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Brunch hard at Cane Rosso in Dallas or Fort Worth
Brunch hard at Cane Rosso in Dallas or Fort Worth
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Dallas' 15 Essential Brunch Spots

Because brunch is serious business.

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Brunch hard at Cane Rosso in Dallas or Fort Worth
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In Dallas, brunch is decidedly the most important meal of the weekend. Which is why it’s important to know exactly where to find the fluffiest pancakes, the crispiest bacon, and the strongest mimosas. But where does one find the best brunch in Dallas?

This city is practically littered with excellent brunch options, but these 15 spots are definitely worthy of any brunch bucket list. Carpe chilaquiles, Dallas.

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Bolsa is a solid choice for pretty much any meal of the day, but the brunch menu is consistently one of the best in town. Dig into a “twigs & branch” flatbread topped with arugula, goat cheese, and roasted grapes, or stay traditional with Bolsa’s most-excellent chilaquiles and pimiento-cheese grits. The burger is also a pretty stellar option, especially when nursing a nasty hangover. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
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Boulevardier

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Boulevardier’s brunch is the stuff of legends. Chef Nathan Tate’s take on French classics like eggs meurette and a constantly changing quiche offering are always a good choice, but the true greatness happens when Tate introduces a little bit of his southern influence. Try the “legs & eggs” – confit duck legs served with sunny-side up farm eggs and Homestead grits cakes.
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Bread Winners Café & Bakery

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Brunch is religion in Uptown, and Bread Winners is where this midday meal’s most devoted disciples worship. Fried chicken & waffles are an obvious choice, as is the French Ham eggs Benedict, a buttery croissant topped with asparagus, smoked ham, and hollandaise. Wash it all down with Bread Winners' spicy Bloody Diablo garnished with jalapeno bacon. Bread Winners is open for brunch on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Ellen's Southern Kitchen

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There’s nothing more comforting than a Southern breakfast, and Ellen’s does it right. Traditional fare like biscuits and gravy and Ellen’s famous cheesy grits are always a solid choice, but don’t sleep on the less-conventional options, like drool-worthy pork tinga tacos and chili & eggs. Late risers need not worry – Ellen’s serves breakfast all day long.
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Garden Cafe

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Vegetarians and omnivores alike will find plenty to love at Garden Cafe, where at least some of the produce on your plate was likely grown on-site. The omelets are made with local eggs and housemade chorizo, the oatmeal is organic, and the bacon is house-cured. Pair a stack of sweet potato pancakes with egg whites and avocado for a midday breakfast that is pretty damn balanced. Brunch is served all day at Garden Cafe, so take your time.
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Hattie's

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For a decidedly Southern take on brunch, head to Hattie’s in the Bishop Arts District. This long-standing establishment is a neighborhood favorite for brunch, thanks to dishes like bananas foster sourdough french toast, and of course, chicken and waffles. Don’t miss the Hattie’s Hangtown Scramble, made with herbed scrambled eggs, bacon-wrapped fried oysters, and red chili hollandaise. Brunch is served on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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Cane Rosso

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You probably don’t think of a pizza joint as an excellent breakfast spot, but that’s only because you haven’t had Il Cane Rosso’s killer weekend brunch specials. Dig into a pork and hot sopressata hash, or if a carb coma is in order, go for the Wafflebird, a freshly-made waffle topped with vanilla mascarpone, Nutella, cookie butter, crushed cookies, and toasted marshmallows.
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Jonathon's Oak Cliff

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At this Oak Cliff institution, keep it healthy with a veggie burger or steel cut oats, or get seriously indulgent with all things lovingly fried. Try the Peanut Butter Jelly Time waffle, topped with peanut butter fluff and berry preserves, or the Pan de Jon, a rich and buttery bread custard drenched in banana-citrus syrup. Brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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Mercat Bistro

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Brush out that bedhead, put on your least-wrinkled clothes and head to Mercat Bistro for a fancy brunch that won’t destroy your budget. Start your Euro-inspired brunch with housemade ricotta topped with local honeycomb or a roasted tomato-brie tart, and finish with a plate of perfectly light strawberry-mascarpone crepes. Mimosas of course, are a must. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Oddfellows

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With Chef Anastacia Quinones at the helm, Oddfellows has firmly staked its place as one of Dallas' best morning dining options. Alongside the mimosas, frozen sangria, and bloody mary carafes, enjoy rib-sticking fare like buffalo mac & cheese, huevos rancheros, and short rib hash topped with sunny side up eggs.
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The Dream Cafe

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Pretty much everything at Dream Cafe is locally sourced, organic, or both, which totally counts as healthy. Start your brunch with one of Dream Cafe’s excellent popovers slathered with strawberry butter, then move on to a bowl of granola or omelet stuffed with sausage, mushrooms, and cheese. Take your vegan friends to brunch here, where they can dig into a hearty tofu scramble on whole wheat tortilla.
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The Grape

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The famous, best-in-the-state burger is just one reason to have brunch at The Grape – this spot has plenty of other delicious ways to wake up on Sunday. Try the fluffy cinnamon-pecan pull-apart bread, or perhaps the blueberry-cornmeal griddle cakes topped with whipped butter. Stave off a hangover with a fried chicken on a biscuit and pretend that tomorrow isn’t Monday. Brunch is served at The Grape on Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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TJ's Seafood Market Grill

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TJ’s Seafood impossibly fresh fish case gets the brunch treatment on the weekends. Three words: crabcake eggs Benedict. If that doesn’t sound appealing, try honey butter Maine lobster fritters, Austin-inspired migas, or hickory smoked salmon with all the accoutrements. Of course, kicking off brunch festivities with a dozen East Coast oysters and habanero Bloody Marys (complete with seafood skewer!) is a must.
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Mudhen Meat and Greens

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On weekends, health enthusiasts can head to Mudhen at the Dallas Farmers Market for indulgent dishes made with (slightly) healthier ingredients sourced straight from the nearby purveyors. Look forward to plates like whole wheat pancakes, cauliflower rice served with bacon and eggs, and migas topped with green chili pork. Brunch is served on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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Henry's Majestic

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Henry’s Majestic is a great spot to see and be-seen, so expect a wait. Live music welcomes diners on the patio, and the build-your-own mimosa buffet and craft cocktails are worth the line. A lengthy and diverse menu offers gluten-fueled options like stuffed brioche french toast and sopapilla waffles, which are a nice counterpoint to meatier dishes like the steak and eggs, marrow infused burger, and pork belly bowl. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Henry's Majestic

Bolsa

Bolsa is a solid choice for pretty much any meal of the day, but the brunch menu is consistently one of the best in town. Dig into a “twigs & branch” flatbread topped with arugula, goat cheese, and roasted grapes, or stay traditional with Bolsa’s most-excellent chilaquiles and pimiento-cheese grits. The burger is also a pretty stellar option, especially when nursing a nasty hangover. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Bolsa/Facebook

Boulevardier

Boulevardier’s brunch is the stuff of legends. Chef Nathan Tate’s take on French classics like eggs meurette and a constantly changing quiche offering are always a good choice, but the true greatness happens when Tate introduces a little bit of his southern influence. Try the “legs & eggs” – confit duck legs served with sunny-side up farm eggs and Homestead grits cakes.
Boulevardier

Bread Winners Café & Bakery

Brunch is religion in Uptown, and Bread Winners is where this midday meal’s most devoted disciples worship. Fried chicken & waffles are an obvious choice, as is the French Ham eggs Benedict, a buttery croissant topped with asparagus, smoked ham, and hollandaise. Wash it all down with Bread Winners' spicy Bloody Diablo garnished with jalapeno bacon. Bread Winners is open for brunch on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bread Winners/Facebook

Ellen's Southern Kitchen

There’s nothing more comforting than a Southern breakfast, and Ellen’s does it right. Traditional fare like biscuits and gravy and Ellen’s famous cheesy grits are always a solid choice, but don’t sleep on the less-conventional options, like drool-worthy pork tinga tacos and chili & eggs. Late risers need not worry – Ellen’s serves breakfast all day long.
Ellen's/Facebook

Garden Cafe

Vegetarians and omnivores alike will find plenty to love at Garden Cafe, where at least some of the produce on your plate was likely grown on-site. The omelets are made with local eggs and housemade chorizo, the oatmeal is organic, and the bacon is house-cured. Pair a stack of sweet potato pancakes with egg whites and avocado for a midday breakfast that is pretty damn balanced. Brunch is served all day at Garden Cafe, so take your time.
Rich Vana/Garden Cafe

Hattie's

For a decidedly Southern take on brunch, head to Hattie’s in the Bishop Arts District. This long-standing establishment is a neighborhood favorite for brunch, thanks to dishes like bananas foster sourdough french toast, and of course, chicken and waffles. Don’t miss the Hattie’s Hangtown Scramble, made with herbed scrambled eggs, bacon-wrapped fried oysters, and red chili hollandaise. Brunch is served on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hattie's

Cane Rosso

You probably don’t think of a pizza joint as an excellent breakfast spot, but that’s only because you haven’t had Il Cane Rosso’s killer weekend brunch specials. Dig into a pork and hot sopressata hash, or if a carb coma is in order, go for the Wafflebird, a freshly-made waffle topped with vanilla mascarpone, Nutella, cookie butter, crushed cookies, and toasted marshmallows.
Cane Rosso

Jonathon's Oak Cliff

At this Oak Cliff institution, keep it healthy with a veggie burger or steel cut oats, or get seriously indulgent with all things lovingly fried. Try the Peanut Butter Jelly Time waffle, topped with peanut butter fluff and berry preserves, or the Pan de Jon, a rich and buttery bread custard drenched in banana-citrus syrup. Brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Jonathon's/Facebook

Mercat Bistro

Brush out that bedhead, put on your least-wrinkled clothes and head to Mercat Bistro for a fancy brunch that won’t destroy your budget. Start your Euro-inspired brunch with housemade ricotta topped with local honeycomb or a roasted tomato-brie tart, and finish with a plate of perfectly light strawberry-mascarpone crepes. Mimosas of course, are a must. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Oddfellows

With Chef Anastacia Quinones at the helm, Oddfellows has firmly staked its place as one of Dallas' best morning dining options. Alongside the mimosas, frozen sangria, and bloody mary carafes, enjoy rib-sticking fare like buffalo mac & cheese, huevos rancheros, and short rib hash topped with sunny side up eggs.
Oddfellows

The Dream Cafe

Pretty much everything at Dream Cafe is locally sourced, organic, or both, which totally counts as healthy. Start your brunch with one of Dream Cafe’s excellent popovers slathered with strawberry butter, then move on to a bowl of granola or omelet stuffed with sausage, mushrooms, and cheese. Take your vegan friends to brunch here, where they can dig into a hearty tofu scramble on whole wheat tortilla.
Dream Cafe/Facebook

The Grape

The famous, best-in-the-state burger is just one reason to have brunch at The Grape – this spot has plenty of other delicious ways to wake up on Sunday. Try the fluffy cinnamon-pecan pull-apart bread, or perhaps the blueberry-cornmeal griddle cakes topped with whipped butter. Stave off a hangover with a fried chicken on a biscuit and pretend that tomorrow isn’t Monday. Brunch is served at The Grape on Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Grape/Facebook

TJ's Seafood Market Grill

TJ’s Seafood impossibly fresh fish case gets the brunch treatment on the weekends. Three words: crabcake eggs Benedict. If that doesn’t sound appealing, try honey butter Maine lobster fritters, Austin-inspired migas, or hickory smoked salmon with all the accoutrements. Of course, kicking off brunch festivities with a dozen East Coast oysters and habanero Bloody Marys (complete with seafood skewer!) is a must.
TJ's Seafood/Facebook

Mudhen Meat and Greens

On weekends, health enthusiasts can head to Mudhen at the Dallas Farmers Market for indulgent dishes made with (slightly) healthier ingredients sourced straight from the nearby purveyors. Look forward to plates like whole wheat pancakes, cauliflower rice served with bacon and eggs, and migas topped with green chili pork. Brunch is served on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Kathy Tran

Henry's Majestic

Henry’s Majestic is a great spot to see and be-seen, so expect a wait. Live music welcomes diners on the patio, and the build-your-own mimosa buffet and craft cocktails are worth the line. A lengthy and diverse menu offers gluten-fueled options like stuffed brioche french toast and sopapilla waffles, which are a nice counterpoint to meatier dishes like the steak and eggs, marrow infused burger, and pork belly bowl. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Henry's Majestic

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