Hey UTA! Here's Your Guide to Cheap Grub in Arlington

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Chicken Schawarma at Prince Lebanese
Classes at UT Arlington started late last week and everyone is excited about the new fancy-pants $160 million College Park District, which includes a 7,000-seat center for sports, concerts and general hoopla (like commencement ceremonies). The 20-acre area on the east side of campus also has new dorms and "lofts" flanked by small restaurants, and since it's a state-mandate to teach kids about commuting, there's also a huge parking garage.

With more than 33,000 students each semester, the area around central Arlington is growing out of its pants so quickly you honestly wouldn't even recognize it. In what use to be a row of used car lots and furniture shops (well, there are still a lot of those), there's a bevy of new restaurants, like Twisted Root, Flying Fish, Babe's and soon, a Torchy's and Freebirds. All are within walking distance of UTA. Not that anyone would walk, we're just saying they could.

But, in an effort to make UTA and central Arlington feel more like home to all the displaced eager-to-learn young souls, we've put together a rough guide to some off-the-beaten path restaurants that will be kind to their thin wallet, or insufficient debit card.

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Shipley's (501 E. Abram)
Everything you'll ever need to know about nursing a hangover can be found for about $3 at Shipley's Donuts, which is just north of campus. And the drive thru is so very handy. If they're not sold out of the apple fritters, buy five. Thank me later.

Beirut Café (1201 S. Cooper)
Aesthetics might not be a high point at this slightly beaten-down restaurant that hugs Cooper just south of campus, but don't let that cloud your judgment. You must go here, and you must have the lentil soup. You're like, "What? Lentil soup? C'mon!" Trust me on this one; something magical is happening in this light green elixir. Unicorn tears? Perhaps. Once I sneaked a peek in the kitchen to see if there really was a unicorn, and all I caught a glimpse of was a full black burka cooking up a storm. Take a boatload of breath mints and start with the soup, and then anything else that grabs your attention on them menu, because it's all great.

Bethany: Boba Tea House (705 W. Park Row)
This is both a tea house and restaurant, but the big draw is the boba tea, which is also sometimes called bubble tea, pearl tea or milk tea. Or, how about boba milk tea with tapioca pearls? The menu has more options than a Scantron. The owners are really nice and they update the menu often, keeping things fresh. This spot gets crowded at lunch and on the evenings, but the boba milk bubble pearl tea-thingies are worth it.


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Storm_71
Storm_71

First of all LDD thanks for giving Arlington a shout out. I have to agree with Whittney Dino's makes a pretty kick ass sandwich. It's a little more on the south side of town but not to far.

A-nony-mouse
A-nony-mouse

You missed Panda House Chinese Restaurant at 1325 S Cooper St., just south of the UTA campus. It's cheap, very good and delivers to both the campus and surrounding area.

pruitt1
pruitt1

Yeah! Don't forget J. Gilligan's! My fav since the late 70s.

texianstar
texianstar

How could you miss  J. Gilligans?? Famed for their Irish Nachos, but loads of good food....they even have a UTA special on the menu!

doglover3
doglover3

You forgot J  Giligan's, 400 Abram!!!

whitneyfilloon
whitneyfilloon

LDD, have you ever been to Dino's sandwich shop? Not sure if it's really near the UTA campus or not and I've only been once but I remember it being awesome... they slice all their meats to order and have a crazy huge menu, and cheap beer and ice cream.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Nizza Pizza is a good pizza spot and a Pie5 is opening on campus too.  Dont forget DQ around the corner on Randoll Mill.  Mavericks for some good cheap suds, gilligans for your irish nacho fix

laurendrewesdaniels
laurendrewesdaniels

 @ScottsMerkin I used to like Nizza until I went in one day and country music was playing. I asked, 'Did y'all get new owners?'  Yep. Haven't been back. Can't do country music and pizza. 

Nictacular
Nictacular

 @laurendrewesdaniels  @ScottsMerkin I know that one of the brothers, Hysen, opened up a Nizza in Ft Worth just off N. University. Dude actually recognized me from my days at UTA! Probably because I ate in there three times a week for a couple years...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @laurendrewesdaniels yuk, no wonder "the works" was different last time I ordered it.  I thought maybe the left off the garlic or something but it was just a plain ole supreme pizza.  Well Damn, nix that place.  Saljos is a little farther away but another great by the slice join on park row

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @laurendrewesdaniels ill check it out, is it called Tony's?  And try the Capastrami on capriotti's since yall got em plastered all over the CoA today

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