I move to DFW about three years ago and have been searching for decent, relatively priced restaurants ever since. Some background, I grew up in New York (Born in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island) and have also lived in Miami and Philadelphia. So, my tastes are pretty specific and my standards are pretty high.
Last year I started a dinner club with some friends in an effort to find some restaurants. We eat out every other Friday night and someone new chooses a restaurant. Our rules are no steak-houses, no chains and cost out the door without liquor no more than $25.00. Here is where we have gone so far:
Edelweiss German Restaurant
Fun, decent, food was okay.
Margies Italian Restaurant
Seoul Garden Japanese Restaurant
Good, I don’t have a lot of Korean food experience.
Cuquitas Mexican Restaurant
Clay Pit Indian Restaurant
Decent, chain like.
Fortuna Italian Restaurant
Angelo's Italian Restaurant
Big Fish Seafood Grill and Bar
Not bad, cheap, needs more varied menu.
Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant
Henks German Restaurant
Good food, cheap, small menu.
Hatties Southern Food
Great, by far the best place we have been to. Food was delicious, restaurant was classy.
Mi Tierra Latin Restaurant
Nice Mom and Pop in Arlington, worth the trip and very cheap.
Nice, Jazz restaurant.
Toulouse French restaurant
Nice, a little pricey for our club.
Pazzo Pizza Restaurant
A winner, fun and delicious and reasonably priced.
Good tex mex.
Queen of Sheba
Not my kind of food.
Peggy Sue's Bar-B-Que
Good BarBque, plain surroundings.
Okay Tex Mex
Very nice, cheap and food was very good. For the price (Veal for $11.95, you get a good portion and the food is good. A winner for us.
Here are some ideas we have for future restaurants:
Wan Fu Chinese Restaurant - Chinese Restaurant
Szechuan Restaurant City View
Roma's Pizza & Restaurant
I am also hoping we can eat at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School where I hear they have a 4 course meal for $25.00 all inclusive, BYOB.
What I have missed most is that I have yet to find a decent Chinese Restaurant anywhere in the area. Let me specify I am looking for New York Chinese food so WonTon soup with pork and Bok Choy and Egg Rolls 2 inches in diameter and 4 inches long. I have pretty much given up hope. I have also not yet found a Jewish deli in the area with good Pastrami.
I would appreciate any comments and suggestions.