Out on the eastern edge of Dallas yesterday, I punched my location into my Dive-Burger Finder App and Bell's Better Burger popped up. Bless those satellites orbiting the Earth finding burgers for me.
Bell's Better Burger, at 2610 Peachtree Road in Mesquite, is strictly a drive-in. There are two large menus on each side of a small burger stand, and within a minute of putting it in park, someone comes out to your car to take your order. In my case it was Mrs. Lynne Bell, who arrived with a big smile.
From the picture, you can see that I found a humdinger. That big, fat patty evoked a "dang" when I unwrapped it.
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I spoke with Lynne today to get the skinny on things. Her father-in-law opened this small burger drive-in 49 years ago. Now she and her husband, Jerry, run things. And from every review I can find online, good service and childhood memories keep business steady. Of course, they also keep one eye focused on good beef, which she told me is delivered fresh daily and never frozen.
It's simple fare. Gut-filling, guilty pleasure stuff that is worth tracking down on a Saturday afternoon or when you feel like relaxing in the car during lunch -- a juicy burger, a little car chat, then maybe a quick snoozer. Mrs. Bell says she has customers with regular nap time here, particularly on Saturdays when they have the Double Texas Burgers on special.
It's about as down-home as you can get, almost like taking a nap on Mom's couch on a Sunday afternoon after a big lunch. Those are the best.
Bell's is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Sundays.