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Hi all! I'm looking for a great place to eat breakfast in Dallas. I used to love Benedict's, but no more.

What do you all recommend?

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  1. Cafe Brazil is a favorite.

    1. Garden Cafe for the ambiance.
      Breadwinners for the mimosas and sweets.
      Buzzbrews for the monster omelettes.
      Original Pancake House for the perfectly crisp bacon.
      Blue Mesa Grill for the brunch buffet.
      Ciudad for something different.
      Still looking for a really great, cheap breakfast taco.
      Been meaning to try Legal Grounds.

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      1. re: vktp

        Not impressed with Garden Cafe's food.
        I second Original Pancake House but it can be VERY crowded on weekends.

        1. re: Scagnetti

          Yep, Original Pancake House gets crowded for good reason. Thirded!

          1. re: air

            I like it too. The freshly squeezed orange juice is great, and I like to get the Texas Benedict with poached eggs instead of scrambled. The fruit is always beautifully fresh ... I sub it for the pancakes.

            1. re: foiegras

              I rarely eat breakfast out but when I do, It's always at the Original Pancake House. I particularly like their natural casing turkey sausage links with my perfectly poached eggs over hash browned potatoes. .

              1. re: twinwillow

                So along the line of those exceptional turkey links - know where a similar sausage could be found for "home use"??? They really are good. I've looked at "regular" grocery stores and can't find anything but Jimmy Dean and it's ilk. Am going to CM later today so will try to remember to look there. I've been scoping the situation for a couple of months and so far, have come up with nada on the breakfast style poultry link.

                1. re: CocoaNut

                  Wholefoods used to carry them. They were great! Uncooked turkey breakfast links in the natural casing. Tasted just like pork but 1/2 the calories and fat. But alas, no more!
                  Now, all they stock are the skinless pre-cooked Jimmy Dean type breakfast links!
                  I believe they were the Applegate Farms brand.

                  1. re: CocoaNut

                    I think that CM's breakfast sausages are all pork, but they certainly make poultry sausage. You should talk to them ... if nothing else, maybe they could make you a special order to freeze.

                    1. re: foiegras

                      :) I was just there yesterday and bought my usual chicken/apple and chicken/feta. As I stood there, I thought about asking if they do/would make a poultry sausage for b'fast, but as we all know, CM is crazy busy on weekends. Will have to go back on a weekend.

                      Thanks to both!

          2. re: vktp

            Legal Ground is only ok.

            Can I add La Duni to the list? I think they are in the same league as Breadwinners

            And then there are my spots for bottomless mimosas on Sunday morning: Amuse and Cosmo Rouge.

            And, Tin Star is always good for breakfast tacos.

          3. Our favorites:

            Cafe Brazil - for something out of the ordinary
            Cindy's - for not so healthy omletes
            All Good Cafe - great breakfast when we go to the farmer's market
            Mecca - great old "truck stop" breakfast, my personal favorite
            Lucky's - good standby

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            1. re: MarcusB

              These are some great ideas. I love La Duni for brunch, been there several times.

              I also love Zaguan. Great pastries, fresh juices, and omelettes.

              1. re: MarcusB

                I must second the Mecca rec! Those cinnamon rolls make it worth getting up and making the drive for me. :)

                  1. re: vktp

                    It is right off of Harry Hines and Northwest Hwy in a kind of old white two story house looking building. SO good!

              2. I love Zaguan too! Their Venezuelan food is also very tasty. Last time I gorged myself on their cachapas (so yummy!). I'm so glad that someone else thinks so, the place always seems so empty when I go.

                For really cheap and quick breakfast tacos: The taquitos (with potatoes and cheese) at Whataburger are amazingly good.

                1. Right down the street from Benedicts is a greasy spoon called Pete's Cafe. Its on Belt Line just west of Marsh. Good biscuits and gravy. They also use real and fresh potatoes for their hash browns, not the frozen nuggets several breakfast joints use.

                  For breakfast tacos try Plano Tortilla Factory (aka Aparacios). Its near old downtown Plano.

                  1. I would recomend Oasis on upper Greenville Ave. The portions are great and prices are very reasonable. They only take cash. My favorites are the chicken fried steak and the migas.

                    1. Don't forget Dream Cafe in the Quadrangle. Very family-friendly if that's your thing.

                      1. La Duni's and Kathleen's Art Cafe...For Brunch on weekends, Blue Mesa

                        1. i like mama's daughter's

                          1. John's Cafe

                            And they are going to reopen on Lower Greenville in the old Nick's spot in addition to the new one on Plano Pkwy. Home cooking breakfast (as opposed to brunch, which is how I think of Breadwinner's, La Duni, etc.) at a really great price.

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                            1. re: dalaimama

                              I agree with John's cafe. It is a real diner. They have first come first serve for seating, the eggs are always perfect, you serve yourself coffee so it can always be full. And the prices are exceptional. Didn't realize they moved though. I haven't been in a while, but I was a regular for years.
                              I also agree with the report below on Deli News. different kind of breakfast and price range, but great nonetheless.

                            2. Fuel City on Industrial has phenomenal breakfast tacos but sometimes you gotta deal with people asking for money, and there's no seating, so you're stuck eating in the car. All that aside, it's worth it.

                              Dream Cafe is awesome.

                              If you happen to be near the airport, the Biscuits Cafe in Grapevine has the best corned beef hash this side of New York. In Grand Prairie, the Pioneer is good.

                              1. Original Pancake House - Best classic American breakfast in town by a country mile

                                Deli News - for bagels and lox and NY Deli-style grub like salami and eggs etc.

                                La Duni (the Oak Lawn location) - ungodly hot chocolate, pastry baskets and migas

                                Breadwinners - I like Original Pancake House better, but this is also a great option

                                1. pioneer in grand prairie is good

                                  1. Poor Richard's in Plano - best cheap breakfast in town, crowded but the line moves fast, and it's worth the wait.
                                    Cafe Brazil, the french toast with fruit and creme anglaise is mindblowing.
                                    Original Pancake House, if only for the coffee with heavy cream and the fresh squeezed OJ
                                    Same for Cracker Barrel - best OJ and really good grits and turkey sausage.
                                    I still haven't found a place that does a good poached egg yet.

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                                    1. re: ginger7949

                                      I really, REALLY hate admitting this...but...I love the breakfast at Cracker Barrel. It's such a comfort when you're on a road trip knowing that they will always have real butter and real maple syrup for your pancakes.

                                      Only regular place I know of that has real butter and real maple syrup is Buzz Brews.

                                      1. re: ginger7949

                                        +1 for Poor Richards. During the week you can sit yourself, but on the weekends (especially during Plano Balloon fest weekend) there'll be a line out the door. Always worth the wait. Open from 5 am to 2 PM with all sorts of tasty breakfast items and a moderate selection of lunch. Nothing beats a Texas sized Chicken fried steak breakfast (3 eggs, Toast, Tomatoes). Able to satisfy me almost untill evening if I time the breakfast correctly.

                                      2. When my brother lived in Lakewood (district/neighborhood/whatever), I loved the Sunday morning trip to Brazil. Timed just right, there was no wait and unlimited pour-your-own coffee. Timed wrong, and we just scrambled eggs at the house...who waits on line for breakfast?!? Since we now both live in SA, the spot of choice is the taqueria closest to a middle point that serves huevos a la mexicana with fresh lard-friendly tortillas.

                                        I'm certain Dallas has a thriving taqueria market that serves breakfast with a SoTex flair, fresh tortillas and, unfortunately, shitty coffee. Stay away from the h. rancheros, stick to the a la Mex or chorizo. Just don't try finding a good south-of-the-border breakfast in Irving, if you know what I mean...

                                        1. I still can't find breakfast tacos in Dallas (mexican groceries and taquerias included). lots of great taco spots but no bfast? What gives - are bfast tacos more of an anglo thing? In austin i could pick up quick or made to order tacos everywhere - what are dallasites eating for bfast anyways?

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                                          1. re: orbitron

                                            It's funny you mentioned the lack of Bfast Tacos in Dallas. I've wondered that for years. You can get'em on just about every corner in Austin proper. The only one I've found are at Tin Star (weekends only). Sometime I go to Cuquita's on Henderson and get above mentioned eggs ala Mexicana with chorizo and make me own. I'm looking for the egg, potato, cheese, bacon, sausage, choice type. Help, people.

                                            1. re: orbitron

                                              Calling them breakfast tacos might be a gabacho thing. Otherwise it's just eggs and whatever with tortillas. There's no standard "breakfast taco" that comes from Mexico anyway. Aparicio's is alright but last time I was there the tortillas tasted day-old.

                                              1. re: luniz

                                                These may not be what you are looking for....but, I get breakfast tacos at the Goldrush (they even chop up veggie sausage and scramble it w/ the egg). All Good has breakfast tacos on their menu.

                                                And what about Casita Lupe on Zang at Colorado?
                                                Also wonder if Dallas Tortilla on lowest Greenville (behind Fiesta) has breakfast tacos.

                                              2. re: orbitron

                                                There's a couple places, but they're going to be kinda pricey and not the cheap breakfast taco style.

                                                There's Taco Cabana that serves pretty standard breakfast taco fare that have quite fresh tortillas. Stay away from the breakfast burritos. The tortillas are the pre-made ones they use for the quesadillas.
                                                There's also Taco Republic (north of Spring Valley Road and US-75 in richardson) that does some pretty good breakfast tacos.

                                              3. I am very surprised to hear that something happen so bad you won't go back to Benedict's. This is one of my favorite places. I actually have a breakfast site of my own, dfwbreakfast.com and have it as one of my favorite local joints! I also like the Dallas Diner too, it used to be called Norma's in Farmers brach.

                                                1. I'll add my vote to some of the aforementioned, and add some new ones:
                                                  Original Pancake House - those stellar dutch baby pancakes are absolutely worth the 20 minute wait
                                                  Blue Mesa - Sunday AYCE buffet brunch, very reasonably priced
                                                  Norma's Cafe (on the Tollway just south of Frankford)
                                                  Legal Grounds - oat pancakes are unique and delicious, plus it's such a nice neighbourhood

                                                  Oddfellows (Bishop Arts district) - breakfast every day and those guys know their coffee
                                                  Swiss Pastry Shop (FW) - I'm a broken record about this place. It's CHEAP, service is quick, cream puffs are to-die-for and breakfast menu offers all your staples
                                                  Four Seasons (Irving) - well, it's the Four Seasons. Pricey, but excellent service, and great food

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                                                  1. re: missanusha

                                                    I would TOTALLY AGREE that the Swiss Pastry SHop in Fort Worth has the BEST creams puffs!

                                                  2. Must try the peach crepes at OPH. Very rich, very good. (If only they were fresh peaches)

                                                    Sunday Brunch, Colleyville - Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar http://www.nextwoodfiredbistro.com/in...

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                                                    1. re: CocoaNut

                                                      Second the Next recommendation. *Fantastic* Sunday brunch.