Dairy-ette Is Like Stepping Back to 1956, Only Not as Uptight and Boring

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(This week, Cheap Bastard hits Dairy-ette (9785 Ferguson Road, 214-327-9983) and finds something better than Sonic and Whataburger. For that kind of digging, we're thinking of moving her to investigations.)

Ceiling leaks: 2 (size large)
People actually reading the whole newspaper: 3

Dairy-ette is like a Sonic. Only better. Their burgers taste like Whataburger burgers. Only better. Basically, everything about dining at Dairy-ette is exactly one million times better than dining at a Sonic or Whataburger. (Whatever, I did the research. I know math. These are hard-hitting facts.)

When you order food at a Sonic, if someone calls you "sweetheart," it sounds false. In fact, in most Dallas restaurants, a server calling me "sweetheart" is likely to get an uppercut to the boob. But in the Dairy-ette, when you order a cheeseburger and a side of onion rings with a Coke, and the nice lady at the counter says, "Sure thing, sweetheart," it feels so right that for a second you think maybe that's your actual real name and your whole life you've been living this "[Whatever your stupid name usually is]" bullshit lie.

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My cheeseburger was good (thin patty burger, but still big, Whataburger-style) and the onion rings tasted better than making out with Tinker Bell feels. The food here gets to your table when it gets to your table. Everybody's smiling, nobody's rushing. And, it's nice. When you walk in the door, it's like they do some Jedi mind trick with calm-the-fuck-down-ed-ness in it. Every person here is reading a paper, or having an actual conversation with the person sitting across the table (whether they know that person or not).

Dairy-ette opened in 1956 and from the looks of the place, it hasn't changed much since then. Unlike many Dallas restaurants, the Dairy-ette isn't trying to be something it's not. There's not one piece of décor in there that was added ironically. Nobody was like, "Ooh, you know what we should do? We should have a leaky ceiling so people know it's cool here." It's not trying to be cool. It just is cool. It's the Johnny Depp of burger joints. (That means that Sonic is Scott Stapp, BTW.)

The Dairy-ette burger is everything your face wants when you tell it you're getting it burgers for lunch. Go there. Just remember to bring your cash. Dairy-ette didn't take credit cards when it opened in 1956 and it sure as shit doesn't take them now, either. Gotta preserve that time capsule.

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Dairy-Ette

9785 Ferguson Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Nunya
Nunya

Thanks for ruining Sonic for me. More celebrity analogies, please. DQ? In 'N Out? Taco Bueno? Weinerschnitzel?

Eggfuyoung
Eggfuyoung

What, next you're gonna start dogging' on Stryper, or something?

Missmaei
Missmaei

oh memories, when I went to Bishop Lynch in the mid 70's many was the time we ditched church, pep rally's, tests what have you to frequent this place. I'm glad they are still kickin'

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

It is also has car hop service with the real deal window trays !

Old School boys and girls...not madison avenue phony.

cp
cp

Love LOVE LOVE Dairy-ette! And why on earth did you get some of their famous root beer????

cp
cp

not get, even. 

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

I'm allergic.

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Really? That's crazy. Full on bad allergic reaction or a bunch of sneezing kind of allergic reaction? I bet sneezing up root beer would burn. 

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Heres a suggestion Alice, hit Hav-R Charburger over in Duncanville, its on clark rd, makes a damn fine burger :)

Mandi0808
Mandi0808

The DE is good, but Del's in Richardson is way better!

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I love Dairy-Ette, they make the best root beer around...Alice, im ashamed of you, not pursuing the root beer float...;)

Mavdog
Mavdog

you had a coke, rather than their house made root beer in a frosty mug?

there's a good reason for you to go back.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

AL,what was the price of your combo? I need to make sure I have enough change in my car to pay for my meal. Silly me, I rarely carry cash. Is the patty chargrilled?

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

Cheeseburger: $3.75Onion rangs: $2.75Drink: $1.50Hearing the lady behind the counter say "mustah" as in, "It mustah got lost behind the fridge.": priceless.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Sonic is inedible......the kids used to drag me to this place, and I hated it.  Worse than Cici's.

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