Five Restaurants Where Thrifty Foodniks Should Spend Their Summer

Categories: Food News

Sara Kerens
You're looking at some high value fried chicken right here.
While the Los Angeles Times continues to bask under star-free skies, the Dallas Morning News and most other major daily publications continue to honor tradition anointing dining establishments with one to four, and sometimes five stars, to indicate the overall level of satisfaction a diner should expect when patronizing a restaurant.

I dig stars. While they may distract from the craft of well-written restaurant criticism, they make it easy to navigate a city's dining scene, when fairly awarded. My favorite trick, especially when visiting a town where I know very little about the restaurant culture, is to look for high star ratings and low dollar signs. The thought is these places will always give you the best bang for your buck. I did this for Restaurant Week last year.

So, when the DMN published a slide show listing Leslie Brenner's recent four star reviews I decided to parse out the additional information for each review, and look at how each restaurant will tax a diner's wallet. Here's what I found.

Bambu, $$
Sissy's, $$-$$$
Bolsa, $$$
Oak, $$$
Nonna, $$$
Bijoux, $$$-$$$$
Pyramid Restaurant, $$$-$$$$
Private Social, $$$$
Fearing's, $$$$

Stacked this way, Bambu becomes a very compelling dining option. Imagine eating four star food for half the cost. Sissy's too. Maybe that's why I dipped in for an extra plate of fried chicken on my own dime after I filed my review. Bolsa, Oak and Nonna round out what I think makes for a pretty compelling value dining checklist. The rest make you pay for their quality (or lack thereof).

I even went back and looked at my old reviews, and have nothing to add to this list. If I were dining with my own dollars, the top five on this list is where I'd spend some time.

Location Info

Bambu Asian Cuisine

1930 N. Coit Road, Richardson, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sissy's Southern Kitchen

2929 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


614 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music


1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


4115 Lomo Alto Drive, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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I went to Bambu tonight, about the 5th visit this year.  Food was spot on excellent but the service appears to be suffering.  Multiple wait staff walked past plates that were ready to be served.  Entrees served while apps were still on the table.  Being asked if we wanted our check (twice) before we received our food.  It may have been a bad night, so I'm not saying don't go.  But if you do, be prepared.  


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