Brunch means different things to different people. For some, the popular meal consists of soothing eggs Benedict, savored alongside a cup of coffee and a Bloody Mary. For others, brunch is a raucous affair, with free-flowing cocktails, quirky entertainment, and riffs on chicken and waffles or sugary-sweet cinnamon rolls. Whatever your favor, one thing’s unanimous: Brunch is made better with a drink. In addition to serving some of Dallas’s best brunch fare, all of the restaurants below have beverage programs that will keep you sipping and savoring from the morning into the afternoon.Read More
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If unlimited pancakes with a side of adult beverages sounds like your definition of brunch, Shakertins is your spot. The popular upscale bar and small plates spot serves $10 all-you-can-eat pancakes every Sunday, but sweetens the deal with $2 Bloody Marys. Or, if you want a liquid pick-me-up, try the Aldo’s Iced Brew, a kicky blend of Grey Goose Vanilla, Grind coffee liqueur, Averna, and Irish cream.
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While Pie 314 mostly serves pizza and Italian fare, brunch skews a bit more traditional, with Benedicts, biscuits, and bacon as the stars of the show. Biscuits are served alongside brisket (this is Texas after all) and sausage gravy, while the waffles are made with white cheddar before being topped with panko-crusted chicken tenders. Finish off the meal with a house-made cinnamon roll filled with liquid cheesecake and balance out the richness with the 24 Carrot cocktail, made with vodka, pineapple, carrot, lime, rosemary, and honey.
A bit of New York comes to Dallas by way of Hudson House. Inspired by the rich bounty of the Hudson Valley, Hudson House’s menu is loaded with classic brunch favorites: bagels, four kinds of lox, avocado toast, and an eponymous sandwich that features smoked bacon, cheddar, scrambled egg, dijonnaise, and a creamy avocado dip. If you need a hair of the dog to pick you up, try the Mom’s Cure, a refreshing punch of Grey Goose, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and prosecco.
What looks like a hip florist’s shop on the outside is actually a sleek boîte for Dallas’s beautiful people. The weekend lunch menu is surprisingly hearty — no anemic salads here. The menu stays true to the luxe environment, serving dishes like the Snob Sandwich, which is filled with Petrossian smoked salmon and caviar, egg salad, and creme fraiche on a buttered brioche roll. Gild the lily with extra caviar and pair it with Grange Hall’s riff on a martini: the Vested Interest, a split base of vodka and gin with Cap Corse Blanc aperitif and house-cured olives. It will be a three-martini brunch before you know it.
The upscale steakhouse Al Biernat’s is typically associated with long, leisurely dinners of rib-eyes and red wine, but brunch is just as luxurious — think lobster and scrambled egg tacos with avocado, smoked bacon, and queso fresco. If you’re not a fan of traditional breakfast fare, plenty of Al’s classics are on offer too, including an unctuous French dip sandwich and a Texas premium wagyu beef cheeseburger. Brunch cocktails are inventive and fruit-forward here, going beyond your standard mimosas and Bellinis.
For the healthy hedonist, SkinnyFats’ menu is packed full of nutritious (yet still delicious) dishes like the Cluck Moo, an egg-white omelet with shaved steak, caramelized onions, avocado, and nine-grain toast. But don’t be misled — there’s plenty to treat yourself with as well, like fresh-pressed juices with Grey Goose infusions, or the Chickawaffadopolis, which is, well, what it sounds like: fried chicken tenders adorning a syrup-laden buttermilk waffle.
Delucca Gaucho Pizza and Wine
Brunch doesn’t always have to mean eggs or waffles. Why not give pizza a go? Delucca turns the traditional pizzeria on its head with a gaucho-inspired prix fixe menu that lets you eat as much (or as little) as you want. Pizzas topped with picanha steak and Turkish lamb are served continuously to your table, washed down with cocktails like the Raspberry Lemon Drop, made with Grey Goose Citron, raspberries, fresh lemon juice, and Citron.
Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff’s brunch menu gets lauded as one of the best in town thanks to its unique fusion of traditional Texas cuisine with brunch favorites. If tacos sound like your idea of a great morning, you’ll be right at home here — street tacos are loaded with elote, cilantro, chopped onion, and salsa verde, but a less traditional favorite pairs corned beef with breakfast potatoes and scrambled eggs. To fully kick-start the day, try their Greyhound with a twist: The El Fuego pairs Grey Goose vodka and grapefruit juice with serrano pepper and Tajin, a classic Mexican seasoning of chile and lime.
If you’re looking for brunch with a view, Stirr’s trendy rooftop is the spot. The menu is full of favorites like French toast, eggs Benedict, and steak and eggs, but you’ll find a few unexpected surprises too. Your standard Benny comes topped with seared pork tenderloin and crispy, tobacco-infused onions, while a seemingly unassuming breakfast sandwich is served on a buttery croissant oozing with poblano bechamel. Get your daily dose of Vitamin C from the Femme Fraise, a blend of Grey Goose vodka lightly sweetened with a strawberry-basil syrup.
Don't Tell Supper Club
If you’re looking for a meal with a side of amusement, Don’t Tell brings the unexpected, with entertainment ranging from fire breathers to sexy silks girls and contortionists at dinner service. But the fun really gets started during Don’t Tell’s drag brunches, usually hosted by Jenni P. Settle in for entertainment, brunch specials, and cocktails, all for just $35. Follow the restaurant on Facebook or Instagram to find out the dates for the next drag brunch.