First Look: Ford’s garage serves up burgers and beer in a retro gas station-themed space
Ford’s Garage, whose website claims to be “your neighborhood burger and beer, where everyone is welcome,” started in Fort Myers, Fla., in 2012 and came to Plano in June.
This is another in a long list of cute themed restaurants, this one decorated to look like an early 20th century gas station, complete with fuel pumps, air hoses and other Ford memorabilia, including vintage signs, light fixtures and even a Model T hanging above the bar. The theme extends to the serving settings as well: the napkins are blue shop napkins and some of the serving plates look like hubcaps. The waiters even wear mechanic suits. Do you remember the old gas station in Lower Greenville back then? Like that.
“Very good”, you say, “but how is the food?”
Well, their main focus is burgers and craft beer. The beer selection is decent, including about 25 beers, about half of which are from craft breweries near and far across the country.
The selection of burgers is good but nothing out of the ordinary. We decided to go with one of our must-haves, a Swiss Mushroom Burger.
A brioche bun would have been preferred as a pretzel bun can often be too dense and make the burger hard to eat, but the bun turned out quite light. The burger was tasty, but pedestrian. It’s hard to make a real bad burger, and good burgers are everywhere here. This is just another option. An average option, but an option.
Our second sandwich was a cast of smoked brisket burnt ends, which is made with burnt ends caramelized in bourbon barbecue sauce with sharp cheddar and bacon jam on toast. It was also… OK. It tasted good but didn’t look like what you would expect from burnt brisket and was more like a ground beef sandwich. Again, it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t particularly noteworthy either. The accompanying tater tots, however, were good and well seasoned.
Who doesn’t love a good hot pretzel? This was our side selection, called Edsel’s Hot Pretzels on the menu. A strange name choice considering the flop that the Edsel was, but it was actually very well done. It was four large, soft, salty fry-sized pretzels and two dipping sauces, one honey mustard, the other beer.
We paid our bill and left, but not after first being asked to take a photo of two older gentlemen who wanted to pose 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); 11am-10pm Monday to Thursday; 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday; 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (brunch) 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday