I cook a lot at home, especially on the grill. But I do get a hankering for sushi and dim sum, and I've been known to drive a long way to indulge in excellent examples of both.
Here are a few of my favorites.
ABC Seafood & Dim Sum, Arlington: Getting good dim sum isn't easy, but at this Arlington spot it's as easy as ABC. The restaurant also serves a great crab fried rice (there is a live crab tank at the front of the restaurant). Just be sure to bring a lot of friends -- the crab rice serves at least four.
2420 E. Arkansas Lane, Arlington, 817-861-8818; abcdimsum.com.
First Chinese BBQ, Haltom City: For Chinese roast pork and duck (nothing like seeing roast ducks hanging in the window), I like First Chinese BBQ.
There are six locations in the area, including Haltom City. Try the barbecue pork soft noodles.
5310 E. Belknap St., Haltom City, 817-834-1888; firstchinesebbq.com.
Royal China, Dallas: For noodles made right before your eyes, try Royal China, which also has a great dumpling bar.
6025 Royal Lane, No. 201, Dallas, 214-361-1771; www.royalchinadallas.com.
Wasabi Sushi, Fort Worth: There are a lot of terrific sushi spots in DFW, but my favorite is Wasabi Sushi on Hulen Street. I have a standing "sushi night" every Wednesday at Wasabi. The sushi is reasonably priced, and there is a nice selection of wines by the glass selected by the owner, a wine enthusiast.
5443 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, 817-370-9700; www.thewasabi.com.