Reviews26 May,2017Steve Bessler
Big State Fountain has a tradition of old dinner style dishes. Their breakfasts really are wonderful! Breakfast is served here... read more until noon each day. Their lunch and dinner specials are also very good. I've been a customer for well over 20 years. I'd recommend both their burgers and most definitely a cookies and cream shake! If you're ever interested in trying a historic delight, give Big State Fountain a chance!Jeremy Kish Minatrea 12/09/2017
Here is a really good place to try when anywhere nearby. I had the patty melt, served on marble rye,... read more perfectly grilled to a crisp that never got soggy. Vegetable soup was outstanding, I will get a bowl instead of a cup next time. Chocolate shake was both tasty and a generous serving was provided. Service
It's such a nice friendly place. The food was amazing. We got the burger and philly cheese steak with fries... read more and onion rings. The fries and onion rings were some of the best I've had in town. The service was amazing and so kind. It is a place where you feel welcome and leave full and satisfied.Mary N. 11/21/2017
I finally got a chance to check out this Irving staple. I was pleased with the ambiance, the old fashioned... read more soda fountain feel & the fact Turner Movie Channel was playing on 1 of the tvs. I was disappointed in my service. My server was great & kept refilling my water to compensate for the lack of food. Being the only customer to come in a 15 min time frame I expected my food fairly quick. It was highly unacceptable that it took 25 min for a cup of soup & a BLT. I was told the cook was new so I will give them another try maybe for breakfast.Tish J. 11/01/2017
Wow, the Big State Fountain Grill is like walking right dab into the middle of the musical GREASE........I kept thinking... read more Danny and Sandy would pop in for a Root Beer Float or a Ice Cold Cherry Coke (with peanuts floating in the glass bottle)at any moment.
This amazing little diner (establishment in 1948) with it's working soda fountain is simply covered with historical memorabilia from classic Hollywood, 50's Rock-n-Roll as well as for the city of Irving itself. Vintage Items like original Black and White photos line the yellowed walls bordering with slightly worn period perfect booths, red swivel counter stools, and soda shop chairs and tables beckoning you to come in and join the fun. Heck, Betty Boop (herself) welcomes you at the door to step into a era of fast cars, great music and the best greasy-spoon this side of Nashville.
My family and I were visiting an old friend in Irving and she suggested we try the BSFG and we all had a great (unhealthy) meal of Greasy Cheeseburgers, Fresh French Fries, Opulent Onion Rings, and the best Chocolate MilkShakes I have had in decades!
The waitstaff were warm, friendly, and as unique as the diner! I believe many of them have been working there for years...which says a lot about this place and the loyalty of those that own it.
And guess what? As we were paying our bill, my older sister snagged some candy bars that We used to eat as Kids.....OMG, I didn't even know they made them still.
Did I mention that Elvis watched over is as we ate? Well, He Did! You have got to go check this place out! It's a Hoot! Trust Me, A Good Time Will Be Had By All!
I would give Four Stars for ambience ALONE...but the food, the service and the history listen helped solidify the rating!
Happy Eating Y'all!
We had a wonderful experience for my son's birthday. Food was yummy and the root beer float was amazing! Our... read more server was so funny and kind and made our occasion very special. The service is slow but we felt that was part of the charm and the experience of eating at a nostalgic themed diner. We would definitely go back. All four of us enjoyed it! My one comment would be to have utensils ready when food is served as that was an issue during our meal.Victoria F. 9/10/2017
What a cool, old school diner. They have the old school chairs, soda fountain, and jukebox, along with an Elvis... read more statue. The place is also like a history book of Irving with all the old pictures and memorabilia. I liked it so much I went for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast is great and the best thing on the menu are the biscuits and sausage gravy. They are seriously the best I have had in Dallas. For my dinner stop, I had the burger with a hot link on top and it didn't disappoint. It is a great spot with great food, the only negative I had seen was it can take a little while to get your food. I will definitely be back and recommend it to anyone.Sean B. 8/27/2017
Great soda fountain, burger joint. Continuing the "Good old days tradition". Good and desserts are very good! Service is good... read more here but, can be a bit slow sometimes.Ben Scratchin 8/08/2017
First time here got sat with Cami shes great nice person recommend me the John Lennon grilled cheese and it... read more was so good I do recommend! Stop by if you got a chance its also a store not just a place to eat!!ALFREDO CRUZ 8/04/2017
I was amazed with how clean is it service was amazing ,I got the best milk shake I ever had... read more tried. ,my breakfast was awesome good flavor I do recommend this place stop by get a shake and two sunny side up eggs and chicken fried steakOscar H. 7/29/2017
It has the decor of an old time diner but the restaurant portion of this establishment is only a few... read more years old. I had the Goose Burger. Beef patty with a hot link. It's served with homemade house chips. The burger was good, great? I'd say good. The chips were homemade but had a bit of a stale flavor. One of the winning things about our visit was the service. If they are aiming for a nostalgia image they are getting it right with the friendly service. Heather was wonderful. As we the whole team from an observation.Sean L. 7/28/2017
Nostalgic soda fountain/diner in downtown Irving. Good food, old fashion sodas. Excellent patty melt on rye (swiss cheese, grilled... read more onions, I add blue cheese crumbles & bacon...yum!). Best house made potato chips. Gotta try it!!!Thom Robinson 6/18/2017
Love Big State! If you want a great hamburger try the one with blue cheese & bacon. Delish! Everyone is... read more so nice & friendly! Thanks Chelsea to you & your wonderful staff!Norweita Beth 6/08/2017
This old fountain has excellent food, both for breakfast and dinners. You can't beat the atmosphere, history, and cool little... read more shop with vintage candy that this place has to offer. Pro tip: If you like malt shakes, this is the place - they'll even add more malt for you if you ask.Christopher Nelson 6/06/2017
Great nostalgic feel of a mom and pop diner. Have a cute little shop with candies, gifts inside the restaurant.... read more The service was wonderful- friendly, warm and personable. Steady stream of people coming in but not super crowded- we did go after lunch). Haven't tried the breakfast menu yet. Great homemade kettle chips! Overall a plus to support our local Irving business!!Carryl O. 6/03/2017
This place is really neat, old style Drugstore with grill & soda fountain! Same as it was back in the... read more 50& 60's.
Nostalgia at its best ! Good food & gr8 soda fountain
Lots of cool products to pick from & friendliest folks to serve you !! GREAT PLACE
NOW & in my high school
Memories! Big State Drugstore just almost next
THE TEXAS MUSICIANS MUSEUM!!! On Irving BLVD!!!
I believe I have not thought of this gr8 place since I was going to school ! What an amazing refined!!! �������������������������������🍽�
My mother, sister and myself were so excited to eat lunch at Big State. We were not impressed! The atmosphere... read more and the music we enjoyed. Took way too long to get our food, TOOK 45 Minutes. Very disappointed in the service the waitress only stopped by our table 1 time while we waited. I CANNOT BELIEVE we stayed but we really wanted that cheeseburger! And it was ok. Will probably give them one my trySherry Carender Chasteen 5/17/2017
I love this place. I normally just call in and pick up. They're quick and always friendly. Good hometown burgers... read more etc. I haven't disliked anything I've ordered. The staff is very friendly and helpful.Lena Lee 5/16/2017
Service was "meh", the food was good (but not great), but the decor and atmosphere were excellent; Rick Fairless and... read more company kept what mattered intact. Plus, the vintage photos of Irving covering the walls are a very nice touch. I'll likely make a return visit soon.Danny Pitt 5/15/2017
It has been a great experience to visit the Big State Fountain Grill. For years we dined, laughed and talked... read more at the smaller fountain in what was then Big State Drugstore. The exit of the drugstore and expansion of the Grill has not changed the atomosphere except to make it bigger and better. Even cool to see some of the same faces after several years. A place not to miss.Donna Hansen Love 4/13/2017
I love this place. It has one of the best root beer floats and milk shakes that I've ever had.... read more Not to mention the cute little store and selection of hard to find candy.Ky Rivera 4/05/2017
Everywhere you go, you get pre-cooked food; however Big State Fountain has fresh food and real fries. I enjoyed the... read more fresh made coffee and the family environment.Guadalupe Barajas 4/03/2017
One of the only two original soda fountain grills still operating in Dallas County, serving grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers... read more and desserts including ice cream shakes, malts, and sundaes. Music from a jukebox in a cute market full of tchotchkes. Walking distance from the TRE.Catherine Cuellar 4/01/2017
Thank you for providing the perfect venue for my son's 8th birthday party. The service was very good considering such... read more large party of more that 20 people. This was a first visit for many of the people in our party and everyone was pleasantly surprised.Karalyn Taylor 3/27/2017
Everything about Big State Fountain Grill is so cool it's like stepping back in time and you are at your... read more soda fountain hangout your best girl is wearing her plaid skirt and Bobbie socks your 57 Chevy is shinning like new and you are sharing a delicious sundae. Everything I've eaten there has been wonderful and yesterday was no exception. I had a grilled balonga sandwich and looking forward to the next time I get to chow down on one. Afterwards I enjoyed a chocolate sundae and left there with a full belly and a big smile. Oh yeah another thing the music boy I love the music they play sure took me back to my teen years. How can you beat great music great atmosphere and great food. Big State Fountain Grill try it and you will love it too.Jimmy Lee Owen 3/06/2017
When you walk in, the place is very endearing, like a 50s movie diner with a store on the side.... read more The food was pretty much what you would expect from an American diner. I ordered a hot dog w cheese fries and my husband ordered the chicken fried steak, which he stated, "was alright", nothing mind blowing. The one area that needs improvement is the service. Everyone was kind but it wasn't as attentive as I like when dining out. The plates where never removed, my poor husband eyed the store frequently trying to get someone's attention to get a root beer refill, and I had to flag someone down to ask for ranch that did not come w my cheese fries. All in all, I'm glad we gave this place a shot but not sure if we'll be frequenting.Ana B. 2/12/2017
Our church men's group meets here 3 Saturdays a month. The food and service are well above normal. The employees... read more go to such extremes to make everyone's experience the best. All that and the fact that Rick Fairless has local ties and is dedicated to preserving downtown Irving. Wholly recommend this place to any and all.Nicholas Heit 1/29/2017
I loved this place. As an archaeologist, the historic photos on the wall immediately caught my attention. I couldn't wait... read more to finish eating to look at some more. The Patti Melt was perfect! The food seems to be all good and the look/feel of the place reminds me of the old lunch-counter experience from the 70'sCarl Feagans 1/06/2017
I came here with a group of PGR after taking down flags and returning approx. 700 flags for Snowball Express.... read more I had grilled cheese and fries. (Better than the grilled cheese place on shark tank) service was great!Karen S Mccutchan 12/18/2016
Thank you to the staff for allowing us to come in at such a late hour and sitting down to... read more eat , Was 2:45 when we showed up , didn't know on Sundays they closed at 3 . The food was Good , I had the split fried bologna sandwich , with onion rings .. They never once rushed us out or tried to hurry us to eat , Our waiter was nice and friendly ,He got everything right the first time, Thanks to the young lady who came to ask if we wanted refills before you broke down the machine to clean it ..And so when we left it was around 3:15 . So thank you again for giving me such a great lunch experience on my birthday ...Bryan D Hay 11/13/2016
The staff was friendly and even kept my 2 year old daughter laughing. The food was delicious and the serving... read more were large. We most definitely recommend eating here!Brittany Harris 10/31/2016
one of the few cool places we have in irving. i love everything about it. the music, the food, the... read more atmosphere ( i wanna know where they found the formica tables!!! i want one so bad!) and sheryl is my favorite waitress! everyone is very friendly and they always greet me by name!! extra bonus its in MY neighborhood!!Bobbie Krumm 10/26/2016
I liked the food and the malt I had, but WOW, was the service sloooooooooooooooow. 45 minutes to get a... read more burger and onion rings? I was legitimately thinking "our waitress forgot to put the order in. NO WAY it should be taking this long!"Michael S. 10/16/2016
I love this place! 5 STARS as one of the best diners in town! Nostalgia and great food is always... read more a winner!
I found this place through DT Local. When I walked in, I was greeted at the door, and welcomed! Clearly this is a locals-friendly type place!
My father was a pharmacist with a soda fountain, and this place took me back to my childhood! Everything was there... the handspun milkshakes, the Blue Bell Ice Cream, the gift shop... this place is such a hidden gem restaurant!
I sat at the bar, and the waitress was awesome! The food is absolutely delicious, and I recommend the Barney Fife Buffalo Burger! For dessert they have ice cream and PIE!! 5 STARS every time you have PIE!
But the best part... I didn't realize this place was owned by Rick Fairless of Stroker's Ice House Bar & Grill of Dallas-World Famous fame! He actually walked in, said hello to most of the customers, and let me take a picture with him. It wasn't until much later I realized that one of my waitress' was his daughter!
5 STARS! Too bad we can't give 6... and remember to #shoplocal
Their Buffalo Burger is the bomb! I love how big it is, you get so much value from buying it,... read more not only does it taste great but it's portion is big too 🙂 You have to try it when going hereMichael Fisher 10/06/2016
The food there is excellent one of the best burgers in town but the service and friendly staff are what... read more really make it special. They stayed open extra hours so we could have our pre-reunion get together and they were amazing!!! We had the best time and they did an awesome job. Thank you Chelsey Fairless and staff y'all did a wonderful job.Stella Lambert 9/28/2016
Timeless joint who's integrity has been maintained and enhanced nicely by the Fairless Family! I dig a good joint... read more and this one is in my home town. Great joint food, soda fountain drinks and atmosphere! Bravo!Bob Whoopeecat Stephenson 9/25/2016
I had lunch there with my Son and Daughter In Law and I had a Root Beer Float and a... read more Steve McQueen Grilled Cheese Sandwich. People were very friendly and the atmosphere was amazing. Can't wait for my next visit. ❤️�Lee Ona Turner 9/21/2016
We waited 4 a bit not 2 long just long enough 2 enjoy our malt shakes halfway than the burgers... read more & fries showed up & l have 2 say they were delicious & we collected points 4 our next trip Thank U Jesus, Thank U Big State Fountain, & most of all Thank U WV 4 making our trip great. �Janie Torres Rivas 9/05/2016
Last time I was here was over 40 years ago. I came in today and fell in love. It's so... read more cute with the old nostalgia there minus the dust. The owners really did a top notch job restoring this place. Plus the staff is super friendly!Laura Siadek 7/29/2016
From having a milkshake to eating a classic burger and fries, what could go wrong? Absolutely nothing in this case!... read more Everything was delicious. Seating includes normal tables or a bar area. I decided to sit at the bar area and loved it, great view of the TV. The overall 50's-ish aesthetic and feeling of this place is great and if I lived closer, I'd go back more often. Good job at making Irving feel like fun!!Valerie P. 7/19/2016
This place is one of the best diners in town! Everyone is very welcoming. You'll definitely see familiar faces every... read more time you visit. My 4 year old absolutely loves eating here. Food is overall delicious, and always served hot. The burgers here will make your mouth water, and is inexpensive. They have amazing Minestrone Soup. I mashed up the veggies, and fed my 9 month old baby with it. My baby enjoyed that soup very much, and so did I! It's upsetting that the Minestrone Soup isn't on their everyday menu. Sometimes they will serve it, and there are days that they won't. My all time favorite sandwich is the Hank Williams Sandwich. I asked for over hard eggs, and my sandwich was perfect. Taking a bite into that sandwich felt like Heaven. Give that a try if you like bacon, eggs, & cheese! There's plenty of dessert selections to look forward to after your meal. They have cake, ice cream, ice cream floats, candy, brownies, etc! I also suggest buying birthday cards here. Inside this diner, you will find a small gift shop with a lot of cute items!Mackee P. 7/19/2016
I tried the Hank Williams Grilled Cheese on Texas Toast. It was very good.
The Blue Bell Strawberry... read more shake hit the spot as well.
Next time I will try the Chef Salad or the Chili Cheese Dog.
I forgot, I will also be bring my friends with me as well.
Amazing patty melt from a super cute and authentic soda fountain in the heart of Irving. The fries however were... read more barely cooked but I wasn't there for those! Probably should have gone with the house chips and saved myself a couple bucks.
The iced tea was very strong and the staff didn't look at me like I had two heads when I requested unsweetened tea. I was even given a tea to go when I settled my bill. Sheryl is a great server who anticipated all my needs and had things ready for me on the fly!
Seems like a great place for families with the wide variety of diner classics and amazing variety of sweet treats!
Several colleagues and I visited Big State on a Friday for lunch. Service was fantastic (5-stars) and the food was... read more good but not great (3-stars). We each had milkshakes (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and butter pecan). Very good milkshakes. The food was hot and served quickly but there was nothing that was really memorable about the food. We did enjoy the decor and seeing old photos of Irving, TX.Heth K. 6/12/2016
I came here after school and let me tell you this place is great! I had a black bean burger... read more which was amazing and it's great to see this place is vegetarian friendly. Not to mention there aren't many places that serve good veggie burgers like this. I also had cheese fries and mozzarella sticks which again were great! Finally we finished off with a cookies and cream shake and the lady "accidentally" made too much and gave us 2 extra ones. The staff was so sweet and went out of their way to make sure we were doing good. If I could give this place 10 stars I would! Support your local businesses and make sure to stop by during breakfast, lunch, or dinner!Leslie L. 6/02/2016
Great food, great service in Old Downtown Irving. Fried Bologna sandwich was super good and the homemade chips added the... read more perfect accompanying crunch. My dining buddy had the steak fingers, but what made this one super yum were the "Strokes fries". Prices were very inexpensive, and again, the service was outstanding.Monica R. 5/30/2016
I found the food great and the remodel really great looking. I had a the Big State cheeseburger and my... read more wife had the John Lennon grilled cheese. The Lennon was delicious! American cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, on Texas toast. I definitely recommend that grilled cheese.Nelson L. 4/23/2016
I don't know if the food is as good as the ladies are pretty, but it's close!! A throwback! You... read more will leave satisfied and feel like you just had lunch or dinner with close friends. Enjoy!John O. 4/23/2016
I've been going into big state soda fountain for over 60 years. All of this time when ordering a chocolate... read more malt there is been enough left in the tin they bring with it to almost fill the glass up again. Now they're cutting it way short. Less than one fourth of what they have always served. Food is still wonderful but I just ordered my last malt in here.Charles Caffey 4/19/2016
I've been to a couple of work events where they were catering Big State but never got to try their... read more food.
My wife and I decided to stop in one night for dinner and I'm sure glad I did. Such cool little place with an awesome atmosphere. The food was delicious and my favorite part was the price. We will be coming back anytime we are in Irving.
P.S.- Don't leave without trying one of their shakes.
Awesome place and our waitress was cool and down to earth, like most Irving folk my first time there and... read more been in Irving my whole life, it was good food, oh and the soda on pointTraci White 3/29/2016
First visit here was pretty nice. I have lived in Irving all my life and always saw this place. Decided... read more to try it and it was really good. The burger i had was the goose combo burger with tater-tots. It was very delicious. I also had a Cookies and Cream milkshake. That was also very good. The environment is really nice and comforting. I love the atmosphere. Makes me feel like i am living in the 1950s lol. The service was really good and employees are nice. Definitely coming back. Will recommend this place to friends!Daniel E. 3/25/2016
I love this place!!!
I moved to south Irving a year ago from Deep Elm. Going from having countless restaurant... read more options all in walking distance to the stark contrast of having mostly fast food and taquerias as a convenient dining out option i was quite said. Until I stumbled along Big State.
I love the 50ies dinner (original) atmosphere. The shop in front has unique items like greeting cards and hard to find candy. The wait staff is outstanding, and it's always eat off the floor clean. All good reasons to give Big State a try, but that's not why I give this joint 5 stars. My rating is simple for the old fashion shakes and the Goose Combo. A two handed burger dressed the way you like with a grilled sliced down the middle piece of smoked sausage link right in the middle. Served with home made kettle cooked potato chips. UMM! I crave the Goose Combo fortnightly.
If you're looking for the best shake in North Texas or have a craving for an awesome burger. Make the trip to Big State...
Pretty good lunch spot. I ordered the Big State burger. They cook a bunch of burgers at once and then... read more slap it on the grill to warm it but when I got it, it was barely warm. Don't think I'll be getting the burger again. Fries were great.George D. 2/24/2016
First visit. I sat at the bar. It was 7pm so not crowded. The tables and counters were all clean... read more and fresh looking. Oldies music plays on the juke box. One of the waitresses occasionally goes over and skips a song she doesn't care for. A regular walked in and was greeted by his first name and brought his usual without even asking for it 🙂 Everyone was attentive and friendly and checked back regularly.
I had the chili cheese burger. My order was delivered perfectly as I ordered it, with the onions grilled and with most toppings on the side. The chili was amazing, I'd go back again just to have it again. The burger was well done but not at all dry. The burger is served with home-made chips, which I have always liked and these were good chips. I got a side salad and drink, my total was just over $11.
They have a souvenir shop with candy varieties and even had some clearance Christmas items.
I got the Goose burger and fries, Hubby got the Big American and Onion rings. The burgers were nothing special.... read more Average. My fries were lukewarm. The place is very neat and the service was good. Has a lot of memorabilia and that old Soda Fountain feel. If I came back this way, I might come here again. I would not make a special trip.Cindy M. 1/18/2016
It is refreshing to find that there are still these kinds of places around. Super friendly staff and great food.... read more I had the holing sandwich with chili and cheese and fries. Very good and it was a real hotlink, not just a sausage like most places give you. I will definitely try a milkshake on my next visit.Guy O. 1/18/2016
Walking into this place was like walking into my great-grandparent's diner in the 1950's. The twirling bar stools, the delectable... read more looking cakes on their stands, and the vintage milkshake machine take you back to a different time.
On our first trip a few months ago, we tried their breakfast. The coffee mugs are just the right weight (if that matters to you) and the coffee itself is good. The basic scrambled eggs, bacon, and scattered hash browns for breakfast will fuel you all morning.
The waitress was attentive and friendly, even offering us a coffee to go on our way out.
On a second trip (today) we tried lunch. The onion rings were fantastic, with just the right batter to onion ratio. As much as I liked everything else about this place, I would skip the hamburger next time and try the BLT. The patty on the burger left much to be desired.
Overall, I highly recommend this spot, especially for a yummy breakfast.
I've been here once for breakfast and once for lunch. It's nice to be served by people that actually like... read more their job or at least pretend to. The food is pretty good and a good value. Some of the menu has weird pricing. My 3 piece steak finger meal was $3.95 but the 5 piece meal is $6.95. I don't care one way or another about it but it was goofy to me.Chris W. 1/10/2016
Absolutely fantastic restaurant! Love that jukebox in the corner, you're able to change what song is playing too! Had the... read more chicken strips with gravy, French fries and Texas toast! BEST GRAVY I EVER HAD! If you're in the downtown Irving area, I recommend this restaurant!!Kathy Kwilosz 11/25/2015
What a sensational, timeless spot! The classic 40's 'feel' is certainly unmistakeable, and the service is on-spot for diner-lore of... read more old.
The menu is expansive and priced extremely competitively. As it would happen, during my first visit, Fort-Worth NBC was there during an interview with the surprisingly young female owner.
First time there. Sat at the bar. Atmosphere and service was great. Food was delicious. I had the Goose Combo... read more Burger (Big State cheeseburger with a grilled hot link on top). I ordered it because it was a combo that I haven't had on a burger before and I was curious. Well, it was excellent. The burger was hot and juicy (not overcooked), toppings were fresh and the hot link... the hot link made this sandwich "over the top". I will be getting this again. ...soon. I read one review that said the burgers weren't very big, but I'm six-two and I struggled a little getting my mouth around this thing. My P.I.C. had the John Lennon Grilled Cheese (American cheese, bacon, tomato and jalapeños on Texas toast). She isn't a big eater, but there was nothing left by the time my burger was gone so I didn't get to try it. It did look good though. We both also had ice cream sodas and they were really good too.
While there we heard some people singing happy birthday and spun around expecting the normal little kids party, but to our delight it was a group of about six "seventy-somethings" celebrating one of their birthdays. It was sweet.