After a rushed day of traveling, sometimes all you need a is a good, hearty, sit-down meal with friends or family. Fortunately, DFW has several spots that offer just that. If you’re ready for some good eatin’ (and don’t mind being rolled out of the restaurant, full and happy) read on.
Step into Babe’s at any point and there will either be: a) Waitresses dancing to the Hokey Pokey or b) Tons of people waiting to sink their teeth in to a big, family-style meal. The whole gist of Babe’s is how the orders are taken. First, you get your pick of either fried chicken, chicken fried steak or chicken strips (more options vary by location). Then you get creamed corn, green beans, creamy mashed potatoes and a giant mountain of chicken that’s so big your three-year-old could hide behind the stack.
The fact that this place has a dish called Crack-a-Roni (aka the ultimate macaroni and cheese) which features a three-truffled macaroni and cheese puts them high on this list. A quirky, cute and quaint sandwich, burger and salad shop just outside of downtown Arlington, Fork in The Road packs tons of creative flavors into all of their regular menu items on top of their many daily specials. Another delicious option that’s also sure to put you in a content food coma is the Nickel G.C., a four-cheesed grilled cheese with cheddar, provolone, Swiss, smoked Gouda and feta on sourdough.
I’ll admit, I love a good DIY burger joint. And Mixed Up Burgers is famous for taking all the good things about a burger and combining them into one packed patty. Their most popular burgers include the Jethro, Irish Nacho and Ring of Fire, which turns things up a notch with jalapeños, bacon, pepper-jack cheese mixed with homemade queso topped with onion rings and drizzled with Mixed Up’s trademark “Ass-Kicker Sauce.”
On the corner of Ross and Greenville sits the former gas-station-turned restaurant Pints and Quarts. Known in its neighborhood for hot dogs and burgers, you can’t go wrong with the giant, Vietnamese-styled Banh Mi Dog with daikon and carrot swirls, cucumber and Saigon-infused flavors you don’t want to put down. Plus, the ‘on-the-fry’ menu portions are large, so if you are coming for the main attraction, share fries if need be.
Poor Richard’s is a Plano staple; it’s also the oldest restaurant in the city since its inception over forty years ago. Here you’ll find tons of hearty breakfast and lunch items, but our hearts are with “Poor Richard’s Eggs” on the breakfast menu. Expect three 3 eggs (your style) over seasoned, chopped home fries, melted cheddar, ham, onions with a side of toast or a biscuit. Excuse me, I am salivating just writing this. Other favorites include the Waffle & Chicken Tenders and the Benedict Combo.