7.25.2012

Restaurant Review: Coffee House Cafe

Chef Edward Perea has me smitten and Owner Carrie Kelleher has me gushing over her Coffee House Cafe.
We've driven by it many times in Far North Dallas.  It was always "on the way" to running an errand, but we never had a moment to try it out.  Located on the shy corner of Frankford and Preston, the Coffee House Cafe finally greeted me on a Sunday morning.  I was completely relaxed and in no hurry and just looking forward to a good cup of coffee with my honey.


We scanned the menu expecting an ordinary breakfast/brunch menu, which I don't mind, but instead I saw sporadic suprises, like their Breakfast Flatbreads, Signature Lemon Ricotta Pancakes or Chipotle Migas.  Meanwhile you can still find an upgrade version of your classic favorites such as a 3-Bean Breakfast Burrito or Challah French Toast.

We ordered the 3-Bean Breakfast Burrito, the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, the Garden Fresh Vegetable Omelette, and a small Latte.  We also got a tall glass of young and handsome Dawson for free - our ever-smiling outstanding server, who I tasked with the impossible like "Find out who sings this song" when my Shazam didn't work.  Dawson will remind you what good table service should be. 

We were thrilled with EVERYTHING we ordered.  Aren't I an excellent orderer?  No, really all credit to the Chef.  Presentation was pretty, including the foam heart made to top my Certified Organic and Free-Trade Mocha Latte.  I think the Barista likes me.  Am I reading too much into it?  Maybe it was just a swirl, but it was lovely while it lasted.


I won't go into the flavor profile of this or the textural balance of that.  You just need to go and assess it yourself.  We have already been back!


But I'm not done yet!  What they have perfected is unprecedented in Dallas.  The Patio.  How do you make a Patio work in this Texas heat?  They've done it, they've done it well, and I can't imagine them do it better.  I want my dream house to have this patio.  And for the winter months which seem so far ahead right now?  Don't worry - they've got a fireplace.


And And And....The Coffee House Cafe is far from just being a Coffee House.  Although breakfast is served all day, it's open for lunch, dinner, and drinks.  The giant pastry and coffee bar morphs into the neighborhood bar.

Uptowners, enjoy your usual long lines and rude waitstaff.
Burbs, you're welcome.

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11 comments:

  1. What a cozy little post- love it!

    P.S. I tried to envision a foam heart in your cup of coffee but it wasn't happening for me. Do I need a new contact rx?

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    1. Thanks, MG!
      No, i think i was just hallucinating! :)

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  2. MG you don,t need contacts you just need to go there and ask Chanel, the amazing barista/artist to make an image for you. She is truly unbelievable. I go to CHC at least once a week, if I don't I miss it. I have business meetings there, meet friends there, take my lovely wife there and sometimes go by myself and get a lot of work done. The staff is fabulous the food superb and the atmosphere conducive to everything. This place is a real gem. Love the expression a shy corner"

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    1. Thanks, Tim. Your feedback is great! I agree with all of your comments!!!

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  3. I'm lucky enough to live down the street from this place. Been 5-6 times and its always great.

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    1. You ARE lucky!!! I would be there all the time! They always have great musical guests too!

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  4. Nice post!

    Will to visit there soon..

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  5. My wife and I have been going there since the opening "shake-down week" over a year ago. We love the CHC!

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    1. Thanks, Clif!! Hope to run into you two there!

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  6. Love this! I will have to try it out! I actually used to work for carrie many many years ago in a different industry. It's nice to see that she is doing very well for herself!

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