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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.

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. 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.

4. 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.

5. Corky's Brick Oven Pizzeria

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4760 Little Rd
Arlington, TX 76017
(817) 561-2675
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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.)

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. Damian's Cajun Soul Cafe

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185 S Watson Rd, Ste 101
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 649-7770
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.

8. 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.

9. The Grease Monkey

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200 N Mesquite St
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 665-5454
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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

10. Gyros House

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720 W Division St
Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 460-4842
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.)

11. 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]

12. R Bar & Grill

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2401 E Lamar Blvd
Arlington, TX 76006
(817) 640-3322
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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.

13. 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]

14. Ton's Mongolian Grill

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1171 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76017
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.

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. 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

4. 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

5. Corky's Brick Oven Pizzeria

4760 Little Rd, Arlington, TX 76017
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.)
4760 Little Rd
Arlington, TX 76017

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. Damian's Cajun Soul Cafe

185 S Watson Rd, Ste 101, Arlington, TX 76010
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.
185 S Watson Rd, Ste 101
Arlington, TX 76010

8. 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

9. The Grease Monkey

200 N Mesquite St, Arlington, TX 76011
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
200 N Mesquite St
Arlington, TX 76011

10. Gyros House

720 W Division St, Arlington, TX 76012
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.)
720 W Division St
Arlington, TX 76012

11. 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

12. R Bar & Grill

2401 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006
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.
2401 E Lamar Blvd
Arlington, TX 76006

13. 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

14. Ton's Mongolian Grill

1171 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76017
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.
1171 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76017

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