First look: Ford’s garage serves burgers and beer in an old-fashioned service station space

Ford’s Garage, whose advertising website claims “your neighborhood burger and beer restaurant, everyone’s welcome,” started in Fort Myers, Florida, in 2012 and arrived in Plano in June of this year.

Another in a long line of themed restaurants, this one is designed to resemble an early 20th century service station, complete with fuel pumps, air hoses, and other Ford memorabilia including vintage signage, fixtures, and even a Model T suspended over the bar. The topic extends to service settings as well: napkins are blue towels and some serving plates look like splice covers. Even the servers are dressed in mechanic suits. Remember the old filling station in Lower Greenville back in the day? like this.

You say: “Everything is fine, but how is the food?”

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Form T (or A?) above the bar

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Well, their main focus is hamburgers and handcrafted beer. The selection of beers is OK, including about 25 brews, about half of which are from craft breweries near and far across the country.

The hamburger selection is good but it doesn’t offer anything out of the ordinary. We decided to go with one of our usual foods, the Swiss mushroom burger.

Click to enlarge Mushroom Swiss Burger - Hank Vaughn

Mushroom Swiss Burger

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The brioche bun was preferred because the pretzel bun is often too dense and makes the burger difficult to eat, but the bun turned out to be light enough. The burgers were delicious, but cattle. It’s hard to make a really bad burger, and good burgers are everywhere here. This is just another option. An average option, but an option.

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The ends of the burnt smoked brisket are melting

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The second sandwich was a smoked brisket brisket that melted, finished with caramelized burnt ends in bourbon BBQ sauce with sharp cheddar cheese and bacon jam on toast. This was also… well. It tasted good but not like what one would expect from burnt breast ends and instead more akin to a ground beef sandwich. Again, it wasn’t bad but it also wasn’t particularly noteworthy. However, the Tots Tatter that came with it were good and well seasoned.

Click to enlarge Edsel's Hot Pretzels, Soft Salted Pretzel, Served With Beer Cheese And Ford's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce - HANK VAUGHN

Edsel’s Hot Pretzels, Soft Salted Pretzel, Served With Beer Cheese And Ford’s Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.

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Who doesn’t love a good hot biscuit? This was our side pick, called Edsel’s Hot Pretzels on the menu. Odd name choice considering the flop that Edsel was, but this is actually very well done. It was four big finger-sized crackers, soft and savory, and two dipping sauces, one honey mustard, the other beer cheese.

We paid our bill and headed out, but not after we were first asked to take a picture of two old men who wanted to park in front of the cars and pumps at the entrance, because at the end of the day the decor is the highlight here.

3904 N. Dallas Parkway (Plano); 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday; 10:30 AM – 3 PM (Breakfast and Lunch) 3 PM – 10 PM on Sunday

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