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Where to Eat in the 'Burbs: Arlington (Updated)

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Headed to Globe Life Park to soak up some baseball? If the idea of subsisting solely on bacon cotton candy, two-foot hot dogs, and Bud Light turns your stomach, here's an updated map of where to eat in Arlington. (Pro tip: Avoid the chain-laden Restaurant Row along I-30 and delve a little deeper for the choicest eats.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
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.

Babe's Chicken Dinner House

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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.

Cacharel

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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.

Chop House Burgers

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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.

Corky's Brick Oven Pizzeria

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Corky's hails all the way from Hartford, Connecticut, where it originally opened in 1937; it relocated to Texas in 2002. The pies are thin, with puffy, nicely charred crusts thanks to a wood-burning oven; topping standouts include the Italian sausage and spinach, which is roasted before being added to the pizza. (Note: Closed Sunday and Monday.)

David's Barbecue

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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]

Damian's Cajun Soul Cafe

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Everybody needs a dose of soul food from time to time, and this Arlington staple has all the home-cooking staples with a Cajun flair: fried chicken, fried catfish, gumbo, mac 'n cheese, etouffee and peach cobbler. Only open for breakfast and lunch, and they sometimes run out of food so plan to be there no later than 2 p.m.

Dino's Subs

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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.

The Grease Monkey

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If you're looking for a low-key place to chill out with a burger and beer (and maybe some live music), this bar-slash-burger joint would be it. Burgers come with unique toppings like avocado, fried portabella mushroom and roasted peppers, or build your own; buns are spread with a tasty cilantro-honey butter before being toasted. Chipotle-seasoned sweet potato fries are an ideal pair with the ghost pepper ketchup

Gyros House

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Looking for a quick, reasonably cheap meal? Avoid fast food and hit up this house o' gyros, where you can get a soft, fluffy pita loaded up with tender meat and tzatziki; there's also dolmas, Greek salad, very good hummus and more. (There's even a drive-thru window.)

Pho Hung

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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]

R Bar & Grill

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Just opened at the Hilton Arlington, R Bar & Grill relies on local producers like Jimmy's and the Mozzarella Co. for its elevated casual menu that includes everything from banh mi and wild boar chili with Fritos to a bone-in cowboy ribeye and bone marrow with Texas toast, plus local beers and craft cocktails.

Tacos La Banqueta

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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]

Ton's Mongolian Grill

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Perfect for groups that include finicky eaters, Ton's has been doing the choose-your-own-adventure Mongolian grill thing for more than a decade. Pick your proteins from chicken, beef, sausage, scallops, tofu and more, load up your bowl with veggies and various sauces, then watch it all get stir-fried together with (optional) noodles, rice and egg.

Ba Le

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.

Babe's Chicken Dinner House

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.

Cacharel

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.

Chop House Burgers

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.

Corky's Brick Oven Pizzeria

Corky's hails all the way from Hartford, Connecticut, where it originally opened in 1937; it relocated to Texas in 2002. The pies are thin, with puffy, nicely charred crusts thanks to a wood-burning oven; topping standouts include the Italian sausage and spinach, which is roasted before being added to the pizza. (Note: Closed Sunday and Monday.)

David's Barbecue

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]

Damian's Cajun Soul Cafe

Everybody needs a dose of soul food from time to time, and this Arlington staple has all the home-cooking staples with a Cajun flair: fried chicken, fried catfish, gumbo, mac 'n cheese, etouffee and peach cobbler. Only open for breakfast and lunch, and they sometimes run out of food so plan to be there no later than 2 p.m.

Dino's Subs

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.

The Grease Monkey

If you're looking for a low-key place to chill out with a burger and beer (and maybe some live music), this bar-slash-burger joint would be it. Burgers come with unique toppings like avocado, fried portabella mushroom and roasted peppers, or build your own; buns are spread with a tasty cilantro-honey butter before being toasted. Chipotle-seasoned sweet potato fries are an ideal pair with the ghost pepper ketchup

Gyros House

Looking for a quick, reasonably cheap meal? Avoid fast food and hit up this house o' gyros, where you can get a soft, fluffy pita loaded up with tender meat and tzatziki; there's also dolmas, Greek salad, very good hummus and more. (There's even a drive-thru window.)

Pho Hung

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]

R Bar & Grill

Just opened at the Hilton Arlington, R Bar & Grill relies on local producers like Jimmy's and the Mozzarella Co. for its elevated casual menu that includes everything from banh mi and wild boar chili with Fritos to a bone-in cowboy ribeye and bone marrow with Texas toast, plus local beers and craft cocktails.

Tacos La Banqueta

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]

Ton's Mongolian Grill

Perfect for groups that include finicky eaters, Ton's has been doing the choose-your-own-adventure Mongolian grill thing for more than a decade. Pick your proteins from chicken, beef, sausage, scallops, tofu and more, load up your bowl with veggies and various sauces, then watch it all get stir-fried together with (optional) noodles, rice and egg.

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