Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 5: Crossroads Diner

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Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or Android.

You know the story by now. Chef gets tired of the late hours required by positions at Central 214, Pappas Bros. and the like, and sets out to create a restaurant of his own that's a little more conducive to raising a family. Crossroads diner is born, and suddenly the grand slam at Denny's starts to look a little beat.

Tom Fleming's Crossroads has raised the bar for diner food in Dallas, and his busy dining room proves that many diners in the area want food with some thought and care put into it -- even if it's just two eggs with toast or a simple corned beef sandwich.

Quiche may be something you wouldn't expect to encounter in a diner, let alone a quiche that's put together as well as this one. The crust is flaky and tender, the spinach and ham eat with integrity, but most importantly the custard that makes a quiche, quiche, is bouncy and moist. All together it's a delicious alternative to your standard diner breakfast.

And that corned beef is no slouch of a sandwich either. The meat is cured in house and seasoned quietly -- you wont be overwhelmed with spices or other flavorings -- and then it's piled high on well-toasted bread with melted Swiss cheese and that's it. When your waitress offers mustard take it, and slather away to your heart's content. Your taste in diner fare has just been elevated. There's no going back now.

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 No. 29: Keller's Drive-In No. 28: La Pasadita No. 27: Ten Bells Tavern No. 26: El Ranchito No. 25: Cafe Urbano No. 24: Nova No. 23: Jeng Chi No. 22: Omi No. 21: Tei-An No. 20: Jonathon's Oak Cliff No. 19: Yutaka and Sharaku No. 18: Local No. 17: Ibex No. 16: Pakpao No. 15: Chennai Cafe No. 14: Smoke No. 13: Nonna No. 12: Kuby's No. 11: Sushi Sake No. 10: La Banqueta No. 9: Kalachandji's No. 8: Mesa No. 7: Teppo No. 6: Stampede 66

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