Regarding off-campus dining, UT Dallas students face a pleasant dilemma—there are too many good restaurants from which to choose. Whatever you crave, there’s a good chance you can find it within a 10-mile radius. Restaurants vary upon ethnicity (Asian, Mexican, Italian, and American), price range (below $10 to more than $20), and specialty (fast food versus real food, breakfast versus dinner). The existing competition really benefits students: Asian restaurants always try to keep their prices low, while the more Westernized ones promote themselves through coupons and combo deals. That is not to say that quality is in any way compromised—quite the opposite actually, as each restaurant focuses on differentiating itself from its competitors. Take Vietnamese food, for example: La’me shines with its egg rolls; Bistro B cooks great rice and beef; and Pho Que Huong offers some of the best pho around.
Vegetarians won’t have a hard time finding a place to dine at because there are quality restaurants dedicated to veggie foods. Just one tip of advice: Don’t go to Vietnamese restaurants looking for vegetarian options. For those that prefer to cook their own meal, load up your grocery cart at local centers like Walmart, Target, or Tom Thumb. If you don’t mind driving a little, you can also check out more exotic markets nearby, such as Central Market, Saigon Mall, or Tian Tian Supermaket. The wide variety of goods and reasonable prices will most definitely be worth it.