The King (or YAS QUEEN) of Lower Greenville’s rooftop patio scene, HG Sply Co. brings their paleo-inspired American meals and craft-cocktails theme over to their brunch menu. One glance at the healthy but delicious brunch choices available at HG Supply Company and suddenly it makes sense why everyone there looks like those people on Instagram with 300k followers. Where else in Dallas are you going to get a stunning rooftop view of the Downtown skyline while enjoying a brunch of zucchini pasta, quinoa sausage meatballs, and a green tea gimlet?
In the “see and be seen” neighborhood that is Uptown, it only makes sense that the ultimate Uptown brunch power move is to up your game by taking it to the roof shared by Bread Winners and The Quarter Bar. And you won’t be short on options either. With a brunch menu that is a very-tight three pages long, you will have everything from sweet treats like French toast to savory hangover cures like migas to choose from. Don’t sleep on those frozen Bellinis and boozy blackberry lemonades either though.
If sports, a great view, and beignets are more your speed, Dodie’s Reef on Greenville Ave offers all up in abundance. This Cajun mainstay located in the epicenter of Greenville Ave’s beating heart of bars and restaurants offers a Louisiana twist on everything from eggs Benedict, bread pudding, and French toast. It’s also not too hard to enjoy the loft view with a few $2 mimosas or sangrias, $4 screwdrivers or Bloody Marys, or $5 Fireball shots. But be warned, if it's a weekend in the fall, LSU and Saints football will be king.
Bringing a bit of hip urban flair to Plano, Urban Crust’s rooftop provides a view of the heart of historic Downtown Plano and the 15th St area. Now you may be wondering what pizza and brunch have to do each other, besides the cold pizza that you eat straight out of the box during your shame survey on Sunday morning. No, that’s not what we are talking about here. We are talking about frittatas, breakfast pizzas with ingredients like smoked salmon, Italian donuts, and signature cocktails such as the Italian Stallion. But what you really need to know is those three magical words that make everything better and make the world seem OK for a few more hours on a hot and hazy Sunday: “one dollar mimosas.”
Brunching in the heart of Downtown Dallas is not something that was even possible 10 years ago. But thanks to the steady revitalization of the Downtown area and the fact that people actually want to live and play there, that's changed. Iron Cactus and its two tiered rooftop patios offer brunch goers a perfect people-watching perch as well as a great place to fill up before catching a Sunday matinee show at the nearby Majestic Theatre.
What could be more perfect than watching the pretty people of Knox-Henderson fight to the death over much-coveted parking spaces while you enjoy your perch high atop Travis St (well, OK, like one story), sucking down frozen blueberry mojito after frozen blueberry mojito? The key word when it comes to the brunch food menu at Fernando’s is “huevos.” If you like eggs in every Tex-Mex style you can possibly imagine, you’re in luck when you’re brunching on the rooftop of Fernando’s.
You guys, let’s put this into very simple, easy-to-understand terms for you. From the vantage point of Blackfriar’s highest patio, you can soak up all the little bits of liquid mistakes and regrets and mixed liquors that are still sloshing around in your half-empty belly with a brunch burrito consisting of scrambled eggs, black beans, bacon, caramelized onions, and poblanos, topped with queso and avocado slices. Drink a Bloody Mary, a coffee, and lots of water and then take the McKinney Avenue Trolley, which runs directly in front of Blackfriar, back home and regroup.
1. HG Sply Co.2008 Greenville Ave, Dallas
2. Bread Winners3301 McKinney Ave, Dallas
3. Dodie's Reef2821 Greenville Ave, Dallas
4. Urban Crust1006 E 15th St, Plano
5. Iron Cactus1520 Main St, Dallas
6. Fernando's Mexican Cuisine4514 Travis St Ste 201, Dallas
7. Blackfriar Pub2621 McKinney Ave, Dallas
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.
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.
If sports, a great view and beignets are up your alley, Dodie’s Reef on Greenville Avenue offers all up in abundance. This Cajun inspired tavern and sports bar is a solid option for brunch, with a wide variety of dishes like Southern style gumbo, boiled crab and crawfish, po-boys, and New Orleans style oysters on the half shell. Cheap drinks ($2 mimosas or sangrias, $4 screwdrivers or Bloody Marys or $5 Fireball shots) and a raucous vibe also make Dodie's a fun happy hour joint.
Co-opened by the chef-owner of Daddy Jack's Wood Grill, Urban Crust is a Italian noshery and pizza shop featuring wood-fired pies in a buzzy, club-like space. Urban Crust's first two levels mix copious flat screens and upholstered seating with cues from the 113-year-old building's saddle-shop heritage (exposed beams, chandelier made of copper chains & buggy whips & handmade by the architect). Completely unexpectedly, the third floor's devoted to the "32 Degrees Bar", a sky-lit space sporting a 30ft refrigerated countertop.
This buzzy, multi-level hangout heats up when the sun goes down. Offering upscale, contemporary Mexican fare and margaritas a plenty in a spacious dining area with a large outdoor patio area, Iron Cactus is both a solid happy hour spot (get $3 off all appetizers, tequila drinks, and beer from 3-6pm Monday- Friday) and a great option for brunch (be sure to try the Sunday pre-fixe option). Go all in and order a few rounds of grilled flatbreads and avocado fries for the table in addition to your margs, because why not?
This casual Knox-Henderson via Mexico City eatery offers refined takes on Tex-Mex fare in a airy space perched atop Travis St. for prime people watching. Go for brunch and score with $4.50 house drink specials-- mimosas, bloody marys, screwdrivers, margarita swirls, house margaritas and frozen blueberry mojitos all go well with huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, Fernando's "layered tortilla sandwich."
Straying from your standard dark and dusty Irish pub aesthetic, Blackfriar has a huge, sunny patio where you can enjoy something from their huge domestic and imported craft beer list. Pair you brew with some short rib sliders that'll keep you going well into the evening-- Blackfriar's a great summer time nightlife spot where you can watch the game from outdoor patio flatscreens or just knock some back with your crew.