Dallas Journals

Eating in the Dallas Area

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A travel journal to Dallas by Jeffrey

Pappasitos Photo, Dallas, Texas More Photos
Quote: In the Dallas area (Dallas and all suburbs) there are an amazing number and diversity of restaurants. Take a look at what I have found!

Eating in the Dallas Area

Overview

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The Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex is huge, and there are many restaurants of all types to choose from.

I live in the area, and regularly visit many restaurants, and will share my best experiences (and worse nightmares) in this journal.

As the journal grows, I will split it into separate journal entries for Dallas suburbs.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

If you are going to be here for any length of time, you will need a car. Public transit is limited to bus service and light rail service in downtown and the limited surrounding area.

Sitar Indian Cuisine

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Restaurant

Sitar Indian Cuisine Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Sitar Indian Cuisine (a Sitar is an Indian stringed musical instrument) is a brand new (mid-July 2001) Indian restaurant in Plano (a north suburb of Dallas) that I found by accident one afternoon during lunch. Ironically, I was sitting in the drive-through of a fast food restaurant that is directly in front of Sitar. I was waiting and waiting and I spotted Sitar, and thought that I would come back and try it sometime. After more waiting in the crowded drive-through in the Texas heat, I thought, why not try it now? So I did...I was greeted and seated promptly by the friendly Indian host (presumably the proprietor). The first thing I noticed (after the $7.95 lunch buffet sign outside)...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2001

Sitar Indian Cuisine
8612 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75024
(214) 618-0050

Hard Rock Cafe

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Restaurant

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, Dallas, Texas
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This is an eclectic Hard Rock Cafe on eclectic (and historical) McKinney Avenue. This Hard Rock Cafe is also known as the "Supreme Court of Rock and Roll," owning to its stately court house-like white stone architecture outside, complete with red carpet up the long front stairs to the entrance. Out front, in the corner of the property for all to see is a clamorous looking oil pump (derrick?) like you see throughout West Texas, only this one is dressed up to appear as if it was made from precious medals. They have pay parking (!) in the rear of the building and offer valet parking. However, I have always found street parking nearby. Inside, like other Hard Rock Cafe's, are w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2001

Hard Rock Cafe
2601 McKinney Ave
Dallas, Texas 75204
+1 214 855 0007

Blue Mesa Grill

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Restaurant

Blue Mesa Grill Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Blue Mesa Grill is a small chain (3 Dallas and 1 Ft Worth Restaurant) of very cool contemporary southwest American (NOT Tex-Mex) cuisine restaurants. I have been to all 3 Dallas locations, and the food and service is consistently good in all of the restaurants. Each restaurant has the coolest contemporary southwest decor, in their architecture, furniture, colors, and art on display. After you are seated, they serve fantastic complimentary homemade chips made from yellow, white, and blue corn tortillas, served with dishes of fresh red and brown salsas (both are great). When our server comes, we usually order their trademark blue margaritas ($6), and their "Tableside Guacamole ($7)," which...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2002

Blue Mesa Grill
5100 Belt Line
Dallas, Texas 75240
+1 214 934 0165

Slider and Blues Restaurant and Bar

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Restaurant

Slider and Blues Restaurant and Bar Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Slider and Blues is a small local chain of restaurants/bars that has a unique combination of a family restaurant catering to kids with a kids theme, play area and arcade, and an adult sports bar with full bar service and live entertainment. They pull off the combination very well, and balance all the attributes of a family restaurant and a sports bar, creating an environment where the whole family can have a nice night out. For kids, they have a magician entertaining on Friday nights, and for adults there is live music on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights. On the restaurant side of Slider and Blues, they have a simple but fairly large dinner menu of appetizers ($2-$16...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 3, 2002

Slider and Blues Restaurant and Bar
3033 West Parker Road
Dallas, Texas
(972) 867-8666

Cafe Pacific

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Restaurant

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Cafe Pacific is an upscale seafood restaurant in the very affluent Highland Park Village shopping center in North Dallas. It has a very clubby and formal atmosphere, and reservations are essential. We arrived in plenty of time for our reservation, so we browsed around the outdoor shopping center before entering the restaurant. Cafe Pacific specializes in seafood, so I wouldn't go there for a steak. There are many great steak places in Dallas. For seafood and chicken dishes on special occassions, Cafe Pacific is hard to beat, unless you are on a low to medium budget. Cafe Pacific has a full bar, and we enjoyed drinks after we were promptly seated. The servers have an amazing level ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 30, 2001

Cafe Pacific
24 Highland Park Village
Dallas, Texas 75205
+1 214 526 1170

Tierra Caliente

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Restaurant

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Tierra Caliente is a no-nonsense Mexican restaurant in North Dallas that offers good food and service and a good value. The restaurant is fairly small, but I have never had to wait for a table. We visit Tierra Caliente about once a month for Sunday breakfast, and they always have a nice little crowd. Tierra Caliente is in unassuming location in a small strip mall, next to a Mexican grocer. Inside, they have your choice of tables (for large groups) and booths. They always have a couple of TVs on with Mexican sports or other program. It gets a little busy listening to the TV, the crowd, and a jukebox that plays slightly loud. The servers are always friendly, but may not speak Eng...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 3, 2002

Tierra Caliente
1957 East Belt Line Road
Dallas, Texas 75006
(972) 416-2304

El Paso Tex Mex Cafe

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Restaurant | "El Paso Tex-Mex Cafe"

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El Paso Tex-Mex Cafe is a 3 restaurant family-owned chain of restaurants in Plano, Richardson, and Arlington. We regularly visit the restaurant in Plano (and have been there many times), and have not visited the other two restaurants. El Paso has good food, very good margaritas, good service, decent atmosphere and surroundings, and all with low prices. If money is no object and you want the BEST Tex-Mex food, go to Pappasitos Restaurant and Cantina (see my journal entry)...it is great for an occassional visit, but you will spend twice as much as you would at El Paso. Anyway, El Paso is a hard-working place that does a good job. They are well established....this location has been her...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 4, 2002

El Paso Tex Mex Cafe
1320 North Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas 75074
(972) 881-8600

Bavarian Grill

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Restaurant

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The Bavarian Grill is a great German restaurant and bar in Plano (north suburb of Dallas). I have visited many times for food, drinks, or both, and the food and service are always good, and a good time had by all. The Bavarian Grill is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, and has live entertainment five nights a week. I have seen bands in the bar area (jazz) and German polka in the dining room. The German polka band is very lively and encourages high participation from the crowd during sing alongs, dance alongs, etc. Kids love it. Their lunch menu has "light lunches and salads" ($4-$7), soups ($3-$5), pastas ($7-$8), and meat dishes ($6-$9). Their dinner menu has...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2002

Bavarian Grill
221 West Parker
Philip, South Dakota 75074
(972) 881 0705

Pappasitos

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Restaurant | "Pappasitos (Tex-Mex)"

Pappasitos Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Tex-Mex at its finest. Pappasitos is a very popular restaurant with locals and visitors. It is decorated in an old-world Mexican Cantina format. Although it is popular, it is very accessable, since it is a big place. The wait for a table is tolerable, because they have a great bar and fantastic chips and salsa (save room for the main event). I have been here many times. They have these jumbo shrimp that are great. They butterfly them, add a sliver of Monterey Jack cheese and sliver of jalapino pepper inside, wrap it in a piece of bacon, and mesquite grill them. You can order a dish with 5 or 6 of these, with beans and rice. They also have great fajitas. You can get a com...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

Pappasitos
723 South Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas
(972) 480-8595

Pranzo Italian Grill Photo, Dallas, Texas
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I go to Pranzo Italian Grill once or twice a month, usually for lunch. They have a second location on Central Expressway in Plano (another north suburb).

The food and decor are Italian all the way. You can order a variety of salads, pizzas, and pastas. At this location, you place you order and pay at a window (not as bad as it sounds), and then you are seated, and given your drink order.

The food follows very quickly, which is nice for a quick lunch.

I enjoy their Rigatoni Carbonara, which is pasta in a cream sauce with bits of ham or Canadian Bacon. It comes with garlic bread.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

Pranzo Italian Grill
1403 East Campbell Road
Dallas, Texas 75081
(972) 994-9200

Akbar

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Restaurant | "Akbar (Indian)"

Akbar Photo, Plano, Texas
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In my opinion, Akbar has the best Indian food in the Dallas metroplex. There are plusher and more formal Indian restaurants, but Akbar is my favorite for food. Akbar is located on Parker Road in Plano, just west of Central Expressway (there is a Parket Rd exit), in the Ruisseau Center (strip mall). The decor is typical of Indian restaurants. Akbar has a lunch buffet that is good. You can also order from their menu. The buffet is an excellent introduction to Indian food, for the uninitiated or if you are intimidated by the menu (but don't be). The staff are helpful with the menu. For dinner or take out orders, I always get my favorite Murg M...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

Akbar
301 West Parker Road
Dallas, Texas 75023
(972) 423-3007

Patrizio Plano Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Patrizio (Italian)"

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Patrizio is an Italian restaurant in Plano near the Southeast corner of Park Blvd and Preston Road (a major north/south route through Dallas). Decor, atmosphere, staff, and customers are trendy and attractive. There are lavish paintings and a huge wood table that has wines and art on display. The service and everything about this place has a touch of class. The tables are nicely spaced apart, and all have white tablecloth and napkins. There is an outdoor patio I recommend if the weather is nice. It has space heaters that do a good job of extending the patio season. Inside, they have a large wood bar that is popular with the after-work crowd. The Bellinis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

Patrizio Plano Restaurant
1900 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75093
(972) 964-2200

Pecan House Grill

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Restaurant

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The Pecan House Grill is in an old area of Frisco (north of Plano), in an old restored house. The house has a large wood porch that can be enclosed to accommodate the weather. There was a guitar/vocalist on the porch the night we were there. She was entertaining, while being subtle and non-interferring. The food is American gourmet and very well done. I had chicken with a crumb crust that was great. The Pecan House Grill is very far from downtown Dallas. I wouldn't make a special trip from downtown, but if you are staying or in the north suburbs, it is an out-of-the-way place with lots of locals. To find it, go (way) north on Preston Road,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2000

Pecan House Grill
7110 Main Street
Dallas, Texas
(972) 712-9911

Aparicio's Restaurante

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Restaurant | "Aparicio's Plano Tortilla Factory & Cafe (Mexico) "

Aparicio's Restaurante Photo, Dallas, Texas
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This is an off-the-beaten-track real Mexican restaurant that is popular with locals. Visitors will not normally find places like this. Arapicio's is just west of Avenue K in Plano on 18th Street. While the restaurant is very real and very casual, the food is great, and a tremendous value. They are closed Monday, but open 6 days a week from 6:30am to 7pm. They have a dining room, but we mostly enjoy going there for Sunday morning takeout. They have breakfast tacos (Taquitos) which contain various combinations of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and beans wrapped in flour tortillas. I usually go and buy many Taquitos and a Sunday newspaper, and bring it home. My wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2000

Aparicio's Restaurante
1001 18th Street
Dallas, Texas 75074
(972) 423-6980

Ho's

Restaurant | "Ho Ho China (Chinese)"

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This is not a fancy place, but they do the basics very well. The dining room is clean (they also deliver and have take-out), and the food is great.

I go here all the time for lunch. Their lunch specials are a great value at $5-6, and service is faster than McDonalds (really).

They have many beef, chicken, rice, noodle, vegetable, shrimp, and pork dishes, along with soups ($1-2) and appetizers ($1-2).

Dinner entrees are $5-8, and there are many lunch specials under $5. I like the Chicken Chow Mein and Hunan Chicken lunch specials. They come with egg roll, fried wonton, and fried rice (you can request steamed rice).

Two forks up!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2000

Ho's
1401 East Arapaho Road
Dallas, Texas 75081
(972) 234-5050

Humperdink's Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery

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Restaurant | "Humperdink's Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery"

Humperdink's Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Humperdink's is a combination restaurant, brew pub, and Sports Bar. There are many locations around town. I frequent this location for lunch or after-work drinks. This location is very large, and they do a great job of separating the restaurant from the bar, as they are in opposite sides of the building. You can take your family and kids to the restaurant. They have large booths and tables, and televisions are everywhere. At lunch they usually have business news (stock ticker, etc) running, but sports can also be seen. At night, it is sports everywhere. Central Expressway (75) is one of the major north/south routes through Dallas. This Humperdink's is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 9, 2000

Humperdink's Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery
1601 North Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas
(972) 690-4867

Tino's Mexican Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Tino's (Tex-Mex)"

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Tino's is a family-owned and operated restaurant with 2 locations. This location is in the Collin Creek Mall (see journal entry under Things to see in Dallas), and their second location is in Plano at 2205 Avenue K (972-881-9226). I frequent both locations, and the menu/food, service, drinks, and environment are consistently good at both locations. The location in Collin Creek Mall is an excellent place to rest and relax while shopping the large mall. The Avenue K location is in a stand-alone building, but is very accessable with lots of parking. We are always seated promptly by a friendly hostess, and chips and fantastic fresh salsa follow. When drink o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2000

Tino's Mexican Restaurant
1013 Collin Creek Mall
Dallas, Texas 75075
(972) 424-2572

Lombardi Mare

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Restaurant | "Lombardi Mare (Italian Seafood)"

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Lombardi Mare is a contemporary Italian seafood restaurant. It has a very chic decor that has fish everywhere, and an open kitchen and bar. It has white tablecloth and napkins, and impeccable service (too attentive if anything). Price varies depending on if you enjoy appetizers, drinks (they have a huge wine list), desert, coffee, special breads, or other extras. Although seafood (fish) is the specialty, they have some chicken and beef dishes. Soups ($6-8) are good, and appetizers ($5-10) were not tried. Entrees ($10-27) vary widely, and include Antipasti, Pasta, Fish, and meat. Wine is available by the glass ($6-11) and by the bottle ($27-125). Lunch (when I v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Lombardi Mare
5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 410
Addison, Texas 75287
972 503 1233

Taqueria Canonita

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Restaurant | "Taqueria Canonita (Mexican)"

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Located in a strip mall on the west side of Preston Road in Plano, north of Parker Road and south of Spring Creek (right across from a Walgreens). Although it is in a strip mall, when you enter, the decor is a combination of contemporary and Mission style from Mexico. Inside the entrance, there is a waiting area with Mission-style furniture that looked inviting and comfortable. A large oval bar is between the entrance and the main dining area. There are also neat oval tables/booths on one side of the bar, and an open kitchen on the other side. In the main dining area, there are tables and booths, and large booths in the corners. There is also an outdoor covered patio wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

Taqueria Canonita
4001 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas
(469) 467-8655

Emerald Mist Restaurant and Pub

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Restaurant | "Emerald Mist Restaurant and Pub (Irish pub)"

Emerald Mist Restaurant and Pub Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Emerald Mist is a nice lunch (and after work drink) spot in Richardson, near the southeast corner of Plano and Campbell Roads. I have never visited for dinner, but frequent it for lunch. They serve hearty pub-style lunches for $5-8. I like the Shepherd's Pie and Corned Beef and Cabbage. Lunch comes with a salad, which can be substituted for soup. You also get a piece of rich brown bread. They also have sandwiches, and other entrees. At night (and the occassional Friday lunch) the bar comes alive. They have a huge number of draft and bottled imports. They also have live music on weekend nights, but I haven't visited during that time yet. They have an outdoor pa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 20, 2000

Emerald Mist Restaurant and Pub
1840 North Plano Road
Dallas, Texas
(972) 671-MIST

Juapangos

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Restaurant | "Juapangos The Mexican Food Fix (Tex-Mex)"

Juapangos Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Juapangos is a Tex-Mex restaurant in Plano at the northwest corner of Coit and Spring Creek, at the end of a long strip mall. They have a large dining room, and offer take-out and delivery. We were seated quickly, given chips and salsa, and our drink order taken (they have a full bar). Decor consists of brown Mexican tile floor, white walls with simple hand-painted murals (cactus and peppers), green wood trim, and galvanized steel panels (like used on a tin roof). Food and service are decent. Appetizers ($3-8) include nachos, flautas, quesadillas, and more. They have soups and salads ($4-7) but I haven't tried them. Dinner platters ($6-10) include fajit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 20, 2000

Juapangos
6205 Coit Road
Dallas, Texas
(972) 612-3800

Primo's Bar and Grille

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Restaurant | "Primo's Bar and Grille (Tex-Mex)"

Primo's Bar and Grille Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Primo's is an eclectic Tex-Mex place on eclectic McKinney Avenue north of downtown Dallas, and north of Routh Street. There is a shared (free) public parking lot directly across the street from Primo's. I have always found parking there. Upon entering, you can ask a host(ess) to seat you (to the right), or you can sit at their long bar. We sit in the dining area during our visits. We are always seated promptly, given chips and salsa, and drink orders (margaritas) taken. For some reason (which I did not investigate), the dining room is the shape of a trapezoid, and about 10 feet wider at one end than the other. The edge of the room along the front of the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2000

Primo's Bar and Grille
3309 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204
(214) 220-0510

Lincoln County Grill

Restaurant | "Lincoln County Grill (American)"

Lincoln County Grill Photo, Plano, Texas
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Lincoln County Grill is a very casual dine-in or take-out with decent food and surroundings. However, if you want a full-service restaurant with a host(ess) to seat you, and a server to take your order and bring your food and drinks, this is not the place for you. Lincoln is located at the north west corner of Coit and Spring Valley at the end of a large strip mall. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a country decor with neon beer signs everywhere. A wide range of breakfast entrees ($4-8) is available, with many side orders. Lunch and dinner share the same menu of appetizers ($2-$7), soup and salads ($2-$6), beef/chicken/fish platters ($4-$9), an...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Lincoln County Grill
6205 Coit Road
Plano, Texas 75024
(972) 758-5300

Carson's Palace

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Carson's Palace Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Carson's Palace is a high-end sports bar and night club that serves great food. It is an unusual combination of fine dining and nightlife. Since the place is so large, they pull it off well. You can have a fairly quiet meal or game of billiards away from the band and disc jockey. Or if you are ready to dance and socialize, they have a huge bar and tons of booths and tables in the large main room where they have live music or disc jockeys seven nights a week. Throughout the entire building, there are dozens of televisions playing sports. Some of the screens are absolutely huge...10 or 12 feet! Since there are different things to do, Carson's Palace is a great place to go with a large gro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 16, 2002

Carson's Palace
17727 N Dallas Pkwy
Dallas, Texas 75287