A large and sprawling suburb spreading from the north and east from the area near White Rock Lake, Garland is affordable, funky, and closer to Dallas than you may realize. Plus, it’s heaven for the budget-conscious foodie.
Distance from Downtown Dallas: 18 miles
Public transportation: DART bus and light rail
Food scene: With a large immigrant population, Garland is a hotbed of affordable cuisine from all over the world. Pho and barbecue are two of the most popular players.
Best local bars: It’s awfully hard to beat the $5 burger and a deliciously dirty martini from Bar Louie when the garage doors are open and there’s a Rangers double header on the TV.
Cost of living: $; One of the most affordable suburbs in the metroplex, Garland offers a great suburban life starter experience for young professionals and those wanting to slowly explore life outside the hectic city.
Local entertainment value vs. going into the city: 3; It should be noted that Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butt-Head, Office Space, King of the Hill, and Silicon Valley, is a Garland native. So if you’ve ever wanted to meet the inspiration for Boomhauer and Dale Gribble, head to any alleyway or sports bar in Garland and grab a cold Alamo beer.