Food & Drink

The Absolute Best Brunches in Dallas

From Insta-famous frozés to chorizo- and kale-studded biscuits and gravy.

Encina
Encina | Photo by Milosav Djukic
Encina | Photo by Milosav Djukic

Brunch on a patio with friends: For more than a year that concept has seemed like a Bloody Mary-fueled fever dream. But now that so many of us have been vaccinated (if you didn’t already know, all adults in Texas now qualify for a jab), brunching is destined to resume its rightful place as a popular weekend pastime in the weeks and months to come. Of course, for anyone uncomfortable eating indoors or for days when the weather prevents al fresco dining, most restaurants will keep offering brunch for takeout and delivery. Grab a face covering, don some sunglasses, and rev up a hunger for hollandaise—these are Dallas’ top spots for enjoying the week’s most well-deserved meal.

Beto & Son

Trinity Groves

If you’re brunching for the ‘Gram, then few places will give your followers FOMO quite like the recently expanded Beto & Son, home to Insta-famous liquid nitrogen cocktails poured tableside for your snapping pleasure. Cop a spot on one of the best patios in town, complete with both covered and uncovered areas, for your chance to dig into the Sunday-only brunch spread. And don’t forget to stock up on carnitas and green chile hash, breakfast tortas, and hashbrown poutine brunch bowls—whatever it takes to absorb all that gorgeous frozen booze.
How to order: Call 469-249-8590 for takeout, order online for takeout or delivery, or order delivery from Uber Eats and Postmates.

The Biscuit Bar

Multiple locations

You don’t have to wait for the weekend to score this joint’s hearty brunch, famously built on a solid foundation of endlessly buttery biscuits. The entire menu is available at all area locations for pickup or delivery, which means you could soon be devouring a towering Rough Night biscuit piled high with Southern fried chicken, a burger patty, ham, turkey, pulled pork, bacon, tots, cheddar, and housemade sausage gravy. Throw in a fruit-forward brunch punch for five and you’ve got yourself a party.
How to order: Order online or order delivery from DoorDash, Favor, or Uber Eats.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Procure a bounty of Benedicts (traditional, grilled salmon, steak or crab cakes), healthy options (but is that really brunch?), and their famous, fluffy Cloud Cakes made with ricotta and served with a side of real Vermont maple syrup. Any day of the week! 
How to order: Call your nearest location for pickup or order delivery from Postmates.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

El Vecino Tex Mex

Lake Highlands

This is the spot for huevos rancheros, steak fajitas and eggs, chilaquiles, and one of the most perfect breakfast-lunch hybrids ever: the Omelete de Enchilada. This masterpiece features a three-egg omelet wrapped around a beef, cheese or chicken enchilada and topped with tomatillo sauce, chili con carne or chili con queso. 
How to order: Call 469-802-6060 for takeout or order delivery from Uber Eats or Postmates.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Elm & Good

Deep Ellum

One of the newest places to grab brunch in Deep Ellum, Elm & Good delivers spectacularly on promises of hearty American farmhouse fare. Highlights include loaded avocado toast with goat cheese, pecan salsa verde, and a poached egg, as well as a 44 Farms steak and eggs with Yukon Gold hash browns. Do not overlook the bread basket, packed with fluffy biscuits, jalapeño cornbread, butter, honey, and homemade preserves.
How to order: Call 469-498-2424 for takeout or order delivery from DoorDash.

Encina
Photo by Milosav Djukic

Encina

Bishop Arts District

Comfort food reigns supreme at this newly opened Oak Cliff neighborhood resto. Blue corn pancakes, confit turkey hash, and kale biscuits with chorizo gravy all represent fantastic additions to your Sunday brunch table, alongside a thirst-quenching round of verde Bloody Marys crafted with fresh cucumber, tomatillo, serrano, cilantro, and lime vodka.
How to order: Call 469-620-3644 or order online for takeout.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

The Meddlesome Moth

Design District

Grab a mask to dine once again beneath this institution’s famous stained glass windows or enjoy all the greatness of Meddlesome Moth at home, that part’s up to you. Either way, you’re staring down an onslaught of sticky buns, French toast sandwiches, and the ever-popular Mother-Child Reunion featuring fried chicken, scrambled eggs, grits, and jalapeño gravy every weekend from 10 am to 3 pm.
How to order: Call 214-628-7900 for pickup and use Uber Eats or DoorDash for delivery.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Meso Maya Downtown

Multiple locations

Brunch can be found Saturday and Sunday until 3 pm with favorites like Mexican-style French toast, chilaquiles verdes, and chorizo and egg tacos plus a variety of mouthwatering margaritas including avocado-and-pineapple and spicy serrano-berry topping the list. Thankfully for those ordering brunch to-go, guacamole by the quart is also a thing.
How to order: Call your favorite location for pickup or order delivery from Uber Eats.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Norma's Cafe

Multiple locations

While chic patios and see-and-be-seen crowds dominate the brunch scene in Dallas, sometimes there’s nothing better than good old-fashioned diner standards and Norma’s proudly serves one of the city’s very best. The hallmark chicken fried steak comes paired with eggs for a shining example of breakfast-meets-lunch ingenuity and because you can access the entire menu all-day-every-day both in-person and for takeout and delivery, brunch can be whenever and wherever you please. Of course, making your own mimosas and Bloody Marys at home only increases the benefit of takeout (not to mention family-size brunch platters fit for a football squad).
How to order: Call your nearest location for pickup or order delivery from Favor

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Oddfellows

Bishop Arts District

Start the morning off right with a quart of Bloody Marys from this Bishop Arts District attraction before working your way through bread pudding French toast, brisket hash, and Croque madame Benedicts. This beautiful lineup is just a phone call or few clicks away via local delivery options or you can pay a visit to the walk-up window for takeout action. And if you’re game, you can now enjoy a socially distanced brunch in the dining room or out on the sunny patio.
How to order: Call 214-944-5958 for pickup, order online for pickup or delivery within a 3-mile radius. 

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Overeasy

Downtown

Dining in or taking out, the Statler’s popular all-day breakfast outpost has you covered. All the signature dishes are at your fingertips, from the perfect omelet to buttermilk-brined fried chicken, bacon, cheddar, and sausage gravy on fluffy biscuits. What’s more, cocktail kits spanning margaritas, ranch water, and mimosas let you recreate that Sunday Funday vibe any day of the week.
How to order: Order online direct from the restaurant or order delivery from Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates, Doordash, and Seamless.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Second Floor
Photo by Kathy Tran

Second Floor

Downtown

Even after the pandemic is over and done with, the patio at the Second Floor, with its amazing views of downtown as well as the entire AT&T Discovery District below, will still rank among our go-to hangouts. Brunch showcases items from both on-site restaurants, Ounce and Ichi Ni San, and translates to a world flavor highlighted by milk buns and chicken karaage, okonomiyaki (i.e. savory Japanese pancakes), and Spanish octopus and baked eggs plus a variety of unique cocktails and a tableside mimosa bar.
How to order: Takeout not available, so call 972-268-7605 or go online for table reservations.

Spiral Diner & Bakery

Multiple locations

If you’re in search of a plant-based meal, you have abundant options for indoor dining, pickup, and delivery with this beloved chain’s all-day breakfast menu. Prepare yourself for a variety of pancakes loaded with blueberries, chocolate chips, or pecans plus vegan versions of bacon and sausage alongside a variety of espresso drinks. Feel like mixing it up? Put the “unch” in your brunch with a roster of burgers, Texas hot chicken sandwiches, and loaded nachos for the perfect sweet-and-savory experience.
How to order: Call your nearest location or order online for pickup.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Yardbird
Photo courtesy of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Yardbird

Uptown

With views of Klyde Warren Park and the downtown skyline, Yardbird’s positioned to be a primo open-air brunch spot. Southern-style menu favorites include crab cake Benedict with fried green tomatoes, chicken with watermelon and waffles, and maple-bacon donuts. Drinks echo the Dixie-fried charm with a pork chop-inspired bourbon cocktail and a killer Bloody Mary kicked up with homemade mix, fresh horseradish, and a dash of Crystal Hot Sauce. 
How to order: Call 469-208-2441 or order online for takeout and delivery, or order delivery from Postmates, Grubhub, Uber Eats, or DoorDash.

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