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Old 06-11-2014, 09:02 AM
 
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Great suggestions so far - especially like Reata, Hatties, Mia's, Campisi's.

In Dallas, I'd add Javier's. NOTHING like this anywhere else that I've found. Very Dallas.

In Fort Worth, I would add Joe T. Garcia's. It's an institution.

I like Stampede 66 for decor and location, as well as nearby Lark on the Park and St. Ann's Court. People coming from St. Louis will enjoy the walkable area around Klyde Warren Park and the arts district.

Kitsch factor is a little higher, but we love The Rustic. Pat Green is part owner, Sharon Hage menu, more Austin than Dallas but definitely Texas. On a nice night, this is a great place - but be sure to check in advance, since they're often closed for private events.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:45 AM
 
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Just my opinion, but this place is overrated. I have been there three times and the atmosphere is good, but the food is just ok. The meatloaf can be dry, the friend chicken has too much honey, etc. The tacos are good though. Plus, it can be a tad pricey.

In Fort Worth I agree Reata is a very solid choice. I like Hatties in the Bishop Arts district, or Campisis on Mockingbird. (nothing says Dallas like the place the Jack Ruby used to hang out).

Another SP hater! Tell me, does your little club have weekly meetings? A secret handshake perhaps?
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:29 PM
 
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Everyone has their own favorites and versions of what good Dallas dining is to them. So "quintessential Dallas" could mean home cooking, Tex-Mex, Southwest, steak houses, beer tavern cuisine, yuppie hangouts, etc.. Best to take them to a restaurant with a good reputation serving the type of food you wish your visitor to experience.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:47 PM
 
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I would also add Tillman's Roadhouse for consideration (depending on your definition of "not too expensive").
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:27 PM
 
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Another SP hater! Tell me, does your little club have weekly meetings? A secret handshake perhaps?
I love the décor, and the ideas, but the execution stinks. For example, they have a cool little margarita cart that comes around and makes special margaritas. Last time I was there it passed us right after I got a beer. I asked him to come in 10 minutes and I wanted one of the house specials. I was at the bar for 45-50 minutes, and despite asking the waitress to bring him back around, he never came back.

The bar itself is another issue. It is cool (the Texas quotes on the TV are awesome), but it is basically right by the eating part of the restaurant. Moreover, the seating area has two sets of 4 high back chairs. Since the bar is so close to the seating area there is not a comfortable place to stand and have a drink while waiting for a table. Moreover, with the 8 big chairs, it is really hard to find a halfway comfortable place to wait for your table.

The tacos are the best thing on the menu- and they are good. Real good. However, the entrees are average at best. When we now eat there, we know to get an early reservation, arrive early at the bar so you can sit (or try to snag the 4 chairs), and only eat the tacos.

By the way, I love his other places.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:17 PM
 
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I would also add Tillman's Roadhouse for consideration (depending on your definition of "not too expensive").
Tillman's is a great suggestion! The Peacock room is great for private groups.
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