Locals know that South Arlington
makes the perfect commuter town as only 12 miles separate it from the downtown Dallas area. There are eight colleges and one university in the neighborhood, and Arlington is one of the few places where a student
can go from kindergarten to graduate school without living the city.
Shoppers in the Dallas/Forth Worth area know where to go if they want to find just what they are looking for and Arlington has more than 200 shops and enough variety to keep shoppers busy year round.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Although sports bars predominate in this athletic town, diners can choose from many different types of food. Vietnamese Lotus Cafe, in a strip mall on West Green Oaks, makes a vegetable-based pho soup that converts even the most hard-core steak lovers. This family-owned restaurant promises great service and fair prices.
Another Asian eatery, Piranha Killer Sushi, serves 10 different kinds of sake as well as wine. The chef's inventive signature rolls won't be found in grocery store sushi bars. For example, the white lotus roll mixes crab with cream cheese and shrimp tempura. Truffle oil and pico de gallo further elevate this unique sushi roll.
Head to Arlington Steak House on West Division for steak, juicy chicken and seafood served with huge helpings of authenticity. Only the best cuts of Hereford beef, fire-grilled to perfection, come out on its blue plates. Another Southern classic, chicken fried steak, comes topped with cream gravy.
Hooligans Pub on East Abram Street has 25 draft beers on tap and over 80 different varieties in bottles. The signature drink, the nuclear rainbow, makes you see a variety of colors, and the oatmeal ball mixes fireball cinnamon whiskey and butterscotch schnapps, among other strong liqueurs. Before imbibing, load up on standard bar foods, such as fried pickles and fried bologna sandwiches, courtesy of adjacent eatery Twisted Root Burger Co.
Mavericks Sports Grill lets you try your hand at karaoke and features live music. The bar hosts Ultimate Fighting Championship matches with no cover charge and conveniently shuttles customers to local football games in the area. Special drink pricing encourages customers to come back each night.
For less booze and more music and games, try Milo's Bar on East Division Street. This pool hall features fun barroom activities such as darts and ping pong. DJ Laci plays music from many different eras, ensuring everyone in the crowd stays happy.
History & Culture
What started as a Texas Ranger station morphed eventually into the city of Arlington. The rich soil in the area made it easy to raise cotton and vegetables. When incorporated in 1884, it was a fully modern city with running water and electricity.
When General Motors came to town in 1954, the area experienced a huge population boom. Arlington gradually became the entertainment capital of Texas with the arrival of the Dallas Cowboys and the opening of the amusement park Six Flags over Texas in the 1960s and the arrival of the Texas Rangers in the '70s.
The Arlington Museum of Art has art pieces that reflect the area's history. Special events included the Festival of Trees where locals can ask artists about their craft as they create. Other annual events include the South Street Art Festival. This free three-day event features local bands and artists from all over the country.
The Metro Arlington Xpress bus system takes passengers back and forth between Arlington and Dallas, where they can transfer to Dallas public transit or the Trinity Railway Express that shuttles riders between Dallas and nearby Forth Worth. Visitors and locals alike use the Arlington Trolley when coming to the Arlington Entertainment District to travel between hotels, Six Flags and other entertainment venues.
Cyclists can take advantage of dedicated bicycle lanes in Arlington. The well-lit and quiet streets make evening strolls or night time bike rides safe and enjoyable. Taxis pick up passengers who hail them when available, or call for a cab or Uber to pick you up.
With Arlington easily accessible from Interstate 30, drivers do not mind driving their own vehicles. Many establishments in Arlington provide free public parking.
Since rent for a one bedroom apartment costs around $750 and gas prices at 12 percent below the national average, it is cheaper to live in Arlington than in the city of Dallas. Getting to the city center via Metro Arlington Express costs $5 and comes with free and safe parking in the commuter lot. Expect to pay $6 for a pint of craft beer at a local pub.
Most major shopping areas in South Arlington cluster around Interstate 30, with bunches of familiar stores at each intersection. High-end stores in the area are situated at the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets on Interstate 20. Premium stores include Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. Within the same stretch of land, bargain hunters can find high-value stores such as Visionworks, where you can buy one pair of glasses and get another pair free.
Specialty stores such as Bella Vita Gourmet Olive Oils and Balsamic and The Popcorn Store sell unique food items that won't be found in traditional grocery stores. Bella Vita in the Highlands lets you taste their flavored oils before you buy them. Unique flavors include all natural black truffle pure olive oil and aged black cherry balsamic vinegar. The Popcorn Store in Lincoln Square sells popcorn with unique flavors like bubble gum and jalapeño cheese.
Albertsons, Sprouts and Kroger are three popular supermarkets in the area. Albertsons lets shoppers browse ads online while Kroger's lucrative shopper's card app lets customers load digital coupons and even refill prescriptions. Both downtown Arlington and Grand Prairie support small farmers markets where you can pick up farm-fresh produce, homemade jams, and work from local artists.
The parks in South Arlington have a little bit of everything. The Deaver Park on Kelly Elliot Road has an informal field for impromptu soccer or volleyball games. Patrons may bike around the park or explore the nature area. Children use one of two playground designed for their age. Leashed dogs are welcomed at the park so long as owners clean up after them.
The J. Stoval Park sits further up on Kelly Elliot has a fitness
course and bike trail for the exercise-minded.