1. Norma's Cafe1123 W Davis St, Dallas
2. Garden Cafe5310 Junius St, Dallas
3. Mama's Daughters' Diner2014 Irving Blvd, Dallas
4. Buzzbrews (Deep Ellum)2801 Commerce St , Dallas
5. Pop Diner3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas
6. Bread Winners Cafe3301 McKinney Ave, Dallas
7. Oddfellows316 W 7th St, Dallas
8. Jonathon's Oak Cliff1111 N Beckley Ave, Dallas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With not one but two daily happy hours, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and breakfast served all afternoon, Jonathon's Oak Cliff is pretty easy to love. The popular soul food spot, housed in a charming green clapboard building, serves classic Southern fare all day. While the (literally) award-winning chicken and waffles are the crowd-favorite on the brunch menu, the kitchen serves everything from breakfast tacos to pancake-battered sausages. For dinner, the burgers are the house specialty, ranging from the fresh veggie burger to the famous "Nooner Burger," stacked with bacon, ham, Swiss, and a fried egg. Whether searching for some hearty Southern fare, or a serious hair of the dog, Jonathon's will certainly deliver.