Best Non Chain Restaurants in Dallas

Old Jul 21st, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Ooh, yes. Kent Rathbun's was fabulous the other day at The Blue Plate. THE best salmon I've had in a very long time. Everyone at our table loved their meal.
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Old Jul 31st, 2010, 08:35 PM
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Joe T Garcia's: Fort Worth: Great home style Tex Mex... 30+ years! A garden experience!
Lenny's: Fort Worth. A small gourmet texas style:
Reatta: Downtown Fort Worth: a classic Texas style steak house great views on outdoor garden
Piranah's Killer Sushi: Downtown Fort Worth
Del Frisco's Steak House: Dallas & Fort Worth
Sushi Sam: Southlake Sushi
One thing we can do in Texas is Eat... I could go on and on...
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Old Aug 1st, 2010, 05:40 PM
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One of favorite meals ever was at Javier's in Dallas.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2010, 02:05 PM
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Sevie's on Preston.
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Old Aug 8th, 2010, 02:37 PM
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French Room
Cafe Pacific
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What you have here, TravelSense, is just a random sampling of the thousands of restaurants in the DFW area. With a metro population between 6 and 7 million people, there will be too many restaurant choices for this sort of query to be particularly valuable.

BTW, the reason the first posters were offended by your question was an inference that DFW is such a minor spot on the road that its dining options could be summarized by a handful of posters. I don't know about you, but when I inadvertently offend people, I don't lecture them, I apologize.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2010, 05:03 AM
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We ate at York Street last night. I will say it is an unassuming place in an odd area (IMO) - I have dined all around the world and had many wonderful meals - this was without a doubt one of the best meals EVER.

I highly recommend it.
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Old Oct 4th, 2010, 07:16 PM
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They have several locations, but I'm not sure I'd call it a "chain". But I like Uncle Julio's on Lemmon Ave. for Tex-Mex.

Love Sunday brunch (very laid back) at "State & Allen Lounge", just north of the Woodall Rogers and just west of 75.

Love the neighborhood, too.
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Old Oct 5th, 2010, 04:18 AM
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We are going to be over in Arlington for the day while our daughter has an event - any suggestions for a good place to eat in that area? Nothing "fancy" - any type of food is fine.
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Arlington is a very large city. (20 mts from one end to the other.) Which part of the city will you be in?

North Arlington- head for Pappadeaux's on Copeland Road. (Their shrimp cocktail is to die for. So is their creme brulee)

South Arlington:

Good Tex-Mex at Cafe Pulido. Corner of Matlock and Mayfield. Closed Mondays. (If you like a little spice, try their vegetable enchiladas.mmm)

If it's a weekday, there are a dozen good places in the Highland Village area. I-20 and Matlock. But avoid it on the weekend at all costs. BJ's Brewhouse; PFChangs; for a great burger- Kincaid's; Houlihan's has great "small plates"- try the bbq chicken flatbread and don't miss the goat cheese & artichoke poppers~OMG!)

When will you be in town? (Arlington schools take their cheerleading pretty seriously, too, btw.)
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Sarge...hhahahah - yes, I am sure you do take that cheer seriously I will email you where we will be. I actually have a few Sat that I have to be over in Arlington due to the cheerleading. Dh has been wanting to take me to Pappadeuax so that will be his call I am sure!
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A chain is a chain whether Texas only, regionally or nationally. Don't let anyone fool you. these are all chains:

taco diner
Texas de Brazil
Joe T Garcia's
Pappas Restaurants (Pappadeaux's, Pappasito's, Pappa's Burgers, Pappa's Steahouse)
PF Changs
BJ's Brewhouse

Eatzi's is more of a gourmet food shoppe than a restaurant though you can dine-in if you want.

Dallas has a lot of one-off restaurants especially in the uptown area. Ft Worth has more chains than anything else.
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The French Room in The Adolphus Hotel should satisfy on all counts:

If that's too hard on the pocketbook, try Noodle Wave for great Thai:

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Just to make sure this restaurant is included. Suze Restaurant is consistently delicious, small, chef-owned. It is in a nondesecript locatation on NorthWest Hwy and Midway road.
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Where or where is the BBQ ya'll???

Sonny Brians
Peggy Sues Beef Bar

And one of my all time favorite restaurants in the metroplex; S and D Oyster Bar. I also LOVE El Fenix for Mexican (horrors, it is a chain). Kubys by SMU for German. Yummm. So many great places to eat. WHo needs the Mansion when you can dine like a king for a fraction of the price in many other places?
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