Dallas Love · Healthy Eating · Restaurant Talk

Oishii sushi, still rolling up some tasty fish

We had a great dinner at Oishii Sushi over on Wycliff at the Tollroad last night. More than just sushi, this Pan Asian restaurant has it all. Pho, Honey Chicken, Spring Rolls, Fried Rice, and of course the delicious sushi I took pictures of. The word is out on the place, and it is always pretty full, but if you’re willing to sit at the sushi bar you can generally walk in and wait less than 30 minutes. They always have consistently strong service too, but the last visit was even a little above and beyond the usual. Check em out, they kick ass for sure.

đź“Ť2525 Wycliff Ave, Dallas TX

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Dairy-ette has been grilling burgers in East Dallas for over 60 years

I’m embarrassed to admit I had never been to Dairy-ette prior to yesterday, but I will most certainly return soon! This East Dallas gem is over sixty years old, having opened its doors in 1956. According to those in the know, it hasn’t changed a bit since then, and it shows. After ordering a double cheese burger (add mayo) and a grilled cheese, I had no idea my favorite part would be the root beer.

Don’t get me wrong, everything was fabulous, but that root beer was just something special. Thick, but still crisp. Served with no ice, but ice cold in a frosted mug with little frozen bits of deliciousness floating around. As Nick Rallo wrote for the Dallas Observer, it’s “the martini of root beer”.

The double cheese burger served simply with no frills, the old fashioned way. Unlike most restaurants, the magic isn’t in the ingredients. It’s gotta be the grill. The grilled cheese had a gooey center between two perfectly crisped pieces of white bread. Two unexciting ingredients coming together just right causing a single bite to take you back in time to your childhood, or beyond. If you don’t make it over to the east side very often, it’s worth a special trip. This place as been killing it for longer than most, and is definitely a big part of why #dallaskicksass

9785 Ferguson Road, Dallas TX

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The Commissary is a great coffee shop in downtown Dallas

A couple days ago when it was frigid, I swung by The Commissary to warm up and grab an early lunch. I thought it was just a coffee shop, but their food is pretty damn tasty as well.

The French Dip was almost a banh mi, and was excellent. With a clean and tidy interior and friendly staff, this is a great place to check out when you’re downtown looking for a cup of coffee or a quick bite.

1217 Main St Dallas, TX

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Hudson House is a great spot

I had a great lunch today at the Hudson House over on Lovers Lane near the Tollroad. I tried to be healthy and just get a salad, but since I had heard such great things about the burger my friend and I split one of those too.

I got the Hudson Salad, fried chicken nuggets, avocados, tomatoes, a little bacon and a green goddess dressing. I love a good salad, and this will definitely be included in my favorites going forward.

The burger has two thin patties, stacked with cheese, pickles, and a special sauce. This burger must the grown up version of the old Balls Hamburgers “Little Leaguers”.

The Hudson House is from the same family that brought us East Hampton Sandwiches, and they bring their same quality approach to dining to this upscale table service joint, that is just casual enough to be approachable to all.

4448 Lovers Lane 75225

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Rise no 1 slays the soufflĂ©s

Soufflé party! The folks over at Rise No 1 are about to celebrate ten years of French cuisine. Tucked in the shopping center at Inwood and Lovers, Rise has dialed in the production of both sweet or savory soufflés. Escargot, Duck L’Orange, Jambon & Chèvre were the highlights on the savory side, and the Grand Mariner and Chocolate soufflés made for excellent deserts.

Their cheese board involved a cart and presentation of all the available cheeses and then you make your selections table side. A few cheeses were on a girolle slicer that curls a soft cheese spiral rather than a block, and made for a fun and unique addition.

With two available reservation times of 5:30 and 7:30, they take walk ins all night long. I’d strongly recommend a reservation as this place has frequent regulars.

5360 W Lovers Lane #220

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Harlowe MXM is an excellent new addition to the Deep Ellum dining scene

I had the pleasure of dining at Harlowe MXM last night. With its front doors on the corner of Malcom X & Main (Get it?), the sister restaurant to Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery Harlowe is a magnificent facility that is both elegant, but fitting for the red brick and old buildings of Deep Ellum. Drawn up by the extremely talented folks at Droese Raney Architecture,

I need to go back and take more pics of the building itself, it’s that cool of a space. I’ve had drinks on their enormous rooftop bar, brunch on their street level breezeway, and then dinner last night in the main dining room. I still haven’t had a chance to check out their little tucked away bar, but I’ll be back.

We started things off with some New England Oysters and Chorizo Churros and a few cocktails. We ate early (6:45) so we were able to watch the place fill up. It didn’t quite seem to hit max capacity, so feel free to walk in without a reservation, but the energy was very lively driven largely by the New Orleans style playlist and frequent dance moves from the host staff.

For the entree round the fish feature was Grouper with an okra presentation, my glorious burger, and a Tri Tip plate my other buddy had the Mushroom Demi put on the side. 🤦🏻‍♂️ We also had an unpictured kale salad (my buddy dove right in).

My burger was crazy good, and had steep expectations with the $16 price tag. Double meat and double cheese by default, this burger has the spirit of Keller’s with cheffy ingredients. Crispy edges on the patties, this burger is up there with the best in the neighborhood. A list that seems to get longer by the minute.

In only their 14th week of operation, this place will be around for a while. Next time you’re looking for a place to go, check out Harlowe MXM in Deep Ellum. It’s definitely part of why #DallasKicksAss.

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White Rock Lake is a great place to catch a little sunshine

White Rock Lake is a great way to spend a day like today. This East Dallas gem was actually constructed in 1910-1911 as a response to a Dallas water shortage. With over ten miles of well maintained pedestrian and biking trails, as well as plenty of benches, there’s a little something for everyone. Go stretch your legs at White Rock Lake this weekend!