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Best of the Dallas Area

ZephyrSeija | Jun 2, 2008 09:27 AM

I'll begin with a short story. For the last four years, I've been a student at UT Austin. As you can imagine, over this period of time I've spent a lot of effort finding the best restaurants in the area for a variety of cuisines. Now, I'm stuck in Plano for at least the summer, if not for much longer, and I don't really know of many good places to eat. I am fairly willing to drive if the food is worthwhile, so it's ok if the restaurants are outside of Plano or Dallas. Thus, I'm requesting a list of the best restaurants in the Dallas/Plano area in the following categories:

- Vietnamese (both for pho and regular dishes)
- Japanese (sushi and other food)
- French (bistro or more refined style)
- Italian
- Chinese
- Mexican
- Thai

Naturally, I'd prefer to stay away from chains and franchises as much as possible, but I'm willing to make exceptions for good food. Thank you all in advance for any information or advice you can offer me. I really don't want to be stuck in this city with nothing to eat but Chipotle and my own cooking. =)

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