Conspiracy and Coffee at the Hobbs House
In the heart of old north Oak Cliff at 1221 N. Beckley, this was a little pancake house back in 1963, part of a regional chain. A short walk from Oswald's boarding house on Beckley and about a mile from Ruby’s apartment, this architectural gem is the glue that holds many of the conspiracy theories together. After all, if Ruby, Oswald and Tippit ever had any pre-assassination contact, this is as likely a place as any.
In fact, Warren Commission investigators acknowledge that Oswald, Ruby and Tippit had each been known to patronize the diner. Of the three, Oswald was the most regular customer. Waitress Mary Dowling recounted his preference for “eggs over light” and a bizarre incident two days before the assassination in which Oswald became "nasty" about the firmness of his eggs. Officer Tippit, Dowling recalled, was enjoying some coffee and “shot a glance.” Pretty compelling? Certainly, although the Warren Commission was not impressed with Ms. Dowling's story.The Dobbs House building still stands, although we can’t recommend the coffee -- it’s now a veterinary clinic.