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Roast some meat over an open flame at your table at Ari Korean BBQ.
Kathy Tran

14 Essential Carrollton Restaurants

The Metroplex’s second largest K-Town offers great eats, but there are also options to try Russian, Cuban, and Peruvian dishes here

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Roast some meat over an open flame at your table at Ari Korean BBQ.
| Kathy Tran

Carrollton, known as DFW’s second-largest K-Town, has much to offer beyond just one style of food. Locals know where to head for crispy fried chicken, Cuban pastries, Chinese hotpot, South Asian kebabs, and Russian pelmenis — and those are just a handful of foods worth venturing out for in this suburb.

These are the essential restaurants in Carrollton.

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Russian Banya of Dallas

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This Russian restaurant has some dishes that can’t be missed, including platters of pelmeni (petite dumplings) or its big brother the vareniki and bowls of borscht. Order a bottle of spicy Baikal (a herbal Siberian cola) or shots of vodka to help everything go down smoothly.

Shinwari Kitchen

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Shinwari karahi, a mutton and chicken karahi dish, is the specialty and namesake of the restaurant. It is best eaten with fresh naan, dipped into the spicy gravy. And the Afghan Kabuli pulao, topped with sweet carrot slivers and plump raisins, is not to be missed.

Mordisko & Salsa

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Mordisko & Salsa’s Venezuelan sampler, including two mini arepas, empanadas, tequenos (cheese/guava sticks) and mandocas (fried cheesy doughnuts), is a great way to graze one’s way through the cuisine for beginners. Sancocho de res (beef soup), available on weekends only, is an excellent choice on cold winter days.

Beba BBQ

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South Asian wraps or kabab rolls (toasted naan filled with chicken or beef) and sliced vegetables are a solid grab-and-go order for those on the run. For sit-down meals, unctuous meat stews like beef nihari or goat karahi are excellent when paired with flaky parathas or fluffy spiced pulao.

Catfish House

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Catfish House showcases Southern classic crispy fried catfish baskets. Other deep-fried favorites, including shrimp, green tomatoes, clams, calamari, and pickles, are also on the menu. Add on sides of french fries or beans and rice. 

Munay Rotisserie Chicken & Grill

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Juicy and flavorful Peruvian roast chicken is the thing to order here. The anticuchos (marinated, sliced, and roasted beef heart on a stick) are also a must-try for adventurous carnivores. Finish the meal with the helado de lucuma (lucuma fruit ice cream) and hot picarones (pumpkin and sweet potato doughnuts) drizzled with fig syrup. 

Cuban Dulceria International Bakery

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Jump start the day with a shot of hot and sweet cafe cubano paired with a flaky pastel de guayaba y queso, guava and cheese pastry or a savory papa rellena or potato ball filled with seasoned ground beef. Take any sandwich favorites, such as the classic Cubano or media noche, for lunch.

99 Pocha

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Recreate the experience of a late-night drink in Seoul with bottles of soju and beer with Korean bar snacks like tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), kimchi fried rice, scallion pancakes, and squid and pork belly bulgogi here.

Texan Wangbal - Jokbal, Bossam

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Whole pork hocks, known as bossam, are the specialty at this restaurant. Choose between the jokbal, where the pork is braised in soy sauce, or the bossam, where the pork is steamed. 

El Portal Cafe

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A lot on the menu here is not for the faint of heart. Try the Colombian classic bandeja paisa, a heaving platter of crispy pork belly, steak, or chorizo over steamed white rice, slow-cooked beans, fried eggs, sweet plantains, an arepa, and slices of avocado. Don’t forget to bring home a bag filled with their baked goodies, including almojabanas (sweet cheese yuca bread), bunuelos (fried fritters) and alfajores (dulce de leche butter cookie sandwiches.)

Ari Korean BBQ

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No K-Town food trip to Carrollton is complete without the grilled meats from this local favorite. Premium cuts of beef and pork, unseasoned or marinated, can be ordered a la carte. The combination platter is the best option to get a sampling of the different cuts of meat with the spread of banchan. 

Cuba Bella Café

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Traditional Cuban dishes like ropa vieja (shredded beef) and pan con lechon (roast pork sandwich) are favorites, alongside notable specialty items, such as the tostone burger (a choice of chicken or steak burger between two crispy plantain discs instead of bread buns). And the cocktails, from the La Cubanita Espresso Martini to los mojitos, that use natural tropical fruit juices like guanabana (soursop), maracuya (passion fruit), and coconut are great for kicking off any celebration.

Yin Tang - Spicy Hot Pot

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Build your own bowl from a choice of dry or soupy and a buffet of ingredients from proteins to vegetables to noodles at Yin Tang, which is an excellent introduction to the Chinese art of hot pot.

Hall’s Honey-Fried Chicken

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This place, from the owners of Dallas’ Henderson Chicken Shack, continues the Henderson family legacy of serving crispy, juicy fried chicken. The chicken and waffles are a must. If chicken is not on the agenda, go with a basket of hot links smothered in barbecue sauce. 

Russian Banya of Dallas

This Russian restaurant has some dishes that can’t be missed, including platters of pelmeni (petite dumplings) or its big brother the vareniki and bowls of borscht. Order a bottle of spicy Baikal (a herbal Siberian cola) or shots of vodka to help everything go down smoothly.

Shinwari Kitchen

Shinwari karahi, a mutton and chicken karahi dish, is the specialty and namesake of the restaurant. It is best eaten with fresh naan, dipped into the spicy gravy. And the Afghan Kabuli pulao, topped with sweet carrot slivers and plump raisins, is not to be missed.

Mordisko & Salsa

Mordisko & Salsa’s Venezuelan sampler, including two mini arepas, empanadas, tequenos (cheese/guava sticks) and mandocas (fried cheesy doughnuts), is a great way to graze one’s way through the cuisine for beginners. Sancocho de res (beef soup), available on weekends only, is an excellent choice on cold winter days.

Beba BBQ

South Asian wraps or kabab rolls (toasted naan filled with chicken or beef) and sliced vegetables are a solid grab-and-go order for those on the run. For sit-down meals, unctuous meat stews like beef nihari or goat karahi are excellent when paired with flaky parathas or fluffy spiced pulao.

Catfish House

Catfish House showcases Southern classic crispy fried catfish baskets. Other deep-fried favorites, including shrimp, green tomatoes, clams, calamari, and pickles, are also on the menu. Add on sides of french fries or beans and rice. 

Munay Rotisserie Chicken & Grill

Juicy and flavorful Peruvian roast chicken is the thing to order here. The anticuchos (marinated, sliced, and roasted beef heart on a stick) are also a must-try for adventurous carnivores. Finish the meal with the helado de lucuma (lucuma fruit ice cream) and hot picarones (pumpkin and sweet potato doughnuts) drizzled with fig syrup. 

Cuban Dulceria International Bakery

Jump start the day with a shot of hot and sweet cafe cubano paired with a flaky pastel de guayaba y queso, guava and cheese pastry or a savory papa rellena or potato ball filled with seasoned ground beef. Take any sandwich favorites, such as the classic Cubano or media noche, for lunch.

99 Pocha

Recreate the experience of a late-night drink in Seoul with bottles of soju and beer with Korean bar snacks like tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), kimchi fried rice, scallion pancakes, and squid and pork belly bulgogi here.

Texan Wangbal - Jokbal, Bossam

Whole pork hocks, known as bossam, are the specialty at this restaurant. Choose between the jokbal, where the pork is braised in soy sauce, or the bossam, where the pork is steamed. 

El Portal Cafe

A lot on the menu here is not for the faint of heart. Try the Colombian classic bandeja paisa, a heaving platter of crispy pork belly, steak, or chorizo over steamed white rice, slow-cooked beans, fried eggs, sweet plantains, an arepa, and slices of avocado. Don’t forget to bring home a bag filled with their baked goodies, including almojabanas (sweet cheese yuca bread), bunuelos (fried fritters) and alfajores (dulce de leche butter cookie sandwiches.)

Ari Korean BBQ

No K-Town food trip to Carrollton is complete without the grilled meats from this local favorite. Premium cuts of beef and pork, unseasoned or marinated, can be ordered a la carte. The combination platter is the best option to get a sampling of the different cuts of meat with the spread of banchan. 

Cuba Bella Café

Traditional Cuban dishes like ropa vieja (shredded beef) and pan con lechon (roast pork sandwich) are favorites, alongside notable specialty items, such as the tostone burger (a choice of chicken or steak burger between two crispy plantain discs instead of bread buns). And the cocktails, from the La Cubanita Espresso Martini to los mojitos, that use natural tropical fruit juices like guanabana (soursop), maracuya (passion fruit), and coconut are great for kicking off any celebration.

Yin Tang - Spicy Hot Pot

Build your own bowl from a choice of dry or soupy and a buffet of ingredients from proteins to vegetables to noodles at Yin Tang, which is an excellent introduction to the Chinese art of hot pot.

Hall’s Honey-Fried Chicken

This place, from the owners of Dallas’ Henderson Chicken Shack, continues the Henderson family legacy of serving crispy, juicy fried chicken. The chicken and waffles are a must. If chicken is not on the agenda, go with a basket of hot links smothered in barbecue sauce. 

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