The Black Pearl

Dallas just got a new coffee house, and it's a jewel. Well, more like an irritating piece of grit that someone molded into a jewel.

The Pearl Cup Espresso Bar & Coffee Shop, the latest on the local independent java scene, opened this month on the still renovating side of North Henderson Avenue.

The space is what you'd expect in a modern coffee bar: sleek, but accented with enough brick and wood to conjure beatnik ghosts, as well as displays by local artists. A long bar gets you close to the action with a perspective that allows you to watch the baristas. The expected free wi-fi, too. Wouldn't be a coffee place without it, right?

Coffee selections (including the signature Pearl Latte) are brewed from beans roasted by local coffee expert Clay Eiland and an imported La Marzocco espresso maker (a top-of-the-line commercial coffee machine). Expect your standard selection, as well as blended frozen drinks and Italian sodas. Pearl Cup's main focus is on its coffee, but it does offer a small selection of panini sandwiches, hummus, an olive and cheese plate, and some bakery case stuff.

The Pearl Cup is located at 1900 N. Henderson Ave. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays.

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