The only thing more delicious than baseball playoffs, football, ballet, visual arts, or concerts? The awesome dinner with friends or family beforehand!

Arlington is hopping this weekend, and there is truly something for everyone! How bout them Rangers, hosting ALDS playoff games on Thursday and Friday? Check out the Bengals/Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium or Fright Fest presented by Snickers® at Six Flags Over Texas. Artsy people will dig the Ulterior Motifs exhibit at Arlington Museum of Art or the Russian Grand Ballet Presents: Swan Lake. And live music lovers can jam to Shenandoah: Reloaded Tour featuring Marty Raybon both at Arlington Music Hall or The B-52s concert at Levitt Pavilion.

But whether you prefer tutus, zombies or touchdowns, it is safe to say we agree on one thing....a busy day = an empty belly! So whether you crave burgers, pizza, or a meal with family-sized fried chicken, here’s our delicious list of local restaurants to get you refueled and get back on track:

Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club

Live music, a massive beer selection for the grownups, and juicy, mouth-watering gourmet burgers are waiting at this Downtown Arlington destination, which has the added bonus of a walking-distance location to attractions like the Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington Music Hall, and Levitt Pavilion. Must-try Grease Monkey fare includes the Black & Blue Burger (a blackened patty topped with crumbled blue cheese and crispy bacon), the Chicken Fried Burger (served with cheddar cheese and a trio of special sauces), or the Build-Your-Own Burger, which gives you the chance to unleash your inner burger Van Gogh. 

Old School Pizza & Suds

Located in a converted vintage home in Downtown Arlington, Old School serves up plenty of pasta, subs, and oh-so-cheesy hot pizza. Extras include a large selection of tap beers for Mom and Dad, and “personal pizzas” that are perfect for smaller tummies. 

Babe’s Chicken Dinner House

Another highly-walkable Downtown Arlington restaurant is the famous Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, which features family-styled presentations of down-home faves like buttermilk biscuits, Grandma’s Corn, banana pudding, and chocolate meringue pie. Oh, yeah – we’ve also heard rumors that they serve some seriously awesome fried chicken. Babe’s is also famous for the wait staff’s frequent performances of the Hokey Pokey. More.

Hooligan’s Pub

This Downtown Arlington watering hole specializes in craft beer, signature shots, and creative cocktails, all served in an urban tavern setting that’s reminiscent of the TV classic “Cheers.” In between pool shots or dialing up your favorite tunes on Hooligan’s well-stocked digital jukebox, you can munch on fried pickles or juicy gourmet burgers delivered from Hooligan’s neighbor, the Twisted Root Burger Company. And if you land at Hooligan’s on a warm night, you’re in luck – the patio is always a delight. More.

Mavericks Sports Grill

Cold beer, billiards, free poker games, and a nostalgia-soaked atmosphere...get ready to time warp back to your college days at this friendly Downtown Arlington pub near UT-Arlington. Frequently-offered shuttle service makes this spot a viable option for pre-gaming - but Mavericks’ giant TV screen also means that you settle back, relax, and not miss a minute of the action. More.


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