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Kel's Restaurant

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American, Hamburgers, Family Fare, Diner
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5337 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75244-8006
972-458-7221
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6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Description: Home Cooking You Will Leave Home For!

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good but not great!

I've eaten at this diner a couple of times and the food here is not what it's reputation says it is. I usually have the chicken friend steak, ( just ok but not that special), mashed potatoes (very good), baked squash (good), carrots (good) and rolls. It isn't expensive just a good place to grab... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2014
Dick W
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I've eaten at this diner a couple of times and the food here is not what it's reputation says it is. I usually have the chicken friend steak, ( just ok but not that special), mashed potatoes (very good), baked squash (good), carrots (good) and rolls. It isn't expensive just a good place to grab a bit if you want... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

There was nothing too special about this joint. I appreciate diners that have been around for a long time, but the food needs to be good. I had the meatloaf, salad, broccoli and coleslaw. Meatloaf was dry and the gravy on top was watery. Salad was floating in dressing, broccoli was steamed well but nothing on it (salt, pepper, butter)... More 

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ダラス
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78 reviews 78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

Place to go if you want a really good chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken. The wait staff is very nice, and I almost only see the regulars go there.

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Dallas, Texas
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20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Thought we'd found a good restaurant with good chicken fried steak. We were wrong. The CFS was below average: small and tough. Cole slaw was good. Mashed potatoes were average. Price was high: 2 CFS lunches & iced tea for $24.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Had lunch here with a business associate. This is a locally owned simple restaurant that has a good breakfast menu and good food. They also serve lunch and I believe dinner. Seems to be a place where a lot of locals go as the waitresses were addressing some of the patrons by name and asking if they want their regular... More 

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Dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

If you're looking for southern, home-cooking, comfort food you've come to the right place. I used to work near Kel's so we would go there for lunch once & a while. It's good, but heavy.

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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Yummy diner food. And I mean yummy. Do not let the outside or inside for that matter scare you away. Their breakfast is to die for! Any of it. I'm hungry thinking about it!

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Dallas, Texas
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Service was adequate. The Salad dressing was very good and we enjoyed the salads, but then it stopped. The Chicken fried steak was overcooked. THe Chicken fried steak was mostly chicken fried and very little steak. Both were bland. THe vegetables were another thing altogether... Cold broccoli which had been cooked to mush along with a cols slimy Summer Squash... More 

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Austin, Texas
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Yes, it's home cooked, but from your mom's cooking in the 1970's. Everything tasted great, but when you are used to fresh green beans and spinach, the canned versions just don't hold their own, even with bacon. The waitress was great, but overtaxed, she was the only one. The rolls were mmm, mmm. I think it is probably a better... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Ate there while attending bowl game on Jan 1. Selected this place after reading reviews on TripAdvisor. My complaint with this is that my food was not hot when served like it should have been (not many customers when we arrived). Maybe due to holiday they had limited staff for New Year's day ?? or they had a rough New... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5337 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75244-8006
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas
  • Phone Number: 972-458-7221

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, Family Fare, Diner

Description

Home Cooking You Will Leave Home For!
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?