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12 Excellent Dallas Drive-Thrus

From burgers and tacos to boozy daiquiris and fried chicken, find some of the city’s best fare without ever getting out of the car

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There’s no denying the convenience of a good old-fashioned drive-thru. It’s true that most of the city’s drive-thrus are highly mediocre chains, but there are also a number of locally born favorites that serve top-notch eats that don’t even require getting out the car.

From 1950s burger joints to boozy frozen daiquiris to fried chicken and tacos, these 12 essential Dallas drive-thru restaurants serve budget-friendly eats and keep service quick without skimping on quality.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Shaka Hawaiian BBQ

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5733 TX-121 Suite #290
The Colony, TX 75056
(214) 618-2627
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Since a Hawaiian vacation is out of the cards for now, head to The Colony for a plate of Hawaiian barbecue that will almost make it feel like you’re in the Aloha State. Pick a protein — maybe kalua pork or chicken Katsu, then pair with steamed rice, macaroni salad, and steamed veggies for a real “plate lunch” experience in Texas.

2. Tongue In Cheek Ice Cream

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526 W Arapaho Rd
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 685-5070
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With options like banana pudding, cinnamon chip, and dairy-free raspberry buttercream, choosing a flavor at this Richardson creamery is truly the most difficult part. Order a scoop (or three) in a cup or waffle cone, and grab a pint for the road to eat in one sitting later at home.

3. Hat Creek Burger Company

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8185 Walnut Hill Ln Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75231
(469) 206-3305
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It’s not technically a local Dallas chain, but Texas-born Hat Creek Burger Company slings a solid menu through its drive-thru window. Burger’s in the name, but consider the crispy fried chicken sandwich, or a Cobb salad loaded with blue cheese and bacon, then wash it all down with a super-thick milkshake.

4. El Paisa Taqueria

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10844 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75220
(214) 654-9542
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This taqueria chain has locations all over Dallas, and the outpost on Harry Hines serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner right out of the drive-thru window. Feast on sopes or nachos, or keep it simple with a two taco plate (served with rice and beans) that’s a real bargain at less than $7.

5. Keller's Drive-In

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10554 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75220
(214) 357-3572
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Technically a drive-in and not a drive-thru, Keller’s has been serving up one of Dallas’s most beloved burgers since 1950. Pull up, flash your headlights, and prepare to experience burger bliss on a poppyseed bun. Definitely don’t forget to add a side of super-crunchy tots.

6. Bubba's Cooks Country - Dallas

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6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 373-6527
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A Highland Park institution, it’s almost shocking how home-cooked the food at Bubba’s Cooks Country seems. Head through the drive-thru for crispy fried chicken, comforting sides like creamed potatoes, ambrosia fruit salad, and candied yams, and those ridiculously good yeast rolls.

7. White Rock Coffee Express

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4216 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 792-9767
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This location of local coffee roastery White Rock Coffee serves muffins, smoothies, hot oatmeal and of course, coffee, all form a drive thru. The cafe just rolled out its fall lunch menu, featuring pumpkin hummus, a harvest chicken wrap with quinoa, and a roasted harvest vegetable salad.

8. Burger House

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6248 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 828-2732
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A beloved burger spot with generations of fans in Dallas, Burger House is an obvious drive-thru destination. Even the restaurant’s seasoning salt, shaken onto crispy fries, has a cult following.

9. Dairy-Ette

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9785 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228
(214) 327-9983

An East Dallas drive-in staple since 1956, Dairy-Ette is the kind of old-school burger joint that nostalgic dreams were made of. Pull up, flash the headlights, and order a cheeseburger “all the way” and a large cup of Dairy-Ette’s homemade root beer.

10. Great American Hero

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4001 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 521-2070
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A favorite of many Dallas chefs, Great American Hero is a stalwart of the city’s sandwich scene. Hit the drive-thru for an Italian meatball hero, griddled Cuban panini, or the restaurant’s namesake sandwich that involves a combination of bologna, provolone, baked ham, and Genoa salami.

11. Daquiri To Go

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543 S Riverfront Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-0600

Not all great drive-thrus serve food, and Daiquiris to Go is proof. Swing through for a boozy slushy in flavors like “Dirty Kinfolk” (strawberry and peach) and “Royal Fuck” (sweet and sour with cranberry) and definitely wait to drink until after safely making it home.

12. Rudy's Chicken

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3115 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX 75216
(214) 375-9234

A longstanding South Dallas favorite, head to Rudy’s for a no-frills fried chicken experience. Order breasts, wings, thighs, or any combo of the above, and pair with dirty rice, corn fritters and a side of “Rudy sauce.”

1. Shaka Hawaiian BBQ

5733 TX-121 Suite #290, The Colony, TX 75056

Since a Hawaiian vacation is out of the cards for now, head to The Colony for a plate of Hawaiian barbecue that will almost make it feel like you’re in the Aloha State. Pick a protein — maybe kalua pork or chicken Katsu, then pair with steamed rice, macaroni salad, and steamed veggies for a real “plate lunch” experience in Texas.

5733 TX-121 Suite #290
The Colony, TX 75056

2. Tongue In Cheek Ice Cream

526 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

With options like banana pudding, cinnamon chip, and dairy-free raspberry buttercream, choosing a flavor at this Richardson creamery is truly the most difficult part. Order a scoop (or three) in a cup or waffle cone, and grab a pint for the road to eat in one sitting later at home.

526 W Arapaho Rd
Richardson, TX 75080

3. Hat Creek Burger Company

8185 Walnut Hill Ln Suite 1400, Dallas, TX 75231

It’s not technically a local Dallas chain, but Texas-born Hat Creek Burger Company slings a solid menu through its drive-thru window. Burger’s in the name, but consider the crispy fried chicken sandwich, or a Cobb salad loaded with blue cheese and bacon, then wash it all down with a super-thick milkshake.

8185 Walnut Hill Ln Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75231

4. El Paisa Taqueria

10844 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75220

This taqueria chain has locations all over Dallas, and the outpost on Harry Hines serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner right out of the drive-thru window. Feast on sopes or nachos, or keep it simple with a two taco plate (served with rice and beans) that’s a real bargain at less than $7.

10844 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75220

5. Keller's Drive-In

10554 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75220

Technically a drive-in and not a drive-thru, Keller’s has been serving up one of Dallas’s most beloved burgers since 1950. Pull up, flash your headlights, and prepare to experience burger bliss on a poppyseed bun. Definitely don’t forget to add a side of super-crunchy tots.

10554 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75220

6. Bubba's Cooks Country - Dallas

6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

A Highland Park institution, it’s almost shocking how home-cooked the food at Bubba’s Cooks Country seems. Head through the drive-thru for crispy fried chicken, comforting sides like creamed potatoes, ambrosia fruit salad, and candied yams, and those ridiculously good yeast rolls.

6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

7. White Rock Coffee Express

4216 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75214

This location of local coffee roastery White Rock Coffee serves muffins, smoothies, hot oatmeal and of course, coffee, all form a drive thru. The cafe just rolled out its fall lunch menu, featuring pumpkin hummus, a harvest chicken wrap with quinoa, and a roasted harvest vegetable salad.

4216 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75214

8. Burger House

6248 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75214

A beloved burger spot with generations of fans in Dallas, Burger House is an obvious drive-thru destination. Even the restaurant’s seasoning salt, shaken onto crispy fries, has a cult following.

6248 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75214

9. Dairy-Ette

9785 Ferguson Rd, Dallas, TX 75228

An East Dallas drive-in staple since 1956, Dairy-Ette is the kind of old-school burger joint that nostalgic dreams were made of. Pull up, flash the headlights, and order a cheeseburger “all the way” and a large cup of Dairy-Ette’s homemade root beer.

9785 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228

10. Great American Hero

4001 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

A favorite of many Dallas chefs, Great American Hero is a stalwart of the city’s sandwich scene. Hit the drive-thru for an Italian meatball hero, griddled Cuban panini, or the restaurant’s namesake sandwich that involves a combination of bologna, provolone, baked ham, and Genoa salami.

4001 Lemmon Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

11. Daquiri To Go

543 S Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

Not all great drive-thrus serve food, and Daiquiris to Go is proof. Swing through for a boozy slushy in flavors like “Dirty Kinfolk” (strawberry and peach) and “Royal Fuck” (sweet and sour with cranberry) and definitely wait to drink until after safely making it home.

543 S Riverfront Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

12. Rudy's Chicken

3115 S Lancaster Rd, Dallas, TX 75216

A longstanding South Dallas favorite, head to Rudy’s for a no-frills fried chicken experience. Order breasts, wings, thighs, or any combo of the above, and pair with dirty rice, corn fritters and a side of “Rudy sauce.”

3115 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX 75216

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