Dallas' SMU Neighborhood Offers Dining Gems at Every Turn

For students and families alike, University Park's SMU neighborhood offers a great range of restaurants to satisfy any culinary craving and budget. Plus, most all of the eateries in this neighborhood lie within walking distance from the campus.

In the mood for German specialties, like brats, wursts and schnitzels? Then trek over to Snider Plaza where you'll find Kuby's Sausage House, a neighborhood favorite since 1961. Prefer to get a taco fix on instead? Then head next door to Banditos Tex-Mex Cantina. Speaking of tacos, Half Shells Oyster Bar and Grill cranks out killer oyster tacos as well as other Cajun-inspired seafood fare. Or if you're hankering for an epic, retro burger, you can't go wrong with Burger House, a local gem that dates back to 1951.

And if a top-notch steak dinner is more up your alley, then Knife, located in the swank Highland Dallas hotel will be your new happy place.

Getting hungry yet? Then keep reading, you can't go wrong with any of the tasty spots on this 10Best list. 

Bandito's Tex-Mex Cantina
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Tasty Tex-Mex delights, rock solid margaritas and fantastic happy hours keep this cheery cantina perpetually busy with everyone from families to students during most all hours of the day. As a consequence, you can almost always expect a wait to...  Read More

Half Shells Oyster Bar & Grill
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With fresh oysters and reasonably priced seafood dishes, it's no wonder that this convivial, shoe-box sized eatery stays packed to the gills on a regular basis. For oyster lovers there's everything from bi-coastal bivalves like Connecticut Blue...  Read More

East Hampton Sandwich Co.
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Pretty much everything tastes better between two slices of bread, and this gourmet sandwich spot (named after the swank seaside village), delivers the lot in a breezy nautical setting. First off, everything is house-brined, hand-carved, fresh...  Read More

Dallas Grilled Cheese Company
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As the name implies, this Mockingbird Station eatery is devoted solely to– you guessed it–grilled cheese sandwiches. The menu features around twenty specialty sammies to choose from, ranging from a straight up American cheese on white bread...  Read More

Sumo Shack
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If the likes of katsu corn dogs, shoyu ramen and steamed baos filled with everything from soft shell crab to hot fried chicken whet your whistle, then look no further than this sleek, fast-casual spot within walking distance from the campus on...  Read More

Digg's Taco Shop
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SMU students and taco heads alike really dig this laid-back taqueria that cranks out tacos filled with everything from slow cooked barbecue brisket to grilled mahi mahi and fried habanero shrimp. But there's more than tacos that meets the eye....  Read More

Kuby's Sausage House
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This family-owned German market and restaurant has been anchoring the corner spot in Snider Plaza since 1961. And, not only does the place boast one of the best selections of meats, cold cuts and European food imports in town, it's also the...  Read More

Burger House
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This pillbox-sized burger shack, known by locals as Jack's (named after its original owner, Jack Koustoubardis), has barely changed at all since it opened in 1951. And for that matter, neither has the food. Which is exactly why the place has a...  Read More

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There's a general consensus that this charming pocket-sized pizzeria turns out the most deliciously addictive pies in town. In fact, these wood-fired orbs are so heavenly that Food Network star Rachael Ray declared them "The most incredible...  Read More

Knife Dallas
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Celebrity chef John Tesar's swanky bastion of beef, inside the Highland Dallas hotel--has been the talk of the town since it opened in 2014. And there's a good reason for all the buzz: Knife serves up superbly flavorful meat, most of which has...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

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