Kick Start Your Day at Dallas' Best Breakfast Spots

They say that the early bird always gets the worm, but Dallas' best breakfast joints dish out more than just bird feed for morning meal-goers. And not only do these restaurants go above and beyond your basic bacon and eggs, most of them don't require you to rise and shine before noon in order to get a breakfast fix on.

For the best all-day breakfast offerings, look no further than Jonathon's in Oak Cliff.  The place is famous for its chicken & waffles and deep-fried, pancake-battered turkey sausages on a stick. Chicken and waffles also take center stage at Maple Leaf Diner, a Canadian inspired eatery that serves this southern style combo with cream puffs and strawberries on top.     

If you're the morning type who imagines plates of gloriously decadent pancakes or steak & eggs, then the casually chic Second Floor restaurant in the Dallas Galleria might be right up your alley. It's a great spot to fuel up both before and after hitting the mall.

There's also Bread Winners Cafe, a local brunch institution that's notorious for its long weekend waits. But fortunately you can indulge in most of its mouthwatering brunch options during the week when there aren't any lines.

Of course, the breakfast list wouldn't be complete without mentioning Norma's Cafe, a Dallas landmark that's been slinging up hearty home-style fare and mile-high pies since 1956. It's the perfect place for those who like their breakfast served with a side of nostalgia.

In fact, when it comes to the most important meal of the day, Dallas serves up plenty of deliciousness. Whether it's eggs Benedict, French crepes or breakfast tacos–consider this list your essential guide of where to get your day off to a tasty start.

Boulangerie by Village Baking Co.
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Dallas' best bakery? The local Francophiles who stake out this bastion of baguettes think so, and with good reason. The shop's hearth-baked boules, crusty baguettes and buttery croissants are as good as any found across the Atlantic. And the...  Read More

Kuby's Sausage House
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This family-owned German market and restaurant has been anchoring the corner spot in Snider Plaza since 1961. And, not only does the place boast one of the best selections of meats, sausages, cold cuts and European food imports in town, it's...  Read More

The Second Floor
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This hidden jewel box bistro on the mezzanine of the Westin Galleria hotel is always a great place to duck into for a meal when shopping at the Galleria. But with its serene, welcoming atmosphere and tempting breakfast menu, it's also a splendid...  Read More

Whisk Crepes Cafe
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Deliciously authentic, fresh to order crêpes in Dallas? Mais oui. This cubby-hole of a creperie nestled in Oak Cliff's trendy new Sylvan Thirty development has been winning the hearts of area Francophiles with its eclectic lineup of sweet and...  Read More

Norma's Cafe
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Nostalgia rules the roost at this queen of comfort cooking icon that's been slinging up chicken-fried steak, hearty country breakfasts and mile-high pies since 1956. And while the menu has been modernized over the years, Norma's still very much...  Read More

Maple Leaf Diner
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If a pile of fried chicken and bacon stacked on top of Belgium waffles sounds to you like the ideal way to kick start your morning, read on. This old school diner cranks out an extensive repertoire of every type of Canadian comfort fare...  Read More

Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery
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You need to roll out of bed early on Saturday or Sunday if you want to beat the ardent locals to a table at this incredibly popular brunch bastion. But its weekday breakfast (served until 4 p.m.) rarely comes with a wait and the menu is just as...  Read More

Ellen's Southern Kitchen and Bar
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Dallas may be filled with culinary hot spots, but if you're hankering for some mouthwatering soul food fare, it doesn't get any better than Ellen's Southern Kitchen. This homespun West End diner dishes up elevated comfort classics, ranging from...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Oddfellows Facebook

Though this hipster hangout serves meals at all hours, it's breakfast and brunch that draw in the crowds. But be warned, you'll have a hard time deciding what to order. Go sweet and you'll be confronted with a choice between banana cream pie...  Read More

Jonathon's Oak Cliff
Photo courtesy of Jonathon's Oak Cliff Facebook

Don't be surprised to find long lines outside of this charming 1930s bungalow because Jonathon's is something of an institution, and for good reason. The place not only serves terrific comfort food favorites, ranging from burgers and pork chops...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene

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