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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.
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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.
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