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25 Bars with Jaw-Dropping Views

25 Bars with Jaw-Dropping Views

Come for the cocktails, stay for the view

The view from GB Roof Garden in Athens creates a great ambiance while you enjoy your drink.

With bars around the world stepping up their cocktail game, one characteristic that can surly set them apart from the competition is location. Throughout the world, many bars have sought out spots with breathtaking views that can take a very basic food and drink experience and bring it to soaring heights. These bars, bar/restaurants, and rooftop bars know that the taste and view combo makes for the best lasting impressions.

Click here to see the 25 Bars with Jaw-Dropping Views Slideshow!

To craft this list, The Daily Meal took into account the service, ambiance, overall quality, and picturesque views of bars around the world. For example, in Athens, the GB Roof Garden at the Hotel Grande Bretagne showcases local wines and exquisite Mediterranean cuisine coupled with views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. Meanwhile, Vertigo and Moon Bar overlooks the stellar skyline of Bangkok while also serving delicious steak and seafood and offering cocktails like the Vertigo Sunset, made with Malibu, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and lime juice.

For those who want to push the envelope by venturing as high as one can go for a cocktail, the Ozone Bar in Hong Kong is the highest bar in the world, clocking in on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton and offering guests cutting-edge cocktails paired with an Asian tapas menu. A little closer to Earth, the 360 Degrees bar in Istanbul serves traditional Turkish delicacies and wine with incredible views of the steeple of St. Antoine’s Church, the Bosporus Strait, the Hagia Sophia, and the Sea of Marmara.

From Dubai to New York City to Hong Kong and everywhere in between, there are many opportunities for incredible sites. If you’re waiting to pair those views with a delicious drink, though, we suggest you seek out the spots highlighted in our slideshow.

Lemon Bars

Nice, substantial crust, just enough filling&hellipperfect for spring!

I like my lemon bars with a thicker cookie base. You'll love these!

sticks (1 cup) salted butter, cut into small cubes

Zest and juice of 4 medium-sized lemons

Powdered sugar, for sifting

  1. For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350˚. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with butter. (Use an 8 x 10 pan if you'd like the layers to be a little thicker.)
  2. Stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the butter to the bowl and use a pastry cutter to cut it all together until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press into the prepared pan and bake until golden around the edges, about 20 minutes.
  3. For the filling: Stir together the sugar and flour. Crack in the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the lemon zest and juice and mix until combined. Pour over the crust and bake about 20 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, then sift powdered sugar over the top before cutting into squares.

I love lemon bars, but they often fall by the wayside and get forgotten for months at a time in our house. We&rsquore much more of a chocolate chip cookie/chocolate pie/chocolate sheet cake/chocolate ice cream/chocolate potato chip/chocolate everything household, followed by fruit cobblers and crisps&hellipso I sometimes have to remember to bring lemon bars back into the forefront from time to time. And whenever I do, they always go over well. Translation: They disappear within four minutes.

I&rsquom a little weird about lemon bars, in that I tend not to love them if they&rsquore made mostly of lemon filling with a super thin crust at the bottom. So these have a thicker cookie-like crust and a not-too-thick layer of filling if you don&rsquot already have a favorite lemon bar recipe, give these lemon desserts a try and see how you like &rsquoem!

(And if you don&rsquot like &rsquoem&hellipplease send the leftovers my way.)

Start by buttering a 9 x 13-inch pan. And when you think you&rsquove buttered it enough, go ahead and butter it some more!

That&rsquos the kind of mood I&rsquom in this week. Just giving you the heads up.

First, make the cookie-licious base for the lemon bars: Combine flour and sugar in a bowl&hellip

Hello, my darling butter! How was your weekend?

Cut the butter into cubes and angrily throw it into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Make sure the butter is cold!

Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients&hellip

Until the mixture resembles lumpy sand.

I&rsquom tired of saying &ldquocoarse crumbs&rdquo to describe the state of the butter/flour mixture after it&rsquos been cut together. So today I&rsquom branching out into new descriptive territory and saying &ldquolumpy sand.&rdquo

Next week, who knows? I might be back to &ldquocoarse crumbs&rdquo again.

Or I might be somewhere like &ldquocrumbled madness.&rdquo

Pour the crumbled madness (oooops! It happened already!) into the buttered dish&hellip

Then use your (very clean!) hands to pat it firmly into the bottom of the pan.

Press along the edges, too, so it&rsquos all evenly packed. Then pop it in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes to set it slightly&mdashit will get slightly golden around the edges.

While it&rsquos in the oven, mix up the filling! Whisk together sugar with a little flour&hellip

Then zest four small-ish lemons&hellip

Until you have a nice big pile of the good stuff.

Slice the zested (they always look nekkid to me) lemons in half and squeeze the ever-loving life (I mean juice) out of them.

This gives you some idea about the size of lemons. The reason I mention it is that I never remember to measure the lemon juice so I can tell you an actual cup measurement&hellipbut if you stick to small/medium lemons, 4 is a good number. Also, I press/roll the lemons on the countertop before I slice them in half, just to make sure I get most of the juice outta there.

Crack the eggs into the bowl with the sugar/flour mixture&hellip

Then whisk it together until it&rsquos all combined.

Then violently throw in the zest!

Whisk it together&hellipand that&rsquos the filling.

By now, the base is out of the oven and I want to cut a square of it, top it with a little strawberry preserves, and eat it as a snack, which has absolutely nothing to do with this dessert. I&rsquom just telling you where my mind goes sometimes.

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh red grapefruit juice
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Campari

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 148
  • Fat 7g
  • Satfat 3g
  • Unsatfat 3g
  • Protein 1g
  • Carbohydrate 21g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sodium 92mg
  • Calcium 1% DV
  • Potassium 1% DV
  • Sugars 12g
  • Added sugars 11g

Recipe Summary

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups certified gluten-free quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup sunflower seed kernels
  • ½ cup flaxseed
  • ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries or dried cherries, chopped
  • ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
  • ½ cup whole pitted dates (about 10 dates), chopped
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Line a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over the edges of the pan coat foil with cooking spray.

Place oats, coconut, sunflower seed kernels, and flaxseed on a baking sheet, spreading evenly in a single layer. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until toasted, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove oat mixture from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 300°. Combine oat mixture, cranberries, apricots, and dates in a large bowl.

Place honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan, stirring to combine. Bring honey mixture to a boil over medium heat. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Immediately pour honey mixture over oat and fruit mixture toss gently with a rubber spatula to coat.

Firmly press oat mixture into prepared pan, using a rubber spatula or hands coated with cooking spray to create an even layer. Bake at 300° for 30 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Lift bars from pan, using foil sides as handles. Place on a cutting board cut into 18 bars. Remove bars from foil.

Raw butterfinger bar recipe

Best indication that these raw butterfinger bars are irresistable? I made a batch with the pure intent of photographing these bars. Then we proceeded to eat the entire to-be-photographed batch without taking a single picture! So I had to make another batch (woe is me!) to get these shots.

It's absolutely the texture of the base of these bars that make them unique. They are a fabulous combination of chewy and crunchy. It's the addition of the psyllium husk that does it. (I buy my psyllium husk at the health food store or at Bulk Barn, etc. It looks like light, slightly flakey flour. Do not use psyllium powder. Read more about the difference between psyllium husk and psyllium powder here.)

And as for the flavor? Yah. it's chocolatey-peanutish with the taste of a butterfinger bar. And without the peanuts of course!

You definitely need to keep these bars in the freezer at all times.

Note: You need your butterfinger base on the bottom and your chocolate on top. I just flipped these bars upside-down for the photographs and because of the shape of my molds :)

Lovin Recommends: 125 Maltese Bars, Eateries And Restaurants You Need To Check Out This Year

Malta is chock-full of great eateries, lavish restaurants and beloved bars, but how can you go about choosing which ones to visit? Well, we’re here to help.

Our team will soon be trekking all over the island to distribute exclusive Lovin Malta stickers to 125 restaurants, bars and eateries we think are amazing, commending them for their fantastic contribution to our local foodie scene. We want to celebrate the experience and vibe they offer!

This is the first time we are giving out these stickers and we hope to see more and more splattered across the doors of worthy joints across the islands throughout the next few years.

Next time you see a restaurant door that has a big fat red LM sticker on it, it’ll mean we’ve given it our approval and a deserving two thumbs up.

So without further ado, by area and in no particular order, here are the 125 Maltese bars, eateries and restaurants you need to tick off your list this year.

1. Taproom
Taproom is a contemporary concept eatery with a highly creative brasserie style menu.

2. Da Pippo
A quaint gem popular for seafood and business lunches. There’s no menu and plenty of art on the walls.

3. Rubinos
This family-run, award-winning institution is one of the oldest restaurants in Valletta. It has a daily-changing menu filled with Maltese and Mediterranean delights!

4. Trabuxu
You’ll want to give your compliments to the chef after tasting the seasonal menu of fresh fish, meat and pasta at this bistro.

5. Noni
Visually beautiful dishes from Malta and the Mediterranean with a French twist is what’s on offer at Noni, a recently redesigned bakery-turned-jazz-club-turned restaurant.

6. Zero Sei Trattoria
Hearty homestyle Italian food that’s authentic AF. These guys specialise in mouth-watering Italian pasta, and the carbonara is a must.

7. The Harbour club
THC serves a Mediterranean menu with a French twist in an elegantly decorated setting.

8. Sciaccia Grill
A popular steakhouse with top notch grilled meats, Sciacca will cook the perfect piece of meat in front of your very eyes.

9. Artiglio
Artiglio’s innovative daily-changing menu is impressive to say the least. Dishes so pretty, you’ll nearly feel guilty for devouring them. Nearly.

10. Vecchia Taranto
Vecchia Taranto offers a true slice of la bella Italia on a plate.

11. Giannini
An intimate Mediterranean restaurant with jaw-dropping views.

12. TukTuk
Faultless South Indian food which will leave you wanting more.

13. Pastaus
As the name suggests, this restaurant focuses entirely on many varieties pasta. Freshly prepared in-house.

14. Panorama
Picturesque views of the Grand Harbour with a majestic Mediterranean menu is what you’ll get at Panorama.

15. Il-Ħorża
Il-Ħorża is really cosy and the chef makes incredible use of the ingredients. Your new home away from home!

16. Capo Crudo
Sitting under the capital city’s bastions and almost touching the sea, this eatery has sunset views, great food and spectacular cocktails.

17. The Pub
One of the few proper Brit style pubs on the rock.

18. N Japanese
A welcoming Japanese Izakaya that offers soul food straight from Japan.

19. Charles Grech Cafe & Cocktail Bar
An elegant cafe with a delightful food and cocktail menu.

20. Risette
Risette is fine dining at its best, but with an unpretentious atmosphere.

21. Leglegin
This cosy wine bar brings out around six to eight generous platters of food (although it has no menu) for under €30.

22. No.43
The food here is healthy yet hearty AF!

23. The Submarine
A sandwich bar that lets you create your own favourites? Yes please!

24. Piadina Caffe
Avoid tourist traps and visit Piadina, a beloved cafe with a menu that brings a slice of Italy to Valletta.

25. City Lights
Grab a beer and watch a retro movie at this actual vintage cinema bar.

26. Cafe Society
Great cocktails, great ambience and great music can all be found in this cosy bar.

27. The Alchemy
Crazy Willy Wonka-style cocktails at this gem in Strait Street. The golden days are back!

28. Yard 32 Gin and Tapas
Yard 32 does what it says on the tin gin, gin, gin and tapas. And boy does it do it excellently.

29. City Lounge
Next level meatery cooking up some serious dishes with passion.

30. Wild Honey
Valletta’s best bar for craft beer, hands down.

31. ĠUGAR – Hangout & Bar
A super inviting place to chill with good healthy food options, Ġugar is set to stand the test of time.

32. Cru Wine Bar
The perfect place for all wine lovers, focusing on exquisite bottles and bite-size dishes perfected around local seasonal produce.

33. Kingsway
A luxurious all-day cafe with dapper interiors, fresh food and great cocktails.

34. Suq Tal-Belt
Grab a bite, shop for supplies and relax in this newly-renovated three-floor foodie market.

35. 59 Republic
A casual fine dining eatery that’s excellent value for money and romantic.

36. Duo, Qawra
Two siblings teamed up to bring you beautifully-presented dishes in a friendly atmosphere.

37. Garam Masala, Qawra
Enjoy authentic Indian food in this family-run restaurant with stunning views of Salina bay.

38. Tarragon, St Paul’s Bay
Tarragon has collected so many awards over the years including the best overall restaurant in Malta and the most romantic (deservingly so). They don’t just provide great food, but an experience.

39. Benjawan, St Paul’s Bay

Tantalising homestyle fresh Thai food is served at Benjawan.

40. Chang Thai, St Paul’s Bay

If exceptional Thai food is what you want, then head over to Chang Thai. Their menu is as long as the Bible!

41. Rebekah’s, Mellieħa
A cosy (and romantic) restaurant set in a restored house of character with seasonal Mediterranean cuisine.

42. Commando, Mellieħa
Elegant dishes to be enjoyed in a charming 300-year-old stone building is what you can expect from Commando.

43. One80, Mellieħa
This award-winning restaurant has stunning views from every corner of the restaurant, an epic wine list and of course some mighty fine fare.

44. Root 81, Rabat
Featuring terrace-top meals with stunning views, this restaurant gives you that romantic, rustic feel you’ve been searching for. It’s also won two awards in this year’s Definitive(ly) Good Guide, including one for Best Food.

45. Rogantino’s, Rabat
Enjoy a fusion of exquisite Mediterranean food in a secluded 15th Century converted stone farmhouse.

46. Grotto’s Tavern, Rabat
Grotto’s carefully selected seasonal menu is only made better when you remember you’re in a Maltese house of character with a 2,000-year-old cave.

47. Crystal Palace (Is-Serkin), Rabat
A Maltese legend, Serkin’s famous pastizzi have a cult following worth queuing for at 4am.

48. De Mondion, Mdina
A unique fine dining experience that you’ll never forget.

49. Diar il-Bniet, Dingli
Famed for their seasonal menu which offers traditional Maltese delicacies in a beautiful rustic environment.

50. Giuseppi’s, Salini (Naxxar)
Here you’ll find an exceptionally creative menu which changes daily depending on the produce available.

51. Il-Ħnejja, Senglea (Isla)
A small gem excelling in seafood and pasta dishes.

52. Hammetts Macina, Vittoriosa (Birgu)
Hammett’s offer sublime dishes that look like art on a plate at very reasonable prices.

53. Bert’s Kitchen, Luqa
Bar bites, burgers, meat and lots of beer are just some of the things on offer at Bert’s.

54. Pinoy Street Food, Marsascala
Malta’s only Filipino restaurant offering traditional and authentic dishes (and exotic meats).

55. Bongo Nyah, Marsascala
Bongo’s menu includes a fusion of street food from four continents and burgers.

56. Zion, Marsascala
A badass reggae bar with small bites and fun vibes.

57. Tartarun, Marsaxlokk
Faultless fresh fish and seafood dishes is what Tartarun does best.

58. Roots, Marsaxlokk
A seafront family-run restaurant with seafood dishes we guarantee you’ll love.

59. Il Corsaro, Qrendi
An Italian restaurant with no menu, great pasta and seafood dishes that’ll have you wanting more.

60. Carmen’s, Siġġiewi
Carmen’s offer fresh Maltese seafood served in a seafront setting with beautiful views.

61. Rickshaw, Attard
A fancy award-winning Chinese restaurant set in a luxury hotel.

62. Santa Lucia, Attard
A family-run cafe since 1975, known for its delicious pastries, sweets, sandwiches and snacks and confectionery.

63. Bahia, Balzan
A chic bistro serving up some of the most gorgeous seasonal dishes this side of the Mediterranean.

64. Four Seasons, Birkirkara
A wine bar serving salads, cold cut and cheese platters and ftiras.

65. Pulcinella, Ħamrun
Pulcinella dish out one of best Neapolitan pizzas on the island.

66. Chukkas, Marsa/Mosta
Steak, steak and more (exceptional) steak can be found at Chukka’s.

67. Danny’s, Qormi
Danny’s is the perfect brunch and lunch spot serving creative dishes.

68. Brass & Knuckle, Naxxar
Most definitely one of the best steakhouses in Malta.

69. Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar
Everything (from the decor, views and the dishes) is Instagrammable AF at the regal Palazzo Parisio.

70. The Lord Nelson, Mosta
Lord Nelson has collected so many awards over the years, and we can see why. You’re definitely guaranteed a fine dining culinary journey from beginning to end.

71. Charlie’s Inn, Naxxar
Charlie’s is loved for its traditional Maltese food, especially their rabbit.

72. Ali Baba, Gżira
This joint offers tasty and authentic Middle Eastern food.

73. HiMù, Gżira
A mozzarella bar and Italian restaurant with great pizza!

74. Tikka’s, San Ġwann
We can’t get enough of Tikka’s faultless no fuss street food style Thai food.

75. Emma’s Kitchen, San Ġwann
Emma’s Kitchen serves spectacular dishes that are #BrunchGoals. The lunch daily specials are fantastic too.

76. La Vela, Pietà
A sleek Italian eatery with dishes that are pleasing to the eye and the palate!

77. Fumia, Pietà
A Sicilian restaurant that prides itself on serving mouth-watering fish dishes.

78. Ta’ Xbiex Water Polo Club, Ta’ Xbiex
Popular for its unobstructed views and Sicilian and Italian inspired menu.

79. Avotaco, Ta’ Xbiex
The only Mexican restaurant in Malta serving banging tacos and burritos!

80. The Pulled Meat Company, Gżira (+ Valletta)
This place is a meat lover’s dream. It specialises in homemade, creative, slow-cooked soul food.

81. Hole in the Wall
Sliema’s oldest pub and bar was recently transformed into the perfect place to chill and stumble upon some local talent.

82. Sottozero
Serving up excellent gelato with creative flavours, this Buġibba favourite is now also open in bustling Sliema.

83. The Chophouse
Premium meats, great service and a stunning view of Valletta can be found at this steakhouse.

84. ImPasta
A fantastic pasta bar with many different options, all super fresh and made on the spot.

85. Hammett’s Gastro Bar
The place to be for stunning sharing plates plus innovative cocktails.

86. Charles Grech Bistro
A sophisticated all-day bistro with a delectable menu to match.

87. TemptAsian
TemptAsian treats its customers to modern Asian fusion dishes with exotic flavours.

88. Mint
A cafe offering super healthy fresh food with great coffee.

89. FISH Restaurant by Fumia
A place popular for its panoramic sea views and fresh speciality Sicilian fish dishes.

90. Pure
A health and juice bar which focuses on really creative and colourful healthy dishes.

91. Emperor of India
Emperor of India serves top notch Indian cuisine right in the hub of Paceville.

92. Il Pirata Bistro
An excellent place if you like perfectly-cooked meat!

93. Tokyo Fried House
TFH serves very authentic (and fried) Japanese comfort foods.

94. Fat Louie’s
Larger than life, this BBQ smokehouse offers up epic meats, frequently-changing specials and viral-worthy Insta uploads.

95. KuYa Asian Pub
A pub which specialises in soul food from East Asia, it didn’t take long for this beloved street food to open its own brick and mortar joint.

96. Hugo’s Burgers
A popular fast food joint with creative, no-fuss burgers in one of the most conveniently central locations on the island.

97. New York Best (various locations)
Here you’ll find probably some of the best burgers on the island. They also do great slow-rise sourdough pizzas for that extra bite of the Big Apple.

98. Shoreditch Bar & Kitchen
A carnivore’s playground specialising in delicious OTT food perfect for cheat day.

99. Miro
This restaurant focuses on experiential dining creating a very unique culinary journey.

100. Thirsty Barber
This bar’s creative cocktails are stunning, quirky and scientific. Down their creations with local entertainers taking the stage on a regular basis.

101. Caviar & Bull
This firm favourite has won countless awards because of its five-star cuisine, champagne and oyster bar, striking sea views and molecular cocktails.

102. Buddhamann
An affordable, award-winning fine dining restaurant offering aesthetically-pleasing modern pan-Asian cuisine and classy cocktails.

103. Dolce Vita
A formal Italian restaurant with visually gorgeous dishes and equally gorgeous views.

104. Zeri’s
Enjoy imaginative pasta, meat and seafood dishes with a traditional Mediterranean flavour, while soaking up jaw-dropping views.

105. Sale e Pepe
A traditional Italian restaurant perfect for any occasion (and all the family) with views of the Portomaso Yacht Marina.

106. Zen
A Japanese sushi and teppanyaki eatery located in Portomaso, overlooking the glorious marina.

107. Sharma Ethnic Cuisine
The menu at Sharma showcases Indian, middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine and the colourful decor is a presentation of the exotic menu they serve. A firm favourite that recently moved from Mdina.

108. Wigi’s Kitchen
A little family-run restaurant where the menu changes every day.

109. Zest
Zest brings Asian fusion and continental cuisine where every dish has a mix of Eastern and Western flavours.

110. Rocksalt
This gem has a brasserie, gastrobar and gourmet food store… all under one roof!

111. Blue Elephant
You can’t argue with a name everyone instantly recognises. This popular international franchise offers fine dining Thai cuisine in a tropical setting.

112. Shakinah
Indian cuisine in a contemporary yet elegant setting is what to expect at Shakinah.

113. Le Bistro
The casual but effective menu at Le Bistro uses Mediterranean ingredients bursting with bold flavours. This place was also the first Maltese restaurant to officially start serving Beyond Meat burgers, so expect healthy options too!

114. Gululu Kċina Maltija
At Gululu, you can expect authentic traditional Maltese dishes with generous portions.

115. Dr Juice
Dr Juice is the perfect speedy lunch spot for health-conscious foodies and juice lovers.

116. Carob Tree
An amazing upscale food court which holds different gourmet restaurant stalls offering pizza, Indian, East Asian cuisine and more.

117. Manouche Bakery & Bistro
We have nothing but love for Manouche’s perfect baked goods, spectacular brunch dishes and brasserie all-day menu. The decor is super chic too, straight off the streets of Paris.

118. Taro at The Villa
Taro’s refined menu is expertly-crafted and beautifully presented by its award-winning chefs. Perfect for that extra special night.

119. Barracuda Restaurant
Have a memorable gastronomical experience at one of Malta’s longest established fine dining restaurants.

120. Patrick’s Tmun, Victoria
A stunning steakhouse with an award-winning wine list.

121. Mekren, Nadur
A family-run bakery praised for its impeccable ftiras and Gozitan pizzas. One half of Nadur’s holy pizza duo, Mekren becomes one of the busiest places on the islands during holidays like Carnival and Santa Marija.

122. Maxokk, Nadur
If you’re a pizza lover, then you must go to Maxokk and try one of the best pizza places in Gozo. Take photos, send them to your friends and see how quickly they get super jealous.

123. Mġarr ix-Xini, Xewkija
A perfect lunch experience providing stunning sea views of one of the quietest and most beautiful beaches in the archipelago, all topped off with exceptional seafood dishes.

124. Gleneagles Bar, Mġarr
A lively bar filled with locals and perfect for socialising with friends, Gleneagles is a staple with multiple generations of locals.

125. Ta’ Philip, Għajnsielem
Ta’ Philip offers a traditional Mediterranean menu cooked in a wood fire oven and using locally-sourced seasonal ingredients.

We would love to hear what you think, and who should definitely make next year’s Lovin Malta Recommends list in the comments below!

25 Amazing Restaurants You Need To Eat At In Arlington

If the mere thought of dining in Arlington leaves a bad taste in your mouth, you’re not alone.

The land of the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers has a hearty sports angle, but it’s not exactly known for its culinary verve.

However, the thing about Arlington is that there is much more to the food and drink scene than meets the eye. It's not just a chain gang of restaurants and fast food empires.

Look a little closer, and you’ll find a host of amazing restaurants that may not all have the same swank status as some hotspots in Dallas or Fort Worth. But, whether they are mom-and-pop shops, trendy eateries, or fine dining establishments, what they have in common is authentic stories and must-try menus that may just change your mind about Arlington’s dining scene.

Check out these cool-kids on the block the next time you’re heading to a game. Although, why even wait for football season to kick off before beginning a foodie tour of the city.


Where: The Sanford House Inn & Conference Center, 506 N. Center St.

The charm is real here, where you will be tempted to stay-cation it up at this luxe bed-and-breakfast, so you can have dinner and brunch at the onsite Restaurant506 — and throw in a massage at the spa. Toto, we are definitely not in Arlington anymore.

R Bar & Grill

Where: 2401 E. Lamar Blvd.

This glossy restaurant could easily be a hotspot in Dallas. It features regionally inspired cuisine, craft cocktails, wood-fired pizza, and more. The menu is diverse with elevated twists on Texas tradition, meaning you can order everything from the signature Tito’s Seabass marinated for 48 hours in Tito's Vodka, to lobster ravioli, a Wagyu beef burger, or even Baja street tacos.

Mercury Chophouse

Where: 2221 E. Lamar Blvd.

As the name might suggest, this is the ultimate steakhouse with all the surf-and-turf classics prepared with gourmet refinement. Dinner even comes with quite a view. The restaurant is on the ninth floor of an office building, offering panoramic views of Arlington’s entertainment district.

Tom’s Burgers & Grill

Where: 1530 N. Cooper St.

It’s a classic ‘50s diner — with a whole new twist. Engineer-turned-culinary champ Chef Tom Jones sends out all the retro faves with a deliciously redefined angle. That means: (a) You can eat breakfast all day long (think eggs benedict, waffles, blueberry pancakes, and biscuits and gravy) and (b) You can also eat old-school amazingness like a pimiento-cheese burger, patty melt, a stacked-to-the-ceiling Reuben sandwich, chicken-fried steak and Texas toast, bottle caps, and fried pickles. Need we say more?

Gino’s East

Where: 1350 E. Copeland Road

One bite of the Chicago-style deep-dish pizza with a cornmeal crust, and you won’t care that this is a chain. They have thin-crust varieties, too, but why would you even go there.

Champions Park

Where: 1805 N. Collins St.

A wonderland of winning eateries, this destination for dining and entertainment boasts a little something for everyone. Granted, most of these places are of the fast-casual, chain-like type — think Tiff’s Treats, Urban Bricks, Yumilicious fro-yo, BurgerFi, Torchy’s Tacos, and Salata. But, they’re of the trendier, cooler variety, especially with the Zero Degrees Asian-Hispanic fusion spot (they have Hot Cheetos Cheese Fries and an Ube Milkshake for the win) and the Rocket Fizz soda and candy shop.

Moni’s Pasta and Pizza

Where: 1730 W. Randol Mill Road

For a taste of la bella vita in Arlington, look no further than Moni’s. Owner Moni Kaba was born in Macedonia and lived in Italy for years before coming to the United States. He has a long culinary history in Dallas — and even catered the famous TV show, Dallas. Now, it’s all about Italian classics like pasta, pizza, and seafood done right. It’s also BYOB.

Social Bakehouse Café

Where: 546 Lincoln Square

Frosted Flakes French toast. Need we say more? If you’re a dessert-first kind of person, then this is your place for cupcakes, cookies, confections, pies, and more. The café has paninis, wraps, pasta, and comfort food like meatloaf to go with that sugar rush.

David’s Barbecue

Where: 2224 W. Park Row Dr., Pantego

Even barbecue snobs will give this place the seal of approval. Despite mostly flying under the radar, except for the locals in-the-know, the family-run joint is a Texas barbecue institution dating back to 1910. Owner Jimmy Bryan Harris is part of Dallas’ most famous family in smoke — he’s the second cousin of Sonny Bryan. Good barbecue must be genetic.

Marquez Bakery & Tortilla Factory

Where: 1730 E. Division St.

It’s #TacoTuesday (and #TamaleTuesday and #TortillaTuesday) every day here, where the unassuming, family-run spot makes from-scratch Mexican must-haves. The cakes are pretty impressive, too.

Fork in the Road

Where: 1821 S. Fielder Road

Freestyle, “off-the-hip” food is precisely what you’ll get at this tiny neighborhood café that dishes real, down-home breakfasts and lunches. Specialty sandwiches are the thing here (the gorilla biscuit with corned beef and salami is a signature) along with build-your-own burgers, salads, and truffled crack-a-roni that’s as addicting as it sounds. Wash it all down with pure, cane-sugar sodas. No HFCS here — not even in the ketchup (that's high fructose corn syrup, for the non-health-nerds).

Chop House Burgers & Wings

Where: 2230 W Park Row Dr., Pantego

Every kind of burger you can dream of is probably available here — from the classics to the mega-topped masterpieces. The signature Chop House Burger gets piled with slow-roasted brisket, house-made steak sauce, bacon, and cheddar cheese. There’s even one with a grilled cheese bun. As for the wings, you can order any number of them, with eight flavors available. Although this joint is technically in Pantego, that’s basically Arlington. So, we won’t let a technicality trip us up on between-the-buns perfection.

J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill

Where: 400 E. Abram St.

Home of the famous Irish nachos, or so they say, J. Gilligan’s is a classic dive. But, in addition to those fries, they also send out other Irish pub food done right. For sports fans, the best thing on the menu will be their shuttle service to all major games and other events that take place at the nearby AT&T Stadium. Cottage fries before the Cowboys. Sounds like a touchdown.

Lockhart Smokehouse

Where: Texas Live!, 1650 E. Randol Mill Road

Already a barbecue darling in DFW, Lockhart Smokehouse is calling Arlington its third home at the Texas Live! entertainment district opening August 9. All the solid Lockhart standards will be present and accounted for, including Kreuz Market sausage and meats smoked low and slow over Texas post oak.

Twisted Root Burger Co.

Where: 310 E. Abram St.

A pioneer of the fancy, loaded-up, gourmet burger, Twisted Root was kind of a novelty when it launched in Deep Ellum in 2006. The goodness soon expanded to multiple locations, including Arlington, and it has never worn off, especially with burger action like the Freshman 15 (patty topped with cheddar, fried egg, bacon — and smashed fries) and the Le Wagyu (Dijon-crusted Texas Wagyu beef with thyme-caramelized onions and Gruyère ). The adults-only, spiked custard shakes are a must, too. Did we mention there’s a retro RV bar inside the eatery for even more delicious kitsch?

Jamaica Gates Caribbean Cuisine

Where: 1010 W. Arkansas

Born and raised in Jamaica, Chef Barbara Renfro will send your taste buds straight to the island with a menu of classic Caribbean recipes. The place was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives — and with menu faves like fried plantains, Jamaican patties, jerk chicken, and steamed whole fish along with live reggae music every Friday and Saturday night, it’s no wonder. There’s also an Island lunch buffet for a delicious getaway during the day.

Taste of Europe

Where: 1901 W. Pioneer Parkway

With a focus on eastern European cuisine, you may think you’re in Russia with traditional dishes like borscht, cabbage pierogis, blintzes, potato pancakes, chicken Kiev, stroganoff, and the list goes on. It is owned by a Russian family, so this is as authentic as it gets outside of hopping a plane. You can even get a souvenir from the market that has Russian nesting dolls and other merch as well as European groceries. The authentic destination caught the attention of Food Network, too, as the restaurant had its time in the spotlight on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Prince Lebanese Grill

Where: 502 W. Randol Mill Road

Hummus is always the answer. If you’re craving an authentic version of it along with falafel, mezze, tabbouleh, gyros, and shawarma, this Lebanese restaurant is legit. The place has been sending out Mediterranean flavors since 1989, which means they are really doing something right. It’s also great for any meat-freeing friends, with vegetarian options galore. If you hadn’t already guessed, this one’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, too.

Jambo’s BBQ Shack

Where: 1724 Division St.

Ashton Stauffer is the ultimate pit boss. As the owner of all three Jambo’s locations (there’s one in Pantego and Burleson, too), she heads up the smokin’ hot endeavor that has all the ‘cue you could possibly want. Get the Jambo Texan, the flagship sandwich that’s an eight-inch stack of six kinds of smoked meats, all skewered between Texas toast. It’s not for the faint of heart — and requires a knife and fork for sure. The Hot Mess is also pretty legit. Fries and okra get topped with chopped brisket, cheese, beans, coleslaw, bacon-wrapped jalapeños and more.

Candlelite Inn

Where: 1202 E. Division St.

Originally opened in 1957, this mainstay still has the retro flair, neon signs, table candles (now LEDs), and red-and-white checkered tablecloths of its past. The sign out front does say it all: “Charcoal Steak, Salad, Baked Potato, Toast." Sure enough, those old-fashioned classics have some form of representation on the menu of this Arlington landmark.

Guy Fieri’s Taco Joint

Where: Texas Live!, 1650 E. Randol Mill Road

Guy Fieri has featured so many Arlington hot spots on his Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, it's no wonder this spiky-haired hotshot would set up shop in the city, too. His Taco Joint is serving up mouthfuls like Shiner Ruby Red glazed pork shoulder tacos with chipotle and sweet onions, grilled pineapple-serrano salsa, cilantro, cotija and avocado-tomatillo salsa at the new Texas Live! venue, opening August 9.

Tandoor Indian Restaurant

Where: 1200 N. Fielder Road

Spice it up at this place for real-deal north Indian cuisine. The art of slow cooking in a Tandoor pit oven, magical seasoning blends, and flavorful marinated meats come together for an authentic Mughlai food moment. The lunch buffet is a great way to sample a little of everything, from kebabs to curries, fresh naan, and so much more.

Bodacious Bar-B-Q

Where: 1206 E. Division St.

With a name like bodacious, it has to be good. Along with East Texas-style brisket, ribs, pork, links, and sides, you can also order sloppy Joe sliders and some pretty serious pies.

The Flying Fish

Where: 300 E. Abram St.

This quirky-delish fish restaurant has a home in Dallas and multiple other locations. The seafood is seriously good and accessibly priced, with catfish, tilapia, shrimp, po’boys, oysters, and crab, plus the best hush-puppies around.

Jay Jay Café

Where: 1001 S. Bowen Road and 4401 Little Road, Suite 580

Homestyle cooking for every meal of the day, this diner has just about anything you might be craving. Best to save room for dessert because the homemade pies are pretty much a meal themselves — think German chocolate cream, blueberry, apple, rhubarb, and more.

35+ Healthy Granola Bars to Fuel Your Day

These small but mighty mixes will fuel your entire day.

Whip up these easy bars for a good-for-you homemade breakfast or snack. With sweet (think cherries, chocolate chips and vanilla yogurt drizzles!) and savory (cheese, please!) options, these bars are sure to take the place of your store bought favorites.

Cut this baking sheet granola into rectangles to enjoy the nutty, oat goodness on the go.

Quinoa and chia seeds give these granola bars their red-cape supercarb status.

25 Beautiful Places in the World to Find Peace of Mind

With 7.4 billion people (and counting) on this tiny blue planet, it can feel like you&rsquore constantly fighting for space, especially in major cities where every square foot counts. The truth is there&rsquos still plenty of room on this earth where you can escape the crowds (and your stuff) and enjoy mind-clearing solitude. You don&rsquot have to go far to find these tranquil territories. Science says any nearby green space will do.

A 2015 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that spending time in the great outdoors may have positive effects on the brain. Researchers observed 38 healthy, adult urbanites before and after they either took a 90-minute stroll in either a quiet park or along a loud highway. Those who partook in the nature walk showed significant improvements in their mental health&mdashthey were calmer and didn&rsquot brood as much over negative aspects of their life&mdashcompared to their counterparts who endured less soothing surroundings.

If you want to go farther, see more, and reconnect with the vast beauty of nature, we have some amazing destinations for you. While a few locations listed below may already be on your bucket list, we aimed to dig up mostly lesser-known landscapes and under-appreciated parks, plus a few wellness and yoga retreats around the globe where you can take a much-needed time-out from the hustle and bustle and find sweet silence, space, and serenity now.

Virginia Coast Reserve, Virginia

(ALL INTERAL & LIMITED EXTERNAL RIGHTS) June 2014. Landscapes at TNC Brownsville Photo credit: © Peter Frank Edwards for The Nature Conservancy

Escape to one of 10 uninhabited barrier islands that the Nature Conservancy has made accessible to the public. There is no overnight access (meaning, plan day trips only), but visitors can surf cast (fish from or near the shoreline), watch thousands of beach-nesting shorebirds, or be lulled into an afternoon nap by the crashing Atlantic waves.

Big Sur, California

This 90-mile-long sanctuary of Central California Coastline where the Santa Lucia Mountains dramatically plunge into the Pacific is a breathtaking sight. At Esalen Institute, practicing yoga and meditation and eating nourishing organic food have been the daily rhythm for more than half a century.

American Prairie Reserve, Montana

Take an American-style safari in this ever-expanding 353,104-acre reserve, where conservation partners are working to restore the Great Plains to pristine Lewis and Clark conditions. Camp in a luxurious yurt, which is plenty close to the elk, mule deer, and bison.

Patagonia Park, Chile

This private playground is a 200,000-acre former ranch in northern Patagonia&rsquos Valle Chacabuco. It sits between massive General Carrera Lake and a range of unnamed, snow-capped peaks. In the Austral summer, from October 1 to April 30, fly-fish, kayak the turquoise Rio Baker, roam miles of hiking trails that lead to secret alpine lakes, then sink into a leather sofa in the soaring great room of the newly completed stone lodge.

Kenauk Nature, Montebello, Quebec, Canada

Fishing is a meditative act. There&rsquos no better place to practice it than on this 65,000-acre private estate. Fly cast for rainbow and speckled trout, or fish from a boat for small and largemouth bass or northern pike. Retire to a rustic, post-and-beam chalet and fall asleep in the cool, clean northern air.

Ladder Ranch, New Mexico

From high-desert prairies to Gila Mountain wilderness, Ted Turner&rsquos private ranch&mdashone of four private properties that the billionaire environmentalist recently opened to the public as part of Ted Turner Expeditions, the new eco-conscious adventure tour company&mdashoffers 245 square miles where guests can hike, ride horses, or watch the sun sink below the horizon in the giant western sky. It&rsquos the kind of Wild West where deep breathing comes naturally.

Cloudbridge Nature Reserve, Costa Rica

A tropical haven in a remote cloud forest in the highest mountains of Central America, Cloudbridge is a private retreat on Mount Chirripo with three casitas that guests can rent for a few days or a few months. Plant trees, hike to waterfalls, or search for the reclusive Resplendent Quetzal, a beautiful, vibrantly colored bird once considered as a sacred symbol by the Maya and Aztecs.

Sabi Sands, South Africa

Because it shares a 31-mile unfenced border with Kruger National Park, this 160,000-acre oasis offers unfettered sightings of the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros), especially in the dry season between May and September. Sleep in a rustic bush tent, on an elevated star bed, or in a high-end lodge with sundowners in hand (the reserve has 21 lodging options).

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota

For those who like to work for their solitude, try the one-million-acre playground of woods and pristine water in northern Minnesota. Paddle and portage all day, then pitch a tent on a granite slab under the white pines, light a fire in the grate, and listen to the haunting call of a loon, the state bird.

Mountain Trek, Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia

Wake at dawn to start the day with gentle yoga in a sunlit studio with views to massive Kootenay Lake. Further meditation here comes in the form of silent hiking through fields of lupine and Indian paintbrush in the high-alpine trails in the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges.

Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania

There&rsquos nothing like staring a lion in the face to remind yourself of the preciousness of life. You can rest-assured yours won&rsquot be in danger when you stay at the safe and serene Singita Sabora Tented Camp located in the Grumeti Reserves, spanning over 350,000 acres along the edge of the Serengeti. Nine luxury tents make up an intimate, 1920s-century style safari camp&mdashcomplete with lavish furniture, including plush Persian rugs&mdashthat will serve as your basecamp as you explore the earth&rsquos most exotic wildlife, such as gazelles, hyenas, wildebeests, and zebras (some of which roam freely through and around the property).

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Surrounded by canyons and peaks like flat-topped Cerro Pedernal, this former dude ranch is where Georgia O&rsquoKeeffe painted her most iconic landscapes in the 1930s. Today anyone can retreat from life to take a weeklong class in painting, pottery, photography, or custom design a week of silent meditation.

Kerala, India

In India&rsquos tropical south, Kerala is a magical state where Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists live side by side, and the landscape varies from sandy Indian ocean beaches to the wild-elephant riddled Western Ghat mountain range. Shiva Rea offers a 10-day &ldquoLiving Flow Ashram&rdquo retreat here at an ocean sanctuary overlooking the Malabar Coast in October.

N.J.'s 23 best restaurants for outdoor dining

We all know "al fresco'' means "in the fresh air" in Italian (although in Italy the phrase actually means spending time in jail — the "cooler"). And there is nothing like a quiet — or boisterous — meal outdoors in the summertime.

The warm weather is here — some would probably argue it's been a little too warm of late — so pick your backdrop (lake, ocean, woods, garden, city street or skyline) and grab a table at one of these spots. Heck, in the right light and with the right company even a parking lot looks alluring this time of year.

The restaurants are in no particular order — we promise you'll feel liberated at any one of them.

Erini Restaurant, Ewing

What it lacks in a view, the outdoor patio at Erini makes up for with lush landscaping, and there's also a tented tiki bar with thatched-roof hut and cheeky carvings. The menu is Mediterranean influenced, skewing toward the Greek heritage of the owners, but with all-American additions, including steaks and chops.

11 Top Houston Chefs Prepare a Jaw-Dropping 10 Course Meal at a Lakeside Mansion

Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar surrounded by participating chefs and staff.

Party hosts Lisa & Michael Holthouse

Cynthia & Tony Petrello, Kelly Kaveler, Danny Cuevas

Jeff Shell, Ally Shell-Van Koolwijk

Austin & Holly Alvis, Anna & Darren Lindamood

Virginia & William McMullen

Chef Maurizio Ferrarese of Sud Italia Ristorante

Stephanie & Ernie Cockrell

Clare Jackson Sullivan, Barbara McKnight, Emily Armenta

Cocktails in the front courtyard of the Italianate villa in Memorial

Black Hills Ranch chef Felix Florez

Zina Garrison, David Black

Chef Giancarlo Ferrara of Amalfi is among the 200 chefs continuing with Houston Restaurant Weeks which has been extended to the end of September.

Katie Esposito, Nathan Glassell, Curry Glassell

The Brunello Cucinelli team: Francesca Pittaluga, Kimberly Luu, Kelly Kavaler, Alex Lopez

Lobster bisque from chef Vincent Celeste

Recipe for Success dinner in the gardens of Lisa and Michael Holthouse's home.

The Delicious Alchemy tables are set family style.

S ometimes, it takes a village. Other times it takes a village and one determined woman. That would be a village of chefs and one energetic redhead, Gracie Cavnar, founder of Recipe for Success. Put these forces together for the annual “Delicious Alchemy” evening and you have one spectacular, not to mention oh-so-tasty, soirée.

For the 10-course dinner, prepared by 11 of the city’s leading chefs, Lisa and Michael Holthouse opened their fabulous Italianate villa, a beautiful lakeside setting that echoed the homeland of the evening’s sponsor, Italian fashion brand Brunello Cucinelli. Thus, the “Evening in Tuscany” theme.

Guests gathered in the Holthouse front courtyard where Negronis, Italian wines and rosemary vodka lemonade anchored the theme along with a grand antipasto presentation by Culinaire chef chair Barbara McKnight, featuring Black Hills Ranch charcuterie from chef Felix Florez. Their contributions and that of chef Arturo Boada‘s (Arturo Boada Cuisine) shrimp and fish ceviche served as first and second courses.

Then it was off to the backyard for poolside dining under the stars for the 92 lucky guests who had snagged tickets to the fundraiser. By the time they had finished the final course of the evening and had ended bidding on a trip to Cucinelli’s medieval hamlet Solomeo, Italy, the night had surpassed its goal and brought in more than $235,000. Four eager patrons each ponied up $5,000 for the invitation to visit the company’s headquarters.

Thank you, Cynthia Petrello, Ralph Eads, Sheree Frede and John McCauley. And, thank you, Cucinelli team for agreeing to extend the invitation to four visits.

Dining under strings of party lights, guests were served chef Kevin Naderi‘s (Roost) marinated spring vegetable salad with Vietnamese-inspired vinaigrette. Next came the lobster bisque with lobster flan from La Table chef Vincent Celeste. Chef Olivier Ciesielski of L’Olivier served a stunning butternut squash ravioli with sage truffle sauce as the fifth course. For serving number six, Amalfi Ristorante chef Giancarlo Ferrara made his mark with Mediterranean sea bass filet poached with olive oil, capers and lemon zest.

Was there still room for the seventh course? Of course, for who could pass up chef Maurizio Ferrarese‘s (Sud Italia Ristorante) duck leg with English peas and forest mushrooms?

Then there were the mouth-watering short ribs from chef Hassan Abaye of Le Colonial. The sweet finish a la table was chef José Hernandez‘s (Lucienne) chocolate mousse with pistachio powder, coconut wafer and passion fruit gel. Upon guests’ departure, Canopy chef Claire Smith provided to-go boxes of cannoli, making that by Cavnar’s count, 10 mouth-watering courses.

Taste makers: Bob Cavnar, Karen and Roland Garcia, Jessica and Tom Roupe, Kristin and Aaron Bloomquist, Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell, Zina Garrison, Melissa and Doug Schnitzer, Emily and Robert Clay, Holly and Austin Alvis, Karen and Murry Penner, Curry Glassell, Lucinda and Javier Loya, Shamika Johnson, and Kara and Ray Childress.