Irving’s breakfast diner


Mary Murphy, Contributing Writer


The cafeteria here on campus serves a great breakfast — and an even better brunch — but sometimes I find myself craving breakfast for dinner. This past week, I found a quirky little restaurant that serves breakfast all day.

Mama’s Daughter’s Diner has been serving breakfast to Dallasites since 1958. It is located right off of Story Boulevard, only 20 minutes away from campus.

wanderingSince Mama’s is supposedly known for its southern home-cooking, I walked into the restaurant expecting something like Cracker Barrel. However, I soon came to realize that Mama’s is Irving’s personal Waffle House.

It’s a small restaurant packed with interesting people and includes funny plaques and sayings from “Mama.” It’s also self-seated, which I found out after I awkwardly waited for a few minutes at the front of the restaurant unattended.

The staff was kind and friendly, though their service was a little slow. This may have been because they were so busy. Mama’s attracts a diverse crowd; if the food wasn’t so good, I might have spent my whole time there people-watching!

Mama’s serves sandwiches, salads and daily specials as well as breakfast foods. The restaurant offers a different daily special of “Meat & 3” every day, including different meats (such as meatloaf and roast beef) and three sides.

For its all-day breakfast, Mama’s offers omelets, waffles, pancakes, French toast and four different specials. When I went, I had a version of the Mama’s Daughter’s Special, which includes two eggs and French toast for $4.39.

Mama’s serves good food for a decent price in an interesting atmosphere. The restaurant’s lunch and dinner specials are only $9, and its breakfast prices range from toast and hash browns for $2 to the Texas Style Breakfast for $11.

The Mama’s location nearest the University of Dallas is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The restaurant serves breakfast all day, all week.

For more information on Mama’s Daughter’s Diner, feel free to call 214-742-8648 or check out its website at


Mama’s Daughter’s Diner / 2412 W. Shady Grove / Irving, TX, 75060


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