The fare at these “as seen on TV” Arlington restaurants isn’t fabulous just because it’s famous – it’s fabulous because it’s crazy good. And in many cases, delightfully unexpected
In the last few years, shows like the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and PBS’s “The Daytripper with Chet Garner” have introduced these Arlington dining destinations to the rest of the world. But way before TV discovered these out-of-the-ordinary eateries, they’ve all enjoyed long stints on the “can’t-do-without-it” and “best kept secrets” list of favorites for Arlington locals.
We figure we might as well save you a table, since the cat’s out of the bag. So now that you’re in the know – what are you waiting for?
Does pub fare, community tables, live music, and a well-stocked bar sound like your idea of a good time? If yes, you’ve got something in common with generations of Gilligan’s fans, who’ve been making the Downtown Arlington dive a favorite destination for everything from sorority pre-parties to business lunches to post-Little League outings for decades.
Front row and center in a menu of burgers, salads, and quesadillas is the star of the show: Gilligan’s famous Irish Nachos - a skillet full of natural-cut cottage fries covered in melted cheese and loaded with toppings. And finishing them off before a big event at AT&T Stadium is no problem – Gilligan’s offers special tailgate party packages and game day shuttle service. More.
The savory best of what Mediterranean cuisine has to offer favors the menu at Prince Lebanese Grill, where you’ll find familiar favorites like falafel and tabbouleh alongside undiscovered-but-tempting dishes that are sure to delight the heart of any diehard foodie.
On the must-try list is the Babaganoush Dip, a roasted eggplant treat served with pita bread; as well as the Prince Lebanese Special, a signature feast that features flame-grilled meat and vegetable kebabs served with vermicelli rice. By the time the check arrives, you’ll already be thinking about what to try on your next visit. More.
Get ready to take a food lover’s Caribbean cruise at this central Arlington gem that’s also a convenient stop along the way to just about anywhere in town.
Notable menu items include the Jerk Chicken Nachos, the Rasta Pasta, and the fried plantain for dessert. Drop in for a weekday lunch and enjoy the Caribbean Island Buffet – but don’t forget to stop by on a Friday or Saturday night, too. That’s when Jamaica Gates serves up live music, colorful cocktails, a little dancing, and lots of lively fun. More.
At a glance, this modest central Arlington eatery may look like just another place to grab a burger. But once you sink your teeth into a Chop House masterpiece you’ll understand why their customers travel from miles around for a chance to indulge in these old-school, gonna-need-a-lot-of-napkins gourmet burgers.
One favorite Chop House menu item is the Texican Burger, featuring a thick, juicy beef patty that’s mixed with tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro before it’s topped off with pepper jack cheese and sliced avocado. Or you might try the signature Chop House Burger, which combines chargrilled beef, slow-roasted brisket, and homemade steak sauce. Whatever you order, don’t forget to add a side of thick-cut onion rings or homemade chili. And did we mention you’re going to need a lot of napkins? More.
An intriguing lineup of traditional Russian dishes and European classics graces the menu at this unexpected Central Arlington treasure. Taste of Europe is one of the unusual dining destinations around, and a don’t miss opportunity to expand your dining out resume while simultaneously delighting your taste buds.
After you polish off a plate of borscht, some eggs with caviar, or the highly satisfying beef Stroganoff, try a dessert of cheese blintzes before you browse the Taste of Europe gift shop. Who knew you could bring home Russian nesting dolls, old-styled European jewelry or Armenian wine as souvenirs of your Arlington vacation? More.
Think you’ve got what it takes? The champion-eater right stuff? Then make plans to take the Sprouts “SuperBowl” challenge, which requires you to eat a five-pound bowl of Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) in 30 minutes or less in order to be declared a Sprouts super champion. By the way, Sprouts is a delicious destination for non-champion eaters, too. The menu’s packed with spicy and savory soups, rice and noddle dishes, spring rolls, and more, plus some of the tastiest specialty teas and exotic fruit smoothies you’ll find around these parts. More.