When the double-decker buses packed with tourists pass through the streets of Dallas, Little Forest Hills is one of the top destinations. It’s a great pocket of cottages on the east side of town, just a few blocks and an allergy attack away from the Dallas Arboretum.
Home to hippies, gays, lesbians and the occasional Wiccan high priestess, diversity and eccentricity provide the heartbeat of this neighborhood where you’re just as likely to find yard gnomes as you are homes worthy of Architectural Digest.
So it should come as no surprise that this funky little community is home to one of the most unique restaurants in the entire city.
Tucked away deep in the neighborhood is Another Byte, an Internet café with a full menu, coffee bar and a palpable charm. Strangely situated at an intersection zoned for commercial use, an old house is home to Marukh and Stephen Hall’s unique creation.
On weekends in warm months, you’ll find produce and other goodies in a makeshift farmer’s market. Or you might pop by some evenings and catch old movies on the lawn beside blazing fire pits while chatting up the locals.
Or step inside the small, cozy café and grab a bite to eat. Two tiny dining rooms accommodate diners from the neighborhood and those who’ve decided to embark on a brunch adventure.
Eating at Another Byte is like going over to a friend’s house (except here you have to pay). Marukh’s infectious smile and warm laugh will make anyone feel at home immediately, but she puts out some mean grub, too.
Brunch offerings include a killer Broccoli Cornbread with Scrambled Eggs that’s good, down-home stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. If you’re feeling hoity-toity, then they’ve always got some great selections of made-from-scratch quiche that are rich and satisfying.
Portions are modest compared to what we’re used to, but it’s a welcome change and our waistlines are grateful because stuffing our faces at brunch has started the nap-induced downfall of many an otherwise productive Sunday afternoon.
And unlike most brunch spots in Big D, this one’s BYOB, so you can save money on your breakfast booze budget while soaking in some local color. Live music, homemade candles, soaps, jewelry, local artwork and a cantankerous cat round out the experience, which will make for an enjoyable diversion from your regular weekend routine.
8939 San Benito Way, Dallas