It's not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. That's a good possibility for the guests of The Murder Mystery Company, who find themselves in the middle of a investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, the company's troupe of professional improv actors ignites the dining room with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, guests work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask. Birthday parties, bachelorette celebrations, and corporate events can also get in on the interactive action by scheduling a private murder-mystery dinner.
In 2003, entrepreneur Donald Brown opened the first Donald Brown Chicken, a restaurant that would soon become a family enterprise. Though the signature fried-chicken recipe is a well-kept secret guarded by cooks trained in krav maga, daughter Donnice gladly gives out hints to its taste. "It's a touch spicy, but my 1-year-old nephew and 2-year-old niece love to eat it," she says. Housemade waffles and traditional sides such as greens, yams, and black-eyed peas round out meals.
The Lighthouse Coffee Bar blurs the boundaries between an art gallery and a coffee shop. The dynamic interior—characterized by exposed rafters and weathered brick walls—visually echoes Andy Warhol’s factory, and a weekly schedule of art, poetry, and music performances attract a slew of local artists; but the ambiance is rivaled by the diverse menu of paninsi, salads, and whimsical drink creations. Baristas brew coffee drinks using beans from the local Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and international fair-trade growers. Signature specialty drinks, such as The Sinatra—swirling with white-chocolate sauce, amaretto syrup, espresso, whipped cream, and an unshakeable self-confidence—share menu space with a variety of real-fruit smoothies and iced offerings.
Out on the wooden tabletops that speckle the café, guests tuck into plates of specialty sandwiches and baked goods while feeding their laptops with WiFi. The cafe hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night, along with occasional open-mic nights where audio techs come in and dissect mics to demonstrate their inner workings.:m]]
Oma's Jiffy Burger has hosted more than 40 years of peckish families and couples who relish the classic burgers, bottled Coke products, and nostalgic, '50s-style diner setting. Start the day with a made-to-order breakfast burrito, a flour tortilla stuffed with egg, cheese, and choice of sausage, bacon, potato, or ham ($2.29). Dinner diners can feast on a large double cheeseburger ($2.59) for twice the meat, cheese, and belly satisfaction. Individual burgers ($2.09) sate smaller appetites, while bags of chips and bottled Coke products accent the meal. Oma's Jiffy Burger specializes in swift service, ensuring that diners always eat warm food and never sprout full-length beards before dessert.
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.
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.