Rise and Dine

Wake up and smell the cof­fee, mi­mosas and egg-cep­tional én­trees that are tak­ing week­end brunch to a new level.

Where Dallas - - CONTENTS - BY RITA COOK

Don't miss the most im­por­tant meal of the day (brunch) at these lo­cally loved res­tau­rants. BY RITA COOK

You’ll never go hun­gry in Dal­las-Fort Worth, and cer­tainly not if you’re a brunch lover. Whether you have a crav­ing for French toast, a Bene­dict va­ri­ety or even a made-from­scratch bloody mary, one of these es­teemed eater­ies of­fer end­less op­tions to sa­vor.

AMER­I­CANO

Lo­cated within the Joule Ho­tel down­town, Amer­i­cano is a mod­ern Ital­ian-Amer­i­can restau­rant with an invit­ing at­mos­phere and an open-air pa­tio. Guests are treated to a $10 mi­mosa carafe with an or­der of the $10 breakfast pizza (pic­tured) dur­ing its week­end brunch. Lo­cals also love the cia­batta French toast with al­monds, lemon­whipped ricotta, and cran­berry maple syrup, as well as the breakfast Bolog­nese with pap­pardelle, chili oil, farm egg and pecorino cheese. Brunch bev­er­ages include the basil bal­samic bloody mary and the sig­na­ture berg­amot breakfast cock­tail.

THE GRAPE

Greenville Av­enue’s long­stand­ing neigh­bor­hood bistro The Grape will cel­e­brate its 45th an­niver­sary this Oc­to­ber. Chef/Owner Brian Luscher and wife Court­ney pur­chased the restau­rant from the orig­i­nal own­ers in 2007, and soon be­gan serv­ing Sun­day brunch. Don’t be sur­prised if you see lo­cal celebrity chefs din­ing along­side you, sa­vor­ing dishes like the pop­u­lar shred­ded ox­tail and ba­nana pep­per hash, bis­cuits and gravy, “The Haystack” or clas­sic cheese­burger (only avail­able dur­ing brunch).

BISTRO 31

A Euro­pean-style café, Bistro 31 serves brunch on Satur­day and Sun­day. Spe­cial­iz­ing in cui­sine with French, Ital­ian and Span­ish in­flu­ences, chef David Garwacki has cre­ated a de­li­cious menu. Choices include lemon-ricotta pan­cakes and Bene­dicts, as well as pas­tas, soups and sal­ads. The main dishes high­light the bistro burger and chicken Pail­lard. Lounge 31, above Bistro 31, of­fers So­cial Sun­days with a bloody mary bar and dis­counted sushi and ap­pe­tiz­ers.

NEXT DOOR

If you have a crav­ing for French toast, then head over to Next Door in Up­town. The Next Door “proper brunch” takes it to an en­tirely new level with restora­tive bloody mary or mi­mosa choices as well as brunch fa­vorites. The eggs Bene­dict is pop­u­lar as is the afore­men­tioned BFFFT, which lov­ingly stands for “Best F***** Fried French Toast” com­plete with cream-cheese stuffed cin­na­mon-raisin bread that’s pan­cake-bat­tered and fried, fresh berry com­pote, maple syrup and whipped cream. Need a health­ier op­tion? The av­o­cado toast with whole­seed bread, goat cheese, roasted tomato and basil does the trick.

SU­GAR­BA­CON PROPER KITCHEN

With lo­ca­tions in down­town McK­in­ney and in Dal­las’ Lake­wood neigh­bor­hood, this so­phis­ti­cated yet invit­ing eatery of­fers a con­tem­po­rary South­ern menu and at­mos­phere—not to men­tion mem­o­rable brunch dishes like eggs bene­dict topped with pulled pork and smoked brisket-ched­dar en­chi­ladas.

GRAYSON SO­CIAL

Start your meal at this down­town restau­rant’s “Killer Brunch” with the Killer Bis­cuits, a lo­cal fa­vorite (it could be the most “ob­scene” amount of but­ter used, but who’s count­ing?). If you’re re­ally hun­gry, try the Killer Bis­cuit Bene­dict.

HASH HOUSE A GO GO

Brunch at Plano’s Hash House A Go Go is said to be the per­fect hang­over cure. Home to mon­ster por­tions that are bet­ter when shared, Hash House has even been fea­tured on Man v. Food and serves up én­trees like the “Trac­tor Drive Combo” that are not for the faint of heart.

Pulled pork bene­dict at Su­gar­ba­con Proper Kitchen

The Grape

Amer­i­cano

Grayson So­cial

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