If those midnight toasts didn’t satisfy, think of something more along the lines of morning and noontime toasts. Possibly French, definitely buttered. Maybe with a side of chicken-fried deliciousness.
Now don’t go cooking up a mess in the kitchen on the first day of the year before turning to the couch when the hangover truly hits — that’s just setting a precedent for a lackluster year. Let someone else take responsibility for dishing up sustenance and whatever hair of the dog is required. Just remember to tip handsomely and happily. Here’s where to go for brunch in Dallas on New Year’s Day.
Blatt Beer & Table
7859 Walnut Hill Lane, 469-372-2080
Whether the glass holds beer or a Guinness bloody mary, Blatt’s Dixie-fried chicken and waffles is a solid option on Jan. 1. The restaurant opens at noon, but there’s always the option to sleep in and wait for friends to share all the offerings of Blatt mac later in the day.
Street’s Fine Chicken
3857 Cedar Springs Road, 469-917-7140; 5211 Forest Lane, 972-803-5181
Not feeling hopeful about the new year? Two words: biscuit sliders. One with fried chicken and the other with jalapeno cheddar, eggs and bacon. That’s just one offering to pair with $3 mimosas or $5 bloody marys when Street’s opens at noon.
400 W. Davis St., 214-944-5521
Of course a pitmaster can get up at the crack of New Year’s to smoke your meats. Brisket, Kreuz Market sausage, ribs and sides will be available, but the real draw here is the burnt ends bloody mary. Just change the name now to Burnt Ends Eve. A countdown feels appropriate.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill
7859 Walnut Hill Lane, 972-677-7887; 3220 McKinney Ave., 469-718-2292
Depending on the type of New Year’s Eve that preceded the hunt for tasty bites, the craving may be more along the lines of fresh and healthy comfort than the batter and fried sort. Dive in at Blue Sushi Sake Grill starting at noon. Sushi, sashimi, salads, grilled entrees, even a savory bowl of udon could make returning to work in 2019 more acceptable.
642 W. Davis St., 469-320-9220
Look, it’s fine if getting dressed isn’t on the priority list for New Year’s Day, but brunch should be. Fortunately, Pink Magnolia is hosting Jam In Your Jammies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reserve a table now and enjoy hoppin’ john, micheladas, Irish coffee and doughnut martinis.
3227 McKinney Ave., 214-871-2337; 6030 Luther Lane, 214-363-2337 and other DFW locations
Brunching on a budget? From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on New Year's Day, Hopdoddy is serving up a menu of $5 brunch dishes and drinks, including the breakfast burger, bloody mary, a whole split of mimosas and craft beer.
5001 Belt Line Road, 214-377-8227
Superstitious? Kill two foods with one brunch dish at Ida Claire. Open for brunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the restaurant offers a catfish po’boy that’ll knock black eyed peas and cabbage from the good luck list. Order the wood-grilled chicken and take care of the collard greens, too. Call for reservations.
5300 E. Mockingbird Lane, 214-443-9339; 6121 W. Park Blvd., 214-299-5935
A go-to brunch, lunch and anything spot for the utterly carnivorous, Knife is turning out all manner of red meat, pork belly and everything in between (which, to be clear, is the usual decadent brunch menu) from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first day you should ignore any and all dietary resolutions.
7501 Lone Star Drive, Plano, 972-943-0984
It’s said that eating pork on New Year’s is lucky, as pork symbolizes progress. Mexican Sugar heard that loud and clear. Along with the regular brunch menu, the Plano destination is serving up bone-in pork chop and eggs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.
5901 Winthrop St., Plano, 972-781-9473
Those lucky enough to beat the hangover should double down on the cornbread at Haywire (cornbread is symbolic for gold, after all). But it’s also absolutely not scientifically proven that a solid cure for getting run over by the wagon is venison chili, also found at Haywire. The word is out, so reserve now.
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3601 Dallas Parkway, Plano, 972-993-2253; 3225 Regent Blvd., Irving, 469-941-2253
Whiskey Cake doesn’t really need any help selling a French toast Monte Cristo after a night known for counting down the night with drinks. It’s pretty much the perfect dish for soaking up any number of regrets. Ham for Progress 2019.
1251 State St., Richardson, 972-437-3474; 5917 Convair Drive, Fort Worth, 817-731-5882
Tricky Fish is all about pretending it’s the weekend, even when it’s a heavy-lidded Tuesday spent mourning that missed connection just before last night’s countdown. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., eat those feelings via fried shrimp and oyster grits or go for an andouille-loaded benedict. And don’t miss a connection with the praline pancakes.
Blue Mesa Grill
14866 Montfort Drive, 972-934-0165; 8200 Dallas Parkway, Plano, 214-387-4407; 612 Carroll St., Fort Worth, 817-332-6372
New Year’s Eve is usually all about the bar, but on New Year’s Day, Blue Mesa Grill takes bars to an entirely different level with the Market Fresh Sunday Buffet Brunch (yes, even though it’s Tuesday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sidle up to a street taco bar, a bar for omelets and huevos rancheros, a salad and guac bar, enchilada and adobe pie row and a dessert bar. All cook-to-order stations are included in the $22 price, along with fresh OJ, agua frescas, champs, mimosas, coffee, tea and sodas. Kids ages 6-11 eat for $7 (younger eat for free).
Del Frisco’s Grille
3232 McKinney Ave., 972-807-6152; 7200 Bishop Road, Plano, 469-661-8012; 154 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth, 817-887-9900; 1200 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 817-410-3777
Any fan of the Del Frisco’s joints know that while the name is synonymous with steak, they don’t play when it comes to brunch. Rich and indulgent, the DFG menu is a great start to the year with crab cake benedict on lock and lemon ricotta pancakes bright with blueberry compote. There’s also the greens and grains bowl, which is sinful and healthy at the same time — so perfect for Day 1.