9785 Ferguson Rd.
Dallas, TX 75228
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  • Daily 11am-10pm
  • $
  • Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
East Dallas has a healthy dose of drive-in burger joints. Dairy-Ette, open since 1956, is just one of the fine examples of a bygone era frozen in time -- and neon. Here, care is not only given to the burgers but is also given to the thin, snap-in-your-mouth fries and homemade root beer (as in on location), done the same way since the cooks began flipping patties at Dairy-Ette. The fries, though unseasoned, are so revered customers skip the standard drive-in tater tots. Greasy cheeseburgers, club sandwiches and ice cream floats can also be consumed inside the restaurant on a backed counter stool or in a vinyl booth. Drive up for the car-side service or step inside for some kiss-my-grits short orders.

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    Monday, January 9, 2017 at 4 a.m. by Nick Rallo

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  • Dairy-Ette is a Dallas Treasure
    Friday, July 22, 2016 at 4 a.m. by Nick Rallo

    I hadn't felt it before, not truly, until last night. I'm twisting in the counter chairs in anticipation, ice-blasted mug full of root beer, old central air unit rattling above and it really struck me: Dairy-Ette is a Dallas treasur...

  • Dairy-ette Is Like Stepping Back to 1956, Only Not as Uptight and Boring
    Friday, March 16, 2012 at 10:03 a.m. by Alice Laussade

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