Hungry on DART's Green Line? Here's a Big Honkin' List That Might Help
It took four years and $1.8 billion to complete the longest light-rail construction project in U.S. history -- says DART -- but a little more than one month since DART's Green Line opened, it's been for all intents and purposes a success. While the full line was officially opened on December 6, a portion was operable in September 2009, with a December 4, 2010, preview celebration including free food and free rides for the complete line. The free food is long gone, but what other edible fare is there along DART's crown jewel -- one that reduced service along the Red Line? As the image above indicates, there are 15 new dining destinations. Well, City of Ate counts the eclectic ways.
Isla Mia Latin Cuisine: Since Mi Tierra in Arlington closed on Dec. 31, this is the only Puerto Rican-Cuban restaurant in the area. This is where you get your roast pork on.
La Hacienda Ranch: One of frozen margarita machine-inventor Mariano Martinez's Tex-Mex palaces is 15 minutes walking distance from the station. The downside is that part of the walk is along the South Stemmons Freeway access road.
Royal Sweets: While the name conjures thoughts of a bakery -- and it certainly is one -- this spot sells Indian food, like dosas.
Babe's Chicken Dinner House: Located in the city's historic downtown, customers fill all their fried chicken and Southern grub needs here.
Amici Signature Italian: Since 1991, chef Bartolino Cocuzza has served up Italian cuisine through a French lens with specialties like grilled elk. Cooking classes are also available.
Railroad China Restaurant: This appropriately named Chinese fast-food joint is small and offers full-service with a divey feel, but is ideal for commuters rushing to or from the train station
Dr Pepper StarCenter-Farmers Branch: This branch of the Dallas Stars-owned ice-skating and entertainment complex offers a grill and bar alongside NHL regulation rinks and conference spaces.
Mama's Daughter's Diner: For more than 50 years, this local chain has been offering patrons from-scratch Southern fare. Among their specialties are chicken-fried steak and highly praised pies.
Chosun Korean BBQ: One of what seems like a gazillion Korean restaurants nearby, Chosun has knockout tender pork ribs sharing table space with other traditional Korean dishes.
Taco Grande: Straight-up traditional tacos for Green Line riders uninterested in the crunchy Tex-Mex variety.
Mecca Restaurant: This blue-plate special eatery has been feeding Dallas residents since 1938 with platters of grilled pork chops and a ham steak with a pineapple ring.
Club Schmitz: This old-school burger hut serves all comers, from old timers to coeds in search of cheap patties and sudsy swill.
Stratos: Nick and Dawn Rizos' gigantic Greek restaurant offers all the Hellenic classics with a side of belly dancing and salsa dancing in a sea of Mexican eateries.
Luna's Tortillas: After five generations, this Dallas institution produces 1,500 tortillas an hour. The Luna family also provides some of the city's premiere dining establishments, like Fearing's and Stephan Pyles, with their tortillas.
Dunston's Prime Steakhouse: Another Dallas institution adjacent to Luna's is this old-fashioned steakhouse recently renovated with an elegant sheen after almost 50 years.
Dallul Restaurant: This Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant offers a menu of the countries' traditional foods to a mixed crowd that includes immigrants and fans of the cuisines. What might be the best thing about Dallul is that you eat with your hands.
Southwestern Medical District/Parkland
Goghee to Go BBQ: Terry and Janice Park's Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant is set to open this week in the former Burguesa Burger spot. It will be the second Korean taco joint in the Dallas area.
Thai 2 Go: The cool avocado green and black color scheme here is a counterpoint to the kickin' dishes, like the basil fried rice and soft shell crab curry. It proximity to hospitals must make it a popular lunch and take-out spot.
Original Market Diner: This tried-and-true diner (owner Jimmy Vergos is of Greek heritage) is best know for its breakfast menu, homemade potato chips and pies. As Vergos puts it, "Pie fixes everything."