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Billadelphia's - An Authentic Philly Cheesesteak in DFW

QueenB Dec 30, 2006 12:11 AM

I am so thrilled. As a Philly-area native, I thought I'd left my beloved cheesesteak 1500 miles away. Fortunately, I was wrong.

In the midst of a downpour, Mr. B made the trek to Billadelphia's in Euless (or Bedford, they all kind of just run into each other out here). He ordered a cheesesteak with American and mushrooms for me and a steak with onions, mushrooms and hots for himself. To be honest, I didn't expect much. Again, fortunately, I was wrong.

Mr. B said that when he picked up the steaks, he told the counterperson that he was taking this home to a native, and she'd be judging their product by what she knew. Her response? "We have nothing to fear."

She was right. They didn't.

This was an authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak. Not to sound gross, but the Philly steak has a certain amount of grease. When Mr. B came home and took the steaks out of the bag, the wrappers had grease spots. That was the first good sign. The meat was chopped fine and was tender. The cheese was combined in with the meat and melted. The roll was soft and fluffy, and soaked up the grease and juice of the steak. I could have gone either way on the 'shrooms, but they aren't what makes the cheesesteak. Mr. B's was just as good.

According to their menu: http://www.bestcheesesteaks.com/chees...
they have Amoroso rolls, along with the other Philly items, shipped in weekly for their sandwiches. Some Philadelphians decry Amoroso's as a good cheesesteak roll (prefering something more crusty), but it's the brand I grew up with and it's what I prefer.

Your cheesesteak can come with a variety of cheeses, including American, Provolone, Mozz and Wiz. You can also get sweet or hot peppers, mayo, ketchup, mustard, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, onions and sauce to top it all off.

Billadelphia's also offers hoagies (subs), chicken cheesesteaks, burgers, dogs, pork roll sandwiches, panzarotti and scrapple (yes!) sandwiches. They offer fries, onion rings, poppers, chips and mozzarella sticks as sides. Also available are Philly specialties such as soft pretzels, TastyKakes, Goldenberg's Peanut Chews and Italian Water Ice.

I don't believe they have indoor seating, so it's pretty much grab and go. They may have a table or two outside, for when it isn't raining.

Will I be back? Oh, heck yes. And next time, hopefully it won't be raining, and I can spend some time chatting with the folks there to find out a little more about the business. I'm also ordering a cheesesteak hoagie (steak, American cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion and sweets) to see how they fare with that. I'm thinking they'll do it up just fine.

Until then, I highly recommend you make the trek out to Bedford, in the mid-cities by DFW Airport and check out Billadelphia's for the true Philly Cheesesteak experience.

Take it from a native...you won't regret it.

Billadelphia's (the building is not marked as this
)4105 Airport Fwy
Industrial Blvd Exit (Hwy 157) off I-183
Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 684-8607

  1. vktp Dec 30, 2006 02:16 AM

    Thanks for the report! My friend who just moved back from Philly will be glad to hear this.

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      Raynickben Dec 30, 2006 07:48 PM

      Thanks QueenB! I'm from South Jersey and I miss that food more than you know. I've had to ship my Tastykakes and Goldenberg Chews in so that is an added bonus. Go Eagles!

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        QueenB Dec 30, 2006 08:48 PM

        You're welcome, hope you enjoy!

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          irodguy Dec 31, 2006 01:49 AM

          Yep but living in Plano Freds is pretty darn good philly. Not only that but the cleanliness of lack there of is quite authentic.

          That being said, I think my office is doing a road trip to Euless on Tuesday.

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            adkim Jan 18, 2007 07:31 PM

            irodguy, what did you think of billadelphia's vs. fred's?

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          hobbes405 Jan 4, 2007 02:17 AM

          Glad to hear about this one. I've been trying to find a good cheesesteak in DFW for a while. Fred's didn't do it for me.

          Is the American cheese yellow or white? Is there a difference other than color between the two?

          A Delaware Subs recently opened in Fort Worth but I haven't made it out there yet. It was a staple when I lived in Austin. I'm not from Philadelphia, but it sounds the same except for the soft vs. crusty bread.

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            gavlist Jan 4, 2007 02:52 AM

            white! American cheese is white! Yellow is cheese food product :)

            Speaking of subs (sorry if this should warrant a new post)... I really like Jersey Mike's subs (there's one on Greenville north of Lover's).

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              hhshames Oct 20, 2007 12:59 PM

              They tried to convince me that their cheesesteaks were the real deal and better than the ones in Philly, because they made their own rolls. That is where their problem lies. And yes, American is white if you want something yellow get wiz.

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              QueenB Jan 4, 2007 05:28 PM

              The American cheese is white...the only way it should be! :-) I don't believe there is any difference but color.
              The Wiz will be yellow though...the only way THAT should be.

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                hhshames Oct 20, 2007 01:08 PM

                Did you end up trying the cheesesteak hoagie? I've always been a huge fan.

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                  QueenB Oct 21, 2007 06:32 AM

                  I did, and I won't get it again. As far as I'm concerned, even in the Philly suburbs, only a few places get a cheesesteak hoagie right. It was too dry.

                  When I eat a cheesteak hoagie, it needs to be a ten-napkin sandwich! :-)

            3. irodguy Jan 19, 2007 12:27 AM

              We got side tracked on our last attempt. We are trying again next week weather permitting. My coworker did make it and thought it was far closer to the joints he is used to in New Jersey, Philly etc.

              We are planning on doing a mass order from the office and bringing it back here. I office at 190 & North Dallas Tollway, we find that it's about 20 minutes to hurst, so not a bad trip back and forth to pick up a feast.

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                gavlist Jan 19, 2007 03:50 PM

                don't get fries - although the cheesesteaks travel well, the fries get really soggy and unpleasant. I recommend chips (and some Peanut Butter KandyKakes for dessert).

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                  irodguy Jan 19, 2007 04:26 PM

                  Thanks good point. Will just get some fries to munch on the way back to the office, chips for everybody else :-)

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                    adkim Jan 19, 2007 06:00 PM

                    I went there yesterday for lunch. Good cheesteak. The 'spicy fries' were GD horrible! Way too salty and overspiced.

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                      QueenB Jan 19, 2007 08:32 PM

                      Now I know not to get fries. Thanks! I'll stick with the cheesesteaks for sure. And a TastyKake for dessert.

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                      hhshames Oct 20, 2007 01:00 PM

                      Are there buttersctoch krimpets?

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                        Pig of Plunder Dec 15, 2008 08:58 PM

                        omg I had to haul home 30 boxes of those from my brother's wedding - along with the 200 lbs of scrapple and pork roll...what a nightmare, drove home from Jersey with more than I left here with! But it made Dad happy, so I guess it was worth it - he's finished off the butterscotch krimpets and pork roll, still has some scrapple in the freezer. And in Jacksonville, Texas of all places - the super walmart here sold tastycakes for about three weeks right before halloween - mostly the seasonal stuff but they did have some of the butterscotch krimpets - bought all they had and took them to Dad. Wish they would start selling them all the time!

                  2. amkirkland Jan 19, 2007 08:46 PM

                    Is this that stand alone building along the freeway? I see it everytime i come home (TX expat in Phoenix... returning soon!) and want to try it out, but cheesesteaks are so hit or miss.

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                      QueenB Jan 20, 2007 03:57 PM

                      Yes it is.

                    2. adkim Jan 19, 2007 09:26 PM

                      yes. the one at 157 and 183. good cheesesteak. did not 'wow' me though.

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                        snatex Jan 27, 2007 04:19 PM

                        Wow. That was amazing. Best cheesesteak I've ever had. Worth the trip.

                        My kids and dad shared a Panzarotti which was pretty interesting too. It was a folded up pizza that I think was deep fried quickly. Not healthy, but yummy.

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                          Raynickben Jan 28, 2007 10:48 AM

                          Are you serious? They have panzarotti???!!!! I have to go now, distance be damned.

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                            QueenB Jan 28, 2007 01:47 PM

                            They have cheese panzarotti with your choice of extras if you want: pepperoni, sausage, ham, meatball, mushroom, philly steak, chicken, spinach, pineapple, onions, sweet or hot cherry peppers.

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                              Luca1500 Jul 26, 2007 05:56 PM

                              Just got back from the new store on Collins in Arlington, Fair is the best I can give it. Sorry no dice! Not the same as a real Philly. The closest I have had was at Nathens at the Luxor in Vegas last week. ordered with cheese and onion and pepers and it was as close as I have come to Oregon Street steaks in Philly.
                              Good luck .

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                                kindofabigdeal Jul 28, 2007 07:15 AM

                                I'll admit I was not impressed either. I've never had a real philly, but if that's what it was I much prefer fakes.

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                                  gavlist Jul 28, 2007 08:52 AM

                                  a friend of mine also tried the Arlington location and was unimpressed, despite that he loves the one in Bedford. Strange, because I thought that the owner himself was working the new location... and all of the supplies are probably from the same source. Maybe training the new employees is going slowly. Anyway, the Bedford location is definitely the real deal... so if you don't like those, then you can forget about making a pilgrimage to Philly :)

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                                    kindofabigdeal Jul 28, 2007 05:39 PM

                                    It must have been an off day or something, because it just tasted plain, not bad or off. just plain.

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                                      QueenB Jul 30, 2007 06:05 AM

                                      KOABD, it just may not be to your liking. I find that a lot of cheesesteak places underseason their steak. But in reality, a cheesesteak is a plain thing...cheese, onions, steak, roll. A healthy sprinkle of black pepper never hurts.

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                            kkak97 Jul 29, 2007 11:55 AM

                            Thanks for the report. I frequently drive by there and always wondered if they were any good. Next time I'll definitely stop by.

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                              texeater Aug 4, 2007 06:23 AM

                              What happened? Billadelphias in Bedford was were to go for a great sandwich. I stopped there yesterday. Although it was a Friday and 2 others were before me, I think to wait 20 minutes for food is ridiculous. The quality has sure gone down. I was there 2 weeks ago and had my #2 combo of sandwich, fries and a drink in about 5 minutes. What happened to the staff, everyone working was different?
                              I will have to give them another shot but I must say, I hope things improve.

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                                Phillyfan1 Sep 11, 2007 06:14 PM

                                Well, I finally made it to the Arlington location and my first reaction was WOW.
                                By the looks of the Philly icons on the walls, I got excited as soon as I walked in the door. Liked the Men's bathroom, that was neat.
                                But, then came the food. Do they stew their steak? It was a rubbery mess, not much flavor. Staff did not seem very friendly either. I gave both the Billadelphia locations a shot now. And I must say 2 big Thumbs DOWN!!!!!
                                What other locations can offer me a great or at least a good cheesesteak, Serious replys only.

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                                  gavlist Sep 12, 2007 01:53 PM

                                  well, Pf1, all I can say is that your experiences have been completely different from mine... although I haven't been in a couple of months. I Seriously hope that we just have different taste, because it would make me very sad if Billadelphia has become as bad as you make it sound.

                                  The only alternative that's worth checking is Fred's Downtown Philly - they're in Plano. Also good. Not quite as good as Billadelphia is (or was) but that's splitting hairs. They're both pretty equivalent relative to the alternatives. Fred's refuses to use wiz, which makes me happy :)

                                  please report on your experience if you give it a try.

                                  1. re: Phillyfan1
                                    adkim Sep 13, 2007 10:07 AM

                                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/353144

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                                      mistyp0523 Dec 29, 2008 09:39 AM

                                      I lived in Philly for a summer when I was 19 and was on a mission for about a year after returning to Dallas to find a cheesesteak that resembled something up north. After trying a number of them around the area, I finally decided that New England Cheesesteak Co., located in North Dallas (perhaps Plano) at the intersection of Coit & Park Blvd. is the best. Note that I have not tried Billadelphia's, and noting its location, I won't ever try it, but I found New England Cheesesteak Co. to be as close to the real deal as is offered around here. They also have wings as a side (and they are spicy and heavy on the vinegar, just as I like), which I almost always ordered as a side when in Philly. They also have cheese fries, but the way they are made in Philly, with some slices of white American cheese melted over them. And of course, they have TastyKakes (even though I've never understood the fuss). And hoagies and stuff like that too. I haven't been there in probably 2-3 years, so it may be closed, but I sure hope not. One of these days I'll make the trip up there and chat with the owner (who used to just start cooking my order as soon as I walked in) and order a cheesesteak again.

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                                        irodguy Dec 29, 2008 01:41 PM

                                        They were indeed the bomb, but closed a year or two ago after trying to expand. The monster expansion loans got them.

                                        In Plano is Fred's Downtown Philly. It's compares with everything in town.

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                                          Plano Rose Dec 30, 2008 12:12 PM

                                          First off. I've never been to Philly so know nothing of authenticity. BUT I have been to Fred's Downtown Philly. I really like the cheesesteak sub at Covino's better. And it comes with pasta salad. Try it, irod, and report back.

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                                            irodguy Dec 31, 2008 04:40 PM

                                            Hum I don't remember ever having the Cheesesteak @ Convino's. I will try check it out next week. I don't have the normal cheesestake @ Fred's but rather have the #18 which is a mix of steak & sausage.

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                                  kindofabigdeal Aug 11, 2007 08:31 PM

                                  I gave it another chance. This was at the arlington location. Very different experience. Everything was much better and much fresher. This had at least 2x the meat of my previous one. The cook explained to me that Bill's brother was running the Euless location for a while and apparently doing things poorly. I would still prefer the meat more seasoned, but I guess I can take care of that at the table. I definitely plan to return now.

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                                    Phillyfan1 Aug 27, 2007 11:25 AM

                                    As a new transplant to Texas I had heard that there was a place to get real Philly cheesesteaks down here. I was so excited!! I looked it up and went to the one in Bedford. I have to say that I was disappointed. The cheese wasn't melted and the sandwich left an after taste. It seemed just like all the oher "fakes" out there. I guess I'll just have to find some place else to get the real deal.

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                                      kindofabigdeal Aug 27, 2007 01:19 PM

                                      Try out the Arlington one, and out of curiousity, how do you feel about cheez whiz?

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                                        Phillyfan1 Aug 30, 2007 10:13 AM

                                        koabd-I like cheese whiz but I much prefer american. To me it gives a good flavor!(or so it should have!) I will have to try the Arlington one to see if it any better. Thanks

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                                          Phillyfan1 Sep 7, 2007 05:38 PM

                                          I tried the Arlington location and I must say besides the Philly memorabilia all over the place it still didn't taste like home. It had the same funky after taste and I also agree it was too soggy. I'll have to give Jersey Mike's a try. Is he actually from the Philly area?

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                                          adkim Aug 27, 2007 01:34 PM

                                          Try Jersey Mike's. It's a chain that sells subs, but their cheesteak is by far the best (non gourmet) I have had in Dallas. I gave multiple tries to Billadelphia's and I just can't enjoy it as much as I do Jersey Mike's. My main distraction with Billadelphia's is that they don't cook their beef long enough to get the moisture out. The meat seems like it was stewed; just too soggy for my liking. The Amarosa roll is alright, but I prefer a softer roll.

                                          6550 MacArthur
                                          Irving, TX 75039
                                          (972) 556- 0900

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                                            QueenB Aug 29, 2007 07:25 AM

                                            Perhaps the Bedford location is going downhill...which makes me kind of sad.

                                          2. jaime24g Sep 1, 2007 10:36 AM

                                            I have frequented the Collins location 3 times and the cheesesteak is always very consistant with the flavor of the meat, which is well seasoned....The meat is juicy but not excessive. I went to this location on Thursday and to my surprise they were giving away free beer while the Cowboys game was on. I dont know if this is going to be the norm (most likely not) but it sure is worth another shot.

                                            1. ErinTulane Sep 3, 2007 03:11 PM

                                              Oh.My.God. We will drive from Dallas for this in a heartbeat! A wiz wit' on an amoroso roll! NICE!

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                                                BellaDonna Sep 9, 2007 06:26 PM

                                                We tried the Arlington location tonight and was not at all impressed. We split a Cheesesteak with wiz and onions and mushrooms. Sandwich ended up being a little too soggy the last few bites. We also had chili cheese fries which were decent.

                                                Nizza Pizza makes a better Philly cheesesteak.

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                                                  hhshames Oct 20, 2007 01:06 PM

                                                  please don't call it a philly cheesesteak. there is and will only be one cheesesteak and it originated in philly, but we don't call it a philly cheesesteak. I have never ordered a cheesesteak and people asked philly or...?

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                                                Pig of Plunder Dec 15, 2008 08:50 PM

                                                My Dad grew up in Philly and has been stuck with my Mom in Texas for over 40 years now. I grew up having to listen to him go on and on about Habbersett's scrapple, Taylor's pork roll, and cheesesteaks on Amoroso rolls. Never having been to Philly I blew much of this off as nostalgia...but last time we were headed to the VA hospital we stopped by there and Dad hasn't been so happy in a long time - the cheesesteaks (grease and all) were close enough to the real thing that he ate it without much complaint - and he doesn't do anything without complaining at his age! We also got some scrapple and pork roll shipped in - Billadelphia's is awesome! Any natives that are down here and missing Philly food should stop in - maybe it was the 40 years making the heart grow fonder, but I think this place actually may be getting it right! (Rusk, TX - yes, we drive 200 miles to get cheesesteaks)

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                                                  CocoaNut Dec 16, 2008 08:01 AM

                                                  Admittedly, I wouldn't know cheesesteak authenticity if it were handed to me on the proverbial platter, but I know what I like and don't. About 1/2 mile south of Billadelphia's on 157 (west side of street) is NYPD Pizza and Subs - which is reportedly pretty good on all counts. Their cheeses and meats (Boar's Head) are sliced fresh on site; the rolls are light, soft and airy. I think I remember hearing that NY and Philly cheesesteaks vary in style, so this may not even be a candidate - but like I said, I'm no authority.

                                                  Myself, I've had the cheesesteak and found it to be bland, although very generous with moist meat - which happened to have the peppers and onion minced in together with it. Overall, it was kind of a weird consistency thing for me, but perhaps that's the real deal. It also annoyed me that this "mixture" had been pre-made in quantity and was scooped into the roll upon me ordering.

                                                  The next time I went, I ordered the Italian beef. While also a generous serving, it too was bland - missing the alleged spiciness in the au jus. But renamed to a French Dip, it was excellent - served on a widish, slightly toasted roll that was light and airy, alongside a dish of NOT over-salted au jus. Pretty tasty.

                                                  It might be worth a stop in to check out....... or not......
                                                  http://www.nypddeli.com/index.html

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                                                    Brad2 Dec 26, 2008 07:46 PM

                                                    I lean more towards Billadelphia for the cheesesteak. The NYPD deli's cheesesteak doesn't do it for me. On the other hand, I go to NYPD any time I want a sub. Good quality meats and cheeses (Boar's Head, as noted). The Soprano is my sub of choice.

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                                                      ibobi Dec 30, 2008 06:03 AM

                                                      I have to agree (off the subject I know) that the Soprano from NYPD ranks as one of my favorite sandwiches off all time. I work near the airport and when we are busy someone will run down and get a bag of sandwiches. I always get the Soprano. I have yet to try one at the shop.....always take out. That tells you right there how good it is. Sometime I will try one fresh out of the kitchen. As for Biladelphias.....I have tried it and thought it was ok. I have nothing to compare it to as I have never been to Philly. Would not make a special trip to go there.....I would drive some distance to go to NYPD tho. One more thing....How does Texadelphia stay in business???? I have given them a couple of shots at different locations and I just don't get it. Peace out.

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                                                    CocoaNut Dec 23, 2008 11:23 AM

                                                    After reading this post last week, a friend and I went to the Arlington location for a cheese steak. I have to say I was dissappointed due to the meat being dry and having an "old" taste, the taste likely attributable to the grill needing a scrape down as opposed to less than fresh meat. Giving Billadelphia the benefit of the doubut, that would be my guess anyway. I'll definitely give the cheesesteak another try on a different day - probably at the Bedford location next time.

                                                    A few days later, I decided to try the Italian hogie at the Bedford location. Made with American ham, Capacola, salami and provolone, dressed with the usual suspects of lettuce, tomato, onion, oil/vinegar, hot or sweet peppers - this was a big sandwich with big taste. My opionion: the capacola is the winning star.

                                                    As others have mentioned, the Amoroso rolls are soft and tender, but certainly sturdy enough to hold their own with the sandwich fillings - which are amply supplied. You won't finish one of these sandwiches and still be hungy. The chips.... well, I didn't really find anything special with them.

                                                    My biggest surprises were the TastyKakes and the Birch Beer. I thought the cakes would be just another "twinkie", but these little gems are moist and rich. A must-get as dessert. I also thought the BB was one of hundreds of Root Beer brands. But found that BB is made from the bark of birch trees, unlike RB which is made from sassafras. While still tasting like a cousin of RB, BB is enough different and sweeter and reddish colored, that you wouldn't mistake it for the "root" variety of "beer".

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                                                      CocoaNut Mar 14, 2009 04:08 PM

                                                      The Collins location in Arlington has closed.

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                                                        jaime24g Mar 25, 2009 02:08 PM

                                                        It closed down? Cant believe it closed down. He was thinking it would pick up during football season last year but apparently I guess it did not. He was also hoping the new Cowboys stadium would bring in more business but I guess we wont find out. Sad to see this one leave. I will have to drive north for the other location.

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                                                          CocoaNut Mar 25, 2009 03:14 PM

                                                          I asked about it when I went to the Bedford loc last weekend. Was told the building (leased space) was in need of repairs which were unresolved by the building owner.

                                                          The drive-thru/walk-up Bedford location continues to thrive and survive.

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                                                            QueenB Apr 24, 2009 03:47 PM

                                                            Yep, the Bedford location will stay in business.

                                                            BTW, I recently asked them to cook the fries "extra crispy" and they were amazing.

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