Picking Apart Nancy Nichols' Best New Restaurants, and Adding a Few of My Own

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Catherine Downes
Mughlai
This cavernous Indian restaurant, tucked into a small shopping plaza near the Galleria, is one of Dallas' best gems. Sure, they opened way back in 2011, but so did Zio Cecio. Mughlai could easily beat many of the restaurants in D's list in terms of consistency and execution, and they throw together some amazing Indian food.

*****

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Catherine Downes
Monica's
Speaking of Tex-Mex, I have to say I prefer what I've had at Monica's over both Mr. Mesero and Urban Rio. Monica's enchiladas with cheese and and chili con carne made from hand made tortillas and freshly ground beef are the best I've ever had.

*****

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Carbone's
How can you forget about Carbone's!? I've visited this Highland Park ode to New Jersey Italian numerous times and have never been disappointed with the food. The dining room is a little bright, but decor can't be part of this contest if Nichols let let the terrible bar at Urban Rio slide.

What about you guys? What are your best restaurant moments of 2012? Hopefully you have a few more waiting to be discovered before the year's end.



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8 comments
gabe48
gabe48

Best new seafood restaurant is the new location of T.J.'s Seafood on Oaklawn at Herschel, across the street from Al Biernet's.  Their lobster roll contains 1 pound of fresh lobster, not frozen, best I've had, including in Maine.  The jumbo crab cake is amazing.  Don't miss the homemade Wasabi salad dressing, with just enough bite to it.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Best new place is the new Seafood Shack on NW Highway. Mughlai' s was excellent for me as well. But the very light lunch crowd forebodes a short existence.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

My recollection is that Nancy is over enthused with Farris. Touted his cooking before he even opened.

NancyNichols
NancyNichols

This is the best post you have ever written. Mughlai was a tough cut. I've never heard of Carbone's and I picked Mr. Mesero because I am having an affair with Mico. 

scottreitz
scottreitz

@DSideDish I didn't know you were into that?

bigjondaniel
bigjondaniel

@cityofate @DSideDish I love it when Mommy and Daddy fight

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