Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 29: Keller's Drive-In

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Since before we learned to drive, we've been taught that alcohol and motor vehicles should kept at a great distance. And while it's widely accepted to have a drink or two with your dinner and then carefully drive home, actually consuming alcohol while behind the wheel can take some getting used to.

Let your parking brake and the nice, old ladies shuttling trays around the parking lot assure you: It's OK to have a cold one in your car so long as it's parked at Keller's Drive-In.

Make sure you hit the one on Northwest Highway, just east of Abrams Road. On the weekends classic cars and hot rods fill one side of the lot, and on the other side bikers congregate. Find a spot under the metal awnings that surround the cookhouse in the center and get ready -- this is how Dallas does burgers.

Don't come looking for the massive patties coveted by the some burger fanatics. The burgers here are no thicker than a couple of stacked coins, in true Dallas tradition. Get yours doubled up if you like, with the two patties firmly glued together by a slice of American cheese.

Maybe the number 5, which adds a sauce akin to Thousand Island dressing. Most of the others come with canary-yellow mustard. All of them, though, are better with crispy tater tots on the side. And just one more cold beer. Or more, if you brought a sober friend.

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No. 50: Joyce and Gigi's
No. 49: East Hampton Sandwich Co.
No. 48: 20 Feet Seafood Joint
No. 47: Taj Chaat House
No. 46: Mot Hai Ba
No. 45: La Nueva Fresh and Hot
No. 44: Pera Turkish Kitchen
No. 43: Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 42: Mughlai
No. 41: Russian Banya
No. 40: Off-Site Kitchen
No. 39: Bachman Lake Taqueria
No. 38: Carbone's
No. 37: Babe's
No. 36: Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo
No. 35: Zaguan
No. 34: Royal Sichuan
No. 33: Spoon
No. 32: Bambu
No. 31: Pecan Lodge
No. 30: FT33

Location Info

Keller's Drive-In

6537 E. NW Highway, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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14 comments
JustSaying
JustSaying

Has anyone been to the Harry Hines location? If so, is the food equal in quality? I sure the fuck am not going to eat there but I could always get a to-go order if it is.

J_A_
J_A_

Looks like Jake's does it taste similar?

joeat
joeat

Keller's number 5, tater tots, a cold brewski is one of the finest experiences you can find in Dallas dining and then add the floor show.  Priceless!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Totally OT:

Where's Cleaver and his cheeky BBQ Revue?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Keller's is a unique place and experience. Good burgers and beer in the parking lot is an anachronism in the 21st century.

This being Dallas, however, I have no doubt that somebody, somewhere is irritated about this and just itching to shut it down.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

That's the kind of burger I love.  I don't like those humongous, sloppy messes with everything but the kitchen sink thrown on it.  BTW, is it me or does that photo make the building look like it's toppling over?

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

So far it's stacking up to a good list of places.............

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Ive been to the harry hines location, though its been a few years. It tasted like Kellers.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@JustSaying I have not personally been to all the locations, but I have not heard good things about them. Why not go to the NW Hwy location. It's a place you'll actually want to hang out for a while.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@JaniceA Good eye. Jake's was born out of Keller's, though a new crew took over a while ago. They're very similar. The patty at Jake's is bigger but the bun at both places is a dead ringer.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@TheCredibleHulk Gavin has been hired full time. He's in change of social media for the Observer now. You might get a barbecue post out of him in the future, but if you miss his jokes for now check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds. You'll see him in there -- with that weird accent and a little barbecue sauce on his chin.

J_A_
J_A_

Interesting because I don't see people raving about Jake's the same way. I guess its the novelty of the drive in. SWPL indeed

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@scott.reitz @TheCredibleHulk 

THX, Scott. Good to know, and good for Gavin and the DO.

Still disappointed though - as a sworn enemy of FB and Twitter, I probably will only see his occasional posts, then.

Oh well.


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