Buzzbrews on Lemmon Gives Us the Buzz
On Plans for a Deep Ellum Location

Categories: Roasted

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Photos By Daniel Rodrigue
​Monday morning, Roasted headed to Buzzbrews Kitchen to get our buzz on. And, now that we got that stale caffeine-addled joke out of the way, we really did get pretty jazzed up after repeatedly helping ourselves to the diner's "Drink 'til you Buzz" self-serve coffee bar.

Which at only $2.50 is a real steal, especially because the purchase entitles customers to soak up the free Wi-Fi.

We skipped the original location on North Central Expressway in favor of the way-less-Denny's-like second spot on Lemmon Avenue. With a slogan like "Get A Buzz Today" in red neon above the door, honestly, Roasted's not sure why we haven't been taking them up on the offer more regularly.

Both locations offer an extensive menu that is a little overwhelming for Roasted's re-caffeinated brain, but our waiter was more than happy to offer suggestions. And Buzzbrews has its own separate coffee menu with more than enough options (from drip coffee and espresso to fancy lattes and cappuccinos) and flavors (from basics like Classic Vanilla to the more unusual Granny's Chipotle Pineapple) to satisfy even the pickiest of coffee drinkers.

But, the thing we learned that surprised Roasted was that the two locations brew up different coffees, but, that's a difference that's only gonna be an issue until Buzzbrews opens up its third location in...wait for it...Deep Ellum.

According to Zach Davis, who has managed the Lemmon location for the past year and a half, the two Buzzbrews serve up coffee from different roasters. The original location brews up beans from The Daily Java, while the Lemmon location serves up coffee from Dallas-based Globex America (who smartly distribute under the much more appetizing name of Cavallini Coffee).

Davis said Monday that when the next Buzzbrews location opens in Deep Ellum, they're planning on consolidating to one roaster/distributor. Seems the third location has been on the drawing board for a while, but nothing's been set in stone.

Davis said the spot would be open "as soon as humanly possible."

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​Each morning the shop offers five flavors to choose. Monday, Buzz's Brew AKA the House Blend was the most well-balanced of the offerings. The Black Magic blend was a little too bitter for us first thing in the morning.

Booths line two of the main walls with tables and chairs in the center making up the rest of the seating and there's a lounge area with low, but comfy seating as well. While the joint offers free Wi-Fi the only outlets are in the lounge area and along one section of the booths.

The place was mildly busy, one couple in medical scrubs was in a booth making small talk, while a guy in the next booth over tapped away on his iPad. We overheard another dressed-down gentleman telling a waiter he was enjoying his day off of work by reading a James Patterson book.

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​"Our weekend brunches are our bread and butter," Davis said. And, not surprisingly, the 24-hour locations do very well on the weekends after last call at the bars. "Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30 in the morning it's just chaos in here."

Though Davis said soon they hope to have a barista there manning the bar on Friday and Saturday nights, currently they only have a designated barista there on Saturday and Sunday for the brunch crowd, but the rest of the staff has been "cross trained" to work the espresso machine -- something we witnessed as a new guy was learning the basics like how to steam milk and the difference between a cappuccino ("mostly foam") and a latte ("a dollop of foam").

The servers were friendly even before Roasted divulged our City of Ate identity when asking some parting questions. Then, the staff started offering up samples and suggestions galore.

Davis suggested we try Buzzbrews' take on the toddy -- made with the shop's dark roasted Black Magic Blend. (It was good, but, again, it was no Naughty Toddy.) Another employee suggested Roasted try one of the shop's cupcakes made locally by a company called Nappy Cakes.

"They're bad-ass cupcakes," he said. "You should try one." After Roasted declined the offer the employee sweetened the suggestion saying, "I will buy you one if you'll try it."

Roasted shrugged, and in the line of duty ate half of the cupcake. Between the sugar rush from the cupcake and the caffeine jolt from the coffee, Roasted was buzzing until well into the afternoon.

Location Info

Buzzbrews Kitchen

4154 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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6 comments
Robert Polk
Robert Polk

Perfect place to go study!!! Headed their to do some studying 2nite!!!--I love their Red Velvet cake & Hot chocolate!!!

big Ern
big Ern

let the public be the judge.Get A BUZZ Today..

Mark
Mark

Buzzbrews poblano crepe is amazing! puts Cafe brazil to shame

Coleman
Coleman

Fine, fuck it. Here's me not being anonymous, dude. Buzzbrews fucking sucks.

Chris
Chris

Hello there, anonymous Cafe Brazil manager. How are you today?

oh gross
oh gross

Buzzbrews, and especially the one on Lemmon Avenue, is the worst kind of breakfast abortion.

The food usually either cold, tastes like shit, or a sickly combination of both every time I forget how fucking horrible the place is and come in to see if it's gotten any better. Same goes for the service. Also, I'm pretty sure the entire back section of the restaurant where the kitchen and bathrooms are located isn't supposed to stink so bad of shit and septic tank that it drives people to sit out on the slightly less shitty patio. Even their coffee and "special toddies" are mediocre when compared to the fare at Cafe Brazil.

I will give them credit for serving nopales, but even those aren't good enough for me to not avoid Buzzbrews in lieu of Cafe Brazil or Metro Diner.

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