Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Eggs and toast at Gold Rush Cafe: Photo by Danny Fulgencio

As part of Advocate’s yearlong best-of reader’s choice contest, we asked you to choose your favorite breakfast joint in the neighborhood, and Goldrush Cafe came out on top. Maybe it’s because of the inclusive atmosphere, where retirees gripping newspapers can mingle in one booth, as hipsters dig in to chicken and waffles one table over. Or, it could be the classic breakfast menu with a dash of Tex-Mex flair, such as the beloved John Wayne special, with eggs, cheese, salsa, tortillas, and crispy bacon, served over hash browns. But most likely, Goldrush Cafe’s popularity is thanks to owners and Lakewood residents George, Virgil, Mark, and Liz Sanchez. George Sanchez says he has served cafe customers from 5 a.m.-6 p.m., five days a week, for the past 34 years. He makes knowing his customers by name a top priority. “We are family-owned, and we treat our customers like family,” Sanchez says. “It’s not our business, it’s our life.”

(From the archives: Goldrush also made it into our June 2013 cover story, “The regulars,” about friendships forged at our neighborhood restaurants.)

Goldrush Cafe, 1913 Skillman, 214.823.6923

Next up in our reader’s choice contest: best coffee. Go here to see the nominees and cast your vote.

Runner-up: John’s Cafe

3rd Place: Garden Cafe

Gold Rush Cafe: Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Gold Rush Cafe: Photo by Danny Fulgencio

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