At Watch Ya Fingas, owner and cooking expert Sheila Turrentine cures feverish hungers with a mountainous menu of from-scratch barbecue meats, flaky catfish, and bountiful sides. Inside the family-friendly, casual diner illuminated by broad windows, Sheila and her grill masters barbecue whole chickens, sausage and beef by the pound, and ribs, searing savory flavors into each entree before it's joined by cornbread or wedged between thick slices of regular bread. The diner’s signature fried catfish joins collard greens and a slice of peach cobbler for a meal more southern than Antarctican cuisine.
The flavors found in El Chico’s enchiladas and fajitas are a tasty testament to what the Mexican eatery does best: cultivating a menu that bustles with authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. Fajitas provide a savory meal for two, with flour tortillas embracing veggies and chicken, beef, or a combination of the two with the gusto of a bear giving a bear hug. Or opt to reward tongues with enchiladas, which accentuate a variety of proteins with slick coats of cheese and sauce. The spicy beef of Mama’s Favorite enchiladas plays nicely with the fiery nature of chili con carne, and the Top Shelf fajita enchiladas capture rare glimpses of grilled fajita steak and ranchera sauce frolicking on the plate. Avocado enchiladas are also on hand for sets of vegetarian cravings.
In 1964, Wes and Ann Jespersen built a gateway to the past, where today their children helm Ben Franklin Apothecary’s pharmacy and adjoining quilt shop, general store, and old-fashioned Kitchen’s Deli, where malts and ice-cream floats recall the soda shops of yore. Amid the deli’s vintage Coca-Cola ephemera, hot sandwiches and cold cuts nestle into baskets lined with red-gingham wrappers, and jumbo baked potatoes embrace chili and cheese. Kitchen’s Deli’s signature pies rotate daily, filling buttery crusts with coconut-, peanut-butter-banana-pudding-, and strawberry-flavored charts of the free-market system. The deli also caters celebrations and hosts special events such as happy hours and appearances by Elvis impersonators.
During every massage session at Seeton Touch Massage, therapist Christina Seeton incorporates techniques from trigger-point therapy, putting pressure on tender areas that connect to and affect tension in distant parts of the body. Her certification in this therapy, as well as hot-stone massage and reflexology, makes her especially adept at the centuries-old, cross-cultural art of massage. Her tranquil workspace is lit by candles and filled with the sounds of burbling water, which, when played slowly, sounds like someone whispering, "Go to sleep."
Cuisine Type: Down-home Southern-fried catfish and more
Most popular offering: Catfish, shrimp, pork chops, chicken, links
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please call ahead and place your order at 972-780-7176. We are open seven days a week.
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem—not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
Catfish fillets, steaks, and tails, as well as shrimp and link baskets. All baskets come with fries. We also have okra, onion rings, potato salad, coleslaw, and hush puppies.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We also have Kool-Aid pickles all flavors.
Fresh, cooked to order catfish fillets and jumbo fried shrimp anchor the focused menu at Catfish Fridays. The restaurant’s catch is always fresh—never frozen, microwaved, stowed under a heat-lamp, or tied to a radiator. One big reason for their success: Catfish Fridays’ owner perfected his secret recipe during his time as the owner of another Dallas seafood institution, Catfish Connection.