What Restaurant or Cuisine Does Dallas Need?

Yes, it’s a slow news day but that doesn’t mean we can’t make some up. We spend a lot of time talking pros and cons of the cuisines available in Dallas so let’s put some effort into daydreaming about new ideas. If you could move one restaurant here, which one would it be? If you could bolster the profile of one cuisine, what would it be? I don’t know if you consider hot dogs a cuisine, but I’d love to see, for lack of a better term, gourmet hot dog and sausage restaurants with great beer lists and inventive side dishes and salads. Also, soup! Hot or cold. Okay, your turn. Go.

58 comments on “What Restaurant or Cuisine Does Dallas Need?

  1. In no specific order:

    First and foremost Dallas needs to declare a specific cuisine we can all agree on as our own.

    Second we need Franklin Barbeque….we don’t need any imitators.

    We need more farm to table restaurants. Take your pick of the best ones everyone else has several but not Dallas.

    Houston has one now Dallas needs an Uchiko

    Since we have a whole week/two week celebration devoted to the Hatch chile how about some love from a New Mexican restaurant?

    Good Pakistani like Sabri Nihari in Chicago.
    http://sabrinihari.com/

    Good Chinese….like Din Tai Fung, Sea Harbour, CBS Seafood, JJ Bakery, JTYH Restaurant all of which are in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles

    Bambu is getting there but places like Lotus of Siam (Las Vegas) and Pok Pok (Portland) would be nice on the Thai front. We need more Asian restaurants to push the boundaries.

    We have a good deal of decent Indian places but we need some regional specific ones i.e. (Andhra, Tamil, Keralite, Chettinad, Gujarati, Rajasthani, etc)

    Great Jewish Deli like Katz but even better would be Kenny and Zuke’s from Portland

    A place that can make a consistent and decent bagel and that you don’t have to drive halfway across the metroplex for.

    A Czech restaurant….we have a lot of decendants in Texas and German food is jut not the same

    Fillipino food since the small places that keep opening up keep closing, one with a awesome pancit palabok would be ideal.

    A rotisserie restaurant with great beer and great sides too…Brasa from Minneapolis comes to mind or Rotisseries Romados in Montreal
    http://www.brasa.us/

    Fun places like The Gorbals, Animal, and Red Medicine in Los Angeles; Girl and Goat in Chicago, the list could go on an on.

  2. A solid 24 hour diner, like the Tick Tock in northern NJ. Denny’s doesn’t cut it.

    A reasonably priced northern Italian trattoria. Modo Mio was great way back when, but as I recall it was a little expensive. I’m not sure of Romagna Mia’s pricing, maybe that would work.

    Regional Spanish. And Greek. And German.

  3. A real Texas Chili parlor, like the original Tolbert’s in the 1980s.

    Heck even the restaurant Chili’s doesn’t serve chili anymore.

  4. we need more Mongolian BBQ – Genghis simply doesn’t cut it.

    We could also use better Delis

  5. Grammercy Tavern from NYC…their cocktails down to dessert are immaculate. Topolobampo from Chicago…. Rick Bayless is amazing. He takes authentic Mexican cuisine to a new level. The French Laundry in Napa is absolute perfection.

  6. Wow!What no sweet addicts in our area?A place to get really fine pastries,cordials,appertifs and coffees and outstanding desserts.And truly fine Chinese cuisine…and I don’t mean PF Chaings.