The recent closing of Prince of Hamburgers on Lemmon, prompted me to revisit a similar burger establishment in East Dallas. I began to feel guilty for not going more often and worried that it too might become a victim of time.
The Dairy-ette (if you are googling, the hyphen is critical)is a real throw back. It sits back from the street on the west side of Ferguson near Peavy and across from Bishop Lynch HS. The large rusting sign near the street is your major clue that you have arrived. The place proudly says on signs everywhere that it opened in 1956, a prime year indeed.
There are about 6 covered carhop parking spots in front. 6 booths and yes, a 6 stool counter. So it is small but not crowded, as many orders were take out. Not many were carhop.
The menu is classic burger city with tots, fries, shakes and root beer floats. I ordered the classic cheeseburger and it was a killer.
It starts with a large bun weighted down and toasted on the grill. The meat was a nicely formed patty of tender beef with very fresh lettuce and tomatoes. Pickles and mustard were plentiful.
Overall, it was a divine experience. The burger is a big two hander but with the somewhat compresssed bun(not flattened) you could actually get the whole thing in your mouth for a full bite. No nibbling around the edges on that baby!
I recommend the Dairy-ette highly. The service is good to excellent and you will wait for your order. Nothing is cooked ahead.
As I launched into my burger, I kept looking around for Fonzie. Or at least his chopped, channeled and blueprinted Chevy.