Let’s do brunch

PHOTOS BY Mark Davis

Tom and Karen Fleming, along with partner Carl Strelecki, opened Crossroads at Walnut Hill and Central on a Saturday last fall after some heavy cleaning and light remodeling to “make her look like a diner”, the couple recalls. Tom has a girl on the side. Her name is Rebecca Buns. To clarify, Buns is just an image — a mascot. A painting on the side of the building. “My wife calls her my girlfriend,” Tom says. The curvy brunette sits on a barrel of maple syrup inviting customers to “Get your hot sticky buns up front”. The gooey made-from-scratch buns at Crossroads already are famous, attracting sweet teeth from all corners of the city, but the pillowy eggs benedict, or its more-colorful brother, eggs flourentine with hash browns, or the three-egg Kalamata olive, feta cheese and sun-dried tomato frittata, are enough to turn any night owl into an early rising breakfast aficionado. “We have a growing legion of fans,” notes Karen. Look for more pops of art and quirk around the spacious diner, such as the giant-whisk chandelier, fashioned by Tom and steel artisan Don Kemp, or a painting of the Dallas skyline by Randy Stark, who also painted Miss Buns.

Crossroads Diner

Three more spots for breakfast and brunch

1 Divine Coffee Shop
Not really a coffee shop in the sense that Starbucks or White Rock Coffee is a coffee shop — this place has a large menu featuring solid standard breakfast fare such as eggs, sausage, fruit and pancakes. Sit down. Stay a while. It’s that kind of atmosphere.
Northwest & Ferndale

2 Dot’s Café
It’s a greasy spoon classic with good coffee and a few healthy options such as the egg-white omelet. Chances are good that you will see one of your neighbors while you are here.
Plano & Miller

3 Tacos Y Mas Mexican Grill
Ah, the breakfast taco. It is all the rage these days. Unlike some posers out there, this place does the bt right, hand prepared and chock full of fresh veggies and fluffy eggs. Family to feed? Try 10 tacos for $12, or big fat breakfast burritos at two-fer $2.69.
Forest & Park Central