Best Eats Near The Hilltop

As SMU students, we are privileged to be located right next to Snider Plaza, a hub for so many cute shops and lots of great fast-casual restaurants. While we do love Umph and Arnold, but sometimes a good meal from the outside world is just the refreshing pick-me-up you need. Here is a list of some of the most popular places to grab a bite walking distance from campus!

Digg’s Tacos

Digg's Tacos burrito bowl
Delicious burrito bowl from Digg's Photo credit: Digg's Tacos Linked Page

Located right across from Virginia-Snyder Commons, this laid-back restaurant offers Mexican fare with a creative twist. Order anything from tacos, burritos, bowls, and margs; frozen or on the rocks. Popular for any night of the week as well as a break from the boulevard!

Nekter Juice-Bar

Nekter açai bowl.
All the toppings on Nekter's açai bowls. Photo credit:

A favorite among students, this is the place to go for your healthy fruity fix. Nekter provides made-to-order and custimizable açai bowls, juices, and smoothies, as well as pre-made healthy snacks like organic and vegan cookies, brownies, and chia seed puddings.


Dive wrap and plantain chips.
The plantain chips are the best! Photo credit: @dive_dallas

A little further down in Snider Plaza is Dive, a lesser known gem serving health-conscious medditeraniean-inspired fare. Their plantain chips and ice tea bar complete with garnishes are a must try!

The Original ChopShop

ChopShop rice and protein bowl
Fill up on the delicious rice and protein bowls from ChopShop! Photo credit: @origionalchopshop

A personal favorite of mine, ChopShop finally has a location in Dallas and right by SMU! The well-loved chain is a great place to grab lunch between classes with friends or to get some work done. Enjoy fresh and delicious salads, rice bowls, sandwhiches, wraps, juice, smoothies, coffee, and so much more! IMO, ChopShop never dissapoints.


Bubba's store front on Hillcrest.
Bubba's retro-style diner is a blast from the past. Photo credit: Randy Carlisle via

Last but certainly not least is the classic Bubba’s. The retro style diner serves classic southern comfort food, something you can’t go without in Texas. Drop in for a really satisfying meal of fried chicken and mashed potatoes, or biscuits and gravys and cinnamon rolls for breakfast. It is by no means healthy, but everyone needs a cheat day, right?

The list could go on and on, so here are some more honarable mentions: Velvet Taco, Torchy’s Tacos, Penne Pomodoro, East Hampton Sandwhich Co., The Biscuit Bar, Zoe’s Kitchen, Start, and Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.

Maria Ryan

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