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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.

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Learn how to play along and how to look for clues. Lesson one: everyone's a suspect.
2542 North I-35 East
Lancaster,
TX
US

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.

1405 N Pleasent Rd.
Lancaster,
Texas
US

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]]

1404 North 9th Street
Midlothian,
TX
US

Cuisine Type: Down-home Southern-fried catfish and more

Most popular offering: Catfish, shrimp, pork chops, chicken, links

Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only

Alcohol: None

Established: 1994

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Please call ahead and place your order at 972-780-7176. We are open seven days a week.

Q&A with Andre and Demetria Baker

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.

1426 Acton Ave.
Duncanville,
TX
US

It can be hard to choose from the more than 10 styles of burgers and range of homestyle dishes at Hav-R Charburger, known for their burgers as well as the fried catfish and fried chicken. That's why the cooks take the pressure out of deciding between catfish dinners and wings doused in spicy or flavorful sauces by serving dishes in the daily buffets. They host the smorgasbords for breakfast as well to show off their range of egg entrees and meats without the trouble and expense of training the food how to tap dance.

606 S Clark Rd.
Duncanville,
TX
US

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.

302 North Main Street
Duncanville,
TX
US