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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Dallas
Food
Feel
Price
5.2
7.0
$40
Just another Thai-American place with watered-down, farang-friendly flavors

Samui Thai is a formula. The ownership builds in new suburban strips, dressing the room in curtains and other soft touches—enough to soothe the asphalt and faux stone hardscape just outside. They allow guests to make basic cooking decisions: hot or mild, no fruit on this dish, and so on. They water down Thai flavors whenever necessary, without sacrificing the character completely.

In essence, it’s a southeast Asian Olive Garden: consistent, satisfying, and unchallenging. Yet this is the key to the… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Dallas
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
7.0
$10
The best coffee in Dallas—it can even stand up to the summer heat

The Pearl Cup was among the first of the “Third Wave” coffee shops in Dallas to pull delicious, viscous, creamy shots of espresso, and remains among the best. They’re devoted to providing high quality (better than just “fair trade”) and usually locally roasted beans including two house espressos, currently by Eiland Coffee Roaster of Dallas, and Topeca from Tulsa, and a rotating guest espresso.

These are well chosen to represent a range of roasts from dark to light, and flavor profiles… [More]