Several weeks ago, I commented on a FB thread that posed the question “Where is the best place to eat breakfast or brunch in Dallas and what is your favorite dish?” In about an hour, the thread had accumulated almost 30 suggestions. This is just one example of why I love being a part of the Dallas foodie community.
We love our food in Dallas and we love talking about how much we love our food in Dallas.
Going to brunch feels indulgent, because it means I can sleep late AND drink alcohol with my meal. Obviously, Dallas has no shortage of great restaurants for brunch. I’ve tried a lot of them and decided to share my favorites with you.
Best Places for Brunch in Dallas
My recommendations for Where to eat Brunch in Dallas are based on the following criteria:
- I’ve actually dined at the restaurant
- I would go back for brunch again and
- I would recommend this place to locals and out of town guests.
The following restaurants are listed in NO PARTICULAR order:
Smoke – The smell of smoked meat hangs heavy in the air when you walk in the door at Smoke. Local foodie brunch favorites include the Smoked Brisket Cornbread Hash (with poached egg) and the Pulled Whole Hog BBQ Eggs Benedict. However, I fell in love with the Blueberry and House Made Ricotta Cheese pancakes, they were heavenly.
Oddfellows – My husband learned to let me order for both of us after brunch at Oddfellows. He chose the Fried Chicken & Waffles (delicious) but realized I picked the best thing on the menu with the Short Rib Hash. You should also share the Buffalo Mac and cool off with the a glass of frozen rosé (Frosé). Coffee and espresso drinks are also top notch.
CBD Provisions – Located next to the Joule hotel on Main Street in Dallas, CBD Provisions is a cool, contemporary place to grab brunch. It’s been awhile since I visited for brunch, but my recommendations include the quiche and the green chile pork migas, with a side of cheddar grits.
Americano – We just visited Americano (also located in the Joule) for brunch about a week ago during our anniversary staycation, which happened to be Mother’s Day. Good thing we had made a reservation because the restaurant, filled up quick! We ordered the breakfast pizza which came with poached eggs on top, the torta rustica (pictured above) and of course the nutella filled donuts. We skipped cocktails that morning and just had coffee.
Ascension Coffee (multiple locations but I mainly go to the original in the Design District) – Ascension has what I consider to be the best baristas in town. Sit at the coffee bar and watch their magic as they make you a pour over, siphon brew or latté. Brunch favorites include the avocado toast, Croque Madame eggs benedict and ricotta hotcakes.
Stirr – Bypass the dining room downstairs and head immediately to the rooftop bar for a gorgeous skyline view of downtown Dallas. You are here to be see and be seen! So dress the part (I showed up in capris after yoga and felt a little out of place). I was going to tell you to order the HUGE bananas foster French toast (serves 4), but it is not longer listed on the menu. I recommend you skip the Deep Ellum hash (decent but not my favorite) and go for the hangover tacos, giant cinnamon roll and mimosas. Bonus, you can also order mimosas by the pitcher!
Mudhen – If you want to stick to your healthy lifestyle without overindulging on brunch, you need to head to Mudhen. Located adjacent to the Farmer’s Market, they feature high quality meats & vegetables in delicious dishes. Between three friends, we ordered the migas, farmhouse breakfast sandwich and a scramble. Everything was served topped with fresh greens. Bonus, the small ($6) mimosa was HUGE so I only had to order one!
Old Favorites that Never Get Old for Brunch in Dallas
Breadwinners – You can’t go wrong with brunch at Breadwinners. They offer chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos, and frozen blood orange mimosas. Then they have entire menu sections for benedicts, scrambles, pancakes and French toast. Be sure to stop and pick up something from the bakery on your way out too!
Buzzbrews – Since Buzzbrews is open 24 hours and they have an all day breakfast menu, technically you can get brunch anytime. My favorites included the stuffed eggs or crepes, amigas, and the banana nut pancakes. Coffee lovers will also appreciated the bottomless coffee bar.
Crossroads Diner – Two words: Sticky Bun. That is the reason everyone goes to Crossroads Diner.
Places I still need to visit for Brunch in Dallas
Rapscallion – Based on recommendations, I know I need to try the Monkey Bread and the Cinnamon Toast Punch (cocktail). To balance all that sweetness, I would also like to taste Hot Brown and Big Biscuit.
Next Door – I heard THE dish to try at Next Door is the Best F’kin Stuffed French toast. They also have a cocktail that mixes Deep Eddy Lemon with my favorite local beer, Revolver Blood and Honey.
Jonathan’s Oak Cliff – Local Dallas foodies recommend The Kure, which is a biscuit topped with bacon, sausage, cheddar, and scrambled eggs with gravy and Pico de Gallo. However, the All in One Waffle looks like something that should be experienced at least once in your life.
Hash House a Go Go – Although I have not visited yet, I recommended Hash House to my husband when we had some out of town guests visiting who loved it. Be warned that all dishes served at Hash House are HUGE (like the fried chicken & waffles), so splitting or sharing is a good idea.
Fat Chicken (at Trinity Groves) – They have Beignets and Chicken on the brunch menu! This former Louisiana girl (lived there for 6 years) loves Beginets!!