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"BEST OF" 2009 FW Weekly Picks Arlington Spots!

Betty C.
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Arlington, TX
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There a coffee house in Arlington called Blue Cow at on Arbrook near Cooper St. It is a small chain out of Mansfield. My son and I enjoy it but unfortunately it is closed for the summer. I hope that it does open again in the fall.
Dawn
DawnInDFW
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Grand Prairie, TX
Post #: 1,405
Star Telegram Readers Choice Awards - also has some Arlington spots - oddly mostly chains!

Best Restaurant for Cheap Eats - Fuzzy's Taco Shop
Claim to fame: Greatest Mexican food north of the Rio Grande.
Read more: http://www.star-teleg...­

Best Deli-Sandwich Shop - Jason's Deli
Claim to fame: Jason's Deli makes more than 20 recipes from fresh ingredients every day. All-you-can-eat salad bar features a variety of organic produce and more than 60 unique items to customize a salad.
Read more: http://www.star-teleg...­

Best Place to Dine for Breakfast Food - International House of Pancakes
Claim to Fame: Signature dishes such as the Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity, senior specials and many 24-hour locations.
Read more: http://www.star-teleg...­

Best Restaurant for Wings - Wingstop
Claim to fame: Three consecutive wins at the Buffalo Wing Festival. Serving one billion wings and counting.
Read more: http://www.star-teleg...­

Best Sushi Restaurant - Piranha Killer Sushi
Claim to fame: Kenzo Tran's killer sushi has won several awards including best sushi chef.
Read more: http://www.star-teleg...­

Best Seafood Restaurant - Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Claim to fame: Huge portions of the freshest fish, outstanding service and a fun, French-Quarter atmosphere.
Read more: http://www.star-teleg...­

Best Asian Restaurant - P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Claim to fame: Unforgettable Chinese cuisine and, of course, the lettuce wraps.
Read more: http://www.star-teleg...­

Best Restaurant for a Burger - Kincaid's Hamburgers
Claim to fame: Old-fashioned natural beef hamburgers and cheeseburgers.
Read more: http://www.star-teleg...­
Dawn
DawnInDFW
Group Organizer
Grand Prairie, TX
Post #: 1,409
"BEST OF" 2010 FW Weekly Picks Arlington Spots! Yep - lots of them! We'll have to check out a few of them! LINK to article HERE: http://www.fwweekly.c...­

All-Star International
Bread:
Sop up your curry with paneer kulcha, a puffy Indian flatbread stuffed with raisins and homemade cheese.
Star India, 703 W Park Row Dr, Arl.

Soup: Better than chicken soup for curing whatever ails you: Hue-style spicy beef noodle soup, a symphony of rich, earthy flavors.
Pho Saigon, 1730 Randol Mill Rd, Arl.

Salad: Greatest summer salad ever: sopska, a traditional Eastern European toss of diced tomato, cucumber, red onion, feta, and a sparkling vinaigrette.
Blue Danube, 2230-A W Park Row Dr, Pantego.

Entrée: Yeah, yeah, we’re fools for fool bel Zeiht, a dazzling vegetarian dish of fava beans long-simmered in tomatoes, lemon, and olive oil.
Semiramis Café, 803-A W Park Row Dr, Arl.

Sides: Thick-sauced Cuban-style black beans, garlic-soaked yuca, cilantro rice, fried sweet plantains — you won’t even need a main dish (but you shouldn’t pass them up).
Mi Tierra Latin Fusion, 603 W Abram St, Arl.

Dessert: Give peace pudding a chance: The teeny tapioca pearls and coconut bits in sweet coconut cream will win you over.
Thai Basil Leaf, 805 W Park Row Dr, Arl.

Afternoon snack: Snack attack? Taco Loco’s grilled-to-order quesadillas and hearty gorditas, huaraches, and tacos will hit the spot, for cheap. If by some chance you’re still hungry, the rest of the menu — traditional breakfast and dinner specials, plus burritos and tortas — is equally great.
Taco Loco, 930 N Collins Av, Arl.

Brunch: This lovely bed-and-breakfast offers breakfast and lunch daily and dinner on weekends, but we give thanks for the Sunday brunch. Whether it’s the classic home-style pot roast or the fresh, creative “Eggs Benny,” every culinary detail is perfect. As is the setting: The Monet Room, with its chandeliers, cushy drapes, gilt-framed landscapes, and roaring fire (in winter), is comfy for families and friends, a romantic dream for lovers.
Critic’s choice: Sanford House, 506 N Center St, Arl

Indian: The jewel of Arlington Highlands, India Grill artfully blends fragrant spices and rich, fresh flavors to deliver the best of North Indian cuisine — from the first sip of traditional lentil soup to the last drop of mango-pistachio ice cream, with delectable curries and tandoori dishes in between. Gracious hospitality and a peaceful room are the icing on the gulab jamun.
Critic’s choice: India Grill, 4000 Five Points Blvd, Ste 109, Arl

Middle Eastern: Outside is a boring South Arlington strip mall; inside, you’re in southern Turkey, surrounded by intricately patterned rugs, bucolic paintings, and lute-filled folk music. Handsome, charming young Turks bring you traditional Middle Eastern dishes, made more exotic with Turkish marinades and spices: fresh-tasting hummus, baba ghannouj, and tabouli; juicy, crispy-edged gyros (here called doner kebab); and a char-grilled feast of chicken, lamb, and shish kebab on the mixed-grill platter. Try to save room for baklava like you’ve never had before.
Critic’s choice: Istanbul Grill, 6204 S Cooper St, Arl

Latin/Caribbean: Jamaican-born chef Barbara Renfro continues to dish out spectacular Caribbean fare from the small but big-hearted restaurant owned by her son and daughter-in-law. Unlike many first-time entrepreneurs, Renfro and company have kept traditional flavors alive by applying them to items popular with the college crowd, hence the spicy jerk chicken nachos and the sticky citrus-and-jerk chicken wings. For lovers of standard Caribbean fare, the escovitch tilapia in savory pan sauce is excellent.
Critic’s choice: Jamaica Gates, 1020 W Arkansas Ln, Arl

Chicken-Fried Steak: Not your grandma’s CFS, that’s for sure. At Cat City Grill, expect to be blessed with an honest-to-goodness piece of peppery, melt-in-your-mouth steak (not that pounded-flat stuff), caked in a light batter and accompanied by cream gravy that you can actually taste.
Readers’ choice: Tom’s Burgers & Grill, 1530 N Cooper St, Arl

Queso: The queso at El Gabacho is notable because actual chunks of onion, tomato, and pepper blend with the golden melty goo. This is not a queso for people who like theirs runny or with pureed veggies added. It’s medium spicy, stands up to the fresh-fried chips, and doesn’t turn to concrete midway through the meal.
Readers’ choice: Fuzzy’s Tacos, multiple locations
Critic’s choice: El Gabacho, 3408 W Abrams, Arl

Place to Buy Ethnic Food: How many different types of bok choy are there? Whatever the answer, it seems like they’re all at Cho Saigon New Market. The pan-Asian produce selections are as numerous as they are exotic, and so is the seafood, much of which is still alive in tanks. If you’re into the wilder side of Tarrant County cuisine, stock up at Cho Saigon or at least stop by the in-store deli.
Critic’s choice: Cho Saigon New Market, 2206 S Collins St, Arl

Cheap Groceries: Tired of paying through the nose at gourmet grocery stores for fresh, tasty, healthful Middle Eastern food? Get your mango lassi on at Import Food Market, and then shop the olive bar, the feta case, and the three full aisles of spices. With fresh, inexpensive produce — including the cutest little grape tomatoes in town — plus halal meats, Danish butter, and enough olive oil to fill a swimming pool, this is your one-stop grocery store for value-priced global goodies.
Critic’s choice: Import Food Market, 701 E Pioneer Pkwy, Arl

Coldest Beer: This funky little pub might not get mentioned much in society circles, but it has a lot going for it: good music (both live and on the jukebox), interesting patrons both young and old, and an enticing sense of hipness and revelry. The same family has owned the Tanstaafl for more than 30 years, and they take great pride in serving what they claim to be the coldest mugs of beer in the county. After many hours of devoted research, we’ve determined that the Tanstaafl beer is indeed very cold –– and very good.
Critic’s choice: Tanstaafl Pub, 409 N Bowen Rd, Arl

Margarita: One can argue whether Fuzzy’s Tacos provides an “authentic” Baja taco since none of the chain’s 13 existing locations is anywhere near a Baja-like beach. What is indisputable, however, is that many of them are located near universities and colleges, where people appreciate cheap, cold beverages. The original frozen ’rita at Fuzzy’s is a mere $3.95 all day, every day. And you’re not getting watered-down limeade in a tea glass: Fuzzy’s packs full-test alcohol in a frozen schooner the size of a small fishbowl. Oddly, the margarita mix varies among the six locations in the 817. We deem the frozen ’rita in South Arlington to be the best of the bunch.
Critic’s choice: Fuzzy’s Tacos, 4201 W Green Oaks Blvd, Arl
Dawn
DawnInDFW
Group Organizer
Grand Prairie, TX
Post #: 1,452
"BEST OF" 2011 FW Weekly Picks Arlington Spots! Yep - lots of them! We'll have to check out a few of them! LINK HERE!

BARBEQUE: Sides: The potato salad is chunky and rich yet goes down smooth at David’s Barbecue, 2224 W Park Row Dr, Arl. (The ’cue is also pretty darn tasty.)

INTERNATIONAL DRINK: Salty preserved-lemon soda is an acquired taste, for sure, but there’s nothing better for washing down a pork-and-pâté sandwich. Acquire yours at Ba-Le Vietnamese Restaurant, 2240 Browning Dr, Arl.

INTERNATIONAL BREAD: The wonderful lunch buffet at Star India almost has it all — but do go a la carte for the paneer kulcha, a puffy, fresh-baked flatbread stuffed with raisins and homemade cheese, to sop up all of the other stuff. 703 W Park Row Dr, Arl.

INTERNATIONAL APPETIZER: How do you like your stuffed grape leaves? Lebanese style, with an extra sparkle of lemon and tomato, or Greek, with a dip of housemade tzatziki sauce? No need to suffer the anxiety of choosing; Al Wadi Café does a fabulous job with both. 2712 Brown Tr, Bedford.

INTERNATIONAL ENTREE: It’s hard to figure how chicken chunks can be grilled so crispy on the outside yet remain so tender and juicy within. Ancient Syrian secret or a simple garlic-lemon marinade? Probably both. Shishtawook at Semiramis Café, 803 W Park Row Dr, Arl.

INTERNTATIONAL DESSERT: Ah, strudel. Is there any dessert more perfect than a buttery, crisp pastry with a warm apple-walnut filling? Answer: No. Apple strudel at Blue Danube, 2230A W Park Row Dr, Arl.

HOME COOKING DESSERT: The various fruit-filled pies at Division Street Diner (1800 W Division St, Arl) are good enough to eat first. They’re made daily, in-house, with flavors dependent on what fruit is in season.

BURGERS: When in Texas … don’t be afraid to try something different. The Carolina, a char-grilled mixture of ground beef and slow-smoked pulled pork topped with bold Carolina-style barbecue sauce, will have you shouting yee-haw (in a funny accent). Chop House Burgers, 1700 W Park Row Dr, Arl.

DELI: Includes a smorgasbord of Eastern European lunchables includes Hungarian bacon, German bologna, Estonian salami, Polish knockwurst, and cheeses from nearly every post-Soviet republic. And, not surprisingly, the finest borscht in town. Taste of Europe, 1901 W Pioneer Pkwy, Arl

INDIAN: Star India’s well-rounded selection would suit vegans and omnivores alike. In some ways the place is atypical for an Indian restaurant, since you might find the dal (lentils) conspicuously missing from the buffet and beef-based dishes available. This hearty North Indian fare, not too tough on the wallet, is perfect for any casual diner with a curious palate. Star India, 704 W Park Row, Arl

CAJUN: Pierre’s continues to roll out the most reliably tasty and authentic N’awlins staples in Tarrant County, if not North Texas. The meat-and-seafood-loaded gumbo is still a hot mess of delicious flavors, the fried oysters are silky and delectable, and the jambalaya spicy and savory. Pierre’s Mardi Gras Café, 2816 S Cooper St, Arl

CHINESE: The 265-item menu at this warehouse-size Chinese restaurant includes plenty of fire pots, sizzling platters, shark-fin dishes, and stir-fries. Kick back while the cart ladies trundle by with dumplings; steamed buns; fried shrimp balls; sticky fried rice, marvelous barbecue pork; and plenty of dishes featuring tofu, beans, and vegetables. Point at what you want, smile, and enjoy. ABC Seafood, 2420 E Arkansas Ln, Arl

TEX MEX (Over $10 Entree): Some of the best Tex-Mex in the area can be found at this family-owned, family-run restaurant, tucked into a pretty little shopping center in central Arlington. Much of the menu hovers right around $10. Try the fajita enchiladas: three huge, gooey cheese enchiladas covered in chicken fajita meat, then smothered in tangy ranchero sauce. The Tex-Mex tour runs about $20, but the selection of quesadillas, chicken-stuffed fried jalapeños, flautas, and crunchy tacos easily serves a party of four. El Gabacho, 408 W Abram St, Arl

CARIBBEAN: Executive Chef Barbara Renfro keeps expanding her fan base with the richness and complex spiciness of Jamaican cuisine served at her laid-back family restaurant. Besides delightful versions of jerk shrimp and brown stew chicken (a must-have), Renfro has opened up her menu to more daring Jamaican favorites like Mannish Soup, a spicy dumpling soup with goat meat, green bananas, garlic, and peppers. Jamaica Gates, 1020 W Arkansas Ln, Arl

PIZZA: They’ll make you a mighty fine deep-dish Sicilian, white pizza, or stuffed pie if you want, but Brooklyn’s Best’s best is old-school Noo Yawk: a razor-thin, fight-you-back crust topped with bubbly-hot fresh mozzarella and a schmear of fresh tomato sauce. Add pepperoni, Italian sausage, or savory housemade meatballs; grab a fork (if you’re Donald Trump), or fold the slice (if you’re a normal person); and enjoy. The grease and cheese that dribble on your shirtfront? Dessert. Brooklyn’s Best Pizza & Pasta, 2425 SE Green Oaks Blvd, Arl

FRIED CHICKEN: Picking the best fried chicken is, even in a perfect world, dicey. Fried chicken purists are damn picky. This year, the winner is the always-tasty offering from Babe’s Chicken Dinner House. We’re fond of the new Arlington location, but the locally owned chain has outposts in Burleson and Granbury as well as several in Dallas. The bird (and anything else you order) is served family-style. The chicken is breaded in batter that manages to be peppery and thick, as well as surprisingly delicate. Even the breast (which tends to dry out easily) is crunchy and moist. The slightly chunky cream gravy provides a lovely accent, but the bird is good enough to stand (or fly) on its own. Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, 230 N Center St, Arl

ATMOSPHERE: True, this Japanese eatery, which serves excellent noodle and teriyaki fare, occupies a small strip mall space. But Café Hana boasts some of the most modestly effective mood lighting we’ve seen in such a space. It’s soothingly dim but not dark — each table or booth is softly lit from above so there’s no confusing your dining partner with the waiter. The booths’ polished-wood partitions encourage a sense of privacy and intimacy. Café Hana feels like a sleek, cozy refuge from the crazy South Cooper Street traffic outside. Café Hana, 3610 S Cooper St, Arl

LOCALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS: Potager Cafe first drew notice with its pay-what-you-want approach to pricing, which has subsequently been modified to include a suggested payment list. Nice as it is, the gimmick risks overshadowing the quality of the food, which owes a lot to the fresh ingredients that owner Cynthia Chippindale selects from North Texas farms. Right now, Potager buys its meat from Grandview’s Burgundy Beef and from Taylor Cooper in Sherman; produce comes from Carter Farms in Bowie and Marilyn Simmons’ CSA in Waxahachie. Other vegetables and herbs come from the restaurant’s own little garden. Naturally, the menu is seasonal and vegetarian-friendly. Main and side dishes change daily, as well as the recipes for the regular offerings of quiche, salads, and house-baked bread. Potager Cafe, 315 S Mesquite St, Arl
Dawn
DawnInDFW
Group Organizer
Grand Prairie, TX
Post #: 1,453
2011 Star Telegram Readers Choice Awards - also has some Arlington spots (Aug 2011). Link HERE.

CHINESE: PF Chang's Asian Bistro
Claim to Fame: Unforgettable Chinese cuisine and, of course, the lettuce wraps. This stylish, high-energy bistro combines traditional Chinese offerings and innovative dishes that illustrate the emerging influence of Southeast Asia on modern Chinese cuisine. Servers customize dipping sauces at the table and can guide guests through their culinary journey with recommendations to complement their favorite dishes. Located in the Arlington Highlands.

BURGER: Kincaid's
Claim to Fame: Family-owned hamburger joint in business since 1946. Over the years, it has won numerous awards for old-fashioned, Texas-style burgers. Quality, Service, Value. We grind all-natural whole black angus chuck fresh each day onsite at each store. We use local products whenever possible. Located in the Arlington Highlands.

SEAFOOD: Pappadeaux
Claim to Fame: Pappdeaux Seafood Kitchen serves up the finest and freshest seafood around. We are proud to offer a diverse selection of fresh fish ranging from halibut to mahi mahi; sea bass to American red snapper. Located on the I30 access road.

CHEAP EATS: Fuzzy's Taco Shop
Claim to Fame: Greatest Mexican food north of the Rio Grande. Founded for folks who want a great taco and a cold beer, and enjoy just hanging out. Several Arlington locations.

HOME COOKING: Babe's Chicken Dinner House
CHICKEN FRIED STEAK: Babe's Chicken Dinner House
Claim to Fame: Fried Chicken and Chicken Fried Steak. Food is served family style to create a casual and fun dining experience for the family while serving the highest quality of food. Located in downtown Arlington.

DELI: Jason's Deli
Claim to fame: Jason's Deli makes more than 20 recipes from fresh ingredients every day. All-you-can-eat salad bar features a variety of organic produce and more than 60 unique items to customize a salad. Several Arlington locations.
Dawn
DawnInDFW
Group Organizer
Grand Prairie, TX
Post #: 1,456
Stumbled on an article that mentioned TWO Arlington spots that are going to be featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives soon. Already had seen on Facebook that they were at Taste of Europe just recently. But just found out they were at Chop House Burgers too! Yes, we'll be checking out these yummy spots!!!

Here's the link to the article: http://www.dfw.com/20...­
Dawn
DawnInDFW
Group Organizer
Grand Prairie, TX
Post #: 1,490
A cool article about Cheap Eats in Arlington!

http://blogs.dallasob...­

Shipleys
Beirut Cafe
Bethany: Boba House Tea
Old School Pizza & Suds
Pho Palace
La Taqueria Original
Grease Monkey Burgers
Chop House Burgers
Potager Cafe
Prince Lebanese Grill
Dawn
DawnInDFW
Group Organizer
Grand Prairie, TX
Post #: 1,494
"BEST OF" 2012 FW Weekly Picks Arlington Spots! Yep - lots of them! We'll have to check out a few of them! LINK HERE!

BURGER
Mixed Up Burgers is one of the first places in town to serve up burgers with garnishes cooked into the ground beef. After all, toppings on top of your patty are so 2010. At this joint (formerly known as Patty Shack Burgers), the ingredients are fresh and expertly prepared. Select a pre-designed burger or create your own from a long list of “mix-ins,” including all kinds of cheeses, spices, sauces, and everything from bacon to pineapple.

TEX MEX (UNDER $10 ENTREE)
Fuzzy's Taco Shop

LATIN/CARIBBEAN
Jamaica Gates - Executive chef Barbara Renfro and her children have made their small Jamaican kitchen into a beloved college hangout for UTA students and anyone else who craves hearty, intricately spiced Caribbean fare. The rude boy jerk shrimp and brown stew fish are to die for, and we hear that the mannish water (savory goat soap with dumplings and green bananas) is a Sunday miracle cure for a Saturday night bender.

CHICKEN FRIED STEAK
Arlington Steak House - This longtime restaurant recently changed hands, and the new owners did some interior renovations, but they didn’t change the important things: Its chicken-fried steak is still to die for. These hand-battered slabs of beef are soft enough to cut with a fork and so savory you’ll probably close your eyes in steakstasy. The suitably crispy exterior goes perfectly with the thick homemade cream gravy, and neither will distract your taste buds from the meaty goodness within. If you have only one chicken-fried steak in your lifetime, have it here.

RED SALSA
Mijo's Best Fresh has three red salsas from which to choose. The mild is basically a step up from marinara. There’s a sweetish peach-tinged salsa. But the best is Mijo’s “medium plus” –– spicy and smoky with little telltale bits of char from the roasted peppers, cilantro, onion, and chunks of fresh tomato. Mijo’s salsa has a depth of flavor, from garlic, salt, and other spices that’s more than just tomato plus peppers.

SEAFOOD
ABC Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant - If seafood in Texas means only Cajun or fish tacos to you, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone. ABC offers a Chinese take on aquatic fare, best experienced with a small group for sharing as many dishes from the extensive menu as possible. Once you’re more experienced, though, consider veering off the menu and asking for items like eggplant stuffed with shrimp paste and coated in a black bean sauce: something you won’t find anywhere else.

FISH ENTREE
Catfish Sam's opened its doors during the Atomic Age, meaning its staff of fish-frying gurus has been at this for a really long time. And nothing on the full menu of Southern fare is as tasty or expertly executed as Sam’s eponymous dish: catfish. Bring stretchy pants, because Sam’s servers like to feed you. And feed you. And feed you.

FRIED CHICKEN
Babes

SAUSAGE/HOT DOG
Mixed Up Burgers

SOUL FOOD
Damian's Cajun Soul Cafe - This family-owned, cafeteria-style lunch spot shuts down as soon as it runs out of food. That can happen early on weekday afternoons, since word has gotten around Arlington about Damian’s stellar fried pork chops, barbecued pork ribs, smothered beef tips, smothered cabbage, and homemade mac-’n’-cheese. Get in line and marvel at the terrific flavors in this hearty soul food fare.

DESSERTS
The Cheesecake Factory

RESTAURANT SERVING LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD / FIELD OF ONE
Potager Cafe - There’s nothing else quite like Potager in our market. The ingredients used in its made-from-scratch rotating menu are all locally sourced and organic when possible. The prices aren’t set, so you pay whatever you feel the meal was worth. The vibe is quirky and cool, the staff warm and welcoming. It’s a truly remarkable restaurant that’s as much about social consciousness as it is about the food. Nearing its fourth year in Arlington’s “downtown,” Cynthia Chippindale’s Potager Café remains the best place to get a meal sourced from locally and regionally grown food. The restaurant specializes in charming but unpretentious French home cooking, all of impeccable quality. The food is served up continuously, usually consisting of meat and vegetarian entrées, a salad, quiche, freshly baked bread, and dessert. And if you like what you ate, you can mosey a block down the street to Potager’s Other Stuff, a mini-grocery store and food co-op that sells products from many of the farmers and businesses that supply the restaurant.

Dawn
DawnInDFW
Group Organizer
Grand Prairie, TX
Post #: 1,520
BEST OF FW 2013
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ALL STAR MEAL: HOME COOKING
ENTREE: Grilled pork chops at Brickhouse Lounge (2525 E Arkansas Ln, Ste 253, Arl) –– two giant chops coated with a spicy rub and grilled to moist perfection.

SIDES: The house-made mac ’n’ cheese at Chop House Steak & Seafood (2230 W Park Row Dr, Pantego) is actually macaroni and five cheeses, including creamy Monterey Jack and white cheddar. It’s a sumptuous take on a childhood favorite.

ALL STAR INTERNATIONAL
APPETIZER: Peruvian-style ceviche, and huancaína de rocoto (boiled potatoes slathered in a sauce of aji amarillo and pureed peanuts) at Nustas Café (1730 W Randol Mill Rd, Arl). They show why Nustas is the premier Peruvian restaurant in North Texas.

KIDS DINING VENUE
CRITICS CHOICE: Twisted Root Burger Company, 310 E Abram St, Ste 100, Arlington.
Because life is short, order your dessert milkshake first. Both the milkshakes and the sides (fries, fried green beans) are big enough for families to comfortably share.

INDIAN FOOD
CRITICS CHOICE: Critic’s choice: Star India, 703 W Park Row Dr, Arlington.
Yes, it’s a small-ish divey joint in a strip mall, but don’t let Star India’s digs fool you. As in many Indian eateries, the operators pour much of their time and attention into daily lunch and dinner buffets.

CHINESE
CRITICS CHOICE: King Chinese BBQ, 907 E Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington. There are duck carcasses hanging above the counter, the waitstaff barely speaks English, there’s no kitschy décor, and the menu teems with items like “pork blood congee” that clearly aren’t meant for occidental palates. But forget all that and just remember the food. Everything is authentic, fresh, and delicious.

PAN ASIAN
CRITICS CHOICE: Orchid City Fusion Café, 2135 Southeast Pkwy, Ste 101, Arlington.
READERS CHOICE: BFF Bistro, 6501 S. Cooper St, Ste 101, Arlington

VIETNAMESE
CRITICS CHOICE: Pho 95, 5005 S Cooper St, Arlington
Pho 95’s broth is phenomenal, and so is the huge selection of meats that go in it.

MIDDLE EASTERN
CRITICS CHOICE: Istanbul Grill, 6204 S Cooper St, Arlington.
White tablecloths, tastefully exotic décor, and a sunny space complement excellent renditions of Middle Eastern favorites like baba ghannouj, dolma, and tabouli, while entrées such as the gyro-like, ground-lamb doner come alive with judicious seasoning and fresh yogurt.

LATIN/CARRIBEAN
READERS CHOICE: Gloria's (all locations)
CRITICS CHOICE: Jamaica Gates, 1020 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington

CHICKEN FRIED STEAK
READERS CHOICE: Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, 230 N Center St, Arlington
CRITICS CHOICE: Olenjack’s Grille, 770 Road to Six Flags East, Ste 100, Arlington

QUESO
READERS CHOICE: Fuzzy’s Taco Shops

FIELD OF ONE: Potager, 315 S Mesquite St, Arlington
Ask for this or that or a taste of everything. Serve yourself some iced mint tea. Use a cloth napkin! Enjoy your absolutely amazing meal. Go back for seconds, but don’t waste this luscious food.
Kyle S
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Wylie, TX
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Great selections here guys. When we are hungry after a long three days/nights of selling our Toy LED Copter we like to go to Papadeaux's to eat! At Amazing Copter we get hungry too!
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