Best Options for Dallas’ Most Defining Meal: Brunch

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Everyone looks forward to those two days of the week when you can sleep in and then kick back and enjoy a quiet, non-judgmental brunch to hide behind tall glasses while sipping on some dog hair. We’ve put together a list of some of the best places to find the fluffiest pancakes, the crispiest bacon, the best breakfast sandwiches and, of course, the booziest Bloody Marys.

Pie Tap Kitchen + Workshop

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Pie Tap Workshop cinnamon roll

Pie Tap Pizza

Obviously to pie pie, you start with the $3 mimosas and the $5 Bloody Marys. If your sweet tooth needs some attention, try a gigantic cinnamon roll ($8), made from scratch and covered in a thick layer of plate-lick-worthy icing (as they say, it doesn’t don’t lick). For something savory, you can’t go wrong with the breakfast sandwich ($13), which includes house-made spiced maple sausages, bacon, sunny farm egg, smoked cheddar, Calabrian chilli aioli, tomato and arugula served on a house. – sourdough roll baked and served with a side of roasted Calabrian potatoes. And if you fancy brunch pizza, get the smoked salmon pie ($17) topped with Icelandic smoked salmon, ricotta, red onion, dill, capers, dried egg yolks house and lemon zest.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

2121 N. Pearl St. (Downtown)

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Lemon meringue pie pancakes

Southern Yardbird Table

With views of Klyde Warren Park and the downtown skyline, Yardbird Southern Table and Bar is a great place for brunch. Mini donuts ($14) are a popular choice – how can you go wrong with a pastry stuffed with Nutella and topped with powdered sugar? You can not. If salty is more your style, the Yardbird Benedict ($32) is a great, but pricey, choice. It starts with a buttermilk cookie topped with country ham prosciutto, spinach and crabmeat Hollandaise sauce. And for a dish that will thrill your taste buds, order the Lemon Meringue Pie Pancakes ($18), which are blueberry pancakes topped with toasted meringue, granola, and lemon curd.

Majestic of Henry

4900 McKinney Ave (Knox-Henderson)

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Chicken and waffles

Majestic of Henry

Majestic of Henry is one of the best brunches in Dallas and a great place to people watch. If you choose to sleep in a little, expect a wait during peak brunch hours. If the weather is nice, the patio will be filled with all the pretty people of Dallas sharing their mimosas and other concoctions to brighten their day. For starters, the Puff Pastry Pigs ($14), a jalapeño-cheddar sausage wrapped in puff pastry with bacon-onion jam and homemade mustard, is a great choice. Main entree considerations should include the charred tomatillo chilaquiles ($16), made with fried corn tortillas, roast chicken, lime cream, cotija, fried egg and salsa, and the blueberry toast soufflé ($13). Or maybe the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles ($18) smothered in smoky chili sauce and espresso maple syrup.

Ida Claire

5001 Belt Line Road (North Dallas)

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Shrimps and Grits

Ida Claire

When the weather is nice (or even decent, we’ll just take “decent”), you should book brunch in the Airstream trailer in the backyard of Ida Claire. It’s a cool place to hang out with friends and enjoy cookies with bacon sauce, honey butter and homemade jam ($8). For your main entree, do yourself a favor and order the Shrimp and Grits ($21.50) with grilled Gulf shrimp, bacon, asiago grits and a tangy low country cream sauce – it’s really is the star of the menu. Other main favorites to consider include ribs and hash browns ($17), hot Nashville chicken tenderloins ($18.50), and fried green tomato benedict ($13.50 ).

whistle panties

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Hot bread fillets

whistle panties

To whistle panties, chicken is definitely the star of the menu. You’ll find deep-fried chicken tenders layered on a stack of pancakes ($18) or between two bits of buttermilk biscuits served a variety of ways. You can request jalapeño syrup, chili jelly, or sauce for any of the dishes. One of the most popular cookie sandwiches is the Whistle Britches ($14), which combines a buttermilk cookie, crispy chicken, honey butter and pepper jelly. If you like a little spice with your brunch, the Hot Dang ($14) is a great choice. You get Nashville-style hot crispy chicken with toasted white bread, dill ranch, and buttery pickles.

The Biscuit Factory

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Watered cereals

The Biscuit Factory

No need to wait for the weekend to enjoy the hearty cookie sandwiches offered at the The Biscuit Factory. Whether it’s the simple cookie and butter you crave or something more sinister like Rough Night (fried chicken, burger patty, ham, turkey, pulled pork, crispy bacon, tots, cheddar and homemade sausage sauce), the Biscuit Bar has everything your brunch heart desires any day of the week. Add a sip of cereal ($6) and loaded toddlers, and all of your brunch goals will be met.

Ellen’s

1790 N. Record St. (Downtown)

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pancake pie

Ellen’s Southern Kitchen

Ellen’s is a casual, family-friendly southern cuisine in downtown Dallas. Breakfast is served all day with signature items like the Pancake Pot Pie ($15), which includes layers of pancakes, sweet maple cream sausage sauce, Texas hickory bacon, sausages crumbled potatoes, hash browns, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and pure Vermont maple syrup. This dish is the kitchen sink of brunch dishes. The menu also offers a variety of Mexican breakfast options and traditional breakfast items like eggs Benedict, pancakes, shrimp, and grits. The place gets very busy on weekends and reservations are strongly encouraged.

Oddfellows

316 W. 7th St. (Bishop Arts)

Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District, it’s a nice mix of hipster, laid-back and comfortable. If you can manage to sit on the terrace, you’ll have won the weekend brunch lottery when it comes to people-watching. On weekends, be prepared to wait for a table as it’s first come, first served. But the wait is worth it when you can enjoy dishes like French Toast with Bread Pudding ($13), Donuts ($10), Shrimp and Grits ($18), and Eggs Benedict ($15 ). And if you’re impatient and don’t like to wait, just grab a mimosa (or carafe) from the cocktail window, and you’ll be fine with the world.

Knox Bistro

3230 Knox Street (Knox-Henderson)

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Gravlax trout board

Knox Bistro

To Knox Bistro you can partake in incredible savory and sweet brunch options, sip a peach bellini and brush up on your French. For starters, we recommend the Rillettes de Poisson ($14), a smoked fish dip with trout roe, celery, radishes and crostini. It’s tasty, light and easily shareable. For something between an appetizer and entree, the quiche lorraine ($17) is always a great choice. And for an entrée, you can’t go wrong with the baby Dutch pancakes ($16) or the Croque Monsieur ($22). And whatever you do, get yourself one of these espresso martinis.

Forge on Henderson

2927 N. Henderson Avenue (Knox-Henderson)

No one is looking to get hungover unless, of course, it’s the Hangover 2.0 ($18) at Forge. Habanero Fried Chicken, Bourbon Maple Syrup, Cage Free Eggs, Sausage, Brown Sugar Pecan Bacon, Crispy Hash Browns and Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce, all layered in a jumbo buttermilk cookie, make this booze-soaked comfort food at its finest. Other brunch options include Salmon Benedict ($19), Grilled Tamales ($16) and Farmer’s Omelet ($17). And if you need a dog’s hair, they have mimosas, palomas, Bloody Mary’s, and other craft cocktails that are sure to cure all your ailments.

prying moth

1621 Oak Lawn Avenue (Design District)

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Mother-child meeting

prying moth

Known as one of Dallas’ first gastropubs, prying moth offers a perfect place to start your brunch festivities. You can dine under the famous stained glass windows while indulging in brunch classics like sticky buns ($11), cookies and sausage gravy ($10) and the wildly popular mother-child get-together ($18), with Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Jalapeno Sauce, Farmhouse Grits and Scrambled Eggs. We love the Bloody Mary because it comes with a beer chaser. And since this is a gastropub, the selection of over 40 craft beers is always interesting. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available.

Jonathan’s Dinner

1619 N. Beckley Ave (Oak Cliff)

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Chicken and biscuits with a pepper sauce

Lauren Drewes Daniels

Although we love the signature chicken and waffles of Jonathan’s Dinner, which has diners lingering outside waiting for a table on the weekends, don’t overlook the homemade chicken and pepper biscuits smothered in pepper sauce. Danger Dogs are made with turkey sausage wrapped in pancake batter. Even the burgers are stellar (we recommend “The Nooner,” with a half-pound patty, bacon, ham, Swiss and American cheese, and a fried egg). While zero dishes draw crowds, $5 mimosas keep them there. Bands get louder as the afternoon progresses, clearly partaking in budget cocktail options.

Ebb and flow

2651 Commerce St. (Deep Ellum) and 7300 Lone Star Dr. (Plano)

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Salty Brew at Ebb & Flow

Lauren Drewes Daniels

Ebb and flow brunch is not for nursing sore heads or for starting your day off easy. Here, brunch is more of an event than a restaurant, but don’t get me wrong, this restaurant is perfect. Start with a salty brew, which is a royal salted caramel crown and a cold brew topped with Baileys salted caramel mousse. Then dive into a plate of Chicken Fried Eggs ($12.99) with ranch breaded chicken breast half the size of the plate and smothered in a thick sausage gravy with two eggs.

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