11 Spots to Eat Before a Stars or Mavs Game, an Updated Game Plan

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Lori Brandi
Chicken-fried steak at Ellen's Southern Kitchen
Now that they have their checkbooks all sorted out, the boys are back in town and on Saturday night the Stars face off against the Edmonton Oilers. Or someone. I actually have no idea. When they traded Shane Churla, I bowed out gracefully (although he is still with the organization).

Regardless, we thought it was a good time to revisit our pregame meal options around the American Airlines Center. Victory Park has a handful of restaurants, a few of them good. We've also pulled a few from the perimeter, plus some new spots around downtown that are worth an excursion.

Ellen's Southern Kitchen in the West End. Where, you say? The W-E-S-T E-N-D. Yes, it's still there. Logistically, parking twice would make me crazy, but you can take public transit. What's that, you say? P-U-B ... OK. I'll stop with all the "jokes." The DART green and orange lines run to the West End every 30 minutes. Scott Reitz recently reviewed Ellen's and had some nice things to say about the chicken-fried steak. Here's a very handy guide to DART downtown.

Medina Oven and Wine Bar is a little gem at Victory Park. The small restaurant is owned by the same group that owns Baboush and Farnatchi, both of which are home to great Moroccan food. In addition to wood-fired pizzas, they have lamb, chicken, couscous; as well as some great dips and spreads -- smoked eggplant with garlic-saffron tomato confit and cilantro. The bar has some "sexy" cocktails, as well as wine.

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New Places To Try
If you're entertaining guests in from out of town and want to give them the full Dallas experience replete with sports at the AAC, then crack the whip and point your wagon toward Stampede 66, which is now Dallas' quintessential dining experience.

Chef Nico Sanchez opened a second location of Meso Maya near Klyde Warren Park, at 1611 McKinney Ave. The menu draws inspiration from native Mexican ingredients like maiz, cacao, chilies, squash and chayote. Don't let that scare you though. There's something for everyone, including a taco window in the courtyard, La Ventana.

Cook Hall is the new restaurant inside the W Hotel. Scott recently opined about it. The menu is a bit more "sports" friendly and not as fancy as its predecessor, but the prices aren't as fancy either. When pressed, Reitz said this would be his spot prior to an AAC event.

Location Info

Medina Oven & Wine Bar

2304 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ellen's Southern Kitchen

1718 N. Market St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Stampede 66

1717 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Meso Maya

1611 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cook Hall

2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kung Fu Saloon

2911 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Draft Picks Sports Bar & Grill

703 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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I dont know anyone that wants to go to a live sporting event or adult concert at AAC or anywhere else for that matter with a full belly. People dont want dinner, they want beer. Thats why there is a line out the door at Hooters when something is going on at the AAC. I shudder to think what a Mavs or Stars game would be like if even 10% of the crowd had just come from eating a full plate of enchiladas.

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What? No Fan Sports Lounge.....


That Victory Tavern valet info is quite a juicy nugget there Lauren. Thanks.

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