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2015/08/09 18:25:28 (permalink)

Headed to Dallas

Back in early Spring, Southwest Airlines announced direct flights between Pittsburgh and Love Field, along with cheap introductory fares. Needless to say, I jumped all over it. So, me and my ten gallon hat are coming to Dallas next weekend. Perusing through old threads gave some interesting ideas, but I am looking for more current recommendations.

Pecan Lodge for sure, but how about after that? Needless to say, I am willing to drive over to Fort Worth or anywhere in North Texas if it is worth it.
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/09 18:53:21 (permalink)
North Texas?
 
Hucks in Denison.  Best catfish I've had so far.  Eat there any time I'm in North Texas.  I reviewed it here.
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/09 18:59:36 (permalink)
It has been a few years, but when I lived in Dallas Esparza's (actually in Grapevine) was a good choice for Tex-Mex.
 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/09 20:29:48 (permalink)
I'd be most pleased to make suggestions based on what you like to eat and what you do not Like to eat. I would very much like to share my wealth of knowledge of Dallas' restaurants with you.
 
And don't worry about having a car because we have an abundance of good Dallas Uber drivers including, myself! Fares in Dallas start at $3.50 for short UberX rides.
And UberX drivers can now also pick you up at both of Dallas' airports. 
 
In Dallas we have a multitude of excellent Mexican & Tex-Mex, BBQ, Steak, Pizza and Hamburger restaurants. Also, we enjoy large populations of ethnic (Northern & Southern) Indian, Pakistani, Chinese (including Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan), Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cooking. And, some good 'ol American cooking including some of the best fried chicken anywhere.
 
Please advise which cuisines you are most excited to try in Dallas. I will be most happy to reply here with recommendations and comments.
 
Hopefully "Metroplex Jim" will add his recommendations and comments as well.
 
And if you'll send me a PM, I'll give you my email address plus my phone number. I'd love the opportunity to join you for a few meals if possible.
 
In the meantime, checkout the link for ChowhoundDallas/Ft. Worth.
It could be of great help to you. I'm "twinwillow" there as well.

 
Also check out the following blogs. dallas.eater.com, "Cravedfw.com", D magazine's dmagazine.com/restaurants and, dallasobserver.com/restaurants. 
post edited by Twinwillow - 2015/08/09 21:31:12
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/09 20:37:17 (permalink)
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It's been 10 years since I've visited Dallas/Ft Worth, too long to make any viable suggestions other than Stay Away from Angelo's in Ft Worth. One of my biggest disappointments on Roadfood.
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/09 20:44:42 (permalink)
I agree! Dallas/Ft.Worth has come a long way in BBQ since Angelo's. The best BBQ in Dallas can now be found at Pecan Lodge in their new big home in the Deep Ellum area and The Slow Bone.
 
And to a somewhat lesser extent, Lockhart BBQ. Some rave about Lockhart BBQ. I don't.
 
The Slow Bone is my personal favorite although I certainly would not pass up Pecan Lodge for their amazing huge beef ribs.
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/09 20:51:04 (permalink)
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I agree! Dallas/Ft.Worth has come a long way in BBQ since Angelo's. The best BBQ in Dallas can now be found at Pecan Lodge in their new big home in the Deep Ellum area and The Slow Bone.
 
And to a somewhat lesser extent, Lockhart BBQ. Some rave about Lockhart BBQ. I don't.
 
The Slow Bone is my personal favorite although I certainly would not pass up Pecan Lodge for their amazing huge beef ribs.




That does it! I'm on my way! 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/09 20:53:54 (permalink)
I'd love to see you again. It's been a long time. C'mon down!
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/09 21:02:16 (permalink)
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I'd love to see you again. It's been a long time. C'mon down!




It has been a long time- oh if only time and $$$ were limitless. I've been trying to convince Sandra to take a roadtrip to New Mexico with me. It honestly won't happen for a few years. If we do, we'll go through Dallas either going or coming.
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/09 21:05:48 (permalink)
Whenever you can, Dale. I'll still be here and as I said, I'll always be happy to see you again.
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 06:08:42 (permalink)
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North Texas?
 
Hucks in Denison.  Best catfish I've had so far.  Eat there any time I'm in North Texas.  I reviewed it here.


I saw the review Mar.  Looks terrific.  I will definitely be trying to fit it in.  Thanks for the response and for taking the time to write the review!
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 06:11:08 (permalink)
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It has been a few years, but when I lived in Dallas Esparza's (actually in Grapevine) was a good choice for Tex-Mex.
 


Thanks for the suggestion Ivyhouse.  It is now on the list!
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 06:24:18 (permalink)
Twinwillow-
PM sent.  Thanks so much for the offers of getting together and recommendations.
 
As for BBQ, TheTravelinMan and I visited Lockhart BBQ a few years ago and I was not impressed.  Slow Bone looks like it is very convenient to Love Field, so that will probably be the first stop off the plane.
 
As much as I love ethnic foods (especially Thai), that's not what I would be looking for in Dallas/Fort Worth.  Fried chicken suggestions definitely welcome, as is steak, breakfast, burgers, bbq, Southern/soul, etc.  But, I will keep an open mind to any and all suggestions. 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 09:13:24 (permalink)
You can't come to Dallas and not try Babe's Chicken Dinner House.  BTW, they offer homemade pies for dessert.
 
On the BBQ front, I agree with TwinwillowPecan Lodge and Slow Bone; I also agree that Lockhart is over-rated.  That said, there is also something to be said for enjoying (The Original) Sonny Bryan's on a 102 degree afternoon seated in the shade under the misters in their outdoor seating area. 
 
Mrs. Metro and I also enjoy 3 Stacks Smokehouse in Frisco.  They have great BBQ and also have, by far, the best sides and desserts I've ever had at a BBQ joint.  Its owner and pitmaster is Trace Arnold, "The Rib Whisperer".
 

 
For breakfast, our personal favorites are Benedict's (try the Eggs Cordon Bleu) and the Crossroads Diner (try the Country Sausage, Caramelized Onion, are Boursin Cheese Frittata).
 
Generally, seafood sucks in Dallas.  Sea Breeze, a casual place in Plano is the exception.
 
And, you can't leave Dallas without having a truly outstanding steak dinner.  Forget the 'big names' (Bob's, Al Biernat's, Pappas Bros., Del Frisco's and 'the chains') and head to Rick's Chophouse in McKinney.  It is as good, as elegant as any and it will not cause your Platinum Card to gag.
 
If at all possible, I hope finally to meet you.    
 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 09:26:58 (permalink)
Is Clarke's in Tioga still around?  That was my favorite when I lived in those parts?
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 09:44:47 (permalink)
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Is Clarke's in Tioga still around?  That was my favorite when I lived in those parts?




Yes.  They are.
 
However, there are now several places every bit as good (I'd say Pecan Lodge, Slow Bone, and 3 Stacks are better) that do not necessitate the 50 mile trek to Ticonderoga.
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 09:49:45 (permalink)
bb - Are you going to squeeze in a tour of Cowboys Stadium?
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 09:51:39 (permalink)
If there is a better burger in DFW than Twisted Root's, I haven't found it.
 
And, I've been looking!
 
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Edit:  It's a little NE of Ft. Worth in Watauga, but Chef Point Café is definitely worth the trip.
 
(And trips are quick down here on our magnificent arterial highways; you'll be going 'Warp 8'!  For visitors from the North East, our roads are a "tourist attraction"). 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 09:53:06 (permalink)
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Is Clarke's in Tioga still around?  That was my favorite when I lived in those parts?




Yes.  They are.
 
However, there are now several places every bit as good (I'd say Pecan Lodge, Slow Bone, and 3 Stacks are better) that do not necessitate the 50 mile trek to Ticonderoga.




Thanks...we lived in Arlington from 1989 - 1990 and enjoyed Clarke's often seeing helicopters land across the highway or train engineers stop their locomotives and come for dinner. 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 09:58:26 (permalink)
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North Texas?
 
Hucks in Denison.  Best catfish I've had so far.  Eat there any time I'm in North Texas.  I reviewed it here.


I saw the review Mar.  Looks terrific.  I will definitely be trying to fit it in.  Thanks for the response and for taking the time to write the review!


For great catfish in Dallas, I love Aw Shucks. They also serve great oysters. Both fried and raw and, the best fried shrimp in Dallas.
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 10:08:22 (permalink)
I forgot about Benedict's.  Went to the location in Addison; breakfasts were good.
 
 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 10:14:58 (permalink)
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If there is a better burger in DFW than Twisted Root's, I haven't found it.
 
And, I've been looking!
 
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Edit:  It's a little NE of Ft. Worth in Watauga, but Chef Point Café is definitely worth the trip.
 
(And trips are quick down here on our magnificent arterial highways; you'll be going 'Warp 8'!  For visitors from the North East, our roads are a "tourist attraction"). 


Jim, only tourists go to Twisted Root today. Next time try Maple & Motor for amazing 1/2 lb burgers. It's owned by Jack Perkins also the owner of Slow Bone BBQ.
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 10:35:23 (permalink)
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It has been a few years, but when I lived in Dallas Esparza's (actually in Grapevine) was a good choice for Tex-Mex.
 


Thanks for the suggestion Ivyhouse.  It is now on the list!


I would like to add:
 
El Ranchito in Oak Cliff
http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-ranchito-dallas
 
Gonzales. Also in Oak Cliff.  Have the pork stew!
http://www.yelp.com/biz/gonzalez-restaurant-dallas-2
 
Meso Maya downtown Dallas.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/meso-maya-dallas-4
 
Mr. Mesero. A bit more expensive but, first class Tex-Mex! (My personal favorite).
http://www.mrmesero.com/#!menu/c42f
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mr-mesero-dallas
 
 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 10:49:07 (permalink)
Cliff, you will also want to try Luscher's Red Hots for Chicago style dogs. The dogs are hand made here in Dallas. And, they're located just around the corner from Pecan Lodge.
http://www.luschers.com/
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 10:57:02 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2015/08/10 11:38:51
Geeze, bb, looks like you and your ten gallon hat ain't gonna starve down there!
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 11:13:32 (permalink)
He didn't mention his dress chaps! 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 11:44:05 (permalink)
Please where pants under those chaps.  I was going to post a pix of BB the last time he wore chaps but then this is a pg site.  Think arseless chaps.
 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 11:46:34 (permalink)
BB, another great steakhouse that's not priced for the 1% crowd.
Kenny's Woodfire Grill in Addison.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/kennys-wood-fired-grill-dallas-2
http://kennyswoodfiredgrill.com/
 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 14:22:05 (permalink)
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Jim, only tourists go to Twisted Root today. Next time try Maple & Motor for amazing 1/2 lb burgers. It's owned by Jack Perkins also the owner of Slow Bone BBQ.



Michael, I do not doubt you a single bit.  I  Slow Bones.  And, remarkably, so does the Princess.
 
But, we are just suburbanites, not the foodie-fortunate Uptown Guy you are.  The two Twisted Roots we have visited are in Richardson and Fairview.  They are very satisfying.
 
BTW, the Princess and I very much enjoyed Pecan Lodge and Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum, even though I had to approach from my Vickery Meadows work location down Greenville so as to reduce her anxiety. 
 
FYI: Cane Rosso's Fairview location was a deep disappointment, not even a shadow of their Deep Ellum excellence.  "Our" Grimaldi's in Allen is excellent; evidently far better than 'your' Park Lane location.  Oh, the Lakewood Olivella's sucks.  I guess pizza 'varies'. 
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Re: Headed to Dallas 2015/08/10 16:38:55 (permalink)
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Jim, only tourists go to Twisted Root today. Next time try Maple & Motor for amazing 1/2 lb burgers. It's owned by Jack Perkins also the owner of Slow Bone BBQ.



Michael, I do not doubt you a single bit.  I  Slow Bones.  And, remarkably, so does the Princess.
 
But, we are just suburbanites, not the foodie-fortunate Uptown Guy you are.  The two Twisted Roots we have visited are in Richardson and Fairview.  They are very satisfying.
 
BTW, the Princess and I very much enjoyed Pecan Lodge and Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum, even though I had to approach from my Vickery Meadows work location down Greenville so as to reduce her anxiety. 
 
FYI: Cane Rosso's Fairview location was a deep disappointment, not even a shadow of their Deep Ellum excellence.  "Our" Grimaldi's in Allen is excellent; evidently far better than 'your' Park Lane location.  Oh, the Lakewood Olivella's sucks.  I guess pizza 'varies'. 


Jim, you're right about Cane Rosso's Deep Ellum location. It's some of the best authentic Neapolitan pizza in the US. I forgot to mention them here. Thanks for reminding me.
BB ~ http://www.yelp.com/biz/cane-rosso-dallas
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