If they listen closely, visitors to Jimmy's Catfish might hear a sizzling sound shortly after placing an order. That’s the sweet-sounding symphony that catfish create as they crackle in oil until they’re golden-brown. Cooks also grill tilapia to order, stuff fried oysters and shrimp into poboys, and simmer pots of rich clam chowder and spicy Creole gumbo. Sides such as fried green tomatoes and mozzarella sticks add variety to meals, and wedges of pie or cheesecake sweeten palates.
The tamales at Danals Mexican Restaurant are so popular that some regulars place bulk orders days in advance. But the tender, husk-wrapped snacks aren't the only reason to visit this 25-year-old Irving eatery. The restaurant's cooks are experts when it comes to crafting Michoacan-style carnitas, seafood ceviches, and other Mexican staples. Specialty margaritas and micheladas pair beautifully with each fresh, piquant dish, and desserts such as flan give folks a way to get rid of the bitter taste that comes from saying "Beetlejuice" three times. To nail down the authenticity, brightly colored walls and murals line the restaurant's interior, creating a colorful, happy ambience.
Featuring an extensive menu of creative American food—including The Reuben 1976, born on the restaurant and brewery's opening day—Humperdink's has served the mertroplex area for 36 years. Humperdink's boasts menu items such as barbecue ribs, sustainable seafood, steaks, gourmet burgers, and original buffalo hot wings, along with a number of award-winning microbrews crafted on the premises and served on tap.
India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan—Basmati Grill's spices and culinary traditions hail from these and other far-flung locales, landing on plates in the form of kebabs, seafood, and curries. Vegetarians have a sprawling selection of fare to choose from, but others will find goat, lamb, and fish on the menu. You can wake up on Sunday morning with a brunch buffet of traditional breakfasts and lunches, and drop by on Friday nights for the Bangladeshi buffet. There's no corkage fee for the bottles guests bring from home, so it's easy for diners to drink their favorite wine or beer.
From the ninth floor, sweeping views of Arlington?s entertainment district fill the windows at Cacharel Restaurant. Cacharel?s menus list an array of steaks and seafood entrees to accompany the panorama, which includes views of Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium, and acres of trees planted between them so the buildings would stop fighting. Pale earth tones and plenty of natural light decorate the space as the staff exits the kitchen bearing swordfish piccata and center-cut pork rib chops. At the other end of the restaurant, views of serpentine roller coasters glimmer in the twilight as the staff tempts diners with homemade desserts. The Grand Ballroom portrays the same picturesque scenery through its seventh-floor windows and can be rented for weddings, meetings, and other gerunds.
Chefs toss mounds of dough in the air to form even disks and sprinkle on ingredients such as meatballs and jalapeños before sliding the fledgling pizza into a stone oven. When not building their signature pies, the chefs at Birraporetti's Arlington ladle pesto sauce onto jumbo cheese ravioli and bury grilled jumbo shrimp in tangles of fettuccini noodles. Hearty house specialties include grilled pork chops, served with a pillow of mashed potatoes for a postmeal nap in the dining room or underneath the brick arches on the outdoor patio. As a live jazz musician plays guitar during Sunday brunches, the chefs cover long tables with made-to-order omelets and waffles, breakfast tacos, and pork chops.