Dick Woodward found his family in the restaurant industry—literally. In the 1970s, he began managing restaurants throughout Texas and Georgia and eventually landed at The Hoffbrau, where he met his wife, Teril. By 1985, they were operating their own small chain of cafés in downtown Dallas, but their desire to return to Dick’s hometown of Cedar Hill led to a new plan. Soon they relocated there and opened Dick’s Uptown Cafe in 2009, filling plates with their return-trip-beckoning pancakes, philly cheesesteaks, and the whole mess, a breakfast hodgepodge of hash browns, onions, and a choice of breakfast meat capped with two cheesy eggs.
Dick and Teril recently expanded their menu to include dinner, lining up entrees as varied as pork tenderloin steeped in olive oil and build-your-own burgers. Patrons and owls curious about what mornings are all about are still always welcome to order from the all-day breakfast menu.
Inside Yogurt Zone, staff serve up a mix of classic and unique frozen yogurt flavors, such as non-fat birthday cake and low-fat Heath toffee crunch. These frozen creations can also sport a range of toppings, from Fruit Loops and Oreos to cheese cake pieces and yogurt raisins. In addition to dispensing dessert, the shop focuses on reducing and recycling its waste to leave a smaller environmental footprint.
When sweet teeth flare up, Cupcakes on Command delivers its diminutive treats straight to customers' doors. These are no ordinary cupcakes, though; you won't find supermarket sprinkles or boring flavors here. Instead, these bakers work with upscale ingredients, such as organic local produce, French valrhona chocolate, and madagascar bourbon vanilla. In addition to traditional offerings, vegan and gluten-free options mean these cupcakes aren't restricted to those who prefer to top their desserts with entire hot dogs.
Early every morning at Frosted Pink Cake Company, bakers blend bowls of fresh eggs, Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, rich chocolates, and fruit to create a variety of small-batch cakes and cake pastries. The company was founded by pastry chef Tonja Jefferson, who decided to trade in her corporate career to follow a lifelong passion for baking. This passion shines through in her cakes, topped with custom hand-drawn designs and layered in flavors that include banana chocolate chip and black and white raspberry. On a similarly sweet branch of the family tree, the cakes’ little cupcake cousins come in classic and deluxe flavors that rotate daily and always integrate the bakery’s signature swirl of cream-cheese or buttercream frosting. Some of the more elaborate flavors include a mimicked candy bar—a chocolate cupcake filled with homemade caramel—and an italian cream cake that tops a vanilla cake with mascarpone-cream-cheese frosting, toasted coconut, and walnuts.
Light streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of Glazed Doughnuts & Cafe, glinting off cushy high-backed chairs and sleek wooden tables before mingling with the crystals in the ornate chandelier. Before taking a seat or levitating next to the bookshelf, customers can peruse the mouth-watering menu, selecting treats including tantalizingly fresh scratch-made doughnuts, croissants, and muffins, carefully stacked sandwiches, and draughts of energy-boosting coffee.
Orbs of freshly made dough chug along the lustrous metallic conveyor belts of Marquez Bakery and Tortilla Factory's enormous tortilla-making mechanism, polka-dotting the chainlink pathways as they're flattened, baked, and morphed into the eatery's trademark fare. The chefs at the family bakery load the disks with traditional Mexican meats, such as chorizo and chicharrón, by hand, whisper "goodbye" to each morsel, and send them off to catered events or the onsite restaurant. They also sate sweet teeth with meticulously constructed custom cakes, harking back to founder Jose Marquez's legacy of selling donuts, pies, and sweet bread from his own home.