As always, I try and get suggestions from the board and report back. Here is the story of my food experience in the Dallas area.
Got off the plane and drove to Railhead Smokehouse (5220 Highway 121, Coleyville, TX 76034 817.571.2525)for some BBQ. I had the brisket and rib combo plate. The brisket had a quarter inch smoke ring and was quite delicious. The ribs were almost fall off the bone tender and smoky. The sauce on the side was ok but not great. I wish the sauce was better.
For dinner, we went to the Tasting Room at Lola (2917 Farimount, Dallas TX 75201 214.855.0700). I won't go into too much food detail because everyone else has already done so, but I had the 15 course tasting menu with the wine pairing. When I first walked into the Tasting Room side of the restaurant, I swear that my feet sunk 2 to 3 inches into the plush carpet. We were seated immediately into big comfortable chairs. When we arrived at 6:45pm, there was two other tables eating dinner. It was perfectly quiet and conversation was quite easy and enjoyable. When my friends asked me what was my favorite dish, I could not give them an answer because there was no one standout dish as they were all excellent in my mind. The service was excellent and Van was a very gracious host. Thanks Van- I will always come back and eat here when I am in town.(I'm from Los Angeles). This dinner was definitely the highlight of my entire trip. I don't thing you can go anywhere in the country and spend 100.00 dollars for 15 courses with wine pairing and have the quality, care and presentation of food than at Lola. One of the best meals I have ever eaten.
The next day we went to Surrey Cafe (3128 Forest Lane, Dallas TX) for chicken fried steak. I wanted to try Babe's but it was a little too far to go and have CFS. Everyone was quite friendly and our meals came out piping hot. The CFS was very good, but had the usual white gravy( I wish it was sausage gravy). But the steak was very tender and the outside crust was cooked to a crisp.
Dinner- I tried to search for a good steakhouse on the message board but it was hard to find any info. Having said that, we went to Three Forks (17776 Dallas Parkway, Dallas TX 972 267 1776) I had the Strip Steak medium rare and my wife had the Bone In Rib Eye. The steaks were very good. What I liked about 3 Forks is that the sides were included with your meal. They were mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, creamed corn, tomato and onion salad. Finished off our meal with a giant creme brulee. We also got to try the homemade Irish Cream. Man that was good.
The next morning, we went to Zaguan World Bakery (2604 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas TX 75219 214.219.8393) and had a sampling of tastes. We ordered a Vegetarian Cachapas, Chicken Arepas, Beef Fried Empanadas, Tequenos(fried cheese sticks), and a guava/cheese pasteles. The Cachapas was like a sweet corn omelette with sauteed vege's and cheese (best item we ate). The Arepa was a little corn pocket stuffed with chicken. The empanadas came out of the oil crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The pasteles was turnover with guava jelly and cheese(not cream cheese but regular cheese) interesting. Picked up some dessert to go which were all pretty good, Eclair, Cuatro Leches,Alfajores, and dulce de leche dulce.
Thanks for all the tips.
My question to everyone is where do you eat Steak in Dallas. Other than Babes, where is a good place for Chicken Fried Steak in Dallas?