Indian - Mid-Cites or Arlington
I dont know about mid cities, but if you frequent any of the local indian/pakistani grocery stores, and inquire about a good place to eat then some recommendations might come your way.
Richardson & Carrollton are full of places for both pakistani and indian. I wont name any names since i am not aware of what your preference is, meat/less?
If you don't mind a short drive to Irving....which is part of the Mid-Cities in my eyes. I have posted before on all three in Irving so I would search the board.
Taj Chaat Cafe (NEC Rochelle and MacArthur)....a lot of naysayers out there for this place but it is my favorite especially for veg only fare. Freshly prepared and the most authentic in the metroplex.
Pasand (across Belt Line from Irving Mall in the Hooters strip center) has a great variety and good for a large mix of dishes. Has a decent buffet too.
Temptations (SEC of Belt Line and Walnut Hill) has a great buffet but if you want Himalayan dishes they don't start on those until 2 pm. I was quite shocked when I wanted Himalayan for lunch the other day. But the buffet was actually really good and more heavily spiced than most so the flavors are more pronounced.
As navfett mentioned the Pakastani are mostly in Carrollton. I know of three:
BBQ Tonite the areas largest Pakastani restaurant and is quite good.
Al Markaz have never been there but have been told it is very good by several people.
and Tandoor Grill has a limited menu but customizable and very cheap for lunch.
Located on the NW corner of Harwood and Fuller-Weiser in Euless, I cannot vouch for A Taste Of Pakistan in any fashion other than to say I've seen it there for quite a few years. It's in a little (used to be 7-11) strip shopping center, I believe there's an Indian grocery next door and a mosque (sp?) caty-cornered across the street, for what that's worth.
I have Indian neighbors a few houses down, so if I catch them out, I'll see where they go - altho with the days getting shorter and the temps cooler, no one is out much. Perhaps this weekend.
I talked with my neighbor and she said to nix Taste of Pakistan - not that good and not really a restaurant.
She seconded LH's referral to Pasand in Irving commenting on the very good and varied buffet.
A Taste of India just opened in Southlake on Southlake Blvd. She didn't know the cross-street, but said it's in the Kroger shopping center. That would be east of Carroll and west of Kimball.
For "fancy dress up" (her words) - The Clay Pit, but that's in Addison. She also said while Indian, there are a lot of fusion items on the menu.
Reading over this you asked for Arlington but the say you don't want to drive to Arlington? What is your idea of good Indian? Any particular dishes that you are intersted in? Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Korma, Butter Chicken, Chicken 65, Vindaloo, Mattar Paneer, Pakoras, Idli, Dosas, Saag Paneer, etc etc