The Foodie’s Guide to Arlington

Welcome to Arlington; proud home of Texas BBQ, authentic Tex-Mex, classic amusement park fare, legendary sports grub, and the best of fine dining.

Arlington is full of mom and pop staples, loved by locals and visitors alike. Get ready to eat your way across the city - after all, calories don't count on vacation.  We’ve pulled together some of the best food in Arlington, TX to guide you through your visit.

Get Outside

Start your day with a calming hike through Fish Creek Linear Park, then refuel at one of Arlington’s favorite local spots, Damian’s Cajun Soul Cafe, for a delicious Southern-style menu featuring smothered pork chops, gumbo, and more, all in a friendly, family-run business.  

Sculpture Trail at Richard Greene Linear ParkSculpture Trail at Richard Greene Linear Park

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Date Night

Enjoy a romantic day out in Arlington and take in some breathtaking art at the Arlington Museum of Art. Relish an afternoon coffee and pastry at their on-site cafe, take in some more art at The Gallery at UTA, then enjoy a delicious dinner at Restaurant506. This plush dining room located at The Sanford House Inn & Spa specializes in upscale seasonal American fare. Can’t make it for dinner? No sweat. Start your day with their award-winning weekend brunch instead. 

Dessert at Restaurant 506 Dessert at Restaurant506


Retro Game Night

Spend a night in Central Arlington at Free Play Arcade, an industrial-style hangout offering retro arcade games and pinball machines, plus craft beer. After all that gaming, you deserve some grub: head to Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, an Arlington institution. At Babe’s, you’ll find mouth-watering fried chicken, crisped to perfection, and down-home cooking specialties served family-style in a distinctive setting. Perfect for large groups or families looking to experience a fun, authentic southern meal in Arlington.

Babe's Chicken Dinner HouseBabe’s Chicken Dinner House


The Big Game Day

Texas Rangers - Globe Life Field TourGlobe Life Field

After catching a Texas Rangers’ game, treat yourself to some of the best Mexican food in Arlington at Marquez Bakery & Tortilla Factory. This family-run spot makes from-scratch Mexican must-haves like tacos, enchiladas, and breakfast favorites like huevos rancheros, chorizo, and so much more. The restaurant also houses a fantastic bakery with cakes, cookies, and other delectable sweets.

At the ballgame and want more than peanuts and crackerjacks? Globe Life Field offers fan favorites like a foot-long hot dog topped with jalapeño-cheese grits and the Nacho Stack, measuring 6 inches high, with crispy tortillas the size of dinner plates. But that’s not all, surprise your taste buds and try the ballpark’s newest menu item: a sausage roll made with rattlesnake meat.

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Places to Stay

Whether you spend the day hitting the trails, exploring Arlington’s culture, or cheering your favorite team, you’ll be ready to fall into a plush, cozy bed at one of Arlington’s beautiful hotels. Conveniently located near foodie-favorite restaurants, AT&T Stadium, and Globe Life Field, plenty of hotels in the area feature easy access to the Entertainment District, the free trolley, and South Arlington, leaving no foodie gem left undiscovered.



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