Wondering what’s new on the menu this weekend- in southwestern USA? If so, I have a few places in mind for you. How about a quick getaway to Dallas, TX for some delicious yum yums that are moderately priced? The Big D of the southwest, as it’s affectionately called by some,  is the first destination up in Candacetravel’s 2016 Global Expedition. Each month, I will choose a different locale and will review everything from cuisine to accommodations for you. I hope that you’ll enjoy learning more about my casual dining picks for northern Texas below -and I wish you all Happy eats.

  1. My first pick is Cosmic Café. This litte eatery is located in the uptown area of Dallas, TX and features an eclectic dining area and spectacular menu. From the moment you arrive, you can sense that it’s going to be quite an experience from the vibrant colors of the building’s exterior. Once you step inside, you’ll find the same Asian theme draped throughout. The dining room is small, but quite cozy. Although we waited a bit to be seated, it was well worth the time. I ordered the Buddha’s Delight, which was comprised of curried vegetables of the day, dahl, samosa, pappadam, rice and nan. It was so delicious and the platter was incredibly filling!!! I would definitely recommend it. I’m calling all vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and even meatetarians (lol,) a.k.a carnivores, to this oh-so-yummy restaurant- that won’t break the bank. There is something on the menu for everyone!delight

 

  1. My second pick is Zoe’s Kitchen. This wonderful, Mediterranean eatery has locations throughout the Dallas area, as well as in other states (US.) It’s a great option in place of your standard “fast food” restaurant, that allows you to dine in or carry-out. It offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere with orders prepared shortly after being placed. I had the red pepper hummus, which had a nice kick to it, alongside their classic pita bread (side note- I try not to eat anything with gluten in it, but at times will bend when unavailable.) The texture of the hummus was smooth and it also comes in basil pesto and classic hummus flavor, too. On my second visit (yes, I went back for a second time,) I enjoyed a tasty side of fantastically seasoned rice pilaf and mouth-watering Greek salad, with their signature salad dressing drizzled on it- thanks to my friend. It was oh-so tasty!! This restaurant offers everything from spinach roll- ups, to kabobs of all sorts. Zoe’s food is fresh, flavorful and festive. It’s pricier than your average fast food joint, but well worth the extra expense.

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  1. The Blue Fish is my third and final pick for this piece. If you enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine, then you will absolutely love dining at the BF. They offer an array of small plates, ranging from ahi to spring rolls and guests can also feast on dishes including- tempura, decorative salads, entrees that feature Chilean Sea Bass, Chicken, or Steak Teriyaki and tons of sides for those of us who lean more towards the more plant-based side of life. There’s also an extensive list of sushi rolls to choose from such as California, Shrimp, Tiger’s Eye, Volcano, Baked Salmon, Spider and many more. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with a contemporary backdrop. I had the most delectable salad that was both visually and gastronomically pleasing, with a tangy dressing. The Blue Fish is a super option for both large and small parties who are ready for some awesome eats and good times.

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Please be sure to check out one or all three of these picks and be sure to let us know just what you think! Safe travels and again, happy eats my friends!

 

 

Photo credit for Cosmic Cafe and Zoe’s Kitchen goes to Google Photos and Blue Fish goes to Candacetravels