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Whether or not you believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s definitely the most delicious! Fuel up for all your urban adventures with breakfast at these three downtown Dallas restaurants, then head out and crush your day. Or head home and slip into a food coma. It’s a win either way!

Cafe Brazil

Serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night bites 24/7, the Deep Ellum location of Cafe Brazil (2185 Elm St.) is a downtown Dallas favorite. So whether you’re heading out super early on a road trip or craving something delicious after a big night out, they’ve got you covered. Breakfast is what this restaurant was founded on, and they do it right. Try the CB Chorizo Empanada Breakfast – and ask for extra spicy cream sauce (yum!). Go hearty with Chicken, Bacon, and Waffles. Or get healthy with the Millennial Power Breakfast, featuring coconut quinoa, baby spinach, egg whites, wheat toast with guacamole and feta, and a side of fresh fruit. The menu is huge, there’s indoor and outdoor seating, and there’s free WiFi if you need to make it a working breakfast (or just want to post snaps of your feast online).


Brunch all day, every day? Yes, please! Ellen’s (1790 N. Record St.) plates up breakfast classics and Southern comfort food in stylish surroundings. Shrimp & Grits is a customer favorite, along with the Pancake Pot Pie and Mushroom Garlic Scramble. They also offer Mexican breakfasts and a whole Benedict menu, with eight variations on traditional eggs Benedict (we vote for the crab cake option – so yummy). Ellen’s downtown location (there’s another outpost in Allen) is open 7 AM - 9 PM Monday to Saturday and 7 AM - 2 PM on Sunday.

Yolk – One Arts Plaza

Founded in Chicago (but we won’t hold that against it), Yolk has two locations in Dallas – one in Preston Center and the downtown location at One Arts Plaza. Enjoy some French flair with a Croque Madame, go sweet with Nutella Crepes, add a twist with Red Velvet French Toast, go old school with Corned Beef Hash, or try out the new school with Avocado Toast. If you like things just so, you can build your own omelets and scramblers just the way you like them. Although it’s breakfast-centric, this place also has a lunch menu of soups, sandwiches, and burgers. Yolk – One Arts Plaza is open 7 AM - 2:30 PM Monday to Friday, and 7 AM - 3 PM on weekends.

Enjoy breakfast, breakfast for lunch, and breakfast for dinner at these top picks in downtown Dallas. For more recommendations on local eateries, check out more of the Mosaic Dallas blog posts.