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Denton Eats: Old West Cafe

Denton Eats: Old West Cafe

Photo By Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

Denton Eats: Old West Cafe
August 27
12:52 2013

Carina Aquino / Staff Writer

If you’ve driven down Teasley Lane any time between 6 a.m. and 3p.m., then you’ve likely witnessed the perpetually long line of customers loitering outside of the small wooden building resting on the corner.

Old West Café, located at 1020 Dallas Drive, is a cozy, family-owned restaurant that serves Dentonites homestyle breakfast and lunch.

With an average 40-minute wait time, patrons can grow frustrated, but the fact that this small restaurant won the titles of Denton’s Best Breakfast and Best Homestyle Cooking in 2012 only serves to increase anticipation during the long wait.

The western décor, horseshoes and Texas flags included, contributes to the Old West atmosphere but contradicts with the technology used by the young staff. iPads and iPhones are used to take orders, print bills and complete transactions.

Photo By Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

The menu, which serves breakfast all day and lunch beginning at 11 a.m., features a wide variety of entrees that range in price from $4.99 to $10.49.

Old West’s wait staff seemed extremely friendly, which was a bit disconcerting when my waitress introduced herself by complaining about another customer. By the dramatic roll of her eyes and constant rambling, it was made very clear that there wasn’t an issue with sharing.

The Settler, which consists of two eggs and two pancakes of choice, had more on the plate than I was expecting for the $6.49 menu price. I decided to try out the Banana Nut “flap jacks” that come with a peanut butter maple syrup. I also added a side of strawberries and bananas for $1.99.

The scrambled eggs had absolutely no salt or pepper, which was to be expected. However, they were far too runny for my liking.

When I ordered strawberries and bananas, I expected to see both. Unfortunately, I was given a small bowl of banana slices with just two pieces of strawberry hidden near the very bottom.

The Banana Nut pancakes,however, stole the show. They were perfectly cooked and were fluffy enough to appeal to a wide variety of palates, although bananas were surprisingly scarce, Old West made up for it with its use of nuts inside the batter, as well as on top.

The peanut butter maple syrup was quite thick, but creamy enough to pour easily. The amount of syrup for both pancakes was not nearly enough. It provided a small drizzle, but nothing else. Trust me, you’ll want more.

Overall, the restaurant’s “good food, get some” motto is something to live by after experiencing Old West Café. If you don’t want to wait in line, order take out and enjoy the homestyle cooking in the comfort of your own home.

Photo By Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

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