Four Restaurants I Wish Santa Would Bring Dallas for Christmas

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When I dreamed up my ideas for the RedFork space (which are never going to happen), it jogged my memory about many restaurants that I'd love to see arrive and thrive in Dallas. Here are a few more; consider this my Christmas list. If you think a reputable version of one of these restaurants already exists, leave a line in the comments. It would be one hell of a Christmas present.

Nordic Restaurant: A cute little place with an aggressive menu of smoked and pickled fishes and lots of patés, but the real draw would be infused vodka. Not just pineapple but interesting, robust flavors: Cardamom, caraway, anise, horseradish, cucumber -- a selection of true aquavit that pushed diners to experiment with new flavors. Swedish meatballs, too, with lingonberry jam.

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Chicago has Hot Doug's. Dallas needs its own encased-meat magician.
High-End Hot Dog Shop: Yeah, we got hot dog stands, but I'm looking for someone willing to hit it out of the park. Feature local links, and then borrow inspiration from around the country to offer almost endless variation. New York-style hot dogs with mustard and onions next to Chi-dogs dragged through the garden. Chili dogs, dogs wrapped in pretzel dough, dogs wrapped in bacon and deep fried -- the potential is endless.

A Great Jewish Deli:This one's from our Hanukkah list: Apparently nobody has the chutzpah (or the bagel supplier) to pull off a top-quality Jewish deli, either old school or contemporary. Despite a sizable (and notably hungry) local Jewish population, a Jewish deli of consequence has yet to appear. (Apologies to Cindy's; it's just not quite there). Ziggy's almost came, and then it didn't. We'll continue to pine and kvetch.

Nose to Tail: A restaurant that really gets nose-to-tail eating -- a whole sow in the walk-in every week and every part of it on the menu. Headcheese, pig ears, pig tails, pig liver and then charcuterie, hung and cured in house. Little plates of meat, perfect for snacking, and then a small but well thought-out beer menu, filled with delicious hard to finds.

Aside of that Jewish deli, which is a no-brainer, these would take a brazen proprietor, and then it would take support from the Dallas dining community. They'd have to reward a risky idea with repeated business and loyalty. In other words, you guys would have to want this for Christmas, too.


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ObserverFan
ObserverFan

One word : RAMEN. I would enjoy a great pastrami joint however as well. Soup dumplings anyone?

HorneDog
HorneDog

Scott, one of your wishes in on it's way to the new lowest Greenville area! You'll be the eighth to know the grand opening date and you shall receive an invitation. Thanks for the additional motivation, sir.

Jay Jerrier
Jay Jerrier

I wish someone would open a great late night hot dog place - like the Weiner's Circle in Chicago with neon green relish...or a NY System place like Olneyville NY System Weiners in RI...veal/beef hot dogs on buns with meat gravy (not chili), onions, mustard and celery salt.  The guy making them lines them up on his forearm (sanitary!!).  You order "three all the way" and they serve them side by each.  You know, Brian Luscher is the guy with the pedigree to pull off a strong to quite strong hot dog joint.

Angrywhiteguy
Angrywhiteguy

Forget "high end hot dogs" whatever that means......hell the honorable dog is an everyman food. Only footards without a lick of culinary (or business) sense think upgrading a dog with grey Poopon mustard somhow fills a needed vacancy.

Why not just beg James Coney Island in Houston to open up a DFW location.great dogs, chili dogs and very good chili. (and yes they have NY kraut dogs & Chicago vegatbles w/dog for the yankee carpetbaggers)

And they've been in businees since 1923.

Eeker
Eeker

i find that the Cindi's delis are pretty damn good. the one on 75 though lacks in quality control sometimes and the downtown location is rather average. still, i think their bagels are about as good as you can get. and i lived in nyc for 10 years.

also, deli news on preston/arapaho is quite solid as well.

the thing that struck me is, how can one be snooty about jewish delis? i mean, they're cornershop type of places where there's some weird menu items. they're not the height of gourmand ideals...they're comfort food.

Paul Hightower
Paul Hightower

Not in Dallas but: http://carshonsdeli.com

The problem with a good Jewish deli is not quality but convenience. Cindy's is good but way out of the way of everything in your life. You need something that sits on a busy corner on McKinney Ave or Knox/Henderson and is open 24/7.

I'll trade a Cafe Brazil for a Katz's any day of the week.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

Why is Deli News, at Preston & Campbell, always ignored?  It's not upscale or trendy but the deli is as good as you'll find in North Texas, and that is not a bad thing.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'd be happy with White Castle.

I'm weird.

Jugg
Jugg

FtW actually has two really good hot dog trucks/trailers.  A truck called The Weiner Man and a trailer called Sassy's.  Had a bacon wrapped fried dog from the Weiner Man just this weekend.  They also have fries covered in gouda cheese that are ridiculously good.  Sassy's gets pretty creative with the gourmet dogs too. 

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I'd love to see a "high end hot dog" joint like Dougs, home of the Fois Gras Dog. My money is that'll be the next cullinary craze in Dallas, as LA is going through it right now, as they're seeing places like from Greys Papaya to indie shops like Coney Dog (owned by Tim Allen and Sam Raimi) opening up.

I'm also shocked we havent seen real kosher delis here, I crave a corned beef on rye w/ a bowl of mazoh ball soup on the side and Dr Browns or an Egg Cream to wash it down, maybe even some Noodle Kuegel for dessert...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Are there any fresh, never frozen fish joints around? 

jon from tjs
jon from tjs

i heard ziggy's was ready to come here, but their research suggested that Dallas wouldn't pay the prices for what really good deli meat costs these days.

sidenote - what are your fav jewish deli sandwiches.  i like corned beef & chopped liver on a kaiser roll. and a dr brown's with half and half in it.

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

Nordic?!?!? Where can I send my invesment check? I fjord that idea! ("Love" it... just go with it, K?) Call the gourmet hot dog place "Haute Dogs"; I'd go. Same with a fab Jewish deli. Nose to tail? Meh.

Shelly
Shelly

Aaa.... Don't you watch TV? SONIC is gettin OT done with the dogs, they even have the guy with the bad accents

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Every Jewish Deli here has failed. Wilonsky can tell you why

jon from tjs
jon from tjs

people have tried and failed with great jewish delis.  apparently dallas says they want one but don't support them when they are here.  (We miss you Gilberts)

Guest
Guest

As an ex-New Yorker, I don't like my dogs "dragged through the garden" Chicago style.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

(This joke was told to me by my mother as the answer as to why she never hung out with her cousins/aunts/uncles where she grew up. To describe my grandmother)

A Jewish guy is stuck on a desert island for 20 years.

Upon his rescue, the boat captain notices that the Jewish guy has built two synagogues.

One is a palace with ivory domes and stained glass.

The other is a dump..

The captain asks the Jewish guy - "Why are there two synagogues for only one person?

The Jewish guy answers -

"The lovely one is where I worshiped G-D, and prayed for my rescue"

"The captain asks "what about the other one?"

"Those people, I don't associate with" answers the Jewish guy

Guest
Guest

Deli-News is at Preston and Campbell. Near, but not on Arapaho.

Guest
Guest

You make a good point. If Deli-News was closer to me in Uptown, I'd eat there a lot more often.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I keep trying it, and I keep being underwhelmed. Cindy's is better

Guest
Guest

You can get all that at either Deli-News (the best) or, Gio's. But beware..... The matzoh ball soup at Gio's is very good but, terribly OVERSALTED! The last pastrami sandwich I had there was actually quite good. A little fatty (good) and, very tender.

I love the smoked fish at Deli-News. It comes straight from NYC.

sass
sass

I had some kugel from Central Market last night. Delicious.

Also, I'd like a place to serve me haroset year-round. That stuff is crack.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You know that for some seafood flash-frozen is superior and preferred to never frozen, right? Especially given our lack of ocean for a couple hundred miles.

jon from tjs
jon from tjs

this not being chowhound i can answer the question - yes!  TJ's Fresh Seafood Market is my joint, been here for 22 years, 2010 and 2011 D Magazine "Best Fish Market".  a market, not a restaurant, with full take out.  www.tjsseafood.com.

Guest
Guest

Just plain pastrami on rye with good strong deli mustard and a Dr. Browns cream soda. And don't forget my sour pickle, please.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

yes - except for the soda and 1/2

sass
sass

Easy: a corned beef special. Corned beef, cole slaw, russian dressing. That's it. With quality ingredients, there's nothing better. And now I'm homesick.

Guest
Guest

Not so. Deli-News has been going strong for over 25 years. There's always a line out the door Sunday mornings. And although I'm not a fan of Cindy's, They've been very successful as well.Even Gilbert's had been very successful until their "holier than thou" attitude killed them. 

Guest
Guest

I think you have to be Jewish to understand that joke.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

If it were down competing with other good restaurants, I am afraid it would not make it

Guest
Guest

Just the opposite for me, Jon.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

word, it was more tongue in cheekish, kind of like if I moved from Key largo where I got fresh fish from the ocean, then moved to dallas and said I really wish dallas had a fresh fish straight from the ocean restuarant. 

Guest
Guest

You're right, Jon. Chowhound's Nazi mods are really working it lately. I mentioned a few canned tomato products by name on a San Marzano tomato thread and the bastards deleted my post.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Just because people eat there, does not make it good, especially in Dallas

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

This is in response to "how can one be snooty about jewish delis". The Jewish community in any  town, no matter how small, is never monolithic. There are always largish swaths of "us vs. them" drama present

Guest
Guest

Let's put it this way. For Dallas, it's good.

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