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#16 Nathan

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:33 PM

One more question. Which do you think is better for a solo diner, Stephen Pyles or Tei An?



Both of them are well laid out for solo dining...(i.e. a comfortable bar type area with roomy place settings).

So whichever menu appeals to you well (had an excellent chawan mushi at Tei An last time).
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#17 Scott -- DFW

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:45 PM

Richardson is among the most ethnically diverse parts of the greater Dallas area. If you're looking for fine dining, it's definitely not the best option; but it's no wasteland.


What, exactly, are you looking for?

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

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What, exactly, are you looking for?

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I guess I was thinking that since I'm in Texas, I'd like to have something that I absolutely can't get at home. Last week I had dinner with a friend who lived in Richardson and his recommendation to me was to have chicken fried steak. He said he hasn't had a good one since he left Texas. Mexican or Tex-Mex is also something we don't have in Seattle.

I took a look at the menu for the conference I'm going to. I'm going to want to have one good meal for sure! Here's a highlights of what I can look forward to: pan seared chicken scaloppini, scrambled eggs with exotic mushrooms, beef and chicken fajitas from the buffet line and Texas barbeque at Eddie Deen's Ranch
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:01 PM

I guess I was thinking that since I'm in Texas, I'd like to have something that I absolutely can't get at home.

Good thinking. Okay, for a slightly dated source of info on CFS, see this article. The article only covers Dallas proper, not the northern suburbs, so it doesn't include Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Garland, which makes a reliably great CFS and offers a wonderful slice of authentic Texas kitsch. It's about 6 miles from your hotel--virtually walking distance, by Dallas standards--but closer than any of the good options within Dallas (and still damned good).

For barbecue, the closest good option will be Meshack's Bar-B-Que Shack, also in Garland. Here's a report by Daniel Vaughn (the most authoritative source on north Texas barbecue; rely on him if you're considering other options). Meshack's, like most barbecue worth a damn in Texas, doesn't have dinner hours, so plan accordingly.

For Mexican, the closest good option is Cuquita's (on Spring Valley). Skip the Tex-Mex dishes, which aren't very good. Stronger dishes include lengua en salsa, costillas en salsa verde, pozole, menudo (weekends only), queso flameado, etc. Fresh, handmade corn tortillas and one of the best horchatas in town. While you're in the area, you can swing by the adjacent Fiesta and (better) El Rancho supermarkets.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:31 PM

I guess I was thinking that since I'm in Texas, I'd like to have something that I absolutely can't get at home.

Good thinking. Okay, for a slightly dated source of info on CFS, see this article. The article only covers Dallas proper, not the northern suburbs, so it doesn't include Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Garland, which makes a reliably great CFS and offers a wonderful slice of authentic Texas kitsch. It's about 6 miles from your hotel--virtually walking distance, by Dallas standards--but closer than any of the good options within Dallas (and still damned good).

For barbecue, the closest good option will be Meshack's Bar-B-Que Shack, also in Garland. Here's a report by Daniel Vaughn (the most authoritative source on north Texas barbecue; rely on him if you're considering other options). Meshack's, like most barbecue worth a damn in Texas, doesn't have dinner hours, so plan accordingly.

For Mexican, the closest good option is Cuquita's (on Spring Valley). Skip the Tex-Mex dishes, which aren't very good. Stronger dishes include lengua en salsa, costillas en salsa verde, pozole, menudo (weekends only), queso flameado, etc. Fresh, handmade corn tortillas and one of the best horchatas in town. While you're in the area, you can swing by the adjacent Fiesta and (better) El Rancho supermarkets.

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These are perfect. I have only Tuesday dinner open it will be either Babe's or Cuquita's. At this point, I'm thinking Babe's. It looks fantastic! Thanks for your help.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:55 PM

Quick trip to Dallas this weekend. Any recommendations for Thai, Sichuan, Korean? Thoughts on Royal Sichuan and Little Sichuan?
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:40 AM

Quick trip to Dallas this weekend. Any recommendations for Thai, Sichuan, Korean? Thoughts on Royal Sichuan and Little Sichuan?

May be too late. But for Thai, Bambu (Richardson) or Jasmine Thai (I or II, both in Plano). There are two areas of concentration for Korean. First and best, Royal Lane near I-35 (e.g., Yun Tan Gil, Wondumak, LA Hanbak Solong Tang, Dal Dong Nae, So Gong Dong, et al.). Second, near the itself-destination-worthy Super H Mart (almost like a Korean Central Market) in Carrollton (e.g., WooGak, To Dam Gol, Choon Chun Chicken House, et al.). Though there are quite a few Chinese in the northern suburbs (Richardson, Garland, Plano), few of the restaurants are Sichuanese. Of those, I haven't found any that make much of an impression. Little Sichuan has some ardent fans, but I like the relatively unknown Tong's House (Richardson) better.