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When's the last time an empanada was this happy to see you?
When's the last time an empanada was this happy to see you?
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Where to Eat in the 'Burbs: Irving

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When's the last time an empanada was this happy to see you?
| Photo credit: Empa Mundo/Facebook

The city of Irving is one that many of us probably don't think of as a dining destination (more like a place we pass through on the way to DFW Airport), but it's actually home to some of the city's best ethnic food. Here's a guide to 15 of the best places to eat in Irving, whether you want to seek out some super-authentic Japanese or Indian food or you're just passing through on your way out of town. (Don't forget to check out the rest of the Where to Eat in the 'Burbs series: Addison, Carrollton, Richardson, Plano, Denton, Frisco, and McKinney.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Andalous

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6450 North MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75039
(972) 401-8900
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Fans of Fadi's will feel right at home at this cafeteria-style Mediterranean spot offering fresh-baked pita bread and excellent hummus, gyros, lamb kebabs, falafel and more.

2. Captain Nemo's

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1426 N Irving Heights Dr
Irving, TX
(972) 438-7777
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This dive of a sandwich shop has been serving up cheese steaks in Irving for 40 years. House-baked bread, provolone, grilled onions, and griddled thinly sliced steak makes for a killer sandwich paired with a cup of housemade navy bean soup or chili.

3. Cavalli Wood Fired Pizza

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3601 Regent Blvd
Irving, TX 75063
(972) 915-0001
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If you're a fan of Cane Rosso, you'll enjoy the puffy, slightly charred crust of Cavalli's pizza. Try the arugula and prosciutto pie with balsamic glaze and shaved parm.

4. Empa Mundo

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3977 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75038
(972) 746-4516
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World of empanadas, indeed -- the flaky turnovers here are perfect for a quick snack or a full-on meal, whether you opt for traditional varieties (think chicken with olives, raisins, onions and egg) or the not-so-traditional, like spinach ricotta or Texas brisket.

5. FM Smoke House

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660 Walnut Ridge Dr
Irving, TX 75038
(972) 751-6633
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This barbecue joint from the owners of Plano's Holy Grail Pub has gotten rave reviews for its bacon-injected brisket and chicken-fried steak made with smoked prime rib. Even vegetarians will find plenty to like here, like the unique Brussels sprout and beet salad.

6. Hanasho

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2938 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75062
(972) 258-0250
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If you're looking to branch out from the California rolls and loud techno music that dominate many of DFW's trendy sushi bars, try Hanasho. Besides quality sushi, there's also some harder-to-find dishes like ramen, udon noodles, chicken katsu, shabu shabu and a "Japanese burger," two meat patties topped with fried eggs.

7. Kasbah Grill

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2851 Esters Rd
Irving, TX
(972) 468-8454
This former 7-11 is now home to some damn good Moroccan food, like chicken bastilla (a stuffed phyllo pastry dusted with powdered sugar) and lamb tagine. No alcohol is served, nor can you BYOB, but come on, one meal without booze won't kill you. [Photo: Jen R./Yelp]

8. LA Burger

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10045 N MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX 75063
(972) 501-9188
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Why the hell doesn't the downtown/Uptown area have an LA Burger yet? The Los Angeles-style Korean-American fusion fare, like the K-Town burger with kimchi and teriyaki sauce or the Seoul Dog topped with bulgogi, would no doubt be a hit there -- but for now, you'll have to make the trek to Irving.

9. Maki Boy

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3455 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75062
(972) 252-7400
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We fully admit that sometimes we crave Americanized sushi, like a mayo smothered, crawfish-stuffed Volcano roll or a Philadelphia roll with cream cheese. This tucked-away strip mall spot hits the spot, and the funky decor definitely helps set the mood; there's also Korean dishes like tofu soup and Korean barbecue.

10. Our Place

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8150 N MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX 75063
(214) 574-7117
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This truly excellent, authentic Indian spot has legions of loyal fans -- including Belly & Trumpet chef Brian Zenner -- who flock here for saag paneer, samosas, fresh naan, dosas, and vada (deep-fried lentil donuts). Lunch buffet is better than most.

11. San Diego Taco Shop

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1601 N Story Rd
Irving, TX 75061
(469) 524-0473
Solid (and dirt-cheap) SoCal-style Mexican food like carne asada burritos, "super nachos," breakfast burritos, and sopes. [Photo: Elaine C./Yelp]

12. Taj Chaat House

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1057 W Rochelle Rd
Irving, TX 75062
(214) 596-1133
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You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy the Indian street food at this unique fast food joint. Order up a variety of puris, dosas, biryani, samosas, and whatever else strikes your fancy, then hit up the awesome chutney bar for appropriate acoutrement. [Photo: Steven P./Yelp]

13. Underground Indian Cuisine

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220 East Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, TX 75039
Authentic Indian dishes (and fantastic puffy, charred naan) as well as some unique specialties from the Peshawari region of Pakistan can be found here; the dated 80s decor matters little when the food is this good. [Photo: Abraham T./Yelp]

14. Via Real

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4020 N. MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 100
Irving, TX 75038
(972) 650-9001
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A mix of Tex-Mex, Mexican and Southwestern food served in an upscale setting, with some unique dishes like a Caprese salad that subs avocado in for the mozzarella and beef tenderloin tacos with ancho chile sauce. Top-notch chips and salsa and huge margaritas that lean toward the sweet side.

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1. Andalous

6450 North MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100, Irving, TX 75039
Fans of Fadi's will feel right at home at this cafeteria-style Mediterranean spot offering fresh-baked pita bread and excellent hummus, gyros, lamb kebabs, falafel and more.
6450 North MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100
Irving, TX 75039

2. Captain Nemo's

1426 N Irving Heights Dr, Irving, TX
This dive of a sandwich shop has been serving up cheese steaks in Irving for 40 years. House-baked bread, provolone, grilled onions, and griddled thinly sliced steak makes for a killer sandwich paired with a cup of housemade navy bean soup or chili.
1426 N Irving Heights Dr
Irving, TX

3. Cavalli Wood Fired Pizza

3601 Regent Blvd, Irving, TX 75063
If you're a fan of Cane Rosso, you'll enjoy the puffy, slightly charred crust of Cavalli's pizza. Try the arugula and prosciutto pie with balsamic glaze and shaved parm.
3601 Regent Blvd
Irving, TX 75063

4. Empa Mundo

3977 N Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX 75038
World of empanadas, indeed -- the flaky turnovers here are perfect for a quick snack or a full-on meal, whether you opt for traditional varieties (think chicken with olives, raisins, onions and egg) or the not-so-traditional, like spinach ricotta or Texas brisket.
3977 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75038

5. FM Smoke House

660 Walnut Ridge Dr, Irving, TX 75038
This barbecue joint from the owners of Plano's Holy Grail Pub has gotten rave reviews for its bacon-injected brisket and chicken-fried steak made with smoked prime rib. Even vegetarians will find plenty to like here, like the unique Brussels sprout and beet salad.
660 Walnut Ridge Dr
Irving, TX 75038

6. Hanasho

2938 N Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX 75062
If you're looking to branch out from the California rolls and loud techno music that dominate many of DFW's trendy sushi bars, try Hanasho. Besides quality sushi, there's also some harder-to-find dishes like ramen, udon noodles, chicken katsu, shabu shabu and a "Japanese burger," two meat patties topped with fried eggs.
2938 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75062

7. Kasbah Grill

2851 Esters Rd, Irving, TX
This former 7-11 is now home to some damn good Moroccan food, like chicken bastilla (a stuffed phyllo pastry dusted with powdered sugar) and lamb tagine. No alcohol is served, nor can you BYOB, but come on, one meal without booze won't kill you. [Photo: Jen R./Yelp]
2851 Esters Rd
Irving, TX

8. LA Burger

10045 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75063
Why the hell doesn't the downtown/Uptown area have an LA Burger yet? The Los Angeles-style Korean-American fusion fare, like the K-Town burger with kimchi and teriyaki sauce or the Seoul Dog topped with bulgogi, would no doubt be a hit there -- but for now, you'll have to make the trek to Irving.
10045 N MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX 75063

9. Maki Boy

3455 N Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX 75062
We fully admit that sometimes we crave Americanized sushi, like a mayo smothered, crawfish-stuffed Volcano roll or a Philadelphia roll with cream cheese. This tucked-away strip mall spot hits the spot, and the funky decor definitely helps set the mood; there's also Korean dishes like tofu soup and Korean barbecue.
3455 N Belt Line Rd
Irving, TX 75062

10. Our Place

8150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75063
This truly excellent, authentic Indian spot has legions of loyal fans -- including Belly & Trumpet chef Brian Zenner -- who flock here for saag paneer, samosas, fresh naan, dosas, and vada (deep-fried lentil donuts). Lunch buffet is better than most.
8150 N MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX 75063

11. San Diego Taco Shop

1601 N Story Rd, Irving, TX 75061
Solid (and dirt-cheap) SoCal-style Mexican food like carne asada burritos, "super nachos," breakfast burritos, and sopes. [Photo: Elaine C./Yelp]
1601 N Story Rd
Irving, TX 75061

12. Taj Chaat House

1057 W Rochelle Rd, Irving, TX 75062
You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy the Indian street food at this unique fast food joint. Order up a variety of puris, dosas, biryani, samosas, and whatever else strikes your fancy, then hit up the awesome chutney bar for appropriate acoutrement. [Photo: Steven P./Yelp]
1057 W Rochelle Rd
Irving, TX 75062

13. Underground Indian Cuisine

220 East Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039
Authentic Indian dishes (and fantastic puffy, charred naan) as well as some unique specialties from the Peshawari region of Pakistan can be found here; the dated 80s decor matters little when the food is this good. [Photo: Abraham T./Yelp]
220 East Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, TX 75039

14. Via Real

4020 N. MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 100, Irving, TX 75038
A mix of Tex-Mex, Mexican and Southwestern food served in an upscale setting, with some unique dishes like a Caprese salad that subs avocado in for the mozzarella and beef tenderloin tacos with ancho chile sauce. Top-notch chips and salsa and huge margaritas that lean toward the sweet side.
4020 N. MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 100
Irving, TX 75038

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