Spend less than $10 on a variety of Italian dishes, including a cheesy and fresh tasting cheese pizza, appealing spaghetti and ravioli, or pasta with lobster that blows away anything you can get at one of the locally available chains. Very adequate beer and wine selection. Go during the week for a perfect low-key, romantic date or for a family dinner that will hold the kids' interest. Great staff, local feel.
It's open 24 hours a day, and the best place if you're on the downswing from some Saturday night partyin'. Authentic Mexican food, around $7 for a burrito.
Excellent traditional Tex-Mex with two restaurants around the North Texas area, considered a local favorite of Garland and other cities around Dallas.
Garland is a suburb of Dallas, and hence much of its activities are hubbed around Dallas, especially Northeast Dallas, as well as adjoining suburbs, Mesquite (Texas), Rockwall and Richardson (Texas). At the same time, Garland abounds in self-sufficiency. The fact that you have to drive to Dallas to get to a club with some real action or visit the museum is generally viewed as a feature by the locals; on the one hand, Garland lends itself to an uncluttered existence, but on the other hand, if you do want to do that stuff, Dallas and all its urban delights is just down the road.