Eating alone? No problem. Everybody cross-talks from table to table. Doing a crossword ? Could get the answer from a contractor, a copywriter or a tattooed Deep Ellum musician. Reading and want to be quiet and alone? Take a left-side back table. Have kids? It becomes the "Village" that happily takes care of the little people. At any hour, you are welcome in your sweats, dressed from the office, or with purple hair, aged 6 months or 80 years on a walker. It is a lively neighborhood , family-owned place that becomes addictive. (I have been going since 1983 and my husband and I for 15 years!) The burgers are home-made, the eggs fresh, the bacon crisp, the meatloaf or enchiladas or daily specials always delicious. They have vegetarian goodies too. The cooks, kitchen help and waitpeople are all family and George, who runs the place, is as kind and easy going as they come. This has been one of the best kept secrets in Dallas except when the Dallas Observer nearly wrecked the joint with overcrowding after becoming one of its "Best of Dallas" winners a couple of years ago. There are lots of new places to eat in the area...Uptown...Greenville Ave., Henderson, etc., all more expensive, often pretentious and short lived. Some restaurants offer "an experience in fine dining". The Gold Rush Cafe offers an "experience of comfort food among extended family."
Coffee: Great. To be sure, you can drink it without sugar or cream and the flavor is nice, never bitter, never burnt, and always fresh. Food: Excellent. Locally sourced, always tasty with a great variety and super high quality ingredients. It's pretty high end stuff really but without being pricey. Music: Superior. You can learn a lot of new (or new to you) artists just by listening to the tunes and running over to check the playlist monitor. Atmosphere: Unique. Plenty of variety to perch, set up to work or chat with friends. And they actually have walls filled with art that rises above the community college art student level. It's just high quality all around. And that includes the people you may meet if you are so inclined. It's very communal in that way, especially downstairs.
This is AMAZING!!! The food was out of this world. We tried the greek combo which was just great. If you want to really stimulate your palette this is the way to go. The mousaka was the hit on the plate. My husband and I agreed they much just have a jar labeled "AWESOME" for the seasoning on the scampi. There's no other way to describe it. The kabob was amazing as well. If they have it when you go, get the NAVY BEAN SOUP. It will change your life. The atmosphere, service, food...all A++++ top notch. Will probably be going there for lunch tomorrow. Go there now. Don't hesitate. Stop looking. You've found the place to go.