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Papaya’s street taco sampler is big on flavor and low on cost. Photo by Lee Chastain.

¡Viva Papaya!

There’s a lot to like about the small, family-owned restaurant in Arlington.
BY LAURIE JAMES
Papaya Mexican Grill is a thriving little joint in Southeast Arlington, an area full of independent ethnic eateries. The restaurant is owned by the three brothers Chiffer and their unrelated partner, Zantoz Mexia. At least thre...


Jumra Kabab’s gyro plate is spiced with garlic and cinnamon. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Kababylon

Jumra Kabab doesn’t water down its authentic Turkish fare.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
After my first attempt to dine at Jumra Kabab was derailed by a gas line issue, I skulked and sulked hungrily away, annoyed that I would have to make a return visit all the way out to North Arlington to review a kabab shop. Sin...



Co-owner Demarcus Davis serves one of Taste N See’s signature chicken and waffle dishes. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Holy Waffles

Taste and see that the food is good at this small, soulful eatery.
LAURIE JAMES
It’s easy to drive right past Taste N See Chicken & Waffles. Located in a strip mall on Altamesa Boulevard, the eatery opened in June on a street that’s jammed with fast-food joints, storage places, and dollar stores. A...


HG Sply Co.’s chicken legs are perfectly crisped. Photo by Steve Steward.

Paleolicious

HG Sply Co. serves a fresh, fast, upscale take on man’s prehistoric diet.
Steve Steward
If you’ve never heard of the “paleo diet,” or your dashboard is so covered with Whataburger wrappers that any kind of “diet” sounds like a joke in need of a punchline, “paleo” is a cooking and eating routine that ...



The Thai Boat Noodle Soup is one of the many traditional offerings you won’t find at a westernized Thai eatery. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Utterly Charming

This new Haltom City Thai eatery’s devotion to tradition and excellent service stand out.
LAURIE JAMES
Thai Charm Cuisine sits in a Haltom City strip mall that is home to a group of ethnic restaurants. Over the last two decades, many different Vietnamese, boba tea, and Thai joints (and a now-defunct Asian supermarket) have made ...


Oni Ramen serves upscale noodles until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Photo courtesy of Oni Ramen.

Demonic Noodles

Oni Ramen brings Texas heat to Japanese cuisine.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
Chances are your relationship with ramen was forged back in your college days, when the cheap and easy meals were synonymous with the make-believe poverty of campus life. Or, perhaps you lost your way a bit and became acquainte...



The lomo saltado was a traditional stir-fry that bowed to Peru’s Asian heritage. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Post-Columbian Eats

Peru Gourmet stands out, albeit in an uncrowded field.
LAURIE JAMES
When it comes to food from South America, most diners don’t usually meander beyond Central American/Salvadoran fare –– if they ever make it past the multiple varieties of regional Mexican cuisine available locally. So hav...


The vegetable samosas at Namaste were served with a tamarind chutney. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Himalicious

Namaste is a hidden Nepalese gem worth finding.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
One hopes to avoid hackneyed phrases like “diamond in the rough” when describing hidden gems in the restaurant business, but the cliché fits Namaste like a glove. Inside the abandoned shell of an old Sonic drive-in, in the...



The Caprese grilled cheese oozed with mozzarella. Photo by Nancy Farrar.

Praise Cheeses

LAURIE JAMES
Who doesn’t like a good grilled cheese sandwich? Grain & Dairy Gourmet Grilled Cheese owner Josh Rogers has parlayed what he sees as the general public’s desire for home-style comfort food into a cute little sandwich sh...


The Bentley’s house hot dog and the Bent-Mi both pack a lot of spice. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Dog Heaven

Bentley’s’ ambitious take on a few comfort classics fits right in on the Near Southside.
Lauren Phillips
If you can remember the days when the only hot dog to be found on West Magnolia Avenue came from BJ Keefer’s, the street’s newest restaurant may cause you to reflect on how far the area has come. Bentley’s’ triple conce...