Best Homestyle Restaurants: Dallas Does Country-style Comfort Food

In Dallas, homestyle cuisine rules. And we call it "cuisine" because these recipes made from homegrown local ingredients have been perfected over the years as they've been passed down from generation to generation. One of the staple Texan homestyle foods is a plate that includes chicken fried steak smothered in white cream gravy, mashed potatoes, and other favored sides, like fried okra, buttered corn, sliced tomatoes, green beans and black-eyed peas.In Texas, this is your standard comfort food fare.

On the other side of the homestyle kitchen, Tex Mex is also king and many non-Hispanic Texas families also have Tex Mex recipes for enchiladas, guacamole and nachos that have been passed down through generations. So we've included the best restaurants that have both types of these delicious, mouthwatering foods that would make any Texas Granny or Abuela proud.

For chicken fried steak, head on down to AllGood Cafe for the "best chicken fried steak in the world" or over to Ozona Bar and Grill on Greenville Ave. for one of the best plates in town. They even have it on their breakfast menu paired with eggs! Another great gem for pot roast, meatloaf, and yes, chicken fried steak and chicken, is Mama's Daughters Cafe. But save room for one of their scrumptious homemade pies for dessert! For the best homestyle Tex Mex in town - think "brisket tacos" - go to Mia's Tex Mex on Lemmon Ave to try this tasty Texan treat!

Hook Line & Sinker
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This Uptown dive is one of Dallas' best kept secrets. Hook Line & Sinker doesn't have a website, but it does have some of the best seafood in town, and it's cooked homestyle - think battered in cornmeal and fried. The atmosphere is casual...  Read More



If you're in the mood for fast food or delivery, but want to skip the chains, head on over to Cowboy Chicken on Greenville Ave. This delicious restaurant has been serving Dallas diners for more than 30 years, and it specializes in natural...  Read More

Mike Anderson's BBQ House


In business since 1981, this folksy eatery prides itself on having a single location and making everything in-house. That way, they control the quality and the experience. Cafeteria-style service ensures that lines move quickly and that you'll...  Read More

Mia's Tex-Mex
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Fajitas and tacos abound at Mia's, making for satisfying meals. Family-run and -operated, Mia's sports casual, fun ambiance and affordable prices. Specialties include spinach enchiladas, brisket tacos in a rich gravy, shredded chicken...  Read More

Café Brazil


Cafe Brazil features a cozy environment and homestyle Latin comfort food at its best. Try one of many sandwiches, like honey mustard chicken sandwich or the BLT. Along with scrumptious desserts and an unending supply of coffee, crepes of all...  Read More



This appealing place is a great choice for a hearty meal anytime. If the weather permits, take a seat on the multi-level patio before digging into items like chicken fried steak, hamburgers and enchiladas. On the weekends, eggs benedict,...  Read More



Dependable Tex-Mex dishes are the hallmark of this local institution, established more than 35 years ago. How has it thrived in the fickle Dallas restaurant scene for so long? Adherence to simple, delicious preparations and friendly customer...  Read More

Babe's Chicken Dinner House
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Babe's Chicken Dinner House serves up Texan comfort food in a family style manner. While the fried chicken is always a hit, don't miss the chicken tenders served with gravy! Other popular menu items there include chicken fried steak, fried...  Read More



AllGood Cafe in Deep Ellum is hands-down, the best Texan homestyle restaurant in Dallas. Specializing in comfort food like the "World's Best" chicken fried steak, chicken fried steak, braised short ribs and mealoaf, AllGood Cafe really knows how...  Read More



Mama's Daughters' enjoys a loyal local following and is widely regarded as one of the best deals in Dallas. It specializes in "soul food," and even Paula Dean is impressed by this local spot. From scrumptious homestyle Southern breakfasts of...  Read More


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