Southern Methodist University
From the Admission staff of Southern Methodist University with special thanks to Rick Diaz, Regional Director of Admission:
5600 SMU Boulevard
Torchy’s Tacos! Torchy’s started as a food truck in Austin, TX, and recently opened a location right near SMU. Choose among the Trailer Park, Baja Shrimp, or Mr. Orange blackened salmond tacos. Or try the Crossroads taco to get a taste of true Tex-Mex -- smoked beef brisket with grilled onions, jalapenos, cilantro, jack cheese and a slice of avocado with tomatillo sauce on a fresh corn tortilla. They also serve breakfast tacos -- bacon, egg and cheese, potato beans and cheese or the Ranch Hand -- grilled beef fajita with scrambled eggs and shredded cheese with diablo hot sauce.
Twisted Root Burger Company
5609 SMU Boulevard
Twisted Root serves amazingly creative combinations of meat, cheese, bread, and toppings that are completely worth the exhausting workout you’ll need to burn off the extra calories. For my fellow food junkies out there, the restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri! My favorites are The Verde with green chile, quac, and pepperjack; and The Western with pepperjack, bacon, fried onion strings and jalapenos. Also, their black bean veggie burger with pepper jack cheese and guacamole is the perfect meal before heading to the Boulevard for an SMU football game.
Peggy Sue's BBQ
6600 Snider Plaza
Right across the street from campus, Peggy Sue's brisket quesadilla is a favorite! Or try the chopped beef bbq sandwich with squash casserole and a hot individual cherry pie for dessert. We get hungry just thinking about it! The menu also features sliders -- mini sandwiches of brisket, turkey or pulled pork; Texas torpedoes -- cream cheese filled, batter fried jalapenos; Frito chili pie -- Texas brisket chili (that means no beans) topped with cheddar or scallions; or go for the salad bar and the smoked chicken salad or Peggy Soup, fresh vegetables and smoked chicken in a light broth.
3034 Mockingbird Lane
Located next to the SMU Bookstore, at Pokey O's you will experience one of man's greatest inventions - Blue Bell ice cream sandwiched between two homemade cookies. Could eat one every day. Fresh baked cookies, ice cream, malts and milkshakes.
Kuby’s Sausage House
6601 Snider Plaza
A Texas institution, there's a meat market and deli, grocery store, bakery and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch and dinner (dinner on Friday and Saturday only). The menu changes monthly but features favorites like potato pancakes, schnitzel, roulade and homemade soups. We recommend the Reuben with German potato salad.
Half Shells Oyster Bar and Grill
6617 Snider Plaza
If you're from the East Coast and love great seafood, Half Shells is a great place to get a fix. From lump crab cake sandwiches served with a side of apple cider cole slaw or waffle fries, crawfish, and shrimp and grits, to fried Gulf oysters, grilled salmon salad with ginger soy vinaigrette, or New England clam chowder.
6913 Hillcrest Avenue
The original location of this burger and fries joint -- opened in 1951 -- is right near campus. Made-to-order burgers and hot dogs -- and chicken sandwiches -- and shakes made with real ice cream. Try the chili double cheeseburger, corny dog, grilled cheese or Zoe's Chicken Sandwich Supreme. They have a secret seasoning they put on their fries that makes them taste so good!
3406 McFarlin Boulevard
Just off campus, Olivella's is kind of hidden on a side street. The restaurant is small, but it will make you feel like you're in Italy -- it's quaint, with character, and really good pizza. If you're a purist go for the margherita; meat lovers should try the amante della carne with sausage, ground beef, ham, pepperoni and onion; or if you're in the mood for something a little different, try the al gorgonzola with gorgonzola, mozzarella, pear and walnut. Or go for one of the many other varieties on the menu! Yumm!
3715 Greenville Avenue
Gloria's Latin Cuisine is not to be missed. A favorite! Once you step inside, the smells transport you to a place of pure gastronomic delight. This is not your typical Latin American eatery. The food is authentic and savory. There are the traditional enchiladas, tacos, tamales, ceviche and quesadillas, as well as Tex Mex dishes like grilled chicken with sour cream sauce, poblano peppers mushrooms and onions or chicken flautas. I highly recommend the Sopa de Siete Mares -- a broth based soup of shrimp, scallions, halibut perch and vegetables. And they serve brunch, lunch and dinner.