You’ve finally decided to take a vacation. Congratulations! Now you are tasked with the eternal question: what do we want to eat?
Luckily, you’re in Arlington and surrounded by amazing restaurants, some of which have been featured on television. If you have ever watched shows like the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, starring celeb chef Guy Fieri, and The Daytripper with Chet Garner on PBS, you have likely seen some of these restaurants. Locals have known about these culinary gems for years because the food is just that good. But now, you no longer have to watch from home. You can experience them for yourself. Take a trip to Arlington to sample the best food as seen on TV.
Cupcakes, cake balls, and cakes—oh my! Those are just a few of the things Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery specializes in. Originally seen last year on Cooking Channel’s Cake Hunters, Sugar Bee has been a sweet staple of downtown Arlington’s growing Urban Union development. Housed inside a reimagined car dealership, the bakery has been a labor of love for local baker Heidi Allison since 2010. Catch Sugar Bee on Food Network’s Dallas Cakes, airing Mondays a 10 p.m. CT.
Whether you’re catching a Texas Rangers game at Globe Life Park or a Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium, you’ll want to fuel up before watching those winning plays. J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill is just the place you’re looking for. When you’re here, you do not want to miss out on their signature dish: Irish Nachos.
In 2016, this J. Gilligan's cheesy potato dish took center stage in a “Best Bar Foods” segment on the Food Network’s Top 5 Restaurants show. The dish had previously made a sizzle on the small screen on the Travel Channel and ESPNU Road Trip. Potatoes are sliced, put in a deep fryer for just a couple minutes, then topped with shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese, bacon, chives, onions, tomatoes, and jalapenos. All of that goes into the oven to bake, and what comes out is a comforting and delicious dish that has earned its worldwide fame. The potatoes are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, while the cheese has melted to perfection and gives the dish the right amount of zing and gooeyness. Add the freshness of tomatoes, the kick of jalapenos, and sour cream served on side, and you’ll be in heaven with every bite. You can also add ground beef or grilled chicken for a protein boost.
J. Gilligan’s has many other menu options, including burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, steak, chicken strips, and salads. After you finish your meal, hop on the shuttle to AT&T Stadium, provided by J. Gilligan’s for a nominal fee, and get ready to root for the home team.
If you love Middle Eastern fare, Prince Lebanese Grill is just the place. With so many dishes featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, no matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.
Try the thyme pie, which is flatbread topped with a fresh za’atar herb mix. It’s the perfect appetizer to begin your mediterranean feast. The owner of Prince Lebanese Grill says it’s even great for breakfast! The baba ganoush dip is also a crowd pleaser. Roasted eggplant is mixed with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and served with fresh, pillowy pita bread.
For the main event, try Prince’s most famous dish: the Prince Lebanese Special. Perfect for a group, this dish allows you to sample a variety of dishes, including mashwi shish lamb, shish tawook, and kafta kabob, all served with vermicelli rice, grilled vegetables, and your choice of Greek salad, hummus, or baba ganoush. Even vegetarians will love eating here. From veggie shawarma to falafel plates and sandwiches, Prince Lebanese Grill has something for every culinary preference.
Jamaica Gates Caribbean Cuisine is THE place to enjoy authentic Jamaican home cooking. Located in the heart of Arlington, this restaurant is central to many exciting attractions and events, and the perfect place to grab a bite for lunch where you can enjoy the Caribbean Island Buffet or have a cozy dinner.
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host Guy Fieri raved about Jamaica Gates’ goat soup, a Jamaican favorite made of goat meat, garlic, scallions, chayote, green bananas, Scotch bonnet peppers, and spinner dumplings. Locals love the Jerk Chicken Nachos, the Rasta Pasta, and fried plantains for a sweet treat. Stop by on a Friday or Saturday night and listen to live music while sipping delicious cocktails.
If you’re looking for the best burger Arlington has to offer, look no further than Chop House Burgers & Wings. Don’t be fooled, though. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill burgers. Once you take a bite of these out-of-this-word gourmet creations, you’ll understand why people travel from all over to see what everyone raves about. New this year, they’ve added delicious wings to the mix. With flavors like extreme hot, sweet chili, original hot, and lemon pepper, you’re sure to get your chicken wing craving satisfied in no time.
When featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, host Guy Fieri proclaimed that the Chop House Burger, a mixture of chargrilled beef, slow-roasted brisket,and steak sauce, was “outstanding.” If you like your burgers with a little bit of a kick, the Texican Burger is the perfect combination of Tex-Mex and classic burger. The thick, beef patty is mixed with tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro and then topped with pepper jack cheese and sliced avocado. Be sure to order your burger with a side of onion rings or homemade chili for the full Chop House Burger experience. You won’t be disappointed.
You probably didn’t think you would be able to experience the flavors of Europe in Arlington, Texas, but Taste of Europe offers just that, and you don’t even need a passport. This restaurant, located in central Arlington, features traditional Russian cuisine and classic European dishes.
During your visit, make sure to try the kolduny: three 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 also spotlighted on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. After your meal, make your way to the gift shop where you can purchase a souvenir, like a set of Russian nesting dolls or handmade jewelry, to commemorate your trip.
For delicious Vietnamese food, make your way to downtown Arlington to Sprout’s Springroll & Pho. This restaurant was made famous by the Food Network’s Man Vs. Food Nation, where host Adam Richman coached local foodie Pete MacGillis to take on the Super Pho Challenge: 30 minutes to eat five pounds of pho! The pho, a Vietnamese soup filled with meat, noodles, and broth, is also celebrated by locals who frequent this establishment when they need their pho fix. The spring rolls are fresh and served with a side of creamy peanut sauce. Round out your meal with a refreshing bubble tea.
Come taste these flavorful Arlington dishes for yourself on your next trip to these star restaurants!