12 comments on “Food Feedback Friday

  1. We had dinner last Friday night at Fernando’s. We rather liked it. Kid warning though. They were jam-packed with lots and lots of kids. Lego’s were being built on the floor in the waiting area, and virtually every other kid had their iTouch in full action. I had the shrimp tacos and my wife had the “cha cha” (I honestly don’t remember what it was). The tacos had some great flavor, huge, and came with all of the appropriate sides (guac, sour cream). Nothing torques me more than having to pay $2 for a side of sour cream. Side of beans was very good, still “chunky” as described in a 2008 D review. Service by Jose was outstanding. It’s not fine dining, but it’s a pretty good Tex-Mex joint. Between Mia’s, Mi Cocina, and Fernando’s, I’d choose Fernando’s.

    When we got home, I dug up Nancy’s review from 2005. 5 years is a long time. Our experience was a positive one.

  2. Went to Artin’s Grill at the Shops at Legacy. I was happy to see that they have overhauled their menu since the last time I was there (shortly after they launched). The items we ordered were the Red Fish, Beef Short ribs, Ahi Tuna salad, and the Crab Cake salad We were a party of 4 and everyone was very happy with the entrées that we ordered.

    We finished it off by splitting the bread pudding. Unfortunately it contained coconut flakes, which I can’t stand the texture of. Everyone else loved the dessert tho.

  3. Friday night – Neighborhood Services. It was good but I ordered the wrong thing – crab and avocado salad. My bad. Next time I’ll order my usual, the London Broil. Saturday night DDude and I dined at Suze. Loved it. Great waiter, forgot your name but thanks for sending over the flatbread. It was crazy good. Wednesday night – Twisted Root burgers on Dyer or whatever that street is. Dry hamburger, bad music, not going back. Last night, Roti Grill. Love it. Broke the dining out budget this week.

  4. Budget tightens in the latter half of the month, but the wife and I did manage to get out once this week for lunch at Spoons Cafe in McKinney. My wife’s “Grown Up” grilled cheese with mozzarella, provolone and mixed herbs was good (big flavor from the herbs). But, it didn’t hold a candle to my panini wtih bacon and house-made pimento cheese.

    Admittedly, pimento cheese loses some of its individuality when melted, but it’s still one of the better grilled cheeses I’ve had in awhile, and the thick-cut bacon was perfectly cooked to crunchy, salty snap.

    Service was a little absent, but they were way busy, and the hostess warned us up front that the kitchen was behind. Besides, Spoons has a such a casual “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” kind of vibe that complaining about service seems a little silly. Good food, cool atmosphere, great prices. We’ll be back for sure.

  5. Went to Zander’s House in Plano for Vietnamese. Everything was excellent from the salt and pepper calamari to the bbq beef, seafood soup, shrimp fried rice, grilled banana with tapioca and coffee flan. The service was so welcoming and friendly (shout out to Tony!). The atmosphere is a bit underwhelming and cold (concrete floors, basic tables and lighting, no background music) but that is my only negative.

  6. DR. BELLS BBQ!!! the real deal! i have recently discovered this little gem of a BBQ restaurant in downtown Dallas and holy moly!! It blow the socks out of most BBQ places. they have amazing brisket and pork tacos…top the brisket with a squeeze of lime and some cilantro HEAVEN. they even started this smoked brisket burger. it has to be the only one of it’s kind in Dallas and it’s AWESOME! they are grinding the brisket fresh every morning…you have to come early or call ahead because they always sell out! DR. BELL’S BBQ!!

  7. Howard Wang’s China Grill (Midway & NW) for lunch one day. Love the fried rice & wontons there!

    California Pizza Kitchen for Tuesday dinner. They very generously donated a portion of each or our school’s check back to the school so it was full of friends.

    An absolutely delicious lunch at Salum. ALWAYS have a great experience there. And kudos to them for layering in enough soft materials to keep the completely FULL dining room quiet enough to have a great conversation! And for placing a respectable distance between tables.

    Lunch at Villa O. The food was delicious but we were only 1 of 2 tables for a long lunch. Eerily empty.

    Chik Filet again! Heavy sports / activities night

    Turkey chili and mixed green salad at the Mermaid in Neiman Marcus. Nothing like a makeup counter expedition and one of my favorite lunches. Love the jalapeno cornbread too.

    Houstons for an afternoon snack. Their hot smoked salmon and toast points are swoon worthy.

    Neighborhood Services (LL) Pure delight.

  8. DGirl, not an advertisement, just excited about it. ;) Its on Main Street next to the City Tavern. The burger is killer…try it!

  9. California Pizza Kitchen for takeout. Love the Moroccan Salad. The only thing that needs improving is the bread offered “to-go” with meals. They’re tiny, somewhat stale pieces, packed in a non-appetizing baggie with pats of butter. Otherwise, great value.

    Brothers Pizza off Meadow and Central for a plain cheese pizza. YUM! Recommend only take out from there.

    Mango Thai on Lovers for Pad Thai (take out, too). We order it with extra chicken (add $2) and it feeds a hungry family of four supplemented with some fruit and veges at home.

  10. Forgot to add Dunstons on Lovers. We ate there the week before last. Love the retro salad bar and small filet. Love everyting except the smoky “perfume” you will have in your hair and on your clothes all night.