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.
Texas de Brazil blends the steak-centric cuisine of Texas with the traditional churrasco method of slow-roasting meat over an open flame grill to form a luscious meaty mélange. The full dinner ($39.99) marches out a cavalcade of choice cuts, allowing diners to welcome continuous windfalls of flavorful proteins. Brandish your table's provided card, green on one side, red on the other, and it will function as a meat traffic light that summons servers to either send stacks of seasoned beef, pork, or lamb skewers or halt plate traffic like a decorated culinary crossing guard. Or feel free to substitute greens for the grill by stepping into the sprawling salad-bar conga line ($24.99), two-stepping through toothsome goodies such as imported cheeses, steamed asparagus, and dozens of other hors d'oeuvres.
Mercury Chop House may have only opened at the turn of the 21st century, but it fits in perfectly with the historic surroundings of Sundance Square. Its spot inside the former Plaza Hotel has retained some vintage touches, including tin ceilings, exposed brick, and a marble-topped bar. And the classic steakhouse menu keeps with this vibe, opening with appetizers such as mini beef-tip wellington and escargot in garlic butter. These are a perfect prelude to the meaty entrees, which include three steak cuts that range from an 8-ounce filet to a 20-ounce bone-in rib eye. There's seafood too, of course, such as pan-seared scallops, and a dessert menu with after-dinner wines and cordials. During meals, guests can select glasses or bottles from a wine list that includes varietals from four continents, at least until NASA plants new vineyards on Jupiter's moons.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
In the tradition of a Brazilian churrascaria, the servers at Villa's Grill present guests with as much seasoned meat as their plates and appetites can hold. Nine different cuts of meat include everything from sausage and parmesan pork to bacon-wrapped chicken and picanha, a rump cut of beef popular in Brazil, where the owner grew up.
Though eating unlimited meat is a task in and of itself, you'll want to save room for the extensive selection of sides and desserts such as the brazilian flan. Occasional live music makes for romantic evenings, inspiring couples to gaze deep into each other's eyes as they plot to steal the last piece of bacon-wrapped chicken.
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While You're Waiting
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Select a predinner drink from the dizzying selection of draft beers at Flying Saucer (14999 Montfort Drive).
After: Head down the street to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar (4980 Beltline Road) for a night of dancing to the ivory-tickling tunes of A-list pianists.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Kenny’s Burger Joint (1377 Legacy Drive, Suite 120, Frisco, TX), where the owners of Kenny's Wood Fired Grill shift the spotlight to handcrafted burgers.