Harlowe MXM sits at the northwest corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and Main Street, offering a brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
It’s worth taking a moment to soak in the aesthetics of the dining room before you look at the menu. The exposed brick, the wood ceilings and bar, and the black and brass decor make this a space worth loitering.
The menu offers a decent selection of brunch cocktails, including a strawberry sunrise ($10). It's a mix of tequila, strawberry shrub, pineapple and citrus, and you could find yourself mistaking this for juice and downing it before you order your first shareable plate.
The “it was such a long night” cocktail ($10) offers a boozier start to your day with Irish whiskey, apricot, ginger ale, citrus and bitters. Yes, please, to adding apricot to more cocktails.
The “this + that board” ($18) is on the pricier end of the menu, but you get jalapeño-cheddar sausage, chipotle-maple chicken sausage, house-pickled eggs, cheese, biscuits, jam and whipped butter.
For starters, try the brunch fondue ($8). But be warned — you might want it all to yourself. A meaty white cheddar with a baked egg comes out in a little cast-iron skillet along with toasted hearth bread for dipping. Mixing in the harissa yogurt that tops the fondue, breaking the soft yolk to let it ooze and scooping the cheddar onto your bread may be the best part of your weekend.
If you had an adventurous night or it’s not late enough in the day for oysters, the el chapo burger ($16) is good for what ails you. A brisket-short rib grind sits in a double-double with two eggs over easy served with a guacamole tostada and black beans.
At the top of the entree section (which the restaurant calls plates, because 2018) is the charred shrimp Benedict ($12). Lacking basic seasoning, the plate comes out with a jalapeño-cheddar biscuit made somewhat soggy by a topping of pepper-lobster gravy bearnaise. The shrimp give it a sea-like flavor, which might not feel like the best thing for breakfast.
You can make a reservation on Open Table or walk in if you’re part of the later crowd. It’s Deep Ellum, so expect the usual less-than-ideal parking situation, or take a bike — you can ride right up to the door, and you can work off brunch in the process.
Harlowe MXM, 2823 Main St. (Deep Ellum)