Hello Dallas Chowhounds,
I will be visiting your city next month & need a restaurant rec for one night. Having perused your board, I have come up with a shortlist from which to choose. I would prefer casual to casual upscale so my family (parents from Waco & daughters 9/12) feels comfortable. I am hailing from the San Francisco Peninsula so I am used to restaurants with a relaxed/unpretentious atmosphere even if upscale. We will be staying near Coit & LBJ so would prefer not to drive more than 20 min. if that. Ideally, would love to try Hattie's or La Duni (like cuisine as well as $$ but the former is too far). Of course, I'm all ears for alternatives.
1. La Duni - doesn't take reservations, how long is a Sat. night wait? Also, how much would my twelve year old miss by not being able to eat anything fried in peanut oil? Lastly, how long will this drive be on Sat. night?
2. The Mercury Grill - menu looks good & is close to hotel
3. Babe's in Carrollton - Went to high school & college in Texas...can't say no to a good chicken fried steak. Is it worth it for my one night? Time w/ traffic?
4. Dark Horse - First Chinese BBQ (I believe parents usually go to May Dragon). Are their non shellfish & non beef items any good (allergies & one conscientious anti beef diner)? DH won't accompany me to "authentic" Chinese restos near home & he's not on this trip.
Texas de Brazil - Addison/Dallas - surprisingly popular on Opentable. Will only consider if I get 50% off coupon & is valid on Sat. night. Rafain is too far. Mi Cucina/Chuy's were initial contenders but what will I enjoy besides Margaritas that I can't get at Ninfa's in Waco (also, may be too loud for parents)? Finally, my guess is that the wait here will be long?