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Where to Eat Brunch Right Now: Summer 2013

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It's time once again for a fresh edition of the Eater Dallas Brunch Heatmap. While it may be a bit too hot to comfortably post up on a patio with a pitcher of mimosas all afternoon, there are plenty of air-conditioned spots (and patios with misters) ready to receive you for a lazy Sunday meal.

We've assembled the best and brightest new brunch spots, along with a few holdovers from last fall's list. Now get to making those brunch plans — those Bloody Marys aren't going to drink themselves.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Belly & Trumpet

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3407 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 855-5551
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Chef Brian Zenner is dishing up unique brunch dishes infused with global flavors, like hanger steak with a kimchi omelette and 'nduja deviled eggs alongside fresh honeydew mimosas.

2. Bistro 31

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87 Highland Park Vlg
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 420-3900
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Alberto Lombardi's classy Highland Park Village spot does brunch justice with lemon-ricotta pancakes and crab cake Benedict, but the best part might be the vast drinks selection: Try the elderflower or blood orange mimosas, or a Ciocolatta Calda (rich hot chocolate with whipped cream) or Viennese cappuccino.

3. Cane Rosso White Rock

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7328 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 660-3644
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The second location of Jay Jerrier's Neapolitan pizza phenom is doing big brunch business. The patio is amazing if you can stand the heat, and while the pies are always excellent, there's also great pancakes.

4. Del Frisco's Grille

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3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(972) 807-6152
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The trendy Uptown crowd congregates here on lazy Sundays for banana-mascarpone French toast, red velvet Belgian waffles, chicken-fried steak and eggs and $10 mimosa carafes (or the build-your-own Bloody Marys).

5. Ellen's Southern Kitchen

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1718 N Market St
Dallas, TX 75202
(469) 206-3339
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Who says the West End has no good restaurants? Ellen's is doing down-home classics (including a flawless chicken-fried steak and fantastic cheese grits) right in a relaxed but upscale setting; add bottomless mimosas for $12.99.

6. Malai Kitchen

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3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 599-7857
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This West Village spot presents brunch dishes with South Asian flavors like French toast with tamarind maple syrup and curry scrambled eggs. There's pho for the hungover, and all-day happy hour means $5 handmade cocktails.

7. Max's Wine Dive

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3600 McKinney Ave, Ste 101
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 559-3483
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Max's slogan of "Fried chicken and champagne?... Why the hell not!?" also applies at brunch, when mimosas are just three bucks. For something sweet, try the "RVP" (red velvet pancakes) with lemon cream cheese frosting.

8. Mesa

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118 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 941-4246
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Hit up Mesa's brunch for high-quality renditions of homestyle Mexican dishes like gorditas and chilaquiles. All-you-can-drink mimosas for ten bucks don't hurt, either.

9. Peak & Elm

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132 N Peak St
Dallas, TX 75226
On Sundays the Moreno family dishes up breakfast tacos, hangover-relieving menudo, and chilaquiles, plus free mimosas. (Yes, you heard right -- FREE MIMOSAS.)

10. Smoke

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901 Fort Worth Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 393-4141
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When it comes to brunch in Dallas, it's tough to do better than Tim Byres' Smoke. Go early for fantastic blueberry pancakes or show up after 11 for barbecue. Mimosas are stout, with just a splash of OJ.

11. Ten Bells Tavern

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232 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 943-2677
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This low-key Oak Cliff pub is the perfect setting to nurse a Sunday morning hangover with classic eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast, or a traditional English breakfast complete with blood sausage and baked beans.

12. Tried & True

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2405 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-2405
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Nick Badovinus' Henderson Ave. hot spot recently started serving a killer brunch. Expect bourbon-pecan sticky buns, beer biscuits and gravy, and a damn fine chicken-fried steak.

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1. Belly & Trumpet

3407 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
Chef Brian Zenner is dishing up unique brunch dishes infused with global flavors, like hanger steak with a kimchi omelette and 'nduja deviled eggs alongside fresh honeydew mimosas.
3407 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

2. Bistro 31

87 Highland Park Vlg, Dallas, TX 75205
Alberto Lombardi's classy Highland Park Village spot does brunch justice with lemon-ricotta pancakes and crab cake Benedict, but the best part might be the vast drinks selection: Try the elderflower or blood orange mimosas, or a Ciocolatta Calda (rich hot chocolate with whipped cream) or Viennese cappuccino.
87 Highland Park Vlg
Dallas, TX 75205

3. Cane Rosso White Rock

7328 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214
The second location of Jay Jerrier's Neapolitan pizza phenom is doing big brunch business. The patio is amazing if you can stand the heat, and while the pies are always excellent, there's also great pancakes.
7328 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

4. Del Frisco's Grille

3232 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
The trendy Uptown crowd congregates here on lazy Sundays for banana-mascarpone French toast, red velvet Belgian waffles, chicken-fried steak and eggs and $10 mimosa carafes (or the build-your-own Bloody Marys).
3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

5. Ellen's Southern Kitchen

1718 N Market St, Dallas, TX 75202
Who says the West End has no good restaurants? Ellen's is doing down-home classics (including a flawless chicken-fried steak and fantastic cheese grits) right in a relaxed but upscale setting; add bottomless mimosas for $12.99.
1718 N Market St
Dallas, TX 75202

6. Malai Kitchen

3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
This West Village spot presents brunch dishes with South Asian flavors like French toast with tamarind maple syrup and curry scrambled eggs. There's pho for the hungover, and all-day happy hour means $5 handmade cocktails.
3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

7. Max's Wine Dive

3600 McKinney Ave, Ste 101, Dallas, TX 75204
Max's slogan of "Fried chicken and champagne?... Why the hell not!?" also applies at brunch, when mimosas are just three bucks. For something sweet, try the "RVP" (red velvet pancakes) with lemon cream cheese frosting.
3600 McKinney Ave, Ste 101
Dallas, TX 75204

8. Mesa

118 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208
Hit up Mesa's brunch for high-quality renditions of homestyle Mexican dishes like gorditas and chilaquiles. All-you-can-drink mimosas for ten bucks don't hurt, either.
118 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208

9. Peak & Elm

132 N Peak St, Dallas, TX 75226
On Sundays the Moreno family dishes up breakfast tacos, hangover-relieving menudo, and chilaquiles, plus free mimosas. (Yes, you heard right -- FREE MIMOSAS.)
132 N Peak St
Dallas, TX 75226

10. Smoke

901 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
When it comes to brunch in Dallas, it's tough to do better than Tim Byres' Smoke. Go early for fantastic blueberry pancakes or show up after 11 for barbecue. Mimosas are stout, with just a splash of OJ.
901 Fort Worth Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

11. Ten Bells Tavern

232 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208
This low-key Oak Cliff pub is the perfect setting to nurse a Sunday morning hangover with classic eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast, or a traditional English breakfast complete with blood sausage and baked beans.
232 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208

12. Tried & True

2405 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Nick Badovinus' Henderson Ave. hot spot recently started serving a killer brunch. Expect bourbon-pecan sticky buns, beer biscuits and gravy, and a damn fine chicken-fried steak.
2405 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

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