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Jun 16, 2008 09:47 AM

Greasy Spoon - Dallas/Ft. Worth

I am going to be in the area for a week and I am looking for old or iconic restaurants, greasy spoons or what have you where I can eat good old fashion home cooking like a hot turkey sandwich, good burgers, etc. An old interior that hasn't changed since the pre-cambrian days is icing on the cake. Such places must exist!


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  1. Original Market Diner on Market St and Harry Hines 4434 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219 - 214-521-0992 should fit that bill. Everything from a bowl of red beans and cornbread to turkey and dressing.

    1. Try J's in Addison. it's not 100 years old - but it's been there for 20. The waitresses are smart asses, the food is awesome and low priced (they only take cash, by the way).

      1. Another good place is Mama's Daughter's Diner. There are three locations, but I've only tried the one on Irving Blvd:

          1. re: BluffViewChound

            Either Mama's Daughter or the Mecca. Mecca has awesome breakfasts, and Mama's Daughter has totally amazing pies!

            1. re: ChristieP

              If you are looking for greasy spoon that classic old school you cannot go wrong with either Mecca or mama's daughter but are in the same general area of town off harry hines blvd. Both are breakfast and lunch places not open for dinner, not that you would really want to be in that neighborhood after dark.

              1. re: irodguy

                What's funny about the Mecca is 25 years ago my partner and I used to eat there on a regular basis with several of our sales people. She being the sales manager would always start talking deals, I would have to stop her since most of our competition was also there eating. I was quite the haven in the day for telecom people. It was in fact old and dumpy 25 years ago. It's a classic if there ever was one.

            2. re: BluffViewChound

              2nd the Mecca. It was old and dumpy in a good way 20 years ago.

            3. When I think greasy and old in Dallas I immediately think of Keller's:
              Keller's Drive-In
              6537 E. Northwest Highway
              One of the last pure drive-ins left, Keller's Hamburgers has been serving burgers since 1965.
              Hamburgers are served with a slice of onion, a slice of a special "Keller" tomato, pickles and mustard. And it is authentic, you can even get a sixer to drink in your car will you eat your burger.