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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/17 14:15:43 (permalink)
Mr. Bailey, owner of the now defunct Bailey's Prime Plus steakhouses originally made his money owning 160 MacDonald's franchises in the DFW area. That should explain the highchairs and booster seats.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/17 22:02:37 (permalink)
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I would think that my constant 'cracking' on Texans' notoriously loud behavior in restaurants was a dead giveaway.


I'm grateful for the warning! One of our stops on the Chicago tour last year was pretty much ruined by too much noise. JoeRogo and I both commented on it as soon as we were seated, and then it just got louder from then on. You wouldn't think two Italians would be bothered by too much noise, but that's how loud it was. A shame because they have some of the best Mexican seafood in Chicago. Not looking forward to loud Texans, but knowing is half the battle.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/17 22:04:01 (permalink)
There are no loud Texans. There are just non-Texans with sensitive ears.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/18 19:26:52 (permalink)
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There are no loud Texans. There are just non-Texans with sensitive ears.



And, it seems that there is a sport in Texas called "Competitive Talking".  I began to note this in my classes when I break the students into groups.  They'll start off in tones where only their group can hear, then one group will begin talking noticeably louder than the rest.  Others get louder to compete and pretty soon the classroom sounds like a Texas restaurant.
 
And, my 'problem' is exacerbated by my cherished wife being a "soft talker":
  

 
 
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/18 19:53:30 (permalink)
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Mr. Bailey, owner of the now defunct Bailey's Prime Plus steakhouses originally made his money owning 160 MacDonald's franchises in the DFW area. That should explain the highchairs and booster seats.




I hope he hung on to the McD's; 150 @ $200K net = a $30MM annual drag.
 
And I do recall a DMN feature of 10 or so years ago about how his Mickey D's had "upscale décor" and above average sales.  The build-out at his Fairview/McKinney store (pictured above) was 'over-the-top' vis a vis even the gaudy III Forks, much less Pappas Bros. & Del Frisco's; I'd even call them "Trumpian".
 
Well, as Inspector Callahan once famously noted:  "A man has got to know his limitations".
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/24 11:00:26 (permalink)
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As a matter of fact, I think that my steak dinner of choice for tonight in the Metroplex tonight is going to be a place called <b>Love and War in Texas</b>. It has been recommended a couple of times from some of the locals here. I will try to offer an opinion upon completion of my meal.

In the meantime, if you are interested... http://www.loveandwarintexas.com

Steve


I don't expect you to remember specifics 7+ years later, but has anyone else been here? Twinwillow? MetroplexJim?

I go there just about every time I am in town (usually once a year, for about two weeks, for work). I really like the place. I tend to order the smoked sirloin, which has very nice flavor. It is not a high-end $60+ entree place. I would rate it a notch above Texas Roadhouse, but on par with Texas Land and Cattle/Saltgrass. It has great ambiance, live music (if you're looking for that), and super-convenient locations (one is right off US-75 in Plano and the other is near the giant Grapevine mall, not too far from DFW airport). 
 
It's not the best meal I have ever had, but it is a notch above good, in my opinion. 

For the high-end steakhouses, I am still most impressed with Chamberlain's. I have now been there a number of times and they have never failed to over-deliver on expectations. 


They have All You Can Eat Beef Ribs starting in about an hour. That might make up for missing out due to the line at Pecan Lodge last night. Thank you for the recommendation.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/24 11:15:41 (permalink)
Please "report".
 
Thank you once again for the cupcakes ... and your cutlery and sharing/cutting skill.
 
That was a delight yesterday.
 
Thank you once again.
 
 
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/24 13:34:09 (permalink)
You're welcome. The custom mini cupcakes I got for the birthday boy were just as good. Chocolate with peanut butter frosting.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/25 01:39:55 (permalink)
We got takeout from Love & War in Texas today. I did take pics, will upload them tomorrow.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/25 19:21:40 (permalink)
We both received this with our steak dinners. Some kind of beans? It was very good, and very spicy.



The other thing we both got was a smoked corn on the cob. This was pretty tasty.



I took TTM's advice and ordered the smoked sirloin, The Panhandle Special, medium, with a baked potato.



Check out the salt crust on the baked potato.




BF ordered The Stockyard, medium rare, with garlic mashed potatoes.





And we split an order of Brisket Fingers, which came with a cream gravy, and a BBQ sauce for dipping. It was served on a bed of small diced potatoes.



The only unremarkable thing about this meal was the cream gravy. Everything else was fantastic, except it was too much food! If I didn't have someplace to refrigerate leftovers, I would've been sad to leave the unfinished portion behind. Definitely 2 meals for me.

We got takeout instead of eating at the restaurant because it is the playoffs and because there was a Rocky movie marathon.

ETA our meals also came with a choice of a side salad or Caesar salad, which I failed to get a pic of.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/25 19:29:20 (permalink)
The side with the beans are actually black eyed peas and it's a dish called Texas Caviar. you add tomatoes, jalapenos, corn and a few other things and mix it up. The meal looks really good.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/25 19:50:14 (permalink)
Thank you for telling me that. The Texas Caviar was good, I can see eating it on those lime tortilla chips.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/25 20:25:31 (permalink)
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The side with the beans are actually black eyed peas and it's a dish called Texas Caviar. you add tomatoes, jalapenos, corn and a few other things and mix it up. The meal looks really good.


You beat me to it.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/26 01:08:05 (permalink)
Me too.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/26 06:01:58 (permalink)
Beef,  potatoes, corn and beans...can't argue with that!!
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/26 19:37:00 (permalink)
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The side with the beans are actually black eyed peas and it's a dish called Texas Caviar. you add tomatoes, jalapenos, corn and a few other things and mix it up. The meal looks really good.


You beat me to it.




Sorry Michael I love Texas Caviar.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/29 15:56:24 (permalink)
I saw some Texas Caviar at the grocery store today, but somehow I don't think it's going to be as good as what I had in TX.
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/29 16:55:00 (permalink)
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I saw some Texas Caviar at the grocery store today, but somehow I don't think it's going to be as good as what I had in TX.


Make it yourself. You can find canned black eyed peas everywhere. 
Lot's of (different) Texas Caviar recipes out there but this one is probably the most authentic and, the best!
http://www.texasmonthly.com/food/texas-caviar/
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RE: Dallas Steakhouses 2016/01/30 16:47:07 (permalink)
Thank you.
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