The Confession - I’m going to come right out and say it, we have not fallen in love with Crossroads Diner’s cinnamon buns. Ok now that it’s off my chest, more about it later. It is noon on a Saturday and there are at least 10 tables infront of us. Ugh it’s a 30-45 minute wait. Thank goodness there are children’s books to keep Pikelet & Lollo occupied in the waiting area. If spotting chef Abraham Salum of Salum and the gorgeous new Komali waiting patiently like the rest of us pedestrians is any indication of what’s to come, then wait we shall.
Despite being on the road to garnering more accolades, Fleming has moved away from fancy in favor of making pancakes (but oh! the pancakes!) and upscale diner fare. The reason? To spend more time with his kids. You’ve got to respect the guy for that!
The Breakfast: They’ve never messed up our eggs here. Poached or fried, we always get what we ask for – medium well. It sounds simple enough but what we want is a yolk that is still bright and orange, soft but not gooey and yet held together well without being dry, yellow and powdery. At Crossroads Diner, it’s been perfect every time. Pikelet & Lollo loves theirs poached with with crisp applewood smoked bacon or housemade sausage patty. Sometimes they nibble on my slightly spicy Mexican chorizo. The kids share an order from the regular menu - two eggs, bacon, hash and a side of sausage. The dish also comes with toast but our server suggests upgrading to the buttermilk pancakes instead for an extra $1. That was a delicious move.
The fluffy buttermilk pancakes have since become Beefcake’s favorite and he usually does not share! But on my last visit, I discovered grits heaven in the breakfast schnitzel. One not-too-large medallion of pork lightly fried on a plate of comforting grits topped with a poached egg with Hollandaise sauce. Comfort food at it’s best.
Lunch: On the menu are soups like the creamy New England clam chowder, atypical diner salads featuring roasted beet with blue cheese and walnut and sandwiches including Mom’s egg salad, the first dish Fleming’s mom taught him to make. There’s also surprising diner interpretations like mac n cheese with roasted garlic cream and smoked ham, red wine braised beef stew or Atlantic salmon with cous couse. Aside from the clam chowder, we admit we haven’t tried anything else purely because we cannot get past the breakfast items!
Which now brings me to…
The Cinnamon Bun: The matriachs of the Dallas food publishing world rave about the Crossroad Diner’s cinnamon bun. See Kim Pierce’s Dallas Morning News review, Dmagazine Nancy Nichols’ fabulously informative review and Teresa-news-breaker-Gubbins of Pegasus News. But for our IttyBittyFoodies, the cinnamon bun was simply too sweet. Drizzled with a warm dark amber pecan caramel sauce, it smelled divine but stickiness got Lollo into a slighty sticky situation when it formed a plug in his little throat. Gigantic in size, the cinnamon bun is more than enough for one or in our case, four.
We really do love Crossroads Diner, just not the sticky cinnamon buns!
Till our next Happy Meal!
ITTY BITTY INFO:
- Food: Not your typical diner using fine ingredients by high cuisine Chef Tom Fleming
- Ambience: Cathedral ceiling, casual and comforting
- Service: Friendly and warm like their food
- Kid Friendliness:
- Cost: Diner prices eg $3.75 for grits to $5.75 for buttermilk pancakes. Mains are all under $15
- Itty Bitty Foodies Tip: Diner rules - All children must tryfruit or vegies before they eat dessert.
- Parent Foodies Tip: Enjoy a real cup of coffee. They serve Illy coffee! There’s also a thoughtful wine list.
Here’s a cute little buttermilk pancake recipe from Our Best Bites