Situated about an hour on the east side of Dallas, Canton, Texas doesn’t seem like much more than a dot on the map. Known for its first Monday flea markets, Canton has always been a pit stop for me. Whenever the family would load up the suburban and head to Dallas, there would always be a stop in Canton. We formed a comfortable rut in this little town. The stop included the same Shell station and the same incredibly polite register attendant, but we never really stopped at the Dairy Palace. Situated next to the Shell station, the Dairy Palace touted itself as World Famous and proudly advertised their freshly ground beef. With no real memory of Dairy Palace fare, I decided that on this latest trip to Dallas, I would take a look at what Dairy Palace had to offer.
The first thing you notice about the menu at Dairy Palace is the sheer variety that they offer. Not only do they run the gamut of burgers from the diminutive 1/5 lb burger to the garden, salon, catfish, bison and veggie burgers, but there was a section for Super Sandwiches, Mexican Food, Country Breakfasts, Hot Dogs, and Entrees. It really was a taste of Texas fast food cuisine.
Looking to a get a broad sampling of Dairy Palace’s World Famous Hamburgers, I decided to go with a trio of the 1/5 lb burgers starting with the Bacon Burger.
With three big slices of crispy, smoky bacon, the 1/5 lb patty was a complete afterthought with this burger. However even on its own the patty wasn’t that great. It had been griddled to order but not very well. Actually, if it wasn’t for the mustard and pickles providing a foil to the cured pork, this would have passed for a bacon sandwich.
A 1/5 lb Chili Burger was the second in the trio.
Hoping for a little Texas magic with chili peppers, the Jalapeno Burger was the last to arrive.
What better to go with a trio of burgers than a chili cheese dog?
One thing that really caught my eye about the Dairy Palace was the selection of side orders.
It may have been nine years since 9/11 and seven years since the beginning of the Iraq war, but The Dairy Palace still proudly serves Freedom Fries. This was the first time I actually saw this on a menu, and Freedom Fries are neither crisp nor well salted.
Having come away relatively disappointed from the food at the Dairy Palace, I knew there was one thing that would lighten the mood, ice cream!
A scoop of pistachio and a scoop of coffee Blue Bell ice cream for the road seemed like a fitting way to begin the trip back to Jackson. As much as I and my family are creatures of habit, there was a good reason that we never made the Dairy Palace a part of our Dallas trips, it just isn’t very good. Being only an hour from Dallas, it’s an easy decision to wait a little while for better food.