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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Dallas is one of the best and most dynamic cities for food. Endless restaurant options and a huge variety of choices.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its great, but will made a college kid go broke in a week.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Being in a big city definitely has its perks when it comes to food. there is literally any type of food you can imagine within 10 min of campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Dallas has tons of great restaurants and bars on almost any corner

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Dallas is an amazing restaurant city, although a lot of restaurants are pricey. Always ask if they have a student discount, especially for the ones close to SMU!


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Gaining the Freshman 15 is an overall fear for all college students. Instead of 15 pounds, it is more likely to be 30 or 40, simply because all of the food off campus is more delectable. Every student has difficulty choosing one particular favorite place to eat. It is much simpler to choose one favorite per genre. Because SMU is located in a posh and hip area, dining off campus can definitely become a bit pricey. Luckily, there are places like Snuffer's, Café Brazil, Chipotle, Chuy's, Campisi's, and several others to balance out the more expensive places. Many students have dined at the Mansion at least once (mainly with their parents or credit card), as well as Nick and Sam's, Three Forks, or Bob's Chop House (for excellent steak).

Dallas is known to have the best shopping in the country. Normally, if a city features superb shopping, it also showcases dining. Dallas happens to be the home of the best restaurants in the nation. Every type of food can be found here in the heart of Texas. Due to its location, Dallas features exquisite and authentic Mexican cuisine, as well as delicious Tex Mex. Most students eat Mexican at least once a week because of this phenomenon. The possibilities are endless. If there is any hesitation as to where to dine, it will be spurred by an overwhelming list of restaurants. It is easy to become accustomed to a certain taste and specific restaurant, but if you are ever feeling adventurous, Dallas is an immense city to explore.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Chipotle
  • Houston's Restaurant
  • Mi Cocina
  • Pei Wei
24-Hour Dining
Café Brazil
Best Asian
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Best Breakfast
  • Café Brazil
  • The Cheesecake Factory
Best Healthy
  • Central Market
  • Whole Foods
Best Pizza
Campisi's Egyptian Restaurant
Best Wings
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Blue Fish
  • Cuba Libre
  • Houston's Restaurant
  • Rockfish
Other Places to Check Out
  • Abacus
  • Bandito's
  • Blue Goose
  • Blue Mesa Grill
  • Bob's Steak & Chop House
  • Café Express
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Fogo De Chao
  • Jake's Burgers
  • Magarita Ranch
  • Penne Pomodoro
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works
  • Stromboli Café
  • Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant
  • Three Forks
  • Village Burger Bar
  • Whataburger
Did You Know?
  • The frozen margarita was invented in Dallas.
  • Dallasites consume the most picante sauce in the nation.
  • The chicken fajita was invented in Dallas.
  • Dallas is home to more restaurants per person than the Big Apple. This includes more than 7,000 restaurants.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Central Market
5750 E. Lovers Lane, Park Cities
(214) 234-7000
5665 E. Mockingbird Lane, Park Cities
(214) 826-2967
Tom Thumb
7000 Snider Plaza, Park Cities
(214) 346-9371
Whole Foods Market
2218 Lower Greenville Ave.
(214) 824-1744

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Blue Fish
Food: Japanese
3519 Greenville Ave., Lower Greenville
(214) 824-3474
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Volcano rolls, crab meat sushi.
Buca di Beppo
Food: Southern Italian
7843 Park Lane, Northwest Dallas
(214) 361-8462
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Small and large portions designed for two people or a family.
Café Brazil
Food: Brazilian, Latin American
6420 N. Central Expressway, Park Cities
(214) 691-7791
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served at all times, rosemary potatoes, chicken crepes, several types of Brazilian coffee.
Campisi's Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
5665 E. Mockingbird Lane, Park Cities
(214) 827-0355
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Local favorite, two dining areas.
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: Various
7700 W. Northwest Highway, Northwest Dallas
(214) 373-4844
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: 35 different cheesecakes.
Food: Burritos and tacos
7700 N. Central Expressway, Dallas
(469) 232-0963
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Giant burritos.
Food: Mexican
4544 McKinney Ave., Knox Henderson
(214) 559-2489
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Chuy's special, sopapillas and honey, chile con queso.
Cuba Libre Café
Food: Caribbean, Latin American, South American
2822 N. Henderson Ave., Knox Henderson
(214) 827-2820
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Two levels, outdoor patios.
Freebirds World Burrito
Food: Burritos, Mexican
5500 Greenville Ave., Suite 209
(214) 265-9992
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Four sizes of burritos, Freebirds BBQ sauce.
Houston's Restaurant
Food: American and Caribbean
8300 Preston Rd., Suite A, Park Cities
(214) 691-8991
Price: $20-$25
Cool Features: Spinach and artichoke dip, Hawaiian marinated steak.
Jersey Mike's Subs
Food: Subs
5521 Greenville Ave., Suite 108B & 109
(214) 692-6981
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Mike's Way, chicken Philly, Jersey Mike's super sub.
The Mansion on Turtle Creek
Food: Southwestern
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas
(214) 559-2100
Price: $25-$50
Cool Features: Rated as a top restaurant by Travel & Leisure, elegant dining.
Mi Cocina
Food: Mexican
77 Highland Park Village, Highland Park
(214) 521-6426
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Mico's #4 tacos al carbon, Mama's chicken, fajitas
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
225 Northpark Center, Dallas
(214) 265-8669
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Great wine list, traditional Chinese dishes and creative new dishes.
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Food: Asian
3001 Knox St., Knox Park
(214) 219-0000
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Minced chicken in cool lettuce wraps, Dan Dan noodle bowl, Mandarin kung pao.
Pluckers Wing Bar
Food: Wings
5505 Greenville Ave., Suite 406, Dallas
(214) 363-WING
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Wing Nut Club for frequent customers, Hall of Flame.
Food: Seafood
5331 E. Mockingbird Lane #160,Park Cities
(214) 823-8444
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Santa Fe fish tacos, Alberto's seafood enchiladas, Po Boy sandwiches, Rock-A-Rita.
Food: American
8201 Preston Rd., Dallas
(214) 265-7389
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Private dining, outdoor patios, putting green.
Simply Fondue
Food: Fondue
2108 Greenville Ave., Lower Greenville
(214) 827-8878
Price: $30-$40
Cool Features: Four course dinner (nine different types of chocolate fondue for dessert) for two or more.
Food: American
3526 Greenville Ave., Lower Greenville
(214) 826-6850
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Cheddar fries, Snuffer's cheeseburger.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 103 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 107 responses

  • 60% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 32% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 6% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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