These three new brew houses are on our radar. They should be on yours too.
Merit Coffee, out of San Antonio, has two locations in the city—one in Highland Park, one in Deep Ellum. Both locations sell their own beans and the interiors are designed by Austin architect Michael Hsu.
Merit Coffee This San Antonio-based brand has two locations in Dallas—one in Highland Park and one in Deep Ellum. The wood and powder-coated steel elements in the Michael Hsu-designed spots yield a warm but clean vibe, and little seating alcoves create moments of privacy, perfect for working while sipping on Merit’s house-roasted beans. Pressed Juicery juices, pastries from Bisou Bisou Pâtisserie and Taco Deli breakfast tacos balance the mix. meritcoffee.com
Good Companions is also in a renovated home, but this one is located in the Bishop Arts District.
Good Companions Named after the England-based bicycle club where the owner’s grandparents met, this charming little spot is part of a trio of newly opened food spots all connected by a gorgeous garden patio in the Bishop Arts District. Coffee beans are provided by Deep Ellum’s Noble Coyote, but if coffee isn’t on your agenda, order something from its menu of natural and biodynamic wines. We’d be remiss to not mention its Euro-style sandwiches: Imagine butter-smeared baguettes with prosciutto and provolone.@goodcompanionscafe
La La Land Kind Cafe is a neighborhood gem in East Dallas in a home that’s been converted into a charming space.
La La Land Kind Cafe If you want to feel good about what you’re buying into, there’s no better place in the city to do that than La La Land. The company hires kids who have aged out of the foster care system. They learn tangible job skills, and you get delicious avocado toasts and matcha cortados. The entire food menu is 100 percent organic, and the ceremonial-grade matcha comes from one of the oldest family-owned farms in Japan. Oh, did we mention dogs are welcome? It just doesn’t get better than this. lalalandkindcafe.com