More than 2,000 brunch fans filed into the Dallas Farmers Market on Saturday afternoon for the Morning After, a Dallas Observer festival that featured all things brunch. Lines at the sold-out festival did get long, but most moved quickly, and the Champagne flowed all morning long.
Two dishes in particular got a lot of play at the fest: chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy. Both were well represented, with Top Golf's chicken and waffles winning the crowd's pick for best dish. Our favorite dish: a creative deep-fried pocket of meat wrapped in plantain and topped with pickled veggies from La Bodega's on Greenville Avenue. The sweetness of the plantains, combined with the briney pickled veggies and the perfect crunch of its deep-fried exterior, made us want to visit this Latin eatery to try their full brunch menu.
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On the booze front, the bloody mary station was a hit (who can say no to a rib-eye-flavored bloody?), as was the bubbly station where drinkers could bypass the typical mimosa to try sparkling wine mixed with one of the sweet, perky shrubs from Cook Hall at the W.
The weather was beautiful, the biscuits plentiful and the booze was abundant enough to ensure we were absolutely unproductive for the entire rest of the day. If you missed this fest, worry not: Iron Fork will be here before you know it, filling Centennial Hall at Fair Park on April 26 with bite-sized samplings from some of the city's best chefs.