10 Best Desserts and Coffee in Dallas: French Pastries to Loaf Cake
By Denise Brandenberg
Dallas Local Expert
Trying to find the best Desserts & Coffee in Dallas? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Obzeet Coffee Bar & Café.
We also help you find areas where Desserts & Coffee are prominent - the Oak Lawn area, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Dallas's best.
If you're in the mood for a French treat, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find several French bakeries like Rush Patisseire, which specializes in macaroons, eclairs and croissants. If you want your dessert and coffee to have a Latin flair, go to La Duni which features special Latin treats like churros, tres leches cake and bread pudding, or Cafe Brazil for the best darn hot chocolate and coffee in town.
Dallas residents and visitors who want good ole' traditional Southern desserts go to White Rock Coffee for the freshly-made loaf breads (think pumpkin, zucchini and banana nut) or to Emporium Pies, which specializes in you-guessed-it - pies!
10 Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery
Weekends are extra busy at this bakery as folks stop in for decadent desserts and pastries, including muffins and cakes. (Chocolate seduction cake, in particular, is truly a worthwhile indulgence!) Bread Winner's has it all - any type of cake or pie you can think of - they have it. Each morning, baked goods come warm out of the oven, and the joe is freshly brewed as well. At lunch, you'll find a full coffee bar and great daily specials. And, each table gets a free plate of pastries and loaf breads when they are seated. There's a terrific Sunday brunch, too, along with a bar called The Quarter. (214-754-4940)
If you're in the mood to have your coffee and dessert hipster-style, head on down to Oddfellows in Oak Cliff. This popular hangout has one of the area's best espresso and coffee, along with numerous dessert-for-breakfast entrees like the banana cream pie French toast with candied pecans or red velvet pancakes with whipped butter and maple syrup. Some of the other sweet treats there that pair perfectly with a cup of joe include the house-made apple crumb cake, the Oddfellows Ding Dong (a two-layer chocolate cake with sweet cream filling and a chocolate ganache shell), a lemon and honey beignet, peach panna cotta, banana-run caramel bread pudding, and the chocolate bacon waffle sundae. ((214) 944-5958)
8 Obzeet Coffee Bar & Café
The outdoor patio of this upscale coffee shop radiates serenity and good karma thanks to a waterfall and smooth stones. Obzeet is truly an oasis in North Dallas - you'll feel as if you've left the state! The interior is modern and posh, attracting people of all ages. Granitas, a slushy type of drink, are popular, and you'll find a wide variety of dessert options, including key lime pie, Boston cream pie, German chocolate cake, and carrot cake. On weekends, live music on the small stage contributes to a livelier ambiance. Must be over 21 to frequent the patio after 8pm. (972-867-6126)
7 White Rock Coffee
White Rock Coffee is one of Dallas' best coffee shops. It specializes in small batch, handcrafted organic micro-roast coffee, and customers can go in to the cool cafe or order gourmet coffee online. This locally-owned shop features free WiFi, live music and a wide variety of fresh foods. It is the perfect laid-back atmosphere for hanging out with friends, studying or working. An express location is also available in the East Dallas/Lakewood intersection of Mockingbird and Abrams. Some of the best desserts there include a wide variety of loaf breads (apple walnut, banana nut, zucchini, etc.), scones, cookies (chocolate oatmeal, peanut butter, etc.) and locally-made cheesecakes. ((214) 341-4774)
6 La Duni Latin Cafe
This restaurant deftly mixes the feel and flavors of Latin America and Europe. Dishes like gaucho chicken breast and pan-roasted market fresh fish come alive with unexpected ingredients and skillful preparation. The house cocktails and desserts have swiftly earned a dedicated fan club as well. Regarding drinks, the Peruvian Pisco Sour and the Spanish Lemon 43 are must-tries. For dessert, the peach-apricot blueberry cobbler and milk chocolate cake pudding are hard to pass up. Other favorite desserts there include the chocolate bread pudding, cuatro leches cake, triple chocolate truffle cake with an espresso crust and Venezuelan Rum Pastry Cream and Chocolate Truffle cake. (214-520-7300)
5 Rush Patisserie
Located in North Oak Cliff, Rush Patisserie is a pastry boutique and cake salon. Some of the most popular treats there include the macaroons, eclairs and croissants. The macaroons there are technically perfect - crispy shells with gooey, moist centers - and they come in a wide variety of flavors, including champagne, mocha, vanilla bean, chocolate, raspberry, strawberry and pistachio. The decor is a French-inspired shabby chic, and it is a very cozy bakery to enjoy a pastry and coffee. Rush Patisserie also creates the "un-cupcake" - a miniature cake in a jar that comes in several flavors including wedding cake and caramel macchiato. ((214) 749-4040)
4 Main Street Bistro and Bakery
The much-loved Main Street Bistro and Bakery has received a great deal of acclaim for their croissants, but the locals rave over nearly everything on the menu. One of the most popular desserts there is called "The Bomb," and it certainly lives up to its name - a chocolate shell filled with chocolate mousse and a creme brulee center. Main Street Bistro and Bakery is a great source for morning pastries and a hot cup of java. The lunch menu is equally impressive, however, with favorites including the decadent smoked salmon sandwich and creamy Quiche Lorraine. As an added bonus, they're open for late-night grub on weekends! ((972) 578-0294)
3 Zaguan Latin Cafe and Bakery
Taste buds tango with delight thanks to Zaguan Latin Cafe and Bakery's self-described "mosaic of tastes," consisting of a truly unique and healthy selection of authentic Latin American delicacies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The ample offerings here begin with the likes of Colombian free trade coffee, Latin American hot chocolate or freshly made juices. Among the main courses are traditional staples like arroz con pollo and tequenos, all made with specialty breads, of course. One of the best "sweet" items on the menu is the handmade churros served alongside a variety of dipping sauces. Even people who don't like this traditional Latin dessert love Zaguan's version! (2142198393)
2 Café Brazil
In addition to traditional breakfast dishes, Café Brazil has plenty of options to satisfy a sweet tooth or caffeine craving. Scrumptious desserts and an unending supply of coffee are available, along with crepes of all kinds (dipped in cinnamon egg batter) and tropical fruit French toast. And one of the best drinks on the menu, and it's perfect for cold or rainy days, is the hot chocolate. You'll also find great service and a laid-back atmosphere that attracts an eclectic crowd. Outdoor seating is an added perk, and the cafe is open all night. Cafe Brazil is both inexpensive and satisfying. (214-461-8762)
1 Emporium Pies
With locations in the Bishop Arts District and the north suburb of McKinney, Emporium Pies is THE place to go when craving a slice of pie. Choose from a wide variety of popular offerings such as the Cloud Nine (a three-layer creme pie with caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar and meringue), the Drunken Nut (bourbon pecan with shortbread crust), the Smooth Operator (a French Silk chocolate pie with a pretzel crust), and Lord of the Pies (deep dish apple pie with cinnamon streusel). If you're in the mood for a key lime pie or fruit pie, you're in luck, as this bakery has them too. ((469) 206-6126)
About Denise Brandenberg
Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years. Denise started her career as an advertising agency copywriter, recruiter, and manager of online forums for an international meeting planning association. She ventured off on her own a few years ago, to start an adventurous career as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. Denise’s other work can be found at Global Road Warrior, USA Today, Chron.com, The Motley Fool, LovetoKnow, The Meeting Professional, and several other online publications.
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