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Tia Dora's Bakery

2478 W. Illinois Ave.
Dallas, TX 752133
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  • 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
Some of the best breakfasts in Dallas are at this Oak Cliff institution, which has been baking Mexican pan dulces for more than 20 years. Step around the rolling carts of pastries and proceed to the counter to order enormous breakfast tacos on homemade tortillas, a breakfast torta or a superb plate of chilaquiles verdes, available in regular or spicy. (Choose spicy.) The smoky, creamy refried beans — which taste like they made friends with some bacon during the cooking process — are can’t-miss, and so are the sweet empanadas and hojarascas (a kind of crisp cookie) available to serve as breakfast dessert.

Top pick: A breakfast taco with eggs and machacado (dried and sliced beef) can’t be beat, especially because two breakfast tacos from Tia Dora’s are so filling, and so satisfying, that you might need to postpone lunch.

The downside: Although some of the pan dulce is always on offer, other sweets are only available on certain days, and the staff doesn’t always know when they’ll be back. What we’re saying here is that we’d probably weigh a lot more if we knew when Tia Dora’s was baking hojarascas.

Fun fact: Did we mention that this place is a major contender for the biggest, best tamales in all of Dallas?

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