Foodie To-Do List
Arlington is culinary heaven - this itinerary will point you to some of the city’s best tastes:
If you love food, bring your Texas-sized appetite to Arlington. We’re not saying that we start talking about dinner during lunch…but that does sound like something we would do. Here are some of Arlington tastiest, most signature dishes to tickle your taste buds:
PINK THING AT SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS – A trip to the first (and best if we do say so ourselves) Six Flags park is not complete without this beloved pink frozen treat with its signature cotton candy color. Introduced in the mid-1960s, Pink Thing is almost as popular as the park itself!
THE ORIGINAL IRISH NACHOS - J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill in downtown is home to Arlington’s famous Irish nachos with deep fried potatoes, shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese, bacon, chives, onions, tomatoes, and spicy jalapenos. In 2016, this cheesy goodness was in a “Best Bar Foods” segment on the Food Network’s Top 5 Restaurants show. It previously sizzled on the Travel Channel and ESPNU Road Trip.
TEXAS LIVE! – Arlington’s $250 million entertainment complex, snuggled between all three stadiums, is a place that was literally designed for fun! And the food ain’t too shabby either. During the first year that Texas Live! was open, they served 2 million beers, 45,000 margaritas, 95,000 burgers, and 400,000 wings. That is a lot of game watching goodness!
PRINCE LEBANESE GRILL - If you think of hummus as a food group, you’re not alone. Lovers of Middle Eastern fare swear by Prince Lebanese Grill, which has been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
DAMIAN’S CAJUN SOUL CAFÉ - The Chef scratch-prepares all entrees and desserts himself, and when he sells out (which happens a lot!), they close for the day. Try the delicious signature dishes like Gumbo, Seafood Ettouffee, and Smothered Pork Chops.
“BOOMSTICK” - If you have a booming hunger, the $26 “Boomstick” aims to satisfy! The two feet long and weighing over a pound, the all-beef hot dog can feed a family of 4 Texas Ranger fans at Rangers ballpark.
BALLPARK NACHOS - Ballpark nachos, now part of the standard American baseball diet at stadiums around the country, were invented at the Arlington Stadium, former home of the Texas Rangers.
JAMAICA GATES CARIBBEAN CUISINE - Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host Guy Fieri endorses their goat soup, which is a Jamaican favorite made of goat meat, garlic, scallions, chayote, green bananas, Scotch bonnet peppers, and spinner dumplings. Or what about Jerk Chicken Nachos and fried plantains for a sweet treat?
BÉN THÀNH PLAZA – This Asian shopping and dining center assembles more than 50 stores with unique gifts, delicious meals, quality meats and fresh produce. Stop by for a quick lunch before exploring the collection of shops and groceries.
CHOP HOUSE BURGERS & WINGS - When featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, host Guy Fieri raved about their mixture of chargrilled beef, slow-roasted brisket…and the steak sauce was “outstanding.” If you like your burgers with a little bit of a kick, the Texican Burger is a combo of Tex-Mex and a classic burger.
MARIANO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Founder Mariano Martinez invented the Frozen Margarita Machine in 1971 to keep up with the high demand for blended margaritas. If the frozen goodness doesn’t grab you, three kinds of queso and fire-roasted salsa will.
DAQUIRI DEPOT – Don’t get us wrong, the delicious food is one reason to visit them, but the main attractions are the daquiri machines! Enjoy an array of flavors like Margarita, White Russian, Long Island, Hurricane, Mango, Wildcard and more.
URBAN ALCHEMY COFFEE + WINE BAR - Check out the city’s first ever coffee and wine bar. If wine and caffeine don’t do it for you, they have Kombucha, beer, brunch, charcuterie and more.
TEXAS COFFEE SCHOOL - Coffee snobs, assemble! Hone your coffee making skills for home or learn the fundamentals of running a coffee business at Texas Coffee School.
MERCURY CHOPHOUSE The only thing better about the elegant food at Mercury is the view! It is touted as having the best panoramic view of the Arlington Entertainment District.
SUGAR BEE SWEETS - Cupcakes, pie, scones, and cakeballs—oh my! Tickle your sweet tooth with Sugar Bee Sweets at the Urban Union development and see what all the fuss was about last year on Cooking Channel’s Cake Hunters.
SPROUT’S SPRINGROLL & PHO - Food Network’s Man Vs. Food Nation put them on the map when host Adam Richman coached a local foodie through the Super Pho Challenge: 30 minutes to eat five pounds of pho!
LEGAL DRAFT BEER COMPANY – Tap into Arlington’s local-brew scene at Legal Draft, which became the first production brewery in the city three years ago. Selections include Presume Innocent IPA, Accused Amber Lager and Hung Jury Hefeweizen.
SOCIAL HOUSE - With an award-winning scratch kitchen and 100 beers on tap, you’ll find something for everyone! Socialize while enjoying elevated food and beer with 28+ television screens. Don’t forget about the magnificent brunch and happy hour.
TASTE OF EUROPE – This central Arlington restaurant serves traditional Russian cuisine and classic European dishes. Try the kolduny, which is 3 potato pancakes stuffed with a combination of beef and chicken and served with a side of sour cream. This signature dish, made by Chef Irina Pavlova, was spotlighted on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
BABE’S CHICKEN DINNER HOUSE - Enjoy some of the best fried chicken and chicken fried steak in town, along with their family style fixings like mashed potatoes, biscuits and corn, in downtown Arlington at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House.