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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Up and Eat ’Em : Texas Monthly Best Places for Breakfast List

An authority on Texas flavor, the Texas Monthly magazine complied a list of the top breakfast spots in Texas. This list contained a variety of reviews including the top 7 best places for breakfast in Dallas. In the article originally published in the December 2011 edition of Texas monthly,  Up and Eat ’Em : Texas Monthly the authors detail their findings of the best breakfast places in Dallas in a very tasteful editorial style. Although they did not rank the restaurants in any particular order, I still might disagree with a few of these places even making the list. A few places like Breadwinners and Buzzbrews are consistently on these lists and are always a good bet if your not feeling risky! Which is your favorite?

Up and Eat ’Em

"Rise and shine, Texas! It’s time to smell the bacon, butter the biscuits, and dig into the huevos motuleños. We’ve compiled a list of the forty restaurants in the state where you’ll find the greatest breakfasts ever, so lay off the snooze button and head for the door. Here are the very best reasons you’ll never want to skip the most important meal of the day again."

Photograph: Allison V. Smith
AllGood Café
Scrambled eggs—moist and fluffy—are a true art form at this Deep Ellum hangout. For proof, order the exemplary plate of migas, which come with a deep green salsa imbued with cilantro, fresh tomatoes, and jalapeño. Chunky oven-roasted potatoes and firm black beans shore up the works. The huevos rancheros, with sunny-side-up eggs atop crisp corn tostadas, are also sensational. Perhaps the heartiest option, though, is the chicken-fried steak and eggs, anchored by an ultra-thin filet with a golden, crunchy crust and served with a side of grits, which spring to life when topped with fresh pico de gallo. Cheap mimosas, Mexican-tiled tables, and a quirky staff add to the Austin feel at this live-music venue, whose tagline is, rightfully, “After a long, hard night of partying . . . we still look great the next morning.”
2934 Main
Open Sun & Mon 9–2, Tue–Sat 9–9

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La Duni
The Salsa Baked Eggs have us panting in anticipation, although that rush could just be from the Luna Negra—a double espresso shot—we downed upon nestling into our cushiony banquette at this elegant Highland Park mainstay. When the Latin-style entrée arrives, the poached egg is blanketed in bubbling roasted-tomato salsa and a blend of cheddar and Gruyère, perfect for spooning onto warm flour tortillas. Alongside we enjoy bites of lean Argentine sausage flavored with chimichurri sauce. Dessert afterward? Why not have pastry chef–owner Dunia Borga’s glorias—buttery puff pastries filled with guava paste and cream cheese, a specialty of her native Colombia.
4264 Oak Lawn Ave
Open Mon–Thur 7 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Fri 7–10:30, Sat 9–10:30, Sun 9–9:30

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Company Cafe
On a chilly morning, nothing satisfies like digging into the Deep Bowl at this sleek yet crunchy spot. At the bottom of said bowl is your choice of meat (we order the sliced, pepper-riddled venison sausage), which is topped with a hash of double-roasted sweet potatoes sautéed with bacon and onion, then crowned with avocado and two over-easy eggs. Stacks of daily newspapers on the counter, serve-yourself coffee and tea, and sunlight pouring through huge picture windows all add up to a laid-back vibe.
2217 Greenville Ave
Open Mon–Thur 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri 7–11, Sat 8–11, Sun 8–3

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White Rock Local Market
We imagine that croissants in heaven taste like those from the Village Baking Company, crafted from locally milled organic flour and rich Plugrá butter. We swoon over the pistachio, almond-pear, and fig varieties, along with the classic pain au chocolat, and we curse ourselves if we don’t arrive early, because they often sell out within half an hour. (We like to take the brioche home to make French toast on Sunday.) Still, we’ll gladly settle for breakfast tacos and Holy Kombucha tea from Green Spot Market & Fuels, the organic convenience store and biodiesel gas station that serves as the market’s backdrop.
702 N. Buckner Blvd
Open Sat, Dec 10, 9–3; second & fourth Sat, Mar–Nov, 8–1
Crossroads Diner
The famed sticky bun rivals a catcher’s mitt in size. We pinch off cinnamon-swirled bits and lick the caramel icing, flecked with chopped pecans, from our fingers. Eventually we focus on the main event, a breaded pork schnitzel, fork-tender and riding high on a bed of sautéed spinach and buttery cheddar grits. Lest you think they were serious about “diner” in the name, notice that a veal jus surrounds the arrangement, which is then topped by an exquisitely poached egg and a cascade of lush hollandaise. We prefer the relatively sane weekday crowd to the weekend crush at chef-owner Tom Fleming’s shiny year-old addition to the Presbyterian Hospital district.
8121 Walnut Hill Ln
Open Tue–Sun 7–2

Crossroads Diner on Urbanspoon

Photograph: Leann Mueller
Among a half dozen or so reasons we’re now haunting this Bishop Arts District newcomer is the Hatch Chile Scramble, sumptuously made with pork shoulder, mozzarella, tortilla strips, and salsa verde. We wash it down with a cup of single-origin joe that we pour from our own French press. For carb-loading, the choices are tough. Will it be the mound of light, airy beignets, hot and crunchy outside, drenched in powdered sugar, and served with honey and lemon? Or should we go for the hubcap-size pancakes, one each of gingerbread, banana–peanut butter, and red velvet (the last topped with sweetened cream cheese)? Even if we hit the crowds, a given after ten o’clock on weekends, we’re still happy to settle down on the outside benches, warming our hands around that killer coffee and waiting for a seat inside. The space is a vintage storefront, but it feels comfortingly like Grandma’s farmhouse kitchen.
316 W. Seventh
Open Mon 6:30–2, Tue–Fri 6:30–2 & 5–10, Sat & Sun 7–2 & 5–10

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Photograph: Leann Mueller
This Oak Cliff neighborhood darling—attached to the fabulous forties Belmont Hotel—serves the most popular breakfast in Dallas. Under the watchful gaze of campy seventies family portraits, we tuck into pulled, smoked beef brisket swaddled in saucy green-chile rajas atop a bed of diced cornbread, all sitting beneath a beautifully poached egg improbably decorated with a couple of watercress sprigs. A theme emerges: down-home, with class. A close second favorite, the house-smoked salmon and pickled red onion, must be savored on buttermilk-dill toast spread with a smidge of goat cheese. A side of pork belly bacon planks, one of owner-chef Tim Byres’s hand-hewn meats, provides a smoky contrast to the morning’s dessert, a platter of “Heavy-Handed” but singularly lighthearted pancakes. They’re made with blueberries and ricotta, then dressed with apricots poached in vanilla and dollops of freshly whipped cream. If there’s the usual wait on the weekend, hang out at the bar while nursing a super-spicy Bloody Mary.
901 Fort Worth Ave
Open Sun–Thur 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri & Sat 8–11

Smoke on Urbanspoon
 TRY THE . . .
Mr. C at Buzzbrews Kitchen, because house-made chorizo with sautéed onion and red bell peppers folded into soft-scrambled eggs and topped with cheese is available around the clock. Sam’s Benedict at Original Market Diner, because spicy sausage patties and poached eggs atop English muffins get a dose of both cheddar cheese and hollandaise. Veggie scramble at Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery, because spinach, tomato, broccoli, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and onion make you feel virtuous (until you notice the herbed cream cheese in there too).

Buzzbrews Kitchen on Urbanspoon


  1. We stayed at Belmont Hotel during our visit to my friend who is currently residing in Dallas. And of course, she recommended we eat at Smoke and it was indeed a nice dining experience. We had the smoked beef brisket and it was really tasty.

  2. If only my place is nearby these places, I would try everything. These are mouth-watering!

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