Food & Drink

The Best Brunch Restaurants in Dallas

Published On 10/25/2016 Published On 10/25/2016
The Theodore
Nicole Chavez

Whether it’s a Bloody Mary bar with unlimited add-ons or a plate of French toast so decadent that it will make you weep, brunch is indisputably the greatest meal of the week. So we found the kings and queens of Brunch Mountain in the DFW metroplex. If you’re looking for a patio to serve as a meet-up spot for friends, or want to treat your significant other to a weekend feast, these are the restaurants you need to hit up.

Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery

Bread Winners

Uptown

Some might say that Bread Winners is the undisputed brunch champion. With a legendary selection of unique French toasts and savory sweet treats such as jalapeño bacon and cheddar waffles, there’s plenty of delicious choices to help you blot up any overindulgences from the night before. Also, four  simple words: frozen blood orange mimosas.

Hattie's

Hattie's

Bishop Arts District

You know that this upscale Southern food paradise isn’t gonna skimp on the good stuff when it comes to a hearty brunch. The jewel in the Hattie’s crown is the Low Country Shrimp and Cheddar Grits dish with a Tabasco-bacon pan sauce. But maybe some cornmeal griddlecakes are more your speed. Just like at your grandma’s house, there’s no chance that you leave Hattie’s without falling into a light, but glorious, food coma.

The Libertine Bar

The Libertine Bar

Lower Greenville

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 interior, where you’re safe in the embrace of a dim pub, is where this brunch shines. The hefty menu can live up to that hangover that sent you into the dark in the first place: the chicken-fried steak & eggs is a Dallas rendition that can hang with our city's best, while the World's Greatest Sandwich, loaded with fried egg, bacon, gruyere, and plenty more, truly deserves its title. 

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Spiral Diner

Fort Worth, Oak Cliff

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 diners to even notice that they’re not eating a meat-filled greasy spoon breakfast with offerings like migas, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, and breakfast quesadillas.

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Boulevardier

Bishop Arts District

This upscale French bistro is the kind of place you get dressed up for, even if it is 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 Legs and Eggs, a duck leg confit with stone-ground grit cakes and huckleberry preserves. It even has a specialty brunch cocktail menu with offerings such as the Chai Spiced Pimms Cup.

HG Sply Co.

HG Sply Co.

Lower Greenville, Fort Worth

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? HG Sply Co. specializes in hearty yet healthy brunch options like the House Bowls, which allow customers to choose lean proteins to pair with veggie and grain combinations. As a bonus, it carries many freshly squeezed organic juices with which its delicious brunch cocktails are created.

Whiskey Cake Plano

Whiskey Cake

Plano

Plano’s Whiskey Cake brings its reputation for hearty and savory offerings to its brunch menu with offbeat brunch dishes such as BBQ banh mi and fried green tomatoes. Another restaurant that offers specialty fresh-squeezed or -pressed juices, Whiskey Cake caters to those looking for booze-free options with drinks as the Jessica Wabbit, a lime, carrot, lime, pineapple, and ginger concoction. But for those who need a hair of the dog, there's trusty options like the Corpse Reviver #2 (Lillet fortified wine, gin, Cointreau, absinthe, lemon juice) or Irish coffee on hand.

Ten Bells Tavern

Ten Bells Tavern

Oak Cliff

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 are ordering a Country Breakfast, an ungodly 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.

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The Theodore

NorthPark Center

If eating at the mall invokes images of soggy food-court fries and soft serve, you clearly have never been to The Theodore at NorthPark Center. An upscale restaurant which resembles the set of any given Wes Anderson movie, The Theodore's brunch offerings are equally quirky, unique, and obsession-worthy. After all, when was the last time that you had a Warm Newport Lobster Roll for brunch?

MAX's Wine Dive

MAX's Wine Dive

Uptown, Fort Worth

In case you were wondering what you’re getting into at MAX’s, this is probably a good time to remind you that its motto is “FRIED CHICKEN AND CHAMPAGNE... WHY THE HELL NOT?” Much of the menu does in fact heavily rely on MAX’s signature fried chicken, including the epic Honey-Butter Benedict. Yes, that’s fried chicken on two homemade buttermilk biscuits, drizzled with honey butter, then topped with a fried egg and jalapeño cream gravy and served with a side of fries. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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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.

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1. Bread Winners 3301 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

This Dallas area mini-chain takes brunch seriously with a 3 page long compendium of sweet and savory comestibles that run the gamut from spicy fried chicken and waffles, to cast-iron cinnamon rolls, to hangover friendly migas and huevos rancheros; enjoy 'em all while dining al fresco on Breadwinners' spacious rooftop seating area. Daily specials like half price starters and $1 wine also make Breadwinners a pretty good bet for dinner or happy hour.

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2. Hattie's 418 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

This upscale American bistro takes good ol’ fashioned down home-style cookin’ and low-country cuisine and makes it decidedly high class. With linen-colored walls, huge windows, a mix of antique and modern furniture styles, and colorful centerpieces, the atmosphere is as pleasantly bright and refreshing as the cuisine is rich and satisfying. While brunch is a big hit at Hattie’s, their lunch and dinner menu’s look just as enticing with options like Fried Green Tomatoes (no, Kathy Bates didn’t make them), Low Country Shrimp and Grits, and Bacon-wrapped, Jalapeño-stuffed Quail.Go for a classic cocktail or one with more of a southern kick like the Sweet Tea or Key Lime martinis.

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3. The Libertine Bar 2101 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

A divey Lowest Greenville bar with live music and great specials, The Libertine Bar is a dope spot in Dallas to get your drink on. Specials at this gloriously low-key hang include $3 Texas Beer Night on Wednesdays and half-price food on Tuesdays-- how could you go wrong? You might come here for just a drink, but the food menu is definitely also worth your while.

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4. Spiral Diner & Bakery 1101 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203 (Oak Cliff)

Spiral's menu is full of things that vegans and carnivores alike will crave. The kitchen goes all-out in re-creating healthy versions of comfort food faves like mac & cheese, queso, burgers, Philly cheesesteak and even the occasional poutine. Both the Dallas and Fort Worth locations are popular brunch hotspots so line up early on a weekend.

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5. Boulevardier 408 N Bishop Ave, Ste 108, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

This French-inspired Bistro uses its wood-fired grill to reinvent some classic dishes from across the pond. In addition to the grub, there's an expansive wine selection that includes more than 120 American and French varietals, as well as a large array of liquors including Whiskeys, Armagnacs and Cognacs.

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6. HG Sply Co. 2008 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

This East Dallas hotspot has come to define the new era of Lower Greenville hotspots, with its carefully crafted food and drink, not to mention its extensive rooftop bar area and sweeping skyline views of Downtown. Paleo-inspired New American grub is what's on offer (think Tex Mex grain bowls, zucchini "pasta" with roasted eggplant, and cauliflower-cashew "grits"), but don't think that just because its "health conscious" doesn't mean it's not delicious.

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7. Whiskey Cake 3601 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093 (Plano)

This rustic, high-windowed warehouse-style joint features communal tables, plaid sofas, rocking chairs, and a stacked firewood partition that is set off by industrial touches like Edison bulbs. Sink your teeth into Texas comfort foods like pulled pork sliders, thick burgers, smoked BBQ, and fried chicken. Don’t be surprised by some of the more interesting items like the Thai Cashew Pork Baguette and Pork Belly Ramen … Whiskey Cake whips up fresh comfort foods that you can’t get at grandma’s. Indulge in a long list of national craft brews whiskey flights, and whiskey cocktails like Little Rye Lies (rye whiskey, black tea syrup, and orange and angostura bitters). Yes, you can enjoy actual Whiskey Cake on a porch next to a fireplace if you’re so inclined.

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8. Ten Bells Tavern 232 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

A small, casual space with dark wood accents, low-key lighting, and the walls covered with eclectic framed images, Ten Bells has all the charm of a traditional English pub with all the southern goodness of a comfort food-centric menu. The locals favor Ten Bells for their hearty brunch menu, but honestly those short rib cheese fries taste exceptional at any meal—especially late night. Try the Duck Confit Hash or the Smoked Salmon Benedict, but don’t worry they have your traditional country breakfast options like sausage and eggs. They keep you guessing with an ever-changing list of craft cocktails, and host pub trivia on Wednesdays.

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9. The Theodore 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225 (North Dallas)

Founded by the chef Tim Byres, the man behind Dallas mainstays Bolsa and Smoke, The Theodore serves New American small plates that aim to please. You’ll forget you’re at the mall as you knock back drinks from the unbeatable bar menu at this quaint and quirky destination. The inspiration here is a cross between Teddy Roosevelt and Wes Anderson, and the patio is a cool mix of dainty wrought-iron tables and rugged wooden high-top tables.

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10. MAX's Wine Dive 3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

If you’re planning on heading to MAX’s leave your calorie counter at home and embrace the slogan, “fried chicken and champagne... why the hell not?” because that pretty much sums up the menu. This industrial, southern-style vinoteca features exposed brick, high top tables, and a whole wall wine of wine bottles that is almost as imposing as their wine list featuring vino from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, and good ol’ Texas herself. They have beer on tap for those who prefer a different kind of bubbles as well as a full bar. MAX’s menu is all about the frier: expect chicken and waffles and honey-butter fried chicken benedict over biscuits at brunch, and classic fried chicken dishes among sinfully cheesey mac and cheese and Fried Lobster Risotto options.

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