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It’s 4 p.m. on a Sunday. Everyone’s hangry after a day of Little League and carpooling. A normal restaurant won’t do (plus, you’re not changing out of your leggings). The solution? An old-school, all-American diner. Open 24 hours with menus longer than War and Peace (we’ll read it someday), there’s something for everybody—yep, even vegans—and everyone leaves happy and full.

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Mama’s Daughters’ Diner

Since 1958, this diner has been serving up Southern cooking and breakfast all day, every day. A plate of fried chicken followed by a slice of peach cobbler and you’ll be wishing you were also one of Mama’s daughters (they’ll treat you like one, don’t worry).

2014 Irving Blvd; 214-742-8646 or

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Spiral Diner & Bakery

Spiral Diner & Bakery

What you’re looking at right there is the bacon ranch burger. But good luck choosing from the robust menu of comfort foods and monthly Blue Plate Specials. Oh, and did we mention everything is plant-based? Everything. #vegansrejoice

Multiple locations

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Crossroads Diner

Two words: sticky buns. They’re ooey and gooey, and they pair dreamily with the perfectly brewed Illy coffee. Just be prepared to wait for a table on the weekend (it’s worth it).

17194 Preston Rd. #101; 214-346-3491 or

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Lucky’s Café

This Oak Lawn staple brings farm-to-table culture to the diner world. Although most people come here for breakfast (hello, buttermilk pancakes), we can’t get over the classics like chicken fried steak and meatloaf.

3531 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-522-3500 or

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Front Room Tavern

Front Room Tavern

Located inside Hotel Lumen right next to the SMU campus, it’s an old-school diner hiding in a modern restaurant’s clothing. But one bite of the Park Cities Benedict (lobster hollandaise, country ham, English muffin, poached egg and potato hash) and you won’t care what decade you’re in.

6101 Hillcrest Ave.; 214-219-8282 or

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Cindi’s N.Y. Delicatessen Restaurant and Bakery

Of course we need a place where we can get New York essentials like bagels and lox, matzo ball soup and corned beef sandwiches, along with chicken fried steak. Oh, and it’s owned by a Vietnamese woman. Eclectic at its best.

Multiple locations

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All-day breakfast FTW. Add in some pop art, great coffee and Prosecco on tap (yep, you read that correctly) at the Lakewood location and we’re never leaving.

Multiple locations

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