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An egg and avocado breakfast sandwich plated with a cold brew coffee at La Reunion in Bishop Arts.
An egg and avocado breakfast sandwich at La Reunion in Bishop Arts.
Kathy Tran

12 Excellent Dallas Breakfast Destinations

From omelets to bagels, and kosher and vegan options — there’s a breakfast for everyone on this list

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An egg and avocado breakfast sandwich at La Reunion in Bishop Arts.
| Kathy Tran

Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day, and from time to time, it’s nice to slow down and enjoy a robust first meal from one of DFW’s tastiest breakfast destinations.

From crepes and waffles to loaded breakfast sandwiches and vegan tacos, there’s something for every early riser at one of these essential breakfast spots.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Market Local Comfort Cafe

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Specializing in Kosher breakfast and lunch fare, the Market Local Comfort Cafe turns out bakery-quality breads, bagels, desserts and more, plus sides, dips, and salad and single-serve meals. The restaurant is meatless, serving only fish and vegetarian dishes with several vegan options daily. 

Cindi's N.Y. Delicatessen, Restaurant & Bakery

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There isn’t a deli on every corner in Dallas, but Cindi’s keeps it real East Coast-style, especially where breakfast is concerned. Indulge your inner New Yorker with lox and bagels, blintzes, and latkes, or stick to classic Texas favorites with migas or a chorizo omelet. Breakfast is served all day, so don’t worry about waking up early.

Sclafani's New York Bagels and Sandwiches

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This bagel shop has an ample dining space and owners hailing from New Jersey. Their fat, doughy bagels scarcely leave room for a hole, but that’s all the better to keep fillings from falling in your lap. The Park Avenue features the typical lox bagel setup: smoked salmon, red onion, tomato, capers, and cream cheese.

Shug's Bagels

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Walking into Shug’s is like walking into a newer, cleaner, classier version of a New York bagel shop. It offers bagels, cream cheeses, and lox in several varieties, including egg bagel sandwiches, lower carb “flagels,” and deli meats plus cheeses and salads by the pound. This fast favorite often boasts a line around the block on weekends.

John's Cafe

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Low-key and no-frills, John’s Cafe on Lowest Greenville Avenue has been around for five decades. For breakfast, diners can expect omelets, migas, scrambles, waffles, pancakes, and basic breakfasts ordered by loyal neighborhood customers. Make sure you say hi to John; he’ll be up at the front.

Original Market Diner

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Perhaps one of the best in Dallas, the Original Market Diner in the Medical District is the kind of place with a rotating pie case, where the waitresses still call people “sweetie.” Order some crisp, juicy fried chicken sandwiched between fluffy waffles with a side of hash browns, bacon, and eggs. If at all possible, save room for a post-breakfast slice of pie. 

San Martin Bakery and Cafe

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San Martin is a beloved Guatemalan pastry destination. Its first U.S. location is also a great breakfast option with cheap-yet-delicious coffee. Dig into the Salvadoreno, which boasts fried eggs and ranchera sauce served over cheese (or chicharron) stuffed pupusas for breakfast. Fried plantains, refried beans, and crunchy curdito (a lightly fermented cabbage slaw) round out this perfect plate. 

AllGood Cafe

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A Dallas’ stalwart all-day dining institution, Allgood Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live music nightly. Walking around at breakfast time, customers will spot plate after plate of fluffy pancakes, eggs and bacon coming out of the kitchen, and people from all walks of life enjoying each one.

Ellen's

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Ellen’s in Downtown Dallas, and Allen serves breakfast all day, broken out into classic, signature, Mexican and Benedict menus. Can’t decide? Consider the signature pancake pot pie, with its layers of sweet maple sausage gravy, pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, hash browns, and cheddar cheese.

City Hall Bistro

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For those in the mood for an indulgent hotel breakfast, this chic Downtown restaurant inside the Adolphus Hotel offers omelets, photo-worthy avocado toast, and more breakfast classics with international flair. 

Spiral Diner & Bakery

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Many Dallas breakfasts revolve around eggs and bacon, but not at Spiral Diner. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty to love here, including a veggie-packed tofu scramble, breakfast quesadillas, and most notably, vegan-friendly migas. Pair with an apple-carrot-ginger juice for a healthy breakfast any time of the day.

La Reunion

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Eggs, coffee, mimosas: this tiny Bishop Arts cafe has all the things you need for a good breakfast. As a bonus, it’s quite popular with the WFH crowd so bring your laptop along for a delicious working meal. The egg and bagel sandwiches are a great handheld order.

The Market Local Comfort Cafe

Specializing in Kosher breakfast and lunch fare, the Market Local Comfort Cafe turns out bakery-quality breads, bagels, desserts and more, plus sides, dips, and salad and single-serve meals. The restaurant is meatless, serving only fish and vegetarian dishes with several vegan options daily. 

Cindi's N.Y. Delicatessen, Restaurant & Bakery

There isn’t a deli on every corner in Dallas, but Cindi’s keeps it real East Coast-style, especially where breakfast is concerned. Indulge your inner New Yorker with lox and bagels, blintzes, and latkes, or stick to classic Texas favorites with migas or a chorizo omelet. Breakfast is served all day, so don’t worry about waking up early.

Sclafani's New York Bagels and Sandwiches

This bagel shop has an ample dining space and owners hailing from New Jersey. Their fat, doughy bagels scarcely leave room for a hole, but that’s all the better to keep fillings from falling in your lap. The Park Avenue features the typical lox bagel setup: smoked salmon, red onion, tomato, capers, and cream cheese.

Shug's Bagels

Walking into Shug’s is like walking into a newer, cleaner, classier version of a New York bagel shop. It offers bagels, cream cheeses, and lox in several varieties, including egg bagel sandwiches, lower carb “flagels,” and deli meats plus cheeses and salads by the pound. This fast favorite often boasts a line around the block on weekends.

John's Cafe

Low-key and no-frills, John’s Cafe on Lowest Greenville Avenue has been around for five decades. For breakfast, diners can expect omelets, migas, scrambles, waffles, pancakes, and basic breakfasts ordered by loyal neighborhood customers. Make sure you say hi to John; he’ll be up at the front.

Original Market Diner

Perhaps one of the best in Dallas, the Original Market Diner in the Medical District is the kind of place with a rotating pie case, where the waitresses still call people “sweetie.” Order some crisp, juicy fried chicken sandwiched between fluffy waffles with a side of hash browns, bacon, and eggs. If at all possible, save room for a post-breakfast slice of pie. 

San Martin Bakery and Cafe

San Martin is a beloved Guatemalan pastry destination. Its first U.S. location is also a great breakfast option with cheap-yet-delicious coffee. Dig into the Salvadoreno, which boasts fried eggs and ranchera sauce served over cheese (or chicharron) stuffed pupusas for breakfast. Fried plantains, refried beans, and crunchy curdito (a lightly fermented cabbage slaw) round out this perfect plate. 

AllGood Cafe

A Dallas’ stalwart all-day dining institution, Allgood Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live music nightly. Walking around at breakfast time, customers will spot plate after plate of fluffy pancakes, eggs and bacon coming out of the kitchen, and people from all walks of life enjoying each one.

Ellen's

Ellen’s in Downtown Dallas, and Allen serves breakfast all day, broken out into classic, signature, Mexican and Benedict menus. Can’t decide? Consider the signature pancake pot pie, with its layers of sweet maple sausage gravy, pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, hash browns, and cheddar cheese.

City Hall Bistro

For those in the mood for an indulgent hotel breakfast, this chic Downtown restaurant inside the Adolphus Hotel offers omelets, photo-worthy avocado toast, and more breakfast classics with international flair. 

Spiral Diner & Bakery

Many Dallas breakfasts revolve around eggs and bacon, but not at Spiral Diner. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty to love here, including a veggie-packed tofu scramble, breakfast quesadillas, and most notably, vegan-friendly migas. Pair with an apple-carrot-ginger juice for a healthy breakfast any time of the day.

La Reunion

Eggs, coffee, mimosas: this tiny Bishop Arts cafe has all the things you need for a good breakfast. As a bonus, it’s quite popular with the WFH crowd so bring your laptop along for a delicious working meal. The egg and bagel sandwiches are a great handheld order.

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