Last year, we lost two great destinations in Crooked Tree and Mudsmith. But we still need coffee and we can’t keep lamenting on what’s lost, so we’ll instead focus on our favorites. And since we’re reminded even our favorites don’t always stay long, we’ll say it again: Keep visiting the places you love.
Here are our top go-tos for coffee in Dallas, particularly considering coffee quality (simple drip, black), comfort, aesthetics and, of course, Wi-Fi strength.
313 W. Jefferson Blvd. (North Oak Cliff), 1155 Peavy Road (East Dallas)
UPDATE: A kind reader has informed us you can get coffee to-go with $2 refundable deposit on the mason jar they put your coffee in.
819 W. Davis St. (North Oak Cliff)
here. You can also just drink coffee like a normal human, too, I guess. Michael Wyatt is passionate about this coffee, which you can get by the cup in one size and wait for it to brew in its pour-over method. The back room provides a good space for a gathering, while the front offers plenty of space to sit and sip for a while.
1810 S. Akard St. (the Cedars)
2900 Greenville Ave. (Lower Greenville)
1900 N. Henderson Ave. (Knox-Henderson); 1878 Sylvan Ave., Suite E150 (West Dallas); 9730 N. Central Expressway (Northeast Dallas)
This coffee shop has easy access to the lovely Santa Fe Trail (the bike route is on Main Street; you’ll see the sharrows). I visit for the quirky layout, the inexpensive coffee and that salty “blinker” breakfast sandwich that calls to my stomach in the morning. Plus, it’s on the more pleasant side of Deep Ellum. (Holler at me, if you really need to know more on that — everyone knows I’ll jump on a soap box about this topic.)
103 Murray St. (Deep Ellum)
819 Exposition Ave. (South Dallas)
1511 Commerce St. (downtown)
From the people to the brews to the music, this place is a fine East Dallas staple. The location on East Northwest Highway offers plenty of space to lounge awhile. Get there early enough to get a scone (that’s just sweet enough and never dry) or a breakfast sandwich. Our only wish? That they’d change the drive-thru system on East Mockingbird Lane back to the way it was; this new setup is a bummer, guys.
10105 E. Northwest Highway (Lake Highlands); 4216 Abrams Road (Hillside); the location at 5930 Royal Lane is currently closed because of last year’s tornado
So it looks like North Oak Cliff has plenty of coffee options, right? But we can’t 86 one just because of that, and Wild Detectives absolutely belongs on this list. Heck, it has an “initiatives” section on its site. It also has coffee from the great Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, a fine wine list and a superb selection of books. Plus, the space is welcoming to groups of so many kinds, and we love that.
314 W. Eighth St. (Bishop Arts District)
Feel free to @me because I left some off the list. Those were intentional because awkward seating or unfriendly service didn’t make us want to return or throw their name on a “we-love-these-places” list. If there’s a hole-in-the-wall spot you think we should know about, please do let us know.