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CFS, fried okra, etc near Marriott DFW airport?

Shep Huntleigh Jul 14, 2006 03:37 PM

I'm staying at the Marriott DFW Airport next Wednesday night. And a Texan friend (now living in Germany) wrote me that I have to eat: chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, fried okra, biscuits. Optional extras: agua fresca, peach cobbler a la mode and/or buttermilk pecan pie or coconut meringue pie.
Sounds like the kind of down-home meal I'd like. But the only place I know of near the Marriott is a Denny's.
Can anyone help me out?
Shep Huntleigh

  1. irodguy Aug 6, 2006 01:44 AM

    If you want great southern food there is only one really great option. Babe's chicken house, the Carrollton location would be closest.

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      bribeck Aug 5, 2006 07:44 PM

      Joe's Cafe in Irving. Not open except on Friday's for dinner though....good cheap breakfasts and all-american lunches.

      Any of the chain restaurants that have American food will have CFS. Fried okra you'll be more likely to find at a BBQ joint.

      1. TexasToast Jul 25, 2006 11:26 PM

        We got free apple pies at Whataburger once, but that's a story for another time.

        What I was going to suggest, was this odd little (but actually quite large on the inside) place in Southlake called Po Melvins. It's very inexpensive, but very good.


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          Shep Huntleigh Jul 25, 2006 12:06 PM

          Alas, my trip was exhausting and I wound up hotel-bound. Actually, I walked across the highway to a Whataburger, which I'm told is another Texas "experience." It was just fine.

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            Shep Huntleigh Jul 16, 2006 03:34 PM

            Thank you, HalleyP. I appreciate your kindness.

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              MPH Jul 16, 2006 05:31 PM

              Hi Shep,

              I'm hopeful that you can do better than pre-fab CFS from a "decent" chain restaurant like Cotton Patch. You should check out this thread on the best CFS in Dallas:


              One other possibility, also mentioned in the link above, is to find a Tex-Mex/Mexican restaurant that serves a good milanesa. It's not exactly the same, but you could probably get your agua fresca there, too. I'm afraid I don't live in the DFW area, but maybe more local ‘hounds will weigh in with suggestions.

              You know, when I was living in Boston I only managed to find one place (an upscale diner near Franconia in NH) that served a decent CFS. Then I never found that diner again. . .

              Enjoy your trip!

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              HalleyP Jul 15, 2006 08:54 AM

              A lot of those home-cooking dishes are widely available at lunch but not so much at dinnertime.

              Pretty close to the airport is Dixie House Cafe on Airport Freeway in Euless. I think they do dinner only on friday, however. I had a great lunch, featuring most of the things your friend recommends, there this week.

              Do not get sucked into eating at Black-Eyed Pea. That's become very prefab and undistinguished in its advancing chain years.

              There's a place fairly near the airport called Raven Grill at Texas Star golf course. They have some of those dishes and are open in the evening. Another idea is a smallish chain called the Cotton Patch. They might have decent versions of these foods and there are locations near the airport.

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                Shep Huntleigh Jul 14, 2006 03:45 PM

                Forgot to mention that I'm from Boston, where none of these things are generally on the menu.

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