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Dallas notes for a Chicago hound

Aaron D | Mar 4, 2003 11:05 PM

There was a post on the Chicago board from looking for eats in Dallas. Well, the post is no more, and there’s no post here either, but Doug, here you go anyway.

I’ve been in Chicago now for nearly three years after being in Dallas for six, albeit many of them with underdeveloped food sensibilities. I’m be curious to here what any locals or former residents like myself have to say.

Club Schmitz
Quintessential Texas dive bar and burger joint. I stop here almost every time I return. I usually with a burger and fries, can’t much comment on the rest of the menu. Beers are cheap, American, and damn tasty. Of all spots on this list, this is the one I would most recommend not to miss.
9661 Denton Drive
(214) 350-3607

Monica’s Aca y Alla
Deep Ellum spot for some sort of nuevo Tex-Mex that’s actually quite good and has (or did–it may have since expired) at least a little of the hipness factor going for it.
2914 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
(214) 748-7140

Sort of like Dean & DeLuca or Fox & Obel, but much more of a take out place. Great sandwiches, breads, deserts, salads, and just about everything else. Tried to open a location in New York but it didn’t fly. It sure does here.
3403 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219-2415
(214) 526-1515

Surrey Café
Completely unassuming place that I went once and had the best chicken fried steak I ate in Texas. Moved shortly after and never had a chance to go back, which is a shame. Doesn’t look like much, and when I googled Surrey Café and Dallas I got all of one listing. But especially on snowy Chicago March nights like tonight, I dream about that chicken fried steak.
3128 Forest Ln, southeast corner of Webb Chapel & Forest

When scoping out potential places for a rehearsal dinner, we ate at this place with my future in-laws. The food was very good, but the service was phenomenal. The proprietor, Bugatti or perhaps simply Z, seemed to know nearly everyone in the restaurant, and he made sure we were well taken care of. I can’t guarantee that it would be repeated, but the stars aligned to create a very special and memorable experience here. And the food sure was good.
3802 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75220

Cantina Laredo
My default Tex-Mex spot. Don’t let the Addison address fool you, it’s just north of the city, and I don’t mean just north like Evanston from downtown Chicago. More like Wrigleyville from downtown Chicago.
4546 Beltline Road
Addison, TX

Few of these places (well, Club Schmitz and Surrey Café) are obscure, cheap joints, and none are small, “chowhoundish” ethnic, but they all served me pretty well.

Other notes: stay away, probably from Greenville Avenue.

My favorite bar–decent beers, low volume, pool tables, killer jukebox–was the Elbow Room on Gaston (I think)–oh, speaking of which there’s a 24-diner, the Metro Diner, I think, just across the street, with pecan waffles that really hit the spot after the bar closed when I was in college. If you’re in town on business this might not be the best option. But hell, eight days, you’ve got to have a weekend in there somewhere.

The Ginger Man, though a chain, is also a pretty enjoyable bar with an excellent beer selection.

And if your wife will be joining you, the Nana Bar in the Wyndham Anatole is pretty swank, has a good view, and is a bit romantic. I like it. The Nana Grille is supposed to be a stellar restaurant too, if you want to drop a fat wad of cash or pad your expense account.

Anyway, hope you enjoy your say, and I’ll be curious to hear how it goes.

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