Dallas is without a doubt a brunching town. Every Saturday and Sunday, early in the afternoon, those with matted hair, stale breath and perhaps questionable bed mates drag themselves from shades-pulled comfort and into the harsh, bright world, descending upon the city's restaurants en masse. It seems as if every restaurant in town has a brunch menu and specials on one or both days, most touting salty bloody marys and saccharine mimosas.
5. Jonathon's Oak Cliff Jonathon Erdeljac and his wife Christine built their first restaurant in the space that used to house the Beckley Brewhouse. Jonathon's sports a fresh look and a massive patio perfect for brunching in nicer weather. Erdeljac's chicken and waffles (pictured above) are a must-order, and the place gets busy on weekends. For those who prefer something other than oatmeal in the morning, Jonathon's serves up an affordable breakfast during the week as well.
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4. Za Za What can you say? Catholic school outfits on the staff. DJ music. Champagne. Sunday School brunch is as much an event as a meal, and it's the one brunch I didn't even think about sharing with my mom when she was in town. ZaZa always serves brunch, but every third Sunday of the month things get slightly more sinister. October's will have a Halloween theme.
3. Bolsa Bolsa's long had a reputation for a well-executed, farm to table brunch menu. Things can only get better with Jeff Harris at the pass. Boasting a simple but decadent egg sandwich, steak and eggs, and an Evan's Farm Brunch Burger, brunch mainstays are all represented. One of the city's best cocktail lists will keep the lushes entertained as well.
2. Smoke Don't plan on a productive afternoon after filling up on handmade biscuits and sausage gravy or smoked salmon eggs florentine at Smoke. Especially since you'll have to take on some meat, too. Coffee-cured beef brisket, pulled pork, beer can chicken, sausage and ribs are all ready to deliver a cholesterol coma.
1. The Grape The burger. You've heard about it a million times, and the restaurant sells hundreds since Texas Monthly named it the best burger in Texas. Throw in an oxtail hash, killer house-made hollandaise in your eggs Benedict and a cozy neighborhood space, and you'll see why the Grape earned the Observer's best brunch in 2011.