You didn’t think we were done, did you? Sure, I covered Asian cuisine and bountiful breakfasts, but no series on food and drink would be complete without the nectar of the gods: coffee.

As an avid coffee drinker, I’m familiar with the ins and outs of coffee creation. You get your pod, your Keurig, some water, and let science take care of the rest. Okay, so I’m lacking a bit on the coffee making side of things. But what I lack there I more than make up for with my coffee consumption. I frequent spots all over DFW, and Denton’s gems are some of the bright spots in an increasingly vibrant coffee landscape. Many of these bright spots are off the radar, or I daresay off the eaten path.

Here’s where to go in Denton when you’re looking for that coffee cornucopia -- a great location with quality brews and a quality atmosphere.


Photo courtesy of Cryptozoology on Instagram

Owned by the dynamic husband-wife duo of Ben and Haley Lytle, this coffee bar is a haven inside Armadillo Ale Works. An open space provides plenty of room for homework, work work or hangouts with friends, and the diverse menu has enough options to satisfy all your coffee cravings. Try a latte, and this coffee power couple will serve you a rich, ristretto style drink, or opt from a pourover. Either way, the drinks are strong -- literally and figuratively -- thanks to the roasts Ben and Haley keep on hand from San Fran and Bellingham. With drinks (and friends) like these, Cryptozoology might just be your new obsession.

Cryptozoology: 221 S Bell Ave, Cryptozoology on Facebook

Golden Boy Coffee Co.

Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Coffee Co on Instagram

Having a drink at Golden Boy is a quintessential Dentoning experience. The coffee is locally and ethically sourced, and the menu includes all of the classics and then some. I’m a bit partial to the macchiato or Americano, and pair it with one of their breakfast tacos. And like Cryptozoology, Golden Boy offers ample beverage options for friends who love tea or craft cocktails. Stay golden Golden Boy.

Golden Boy Coffee Co.: 1803 N Elm St,

Zera Coffee

Photo courtesy of Zera Coffee on Instagram

This volunteer-run nonprofit is a cozy little spot off McKinney, where the drinks are smooth and the couches are cozy. If you’re searching for a hidden hideaway to get stuff done or get lost in a book, look no further than Zera. You can hunker down with some bottomless coffee, and thanks to their expansive menu, you can eat all three meals without moving spots.

Zera Coffee Co: 420 E. McKinney St,

Seven Mile Coffee

This eatery is best known for its exquisite breakfast, but the coffee is no slouch, either. The espresso bar stays open and humming with rich and flavorful drinks all day, and the inclusive menu makes me think twice about my decision to abandon vegetarianism. Plus, Seven Mile Cafe is located in a homey cottage that makes you feel, well, at home. And after a sip of two of their coffee and a sampling of their breakfast menu, you may be ready to move in permanently. Unfortunately, they’re not taking any new tenants at this time. Trust me -- I’ve tried.

Seven Mile Coffee: 529 Bolivar St,

Missed the previous blogs? Check out the five Asian restaurants you must try, where to grab the breakfast of your #Dentoning dreams and burger restaurants to satisfy those hunger pangs at.

Stay tuned for another edition of “Off the Eaten Path,” a delicious expedition exploring all of Denton’s dining gems.