Canada-inspired Maple Leaf Diner has the chill food you need when it’s 100 degrees outside
Michael Delaurier can’t make everybody happy, but the co-owner of Maple Leaf Diner and his staff sure try. The wait at breakfast for one of the hundred or so seats at Maple Leaf Diner, tucked into a strip mall in North Dallas, can stretch out to an hour on the busiest of weekends, Delaurier says. But don’t let that dissuade you from loafing until your time comes around; the from-scratch cooking is worth a wait, especially if a fried chicken sandwich is on your want list.
Maple Leaf Diner’s house-baked brioche buns are sturdy enough to handle the load of its spicy fried chicken sandwich, a hunk of hand-battered, crispy fried chicken smothered in dill sauce and hot peppers, then loaded with thick strips of bacon, cheddar, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and rings of red onion. The whole thing comes with a flag of gooey mozzarella sticks, just in case the two-handed affair isn’t enough. (Don’t worry; it is.)
Maple Leaf Diner’s waffles, malty and crisp-edged, are also made from scratch with eggs and whole butter, just like the diner’s excellent pumpkin pancakes. Be warned, though: You’re going to need a few boxes to cart the leftovers home, especially if you begin with Maple Leaf Diner’s classic Canadian poutine. A half-order is all you need because, really, no one older than twenty should eat a whole plate of the french fries, brown gravy and squeaky cheddar cheese curds – even when they’re as good as the ones here.
Delaurier, a Canadian whose made his home in DFW for more than a decade, knows his way around both the northern and southernpantries, so you’re in especially good hands whether you opt for a plate of true Canadian bacon, a slow-cooked corned beef sandwich, the fried chicken sandwich, waffles or even a Nanaimo Bar to take home.
Don’t know what a Nanaimo Bar is? That’s okay; you’re not from Canada. But Delaurier is. So either ask him, or go for the double stacked apple pie in the dessert case right up front. There’s lots of reasons the diner’s food has been praised on the Food Network, in local magazines and now on EscapeHatch. And right now, anything even remotely connected to Canada sounds good when it’s 100 degrees outside, eh?
12817 Preston Road, Dallas.
The Hatch crew visited as guests of Maple Leaf Dinerimg_2410