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El Chevere Feb 11, 2014 04:08 PM


Staying at the Omni in early March and looking for 1 or 2 good places for dinner during a convention. Willing to travel within 15 minutes by car from the Omni if necessary...anything Chowhound worthy in West End, Art District, or Deep Ellum?....do not have any particular cuisine in min but open to creative TexMex or something unique to the area as well as the standard steak (not a fan of Bob's, in my hotel) or Italian. Looking for very good cuisine, not average and on expense account.


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    gavlist Feb 11, 2014 04:49 PM

    In the Art District, there's Tei An, which is a really fantastic japanese restaurant. Their specialty is soba noodles, which are delicious and relatively inexpensive. But it can also get pretty pricey - depending on what you want to eat.

    Downtown, I'd recommend CBD Provisions in the Joule Hotel. Meso Maya is also pretty good.

    In Deep Ellum, I'd hit up Il Cane Rosso - Neapolitan-style pizza.

    I'd also say that you can easily get to Oak Cliff, the Design District or Trinity Groves within 15'... so that opens up:
    Lucia, Boulevardier, Driftwood, Lockhart BBQ, Smoke, Mesa (in Oak Cliff)
    Casa Rubia in Trinity Groves
    FT33, The Meddlesome Moth (good beer selection... food only ok) and Ascension Coffee in the Design District.

    9 Replies
    1. re: gavlist
      bhoward Feb 11, 2014 05:41 PM

      Good list. I would add Bolsa in Oak Cliff for sure, especially if the OP is a single diner. I love eating at the bar there.

      1. re: gavlist
        twinwillow Feb 11, 2014 08:06 PM

        A big second to all of gavlist's recs.

        I just read that FT33 is now one of the hardest reservations to get in town now. I'd book as early as you can. It's very good.

        Lucia in Bishop Arts district in Oak Cliff is a "must do". However, despite the difficulty in scoring a solid reservation, there is a small bar facing the kitchen that can be had for walk-in's without a reservation.

        I also second Meso Maya for Mexican and Tex-Mex at their downtown location.

        I don't blame the OP for not liking Bob's.
        I would recommend Dallas Chop House or Stephan Pyles as alternative steak houses downtown.

        1. re: twinwillow
          twinwillow Feb 12, 2014 03:18 PM

          More about Meso Maya from today's D magazine's Sidedish blog.


          1. re: twinwillow
            bhoward Feb 13, 2014 11:47 AM

            The bar at Lucia overlooking the kitchen is a super place for a single diner or a couple to eat.

            1. re: bhoward
              cocobinga Feb 13, 2014 11:55 AM

              Good to know. Can you usually get right in if you show up at opening?

              Debating on charcuterie/snacks at Lucia vs. Casa Rubia as a prelude to FT33.

              1. re: cocobinga
                foiegras Feb 13, 2014 01:05 PM

                Don't think you'll need a prelude to FT33 ... but the pasta at Lucia is my favorite.

                1. re: cocobinga
                  bhoward Feb 13, 2014 02:03 PM

                  Some days there are more people waiting at opening to get seats at the bar than there are seats available. Just depends on the day. I would not, however, just do Lucia as a prelude to anything.

                  1. re: bhoward
                    cocobinga Feb 14, 2014 07:26 AM

                    I know Lucia deserves a full meal, but I have very limited time during my short visit. My friend and I can put it away, so to speak, so I don't think we'll have a problem splitting some antipasti, primi, and perhaps mains.

                    Casa Rubia's tapas format may be easier for us.

                    Thanks for your input!

                    1. re: cocobinga
                      twinwillow Feb 14, 2014 08:15 AM

                      I've heard nothing but excellent comments about Casa Rubio. Much closer to downtown and, easy parking.

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