- Marcelina Morfin
Once home to the Wichita Indians, Carrollton is steeped in history. Today it is a vibrant city that is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area and features an eclectic array of tasty treats, from comfort dishes to Thai delicacies to Cuban cuisine. Something for every palate, here is a list of some of the best dining establishments found in Carrollton, Texas.
Amici Signature Italian
Located in the heart of historic downtown Carrollton, Amici Signature Italian delights diners with its traditional yet eclectic Italian fare. Founded in 1991, the locale entices guests with not only its delicious cuisine but also its lovely atmosphere. Amici offers incredible appetizers, including escargots in a white wine-cream sauce, salads, and entrées – such as shrimp carbonara with fettuccine, prosciutto, bacon, ham, shrimp, garlic, eggs, and parsley tossed with parmigiano cheese. Various wines plus tantalizing desserts, including the white chocolate bread pudding, are also available.
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
Established in Roanoke in 1993, Babe’s Chicken Dinner House is a popular Texas family-owned chain specializing in home-style cuisine. Opening an outpost in Carrollton in 2004, this friendly establishment with rustic decor features a menu with comforting main dishes, sides, and desserts. For a main dish, the fried chicken and fried catfish are two great choices while complementary sides like green salad, mashed potatoes, green beans, or buttermilk biscuits enhance the meal. Dessert is a must-try as well, with options such as banana pudding, chocolate meringue pie, and pineapple upside-down cake being just a few of the options. They serve lunch and dinner every day of the week.
Offering a taste of Cuba in Carrollton, Caribbean Café is a charming, cozy neighborhood haunt featuring an array of Cuban delicacies along with a variety of imported and specialty beers and wine. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, this cafe presents a menu that will appeal to meat and seafood lovers. Highlights include the boliche mechado, which is a beef eye round stuffed with ham and bacon then cooked in a delectable sauce of wine, spices, and tomato sauce, and the camarones al mojo de ajo or shrimp with garlic sauce. Entrées are served with fried plantains and black beans. Specialty desserts are offered as well, including the Cuban turnover with guava and cheese.
Caribbean Café, 1000 Webb Chapel Rd., Carrollton, TX, USA, +1 972 418 7071
Coconut Thai Grill
With over 40 years experience of cooking exotic Thai cuisine, Marayat Gary opened Coconut Thai Grill. Delighting customers with flavorful Thai dishes daily, the grill also features a warm, inviting, open interior with bold green accents making for an enjoyable dining experience. For a starter, the summer rolls with vegetables plus a choice of chicken, shrimp, or tofu all wrapped in soft rice paper and served with peanut sauce is a popular choice. The coconut chicken — a specialty from Central Thailand — which features chicken marinated in coconut milk, spices, and herbs and then grilled, is an excellent main dish.
Coconut Thai Grill, 2512 E. Belt Line Rd., Carrollton, TX, USA, +1 972 418 8424
El Portal Panaderia
El Portal Panaderia is a cafe and bakery specializing in tasty, authentic Colombian treats. A charming place brimming with friendliness, this cafe also offers guests a menu packed full of great flavors in both sweet and savory varieties. For something sweet, the eponymous Portal, which is a pastry made with condensed milk and figs, and the sweet version of the pandebono — made with yucca flour — are two must-try options. As for savory choices, guests often rave about bandeja Paisa, a plate for the truly ravenous, piled with a variety of items, including eggs, rice, avocado, beans, chicharrón, fried plantains, and skirt steak.
While its address places it in Dallas, Fujiyama is located very close to the Carrollton area. Open for lunch during the week plus dinner every night, this restaurant is a popular place for sushi lovers and those looking for other Japanese delights. Procuring the freshest, high-quality ingredients for its fare, the culinary team at Fujiyama creates a diverse selection of regular and specialty rolls, which include highlights such as the tai cebiche roll with Japanese snapper, siso leaf, lemon juice, and flying fish egg wrapped with soy paper. For those guests looking for something else to whet their appetite, tempura dinners, teriyaki, curry, noodles, and rice bowls are also available.
Fujiyama, 18217 Midway Rd., Dallas, TX, USA, +1 972 662 2885
The Island Spot
Interested in savoring some delicious Jamaican cuisine? Then look no further than the family-owned and operated restaurant, The Island Spot. Serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday plus a special Sunday brunch, the establishment not only offers a range of mouthwatering dishes but also presents guests with an ambiance that is vibrant and fun for the entire family. Tasty options include the award-winning jerk chicken served with sauces, the curry goat in an authentic Jamaican curry sauce, and brown stew chicken. Desserts, such as Jamaican rum bread pudding, and tropical drinks, including the mango margarita, are available as well.
The Island Spot, 2661 Midway Rd., Carrollton, TX, USA, +1 972 447 7000
Wanting to give Texans a taste of Korean fusion cuisine popular in Los Angeles, brothers Ben and Jon Lee opened LA Burger. Combining the flavors of Korean fare with American cuisine, the culinary team creates innovative fare. Open Monday through Saturday, notable highlights include the K-Town burger, which features an Angus patty with teriyaki sauce topped with Korean spicy cabbage, and the eponymous LA Burger — the K-Town – with a fried egg and cheese. Other signature items include the Seoul dog, which is an all-beef hot dog topped with bulgogi or dejigogi — Korean barbecue beef or pork respectively — and sautéed kimchi.
LA Burger, 1017 E. Trinity Mills Rd., Carrollton, TX, USA, +1 972 245 0505
Mena’s Grill is a welcoming restaurant attracting customers with its zesty Tex-Mex cuisine. Within a beautiful environment, guests can feast upon a host of flavorful options from starters to sweet treats. Mouthwatering recipes include the spinach enchiladas, the summer fajitas with breaded beef or chicken atop a bed of summer sauce, and the spicy chipotle brisket tacos with rice, salad, avocado slices, and salsa atomica. A variety of beverages are offered as well, including refreshing margaritas.
Mena’s Grill, 2810 E. Trinity Mills Rd., Carrollton, TX, USA, +1 972 478 5750
Established in 2005, Paparazzi Pizza is a family-owned and operated multi-award winning establishment serving pizza and Greek-style specialties. Open Monday through Saturday, this warm, inviting locale features a friendly atmosphere perfect for enjoying delicious items — all made with the freshest ingredients available — with family and friends. Pizzas are cooked in a brick deck oven and include highlights such as the mediterraneo, with olive oil, mozzarella, feta, gyro beef, Calamata olives, tomatoes, red onions, pepperoncini, and tarragon. Starters, salads, panini, wraps, pasta, and calzones are also on the menu along with baklava, Greek pastry stuffed with walnuts and baked in sweet syrup.
Paparazzi Pizza, 2145 N. Josey Ln., Carrollton, TX, USA, +1 972 820 8686