Diners are a great place to eat pancakes and chat with friends, second only to pajama parties at the Jemima Mansion. Rejoice in convivial flapjacks with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of diner fare and drinks at Dick's Uptown Café in Cedar Hill.
The pancake-flipping, burger-grilling chefs at Dick's Uptown Café sling out an extensive menu of classic diner fare within a casual setting. Serving breakfast all day, pan-wielding chefs fold up a variety of omelets, griddle up an arsenal of pancakes, or pile up The Whole Mess!, a mound of hash browns crowned with two eggs, bacon or sausage, onion, tomato, and cheese ($5.79). Chow on "Mom's" French toast ($3.75) or an anonymously owned sandwich, such as a BLT hugged between two slices of toasted wheat bread ($3.99). Lunching stomachs can move on to bigger, beefier pastures with an array of burgers, including a bacon cheeseburger ($5.39), great for sating appetites and sculpting into an edible version of Pac-Man.
Dick's Uptown Cafe
Dick Woodward found his family in the restaurant industry—literally. In the 1970s, he began managing restaurants throughout Texas and Georgia and eventually landed at The Hoffbrau, where he met his wife, Teril. By 1985, they were operating their own small chain of cafés in downtown Dallas, but their desire to return to Dick’s hometown of Cedar Hill led to a new plan. Soon they relocated there and opened Dick’s Uptown Cafe in 2009, filling plates with their return-trip-beckoning pancakes, philly cheesesteaks, and the whole mess, a breakfast hodgepodge of hash browns, onions, and a choice of breakfast meat capped with two cheesy eggs.
Dick and Teril recently expanded their menu to include dinner, lining up entrees as varied as pork tenderloin steeped in olive oil and build-your-own burgers. Patrons and owls curious about what mornings are all about are still always welcome to order from the all-day breakfast menu.