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The Tin Cup

Vibe: The Tin Cup Coffee Shop & Deli is an Arlington favorite frequented by UTA students and faculty, office workers and parents pushing strollers. The casual café, tucked into a small strip center near the UTA campus, is a terrific lunch spot for those yearning for lighter fare. Decorated with period antiques, separate rooms allow for conversation, a place to catch up on reading or paperwork if dining solo, and for small group get-togethers. The Carney family opened The Tin Cup five in 2003 and has gained a loyal clientele with their friendly service and good food.

Why it's tot-friendly: While moms and dads enjoy the Tin Cup’s creative sandwich offerings and signature soups and salads, the young’ns can nibble on Billy The Kid – a traditional PBJ on white; The OK Corral, turkey on white; or the Cisco Kid, a tried-and-true grilled cheese. Kid meals are a parent-pleasing $1.99. With its casual atmosphere and laid-back attitude, the place is very family friendly and “brings you back to a simpler time,” just like the menu says.

Be sure to try: Inspiring combinations make Tin Cup fare much more than your average, garden-variety sandwiches. Try The Texan, featuring grilled chicken, mozzarella, chives, tomato and chipotle mayo on grilled panini bread. Or check out the Sweet Clementine—ham or turkey, cream cheese, walnuts and caramel apples, grilled on rye. Sandwiches are served with potato sticks and home-baked mini cookies. Be sure to try the restaurant’s refreshing blueberry tea.

Good to know: The Tin Cup also offers catering services – great for meetings and parties. An assorted sandwich platter for 20 is $39.99. A gallon of blueberry tea is $6.50 and Nana Puddin’ for dessert is $13.99.

Best times to go with kids: The Tin Cup is billed as a coffee shop, as well, so stop by on the way to work for a cup of java or to try the grilled hot ham and cheese croissant. Because the restaurant is not open for dinner, arrive before the 4pm closing. Peak lunch times are busy, but the order line moves quickly.

Updated on 1/25/13