This sibling of Jonathon’s Oak Cliff (now rechristened Jonathon’s Diner) is a fitting replacement for Kel’s, the neighborhood home cooking haunt that held down the space for more than fifty years. Classic egg breakfasts, chicken-fried steaks, burgers, waffles—and booze—are served from 7 a.m. to early afternoon. Our burger was good, but even better was the patty melt: a juicy round of ground beef with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, and both provolone and Swiss cheese on buttered and griddled wheat bread. The CFS (with eggs your way) was a massive tender cutlet coated in crisp-fried batter topped by peppery cream gravy. Alas, the home fries and French fries flanking our orders fell short of crispy, and the peppered biscuit was dense rather than flaky. A side of Spicy Braised Greens had a zingy vinegar tang, though, and the cheese grits were tasty, if thick. Healthy choices include salads and steel-cut oats. Although there’s no dessert menu, the Sopaipilla Belgian Waffle will satisfy most any sweet tooth.
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Homey breakfast and lunch/brunch options in the Oak Cliff neighborhood.