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