I moved back to Texas about 4 months ago and live and work in the uptown area. I haven't been too adventurous thus far -- mostly quick lunches and dinners around work/home. Not much below worth a special trip; however, if you live/work in the area you may enjoy my early notes:
Sammy's bbq. not the best BBQ in the world, but the onion rings are incredible. the potato casserole and apple pie are both notable as well. if the que was only as good as the sides. . .
Hunan express. this is pretty standard asian takeout. the thing is, though, for a place of this sort, it is a lot better than it should be. you'll get generous portions of meat and fresh veggies and the sauces are all solid. nothing really standout here, but it beats the crap out of pei wei and for 2/3 the price. and no, I haven't been to lovers egg roll.
Uptown bar/grill. fries are incredible and the chili and tortilla soup are pretty good. the burger is above average and the french dip isn't bad. however, aside from the fries, nothing to write home about.
Jakes burgers. great fast-food style hamburgers. poppyseed bun similar to CHIPS. the chicken sandwich(s) on the menu are pretty good as well. everyone in dallas should try this burger at least once. I go once a week or so (although, I'm a sucker for any place that serves sweet tea in TX).
Mac's BBQ. this place has supposedly been around for 60 years. by my estimation, they have best brisket and sausage in dallas. I've only had the ribs once, but I wasn't too impressed. I don't care for the fries, although, apparently, they are a big hit. if anyone knows where they get their sausage, let me know (I heard it is no longer rudolph's). they are only open 11-2, M-F.
Tin Star. they have one standout item (for an otherwise forgettable establishment) -- it is the chicken fried steak. yeah, mattito's uses a little better cut of beef, but I'll put the jalepeno infused cream gravy head to head against mattito's sauce any day of the week. the breakfast is actually pretty good as well.
cafe brazil. the chile relleno is spectacular. I've had plenty of solid meals here.
Vern's. I've only been once. I did the chicken fried steak special w/ mashed potatoes. the sweet tea was as good as any I've had in Texas. the banana pudding was great as well. I didn't care for the CFS batter, but the meat was a surprisingly good cut. The cornbread was a let down. The rolls are supermarket style and buttered but adequately compliment the fare. potatoes were good.
Taj Majal. The Majal is up 75 a ways past mockingbird and lovers (can't remember the exact exit). I've spent a good bit of time in NYC and have several indian joints I love, but this is as good as it gets in my opinion.
Taj Express. on Lemmon, I believe. They do a good job with the standard Indian lunch buffet, but the express is a poor substitute for the Majal. I know a lot of people eat here and many of them have never been to the Taj Majal up 75. If you like the Taj Express, do yourself a favor and hit the holy grail a few miles north.
Gingerman. next time you're drinking beer at the gingerman, grab a turkey/cranberry sandwich to go. the turkey is tasty (I think they use boar's head or an equivalent) and it comes with two spreads: cranberry sauce and a curry mayonnaise. the sandwich is served warm and is outstanding.
The Loon. I recommend anything italian or the burger. great place to get vienna beef hotdogs (chicago style) as well.
Celebration. This place is the worst excuse for comfort food in the area.
South Dallas Cafe. I went here specifically for the fried porkchops. they made a decent effort, I guess. If anyone knows of a place in the DFW area to get a good friend pork chop, let me know. some of the sides were good. nothing spectacular.
Dickey's BBQ. I'm not even going to bother reviewing the day old que but I would like to note that the jalepeno beans are as good a bbq side that I've had. I live close to the maple/mckinney location, and have bought beans by the bucket for parties and what not. they are remarkable. Even if you are a que snob, you have to go by and grab a chopped beef sandwich and a double side of the jalepeno beans.
Well that concludes my early report of the uptown area. I know. . . I have a long way to go. Convenience has been the most important factor in my diet that past few months. I also moved here from spending time in NYC (3.5 months w/ unlimited corporate $ for food and 1.5 months w/ my OWN $ -- needless to say, the first stint I got burned out on upscale food and the 2nd stint I got burned out on ethnic fare), so a lot of what I have been eating is stuff that you can only get in Texas or the south. I welcome your thoughts.