Your 2014 Guide to Eating in Arlington Before and After Texas Rangers Games

Categories: Chewing the Fat

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Dino's in Arlington
Each year we dust off our mitts and head over to great temple in Arlington to stuff our faces with two-yard hot dogs and the like. At this time, we also like to look at what's going on in the Arlington food scene for pre- or post-game eating. There've been some comings and goings.

Three new-ish restaurants at UTA College Park have already closed: Digg's Taco Shop, GRIP Mediterranean Grill and Pho Express. The college kids and other passerbys just couldn't sustain all three restaurants (despite record enrollment). Also, last summer, we lost an old Arlington haunt, J.R. Bentley's English Pub, to a fire. However, their Facebook page reports that they're aiming for a mid-April reopening. The Capital, which was a music venue and bar, originally out of Fort Worth, has already closed.

See also: The New Choomongous at the Ballpark. We Double Dare You.

Following are some places to carb-load before the game:

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R Bar & Grill
R Bar and Grill is a new chef-driven restaurant inside the Hilton on Lamar north of Interstate 30. It's got local beers on tap (Saint Arnolds, Revolver Blood and Honey and Bock, Franconia Wheat and Devil's Backbone from Real Ale) and an "evolving menu that changes with the season," which we hope has something to do with baseball.

If tacos are a part of your plan, take Pioneer west from 360 and you'll see a big yellow place with a lot of painted words on the window. Don't try to read them, just pull in to La Banqueta (1201 E. Pioneer Pkwy). This is one of the best taquerías in North Texas (there are several) and it's also one of the cheapest meals you can get. Scott Reitz included these tacos on his list of DFW's 50 most interesting restaurants.

If you haven't grabbed huge sandwiches from Dino's, (photo at top) well for shame. Which is exactly what I felt after I just discovered this place last fall. It's an old-school New York-ish deli with all-business sandwich-makers. When ordering, there's no time for lollygagging: Know what you're going to order before you approach the counter. Here are two key things to remember if all else in the world fails: 1. Order you sandwich with "the works" and 2. "Dino dressed."

A second, more grown-up version of the old hangout Hooligan's (310 E. Abram St.) is tucked behind Twisted Root. It's dark and cave-like. They offer a lot of local beer and local whiskey as well. Plus you can order a burger from Twisted Root next door.

The Prince Lebanese Grill (502 Randol Mill Rd.) just west of Glove Life Park expanded a little since last season. There are a few more tables and everything is pushed together. It's cozy. And BYOB. The spicy chicken schwarma plate is awesome, but don't be afraid to venture into other areas. It's all great.

Grease Monkey's (1253 Main St.) has a big patio, a bar that spills out onto the sidewalk and greasy burgers to go with. They are running a shuttle on Opening Day, but always call in advance to confirm (817-665-5454) for other games.

Old School Pizza and Suds (603 W. Abram St.) serves thick gooey pizza and craft beer in a charming old house. There are 35 different flavors on the tap wall and a cool patio in back, which draws in a mix of college kids and folks from the neighborhood.

Freebirds, Fuzzy's, Hooligan's, Twisted Root and Flying Fish (300 E. Abram St.), are all lined up like little ducks in a row along Abram. There's a lot of parking in the back (it's not necessary to frogger across Abram).

Fish Bone Grill (816 N. Collins) is a small, easy-to-miss spot in the shadow of Jerry's World. The Mexican-influenced seafood is usually fresh, spicy and pretty affordable. Service is quick and friendly, as well. It's so easy to miss, most of the crowd does, which makes it great for a good pre-game bite.

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heeeeyyyyyy
heeeeyyyyyy

El Jibarito for bombass Puerto Rican food. Don't be putoff by the rapey hotel it's in, the food is seriously good.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

What brand of sliced meats is Dino's using ?


And they offer fresh squeezed lemonade - that's impressive !




jennycritter
jennycritter

Dino's Best sub sandwiches.n I usually get The Big D it has Capicola and other wonderful meads, (I don't get dino dressed because I personally don't like peppers)    Best pastrami goes to Mo's Best Eatery. He makes his own pastrami...He used to work at Katz's Deli and figured out the recipe. It is perfection! 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

By the way, that sandwich looks great........the only thing missing is capicola and banana peppers; boy Dino must be either from Massachusetts or New York!  Now that's a real Yank sub; my recommendation for southerners is The BMT at Subway. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I have also been to a shit ton of games over the years.  I recommend one Quick Trip hot dog and three beers in the stadium parking lot. Anymore, and you'll be sleepy-any less, and you''ll be spending the mortgage on multiple 8 dollar beers, and gross 6 dollar burgers. 

JustSaying
JustSaying

I have been to a shit ton of Rangers games over the years. Not once has anyone that I was with wanted to get to the game stuffed with a big meal. Myself included. And we certainly were never in the mood to go sit down for a meal after 4 hours in the Summer heat watching a game. Now pre and post game beers are a different story entirely.

lmeli1
lmeli1

Mercado Juarez!!

thejonesey
thejonesey

The Irish Nachos at J. Gilligans

jasoncaswell
jasoncaswell

Also if you're looking for awesome live music after the game, you can't forget about the amazing chuggin monk! Cheap drinks and live music!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Great list, but you left out one type of food, bbq.  And holy shit, Dino's, yeah, dont pass that one by folks.  Though old man Dino did pass in the last year, the sammiches are still awesome

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