Great breakfasts: JJs Cafe

Banana walnut pancakes / Photos by Mark Davis

Jose Ramirez has transformed a drab, uninspired coffee shop into our neighborhood’s newest breakfast and lunch spot — JJ’s Café. He bought Divine Coffee Shop in April 2010 and has finally made it his own, changing the name, expanding the menu and remodeling the interior. “My dream was this,” he says. “It just took us that long to fix it.” The menu boasts several types of flavored pancakes, including strawberry, chocolate chip, blueberry, Hawaiian and, the most popular, banana nut topped with sliced bananas, pecans and caramel syrup. “The key is in the batter,” Ramirez says. “It’s a special blend that makes it puffy and flavorful.” JJ’s Café also makes crepes from scratch and offers three types of eggs Benedict.

Crepes topped with berry sauce

JJ’s Café

10233 E. Northwest Highway
214.221.4659
jjscafe.net

Price range: $5-$9
Ambiance: No-frills
Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily
Tip: Stop by 8-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays for the breakfast buffet

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