March 27

3 Cheap But Tasty Eats Around the UNT Campus

College towns typically have a large selection of restaurants serving delicious food. Denton, Texas, is no different. Students at the University of North Texas enjoy quality meals at an affordable price, whether it’s for a late-night study session, a weekend outing, or a special occasion.

  1. Rooster’s Roadhouse

Step inside Rooster’s Roadhouse, and you’ll immediately see it’s a fun, casual spot to enjoy superb BBQs and burgers. If redneck pub grub is your thing, this is the right place. Choose from their appetizers, including bean and chopped brisket queso, pulled pork nachos, Rooster Tails (beer-battered onion rings), or a “Hell Burger” so spicy it’s only sold to 18 and up with a signed waiver!

A selection of healthy salads is available for your main course, but most people come for one of the sandwich baskets, served with house-made potato chips. Their hamburger selections range from a basic cheeseburger to the huge triple-decker King Brisket Burger. The menu also features BBQ favorites such as the brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, and the meat lover’s Pit Sandwich, which includes brisket, pulled pork, and smoked sausage. Save room for dessert — it’s served in a jelly jar.

  1. El Matador Restaurant

If the south-of-the-border flavor is what you crave, visit El Matador Restaurant. Their menu includes a variety of nacho plates, from the most basic nachos and cheese to the loaded sour cream and chicken nachos or fajita nachos. Speaking of fajitas, try a sizzling order of bell peppers, onions, rice, and Tex-Mex toppings with your choice of chicken, beef, shrimp, or all three. Specialty entrees include carne asada, shrimp kabob, and chile Relleno.

Every Tex-Mex restaurant serves a selection of tacos, and El Matador has a great variety. Choose a traditional crispy taco, shredded beef taco, or an open-face corn-tortilla street taco with fresh toppings. If you’re vegetarian, plenty of options won’t leave you hungry. There are a few delicious salads on the menu and several meal-worthy entrees, including the vegetarian quesadilla, bean tostadas, vegetarian enchiladas, and more.

  1. Salata

Vegans, vegetarians, and anyone who wants to eat healthy food will enjoy a visit to Salata. This restaurant, which has over 75 locations throughout the U.S., including Denton, offers salads and wraps you can customize any way you like. Start with a base, such as spinach, romaine lettuce, or the specialty Salata Mix. Then, add any of their 30 available vegetables. Add cheese or nuts, fruit, and protein (meat, seafood, or tofu), and top it off with one of their 12 delicious dressings. If you choose a wrap, there’s no need to settle for a boring flour tortilla; they have Thai ginger, Texas BBQ, Cool Cucumber, and more. You’ll love the opportunity to eat clean, knowing their ingredients are responsibly sourced and chopped fresh daily.

These are just a few restaurants in Denton near the UNT Campus. If you’re visiting the area, take some time to explore the many options for tasty eats — there’s something for everyone.


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