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colmena Jul 20, 2007 08:36 AM

Interested in suggestions for in Dallas for both a good American breakfast spots as well as good Mexican breakfasts.thanx

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    chaskemp Sep 1, 2007 08:34 AM

    Barbec's - I've quit going. Food less than hot last 2 times I went. Bisquits okay, not great (Garden has better)
    Gold Rush Cafe - 1913 Skillman. East Dallas breakfast scene, mixed clientele - breakfast pretty good. John Wayne (eggs, chili, etc.) a favorite.
    John's Cafe - 1733 Greenville 1/2 block from Ross - It's back! Same-same, but different. Pretty good basic breakfasts. The long middle tables are good places to meet people. Welcome back to east Dallas, John.
    Garden Cafe - 5310 Junius. Good breakfast - pancakes & omeletes - available all hours. Nice place to take it easy - semi-upscale Old East Dallas all the way. - this is what you do when you make it (or not) in Old East Dallas.
    Cafe Brazil - Next to Stan's Blue Note on Greenville - I think its overrated, but a lot of people seem to like it. Greenville location is really noisy - get some acoustic tiles, please!

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      lewister6232 Aug 27, 2007 05:36 AM

      These are great suggestions!! My favorite joint is a diner near my house called Kel's Kitchen. But I definitely agree that Breadwinners and Dream Cafe are great. Wasn't overly impressed with Blue Mesa or Ziziki for Sunday brunch. Course, it depends on what you're looking for. I'd rather have the fixed price type at Popolo's than a buffet of average options.

      Glad to see a few places I didn't know about mentioned. I'll add them to my Squidoo lens on Breakfast in Dallas (http://www.squidoo.com/breakfastindal...).

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      1. re: lewister6232
        kendraburt Aug 27, 2007 07:33 PM

        My husband and I eat at Kel's pretty much every Sunday. I'm glad to know we're not the only ones that love that place.

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          twilight Aug 29, 2007 07:30 PM

          Garden Cafe on Junius. They use herbs grown from the backyard garden.

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            ErinTulane Aug 29, 2007 08:54 PM

            I second the Garden Cafe. What a great way to start the day, with the paper, in the herb garden, and we can bring our dog! Their fresh food is wonderful and the atmosphere is so soothing and peaceful.

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              thedoorchick Sep 1, 2007 10:06 AM

              I third this. It's too bad we live out in Tarrant County because we don't usually like to drive 30 miles for breakfast, but if we lived closer, we'd be regulars here.

      2. HalfBaked Aug 10, 2007 10:06 AM

        Breadwinners on McKinney has to be my favorite. They have another on Lovers in the N. Dallas area, but it isn't quite as consistent as the original. Plus, the original was built in the old Nieman Marcus Hat Factory. How cool is that?!

        2nd is probably Cafe Brazil for their crepes. And 3rd, for a splurge.. the Landmark in the Melrose is awesome. They make their french toast with brioche... YUM!

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          ChristieP Aug 6, 2007 06:50 PM

          Count me in for Barbec's. Hubby and I used to live within walking distance, and their beer biscuits are SO good!

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            dlcole Aug 8, 2007 11:05 AM

            Anything to the West side of the Metromess?

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            sugar3 Aug 4, 2007 01:18 PM

            I liked the Dream Cafe, Mercury Grill, and i heard the Mecca on Harry Hines is really good.

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              MarcusB Aug 6, 2007 09:15 AM

              The Mecca is my favorite basic breakfast in town. We eat there at least once a month.

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                HalfBaked Aug 10, 2007 10:01 AM

                Mecca is just ok. It's a Dallas icon - lots of cops eat there, place has been around forever and everyone knows everyone else. But when it comes down to it.. its just an ok, greasy spoon. Much better to be had elsewhere.

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                  MarcusB Aug 10, 2007 11:08 AM

                  I never billed The Mecca as a 5 star, white table cloth place.

                  It's a great place for a basic 2 egg/meat/toast/hashbrown breakfast that you don't even have to clean up for in the morning.

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                skedhead2000 Aug 1, 2007 10:28 AM

                This one's a no-brainer . . .

                American Breakfast: Original Pancake (on Lemmon - but other locations around Dallas as well)

                Mexican Breakfast: LA DUNI!!!

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                  Jerry627 Jul 31, 2007 08:50 AM

                  Original Pancake House on Lemmon
                  Norma's on Davis (complete with photos of 1959 Dallas tornado on walls next to booth)
                  Small Mexican cafe on Bishop in Bishop Arts District (easy to find) can't remember the name.

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                    pepper131 Jul 31, 2007 12:05 PM

                    Is it El Jordan?

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                      Jerry627 Aug 5, 2007 03:45 PM

                      Yes, I believe it is El Jordan. Just past by there on Friday on my way to the Char Broiler on Jefferson and forgot to look at the name. I've never had their regular TexMex food there, just the breakfast. By the way, sipping coffee after you've had their hot sauce is a whole new experience in pain...

                  2. redgypsy Jul 24, 2007 01:06 PM

                    Even though another poster doesn't like Barbecs it's a favorite in my family. My Mom from New Mexico always makes a point to eat there at least once during every visit and has now even gotten to calling in an order for a dozen beer biscuits to go on the way to the airport. We love it for good old breakfast standards.

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                      jeffbatl Jul 23, 2007 01:05 PM

                      awesome. i am headed back to Dallas in a couple of weeks and was wanting some better breakfast choices

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                        sass Jul 23, 2007 06:06 AM

                        Another question for this thread - anyone know of any decent breakfast places not too far from Casa Linda? For example, the corner of Buckner and Garland...is there anything near there? Healthy options would be great, but I probably shouldn't be picky.

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                          randyjl Jul 23, 2007 01:17 PM

                          Circle Grill for basic old fashioned breakfast. Buckner @ I 30.

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                            pepper131 Jul 23, 2007 02:53 PM

                            I live in that area too...nothing around here to eat!! Can't stand Barbec's.

                            I usually drive to the All Good, BuzzBrews or GoldRush (if I'm feeling greasy spoonish - they do have veggie sausage which is great in the breakfast tacos!).

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                              antepiedmont Jul 23, 2007 06:49 PM

                              I used to go to Taqueria Mi Pueblito in the Casa View center at Ferguson and Gus Thomasson. Not any kind of health food but yum! I really liked the bacon and bean and the chorizo and egg tacos, and the ham and cheese qeusadilla. Oh man I wish that place was around the corner here in Virginia.

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                              dalaimama Jul 22, 2007 04:28 AM

                              My favorite breakfast spot in Dallas is Kuby's Sausage House in Snider Plaza. They have wonderful breakfasts and a number of German specialties that always make me happy. They have potato pancakes, excellent french toast, bacon to die for from their meat market in the same building, kassler - which is a smoked pork loin.

                              They do excellent lunches and dinner as well although I don't think dinner is every night.

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                                carousel Jul 22, 2007 07:22 PM

                                Don't forget the reopened John's for a little greasy spoon on lower greenville.

                              2. kuidaore Jul 20, 2007 07:23 PM


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                                  bhoward Jul 21, 2007 07:23 AM

                                  La Duni has great brunch.


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                                    Webra1 Jul 21, 2007 08:15 AM

                                    I second La Duni.

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                                      pepper131 Jul 21, 2007 08:23 AM

                                      Absolutely...I love La Duni on Oaklawn during the weekdays for their limited breakfast menu - a popover, scrambled eggs and gruyere. And killer coffee!!

                                      And of course their weekend brunch is fab.

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                                        Webra1 Jul 21, 2007 12:03 PM

                                        Just curious if anyone has tried Herrera's for Breakfast. We ate there for lunch the other day and noticed that the menu mentioned that they use homemade chorizo. I think the menu also said something about breakfast being served all day...

                                        So far, I think my favorite chorizo is at Cafe Brazil. They make a really good breakfast chili relleno with it.

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                                        jinet12 Jul 21, 2007 07:44 PM

                                        I "third" La Duni...Breakfast...wonderful....Breakfast, lunch, and dinner...Yeah, I could just eat at this place for ALL meals, and be very, very happy....

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                                          TexasToast Jul 22, 2007 02:28 AM

                                          La Duni is wonderful for brunch, but very busy. As is Tin Star which is always good. But you can't beat the Sunday Brunch Buffet at Ziziki's!


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                                            jinet12 Jul 22, 2007 06:40 PM

                                            Ziziki's is my second favorite! We ate there for dinner last week, and it was very, very good, but their brunch IS hard to beat...especially for the price...

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                                              HalfBaked Aug 2, 2007 01:18 PM

                                              You are right, Ziziki's has a fabulous brunch. I was introduced to it at the Ziziki's that used to be located on Coit and Arapaho. It has since closed and the last time I went to Ziziki's for brunch, it was just ok. Not spectacular or 'can't be beat'. That was in May and was the one at Preston/Forest. Might try the Travis Walk one next time.

                                              1. re: TexasToast
                                                HalfBaked Aug 2, 2007 01:19 PM

                                                I didn't even know Tin Star had breakfast. Love their gourmet tacos. YUM!

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                                                  TexasToast Aug 7, 2007 07:35 AM

                                                  Well, I've had taco's at 8:30. Does that count?


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                                            kkak97 Jul 22, 2007 06:58 PM

                                            I second La Duni and Cafe Brazil.

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                                          Christnp Jul 20, 2007 03:04 PM

                                          Cafe Brazil is great for both styles. Food quality varies depending on location. My favorite is in Deep Ellum. Second choice is Cedar Springs. http://www.cafebrazil.com/menu.htm. Most of their great breakfast items are under 'signature specials'

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                                            YGBSM Aug 5, 2007 08:51 PM

                                            I second the CB reco...although I've only been to the Lakewood location about a dozen times. Get there early, or wait 'n weep. (being from sa, i didn't know CB had more than one location...when i go to lakewood, we park at the house for the weekend and walk.
                                            off subject -- why are folks razing the bungalows and building mcmansions in the neighborhood? it's tacky and pathetic.

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                                            pepper131 Jul 20, 2007 12:12 PM

                                            My fave is BuzzBrews - they are about the ONLY place that serves real butter and real maple syrup with their pancakes.

                                            Other than that, I do like the All Good in Deep Ellum. They have killer biscuits. They have real butter, but I think it's Log Cabin syrup.

                                            Dream Cafe and Breadwinners are also good.

                                            Mexican breakfast at Cuquita's (sp?) on Henderson - that's where my San Antonio friends like to go. It's too authentic for me...I'm not a fan of lard and all those meat smells.

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                                            1. re: pepper131
                                              randyjl Jul 23, 2007 01:10 PM

                                              Log Cabin IS NOT real maple!

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                                                pepper131 Jul 24, 2007 07:45 AM

                                                Exactly my point!

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                                                  teegee Jul 24, 2007 08:29 AM

                                                  if you read the words carefully, pepper131 says "They have real BUTTER, but I think it's Log Cabin syrup." nothing at all about log cabin being maple syrup

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                                                  colmena Jul 30, 2007 08:31 PM

                                                  We tried BuzzBrews, it was a perfect spot. Thanks for all of the suggestions.

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                                                  sass Jul 20, 2007 10:44 AM

                                                  Breakfast or bunch? Ozona, Buzzbrews, Garden Cafe, Dream Cafe, and Blue Mesa are the first that come to mind.

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                                                    HalfBaked Aug 10, 2007 10:04 AM

                                                    Oh yes! Blue Mesa's brunch is really very good. It comes with unlimited champagne or mimosas too!

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                                                      TexasToast Sep 19, 2007 11:01 AM

                                                      Bluw Mesa can be good, but it depends on the location. Some have temeprature problems which leaves the food either too hot or (far worse) lukewarm.


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