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Jul 14, 2006 03:37 PM

CFS, fried okra, etc near Marriott DFW airport?

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

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

    1. 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.

      1. Thank you, HalleyP. I appreciate your kindness.

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        1. re: Shep Huntleigh

          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!

        2. 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.

          1. 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.