2013 07:54 AM

        Lucia. Reservations are impossible to get, but you can walk in and eat at the bar.

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          twinwillow RE: Dallas Alice May 20, 2013 03:14 PM

          A huge second for Lucia. Possibly, the best restaurant in Dallas. Reservations are usually totally booked two months out and the bar counter is usually filled every night until about 9:00PM.

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          foiegras RE: misnatalie May 20, 2013 02:50 PM

          Agree with Mesa and Bolsa, and Tei-An is pretty good too.

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            demigodh RE: misnatalie May 20, 2013 03:12 PM

            If it were me, I would want to focus on items that are better in Dallas compared to NY. With that in mind, I'd suggest the following:

            Tex-Mex - Specifically I always like Mia's for their brisket tacos. Others disagree. Either way, you should get tex-mex as Rosa Mexicana and Dos Caminos are horrible.

            Mexican - Go get tacos. Taqueria Banqueta is exceptional, especially the suadero.

            BBQ - Pecan Lodge (brisket specifically) is amazing. Only lunch through. People are getting excited about Slow Bone though I haven't been. You could also consider Lockhart BBQ in Bishop Arts.

            Vietnamese - Garland and Carrollton (two suburbs) have the best Vietnamese food. Pho Bang is one of the better places for Pho. Saigon Block for Viet style catfish. La Me for most non-pho soups.

            Cajun - Not sure when you're coming but if it's in the next couple weeks you'll catch the tail (pun intended) end of crawfish season. Boiling Crab is the best but prepare to wait a couple hours.

            Ethiopian - Ibex is great as is lallibela. I just tried a new place, Gojo, which was pretty good and it had chechebsa which is hard to find.

            1. LewisvilleHounder RE: misnatalie May 21, 2013 10:47 AM

              Having been to NYC I would say Mexican, Vietnamese, BBQ and maybe Thai were under represented in NYC.

              I would probably go with La Me or Nam Hua for an excellent authentic meal.

              La Me I would go for more of the grileld items such as bun cha Ha Noi (grilled pork three ways with noodles), any of the bun dishes (bun ga nuong cha gio - grill chicken with fried spring roll), Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodle soup)

              Nam Hua is where you will find more interesting dishes like banana flower salad, lotus root salad (which would be my choice - tell them no fish mint (diep Ca) or vietnamese coriander (rau ram) without trying it first), banh xeo - vietnamese crepe

              I would recommend a stop at Bambu and order solely from the blackboard. You can call them and tell them you will be in town and they just might make you something special, not on any menu. I rpvoded pictures of Miang Kam - a street snack of wild betel leaves, palm sugar paste, peanuts and dried shrimp, Issan grilled sausage, and Nam Tod (fermeted sausage salad)

              Mexican I would either go to Mesa, Komali, Tortilleria La Nueva Fresh and Hot or Taqueria La Banqueta.

              BBQ I would just go to The Slow Bone for brisket and sides.

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