An interesting discussion in the Arlington Texas Talks (ATT) public Facebook group broke out a few weeks when one of the members asked about Mom and Pop places to eat. He didn’t much care about cleanliness (in his own words) but just some really delicious food. Hours later, nearly 135 suggestions were made and 69 restaurant’s names were included in the discussion. When the dust settled, the original guy that posted the question let everyone know he’d taken every suggestion to heart and had checked all of them on Yelp. Did the tastes of his fellow groupers match up with the overall taste preferences of yelp reviewers? Before we find out, let’s take a closer look at Arlington Texas Talk’s discussers’ top 15 Hole-In-The-Wall places to eat. After all, dentists get hungry too!
The Voted Champion – Fork In the Road, Fielder Road
Fork in the Road was the Facebook group choice of the discussion! Their menu item “Crackaroni” has several people drooling. This place prides itself on natural and local ingredients they use to create timeless American Diner cuisine. They don’t have a website, but they’re serving up drool worthy pictures like the ones above on Facebook. You can also give them a call at (817) 459-3675. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 9pm.
Where to find them: 1821 S. Fielder Rd. Arlington, TX 76013
A close 2nd – Candlelite Inn, Division Street
Even though the Mexican atmosphere and delicious food put the Candlelite Inn at the top, it was knocked down a peg by a compliant of it going downhill. Still, of all the Mexican restaurants mentioned, this one was by far the most mentioned. Again, no website but you can call them up at (817) 275-9613. Their serving up the good stuff Monday through Thursday 11am to 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 10pm.
Third – Mr. B’s Burgers, Pioneer Parkway
Being number three is still a great place to hang, and Mr. B’s Burgers was the highest on the list with the most specific menu items that mentioners raved about. From specialty burgers to their “scrumptious patty melt,” this burger joint got some serious bragging rights now. Check out their menu and pictures of satisfied customers on their website or Facebook Page. Better yet, give them a ring at (817) 860-6727.
Where to find them: 2578 W. Pioneer Pkwy. Arlington, TX 76013
The Tie for 3rd Place – Dino’s Subs, South Collins Street
This simple deli tied with Mr. B’s with five votes in the ATT discussion. There must be something about their meats that makes them unique. Every comment about them brought up pastrami and ham and bologna… and now I want a sandwich. Their too busy slicing and serving to maintain a website, but you can call them at (817) 274-1140 or stop in between 10am and 10pm any day of the week.
Where to find them: 2221 S. Collins St. Arlington, TX 76010
The first in a Trio for 4th – Sistahs, Arkansas Lane
Even their road address speaks of Sistahs soul food offers, though technically the establishments full name includes Mississippi Style BBQ. In addition to some seriously fabulous sauce-slathered meat, they offer guests yams, collard greens, beans and rice, and fried catfish. A note: search engines are wrong; They’re closed on Tuesdays, but open Monday, Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 9pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Check out their food-passion on their website or give them a call at (817) 801-4428.
Where to find them: 1420 W. Arkansas Ln. Arlington, TX 76013
Also in 4th – The Flying Fish, Abram Street
As a couple people pointed out, The Flying Fish is a small chain, but they still slid into the top 15 favs, so we figured we better include ‘em. Southern choices such as catfish and Tilapia Tacos fill the menu and the prices aren’t bad either. Check out this location-specific website for specials, give them a holler at (817) 303-3335, or stop in 11am to 10pm seven days a week.
Where to find them: 300 E. Abram St. Arlington, TX 76010
Lastly, in 4th – Prince Lebanese Grill, Randol Mill Road
Exotic Lebanese flavors mix with a rich heritage to bring Arlington a unique dining experience at Prince Lebanses Grill. The portions are great and the food as fresh as possible. Plus, they totally get to brag that Guy Fieri from the famous Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives filmed there! True story; just go to their website and see! To make reservations or ask questions, call (817) 469-1811 or show up Monday through Thursday and Sunday 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 10pm.
Where to find them: 502 W. Randol Mill Rd. Arlington, TX 76011
The last seven on our list tied with votes:
Danny’s Tacos & Grill, Arkansas Lane
This quaint Mexican joint boasts outdoor seating and a proprietor that locals claim to be suave and accommodating. They have a unique schedule, opening at 9am, close at 3pm for a siesta (or probably to make more awesome tacos!) and then reopen at 6pm until 9, Monday through Saturday. Give them a call at 817-449-4357 or check them out online at www.dannystacosarlington.com.
Where to find them: 5815 W. Arkansas Ln. Arlington, TX 76016
Main Street Cafe, S. Cooper Street
You’ll find good old fashion American fare at Main Street Café. Our voters mentioned their breakfasts and fabulous chicken fried steak. Also, yelp reviewers warned that the sign is small, so keep a sharp look out for this place as your driving close by. No website but you can call (817) 801-9099 if you need to. Hours are Monday through Saturday 7am-6pm, and Sunday 7am to 5pm and aren’t on many of the online directories, so be sure to bookmark this post if you need help remembering!
Where to find them: 2023 S. Cooper St. Arlington, TX 76010
Arlington Steak House, Division Street
This vintage decorated restaurant has been around over eighty years, and they’ve managed to keep their food simple and home-style. The ATT voters raved about their chicken fried steak and fried chicken, so if you’re normally a fan of these classic American choices, be sure to order them. Give them a jingle or make reservations for large parties at (817) 275-7881. Or if you really want to salivate, head over to their website and stare at the massive steak on the home page.
Where to find them: 1724 W. Division St Arlington, TX 76012
Potager Café, Mesquite Street
The Potager was raved about by ATT, yet no one gave too many details. I dived into their website and discovered a unique dining experience. Everything they serve is fresh from local sources, literally daily picked or delivered, with a menu that caters to the seasons and the customers. Apparently, you tell them how much you will eat and pay what you think the meal was worth. (AKA no set prices!) In addition to their café, they also sell local products in their “other stuff” shop. Note: the shop and cafe have different hours.
Check out product and food-source farm pictures at their website or give them a ring-a-ling at (817) 861-2292. Special food, special serving hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11am to 3pm, Thursday to Saturday 11am to 9pm, closed Sunday and Monday. They also only take cash or cheques.
Where to find them: 315 S. Mesquite St. Arlington, TX 76010
David’s BBQ, Park Row Drive (Pantego)
Yes, yes, we know, it’s not technically in Arlington, but it still got voted as a fav and made it to the top 15. That has to count for something. They’ve been around for over a century and are still serving up authentic Texas Barbeque. Ribs, steak, pulled pork, you name it, they’ve got it soaked in smoke and spice. You can order by the dish or by the pound. Their website is a feast for the eyes, and I’d guess if you called them at (817) 261-9998 you could probably smell the meat cooking through the phone. (Wishful thinking over here.) They’re open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 9pm.
Where to find them: Village Park Shopping Center, 2224 W. Park Row Dr. Pantego, TX 76013
The Tin Cup, Abram Street
A simple sandwich shop? Well, not quite! They also boast caramel apples, potato straws, and chicken salad, along with tons of other delicious options. They don’t have a website, but here’s their Facebook page. Feel free to give them a call with questions or to make reservations at (817) 303-5518. They’re open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, and Saturday through Sunday 11am to 4pm.
Where to find them: 1025 W. Abram St. Arlington, TX 76013
Moni’s Pizza & Pasta, Randol Mill Road
The authentic Italian flavors and awesome prices appeal greatly to the people in ATT that voted for it. They just announced a new menu on their website, so be sure to check it out. They can be reached at (817) 860-6664, and they welcome guests Monday through Saturday 11am to 10pm, and Sunday 11am to 9pm.
Where to find them: 1730 W. Randol Mill Rd. Arlington, TX 76012
Prespa’s, Sublett Road & Arkansas Lane
This Italian restaurant duo has a touch of refinery that makes for a great meal, spectacular date, or marvelous opportunity for the perfect pasta and wine pairing. The prices may be medium to high ranged, but reflect the elegant and robust flavors they bring to each guest’s table. A bold food gallery awaits you on their webpage, or you can make reservations by calling (817) 459-2775 (Arkansas Lane) or (817) 561-7540 (Sublett Road). The Arkansas Lane location is open Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 9pm, and Fridays 11am to 10pm. The Sublett Road location is open 11am to 10pm everyday.
Where to find them: 3100 W. Arkansas Ln. / 4200 W. Sublett Rd.
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So how did Arlington Texas Talk’s favorites measure up to Yelp’s reviews? I highlighted the restaurants in our list above within Yelp’s high scorers. Let’s take a look:
THE BEST WITH 4.5 YELP SCORE: Potager, Fork in the Road, The Sanford House, Damian’s Cajun Soul Cafe, Mo’s Best Eatery, Dino’s Subs, Mr. B’s Burger Pub, Thai Texas, Joe’s Pizza Pasta & Subs, Istanbul Grill, Papaya Mexican Grill, Danny’s Taco & Grill, and Tin Cup.
Every single restaurant with the 4.5 Yelp score was on our total list of suggestions! Every. Single. Restaurant!
HONORABLE MENTION 4 STAR: Prince Lebanese, Tandoor, Gyro House, Mariano’s, Moni’s Pasta & Pizza, Bayou Cat, Los Jarros, Corkys Brick Oven Pizzeria, Orchid City Fusion Cafe, Cokers BBQ, JR Bentleys, Sistahs Mississippi Style BBQ, Bethany Boba Tea House, Beirut Rock Cafe, Lisa’s Chicken, David’s BBQ, Bigotes, Tom’s Burgers, Babes Chicken, and Tu Taco.
Within the honorable mention category, only 4 weren’t mentioned in the ATT group discussion!
RESTAURANTS MENTIONED WITH YELP SCORES BELOW 4: Chop House 3.5, La Isla 3.5, Pantego Bay 2.5, Flying Fish 3.5, Catfish Sams 3.5, Nizza Pizza 3.5, Mama’s Pizza 3.5, Star India 3.5, Atomic Subs 3, Rise and Shine 3.5, Angelos 3, Candlelite Inn 3.5, Pancho Taco 3.5, Gilligans 3.5, Main Street Cafe 3.5, Arlington Steak House 3, El Jibarito 3.5, Jay Jay Cafe 3, Skillet and Grill 3.5, Cajun Corner 3.5, Dixies 2.5, Don Wangs 3.5, Good Day 3.5, Daddy Buelos 3.5, 1st Chinese BBQ 3.5, Mijos 3.5, Prespa’s 3.5, Division Diner 3.5
The Yelp-rated list of scores below 4 still made it to our list. This just means that the people over at Arlington Texas Talk know their city backwards and forwards and have great advice. Thanks to them, here is a great list of delicious options for meals this summer. Not only can we get some great grub, but we can support our local businesses too!