Top 10 Food Dives In Dallas

A year ago, you could smoke in Adair's. Now there's no excuse for not getting a burger.
A year ago, you could smoke in Adair's. Now there's no excuse for not getting a burger.
Patrick Michels

Defining a dive is never easy. It's open to debate, for example, whether a dive bar should serve more than bags of chips or bowls of stale nuts.

Therefore, creating this list involved a bit of craftsmanship. We decided to exclude taquerias, barbecue joints and established Mexican destinations such as Ojeda's and Avila's. We didn't know what to make of Mai's, so we scratched it and all the storefront Vietnamese spots, too. Then we discounted anything with the word "Diner" in its name--a whole different category, you understand. And, lastly, we barred Allgood Cafe and other far-too-clean spaces.

Yet, as you will see, we included a few spots that aren't rightly dives but serve better food than their surroundings would normally promise.

We admit up front there may be flaws in this approach. With all that in mind, we present the top ten food dives:

10. Midway Point
How long has this place been around? Quite a while, and they're still serving thick burgers, meaty sandwiches and such. Since Dallas became a smoke free city, you can also smell all that sizzling, beefy grease. (12801 Midway)

9. Adair's
This Deep Ellum joint is almost legendary. Because of its stature and line up of live entertainment, it is hard to commit it to dive status. Then again, there are those filthy, hand scribbled walls and the ever popular burgers. (2624 Commerce)

8. J's
Yeah, this grease pit isn't in Dallas. But it's not all that far from Midway Point...besides, the spattered walls, ultra casual guests and menu of heavy breakfast fare, chili, chicken fried steak and bad coffee certainly qualifies it for a spot on the list. (14925 Midway, Addison)

7. Louie's
That pillock from that TV show almost ruined this cinderblock pizza haven. But it wasn't Louie's fault, so we'll forgive the place. Once amongst the city's top pizza spots, it still ranks up there somewhere. (1839 N. Henderson)

6. Wingfield's
The city's best burgers cooked on a crusty old grill--and there's no real need to say more. Wingfield's borders on the rare destination dive category. (2615 S. Beckley)

5. The Loon
Not only is this an eyesore on the edge of West Village--for which it deserves respect--The Loon also has a reputation for strong pours. Granted, after a few of these almost anything tastes good. But they serve surprisingly decent apps and entrees. (3531 McKinney)

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