DART to Culinary Wonders

pepes and mitosDART is your ticket to a world of culinary wonders. Grab your transit pass and hit any one of these local favorites, whether for weekday lunch or a Saturday night dinner before the show.

At Vickery Park (Downtown Plano Station), they’re keeping it real with the friendly vibe of a neighborhood bar and grill. Stop in to this DARTable Cheers for lunch or Sunday brunch and savor a crisp and generous salad, or get deliciously messy biting into their famous brisket sandwich with smoked Gouda and a Kahlua cream sauce.

Bring the whole family – heck, bring the whole block — to Babe’s Chicken Dinner House (Downtown Carrollton Station) for some made-from-scratch country cookin’ such as crispy fried chicken and fluffy, pipin’ hot biscuits. The desserts taste just like grandma used to make – which makes sense, since Babe’s has been family owned and operated for more than 20 years.

Pepe and Mito’s (Baylor University Medical Center Station) is a casual, colorful spot that regularly winds up on local best-of lists. It’s no wonder, when they hit the Tex-Mex mainstays so well and so consistently. Even better, they serve up such delightful specialties as the tacos nortenos – made famous when Guy Fieri featured them on the Food Network. Pepe’s and Mito’s is open for lunch and dinner, and Mexican-style brunch doesn’t get much better than theirs.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom (Mockingbird Station) specializes in – you guessed it — Chicago-style pizza, and they get that deep-dish style just right. There are over a dozen specialty pizzas (try the carnivorous indulgence known as Meat Me), and plenty of beer on tap, too.

Speaking of Chicago, Luscher’s Red Hots (Deep Ellum Station) is forging a connection between Texas and the Windy City – it’s a “bridge made of sausage,” according to them, and indeed the sausages and hot dogs are front and center at this sunlit, funky Deep Ellum spot. But that’s not all: Luscher’s also serves up a slew of sandwiches, as well as an A-list cheeseburger.

At Italian Café (Las Colinas Urban Station), New York-style Italian cuisine and pizza have found a home in Las Colinas. It’s right next door to Gondola Adventures, so you can pretend you’re in Venice while enjoying homemade sandwiches, pasta, seafood, and wings. Afterwards, take a stroll around Lake Carolyn and look at the gondolas.

Visit DART.org/DARTable for more dining possibilities. If you have a local gem of your own to recommend, you can submit it on the website.

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