There was a post on the Chicago board from looking for eats in Dallas. Well, the post is no more, and theres no post here either, but Doug, here you go anyway.
Ive been in Chicago now for nearly three years after being in Dallas for six, albeit many of them with underdeveloped food sensibilities. Im be curious to here what any locals or former residents like myself have to say.
Quintessential Texas dive bar and burger joint. I stop here almost every time I return. I usually with a burger and fries, cant 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
Monicas Aca y Alla
Deep Ellum spot for some sort of nuevo Tex-Mex thats actually quite good and has (or didit may have since expired) at least a little of the hipness factor going for it.
2914 Main St. (Deep Ellum)
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 didnt fly. It sure does here.
3403 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219-2415
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. Doesnt 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 cant 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
My default Tex-Mex spot. Dont let the Addison address fool you, its just north of the city, and I dont mean just north like Evanston from downtown Chicago. More like Wrigleyville from downtown Chicago.
4546 Beltline Road
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 bardecent beers, low volume, pool tables, killer jukeboxwas the Elbow Room on Gaston (I think)oh, speaking of which theres 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 youre in town on business this might not be the best option. But hell, eight days, youve 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 Ill be curious to hear how it goes.