For students and families alike, University Park's SMU neighborhood offers a great range of restaurants to satisfy any culinary craving and budget. Not only will you find everything from steaks and barbecue to Tex-Mex, pizza and most any cuisine in between, but most of the eateries in this neighborhood lie within walking distance to the campus.
You'll find some of the area's most beloved restaurants in Snider Plaza, a picturesque, ninety-year old shopping strip that's located catty-corner to the campus. For German specialties, like brats, wursts and schnitzels, head to Kuby's Sausage House, a neighborhood favorite since 1961. If it's a Tex-Mex fix you're after, there's Banditos Tex-Mex Cantina. If you don't have time to wait for a table at Banditos, you can score fish tacos and other seaworthy fare at Half Shells Oyster Bar & Grill next door.
For killer sandwiches that you won't find any place else, hit East Hampton Sandwich Co., and for melt-in-your-mouth brisket and ribs, go to Peggy Sues BBQ.
If you're hankering for fried chicken and other home spun comfort foods, try Bubba's, located on Hillcrest. Also on Hillcrest is Burger House, a local gem that dates back to 1951.
Not to be missed are the pizzas at Olivella's, an adorable pocket-sized pizzeria that looks like it came straight out of Naples. Another popular spot is Digg's Taco Shop, where tacos get inventive and margaritas are served on a stick.
And if a top-notch steak dinner is more up your alley, then go to Knife, located in the swank Highland Dallas hotel. It's one of the most talked about restaurants in the city.