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City of Ate's 100 Favorite Dallas Dishes: # 100
Oatmeal Pancakes at Legal Grounds

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As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order; some are little known, others celebrated, some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments.

If you had exactly one hour to right the world's injustices, and the rest of the day to nap, this is what you'll need: a couple scrambled eggs for strength and Legal Grounds' oatmeal pancakes, topped with fruit, granola and copious syrup, washed down with a few cups of Legal Grounds' strong coffee. You'll be surrounded by important-looking legal tomes, sure to offer all the legal precedent you'll need to justify dosing yourself with the mad sugar rush.

Like the bowling alley in the old NBC series Ed,this Lakewood institution started as a front operation for attorney David Musselwhite's law shop. Musselwhite and his practice skedaddled eight years ago, but the coffee shop remains. If you can make it past the trays of muffin tops, it's home to some of the best pancakes in town -- sweet and buttery, and not as heavy as buckwheat or oatmeal cakes other breakfast spots serve up. No coddling servers here catering to your every pancake whim. It's better than that: There's Aunt Jemima syrup at the tables.

Legal Grounds
2015 Abrams Road
214-824-5800

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