Dallas takes brunch very seriously, as evidenced by the long lines and the people who seem almost eager to wait in them. Here's a rundown of a few of our favorite brunch spots right now, some new, some old standbys and some that are upping the brunch game out in the suburbs.
Brunch isn't just for Dallas proper — some spots in the suburb do it well, like Ida Claire, where you'll find a host of Southern and Louisiana-inspired fare. Don't skip the turkey and dumplings.
This new Plano hotspot just launched brunch, and it's worth exploring. Also worth exploring? The 40 wines available on tap.
Pier 247's brunch menu uses the words "creamy" and "grits" on six separate occasions, while "bacon" appears seven times — and when it comes to a Cajun-influenced brunch, those are all very good words.
Oysters for brunch? At this Bishop Arts mainstay, you'd be a fool not to. It's been one of the city's best brunches for years, and that doesn't appear to be changing any time soon. Don't skip the confit duck leg, because if you're having brunch at Boulevardier, you are clearly a fancy, intelligent person with fancy, intelligent taste.
Malai Kitchen has two locations — one in Uptown, one in Southlake — where they put a Southeast Asian spin on brunch. Don't expect dishes to taste like they do in Danang or Hat Yai: This is Vietnamese and Thai food that has been adapted for local palates.
A dark, boozy Deep Ellum brunch specializing in comforting Hungarian fare? Armoury DE nails it.
Independent Bar & Kitchen
While we're on the subject of international Deep Ellum brunches, don't miss Independent Bar & Kitchen, where you can fill up on Scotch eggs and a gloriously artery-clogging English breakfast plate.
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Switch it up with a visit to TJ's Seafood, where you can get as fancy ($115 seafood tower) or as chill ($10 banana nut bread pancakes) as your hungry heart desires.
This Oak Cliff brunch mainstay is as solid as ever, with $3.50 mojitos, bloody marys and Champagne cocktails and cheesy shrimp and grits.