If you brunch on weekends religiously, we have a new set of restaurants around Dallas where you can worship. One rising trend we’re enamored with is the late-night brunch -- after all, who doesn’t want to cap off an evening of partying or bar-hopping with bacon? Aside from moonlit breakfasts, the theme of the DFW brunch remains constant: rich, over-the-top classics with a modern touch (usually bacon).
This gastropub’s brunch menu reads like a culinary tour of the South ending at the Gulf, with plates of raw oysters, pickled shrimp, and New Orleans-style yaka mein. There are also biscuits aplenty, served under sausage gravy and enveloping spicy chicken, sausage, and eggs. The uber-popular Nashville-inspired hot chicken from dinner is also on the brunch menu to wake up your face. Whimsical cocktails -- think Corpse Reviver Beta 1.2 and a Cinnamon Toast Punch -- dominate the drinks list.
You’d expect a place named after a glazed hunk of pork belly to have a spectacular brunch, and this rustic-chic destination’s menu satisfies. Sugarbacon figures prominently in the Proper Brunch section -- scrambled eggs, bacon, and biscuits and ancho-sage sausage gravy -- as well as the Benedict, and you’ll also find it crowning the burger you can order off the regular menu during brunch. Now all you need is a breakfast drink to relax and enjoy the jazz band that performs during this Sunday meal.
Chef Blythe Beck’s butter-centric lovin’-from-the-oven style has always seemed a great fit for brunch, and the popularity of her new spot in the OC on the weekend proves it. From the bourbon maple syrup-topped hoecake stack and chocolate French toast to two varieties of shrimp and grits, you can bet on insane indulgences. Speaking of: Pink Magnolia serves cocktails by the punch bowl, if you and your group need that kind of brunch.
While this rabidly popular Austin favorite doesn’t technically have a brunch, it does serve breakfast tacos all day all weekend, AND it’s BYOB. So gather up some friends and some bottles and order all the eggy, meaty, vegetarian or vegan tacos your heart desires: Tacodeli serves their specialties or you can build your own.
Picture this: brunch and a movie. Ivy Kitchen is the full-service restaurant tucked inside the fancy LOOK Cinemas, so once you’ve washed down your chicken and waffle sliders, carnitas rancheros, and/or crab cake Benedict with a michelada, you can head into the theater for a flick. Or, hell, stay for a spell at Ivy -- the patio is revamped and primed for lounging.
Decadence with Southern flair is the name of the brunch game at this genteel spot, and the portions are generous, so come hungry. Bust your belt on entrees like the muffaletta, chicken in a biscuit, or fried oyster po’boy. There’s also yogurt and granola and a bevy of salads for lighter appetites. Feeling like a plate of chicken and waffles in the wee hours of the weekend? Ida Claire serves midnight brunch on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm to 2am.
Neighborhood dwellers and fans of solid, low-key brunches lamented when the Meridian Room shuttered, sending a beloved weekend meal into the ether. Happily, when Expo Bar opened in the same space, its operators vowed to restore brunch menu favorites, and they’re just as simple and straightforward as you remember: a great eggs Benedict, stellar chilaquiles, and breakfast tacos. Mimosas and Marys come in classic and Expo Premium versions.
The California import with the neighborly vibe recently launched the reverse happy hour of brunches -- morning menu items that are served beginning at 9pm on Sundays. Actually, the 9-to-midnight brunch overlaps with its 9-to-11pm “hoppy hour” so you can marry $5 mimosas and bloody marys with dishes like the Creole Benedict, huevos rancheros, and bananas Foster crunchy French toast. So load up, then, you know... go straight to bed.
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Farah Fleurima is a Dallas food writer who mainlines brunch any given Sunday. Follow her, mimosa in hand at @TheDallasDiva.
1. Rapscallion2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110, Dallas
2. Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen216 W Virginia St #100, McKinney
3. Pink Magnolia642 W Davis St, Dallas
4. Tacodeli1878 Sylvan Ave Ste E100, Dallas
5. IVY Kitchen5411 Belt Line Rd, Dallas
6. Ida Claire5001 Belt Line Rd, Dallas
7. Expo Bar3611 Parry Ave, Dallas
8. Eureka!3700 McKinney Ave, Dallas
Updated Southern fare shines at this establishment, like dry-aged rib eye carpaccio and Nashville-style hot chicken, and double up the heat with some shakes of the Fresno chile sauce on the table. The cocktails here are great too, especially the house mules that are made to order with rum, bourbon, gin, mezcal, or vodka and packed with ginger spice.
This upscale-casual spot outside of Dallas offers New American eats with Texan influences via a meat-centric menu with items like the ancho chile barbecue pork belly appetizer or Berkshire pork chop.
This spot serves up rich southern fare, with signatures like chicken fried ribeye, fried oysters Rockefeller, and iceberg babies salad, and cocktails and boozy desserts to round out the offerings.
Originally from Austin, Tacodeli is bringing an insane variety of tacos to the Dallas fast-casual scene. There are beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and vegetarian tacos for lunch, but Tacodeli's real speciality is breakfast. Served all day on weekends (and until 11am during the week), the breakfast tacos vary between the Otto, a house favorite filled with refried black beans, bacon, avocado, and Monterey Jack, and a classic Migas.
Need a place to go for the perfect brunch date? Here you can enjoy brunch and a movie.
This quirky Addison gem serves up Southern classics with a twist -- that goes for the food and drinks. Ida Claire, which has a retro, down-home theme, is dishing out plates like sweet potato chip duck confit (made with goat cheese fondue), remoulade crispy catfish, crawfish corn beignets, and a Southern tasting board: house-cured meats, low country ham, pimento cheese, smoked mustard, jam, and Ida's biscuits. The knowledgeable staff will help you pair whatever meal you choose with the proper cocktail, whether it's a modern gimlet, Collins, or G&T.
Anyone who is a Dallas native knows that this place serves up some of the best brunch in town.