We can’t all be morning people. But even among those of us who’d rather stay under the covers an extra hour could be motivated to become an early riser thanks to a lineup of Best in DFW finalists with rooster-crowing about. We’re only days away from learning the winners in each of the 300-plus categories that were part of this year’s people’s choice program, but until the big reveal in the Sunday edition of The Dallas Morning News and right here online, we have a few suggestions for making your day a little brighter. So sit back and read through some of the contenders known for a variety of specialties, from caffeinated craft coffees to savory-meets-sweet chicken and waffles.
For most of us, a big ol’ Cup of Joe’s the only thing that helps us shake the cobwebs out, so make it a point during your morning commute to stop by Best Coffee House finalists Berni Bean Coffee Co., Cafe Brazil, Coffee House Café, Cultivar Coffee and Pax & Beneficia Coffee. And for many more of us, said latte or cappuccino wouldn’t be the same without a sweet, circular pastry. That’s where Best Donut nominees Moreish Donuts, Yummy Donuts, Jarams Donuts, Wow! Donuts and Drips, and Hypnotic Donuts & Biscuits come into play.
Of course, many occasions call for a full, hearty, Texas breakfast (or if it’s the weekend, brunch). Top contenders in the races for both Best Breakfast and Best Brunch include Bread Winners Café & Bakery, Maple Leaf Diner, Overeasy, Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge and Lucky’s Café. While you’re in the brunch mindset, check out these places vying for Best Chicken & Waffles, the iconic southern brunch dish: Press Waffle Co., Oddfellows, Siren Rock Brewing Company, Sylvan Avenue Tavern and Whistle Britches.
Hungry yet? Many of these places have all-day breakfast or equally fantastic lunch and dinner options, so no need to sleep on a visit to any of these worthy spots. And remember, the early bird gets the scoop on the Best in DFW winners, so make sure to pick up a copy of the Sunday paper a day early and get a jump on making reservations at the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in these and so many other delicious categories.