Even at 2 in the afternoon, Oddfellows is buzzing with a substantial crowd. They come for the beignets, the signature eggs benedict and the towering buttermilk pancakes. But the coffee is the star of the show here. And it should be, with a $15,000 espresso machine, the newest model of the La Marzocco Strada. “A big part of doing coffee right is having the right equipment,” says Chad Sepulveda, one of eight owners, who also include Oak Cliff luminaries Jason Roberts, Matt Spillers and Amy Cowan. The Strada allows baristas to manually control the steam pressure to make each latte perfect. Sepulveda says the machine is also quite rare. “Last we checked, there were four,” he says. Oddfellows sources the top-notch Austin roaster, Cuvee Coffee, rotating its selection every month. The menu follows a concept of timeless dishes — pancakes, bagels, omelettes — things that never get old. “They’re things people want to eat all the time,” Sepulveda says. After a successful run with breakfast and brunch, the restaurant recently began offering dinner, another menu centered on comfort food items such as fried chicken, cheeseburgers and fried green tomato sandwiches.
Seventh & Madison
Three more spots for breakfast and brunch
1 Inforzato’s Café
The owners of Hula Hotties Café have gone Italian with a new look and a new menu, including brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays.
Davis & Elsbeth
2 Norma’s Café
You can’t beat the indulgent biscuits and gravy at this longstanding Oak Cliff establishment.
Davis & Willomet
3 Tillman’s Roadhouse
During its Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., this Bishop Arts staple offers a hangover breakfast platter for four, which includes a variety of items such as the restaurant’s signature dish, Bennie & the Jets — poached eggs and pulled pork over blue corn pancakes with green chile baconadaise.
Seventh & Madison