Louie Louie’s Dueling Piano Bar

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 by The Insider

Two pianos plus you & your friends singing at the top of your lungs and making new buddies….this is one of the top entertainment and late-night party places in all of North Texas. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, bachelorette party, anniversary…or just want to have a rowdy time, you’ve found the place at Louie Louie’s Dueling Piano Bar located at Lincoln Square Shopping Center. The songs are all by request. The show starts at 8pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays.


Louie Louie’s Dueling Piano Bar
Lincoln Square Shopping Center (southwest corner of Collins @ I-30)
298 Lincoln Square, Arlington, TX
Price: Cover Charge (except Wed & Thurs), plus any drinks/food you order
Hours: Wed-thru-Sat, 7pm-2am (showtime 8pm); closed Sun-thru-Tues
Phone: (817) 274-SING
Web site: http://www.louielouiespianobar.com/home.html


Insider Tip: there’s no cover charge on weeknights!!!

It starts with two pianos and several hundred new friends with whom you’ll be clapping at singing. The talented piano players aren’t typical guys found at nice hotels or Nordstrom’s, these guys are pounding out a show that is made of song requests made by you. It could be Piano Man or Rocket Man or Brown Eyed Girl or Sweet Child of Mine or the latest country hit. Whatever you can think of, these guys can play.

Because the crowd is requesting the songs (and doing the singing), the show is different every night. And there’s a good chance you or one of your friends will get pulled onto the stage for a song (especially if it’s their birthday or anniversary or other special occasion…heck, they’ve even had parties for vasectomies and divorces!!!). Whatever you’re celebrating, this is a fun place to do it.

The Arlington Team of entertainers includes Ronnie Wilson, Joey Hamende, Craig Hendry, and Jeremy Lee Harris. They are not only skilled musicians who can play just about any song you can think of, they’re also funny and charismatic.

This is a great place for your next PARTY!!! Whether you want to reserve one table for a small group, or several tables for a bachelorette party…or even the whole place for a group/corporate outing, call (817) 274-SING.

Join “Louie Louie’s Birthday Club” and receive a reserved table and no cover charge for up to 10 people (must arrive by 8pm), plus a complimentary bottle of champagne, a free drink for the birthday boy or girl, and balloons/party favors. Here’s the link for the Birthday Club: http://www.louielouiespianobar.com/birthdayclub.html

If you’ve never been to a piano bar and are unsure of what to expect, go to the Louie Louie’s Web site and check out their photos as well as info on private events, etc. Here’s the link: http://www.louielouiespianobar.com/home.html

Louis Louie’s is located in Lincoln Square Shopping Center, facing I-30 (next to Sherlock’s). It’s the southwest corner of N. Collins St. at I-30. It can be easily accessed via the I-30 frontage road or from N. Collins St. Click here to link to a Google map: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=298+Lincoln+Square,+Arlington,+TX+76011&hl=en&sll=33.57974,-101.84562&sspn=0.009922,0.021136&hnear=298+Lincoln+Square,+Arlington,+Texas+76011&t=m&z=16

Six Flags Over Texas: New “Dining Season Pass” (Pay Once and Eat All Year!)

Posted on: January 27th, 2013 by The Insider

Six Flags Over Texas serves up a new 2013 “Season Dining Pass Program”. With this exclusive opportunity for its Season Pass holders, Pay Once and Eat All year for FREE. From traditional hamburgers, barbeque, pizza and corn dogs, Season Pass holders who purchase the Season Dining Pass will receive one delicious lunch and dinner every time they visit the park in 2013. The price for the Six Flags Over Texas Season Dining Pass starts at $69.99 and can be purchased online or at the park. For an additional $20.00, Season Pass holders can add in meals for Hurricane Harbor. Drinks are not included, but a re-fillable souvenir cup can be purchased for $9.99.

For more information, click here:  http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/tickets/seasondiningpass.aspx

Season Dining Pass is only available to 2013 Season Pass Holders, valid at Six Flags Over Texas. Designated lunch and dinner timeframes vary by day. Vouchers are non-transferable and Season Pass ID must be presented when ordering meal. Locations and meals are subject to change. Season Dining Pass is not eligible for Easy Pay Payment Program. To purchase a Season Pass, click here: http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/tickets/index.aspx

$69.99 Dining Pass is valid through September 15, 2013. $74.99 Dining Pass (which includes “Fright Fest”) is valid through October 27, 2013. $79.99 Dining pass (which includes “Holiday in the Park” is valid through January 5, 2014. Add $20 more for Combo Dining Passes, valid at both Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor Arlington. With a Combo Dining Pass, you may only enjoy one lunch and one dinner per day at either park. Prices do not include tax. $5.99 service fee applies to online orders.

Six Flags Over Texas opens for the 2013 season on Saturday, March 2.

The 2013 Season Dining Pass that lets you eat lunch and dinner at the park every time you visit for just one upfront payment. Our $69.99 Dining Pass provides meals through September 15. For just $5 more, you can add meals during Fright Fest in October or for $10 more, you can add meals for the rest of the year including both Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park.

*How Does It Work?
Buy one pass that lets you eat both one lunch and one dinner every time you visit the park. The dining pass is available to Season Pass Holders and is added onto the Season Pass card. Each meal comes with one of several entrees. The program features a wide variety of entrees at restaurants all over the park including pulled pork sandwiches, chicken strips, cheeseburgers, pizza, salads, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, corn dogs and more.

*Combo Season Dining Pass
If you have a 2013 Combo Season Pass, then you can purchase a combo dining pass good at both Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor Arlington for just $20 more. Enjoy lunch and dinner each time you visit the water park too. Nothing makes you hungrier than a day of sun and swimming!

*Refillable Souvenir Bottle for $9.99
Season Dining Pass members can purchase a refillable Souvenir Bottle for just $9.99. Enjoy free refills on your first visit and 99¢ refills for the rest of the season. The discount Souvenir Bottle can be purchased at the park when you present your Season Dining Pass on your first visit. Since you’re purchasing a Season Dining Pass, you’ll save over 30% off the single Souvenir Bottle price.

Frequently Asked Questions
*How can I purchase the Season Dining Pass?
There are two ways to purchase the pass—online or at the park. At the park you can purchase dining passes at the ticket booths outside the entry gates or at the Season Pass Processing Center. To purchase on-line, click here (service charge will be added for on-line orders): http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/tickets/seasondiningpass.aspx

*What do I do after I purchase the Season Dining Pass online?
The first step is to print out the voucher(s) at home. You will receive one voucher for each Season Dining Pass purchased. On your first visit to the park, you will need to go to the Pass Processing Center to process that voucher. If you have already processed your 2013 Season Pass, the Pass Processing Center will add the Dining feature to your Season Pass ID. If you have not processed your 2013 Season Pass, the Pass Processing Center will process your Season Pass and Season Dining Pass at the same time.

*What do I do after I purchase the Season Dining Pass at the park?
Once you purchase the Season Dining Pass at the park, you will receive a voucher to process at the Pass Processing Center. If you have already processed your 2013 Season Pass, the Pass Processing Center will add the Dining feature to your Season Pass ID. If you have not processed your 2013 Season Pass, the Pass Processing Center will process your Season Pass and Season Dining Pass at the same time.

*How will the park know I have purchased a Season Dinning Pass?
It will be indicated on your 2013 Season Pass ID.

*How do I redeem my meals?
When you scan your Season Pass ID at the turnstiles to enter the park, your meal vouchers for the day will automatically be added to your Season Pass card. If you arrive before 3:30 p.m., then both a lunch and dinner voucher will be added onto your ID. If you arrive after 3:30 p.m., only a dinner voucher will be added. As you’re enjoying the park, you simply stop by one of the participating dining locations and present your Season Pass ID when placing your order for lunch or dinner. The Six Flags Team Member will verify the photo on the Season Pass, ring up your selection and serve your meal which will be automatically deducted from your Season Pass card. If you wish to order any additional items, you’ll pay for them at that time.

*Where can I redeem my Meal Vouchers?
There are several restaurants in the park where the Season Dining Pass is accepted: All American Café;
Dry Hole Charlies; JB’s BBQ; Johnny Rockets; Newmans I (Texas section); Newmans II (Boardwalk section); Primo’s Pizza; Rancho De Pollo; and Texas Giant Hot Dog. Combo Season Dining Pass is also valid at 5 locations at Hurricane Harbor.

*Are there specific times that we are allowed to eat?
The lunch voucher is generally valid from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and the dinner voucher is generally valid from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. If you have purchased a Combo Dining Pass, lunch at Hurricane Harbor is available from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and dinner is available from 4 p.m. to 6.p.m. Shortened park hours may cause meal times to vary.

*Do the meals include a drink?
The meals do not include a drink. With a Season Dining Pass, you are able to purchase a 2013 Souvenir Bottle for a discounted price of $9.99. Refills are free on your first visit and $.99 each on subsequent visits.

*Can anyone use my Dining Pass Voucher?
Vouchers are non-transferrable. The dining pass is only available to the Pass Holder shown on the Season Pass ID.

A wide variety of meals are included with the dining pass. And because you’re a Season Dining Pass Holder, you’ll also be able to purchase select premium meals for just $1-$2 more.

Location/Driving Directions: Six Flags Over Texas is located in Arlington, midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, at the intersection of Interstate 30 and Highway 360 (Angus Wynne Jr. Freeway), approximately 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth. If you need to input an address into your GPS, use this physical address: 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington TX 76011. You can also click here for driving directions: http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/info/directions.aspx

Follow Six Flags Over Texas on Twitter and Facebook: on Twitter at twitter.com/sixflagsovertx ; on Facebook at facebook.com/sixflags/sixflagsovertexas

Planetarium at UT-Arlington

Posted on: January 5th, 2013 by The Insider

Stargazing takes on new meaning at The Planetarium at UT Arlington with its 60 foot diameter dome and state of the art Digistar 4 DLP Projection system which makes this one of the largest and most sophisticated planetariums in the state of Texas. Now through May 26th, the spring schedule features shows including: Astronauts, Cosmic Colors, Mayan Prophecies, Spacepark 360, and Pink Floyd. Tickets are only $6 for adults and just $4 for kids/students/seniors.

The Planetarium at UT-Arlington
Chemistry-Physics Building on UTA campus
700 Planetarium Place
(817) 272-0123
Web site:   https://www.uta.edu/planetarium/


The Planetarium at UT-Arlington is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning and special occasion facility. In addition to charting the skies and traveling the galaxy, the Planetarium presents kid-friendly (and educational) shows. Inside the cool air conditioned auditorium which seats nearly 150, there are comfortable reclining seats, wheelchair friendly access, and radio headsets for the hearing impaired.

Here is the SPRING SCHEDULE (January 3, 2013 thru May 26, 2013), but I suggest you confirm dates/show times by calling the pre-recorded show line number at (817) 272-0123 or checking out the Web site: www.uta.edu/planetarium .

*6pm: “Astronaut” (see what it takes to become an astronaut and the effect space has on the human body)

*6pm “Mayan Prophecies”

*1pm “Cosmic Colors” (take an adventure along the spectrum and discover the world of color)

*2:30pm “Mayan Prophecies”

*5:30pm “Astronaut” (see what it takes to become an astronaut and the effect space has on the human body)

*7:00pm: “Pink Floyd” (enjoy a 60’s style laser lights show set to the music of Pink Floyd)

*1:30pm “Astronaut” (see what it takes to become an astronaut and the effect space has on the human body)

*2:30pm “SpacePark 360” (an out-of-this-work entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer)


Ticket prices for planetarium shows featuring astronomy are: $6 adults, $4 seniors (65+), $4 children (18 & under); $3 UTA students w/ID; $4 non-UTA students; $4 UTA alumni/faculty/staff w/ID. Children under 3 years of age are free.

Groups of 15-or-more should make a reservation 24 hours in advance to receive a discount ($4 per person per ticket). The phone number for Group Reservations is (817) 272-1183.

Field trips are $3 per student. Teachers interested in scheduling a field trip can find more info by linking here: https://www.uta.edu/planetarium/schools/ .   Many shows are available, not just the shows on the Winter Schedule.

The Planetarium is an awesome idea for field trips for your school or organization. And what a cool birthday party! They’ve even hosted corporate events, family reunions and sweet 16 birthday parties.

The Planetarium Dome Theatre seats 150 people, but there is also an atrium area (comfortable seating for 50 or standing area comfortable for 75-100 guests) as well as an executive conference room (3rd floor of Chemistry-Physics Building, planetarium is at ground level entrance). So this is a venue to consider to presentations, ceremonies, corporate gatherings, and parties.

If you’re thinking of having a children’s birthday party here, rental of the dome theatre is $225 which includes one show (you can choose from a long list of shows) and one hour in the atrium for cake/presents. For an extra $50 you can get a customized show that would include some visual effects (e.g. snow falling, slideshows, etc.).

When you book a private show, you may choose from the following options: “Astronaut”, “Bad Astronomy”, “Black Holes”, “IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System”, “Ice Worlds”, “Magnificent Sun”, “Microcosm”, “Nanocam”, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure”, “Pink Floyd”, “Rock n Roll Hall of Fame 1”, “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket”, “Spacepark 360”, “Star of the Pharoahs”, “Time Space”, “Two Small Pieces of Glass”, “Unseen Universe, the Vision of SOFIA”, “Violent Universe”, “We Are Astronomers”, and “Wonders of the Universe”.

The Planetarium staff will work with you to choose a show that is age appropriate. They’ll also answer questions about event planning. Call them at (817) 272-1183.

To help arrange a Field Trip for your organization, click here: https://www.uta.edu/planetarium/schools/

The Planetarium is located inside the Chemistry-Physics building in the heart of the UT-Arlington campus. Parking (especially on weekdays when school is in-session) is not available immediately in front of the building but there is a drop-off circle drive in front of the building’s entrance. There is a covered parking garage a short distance away (one-half block south of Planetarium) at $1.50 per hour with validated parking ticket (get it validated at Planetarium box office).

Free parking on Sunday (you still need to have it validated). If you don’t want to pay for covered parking, you may park in “Student Surface Lots” which are free from 5pm Friday to 5am Monday (Friday evenings through Sunday nights, only).

As for directions/maps (For the purpose of Google maps, the address is listed as 700 College Street), from South Cooper Street, turn east on S. Nedderman Drive, go one block to Planetarium Place (turn left on Planetarium Place). For the parking garage, go past Planetarium Place and turn left on S. West St (garage is located at corner of S. Nedderman and S. West St.).
Click here for directions and parking: https://www.uta.edu/planetarium/about/directions-and-parking.php

Lincoln Square Shopping Center’s Cowboys Stadium Parking/Shuttle

Posted on: September 17th, 2012 by The Insider

Cowboys fans are invited to dine/shop at Lincoln Square before-and-after Dallas Cowboy home games. Parking for games/events at Cowboys Stadium is free with $40 purchase from Lincoln Square merchants.
 LINCOLN SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER (N. Collins St, 1 block south of I-30)

Info:  http://www.lincolnsquarearlington.com/park/cowboys-stadium-event-parking/



Lincoln Square offers a great deal on parking for games, concerts, and other special events at Cowboys Stadium. If you spend a minimum of $40 at Lincoln Square merchants on a Cowboys Stadium event day, you can leave your car parked at Lincoln Square and walk to Cowboys Stadium (2 ½ blocks away southbound on Collin Street) or spend $10 to take a short shuttle ride to the stadium. The receipt(s) must be for that day.

The $40 doesn’t have to be from one merchant, it can be from a combination of merchants. So, for example, if you spent $20 at Half Price Books and spent $20 at Social Bakehouse Café, that would be at least $40 worth of receipts. Another example: purchase a $40 gift certificate from Black Eyed Pea, TGI Friday’s, or other merchants; that would count, too.

Here’s the info from the Lincoln Square Web site about Cowboys Stadium Event Parking:

EASY Steps:
*Spend a min. of $40.00 at Lincoln Square Merchants on a Stadium Event Day (one merchant or combination thereof)
*Display receipt(s) on the dash of your car (receipt must show “that day’s” date)
*When you’re ready, take a quick walk to the stadium and/or take our shuttle (shuttle details below)

Helpful Hints to Know:
*Don’t leave your purchased items in your vehicle…lock them in your trunk.
*Park your car in the same general area as the place you shop or dine
*Towing is enforced for cars WITHOUT receipts AFTER the Stadium Event Start Time
*If you don’t have time to shop or eat….just buy a GIFT CARD….and use it later or when you get home!

COST? $5 round trip before Labor day, $10 round trip after Labor Day (ask about Group Discounts!) Kids 12 and under are FREE (one child per one adult for free kids’ ride!!)

Our (3) locations are open 3 hours before GAME or EVENT time (shuttle running hours begin approx two hours before kickoff/event start time). Shuttle locations include: Boomerjack’s Grill, Lupe’s Tex-Mex, Sherlock’s Pub, and Chaucer’s (click here for link which shows map of shuttle locations: http://www.lincolnsquarearlington.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/shuttle-stop-locations.pdf

Shuttle buses will begin running at a minimum of 2 hours before GAME or EVENT time or it may run earlier if demand dictates.

Yes, you can prereserve your ride to the stadium. Go to http://lincolnsquare.theparkapp.com/ to reserve your shuttle passes! Check out the Web page for group discounts!

HOW? You conveniently leave your car at Lincoln Square while you hop on our on-site shuttles. Be sure you leave your shopping or dining purchase receipt(s) on your dash before you leave! You will take a quick ride down the street and be dropped off on the northwest corner of the stadium. After the game is over, you will be picked up at the same spot and be brought back to Lincoln Square. For Cowboy Games, we will sell shuttle passes and begin shuttle service 2 hours before the Game Time. For College Games, we always sell shuttle passes and begin shuttle service at a minimum of 3 hours before Game Time. It is important to note that we will provide “return service” at the beginning of the 4th Quarter and continue the “return trips” continuously until exactly 1 hour AFTER the game is over.


Dining/bar options include:  Boomerjack’s Sports Bar & Grill; Chaucer’s Sushi; Sherlock’s Pub;  Lupe’s Mexican Food; Louie-Louie Dueling Piano Bar;  Birraporetti’s (Italian food & Irish bar); Olenjack’s (one of the best-reviewed restaurants in Arlington); Colter’s BBQ; Sprouts Spring Roll & Pho; Hibachi 97 (yes, you sit around the grill and the chef prepares the food in front of you); Marble Slab Creamery; Black Eyed Pea; Jason’s Deli; TGI Friday’s; Olive Garden; and Social Bakehouse Café.
Late-night options include Louie-Louie’s Dueling Piano Bar (open til 2am, but closed Sunday thru Tuesday), Sherlock’s Pub (open til 2am),Chacuer’s Sushi (open til 2am) and Boomerjack’s (open til 2am).


Here are the shopping options at Lincoln Square: Accent Optical, Ann Taylor Loft, Art USA, AT&T Cellular World, Bath & Body Works, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Chico’s, Claire’s Boutique, Curves, DaVita, Electric Boutique, Furnish 123, GAP, GNC, Half Price Books, Happiness Hallmark, Lane Bryant, Maren Karsen Salon, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Michael’s, Mylinda Renay Salon Spa, Office Depot, Palm Beach Tan, Perfecto Cigar Shop & Lounge, Petsmart, Pier 1 Imports, Quikset Jewelry Repair, Rack Room Shoes, Ross Dress for Less, Stein Mart, Studio de Salon/Texas Candles, Stylin Around, Super Cuts, Super Nails, Talbot’s, The Children’s Place, The Popcorn Store, Ulta, Wedding World Bridal & Formal, World Nails.

Arlington CVB Vice President Mary German Nominated for Margaret McKown Service Award

Posted on: April 26th, 2012 by arlington insider


(ARLINGTON, TX) — Mary German, Vice President of Convention Services, will be honored by the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) members with the 2012 Margaret McKown Distinguished Service Award at the Honor Awards Luncheon on July 11, 2012.
“Winning an award that highlights your organization and a person’s role in the hospitality industry is an honor,” said German, who has worked with the organization since 1992, “I have seen this organization grow immensely with time.”

The prestigious award was created in 2007 for those who have shown outstanding service and dedication to the organization.

“We are proud to count Mary as a leader on our team,” said Jay Burress, President & CEO of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, “this adds to an impressive collection of accolades that are well-deserved.”

The award luncheon will be held at the Hilton Arlington.

Photos available upon request.

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The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau builds and markets Arlington as a premier destination.


Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by arlington insider

Providing all -inclusive packages to Arlington sporting events

(ARLINGTON, TX)— Sports Traveler, a leading sports tourism company, and the Arlington CVB have announced Sports Traveler as the Official Sports Package Provider for the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau and arlington.org. The partnership will offer convenient and affordable travel package options for sports fans traveling to Arlington for Dallas Cowboys football and Texas Rangers baseball games throughout the season. Packages will also be spotlighting NCAA football and basketball, concerts and future sporting events taking place in the city.

“Visitors have a lot to consider when deciding on their destination,” said Jay Burress, President & CEO for the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Arlington is definitely the place to experience sports, thrills and entertainment unlike any other city can offer. We are looking forward to providing a great fan experience through this partnership with Sports Traveler.”

Travel packages for the upcoming Dallas Cowboys season will include lodging in Arlington, reserved game tickets, transportation to and from the game, a guided tour of Cowboys Stadium, some meals, and VIP options. Texas Rangers packages will be available throughout the season and set to include lodging, game tickets, a tour of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and other amenities. Travelers can reserve these packages by visiting www.arlington.org.

“When I started Sports Traveler, the Cowboys travel package was the very first tour we offered. We are honored to have the opportunity to work directly with the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau to create a truly unique event experience for traveling sports fans,” said Anbritt Stengele, Owner and President of Sports Traveler.

Sports Traveler has been operating Dallas Cowboys trips since the company was founded in 2000. The company also provides travel packages and on-site hospitality to major sporting events worldwide hosting individual travelers, corporate groups, and international government groups.

About the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau:
The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau builds and markets Arlington, Texas as a premier destination. The organization celebrates its 40th year in Arlington in 2012. Follow them on Facebook @ VisitArlingtonTX and on Twitter @ CrowdGoesWild
About Sports Traveler:
Sports Traveler (http://www.sportstraveler.net) is one of the nation’s leading sports tourism companies specializing event tickets, hotel rooms and VIP travel packages to sold-out sporting events worldwide including The Masters Golf Tournament, the Kentucky Derby, the BCS National Championship, the Super Bowl, the 2012 Olympic Games, the 2014 World Cup and many others. As long standing members of the National Tour Association and the Better Business Bureau, they provide a variety of options for individual travelers, corporate groups, and VIP clientele at every budget and interest level.


The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau builds and markets Arlington, Texas as a premier destination.

Media Contact/ Arlington CVB
Decima Cooper
Director of Public Relations

Prince Lebanese Grill: Featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”

Posted on: July 11th, 2011 by arlington insider

Ever since The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” featured the restaurant, the word has gotten out about Prince Lebanese Grill which is no longer one of Arlington’s best-kept secrets.

Prince Lebanese Grill
502 W. Randol Mill Rd
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-9pm; closed Sun
(817) 469-1811

Yes, when you see the Prince Lebanese Grill for the first time, you’ll have the same thought as the rest of us: hey, this looks like an old Sonic, but repainted blue & white! You’re correct, it is an old Sonic drive in. But instead of waiting in your car for a kid on roller skates to bring you a limeade, go inside and dine at one of the better kept secrets of Arlington (who knew you could fit so many tables inside an old Sonic).

Actually, Prince Lebanese Grill isn’t that much of a secret anymore. Ever since it was featured on The Food Network by Guy Fieri, the word spread pretty quickly.

Fresh ingredients, friendly service, and healthy options, and delicious food have kept this place in business since 1989. Its patrons are loyal.

Some of you may think, “no way would I try Lebanese food, I don’t even know what it is!” You’re missing out. Besides, if you’ve ever had a Gyro or a beef kabob or chicken kabob, you’ve already tried something on this menu.

The menu includes pictures of entrees which is particularly helpful for those of who are unfamiliar with Lebanese food. Seeing a photo of what you’re ordering takes some of the fear out of trying something unfamiliar. In fact, you can click here and see their menu posted on-line (photos included): http://www.princelebanesegrill.com/menu.php

All meat entrees come with grilled vegetables, a serving a cucumber sauce, a bed of rice, and pita bread. You can also add sides to your entrée for only $2.49 (the sides include a choice of Greek Salad, Tabouli, Babaganoush, or Hummus).

Prices are affordable. The sandwiches start at $3.49 and go up to $4.49. The salads (small $4.99, large $5.99) include: Greek salad (served with homemade vinegar, olive oil & oregano dressing); Fetoush (chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumbers & parsley in olive oil dressing), Tabouli (parsley, lemon juice, tomatores, cracked wheat, onions, olive oil spices) or the Lebanese Salad (chopped tomatoes, onion, cucumbers in lemon juice & olive oil dressing).

The Specialty Salads ($7.99 lunch, $9.99 dinner) come with Chicken, Falafel, or Gyro meat on top of the Greek Salad or Fetoush or Tabouli.

If you have a very large appetite, get the Prince Lebanese Special because it’s a sampling of all the grilled meats. At $14.99, it’s the most expensive item on the menu, but there’s plenty to share. In fact, if you’re coming with a friend, order this and share. The assortment includes Kafta Kabob (beef kabob), Mashwi Shish Lamb (marinated and grilled), and Shish Tawook (grill chicken breast).

Other entrée choices include:
*Shawarma Plate ($8.99 lunch, $11.99 dinner): beef or chicken cut into small pieces & stir fried with onions & tomatoes, served on bed of rice.

*Falafel Plate ($7.99 lunch, $8.99 dinner): Falafel patties served with hummus, Tahini, pickes, tomatoes, olives & pita bread (Falafel is popular with vegetarians especially; it’s ground up chickpeas mixed with spices and fried into little bite-size pieces).

*Gyro Plate ($8.49 lunch, $10.99 dinner): strips of grilled gyro meat on rice, servied with the cucumber sauce and gyro bread).

*Grilled Vegetables ($7.99): fresh off the grill, put on top of a bed or rice.

*Dolmas Plate ($7.99): rice & spices wrapped in a grape leaf (bite size, normally an appetizer). These dolmas are served alongside a bed of rice plus the grilled vegetables to make a nice portion for dinner.

As for the appetizers, if you’re coming with friends & family, you can get the Mezza Plate ($9.99) which is a sampling of the Hummus, Babaganoush, Tabouli Salad, Dolmas, Olives and Pita Bread.

Appetizers ($4.99-$5.99)
*Babaganoush Dip: (you dip the pita bread into these dips) grilled eggplant mixed with tahini, lemon juice & garlic.
*Hummus Dip: mashed chick peas mixed with tahini, lemon juice & garlic.
*Falafel: fried bite-size pieces of mashed chick peas mixed with onions, parsley & spices.
*Dolmas: rice & spices wrapped in grape leaves, served with sauce.
*Fava Modamas: fava beans mixed with tahini, lemon juice & garlic, servced with pickles, tomatoes & pita bread.
*Thyme Pie: Middle Easter open pie topped with herbs/Thyme.

Note: Dinner portions start after 3pm.

The dessert menu is small, but as long as Baklava is on there, that’s all you need (hmm, the walnut or the pistachio….). You can get an order of Baklava ($1.99) or smaller portion of a Baklava finger (99 cents). Honestly, I still haven’t tried the Borrma ($1.99). Next time, I’ll get the Dessert sampler ($4.50which includes Baklava and Borrma.

Are there any coffee lovers out there? Have you tried Turkish coffee? You can try it here, but allow a few minutes for preparation because they make it fresh upon ordering. The coffee is $1.89.

Take-out is a big part of their business. Call ahead to place your order at 817-469-1811. The restaurant’s Web site will eventually have an on-line order form, but was not ready as of July, 2011).

Prince Lebanese Grill is on located on W. Randol Mill Road, just east of Cooper Street (between Cooper Street and Collins), about one mile west of Cowboys Stadium. If you’re traveling westbound on Randol Mill from Collins, you’ll go through the intersection at Center Street. For a map/directions, click here then scroll down: http://www.princelebanesegrill.com/contact.php

BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar at Lincoln Square

Posted on: May 12th, 2011 by arlington insider

With over 110 high-def TV’s, patio seating, and all-day drink specials, BoomerJack’s is a great place to watch a game. But don’t think of BoomerJack’s as just some sports bar. It’s family-friendly, too, with a made-from-scratch menu featuring homemade half-pound burger and fresh-cut fries. Come on Rangers game day and catch a ride to Rangers Ballpark from the front door of BoomerJack’s for just $3.

BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar
Lincoln Square Shopping Center
522 Lincoln Square
(817) 275-5400

Some cool Boomerjack’s promotions include:

*Ride to the Ballgame catch a shuttle to Rangers Ballpark in front of BoomerJack’s beginning 90 minutes before every Rangers home game. The price is $3 per person (children under 12 are free) and no restaurant/retail purchase is required. The return shuttle begins at the top of the 7th inning to bring you back to BoomerJack’s.

*Facebook — get a free appetizer when you like them on Facebook.

*Wednesday Night Live Band Karaoke — every Wednesday at 9pm with House Quake Karaoke; includes drink specials like $12 Buckets of Beer as well as $3 Tito’s vodka.

*At your table, grab the little blue card and sign up for the E-Club so that you can get e-mails about promotions, special events, and other cool BoomerJack’s stuff.

The menu now has 28 new gluten-free items

If you’re not counting calories, you may want to try their new Chipotle Blue Cheeseburger. Yes, it’s bleu cheese crumbles, fried onion strings and bacon crumbles on top of the meat/cheese patty, plus chipotle-flavored mayonnaise. If you are counting calories, there are several choices of salads including a bottomless soup & salad for $6.99.

But to heck with being diet-conscious. Not when there are Ballpark Garlic Fries, hand-batter onion strings, Philly cheesesteak, Sandy’s homemade banana pudding, and Jack’s cookie explosion on the menu.

Also, I’ve had the grilled catfish (choice of lemon pepper or Cajun spice) and usually choose the cajun, but you can ask for it blackened.

BoomerJack’s is family friendly, not a smoke-filled sports bar. The kids’ meals (ages 12 & under) are only $4.99 and include a soft drink and ice cream sundae. Kids’ menu choices include: hamburger; wings; grilled cheese; homestyle mac-n-cheese; chicken tenders; and quesadilla.

The menu now has 28 new gluten-free items

Click here to take a look a the full menu: http://www.boomerjack.com/web/guest/menu

BoomerJack’s also caters and has a big mobile smoker for grilling which they’ll bring to your event. They do custom catering menus. To contact them about catering, click here: http://www.boomerjack.com/web/guest/catering

BoomerJack’s is located in the Lincoln Square Shopping Center which is on Collins Street, just a block south of I-30 (between Road to Six Flags and I-30). It is only 3 blocks west of Rangers Ballpark, 2 blocks north of Cowboys Stadium, and 4 blocks west of Six Flags. Here’s a map/directions to Lincoln Square: http://maps.google.com/maps/place?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7TSND_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=lincoln+square+shopping+center+arlington+tx&fb=1&gl=us&hq=lincoln+square+shopping+center&hnear=Arlington,+TX&cid=16704576961429266169

Piccolo Mondo Italian Restaurant

Posted on: August 24th, 2010 by arlington insider

Piccolo Mondo, one of the best and most popular Italian restaurants in all of North Texas, is right in the heart of Arlington. Whether it’s a ‘date night’ or get together with friends or business colleagues, Piccolo Mondo serves the finest northern Italian cuisine.

Piccolo Mondo Italian Restaurant
829 Lamar Blvd East (in the Whole Food Shopping Center)
Lunch Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:15pm
Dinner Hours: Mon-Thurs 5:30pm-10:15pm; Fri & Sat 5:30pm-11pm; Sunday 5pm-10pm
(817) 265-9174

You can’t call it a “best kept secret” because locals have known for more than 25 years that Piccolo Mondo is one of the best Italian restaurants in the metroplex. Zagat Restaurant Guide recognizes it with ratings of ‘high excellent’, ‘one of the Top 10 for Food’ in the Ft Worth area, and ‘one of the area’s finest restaurants’. D Magazine recognizes Piccolo Mondo among ‘best restaurants’, ‘best atmosphere’, and ‘where the locals eat’.

Okay, sounds good.  But how authentic can it be? Well, an Order of Sons of Italy in America cited Piccolo Mondo with a ‘citation of Epicurean excellence’ and said it ‘exemplifies the fine art and traditions of Italian cuisine’.

So obviously the food has won awards. But the atmosphere is great, too. Upscale with a full service bar and a grand piano in the middle of the room because there’s live music during dinner on Tuesday’s through Sundays (Tues-Thurs, 7:30pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm-11pm).

If you are looking to impress business clients (or maybe your in-laws), consider Piccolo Mondo. And if your group needs an upscale place for its meeting or a special occasion like an awards ceremony, a special occasion banquet room is available (maximum capacity 50 persons). For info on renting the room and/or menus for groups, call (817) 265-9174.

To be honest, Piccolo Mondo doesn’t look fancy from the outside. It’s in the middle of a strip shopping center, between Whole Foods and Boston Market. But step inside and it’s all table linens and fresh flowers on each table. And the service? These are long-time, professional servers, not a bunch of high school kids with part-time summer jobs. A full bar and wine list is available.

Lunch menu entrees start at $7.75 (Spaghetti Bolognese) and go up to $23.75 (New York strip). Most of the lunch “Pasta” entrees are $9.75 with the chicken or veal or shrimp lunch entrees at $14.75.

Samplings of the lunch menu: fresh tomatoes & mozaarella salad $7.75; chicken salad or shrimp salad $9.75, soup of the day $3.75, carpaccio $7.75, linguini & clam sauce $10.75, lasagna Bolognese $9.75, capelli d’angelo pomodoro e basilico $9.75, tortellini della Nonna $9.75, shrimp marinara $14.75, eggplant parmagiana $11.75, veal scalloppine marsala $14.75, shrimp provinciale $14.75, chicken forestiera $12.75.

That’s a sampling, there’s more (of course!). And there are daily specials which will always include a couple of seafood items (maybe tilapia or cod) and some chicken specials.

All lunch entrees are served with your choice of soup or salad. On my most recent lunch visit, I enjoyed the veal scalloppine marsala (the white wine sauce) and a cup of lentil soup.

The Dinner Menu, with the larger portions, has expanded options and nightly specials. Pasta and/or House specialties start at $12.75 (spaghetti aglio e olio, spagehetti Bolognese) and range up to $42.75 for Mare e Terra (surf & turf). The most expensive item is the two Lobster Tail Isabella (2 lobster tails) for $64.75.

A sampling of the Dinner Menu: Caesar salad $3.75, prosciutto e melone $10.75, calamari I umido appetizer $10.75, lasagna alla Bolognese $13.75, fettucine Alfredo $13.75, baked maniccoti $13.75, veal scallopine alla parnigiana $23.75, beef tenderloin $31.75, New York strip $30.75, shrimp marinara $21.75, chicken rolatine $18.75, broiled chicken and sautéed mushrooms $17.75.

Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! If you can’t pronounce it, it must be good! Profitterol al Cioccolato is $6.75.  Same price for crème caramel, cappuccino pie, cannoli, cheesecake, tiramisu, spumoni and sorbet.

Dinner Hours are Monday thru Thursday from 5:30pm to 10:15pm; Friday & Saturday evenings from 5:30pm to 11pm; and Sunday from 5pm to 10pm. Lunch hours (weekdays only) are Monday through Friday, 11:30am to 2:15pm.

You don’t have to make a reservation, but I would recommend them for weekend evenings. For reservations, call (817) 265-9174.

Piccolo Mondo is located at 829 Lamar Blvd East at the northwest corner of Collins St at Lamar (one block north of I-30). The restaurant is in the middle of strip shopping center of the Whole Foods shopping center. From I-30, exit Collins St. (Hwy 157) and go north for one block.

Click here for a Mapquest map: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Arlington&state=TX&address=829+E+Lamar+Blvd&zipcode=76011-3504&country=US&latitude=32.765714&longitude=-97.098435&geocode=ADDRESS

Piccolo Mondo is closed major holidays including: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.