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Where to Eat Brunch Right Now: Spring 2014

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It's time once again for a fresh edition of the Eater Dallas Brunch Heatmap — aka, where to hunker down with a pitcher of mimosas and soak up this thank-goodness-it's-finally-spring weather this weekend.

We've assembled several of the best and brightest new brunches, along with a few long-time favorites that remain destination-worthy. (For more top-notch brunch options, scope out our previous Brunch Heatmaps.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barter

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3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 969-6898
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Barter's brunch is tiki-themed, which means fun tropical fare like loco moco with Spam or soy-ginger chicken wings with pancakes and rum syrup; most importantly, though, it means $7 tiki drinks like the Polynesian Pearl Diver’s Punch or Samoan Fog Cutter.

2. Cane Rosso White Rock

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7328 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 660-3644
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Both Cane Rosso locations serve brunch, so which one to choose? If you're taking your kids, go White Rock; just your dog and/or your rowdy drunk friends, hit up Deep Ellum. Either way, get the ricotta-Nutella pancakes and the Delia pie -- the bacon marmalade means its perfectly suitable for a morning meal.

3. CBD Provisions

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4500
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For the adventurous bruncher, braised tripe with chorizo and a fried egg should do the trick; or play it safe with Nutella-banana French toast or one of the best damn burgers in town. The Tex Trinity (bourbon shot with a pickleback and a Lone Star) is ideal if you need a little hair of the dog.

4. Chino Chinatown

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75212
Recently named one of the hottest brunches in the country by Eater National, Trinity Groves' Latin-Asian fusion spot is offering a modern take on dim sum with shareable plates like chorizo eggrolls and barbacoa dumplings. Don't miss the coconut horchata fizz cocktail.

5. The Common Table

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2917 Fairmount St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 880-7414
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The Uptown crowds flock to The Common Table for the killer beer selection, great patio and tasty brunch menu. The huge chicken-fried ribeye is always a winner; those with a sweet tooth should try the bacon waffle with cherry bourbon maple syrup, coffee whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. Classic mimosas are just two bucks.

6. Kitchen LTO

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 108
Dallas, TX 75212
Current LTO chef Eric Shelton recently debuted his new brunch menu with an eggs Benedict riff that subs polenta cakes for the usual English muffins, carbonara orzo topped with an over-easy egg and French macaron ice cream sandwiches. Brunch is served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.

7. Outpost

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1115 N Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 946-1308
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The Oak Cliff crowds are mighty fond of this place, thanks in no small part to a recent takeover by Tim Byres & Co. Think bellinis, bread pudding pie, banana waffles and spicy Bloody Marys, and oh yeah, bocce ball -- which you'll probably be better at after about 3 of those cocktails.

8. Pakpao Thai

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1628 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75207
We fully support the concept of Thai food for brunch, and Pakpao is doing it right: cheap drinks (hello, $3 tamarind mimosas and lychee bellinis) and hearty dishes like the unique Thai tea French toast. Served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

9. Savor

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2000 Woodall Rogers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 306-5597
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For brunch with a fantastic view, look no further than this Klyde Warren Park hot spot. Plus, a walk in the park would do you good after chowing down on chicken-fried steak with maple-bacon gravy or Nutella beignets--especially if you also order the salty caramel pudding for dessert, which you most definitely should.

10. Smoke

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901 Fort Worth Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 393-4141
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Brunch at Tim Byres' Smoke remains a crowd favorite year after year. Go early for the smoked ham with sweet corn griddlecakes or show up after 11 for barbecue. Mimosas are stout, with just a splash of OJ, and Bloody Marys are stellar. Brunch is served 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; go early-ish or expect to wait.

11. Tanoshii Ramen

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2724 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
Nothing like a hearty bowl of fatty, porky ramen to put you right back to sleep on a lazy Sunday. There's also other brunch fare like the savory Japanese pancake known as okonomiyaki, or go lighter with blue crab sunomono; either way, the honeydew-infused Poison Girl cocktail hits the spot.

12. True Food Kitchen

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8383 Preston Center Plaza
University Park, TX
Okay fine, not ALL brunches have to be booze-soaked and gravy-slathered. For a healthier take on Sunday brunch, this Preston Center restaurant offers fresh-pressed juices, banana-flax-almond butter smoothies and kale salad; for something a bit heartier, there's a chicken sausage scramble or quinoa pancakes with Greek yogurt and maple syrup.

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1. Barter

3232 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Barter's brunch is tiki-themed, which means fun tropical fare like loco moco with Spam or soy-ginger chicken wings with pancakes and rum syrup; most importantly, though, it means $7 tiki drinks like the Polynesian Pearl Diver’s Punch or Samoan Fog Cutter.
3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

2. Cane Rosso White Rock

7328 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214
Both Cane Rosso locations serve brunch, so which one to choose? If you're taking your kids, go White Rock; just your dog and/or your rowdy drunk friends, hit up Deep Ellum. Either way, get the ricotta-Nutella pancakes and the Delia pie -- the bacon marmalade means its perfectly suitable for a morning meal.
7328 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

3. CBD Provisions

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
For the adventurous bruncher, braised tripe with chorizo and a fried egg should do the trick; or play it safe with Nutella-banana French toast or one of the best damn burgers in town. The Tex Trinity (bourbon shot with a pickleback and a Lone Star) is ideal if you need a little hair of the dog.
1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

4. Chino Chinatown

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110, Dallas, TX 75212
Recently named one of the hottest brunches in the country by Eater National, Trinity Groves' Latin-Asian fusion spot is offering a modern take on dim sum with shareable plates like chorizo eggrolls and barbacoa dumplings. Don't miss the coconut horchata fizz cocktail.
3011 Gulden Ln Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75212

5. The Common Table

2917 Fairmount St., Dallas, TX 75201
The Uptown crowds flock to The Common Table for the killer beer selection, great patio and tasty brunch menu. The huge chicken-fried ribeye is always a winner; those with a sweet tooth should try the bacon waffle with cherry bourbon maple syrup, coffee whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. Classic mimosas are just two bucks.
2917 Fairmount St.
Dallas, TX 75201

6. Kitchen LTO

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 108, Dallas, TX 75212
Current LTO chef Eric Shelton recently debuted his new brunch menu with an eggs Benedict riff that subs polenta cakes for the usual English muffins, carbonara orzo topped with an over-easy egg and French macaron ice cream sandwiches. Brunch is served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.
3011 Gulden Ln Ste 108
Dallas, TX 75212

7. Outpost

1115 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
The Oak Cliff crowds are mighty fond of this place, thanks in no small part to a recent takeover by Tim Byres & Co. Think bellinis, bread pudding pie, banana waffles and spicy Bloody Marys, and oh yeah, bocce ball -- which you'll probably be better at after about 3 of those cocktails.
1115 N Beckley Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

8. Pakpao Thai

1628 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75207
We fully support the concept of Thai food for brunch, and Pakpao is doing it right: cheap drinks (hello, $3 tamarind mimosas and lychee bellinis) and hearty dishes like the unique Thai tea French toast. Served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
1628 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75207

9. Savor

2000 Woodall Rogers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
For brunch with a fantastic view, look no further than this Klyde Warren Park hot spot. Plus, a walk in the park would do you good after chowing down on chicken-fried steak with maple-bacon gravy or Nutella beignets--especially if you also order the salty caramel pudding for dessert, which you most definitely should.
2000 Woodall Rogers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201

10. Smoke

901 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
Brunch at Tim Byres' Smoke remains a crowd favorite year after year. Go early for the smoked ham with sweet corn griddlecakes or show up after 11 for barbecue. Mimosas are stout, with just a splash of OJ, and Bloody Marys are stellar. Brunch is served 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; go early-ish or expect to wait.
901 Fort Worth Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

11. Tanoshii Ramen

2724 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
Nothing like a hearty bowl of fatty, porky ramen to put you right back to sleep on a lazy Sunday. There's also other brunch fare like the savory Japanese pancake known as okonomiyaki, or go lighter with blue crab sunomono; either way, the honeydew-infused Poison Girl cocktail hits the spot.
2724 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. True Food Kitchen

8383 Preston Center Plaza, University Park, TX
Okay fine, not ALL brunches have to be booze-soaked and gravy-slathered. For a healthier take on Sunday brunch, this Preston Center restaurant offers fresh-pressed juices, banana-flax-almond butter smoothies and kale salad; for something a bit heartier, there's a chicken sausage scramble or quinoa pancakes with Greek yogurt and maple syrup.
8383 Preston Center Plaza
University Park, TX

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