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Eats Beat: Family turkey at Arlington Steak House, Highland Park Cafeteria

A turkey-and-dressing lunch at Arlington Steak House with yeast rolls and veggies.
A turkey-and-dressing lunch at Arlington Steak House with yeast rolls and veggies. Star-Telegram.com

Some of the old Thanksgiving family favorites are gone.

But both the Arlington Steak House and Highland Park Cafeteria still taste like home.

Open nearly 85 years, first as a roadhouse restaurant near a famous casino and more recently as a home-cooking cafe-steakhouse, the Arlington Steak House serves turkey and dressing most Sundays and every Thanksgiving Day.

It has changed owners and names through the years, from Triangle Inn since 1931 — when nearby Top ’O Hill Terrace drew gamblers from both coasts — to its current name of the past 50 or so years.

But the turkey, homestyle dressing and fluffy yeast rolls (with honey) remain unchanged.

For Thanksgiving, owners Dick and Lynn Brink will serve a $13.95 plate with a salad and a choice of two vegetables, including sweet-potato casserole. Sweets will include homemade pumpkin and apple pies along with a strawberry dessert.

The weekly Sunday special costs $9.95. The restaurant is also known for steaks, chicken-fried steaks and lunch and dinner specials.

20entrees and 5 specials are on the Highland Park Cafeteria daily menu.

Along with Heaven’s Gate Restaurant, the former Barbie’s Colonial near Meacham Airport, the Arlington Steak House helps ease the decision-making for families that always went to Vance Godbey’s or another old-time restaurant.

Arlington Steak House is open for lunch and dinner daily except Monday and opens at 10 a.m. weekends; 1724 W. Division St., 817-275-7881, thearlingtonsteakhouse.com.

Thankful for HPC

It’s a drive, but a lot of North Texas families will load up Thanksgiving morning and head to the timeless Highland Park Cafeteria in the Casa Linda neighborhood east of downtown Dallas.

The HPC, which opend in 1925, is a throwback to old-fashioned cafeterias and East Texas home cooking. It features some of Texas’ best fried chicken daily plus a special turkey-and-dressing feast for $14.99 on Thanksgiving.

The cafeteria will open at 10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving, and that’s when the line is shortest. Or consider going just before the 3 p.m. closing.

Regular hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; 1200 N. Buckner Blvd. at Garland Road (Loop 12 at Texas 78), 214-324-5000, highlandparkcafeteria.com.

Tandoori hotel

This is one of those little ethnic restaurants that come and go, sometimes without much notice.

But right now, the new Route 66 restaurant inside the Radisson South Fort Worth hotel has an interesting weekday Indian lunch buffet.

A made-to-order chicken tikka masala at lunch was excellent.

It’s not a large buffet, and the chain hotel lobby setting is dank. But the menu offers both American and Indian menus, and a chef is trying to build a following for the latter. A made-to-order chicken tikka masala at lunch was excellent.

Meanwhile, the regular hotel coffee-shop breakfast and lunch menus remain available; 100 E. Altamesa Blvd., 469-605-9684, radisson.com.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, bud@star-telegram.com, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com.

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