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Where to Eat Near SMU – Great Restaurants for Students, Alumni, and Everyone Else


Oith Southern Methodist University (SMU) students returning to school, it’s a good time to look at where the best places to eat are near campus. Whether you’re a student, a graduate, or just happen to be near the vibrant university, sometimes knowing where to go is half the battle.

This is your guide to the best restaurants near SMU:

Café Brazil on Mockingbird University Park

This quirky, chain-free cafe has been hosting nightly study sessions since it first popped up in 1991. Coffee Brazil is your go-to all-day hangout with friends. Best of all, it’s open 24/7. Cafe Brazil is the perfect place to relax or immerse yourself in in-depth discussions of philosophy and geopolitics. SMU students have been coming here for over 30 years.

Cafe Brazil’s expansive and eclectic menu covers a lot of ground, from chili relleno pancakes to coconut chicken salad. Big bonus? Breakfast is served all day. Bottomless coffee will keep you up until all hours with the convenient self-serve carafe station. Or you can get one of Cafe Brazil’s blended smoothies.

Must try: Quirky pancrepes are the dessert of the breakfast world. Dipped in a cinnamon egg batter and toasted, they are topped with custard.

Cafe Brazil is open 24 hours a day and serves fresh coffee and jaw-dropping dishes like these pancakes.

Kuby’s Sausage House and European Market at Snider Plaza

Kuby’s has been feeding SMU students and many others since 1961. This is the classic German restaurant that old timers return to again and again. It’s almost like taking a quick trip to Kaiserslautern, Germany, where the traditional way of making sausages originated. You could say Kuby’s is an unbroken link to the old country.

Choose from a classic breaded schnitzel or a to-die-for Ruben stuffed to the gills with a third of a pound of corned beef. But you can’t go wrong with the grilled bratwurst, served with German potato salad and fresh sauerkraut.

Must try: For breakfast or as a starter for lunch, it’s Oma’s potato pancakes served with homemade applesauce and sour cream.

Food from Galilee at Snider Plaza

Another proven Snider Plaza winner is Galilee food. It brings Middle Eastern flavors to the Dallas college landscape. Food From Galilee offers truly mouth-watering recipes from all over the Middle East. From Beirut and Jerusalem to Cairo and Amman, food is represented here.

If you ever get past the appetizer portion of the menu, you’ll find classics such as shaved gyros, shawarma, and stuffed cabbage rolls. But the Maza plate is a great intro filled with many of the specialties you crave ― tabbouleh, baba ghannouj, hummus, kubbi, vine leaves and a plate of relish.

Must try: For a study break, come enjoy a piece of handmade pistachio baklava and a bold Middle Eastern coffee.

Shug's Bagels - BLT bagel sandwich with avocado and egg.
Shug’s Bagels BLT Bagel Sandwich with Avocado and Egg is a real meal.

Shug’s Bagel Shop on Mockingbird Lane

You’ll find some of the best bagels in Dallas at Shug’s. You can build your own layered egg sandwich on a soft bagel, or on a deli roll or wrap. Of course, the classic bagel and lox will warm your heart. It is loaded with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers.

Bagels from Shug sells deli meats, spreads, and deli salads by the pound, perfect for stocking your dorm fridge. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s a favorite SMU stop for breakfast and lunch, but if you need bagels after hours, Shug’s does it by also staying open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Must try: Order the BLT with three strips of bacon and add fresh avocado to your bagel sandwich.

Original Chop Shop on Hillcrest

Known for serving healthy bowls and hearty chopped salads, Original Chop Shop is where SMU students go to get their greens. A selection of sandwiches are served on local breads. Or try a custom wrap just the way you like it.

Students are looking for Chop Chop Original for its fresh smoothies and fruit juices too. It’s a meal you can sip in class. The Cool Down with watermelon and pineapple can get you through the fall and the Cold Buster with orange, carrot, ginger and turmeric just might keep you away from the center of health.

Must try: Danish salad tossed with house greens, arugula, smoked almonds, Danish blue cheese and a mix of fruits like pear, apple, blackcurrant and dates in a red wine vinaigrette.

With everyone back on campus, eating well becomes a class of its own. Study.