December 14

Diners in Denton, TX To Visit


Diners are some of the most popular eateries in the country. You can always count on them for friendly service, a casual atmosphere, and the classic American dishes you crave. They’re not flashy, but they always feel like home. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, make sure you visit these Denton diners.

Stacks Pancake House

Stacks Pancake House will satisfy your sweet tooth with delightful dishes, such as Oreo Cookie N’ Cream waffles and chocolate chip pancakes. If your tastes veer more toward the savory, the eggs, omelets, and biscuits with sausage gravy will really hit the spot. You’ll also find several healthy options, a rarity at many traditional diners, including avocado toast and a Cobb salad with grilled chicken.

A kids’ menu with fun dishes, such as Mickey Mouse pancakes, grilled cheese, and chicken dinosaurs, caters to the fussiest of eaters. Stacks prepares quality meals fast, so it’s ideal for a meal when you’re on the move.

Location: 1020 Dallas Drive.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Dix Coney Island

Dix Coney Island opens a little later than a classic diner, but its menu has all the classic diner dishes you’d expect. Its name and décor reference a popular New York attraction, but Dix Coney Island’s owners hail from Detroit. Now part of the Denton community, the Detroit national chili flavoring the Coney Dog and chili cheese fries are a great nod to their roots. While Dix Coney Island opens late, you can enjoy its breakfast specials anytime. That makes it an excellent choice when you’re craving breakfast late at night.

Location: 123 N. Elm St.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Spiral Diner and Bakery

Spiral Diner and Bakery keeps similar hours to Dix Coney Island, but its commitment to vegan comfort food sets it apart. That’s right. You’ll never find animal products in its diner classics, including burgers, nachos, cakes, and cookies. While you might miss bacon at first, that feeling quickly fades when you bite into the food. As part of its commitment to making the planet a better place, Spiral Diner and Bakery also serves organic, fair-trade coffee from Equal Exchange. If you’re visiting late, you could also indulge in a cocktail, wine, or ice-cold beer.

Location: 608 E. Hickory St.
Hours: p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Oldwest Café of Denton

This Denton diner is one of four Oldwest Cafes. The small Texas chain serves American classics with Wild-West-themed names, such as the cattle baron, cowboy, and rancher. If you have a sweet tooth, consider the signature flapjacks and French toast meals. Chicken fried steak, Red Jack’s BLT, and the Bonnie and Clyde are part of the High Noon lunch menu. If you’re short on time, order online before you arrive to speed up the service.

Location: 2420 S. Interstate 35 E.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Cartwright’s Ranch House

Cartwright’s Ranch House is another fabulous family-owned Western-themed diner in Denton. While its theme clearly caters to tourists, it’s also a favorite among locals who can’t get enough of the diner’s dishes, including Ranch House breakfast combos, breakfast sandwiches, and generously loaded omelets. When visiting for lunch and dinner, remember that Cartwright’s is famous for its “chicken-fried awesomeness.” Daily beer and mimosa specials from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. are ideal for long lunches with your friends.

Location: 111 N. Elm St.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Great Egg

There’re more than just eggs at The Great Egg, a friendly diner in the Denton Crossing strip mall. The menu features eggs in a variety of ways, including huevos rancheros, the deluxe egg sandwich, scrambles, omelets, frittatas, and breakfast platters with eggs cooked any way you want. Even the waffles and pancakes come with two eggs. Most meals celebrate the humble egg, but the diner also serves sandwiches and salads if they’re not your thing. If you can’t make it to the diner in person, don’t worry. The Great Egg offers home deliveries.

Location: Denton Crossing, 1800 S. Loop 228.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Egg House Café

Speaking of eggs, the Egg House Café in University Drive Shopping Center is another diner that puts this breakfast staple front and center. A “small town diner with big city flavor,” according to one glowing Google review, its website claims it serves the best breakfast in Denton. The meals are hearty and generous, including the steak skillet, naturally served with a side of eggs, French crepes with berries, and eggs Benedict smothered in hollandaise. Pair them with freshly squeezed orange juice, and you’ve found the perfect way to start your day.

Location: University Drive Shopping Center, 1622 W. University Drive, Suite 100.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Lone Spur Café

With its highway location, friendly service, and delicious food, the Lone Spur Café is a popular choice with many road trippers passing through Denton. But why let tourists have all the fun? Anyone can enjoy this diner’s dishes, including French toast and the cowboy benedict with country gravy for breakfast and soups, salads, and sandwiches for lunch. Lone Spur Café treats diners with a dinner service every Friday and Saturday. The diner offers more elevated dishes in the evening, including its iconic prime rib, calamari steak, and more.

Location: 2217 S. Interstate 35 E., Denton.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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