We had a 6 hour layover in Dallas. With 3 kids. And a dog. We had all gotten up at 4 am and then spent 2 hours in Customs and 4 hours on the first of our two leg trip. Staying in the airport for 6 hours was not an option for any of us.
My intrepid wife did some research and found the KATY Trail and a collection of Family Friendly and Dog Friendly restaurants in a funky little part of Dallas called Uptown. We decided to Uber it double quick, get some grub and then head out on the trail. We were all cranky, and tired and hungry and ready to throw a tantrum (Or maybe that was just me). The we hit the Company Cafe. We were told there was going to be a bit of wait for one of the picnic tables out back. We ordered some drinks and found some shade under a tree while the dog romped, the kids played and my wife slurped her Mango Mule….I’m not sure what was in it but it kept her quiet and put a smile on her face. Which is pretty much how I felt about my beer. There was a bucket of chalk next to a sign on the wall inviting you to play a little fill in the blank with “Before I Die I Want To…” – a giant, public bucket list.
We took our place at our table and tucked into a mix of breakfast and lunch items. Luckily it was the brunch menu since our exhausted bodies did not know what meal they should be looking for. French toast bites, Salmon for the kiddies, Short ribs for my wife, fish tacos for me and a Johnny Rooster for our eldest. The Johnny Rooster comprised of fried chicken on top of gluten free pancakes, with bacon and jalapeno jam. Not bad at all – Oh yes – we should note that the restaurant is farm to table and gluten free – no complaints at the Company Cafe – solid food and a great start, middle or end to your trek on the Katy Trail.