It’s back-to-school season, which for college students usually means new roommates, new classes, new professor, and one age-old question: To what restaurants should you flee when you need a break from your studies?
Certainly no one can live on dining hall food alone.
For those attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, the options are especially bounteous – and ever expanding; even for those who’ve long since left behind the classroom, the University area is one of the city’s most vibrant dining areas. Along Berry Street, there are such stalwarts as Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Café Brazil and Perrotti’s Pizza. Just north of campus, you’ll find the higher-end Silver Fox Steakhouse (note to students: get your parents to take you’re here when they come for a visit.)
And smack in the middle of campus on University Drive is a strip of restaurants that includes Buffalo Bros. Pizza, Wings & Subs, Dutch’s Hamburgers, and a newcomer to the scene, Sol de Luna, a Venezuelan-Mexican fusion restaurant that opened earlier this month.
Sol de Luna is the brainchild of Frank Sigala, a recent TCU graduate who grew up in Venezuela. Located in the space formerly occupied by Red Cactus, the interior is painted in warm hues of orange, blue and green – making for an inviting, festive space. There’s also an outdoor patio section.
The counter-service menu features both the Tex-Mex staples, alongside traditional South American fare fare, such as arepas (a kind of corn cake served here stuffed with meat, cheese, pico de gallo and lettuce) and tostones (fried plantain slices) On the night we visited, we tried the avocado chicken taco place – the avocado is mashed and blended with the shredded chicken – and the vegetable fajitas. Accompanied by sides of beans (black or pinto, refried or whole) and rice), both dishes were fresh and brightly flavored – and more than we could finish. The prices for most of the entrees are under $10, perfect if you're a college student (or if you majored in English in college and don't have a whole lot of disposable income as an adult).
Sol de Luna is still waiting on its liquor license, so no beer, wine or margaritas just yet. On the other hand, the restaurant does feature its own coffee bar, just inside the front entrance (the beans are from South and Central America, natch). The restaurant opens each day at 7 a.m., making this an equally viable option for breakfast (we’re eager to sample the migas on next visit), lunch, dinner, or a caffeine-fueled mid-afternoon study jag.
It’s almost enough to make you wish you were a college student again – or at least make me wonder if my mother and father would like to take me out to dinner tonight.