8 Dallas Restaurants for Tasty Home Cooking

By Farah Fleurima  |  November 21, 2013

Here in Dallas, as in most of the South, we love our home cooking - especially when we don’t have to cook it at our own home. Thankfully, when mom's not available, we have a terrific set of eateries at which to fulfill all of our “meat and three veggies” desires. Some of these restaurants have a slightly modern and upscale bent while others are classic diner experiences that are as casual as they come, but they all boast menus that’ll have you drooling as soon as you crack them open. From fried green tomatoes to banana cream pie, here's where to score dishes made with the same love and care that mom or grandma would have given them.

  • Bubba’s Cooks Country

    This Park Cities restaurant in a gleaming old-school diner churns out some of the city’s best fried chicken, but don’t miss the savory delights of the unsung chicken and dumplings or chicken-fried steak. Southern sides all taste bacon-infused, like the black-eyed peas and green beans.

    6617 Hillcrest Ave.; 214-373-6527

  • Ellen’s Southern Kitchen

    With Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, chicken salad sandwiches and meat-and-two plates, Ellen’s has become a quick hit in the Design District. But the restaurant’s motto remains “grits rule,” so don’t rule out a dalliance with the Cajun shrimp over cheesy grits.

    1718 N. Market St.; 469-206-3339

  • Hattie’s

    With a focus on low-country cuisine, Hattie’s has been tantalizing taste buds in Bishop Arts since opening in 2002. The menu’s most buzzed-about dishes include shrimp and grits, pecan-crusted catfish and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Start out your meal with the tomato bisque with mini grilled cheese.

    418 N. Bishop Ave.; 214-942-7400

  • Highland Park Cafeteria

    The Casa Linda dining icon has filled tummies for decades with classic old-fashioned plates that rotate on a daily basis. Whether fried, baked, slow-roasted or blackened, you can be sure to get your beef, chicken or fish fix aside a list of homemade sides and vegetables the length of your arm.

    1200 N. Buckner Blvd.; 214-324-5000

  • Mama’s Daughter’s Diner

    When a hankering for simple, from-scratch home cooking grabs hold of you and you’re craving a throwback diner feel, this Design District veteran has a spot at the counter for you. Just don’t fall off that stool after filling up on the Texas Size Breakfast with chicken-fried steak or pork chops (served all day), or meat-and-three daily specials ranging from roast beef to baked chicken like Grandma used to make.

    Multiple locations

  • Norma’s Café

    Known far and wide for its Mile-High Cream Pies, Norma’s also serves up breakfast all day. Blue plate specials and house favorites come with a basket of homemade pillowy-soft yeast rolls and sweet cornbread. After - or before - you polish off that chicken-fried chicken or fried catfish, you’ll want to indulge in some chocolate or banana cream pie. After all, the motto here is “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” The original Oak Cliff location is like stepping back in time.

    Multiple locations

  • Original Market Diner

    Not every restaurant in Dallas still serves cabbage rolls, but it’s a special that can be yours on Wednesdays at this Market Center eatery. From-scratch dessert pies and all-day breakfast keep regulars happy.

    4434 Harry Hines Blvd.; 214-521-0992

  • Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar

    Owner Lisa Garza’s menu at Sissy’s is jam-packed with recipes from her childhood, most notably the buckets of fried chicken that’ve gotten the city flocking to the genteel East Dallas spot. A side of sriracha sauce and squash puppies with jalapeno jelly give the dish an updated spin. Don’t miss the shrimp and grits and the recently launched Saturday brunch, featuring chicken and waffles topped with Steen’s cane syrup.

    2929 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-827-9900