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Don't squander the chance for a sandwich at Dino's.
Don't squander the chance for a sandwich at Dino's.
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Where to Eat in the 'Burbs: Arlington

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Don't squander the chance for a sandwich at Dino's.
| Photo credit: Dane K./Foursquare

Ahhh, Arlington: Home of "America's Team" the Dallas Cowboys and their behemoth stadium, not to mention the Texas Rangers and Six Flags Over Texas, the overpriced favorite summer destination of kids who want to ride roller coasters till they puke. All these entertainment meccas make Arlington a major hub for chain restaurants, but there's plenty of fantastic food to be found if you know where to look. Here are 16 places worth stopping for a bite next time you find yourself in Arlington. (And don't forget to check out the rest of our Where to Eat in the 'Burbs series: Addison, Carrollton, Richardson, Plano, Denton, Frisco, McKinney and Irving.)


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ba Le

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2240 Browning Dr
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 274-0381
There are plenty of great pho spots in Arlington, but this one stands out for one reason: crisp, chewy baguettes that are baked in-house. Try a banh mi or just get a loaf to dip into your soup.

2. Babe's Chicken Dinner House

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230 N Center St
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 801-0300
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The Arlington location of this go-to chicken house serves up the same fantastic fried bird as the rest of 'em (and the mediocre sides, but that's not the point). Not in the mood for fried food? Try the smoked chicken instead.

3. Brooklyn's Best Pizza And Pasta

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2425 SE Green Oaks Blvd #107
Arlington, TX 76018-0914
(817) 784-3565
Real New York-style pizza made by (gasp) real New Yorkers -- and according to an Eater reader, "the best eggplant parm in Texas." Try the deep-dish Sicilian, or there's even a stuffed-crust version that's bound to beat the pants off of Pizza Hut's. [Photo: Andres G./Foursquare]

4. Cacharel

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2221 E Lamar Blvd
Arlington, TX 76006
(817) 640-9981
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Strangely located on the 9th floor of an office building, this is nonetheless the only place to go if you're seeking French(ish) food (or fine dining) in the area. Plus, who wouldn't want a romantic meal with picturesque views of Six Flags? If you do decide to drop the coin on a date night here, don't miss the souffles for dessert.

5. Chop House Burgers

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1700 W. Park Row Dr., Ste. 116
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 459-3700
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This always-packed burger joint from chef Kenny Mills is known for huge, flavorful burgers. Can't go wrong with the signature CH Burger, with a patty that incorporates chopped brisket, plus bacon and housemade steak sauce. Awesome huge onion rings, too.

6. David's Barbecue

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2224 W Park Row Dr, Ste H
Pantego, TX 76013
(817) 261-9998
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While David's probably won't break Texas Monthly's Top 50 anytime soon, the gigantic portions, tasty ribs, solid chopped beef sandwiches and awesome onion rings will definitely do if you find yourself in the area with a serious hankering for some barbecue. [Photo: Foursquare]

7. Dino's Subs

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2221 S Collins St
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 274-1140
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For a damn fine sandwich, look no further than Dino's, where the meat is cut to order and the menu has about a zillion different options. Whatever you get, be sure to order it with the works and "Dino dressed." Great ice cream and lots of draft beer (which they'll apparently let you take to-go?!), too.

8. Istanbul Grill

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6204 S. Cooper St.
Arlington, TX 76001
(817) 557-3377
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Excellent Turkish food including red lentil soup, yogurt-marinated kebabs, feta-stuffed borek (deep-fried phyllo rolls), kofte and more. Don't skip the Turkish coffee with your dessert. Bonus: BYOB.

9. Los Jarros

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408 W Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 277-7245
Skip the terrible, overpriced food at Six Flags and go here instead for bargain-priced nachos al pastor, chilaquiles or a massive torta. [Photo: Francisco F./Foursquare]

10. Ocean Chinese Restaurant

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1510 New York Ave
Arlington, TX
(817) 261-5929
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This old school Chinese/Vietnamese spot won't impress anyone with its run-down decor or sketchy bathroom, but the food -- including Viet-style hot pots and Chinese-American dishes like orange chicken and chow mein -- is tasty and cheap.

11. Prince Lebanese Grill

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502 W Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 469-1811
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Guy Fieri ate here, so you know it's gotta be good. Kidding aside, this place has great falafel, shawarma, Greek salads and hummus.

12. Pho Hung

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2216 New York Ave #205
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 860-8981
Another top-notch pho restaurant located in an unassuming strip mall, this one has exceptionally tasty broth, great boba tea and Vietnamese coffee, and bonus: a giant saltwater fish tank to stare into while you slurp your soup. [Photo: Isaac V./Foursquare]

13. Potager Cafe

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315 S Mesquite St
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 861-2292
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For a one-of-a-kind experience, head to this pay-whatever-you-want restaurant with a hippie co-op vibe. Portions are small to minimize waste, but expect anything from quiche to beef sirloin with truffle butter, plus housemade desserts. BYOB. [Photo: Lisa P./Yelp]

14. Shojimoto

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1220 S Cooper St, Ste 110
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 801-3131
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We can pretty much count the number of Filipino restaurants in DFW on one hand. This place specializes in authentic desserts like halo-halo and exotic ice cream flavors such as ube and pandan, but there's also savory food like pork adobo and longanisa with a fried egg.

15. Tacos La Banqueta

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1021 East Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 459-1122
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This Arlington outpost of the East Dallas favorite serves the same amazing suadero and choriqueso tacos alongside that irresistible salsa verde. Round out the meal with a Topo Chico. [Photo: Francisco R./Yelp]

16. Tom's Burgers & Grill

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1530 N Cooper St
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 459-9000
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You can't miss this ridiculously shiny red diner, which serves up excellent, fresh renditions of diner classics including burgers, giant onion rings and breakfast plates. Fellow food critics Katharine Shilcutt and Scott Reitz are vocal fans of the potato chip-crusted chicken fried steak.

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1. Ba Le

2240 Browning Dr, Arlington, TX 76010
There are plenty of great pho spots in Arlington, but this one stands out for one reason: crisp, chewy baguettes that are baked in-house. Try a banh mi or just get a loaf to dip into your soup.
2240 Browning Dr
Arlington, TX 76010

2. Babe's Chicken Dinner House

230 N Center St, Arlington, TX 76011
The Arlington location of this go-to chicken house serves up the same fantastic fried bird as the rest of 'em (and the mediocre sides, but that's not the point). Not in the mood for fried food? Try the smoked chicken instead.
230 N Center St
Arlington, TX 76011

3. Brooklyn's Best Pizza And Pasta

2425 SE Green Oaks Blvd #107, Arlington, TX 76018-0914
Real New York-style pizza made by (gasp) real New Yorkers -- and according to an Eater reader, "the best eggplant parm in Texas." Try the deep-dish Sicilian, or there's even a stuffed-crust version that's bound to beat the pants off of Pizza Hut's. [Photo: Andres G./Foursquare]
2425 SE Green Oaks Blvd #107
Arlington, TX 76018-0914

4. Cacharel

2221 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006
Strangely located on the 9th floor of an office building, this is nonetheless the only place to go if you're seeking French(ish) food (or fine dining) in the area. Plus, who wouldn't want a romantic meal with picturesque views of Six Flags? If you do decide to drop the coin on a date night here, don't miss the souffles for dessert.
2221 E Lamar Blvd
Arlington, TX 76006

5. Chop House Burgers

1700 W. Park Row Dr., Ste. 116, Arlington, TX 76013
This always-packed burger joint from chef Kenny Mills is known for huge, flavorful burgers. Can't go wrong with the signature CH Burger, with a patty that incorporates chopped brisket, plus bacon and housemade steak sauce. Awesome huge onion rings, too.
1700 W. Park Row Dr., Ste. 116
Arlington, TX 76013

6. David's Barbecue

2224 W Park Row Dr, Ste H, Pantego, TX 76013
While David's probably won't break Texas Monthly's Top 50 anytime soon, the gigantic portions, tasty ribs, solid chopped beef sandwiches and awesome onion rings will definitely do if you find yourself in the area with a serious hankering for some barbecue. [Photo: Foursquare]
2224 W Park Row Dr, Ste H
Pantego, TX 76013

7. Dino's Subs

2221 S Collins St, Arlington, TX 76010
For a damn fine sandwich, look no further than Dino's, where the meat is cut to order and the menu has about a zillion different options. Whatever you get, be sure to order it with the works and "Dino dressed." Great ice cream and lots of draft beer (which they'll apparently let you take to-go?!), too.
2221 S Collins St
Arlington, TX 76010

8. Istanbul Grill

6204 S. Cooper St., Arlington, TX 76001
Excellent Turkish food including red lentil soup, yogurt-marinated kebabs, feta-stuffed borek (deep-fried phyllo rolls), kofte and more. Don't skip the Turkish coffee with your dessert. Bonus: BYOB.
6204 S. Cooper St.
Arlington, TX 76001

9. Los Jarros

408 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76011
Skip the terrible, overpriced food at Six Flags and go here instead for bargain-priced nachos al pastor, chilaquiles or a massive torta. [Photo: Francisco F./Foursquare]
408 W Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011

10. Ocean Chinese Restaurant

1510 New York Ave, Arlington, TX
This old school Chinese/Vietnamese spot won't impress anyone with its run-down decor or sketchy bathroom, but the food -- including Viet-style hot pots and Chinese-American dishes like orange chicken and chow mein -- is tasty and cheap.
1510 New York Ave
Arlington, TX

11. Prince Lebanese Grill

502 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76011
Guy Fieri ate here, so you know it's gotta be good. Kidding aside, this place has great falafel, shawarma, Greek salads and hummus.
502 W Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011

12. Pho Hung

2216 New York Ave #205, Arlington, TX 76010
Another top-notch pho restaurant located in an unassuming strip mall, this one has exceptionally tasty broth, great boba tea and Vietnamese coffee, and bonus: a giant saltwater fish tank to stare into while you slurp your soup. [Photo: Isaac V./Foursquare]
2216 New York Ave #205
Arlington, TX 76010

13. Potager Cafe

315 S Mesquite St, Arlington, TX 76010
For a one-of-a-kind experience, head to this pay-whatever-you-want restaurant with a hippie co-op vibe. Portions are small to minimize waste, but expect anything from quiche to beef sirloin with truffle butter, plus housemade desserts. BYOB. [Photo: Lisa P./Yelp]
315 S Mesquite St
Arlington, TX 76010

14. Shojimoto

1220 S Cooper St, Ste 110, Arlington, TX 76013
We can pretty much count the number of Filipino restaurants in DFW on one hand. This place specializes in authentic desserts like halo-halo and exotic ice cream flavors such as ube and pandan, but there's also savory food like pork adobo and longanisa with a fried egg.
1220 S Cooper St, Ste 110
Arlington, TX 76013

15. Tacos La Banqueta

1021 East Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX 76010
This Arlington outpost of the East Dallas favorite serves the same amazing suadero and choriqueso tacos alongside that irresistible salsa verde. Round out the meal with a Topo Chico. [Photo: Francisco R./Yelp]
1021 East Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, TX 76010

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16. Tom's Burgers & Grill

1530 N Cooper St, Arlington, TX 76011
You can't miss this ridiculously shiny red diner, which serves up excellent, fresh renditions of diner classics including burgers, giant onion rings and breakfast plates. Fellow food critics Katharine Shilcutt and Scott Reitz are vocal fans of the potato chip-crusted chicken fried steak.
1530 N Cooper St
Arlington, TX 76011

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