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8 places to enjoy all-day breakfast in Dallas

Published On 12/11/2014 Published On 12/11/2014

There’s something just so comforting about breakfast (bacon? it's probably the bacon) that makes your mouth want it pretty much any time of day: morning, midday at brunch, and late-night after some bad decisions. Break your fast at all hours of the day at these spots that believe breakfast should be served up during all operating hours (which, for some of them, is all 24!).

Norma’s Café

Oak Cliff 
Breakfast doesn’t get more country than at Norma’s, which has plated home-cooking favorites on Davis Street since 1956. The so-named “eNORMAus” breakfasts feature belt-busters like the gigantic meat-lovers omelet, full stacks of pancakes with your choice of pork product, and the hulking chicken fried steak-centered Country Breakfast. Big Eaters  (a ribeye platter with three eggs, biscuits and your choice of cinnamon roll, grits or hash browns) is clearly made for those days your stomach wakes up well before you do.

Garden Cafe

Garden Café

East Dallas
Folks dig this little box of a restaurant for its fresh ingredients, including produce and herbs from its own garden that go into the all-day breakfast/brunch service. Granted, that day ends at 3pm, but that’s plenty of time to sink your teeth into house-made bacon, pancakes in three varieties, and egg dishes aplenty. The Country Boy Benedict (biscuit w/ ham, gravy, and eggs over-easy) will ease any concern you might have about dining in too close proximity to a vegetable garden. Same goes for that house-made bacon pictured above.

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Mama’s Daughter’s Diner

Design District
If you can’t get your own mama to whip up a homestyle breakfast for dinner (and even bribes don’t work), truck on over and let someone else’s mama fill your belly. This family-owned mini-chain (with additional locations in Irving, Plano, Lewisville and Forney) specializes in huge plates of all your favorite breakfast things: think pecan waffles, scratch-made cinnamon rolls and fried egg sandwiches. Blue-plate specials like the Texas Size Breakfast (two eggs, hash browns, grits, and toast with three slabs of meat to choose from) will have you stuffed and in food coma-territory in no time.

Buzzbrews

Buzzbrews

Deep Ellum
Wee-hour breakfast cravings demand a 24-hour diner situation, and Buzzbrews delivers. The Deep Ellum and Central Expressway-off-Fitzhugh locations provide prime people-watching, especially when the club crowds flood in after 2am -- though it’s tough to look up from a stack of Pit Grill Pancakes or griddle toasts. If you’re part of that club crowd, you’ll want something hefty and meaty like the chorizo-stuffed crepes (called the Bluto Blast), or the Mile High, with scrambled egg whites, veggie sausages & walnuts piled onto a griddle toast... which is less virtuous than it sounds.

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Pop Diner

West Village
This Uptown eatery is an updated play on Coney Island joints -- those inexpensive 24-hour greasy spoons in Detroit so popular with after-hour revelers and poor students. Or maybe it’s a back-dated play: ’80s pop culture oozes from every corner, down to the music blaring through the speakers; even DJ and karaoke nights are centered on tunes from the era. Which goes great with the classic breakfast entrees and specialties like fried wings & waffles and Pop Pancake Sliders. Possibly an even better pairing? An adult milkshake from the full bar -- especially if your breakfasting well past breakfast time.

Kevin Marple

Bread Winners Café

Uptown
Everyone’s favorite spot for extreme waits for weekend brunch also serves some of those daytime favorites on the evening menu. The "breakfast for dinner" category features fried chicken & waffles that boast the distinction of marrying maple syrup and hot sauce; a croque madame; and a French ham Benedict balanced precariously upon a croissant. So forget the lines: order at primetime.

Oddfellows

Oddfellows

Bishop Arts District
Any place that puts this much focus on craft coffee and rotating pancake flavors has got to be serious about breakfast. From the fresh-squeezed juices, to boar chorizo-goat cheese skillets and banana cream pie French toast (!), this indie coffee shop/diner takes a decidedly chef-y approach to the best meal of the day, from morning to night.

Farah Fleurima

Jonathon’s Oak Cliff

Oak Cliff
It’s best to just roll out of bed and straight into the car when choosing to visit this diner, known for its over-the top entrees. Because not only could you potentially get ahead of what’s usually a considerable wait (on weekends), but also, by the time your stomach wakes up (it’ll happen around the time the fourth or fifth plate of pancake batter-fried sausages passes by), you’ll be seated and ready to gorge. Be sure to bring friends, because the enormity of platters like The Kure (biscuit base with a tower of eggs, gravy, cheese & sausage) and the fried chicken & waffles almost demand sharing.

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1. Norma's Cafe 1123 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

Norma's has been slinging old-school country fare and diner staples across Oak Cliff since 1956. Right down to its red leather booths, it hasn't changed all that much, but it really hasn't needed to -- the sweet embrace of authentic Texan comfort food need not be altered, including the crunch of chicken fried steak (before you've soaked it with the entire bowl of gravy you've been given on the side) and the ever-famous Mile-High Cream Pies.

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2. Garden Cafe 5310 Junius St, Dallas, TX 75214 (East Dallas)

Folks dig this little box of a restaurant for its fresh ingredients, including produce and herbs from its own garden that go into the all-day breakfast/brunch service. Granted, that day ends at 3pm, but that’s plenty of time to sink your teeth into house-made bacon, pancakes in three varieties, and egg dishes aplenty. The Country Boy Benedict (biscuit w/ ham, gravy, and eggs over-easy) will ease any concern you might have about dining in too close proximity to a vegetable garden.

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3. Mama's Daughters' Diner 2014 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX (Design District)

If you can’t get your own mama to whip up a homestyle breakfast for dinner (and even bribes don’t work), truck on over and let someone else’s mama fill your belly. This family-owned mini-chain (with additional locations in Irving, Plano, Lewisville and Forney) specializes in huge plates of all your favorite breakfast things: think pecan waffles, scratch-made cinnamon rolls and fried egg sandwiches. Blue-plate specials like the Texas Size Breakfast (two eggs, hash browns, grits, and toast with three slabs of meat to choose from) will have you stuffed and in food coma-territory in no time.

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4. Buzzbrews (Deep Ellum) 2801 Commerce St , Dallas, TX 75226 (Deep Ellum)

Don't be confused by the "Buzz" or the "Brews" in their name; BuzzBrews has a full kitchen and bar and is open 24hrs to serve you delicious Tex-Mex to go with your Joe.

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5. Pop Diner 3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (West Village)

The place is like a '50s diner with an '80s facelift, complete with 8-bit murals in the bathroom, a boombox lithograph, and pics of iconic '80s characters like Ferris Bueller, Rocky, and Michael J. Fox as Teen Wolf, also a thrilling account of Blitzer's days as a budding journalist.

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6. Bread Winners Cafe 3301 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

Serving three meals a day of scrumptious comfort food, Bread Winners is that beautiful combination of serious comfort food and an environment that's laid back without being fast food-y. Plus, they bake their bread, pastries, and desserts fresh daily, and their weekend brunch is famously good.

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7. Oddfellows 316 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Oak Cliff)

The shockingly coherent vision of eight Oak Cliff friends/acquaintances (from an attorney to a PR ace to the chef behind Eno's), Oddfellows is a wildly creative neighborhood diner that offers something for everyone in an airy space where blonde, unvarnished wood abounds. Brunch waits can get rather lengthy at this Bishop Arts District staple, so get there early or grab a drink and people watch on their front patio and bar as you wait.

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8. Jonathon's Oak Cliff 1111 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203 (Oak Cliff)

Jonathon's Oak Cliff is a Southern eatery and soul food restaurant that serves up breakfast all day, has dual happy hours from 7-10am and 3-7pm, plus features a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar during weekend brunch, best enjoyed with chicken and waffles on the outdoor sunny patio.

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