Food & Drink

The Best New Brunches in Dallas

Published On 05/03/2016 Published On 05/03/2016
Wayward Sons breakfast
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Wayward Sons

Lower Greenville

The weekend breakfast menu here is just as you’d expect from the Southern farm-to-fork spot: thoughtful, out-of-the-ordinary entrees that zig where most brunches zag. We’re talking lamb sausage, beef bacon, and duck egg shakshouka; plus, a paleo granola, salads, and avocado toast for lighter eaters. The blueberry-topped ricotta pancakes over a schmear of lemon curd will fuel brunch dreams for days to come.

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Preston Hollow

Speaking of day-after recovery, matchbox seems more than willing to lend you a hand all weekend -- there’s a dish called the Walk of Shame Burrito, after all, which tastes like a reward for last night’s dubious choices. In the meantime, the Bloody Mary Burger combines two brunch favorites, and pastries like the cast-iron cinnamon rolls can sate any morning sweet tooth.

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The Theodore

Park Cities

The brunch dishes at this Wes Anderson-inspired eatery sound as proper as... well, a dish served to a character in his movies. Broiled oranges & berries; ham & egg salad sourdough toasts; and French Toast Royale sound right at home in a scene with Bill Murray. Salads and sandwiches round out the offerings.

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Mudhen Meat and Greens


This new restaurant’s super-health-conscious bent doesn’t let up at weekend brunch. In fact, dishes like collard spring rolls, green eggs and ham Benedict, whole wheat pancakes, and “Groatmeal” are right in line with the fresh, local, and sustainable menu Mudhen loves to serve. The garden goodness even extends to drinks, with made-to-order juices and smoothies on offer.

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Top Knot


As with the dinner menu, Sunday brunch here features fun food with serious culinary chops and a touch of Asian flair behind it. Miso-caramel pull-apart buns may start a straight-up fork fight; you also won’t want to share the katsudon topped with egg, or the pimento cheese-drenched breakfast bun. Maybe start with any of the phenomenal brunch cocktails to smooth the decision-making process.

Hash House A Go Go

Far North Dallas

Fans of this San Diego import cheered its recent opening, and it’s no wonder: the portions are gigantic, and brunch plates are no exception. Most cherished of all dishes is the sage-fried chicken stack that comes atop a stack of waffles; there are also scrambles, hashes, and Benedicts aplenty. But one does not simply attack this alone, so bring a foodie friend. And note that breakfast is served daily at the Hash House.

Filament Restaurant


Deep Ellum

Regional influences dominate this Sunday-only menu that borrows popular dishes (fried hot catfish, roasted onion dip, Appalachian fried chicken) from the evening meal. Brunch signatures include the heirloom grain waffles dotted with almonds & cherries, eggs Benedict on cheddar-chive biscuits, and a veggie strata. You’ll never go wrong with cocktails here, at any hour.



All weekend, you can find a funky mix of Downtown dwellers and Joule Hotel guests savoring the Italian-influenced brunch cuisine in this modern space with the sleek patio. You’d be crazy not to try the breakfast pizza, crafted on the crisp, light dough that makes dinner pizzas soar, but don’t overlook the saucy baked eggs or the torta rustica.

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Oak Lawn

Sundays get lively here, as this popular French-Mex fusion spot whips up breakfast in the same bicoastal vein. Think classic croque madames crowned with an egg, pozole with a hint of spice, and a wildly tasty chilaquiles with duck confit, and you’ve got a sense of what’s up for grabs here. Just hope you can grab a seat.

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Julia Pearl


The Sunday brunch menu at this Plano restaurant is short, but loaded with rich, swoon-worthy Southern favorites like fried catfish with cheese grits; chicken & waffles; shrimp & grits; and classic egg dishes. Don’t let all that decadence deter you from starting with the house-made biscuits -- you can work it off later, in your post-brunch nap dreams.

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1. Wayward Sons 3525 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

It’s hard not to feel a bit of escapism while sipping craft drinks from this farm-to-fork restaurant’s esteemed bar program on its lush outdoor patio. You'd be remiss to skip out on the house cocktails which include the signature Wayward Son with gin, chartreuse, and jalapeno. At this Lower Greenville spot, drinks aren't the only stars of the menu: Chef Graham Dodd's Wayward Sons takes traditional, Texan eats and reimagines them, refined. Dinner plates include smoked lamb brisket and chicken and dumplings; for brunch, the blueberry-topped ricotta pancakes over a schmear of lemon curd will fuel your dreams for days to come.

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2. matchbox american kitchen + spirit 7859 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75230

This modern American eatery in the Preston Hollow Village shops is a cozy choice for brunch. Decorated with a rustic wraparound porch dotted with high-top tables, cushy sofas, and mini-fireplaces, you can also opt to hang out on the outside portion of the double-sided bar, and people watch. Menu favorites include a Bloody Mary burger and cast-iron cinnamon rolls.

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3. The Theodore 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225

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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4. Mudhen Meat and Greens 900 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201

Easily one of the biggest patios in town, Mudhen’s Dowtown space is decked out with garden decor, and the menu's chock full of appealing brunch options that'll satisfy during the outdoor-lounging season (every season in Texas?). The eatery's menu, which is on the healthy side, features fresh and produce-filled cocktails. Down a bell pepper-adorned Lakenvelder or a lemongrass-y Plymouth Rock on the patio, or even get your drink whipped up with house-made stevia syrup.

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5. Top Knot 2817 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX

Born from the popularity of local pop-up parties, Trompo’s main attraction is the Mexican-style spit-roasted pork that’s sliced, griddled, then folded into tacos and quesadillas. There’s also bistek (beef) on hand, as well as pablanos and paneer for vegetarian palates, but the signature rotisserie is the must-eat menu feature. Beneath the bright fluorescents, there is no ambiance and no tables, so you’ll want to take your house-made sauce drenched meal to-go.

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6. Hash House A Go Go - Plano 1900 Preston Rd #343, Plano, TX 75093

This national mini-chain from San Diego offers hearty breakfast staples in a revamped, roadhouse-like locale. "Twisted farm food" the likes of fried chicken benedicts, griddled french toast, and scrambles are what you can expect on the menu. Dinner's a bit more upscale: think large bistro salads, seared steak, and skillet pork ribs. But there's also a "breakfast in the evening" menu if pancakes for dinner's more your thing.

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7. Filament 2626 Main St, Dallas, TX

Filament is serving up Southern fare with a twist in the heart of Deep Ellum. The menu is focused on wood-fired, Texas-style dishes, each with a globally influenced accent. Here, traditional down-home dishes get a modern makeover -- like the smoked ham Johnny cake okonomiyaki with bonito flakes for a Texas-meets-Tokyo mash-up, or fried country meat pies reminiscent of Asian technique and spice. Mason jars line the whiskey-centric bar, and are full of chow chow, Filament's Southern-inflected version of kimchi. Cocktails keep it local, with a bottled Sazerac for two, or the sorghum-chicory Old Fashioned.

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8. Americano 1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201

Americano, the casual Italian restaurant in the Joule Hotel, is simple in its dishes and its design. It’s got everything you’d expect from a contemporary Italian menu: handmade pasta, Neapolitan pizza, house-cured charcuterie, and whole-grilled fish. And the cocktail list has an Italian bent to match -- think Negroni on draft and Americano served three ways. Open at 11am every day, Americano dishes out its Italian roots to diners for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

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9. Madrina 4216 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

Madrina, an upscale, yet approachable concept spot in Oak Lawn doles out a popular French-inspired Mexican menu and beverage program. Its imaginative dishes range from rabbit rillettes, to roasted goat tacos, to chilaquiles with duck confit. You don't want to miss out on what's up for grabs here; stop in during happy hour (Tuesday through Friday, 4:00-6:30pm) for an almost unheard of deal-- everything on the food and cocktail menus is half-off.

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10. Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine 2301 Central Expy #195, Plano, TX 75075

Southern and Cajun fare are what's on at Julia Pearl's, a cozy, New Orleans-inspired resto in Plano. Rich, hearty fare like fried catfish with cheese grits, chicken & waffles, and shrimp & grits pair well with Bloodies and Mint Juleps. Don’t let all that delectable decadence deter you from starting with the house-made biscuits -- you can work it off later, in your post-brunch nap dreams.