Coffee in the Dallas/Fort Worth area has always been around of course, but the amount and quality of coffee that we have now is a more recent phenomenon. You can now find hot or iced cups of joe in almost every neighborhood. Along with these have come local roasters as well. Fresh, locally roasted beans combined with expert equipment and baristas have resulted in delicious coffee. When the right atmosphere serves this specialty brew, you find the best coffee shops in DFW.
Snug on the Square
109 N. Kentucky St.
McKinney, TX 75069
This coffeehouse and café serves specialty espresso drinks like the “Snickerdoo.” It takes espresso, caramel, Ghiradelli chocolate, toasted almonds and milk to create the sweet treat. For something with a few less calories, a cup of signature house blend coffee is also a choice. Snug on the Square’s coffee comes from Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters of Lakewood, Dallas. The coffeehouse is located in the historic downtown square of McKinney.
316 W. 7th St.
Dallas, TX 75208
Oddfellows serves Cuvee Coffee, which is, as its slogan says, handcrafted in Austin. The espresso machine used at Oddfellows deserves its own mention though. It’s a La Marzocco Strada, one of only a few like it in the country. The top-notch machine allows for customized shots by expert baristas. Oddfellows is located in the Bishop Arts District area of Oak Cliff, where biking to brunch is a norm. Outside the restaurant sits a bike rack for riders to park. There is sometimes a bit of a wait for a table, but the hostess will take your cell number, allowing you to browse nearby shops while you wait.
Seven Mile Café
311 W. Congress St.
Denton, TX 76201
The coffee at Seven Mile Café is roasted in-house. It’s available to drink on the spot or as grounds to take home for later. In the café, coffee beans are prepared with a French press, cold-brew method or in steaming espresso drinks. The menu includes a lot of vegetarian and vegan dishes, along with the option to make others with vegan substitutions. Seven Mile Café is only open for breakfast and lunch, but during those hours, you can place an order for pickup via Facebook or sevenmilecafe.com.
Oak Lawn Coffee
2720 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite A
Dallas, TX 75219
This is a coffee shop for serious coffee drinkers only. There are no shots of flavored syrups. There is no tea or hot chocolate. There is just coffee and espresso, with maybe a little milk and sugar. The shop serves beans from local coffee aficionados Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters. Oak Lawn Coffee was formerly Urban Dog Coffee. Adding to the confusion is the fact that it is located next to a dog boarding facility. Without the “dog” in its name, the focus on coffee has come to the forefront in this small shop.
Lighthouse Coffee Bar
1404 N. 9th St.
Midlothian, TX 76065
Lighthouse Coffee Bar offers locally roasted coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters. Some of the best drinks are found on the signature drink menu, including “The Irishman,” a traditional mocha with added Irish cream and peppermint syrups. The signature espresso drinks are available hot, blended or iced. Lighthouse Coffee Bar doesn’t just serve coffee though. Part of the purpose of the coffee house is to share in local art and music. There is frequently live music and poetry performed as well as local art on display.
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Emilie DesJardins currently works in Dallas television and worked with KRLD Restaurant Week for several years before that. She is always trying new places around the Metroplex to find the best food and unique things to do. See her work at Examiner.com.