Ahhh, brunch. A metaphorical fork in the weekend road. For some, it presents an opportunity to enjoy the fruits (and fruity drinks) of a week full of hard work and stress. For others, it offers a carb-filled bow to tie on a beautiful and perhaps even debauched weekend. It doesn’t matter which camp you fall into, it’s not just a stack of pancakes and cup of coffee you’re looking for.
It’s a selection of savory and sweet. It’s a patio in a primo location, perfect for catching a nice breeze and doing some people watching. Don’t worry because no matter what neighborhood you call home, we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s down home cooking or something on the fancier end of the food spectrum, we know the best spots in the hottest neighborhoods in Dallas at which you can brunch with purpose.
This Restaurant Reinvented the McGriddle
Bishop Arts District
Boulevardier Elegant French takes on beloved brunch favorites This upscale French bistro is the kind of place you get dressed up for, even at brunch. If you're looking to impress your foodie friends, you'll be hard-pressed to beat Boulevardier's Eggs Meurette with bone marrow, or the Legs and Eggs, a duck leg confit with stone-ground grit cakes and huckleberry preserves. The speciality brunch cocktail menu includes offerings like a chai-spiced Pimm's Cup.
Hattie's Where the Southern low country meets Texas This upscale Southern food paradise won't skimp on the good stuff when it comes to a hearty brunch. The jewel in the Hattie's crown is the shrimp and cheddar grits with a Tabasco-bacon pan sauce, though the cornmeal griddlecakes are also worth ordering. Just like at your grandma's house, there's no chance that you'll leave Hattie's without falling into a light, but glorious, food coma.
Spiral Diner Cruelty-free vegan brunch at its savory and satisfying best Yes, one of the best restaurants in North Texas is a vegan restaurant. In a town that boasts of its stockyards, the original Spiral Diner in Fort Worth has turned many a meat eater into a veggie believer. Part of the reason that Spiral is so beloved is that it challenges patrons to notice that they're not eating a meat-filled greasy-spoon breakfast with offerings like migas, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and breakfast quesadillas.
Elm Street Cask Kitchen Whiskey-themed spot with the cure for what ails you While a place with a strong connection to whiskey may not immediately conjure images of healthy and wholesome brunch offerings, Elm Street Cask Kitchen offers just that. Their Fennel Pollen Fruit Parfait combines berries and granola with local honey and fennel pollen for a light start to the day. Of course, they also offer a brunch Hangover Burger for those feeling less than light at brunch time.
Mudhen Fresh and local grub served on the outskirts of Downtown Located in the heart of the Dallas Farmers Market, this brunch spot emphasizes its dedication to meats and greens by offering fresh and generous portions of both. Using non-GMO and locally sourced ingredients (when possible) makes this a favorite of fans of healthy brunch fare. They also earn extra points for being eager to accommodate a wide range of dietary needs from vegans to paleo devotees.
Henry’s Majestic Conveniently located at the start of the Katy Trail Katy Trail is the connective tissue that bonds Uptown to Downtown (and beyond), so it only seems right that we feature brunches at both ends of the Trail. On the northern end of what could be the most epic brunch crawl of all time, you’ll find Henry’s Majestic. After all that traipsing up and down the trail (or just take an Uber), you’ll have earned Henry’s downright majestic beer-braised corn beef hash.
Old Monk One of the GOATs of the Dallas brunch scene Henderson Ave is one of the most popular stretches of road in Dallas. There's no shortage of options up and down Henderson if you're looking for a night out, and when it comes to the best place to cure your next-day hangover, Old Monk is the spot. The pub features a draft and import list that's almost a mile long, as well as carafes of mimosas and gut-sticking dishes like chicken biscuits and gravy.
The Porch A casual, home cooking–inspired joint with great spinach dip If the name didn’t immediately make it clear, The Porch brings a home cooking twist to a gastropub-inspired brunch menu. While pancakes can be had, brunch at The Porch leans much more heavily on the savory side. Hearty dishes such as chicken chilaquiles and the croque madame sandwich are brunch menu favorites. Specialty cocktails with fresh ingredients like their smoked pineapple margarita and a blackberry basil limeade offer a fresh and fruity counterpoint to all those savory offerings.
Toulouse Oh-so-chic French bistro near boutique shopping If the name didn’t immediately make it clear, Toulouse is about as close as you will come to sitting at a sidewalk cafe on the banks of the Seine River without a passport and a pricey flight. Perhaps this is why there is always a wait for tables on any given weekend. And of course, the eggs (or oeufs) are the stars of this spot’s brunch menu. But for the more gourmand-minded brunchers, traditional plates like steak tartare and pomme frites will get those Left Bank juices flowing.
The Libertine Bar Neighborhood gastropub perfect for beer fans Sometimes, sitting on a bright and sunny patio on a Sunday morning/early afternoon doesn't sound like the best idea. While The Libertine does offer sidewalk seating, its dim pub interior is where brunch shrines. The hefty menu will live up to the hangover that sent you into the dark in the first place: The chicken-fried steak and eggs is a Dallas rendition that ranks among our city's best, while the World's Greatest Sandwich, loaded with fried egg, bacon, gruyere, and plenty more, truly deserves its title.
HG Sply Co. Here you want the bowls and the patio that rules all patios All right, all this talk of stacks of pancakes and bacon-wrapped sausage sandwiches is great, but what about those who prefer their brunch on the healthier side of a heart attack on a plate? Well, HG Sply Co. specializes in filling yet (mostly) good-for-you customizable bowls, which allow customers to choose lean proteins to pair with veggie and grain combinations. As a bonus, the delicious brunch cocktails here are made with freshly squeezed orange juice.
Rapscallion Southern-style goodness in the heart of Lowest Greenville Brought to you by the same team that created Boulevardier in Bishop Arts District (see above), Rapscallion brings a down home heartiness to brunch. Traditional offerings like biscuits and gravy or shrimp and grits bring a distinctly Southern feel to brunch. But let’s face it: It doesn’t get any more legit than Rapscallion’s chicken fried steak platter. Food comas are virtually guaranteed.
Nazca Kitchen Where you can avoid eating yourself into a food coma Looking for something lighter and fresher than eggs and bacon? If so, Nazca Kitchen is what you're looking for. With acai bowls, plenty of chorizo, and specialty coffee blends, Nazca caters to the brunch connoisseur who doesn't feel like inhaling a week's worth of calories in one meal. With a location recently opened in West Village, Nazca is a hot destination for Uptown brunch seekers.
Oddfellows Come for the coffee, but stay for the simple, scrumptious plates One of the beloved hubs of the insanely popular Bishop Arts District, Oddfellows is a high end coffee spot which just so happens to serve some of the best simple but filling breakfast favorites. Choose from the P.O.D. (Pancake of the Day) or go meatless with the Curry Veggie Burger. Don’t forget to try one of their single-origin coffees which have garnered a devoted following.
Ten Bells Tavern Award-winning mainstay with a dog-friendly patio The list of awards that this small, charming neighborhood bar's food has won is pretty staggering. But nine times out of 10, if someone is headed to Ten Bells for brunch, they're ordering the Country Breakfast, a heavenly to some, ungodly to others concoction of fried chicken breast, over-easy eggs, white-pepper gravy, and homestyle fries. You should make certain to block off the rest of your day if you choose to take on the Country Breakfast challenge.
Jonathon's Oak Cliff Intimate spot with amazing chicken and waffles Oak Cliff might be a foodie hotspot, but don't be fooled into thinking that the best brunch places are all in Bishop Arts District. Located along the Oak Cliff streetcar line on Beckley, Jonathon's is hard to miss on a Saturday or Sunday around brunch time because the line of people waiting for tables forms early. The menu is comfort food at its finest, but it's Jonathon's incredibly popular chicken and waffles that brings the devoted crowds.
Bread Winners Bread Winners’ iconic pancakes come to Lovers Lane Some might say that Bread Winners is the undisputed brunch champion of Dallas. With a legendary selection of unique French toasts and savory-sweet treats such as jalapeño bacon and Cheddar waffles, there are plenty of delicious choices to help you blot up any overindulgences from the night before. If that didn't get you, maybe this will: frozen blood orange mimosas.
José A Tex-Mex spin on brunch amongst the well-heeled of Park Cities A very upscale twist on the savory Mexican breakfast dishes which can cure all that ails you, José offers brunch and cocktails in a gorgeous, airy Mid-Century modern space. Staples such as chilaquiles and micheladas mingle with Millennial favorites like molletes de chorizo y aguacate, an avocado toast topped with spicy chorizo, refried black beans and crumbly Oaxaca cheese.
Rise No1 A brunch spot with foie gras and escargot There are a few inescapable truths in the Dallas restaurant scene, one being that Park Cities will always do bougie the best. You didn’t think that a part of town which ranks among the 25 wealthiest in the country wouldn’t have a place that bills itself as a “salon de soufflé.” But truthfully, if savory soufflés like sun-dried tomato & pesto chevre and truffle-infused mushroom speak to you (and they should) then there’s no better spot than Rise No1.
Whiskey Cake Freshly squeezed juices plus a wood grill, smoker, and spit for slow cooking Plano's Whiskey Cake brings its reputation for hearty and savory offerings to its brunch menu with offbeat brunch dishes such as Thai cashew banh mi and fried green tomatoes. Another restaurant that offers fresh-squeezed or pressed juices, Whiskey Cake caters to those looking for booze-free options with drinks like the Jessica Wabbit, a lime, carrot, pineapple, and ginger concoction. For those who need some hair of the dog, there are trusty options like the Corpse Reviver #2 (Lillet fortified wine, gin, Cointreau, absinthe, lemon juice) or Irish coffee on hand.
Norma’s Endless coffee refills and greasy spoon goodness Long a staple of Oak Cliff, the reputation that Norma’s enjoys is well-deserved. In a world full of often pricey brunch dishes and carafes full of cheap champagne, Norma’s reminds everyone what honest, affordable brunch is all about. Biscuits and gravy, stacks of pancakes and endless refills of diner coffee are a timeless brunch tradition that transcends hashtags, Snapchat filters and influencers.
Zaytinya Where brunch is served with bragging rights When internationally renowned chef José Andrés decided to open a sister location to his beloved Washington DC restaurant, Zaytinya, few would imagine that Frisco would be the spot he would pick. Even more unbelievable is that this culinary gem would land in The Star, the Dallas Cowboys practice facility and entertainment district. Brunch dishes with Turkish, Lebanese and Greek influences highlight fresh vegetables and seafood along with tried and true brunch staples like olive oil-infused pancakes.
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Amanda Cobra was happy to take one for the team and try out all of these amazing brunches. Send her more taste-testing tips on Twitter @amandacobra.