Dallas certainly knows it's way around a brunch. What use to be an occasion-driven affair, has taken on the role of a more casual, sobering three-hour revival. With Dallas' always-expanding restaurant population, here are some new spots you should consider.
Jack's Southern Comfort Food There's one (really important) key word about the menu here: biscuits. Lots of 'em. This charismatic spot brings a touch of upscale, down-home country fare with Cajun touches to lower Greenville. The "Pigs in a Pashmina" come with apple smoked beef sausage snuggled in a puff pastry with pepper jack, cheddar cheese and jalapeños, served with a strawberry jalapeño mustard and Jack's breakfast potatoes. And Jimmy's sausage gravy open-faced biscuit will surely quell whatever ails you.
Chicken Scratch Yes, there's the fried chicken, but this outdoor haven has also recently added 8 different kinds of chicken and biscuit sandwiches, in addition to chicken and coconut waffles. The $10 bottomless mimosas from noon to 3:00 p.m. certainly don't hurt any. Brunch hours: Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Boulevardier If the dinner prices at Boulevardier are a bit intimidating, try their brunch service. With the exception of the $23 hanger steak plate (with a béarnaise sauce), dishes range from $8 to $14, including a Gruyere omelet ($11); "Legs and Eggs" with duck leg confit, duck eggs, ground grits cake and huckleberry sauce ($14). For a little hair of the dog, try the Maple Bourbon Flip with Redemption High Rye bourbon, Fernet Branca, maple syrup and egg. Brunch hours: Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ten Bells Tavern OK, we admit we have a slight crush on this restaurant and bar in the Bishop Arts District. It's inviting, offers dimly lit corners for hunkering down inside or bright communal picnic tables outside, plus a great beer selection. The food is never an after thought either. For brunch the kitchen puts out plates of stuffed pancakes, egg Benedict, and two-handed sandwiches, all made with large, plump organic eggs from Vital Farms. Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Outpost American Tavern The subject of this week's review from Scott Reitz, the spot at on Beckley is the latest reincarnation of Campo with the same owners, but a completely new, more casual concept. On nice days, the large porch out front is packed with brunchers, who Reitz writes are "wrist-deep in sloppy breakfast burgers topped with runny fried eggs, and buttery johnnycakes topped with savory roast pork and sweet syrup." There are also ham and cheese sandwiches smothered with béchamel, chilaquiles laced with braised chicken "capable of dismantling the worst hangovers." Best yet, nothing on the brunch menu is more than $10. Brunch hours: Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
START The new fast-casual spot on Greenville serving "good for you" food just recently started a brunch service along with live music (Sundays only). New items for brunchers include a Brunch Burger with topped with an organic free-range egg; a cobb frittata with bacon, chicken, blue cheese, avocado and cilantro cream sauce; a breakfast tart with an egg custard. Naturally the mimosas are made with fresh-squeezed oranges. Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.