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Dallas Faves: Green Room, Tin Star, Javier's, Veracruz

shopgirl | May 12, 2005 10:04 AM

Visited Dallas this weekend to visit old friends and indulge in our of faves (used to live there a few yrs and this was the first time back in some months)...here's how we chowed:

Dinner with friends at The Green Room. Some did Feed Me, Wine Me, others did aps/entree/dessert. As always, it was excellent - my only complaint was that since our group was large, service was a bit slow: while food was paced appropriately, getting our drinks out in time to enjoy with our course was not so much. Our waiter could've used some help. I was pleasntly surprised that those of us doing FeedMeWineMe received different dishes for the same course, so it was a great way to try (or swap). I had a roquefort & bacon chopped salad to start (which was good, but not great), followed by a fried green tomatoes appetizer (excellent!), followed by the pork tenderloin on sweet onion polenta entree (very good, but the group voted the beef tenderloin entree the best) and dessert was a warm chocolate souffle (YUM, how did they know it was my favorite?). Wine pairings were great and finshied with port or champagne. The port was excellent. All in all, an excellent evening.

Breakfast at Tin Star. I will preface by saying we love this place, to the point that we dream about the bkfst tacos since there's nothing like it up north. I used to frequent the location in Uptown, but on this visit we went to the Preston Center locale. Maybe that was our downfall - food was good, but not dream-about-good as usual. Chips were a bit on the greasy side, tho salsas and fresh tortillas were fantastic as usual, but something about the eggy fillings were not quite as good as we remembered...

Dinner at Javier's. Chips with the excellent salsas...and butter (Mmm, 'nuff said). We started with top shelf margaritas (MMM) and the panela, made tableside. Panela was OK; I wish the flour tortillas were better/fresher at Javier's. For entrees, I am a diehard filete con champinones fan - it's all I ever get, but for some unknown reason I felt the need to branch out, so I ordered the filete cantinflas. It was good. But next time I'll be back to the champinones-I missed the mushroom brandy sauce. My boyfriend had the cabritos fajitas, which was tasty, but disappointingly dry... Service was fantastico as usual, but I will say dinner came rather quickly, not giving us less time to linger. We did split dessert - flan - which I was very happy with, so a nice way to end our meal.

Brunch/lunch at Veracruz in Oak Cliff. If you haven't been, GO! I LOVE this place and was thrilled that it is still around, given the tough restaurant environs in D. It's one of the best Mexican places ever. Javier's is "Gourmet Mexican"; Veracruz is the real Mexican deal. So quaint, great service. Still only seating for maybe 25. Do not miss the mole. Let me say that again. DO NOT miss the mole. I had the chicken enchiladas mole and I literally wanted to lick the sauce off the plate. Boyfriend had the My Tio's Favorite off the bkfst menu (eggs, pork tamale and black beans), which was most excellent though I have to say I ordered better...evidenced by that fact that he was digging into mine. It was Mother's Day, and not surprisingly, Hattie's around the corner (which is also very good) was jammed (I heard it was 1 1/2 hour wait), but given the choice, I would pick Veracruz any day.

Alas, that was all the meals we had time for before heading back to the airport - had we had more days, Bob's, Dream Cafe, Legal Grounds, Mi Cocina, Mia's and Sammy's BBQ, and would have made the list...

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