Join us as we take you on a culinary tour of Irving’s top eateries, each of which adds to the unique and delicious flavours that define this community of Texans. With this carefully chosen guide, you can explore Irving’s diverse culinary scene, from family-friendly restaurants offering comfort food to upmarket venues reinventing fine dining. Come explore tucked-away treasures and well-known locations that highlight the city’s dedication to creative cuisine and friendly service. Our guide promises a symphony of tastes encapsulating the essence of this thriving Texas city, whether you’re a guest eager to experience Irving’s unique palette or a local looking for new favourites. As we make our way around the neighbourhoods and discover the best eateries that capture the distinct charm and flavours, get ready to enjoy in amazing dining experiences.
Via Real is an upscale Tex Mex restaurant in a lovely country-meets- industrial chic dining space with exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook lush green landscaping. Owner Fran Mathers took over Via Real in 1985, refining the menu and polishing the service and décor. Now, Via Real has set a high standard for upscale Mexican and Southwestern cuisine, serving the Las Colinas neighborhood for nearly 40 years. They serve Tex Mex and Southwestern cuisine at Via Real with a multi-course menu of appetizers like fajita nachos and smoked brisket flautas, followed by elegant steak and seafood entrees. You can enjoy top-shelf margaritas and other Mexican and tropical cocktails with your meal as well. My favorite entrée was the adobo shrimp and crab enchiladas with mango black bean salsa and lemon butter sauce.
Located in North Irving in Las Colinas, Andalous Mediterranean Grill is run by twin Chefs Sam and Wassim, who grew up working in the family restaurant and cooking their Mediterranean mother’s recipes. With Andalous, Sam and Wassim use their heritage, culinary experience, and business savvy to create a contemporary dining experience in which to enjoy traditional Mediterranean cuisine. The menu takes inspiration from many Mediterranean countries, both in Europe and the Middle East. As is tradition, Mediterranean food begins with various mezze, including hummus, eggplant dip, kibbe, falafel, and many more small plates. I loved their Spanakopita, spinach and feta pies wrapped in delicate, buttery phyllo dough. They have options for large family meals that come with various mezze, gyro meat, kebabs, and rice with hand-made coal-fired pita.
Empa Mundo-World of Empanadas is a fast-casual Latin American restaurant specializing in oven-baked empanadas typical in Argentina. Located in the Song neighborhood, across Belt Line from Victoria Park, Empa Mundo is a modest, affordable, and family-friendly empanada stand with quick, friendly service. They offer a wealth of authentic Argentinian empanadas and a fusion of global flavors like teriyaki chicken empanadas or cheesesteak empanadas. A classic Argentinian empanada is the Criolla with ground beef, onion, green olives, raisins, and eggs. Save room for an alfajor, a classic Argentinian cookie stuffed with dulce de leche and shredded coconut.
The Ranch at Las Colinas is a massive ranch-style complex surrounded by greenery that backs up to Hackberry Creek. The interior is all repurposed wood, high-beamed ceilings, plush leather chairs, wooden chop block tables, and antique chandeliers. The massive outdoor area has multiple decks and patios to enjoy cocktails and live music. The Ranch serves elevated Southwestern and Texas-style comfort food. Starters include fried okra, branding iron onion rings, and cornmeal fried Texas gulf oysters. They use local Texas-raised beef for all their steak entrees. My favorite Texas-style meal was their Chicken Fried Steak, using Texas wagyu beef, breaded, fried, and smothered in jalapeno sausage gravy.
Located a few minutes away from DFW International Airport, Cavalli is an authentic Neapolitan Pizzeria serving the most authentic pies on this side of the Atlantic. They import all the ingredients from San Marzano tomatoes for the sauce to Caputo Mill flour for their dough to Italian bufala mozzarella. Even the wood-burning oven is an authentic Italian make. Their perfectly bubbly and charred thin-crust pizzas have earned Italy’s coveted seal of approval, a VPN certification for authenticity. The menu also has panini, antipasti, and Italian desserts. My favorite specialty pie is the Texas Heat, with fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, spicy soppressata, jalapeno, garlic, and oregano.
LA Burger is a fast-casual, trendy Korean American fusion restaurant owned by Korean American brothers Jon and Ben Lee, who drew inspiration from the Korean fusion food truck movement in their native Los Angeles. The brothers combine Korean flavors with classic American comfort food. The creativity and incredible taste of LA Burger’s dishes have garnered accolades from the Dallas Observer and D Magazine. Located in Valley Ranch, LA Burger has a wide selection of incredible burgers that you won’t find anywhere else. Take, for example, the K-Town burger with kimchi, pickled jalapeno, bulgogi glaze, lettuce, tomato, sriracha mayo, and a fried egg.
Teetering between Hillcrest Oaks and Plymouth Park, Vila Brazil is a contemporary Brazilian churrascaria, serving all-you-can-eat meats sliced onto your plate directly from the roasting pit. Vila Brazil’s dining space is a contemporary ranch-style space with fine-dining service, high-quality meats, and a massive buffet of authentic Brazilian food for an affordable price. You can choose between 5 or 8 cuts of spit-fired meats to accompany a salad bar and hot dish buffet with 25 authentic Brazilian side dishes included. Whether you want pork, chicken, or steak, there are various varieties of each protein to choose from.
Overlooking the lovely Lake Caroline in Las Colinas, Pacific Table is an elegant seafood restaurant and cocktail bar with a modern interior and a gorgeous outside patio right on the water. Executive Chef Felipe Armenta serves fresh seafood, steaks, sushi, sandwiches, and salads, using flavors and ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Table has a fabulous happy hour on weekdays from 4-6 pm with cheap cocktails and discounted wine and beer pours to accompany some fried calamari or California roll appetizers. For the main dish, I recommend the trout almondine, grilled simply with fresh herbs and topped with butter and almonds with a side of mashed potatoes.
Located in Hackberry Creek, Saltgrass Steak House is a budget-friendly American steakhouse and cocktail lounge from the famous Landry family of restaurants. The old-school Texas-style interior features a classy marble bar, limestone columns, and wooden walls lined with longhorn antlers. Their weekday Happy Hours are unbeatable, with the cheapest craft and imported draft beer, wine pours, and cocktails to accompany half-priced appetizers. For a Texas-style Mexican treat, try their queso fresco and brisket nachos with queso Blanco, slow-braised brisket, pico de gallo, cilantro, green onions, and tostada chips. They also make finger-licking-good, fall-off-the-bone BBQ pork ribs that come with an order of fried shrimp.
Italian Café is a quaint, old-fashioned Italian American eatery and New York-style pizzeria in Las Colinas with a red and white checkered storefront, a full bar, and giant flat-screen TVs with your favorite sports games playing. Italian Café is a family-friendly, mom-and-pop-style haunt with comforting Italian American baked pasta, New York-style pizza, sandwiches, salads, and freshly baked bread. The menu is massive, the portions are generous, and the prices are affordable. I loved their baked pasta dishes, and if you can’t decide on which one sounds best, they have a sampler with beef lasagna, chicken cannelloni, and ravioli in tomato sauce with mozzarella.
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