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Oct 7, 2010 08:13 PM

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch in University Park or Highland Park

Hello hounds,

My wife and I are attending the wedding of a couple friends in Dallas this weekend and we'll have Friday lunch, Saturday breakfast & lunch, and possibly Sunday brunch free - and I would appreciate any recommendations y'all have. :D

We're staying at the Hyatt Summerfield at 8221 North Central Expressway, which is (according to Google Maps) north of the University and Highland Park areas. We're from the Midwest and neither of us has ever been to Dallas before.

We like just about anything, really, and our only particular preference would be a request for a good Tex/Mex place for lunch. We'd rather not break the bank, either; casual and cheap are just fine. :D

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. I'd go to Ozona. Their menu has TexMex type items and I really like getting chicken fried steak there for brunch. They are known particularly for their chicken fried steak and I'd recommend you give it a try. If interested, run a search and you'll find plenty of discussion/debate on this specific dish!
    Also I recall they do a bloody mary bar too. It's a really casual, vibrant, and funky place. Lovely time of year to dine outdoors on the patio too.

    You have a lot of good nearby options which include: La Duni, Dream Cafe, Original Pancake House. All are casual and unique to Dallas. Suggest looking thru their menus.

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    1. re: air

      The food at Ozona is decent to slightly above average. The Bloody Mary bar is quite nice. But air fails to mention that they have a very nice outside beer garden/outdoor seating area with lovely trees, etc. If you can live with slightly above average food, the ambiance is nice.

      I'd also second the recommendation of La Duni. Not Tex-Mex by any means. More a pan Central and S. American restaurant. But the food here is two cuts above Ozona. Very good.

      Other than that, I'm not much help as I rarely eat breakfast.

      La Duni Cafe
      4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

    2. Right off the top of my head:
      El Fenix for inexpensive, good old fashioned Tex-Mex. On North West Hwy. just west of Hillcrest Blvd. in Park Cities.
      Also in the Park Cities in Snider Plaza try Kuby's.
      Good German food at very reasonable prices. Great for B'fast and lunch.
      Also in Snider Plaza; Zoe's.
      Lot's of good restaurants to choose from in NorthPark Shopping Center and Preston Center East.

      1. Here's another somewhat recent thread that may give you some ideas.

        Rise No.1 makes delicious souffles, salads and entress. If anyone in your party has intolerances for gluten or lactose, they have accommodating items on their menu.

        In addition to breakfast, lunch or brunch, LaDuni is also excellent for an afternoon break of coffee and pastries. There are 3 locations to choose among - I believe each location maintains different hours.

        1. Gordon Biersch - upscale all american
          Fuzzy's Taco
          Torchy's Taco
          Chuy's - mexican
          Central Market - if you havent experienced it yet, you should
          Kona Grill

          all within minutes of your hotel

          Kona Grill
          8687 N Central Expy Ste 1722, Dallas, TX 75225

          3408 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75074

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          1. re: clleblanc99

            air speaks wise with the single exception of Ozona. Not a fan. Second Rise no !, as well. Rocks for brunch and breakfast.