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  • Gipson

    After nearly four years, the wife and I finally returned to the original Neighborhood Services and found it as excellent as our memories would suggest. There were several daily seafood specials that all sounded incredible, especially the “angry” lobster and grits, but my heart was dead set on the schnitzel, and it delivered in spades. Her roasted chicken is up there with the best I’ve had.

    (To clairfy, in the interim, we’d been to both NS: Tavern and NS: Bar & Grill multiple times. I’m not sure why it took us so long to get back to the original. Of the three, the Tavern was our favorite, so pour one out for that I guess. Although The Tried and True is good as well.)

  • CarrolltonTOD

    Kitt’s Cornbread and Pie Bar in Carrollton: a new restaurant based on Kitt’s frist in Jefferson, TX. Amazing cornbread sanwhiches, bread puddings, and pies!

  • twinwillow

    Dinner at Farnatchi Gourmet Oven in Knox Plaza. We started with a deliciously cheesy Quattro Formaggio pizza and a Mediterranean salad which all was more than enough to share.
    After that we enjoyed Chicken Parmesan and Eggplant Parmesan. Crispy bread crumb coating, covered with gooey melted mozzarella and covered with a very tasty Marinara sauce. All very delicious! The restaurant was busy with mostly locals. It’s our favorite local restaurant. And, it’s BYOB!

  • DGirl

    BetterBurger on Lemmon and Inwood also has better hot dogs. Got me a perfect chili cheese dog on National Hot Dog – great poppy bun, brown mustard and great (angus?) hot dog. As always, the sweet potato fries and chipotle ranch are TDF. Bolsa Friday was kind of disappointing. Lots of small, empty mussels. I didn’t get the wow factor I usually get there. @twinwillow – that Indian restaurant at Lemmon next to 7-11 – you like it? Really? I would love to try it but am scairt of the looks of it. What you do like best there?

  • twinwillow

    Dgirl. You’re talking about Taj Express. You know the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. All the dishes served on the buffet are excellent. Give it a try. The buffet is not very large but, always has Sag Paneer and most all the other Indian favorites including Tandoori chicken. The people eating there are for the most part like myself, mostly local. And the (Indian) lady in charge is quite pleasant and helpful.
    The buffet contains everything from delicious lentil soup and salads to dessert. And, the lightest and best tasting crispy, Pappadoms.
    All inclusive for a very low price. And the restaurant itself is very comfortable. You can go alone and feel comfortable and secure while eating one of the best valued Indian food in Dallas. Especially in that part of town.

  • DGirl

    Thanks – I’m all over it! Also want to mention I dined at Dalat Saturday. Green papaya salad with chewy, spicy Vietnamese beef jerky and a badass roasted pork sandwich. great restaurant.

  • Primi timpano

    OSK–great as always
    Yutaka–surprised at 5 day old fish
    Meddlesome Moth–meh,school cafeteria sweetbreads, avg quail, below avg oysters.
    Carbone’s sub–good
    WholeF sausage, nearly flavorless
    CentralM brand San Marzanos excellent
    Baugh tomatoes, sublime.
    El Hoyo, decent menudo, not so good caldo de mariscos.
    New bistro next to St Anne’s, good. Definitely a place to try. Enjoyed the salmon.
    My kitchen. Pasta con vongole, milk braised pork, sausage with rapinni. See sausage comment. Clams from TJs were great. No closed ones.

  • Primi timpano

    There is a reason it has been there forever.

  • Kevin Mccormack

    I needed a nacho fix so I ordered them at Avillas and to my surprise what came out was a plate full of chips with some cheese and hamburger meat on top. It looked like a hamburger pizza. I asked the waiter where the guacamole, pico, sour cream and beans were and he said that in order to get that I needed to order the “Crazy Nachos for $2.00 more. All that I expect when ordering nachos for the past 45 years is about 6 chips with the above mentioned items on each one. Now that I know that Avillas has the worst nachos, I ask you, I beg you, who has the best nachos?

  • Beda

    How can you tell the difference betwen a “local” and a “non-local”? I live in east Dallas so I wouldn’t consider myself local to Uptown but can’t imagine that you would be able to recognize that. Just curious.

  • twinwillow

    I have mystical powers.

  • DGirl

    Since Chelsea Street Pub no longer exists, I’d have to say I think Mi Cocina’s Nachos Locos are outstanding.

  • Ducky

    Best nachos I have ever eaten were last weekend at a very unexpected place- Vee Lounge in downtown Ft. Worth. The plate was gigantic and covered in all the things you mentioned, but chicken as the meat instead of hamburger. And just because I had a few (okay, a lot) of drinks in me doesn’t mean they weren’t still awesome nachos!

  • PF1

    Salum – everything was a hit, as usual – food, service, ambiance. Halibut with dashi broth was superb. I don’t find halibut on a lot of Dallas menus – it’s in season now – why is it so scarce?

    Scalini – it was a good pizza night.

  • Michael Merriman

    Me too!

  • Michael Merriman

    Taj Express is ok, but filthy, and the water there is really nasty. I found a pubic hair sticking out like an antenna from a piece of tandoori chicken.

  • TheGuy

    J.S. Chen’s in Plano for Dim Sum. Love those shrimp dumplings, and the minced shrimp and pork dumplings were good as well.

    Skip the tired bbq beef buns. However, if you like eggplant–and you should–be sure to get the shrimp and eggplant. They don’t always have it for dim sum, but when they do….wow! Got Orange Beef and Sesame Chicken to go, and these were both very good, even for being such basic, been-there/done-that entrees.

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