Wandering Outside the Bubble

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Jamie Kuntz, A&E Editor

“Where should we go to eat?”

Ah, the age-old question. University of Dallas students – especially those new to the Dallas-Fort Worth area – often find themselves at such a loss for where to eat that they simply cut their losses and stay on campus. It is my goal to get you out of our UD Bubble, friends, so I have compiled a handy little list of some of the best restaurants in the area. When you get sick of surviving on cafeteria food and granola bars (SPOILER ALERT: You will.), make sure you give some of these places a chance. You won’t regret it!

BEST PLACE TO GO ON A DATE: Terra Mediterranean Grill 5910 N. MacArthur Blvd. Ste. 121, Irving, TX 75039

It happens every year, kids – you meet a pretty girl in your freshman orientation group, work up the courage to ask her out, and then … what? You’re not going to take her to dinner at the cafeteria, are you? I know, I know – Irving isn’t exactly known for being the city of love. But don’t worry – there are a few romantic restaurants to check out if you have a hot date on a Friday night. If you really want to impress, I would suggest Terra Mediterranean Grill – it’s close to campus and the service is excellent. The food is so delicious that your first bite will feel like a life-altering experience. My favorite thing on the menu is the gyro, which comes with hot pita bread, tzatziki sauce and a side of saffron rice. Terra can be a little pricey, with most entrées at about $15, but you can save some money (and be absolutely adorable) by sharing a meal with your date. Trust me, there will be enough food; if you don’t share, you’ll end up having leftovers for days.

 

Impress your date with delicious Atlantic Salmon Kabobs. –Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor
Impress your date with delicious Atlantic Salmon Kabobs. –Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

BEST LATE-NIGHT SNACK: San Diego Taco Shop 1601 N. Story Rd. Irving, TX 75062

Luckily for the stress-eaters of UD, there are plenty of places to get food when you’re studying during the night before a big test. There are the usual places like Taco Bell, Whataburger and In-N-Out, but if you have a hankering for something a little more substantial, then San Diego Taco is the place for you. Don’t expect five-star cuisine and service; the place is a bit of a dive, but the food is cheap and tasty, and you get a lot for your money. Also, if you stay there long enough, you will inevitably run into another UD student. Make sure you try the horchata!

 

Enjoy sushi without breaking the bank. –Photo courtesy of UrbanSpoon
Enjoy sushi without breaking the bank. –Photo courtesy of UrbanSpoon

BEST SUSHI: Maki Boy 3455 N. Belt Line Rd., Irving, TX 75062

Now, Blue Fish on MacArthur is the obvious choice for the best sushi in the area, but due to the cost of eating there, I suggest that you instead check out Maki Boy, which is much cheaper but equally delicious. (Should you still go to Blue Fish and try its crab potstickers? Yes. They’re so yummy that I dream about them sometimes, and I’m not even ashamed to admit it.) The restaurant is fairly small and located in an out-of-the-way strip mall; you won’t want to go there with a large group of people. The portions are so large that I rarely finish a meal by myself. I recommend the basic shrimp tempura or the California roll, but there are plenty of other options for you to try.

 

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