2012 Readers Voice Awards: Dine

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 at 5:06pm

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CHEF

DOUBLE TROUBLE  | Abraham Salum’s two neighboring Uptown restaurants — his recent Komali and the eponymous Salum — won him ultimate chef honors. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

There are chefs who toil away in the kitchen and never come out to see their guests. There are chefs who are never in the kitchen because they are always cooking on TV or for magazines. Then there is Abraham Salum. Even with two restaurants (albeit neighbors) — Komali and his seven year old eponymous eatery — Salum strikes a marvelous balance of crafting dishes his way and allowing his staff the freedom to embellish. And he’s social enough that it’s a rare meal when he doesn’t emerge to check on how his diners are enjoying his dishes. Attention to detail and personal warmth conspired to handily earn him the title ultimate chef, and for his Salum restaurant to tie (with Stephan Pyles, no less) for ultimate dining experience. Bon appetit!

— Arnold Wayne Jones

ULTIMATE CHEF
Abraham Salum

Salum
4152 Cole Ave., Suite 103
Open for lunch Monday–Friday 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.;
open for dinner Monday–Saturday 6–10:30 p.m.
214-252-9604
SalumRestaurant.com

Komali
4152 Cole Ave., Suite 106
Open for lunch and dinner daily
214-252-0200
KomaliRestaurant.com

ULTIMATE DINING EXPERIENCE
(TIE)
Salum

4152 Cole Ave., Suite 103
Open for lunch Monday–Friday 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.;
open for dinner Monday–Saturday 6–10:30 p.m.
214-252-9604
SalumRestaurant.com

Stephan Pyles

1807 Ross Ave., Suite 200
Open for lunch Monday–Friday;
open for dinner Monday–Saturday
214-580-7000
StephanPyles.com

BEST FAST AND CHEAP MEAL
BEST PLACE FOR A CHEAP DATE
Hunky’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers

3930 Cedar Springs Road
214-522-1212
321 Bishop St.
214-941-3322
Open for lunch and dinner daily
Hunkys.com

BEST AUTHENTIC DINER
Original Market Diner

4434 Harry Hines Blvd.
Open for breakfast and lunch daily; open for dinner
Thursday—Saturday
214-521-0992
OriginalMarketDiner.com

BEST BURGER JOINT
Hunky’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers

3930 Cedar Springs Road
214-522-1212
321 Bishop St.
214-941-3322
Open for lunch and dinner daily
Hunkys.com

BEST STEAKHOUSE
Texas Land & Cattle Co.

3130 Lemmon Ave.
Open for lunch and dinner daily
214-526-4664
TxLC.com

BEST BARBECUE
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

2525 Wycliff Ave. (and additional locations)
Open for lunch and dinner Monday–Saturday
214-780-0999
Dickeys.com

BEST BREAKFAST
Original Market Diner

4434 Harry Hines Blvd.
Open for breakfast and lunch daily; open for dinner
Thursday—Saturday
214-521-0992
OriginalMarketDiner.com

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

3520 Oak Lawn Ave. (and additional locations)
Open for lunch and dinner daily
214-521-4700
Pappadeaux.com

BEST ITALIAN/PIZZA
Sal’s Pizza & Restaurant

2525 Wycliff Ave. (and additional locations)
214-522-1828
SalsPizzaDallas.com

BEST TAKEOUT
Eatzi’s

3403 Oak Lawn Ave. (and additional locations)
Open daily at 7 a.m.
214-526-1515
Eatzis.com

A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN | What could express the idea of brunch better than a breakfasty waffle topped by a lunch-friendly chicken breast? Maybe a bloody Mary bar. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

Let’s face it: In the gay world, brunch is a social function as much as a way to fuel your body. So when you have a place like Jonathon’s in Oak Cliff — with its buzzy Sunday mornings clogged with a diverse crowd of sophisticates — you’re gonna attract a particular clientele. Add a self-service bloody Mary bar like the one here … well, now you’re approaching Nirvana. Sandwiched between Spiral Diner and Campo, Jonathon’s has some culinary competition from its neighbors, but it matches them with fanciful a menu that offers clever twists on country kitchen classics, especially the chicken and waffles. Fried chicken, syrup, vodka and tomato juice? No wonder it won.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

FAB BRUNCH
Jonathon’s

1111 N. Beckley Ave.
Closed Mondays.
Weekend brunch from 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
214-946-2221
JonathonsOakCliff.com

rva-editors-choiceTransgender “travesty shows” abound the Dallas-Fort Worth. But many are held in restaurants in industrial or less developed areas, or tucked away in ethnic enclaves. Not so, Los Altos de Jalisco. The Mexican restaurant sits adjacent to a McDonald’s and around the corner from soccer-mom shopping and dining central, where Target, Kohl’s and Applebee’s dominate the landscape. Sunday nights, Los Altos welcomes Gaby Duarte and friends for late-night Spanish-language drag performances, punctuated by bawdy humor. The audience at these shows is made up of mustachioed, working-class men in cowboy hats and boots who stuff dollar bills into the cleavage of the ladies between Paulina Rubio hits and swigs of Mexican beer. Everyone noshes on platters of tacos with beef barbacoa, pastor and fajita, garnished with fresh cilantro and onions. Try getting that image out of your head … or finding it anywhere on the Strip.

— Jose Ralat-Maldonado

BEST PLACE FOR FAKE BOOBS AND REAL TACOS
Taqueria Los Altos de Jalisco

6012 Abrams Road, Suite 102
214-361-6769

BEST LATE NIGHT
(TIE)

Thairiffic

4000 Cedar Springs Road, Suite E
Open for lunch and dinner daily
972-241-2412
ThaiDallas.com

Cafe Brazil

3847 Cedar Springs Road
Open 24 hours
214-461-8762
CafeBrazil.com

BEST MEDITERRANEAN
(TIE)

Fadi’s

3001 Knox St., Suite 110 (and additional locations)
Open for lunch and dinner daily
214-528-1807
FadisCuisine.com

Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill

1901 Abrams Road
Open for lunch and dinner daily
214-823-8235
AliBabaMedGrill.com

Food-truck

NUM, NUM NAMMI | The food truck craze is nowhere more apparent than in the line behind the Nammi truck, which serves luscious banh mi Vietnamese sandwiches.

New Yorkers may have stumbled across the banh mi taco only last month, but Dallas has been enjoying them for coming up on a year, thanks to the Nammi food truck. Officially called Nammi Cruisin’ Vietnamese Fusion, mobile grub peddler, owners Teena Nguyen and Gary Torres serve an alternative to the Korean taco craze that swept the nation a couple years back and is only now subsiding. The classic bahn mi, 12 hulking inches of delight, is itself a product of fusion, available with a choice of meat or tofu — go for the lemongrass beef or the grilled pork — paté, fresh cilantro, pickled cucumber, carrots and daikon as well as slices of cucumber and jalapeño between a baguette slathered with a mayonnaise. But it’s the Vietnamese taco that distinguishes Nammi from the rest of the pack. The corn tortillas, packed with sautéed red cabbage and the traditional banh mi elements, add a sweetness that stands up against the fire of the chilies and salsa, not to mention allowing for a greater manageability on the go.

— Jose Ralat-Maldonado

BEST FOOD TRUCK
Nammi Cruisin’ Vietnamese Fusion

Visit site for truck schedule.
NammiTruck.com

BEST MEXICAN /
LATIN RESTAURANT
Gloria’s

4140 Lemmon Ave.
(and additional locations)
Open for lunch and dinner daily
214-521-7576
GloriasRestaurants.com

BEST ASIAN /
SUSHI RESTAURANT
Thairiffic

4000 Cedar Springs Road, Suite E
Open for lunch and dinner daily
972-241-2412
ThaiDallas.com

BEST VEGETARIAN/
VEGAN RESTAURANT
Cosmic Cafe

2912 Oak Lawn Ave.
Open for lunch and dinner daily
214-521-6157
CosmicCafeDallas.com

BEST DESSERT SPOT
La Duni

4264 Oak Lawn Ave.
(and additional locations)
Open daily
214-520-6888
LaDuni.com

BEST FROZEN YOGURT SHOP
Yumilicious

3800 McKinney Ave., Suite 160
(and additional locations)
Open Monday–Saturday at 11 a.m.,
Sundays at noon
214-521-7888
Yumi-licious.com

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 16, 2012.

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