If you know me, you know I love to find outside-the-box offerings in most things in life. Clothes. Movies. And of course - restaurants.
Every once in a while I like to take a step back and discover new things undiscovered by many. In this instance I wanted to unearth some new spots where you may not have considered would offer a brunch menu, or some in areas outside of the Dallas downtown hub, like places in Frisco, Addison, or Fort Worth.
I get annoyed when everyone is posting about the same place at the same time. Not. A. Fan. In the same way I don't watch cult favorite shows or movies, I also like to keep my restaurant posts fresh and new, a landing place for those truly passionate about dining. While some places on the list are trendy, shiny, and new, I hope you'll realize them for the brunch gems they are. And now, begin your countdown to next weekend.
1. City Hall Bistro is a beautiful space in the newly renovated Adolphus Hotel. A solid choice for brunch, lunch, or dinner, City Hall has a beautifully executed Southern European-inspired menu that I found instantly refreshing with items you don't see at most other brunch spots in town. Even the healthiest of brunch-goers can enjoy a meal - with choices like the below Chia Seed Pudding. Other noteworthy dishes include the Chef's Paella, which changes daily, and the "Atayef" - savory Lebanese Pancakes filled with a savory rich duck confit, pear, and black garlic aioli. See? Totally off the beaten path brunch.
1321 Commerce St
2. Canadian "unchained" restaurant Earls Restaurant + Bar at Legacy West celebrated their grand opening festivities earlier this year, and the new space is absolutely stunning. Who would know that the restaurant originated as a burger and beer joint more than 30 years ago? Earls is named after Leroy Earl (Bus) Fuller and his son Stanley Earl Fuller. I wondered why there was no apostrophe in Earls, and this explains it: it's plural, named after the two namesakes.Each location of Earls is tailored to the city it inhabits, with decor and menu items that the population will find instantly familiar, even when dining at Earls for the first time. The star of the show on the Earls brunch menu is the Avocado Super Brunch - topped with perfectly poached eggs, Sriracha, and toasted hemp seeds.
7401 Windrose Avenue Suite D100
3. Tupelo Honey Frisco was an opening I've been most excited about. I've long loved their other locations in the south. For brunch they've got cathead biscuits, fried green tomatoes, or bacon pralines (plus more) to share. Tupelo Honey Frisco certainly wowed me with their honey-dusted fried chicken - get it at brunch or any time of day. The brunch menu is quite large. I'm most interested in the Banana Pudding Layered Pancakes with foster rum sauce. Drool.
6725 Winning Drive
Frisco, TX 75034
4. Horseshoe Hill Cafe is closed on Sundays, but it's worth a visit for Saturday brunch if you're near Ft. Worth. The spot is known for their variety of Chicken Fried Steak options, and when better than brunch to try a new take on the classic Texas dish? Plus, just look at these biscuits with butter and homemade jam.
Y'all know I don't post in Ft. Worth much (sooooooo far though), so this one is for you guys on the west side of town.
204 W. Exchange Ave
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
5. Kenny's Smokehouse started serving brunch on Sundays only. The highlight of the menu for me is the Ross's Famous Chicken Fried Brisket and Eggs. That's right. Chicken Fried Brisket - Maybe the most Texas-inspired brunch dish ever (just add a side of queso and BAM!).
5760 Legacy Drive #4
Plano, TX 75024
6. Tricky Fish snuck up and surprised me with a simple yet crave-worthy Cajun inspired brunch menu. I'm not sure why I was surprised, though, because the food at Tricky Fish is good any time of day. You know I love spicy, so Tricky Fish gets me with the heat, AND the monkey bread.
1251 State St, Suite 750
7. Ivy Kitchen in Addison offers $4 Mimosas, Micheladas, Sangria and more as a part of their weekend recovery meal. Try the Cinnamon Crusted French Toast, Chicken Waffle Sliders (genius, right?) or the Ivy Crab Cake Benedict (shown below).
5411 Beltline Rd
8. CiboDivino Marketplace just added a brunch menu this month. The popular casual Italian eatery and shop in Oak Cliff's SylvanThirty offers an exciting new Sunday brunch menu featuring dishes crafted by Chef Daniele Puleo which can be paired with PULEO Prosecco cocktails by the glass or by the carafe. Available only on Sundays from 11am-3pm, the new offering brings just another good reason to visit the chic European marketplace and cafe.
1868 Sylvan Ave D100,
9. UP Inspired Kitchen wants to elevate your daytime dining game with a truly refreshing health-conscious chef driven brunch. Located in the new section of the Shops at Starwood in Frisco, the new fast-casual concept is bringing a ton of California flair to Texas, right alongside our new Toyota neighbors. The menu at UP was a collaboration with Todd Duplechan, an award winning Austin-based chef who is passionate about clean, responsibly-sourced, low glycemic recipes that leave you feeling good after you finish your meal. You'll find classics with a healthy twist, like their Biscuits 'n Groovy - a gluten-free dish featuring a tasty corn and Serrano muffin topped with a cage-free egg and cauliflower gravy that really had me fooled.
5285 Dallas Parkway #400,
10. Tortaco recently introduced a new brunch menu, and the drink specials are nothing to sleep on. TWO DOLLAR mimosas, sangria, swirls, and bloody marys make this brunch choice an absolutely no-brained. If you go, don't miss the crab dip to start. Your brunch choices include a grits dish, their own play on a French Toast, pancakes, a benedict, plus a few other offerings. Tortaco brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday each week.
2100 Ross Ave., #100
Dallas, TX 75201
From far north Frisco to out west in Fort Worth, I hope you've found aa new brunch spot to try out this weekend, after all, when in Dallas.. .we eat brunch!