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Ten terrific places to eat and drink near AT&T Stadium in Arlington



Going to a Dallas Cowboys game and want to nosh on something more substantial (and in most cases, less expensive) than what’s on offer at the stadium? Then you’re in luck. Previously known mostly for a glut of national restaurant chains and fast food joints, the area around AT&T Stadium (aka Jerry World) is becoming a popular dining destination, thanks to several new commercial developments.

One buzzing spot is Texas Live!, a 200,000 square foot complex boasting a plethora of food and drink venues within walking distance of both AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park (home of the Texas Rangers baseball team). 

And perhaps the biggest game-changer in the neighborhood is Urban Union, a walkable, mixed-use district where many of the abandoned industrial buildings have been converted into eateries and bars. Two excellent options here include The Tipsy Oak and Cartel Taco Bar.

The best part is that all these places are located within a 2-mile radius of the stadium. Not to mention, most offer shuttle rides to the game, which certainly beats paying upwards of $100 to park at the stadium. Just plan to come early in order to avoid the game-day rush.

 

 


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Babe's Chicken Dinner House Arlington
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Ranked one of the three best-fried chicken restaurants in America by Southern Living magazine, this family-owned mini-chain turns out a spread of down-home comforts like no other. Expect to find everything from fried chicken to chicken-fried steak and fried catfish served up family-style with a slew of unlimited sides. And while the fried chicken is phenomenal, the biscuits are almost worth a trip here on their own. Though there's not any shuttle service offered from here, you can always leave your car and take an Uber as the stadium is located just a little over a mile away.

Recommended for Restaurants near AT&T Stadium because: Babe's is where to go when you really want to chow down on home-style comfort food.

Ilene's expert tip: Take note that this place is BYOB and offers a children's menu. There's plenty of parking available behind the restaurant.

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BFF Asian Grill and Bar
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Got a hankering for sushi? Then this upscale Asian fusion sports bar has you covered. Located across the I-30, less than 2 miles from the stadium, BFF not only offers solid sushi and nigiri options, but the menu also features everything from spring rolls, wings, rice dishes and banh mi sandwiches to more than thirty styles of pho. Oh, and the bar is stocked with 100 craft beers on tap too. The great part? The kitchen stays open until 10:15 p.m. during the week and until 11:15 p.m. on weekends. And while this place isn't on the shuttle route, you can easily leave your car here and Uber to game.

Recommended for Restaurants near AT&T Stadium because: BFF Asian Grill is the best place to find late-night sushi and Vietnamese options near AT&T Stadium.

Ilene's expert tip: Score $3 Shiner Bock & Shiner Light Blonde; $4 house wines; $6 martinis and $8 beer flights during happy hour, from 3-7 p.m. weekdays. Also, find $3 drink specials from 9-11 p.m. every night of the week. BFF offers a children's menu.

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R Bar & Grill
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Contrary to popular belief, hotel eateries aren't all about overpriced drinks and mediocre food. And this sleek gastropub adjacent to the Hilton Arlington is proof of that. Serving until 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on the weekends, the menu runs the gamut from wood-fired pizzas to wagyu beef burgers, street tacos and hand-cut steaks. Back it all up with an innovative cocktail or choose from a curated list of wine and artisanal beer. For dessert, try the warm macadamia nut skillet cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Bonus: The hotel offers round trip shuttle service to the stadium for $20 per person.

Recommended for Restaurants near AT&T Stadium because: R Bar & Grill offers is where to go for a more upscale dining environment.

Ilene's expert tip: Get $2 domestic pints, $4 premium pints, $3 wells, $5 house wine and half-price pizzas during happy hour, from 4-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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Texas Live!
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If tacos, barbecue, pizzas and burgers sound like an ideal game-day feast, then Texas Live will be right up your alley. The half-dozen restaurants inside this massive 200,000 square-foot complex include everything from Guy Fieri's Taco Joint and Lockhart Smokehouse to Troy Aikman's gourmet burger spot and Hall of Fame catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez's pizza. Also find old-school arcade games, golf simulators and more at Sports & Social, mechanical bulls at PBR Texas and a stellar lineup of global beer at Miller Tavern & Beer Garden. Best of all, Texas Live is conveniently located between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, meaning it's on the shuttle route as well as within walking distance of both venues.

Recommended for Restaurants near AT&T Stadium because: Texas Live is the closest drinking and dining destination to the stadium.

Ilene's expert tip: On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can score 1/2 price tacos at Guy Fieri's Taco Joint and $2 drink specials at Sports & Social. More specials are listed on each venue. Note that Texas Live is over 21 after 9 p.m.

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Cartel Taco Bar
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One of the hot spots making up Urban Union's rapidly expanding dining scene is this slick, counter-service gourmet taco joint from the team behind The Grease Monkey Burger Shop. Signature items include a blackened-chicken-bacon-mac-and-cheese taco and a barbacoa taco stuffed with ghost pepper cheese. Other options include street tacos, shrimp and cilantro rice bowls and an assortment of appetizers. Don't sleep on the cocktails, this place is known for its expansive selection of tequilas. Cartel is open until midnight on weekends and 11 p.m. during the week, making it a perfect spot to grab a pre or post-event snack. Also, note that you can catch Urban Union's shuttle service from here to the stadium.

Recommended for Restaurants near AT&T Stadium because: Cartel Taco Bar is ideal for when you're craving tacos and tequila.

Ilene's expert tip: Find $2.75 domestic drafts & wells; $3 domestic bottles, and $1 off wine and specialty cocktails during happy hour, from 3-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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Maverick's Sports Grill
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Ranked as the most popular fan bar near AT&T Stadium by Business Insider, this laid-back watering hole is always packed when there's a game on. The venue is open every day from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. and churns out everything from wings to potato skins to nachos, burgers, sandwiches and wraps along with a slew of craft beer options. Breakfast is on hand until 10:30 a.m., and they also feature weekly open mic nights, poker nights, live music and game-day drink specials. Most everything on the menu clocks in under $10, plus there's shuttle service available to and from all the major sporting events in the area for $9 per person.

Recommended for Restaurants near AT&T Stadium because: If you're looking for a fun game-day atmosphere that flows with craft brew and cheap, tasty eats, Maverick's Sports Grill is the spot.

Ilene's expert tip: Happy hour ($3 wells, domestics and house wines) is offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays plus score ½ price apps from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays when you check in on Facebook. There's also a kid's menu.

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The Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club
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Inspired by the former 1950s-era car lots that once inhabited the downtown Arlington area, The Grease Monkey is an ideal place to hang both before and after the game for a variety of reasons. Sure, the burgers are awesome (7 varieties plus build-your-own options) and so is the selection of craft beer, but they also offer a terrific late-night menu, daily drink specials and live music every weekend. What's more, there's plenty of free parking and they provide a $5 per person round-trip shuttle to the stadium. The loaded cheese fries here are an absolute must.

Recommended for Restaurants near AT&T Stadium because: The Grease Monkey flips some of the best, reasonably priced burgers in Arlington.

Ilene's expert tip: Score and burger and fries from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Grease Monkey also offers a kid's menu.

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Prince Lebanese Grill
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Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, this mom-and-pop joint has been serving the best Lebanese fare in Arlington since 2007. We're talking everything from traditional meze platters (hummus, baba ganoush, tabouli salad, kalamata olives, and pita) to perfectly crisp-shelled falafels and flame-licked kebabs. Speaking of kebabs, the star is the shish tawook featuring chunks of yogurt marinated chicken breast that are flame-grilled until perfection and served on a bed of rice with grilled vegetables. Don't leave without trying the baklava, your taste buds will thank you. Note that the stadium is a straight, walkable shot (.5 miles) from here.

Recommended for Restaurants near AT&T Stadium because: Prince Lebanese Grill is where to go when you want something more than the usual burgers and tacos.

Ilene's expert tip: Prince offers lunch specials for $8.99 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. It's also BYOB.

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The Social House
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Located a little over a mile from the stadium in Arlington's Champions Park, this popular restaurant-bar charms with a vibrant atmosphere and an extensive menu of crowd-pleasing options. Ancho pulled pork nachos, buffalo burgers, shrimp & grits and brick-oven pizzas are the highlights here, but all-day weekend brunch (think chicken & waffles and carafes of mimosas) is also worth the visit. All that plus a lengthy list of beer and hand-made cocktails on tap makes this place perfect for spending time before or after the game. Social House provides shuttles to Cowboys home games for a cost of $8 for restaurant guests and $15 for all others.

Recommended for Restaurants near AT&T Stadium because: The Social House is a good place for beer geeks.

Ilene's expert tip: The Social House features happy hour from 2-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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The Tipsy Oak
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With a solid roster of chef-driven pub fare and a serious stock of over 30, mostly local craft beers on tap, it's no surprise that The Tipsy Oak consistently draws a crowd. Not to mention, it has what's arguably one of the best patios in Arlington. Stop in before or after the game (the kitchen stays open every evening until at least 11 p.m.) for items like pork-belly poutine, fried bacon Korean barbecue burgers, beer-battered fish & chips and Thai-inspired blackened salmon. An added bonus is that it's situated in the Urban Union district, meaning that diners can utilize the Urban Union shuttle (prices range from $5-$10) to the stadium. Did we mention there's live music Thursday through Saturday nights?

Recommended for Restaurants near AT&T Stadium because: The Tipsy Oak is an excellent option for those seeking creative pub fare in a rustically cool setting.

Ilene's expert tip: Happy Hour is offered from 3-6 p.m., Monday-Friday plus there are also featured drink specials every day of the week. They also have a children's menu.

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As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene

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