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Dallas' 14 Essential Brunch Spots

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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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Maple Leaf Diner

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This Canada-themed diner, better known for its towering stacked burgers and sandwiches, serves breakfast until 3 p.m. daily, making it an ideal brunch spot with plenty of traditional fare and some unique hybrids. Tasty mash-ups include the lox benedict and latkes, southern poutine with chicken and a chicken, bacon and waffles plate that ticks all the boxes for an incredible brunch.

TJ's Seafood Market & Grill - Preston Royal

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TJ’s Seafood’s impossibly fresh fish case gets the brunch treatment on the weekends, and the results are downright magnificent. Three words: crabcake eggs Benedict. If that doesn’t appeal, 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 Market

Nazca Kitchen

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This South American cuisine spot serves up a killer brunch on weekends that’s perfect for anyone who’s getting tired of the same old boring standbys. Try the spinach stuffed butternut squash or the Latin breakfast with chicken pupusas, and be sure to sample the Eppa Sangria with blueberry, acai and pomegranate juice. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nazca Kitchen’s original Walnut Hill location. Nazca Kitchen/Facebook

Yolk - Preston Center

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Yolk, which has multiple Dallas locations, is a veritable breakfast and brunch factory. Their extensive menu offers everything from indulgent classics like croque madame to more interesting takes on brunch like kale egg scramblers and pot roast benedict. The eggy restaurant name shouldn’t dissuade newcomers from trying some of the truly tasty french toast and pancakes offerings.

The Grape Restaurant

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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 compel anyone out bed on Sunday. Try the fluffy cinnamon-pecan pull-apart bread, or perhaps the blueberry-cornmeal griddle cakes topped with whipped butter. Banish hangovers 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

Cane Rosso

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Most people don’t think of a pizza joint as an excellent breakfast spot, but that’s only because they haven’t had Il Cane Rosso’s killer weekend brunch specials. Dig into a bacon, potato and onion hash, or a waffle topped with creamy vanilla marscapone, Nutella and cookie butter. Of course, pizza is also an entirely acceptable option.

Bread Winners

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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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Dream Cafe

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Pretty much everything at Dream Cafe is locally sourced, organic, or both, which totally counts as healthy. Start off 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 any vegan friends to brunch here, where they can dig into a hearty tofu scramble on whole wheat tortilla.

Dream Cafe

Mercat Bistro

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Brush out that bedhead, put on whatever’s the least wrinkled and head to Mercat Bistro for a fancy brunch that won’t cost a fortune. Start this 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.

Ellen's

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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.

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.

Jonathon's Oak Cliff

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 for anyone nursing a nasty hangover. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.

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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Maple Leaf Diner

This Canada-themed diner, better known for its towering stacked burgers and sandwiches, serves breakfast until 3 p.m. daily, making it an ideal brunch spot with plenty of traditional fare and some unique hybrids. Tasty mash-ups include the lox benedict and latkes, southern poutine with chicken and a chicken, bacon and waffles plate that ticks all the boxes for an incredible brunch.

TJ's Seafood Market & Grill - Preston Royal

TJ’s Seafood’s impossibly fresh fish case gets the brunch treatment on the weekends, and the results are downright magnificent. Three words: crabcake eggs Benedict. If that doesn’t appeal, 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 Market

Nazca Kitchen

This South American cuisine spot serves up a killer brunch on weekends that’s perfect for anyone who’s getting tired of the same old boring standbys. Try the spinach stuffed butternut squash or the Latin breakfast with chicken pupusas, and be sure to sample the Eppa Sangria with blueberry, acai and pomegranate juice. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nazca Kitchen’s original Walnut Hill location. Nazca Kitchen/Facebook

Yolk - Preston Center

Yolk, which has multiple Dallas locations, is a veritable breakfast and brunch factory. Their extensive menu offers everything from indulgent classics like croque madame to more interesting takes on brunch like kale egg scramblers and pot roast benedict. The eggy restaurant name shouldn’t dissuade newcomers from trying some of the truly tasty french toast and pancakes offerings.

The Grape Restaurant

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 compel anyone out bed on Sunday. Try the fluffy cinnamon-pecan pull-apart bread, or perhaps the blueberry-cornmeal griddle cakes topped with whipped butter. Banish hangovers 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

Cane Rosso

Most people don’t think of a pizza joint as an excellent breakfast spot, but that’s only because they haven’t had Il Cane Rosso’s killer weekend brunch specials. Dig into a bacon, potato and onion hash, or a waffle topped with creamy vanilla marscapone, Nutella and cookie butter. Of course, pizza is also an entirely acceptable option.

Bread Winners

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.

Breadwinners

Dream Cafe

Pretty much everything at Dream Cafe is locally sourced, organic, or both, which totally counts as healthy. Start off 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 any vegan friends to brunch here, where they can dig into a hearty tofu scramble on whole wheat tortilla.

Dream Cafe

Mercat Bistro

Brush out that bedhead, put on whatever’s the least wrinkled and head to Mercat Bistro for a fancy brunch that won’t cost a fortune. Start this 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.

Ellen's

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.

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 Oak Cliff

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 for anyone nursing a nasty hangover. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.

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.

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