Dallas’ Best Brunch Spots by Neighborhood — a Guide to the Week’s Most Important Meal
From Deep Ellum to Oak Lawn and Downtown, Eat Well Wherever You AreBY Megan Ziots // 10.23.19
Ellen's has all-day brunch, every day. Photo by Monika Normand Photography
The chicken & waffles are a must-try. (Courtesy of The Standard Pour)
The classic Guatemalan breakfast, Dobladas Breakfast, at San Martin.
Overeasy's new menu includes chilaquiles. Photo by @eatsbymariana via Instagram
The Nourish Bowl at Tribal All Day Cafe. Order the Bishop Arts café’s organic meals and natural wine boxes to your door, or call 469-776-8003 to schedule a pick-up.
Try the Four Cheddar Mac & Cheese at Hattie's for brunch. Courtesy of Hattie's
HIDE bar's monkey bread is a brunch must in Deep Ellum.
The MXM burger is epic at Harlowe. Courtesy of Harlowe MXM
The Peaches and Cream Waffle at Crickles and Co. is incredible. Courtesy of Crickles and Co.
Try the Smashed Avocado Benny at Snooze. Courtesy of Snooze
Shrimp Toast at Rapscallion comes with Multigrain Bread, Sautéed Gulf Shrimp, Confit Tomato, Avocado, Sunny Egg. (Courtesy of Rapscallion)
If you're looking for brunch in Lower Greenville, Libertine Bar is a must. Courtesy of Libertine Bar
Dallas is well known for its brunch scene with bottomless mimosas, chicken & waffles, and omelettes galore. It’s tough to narrow down where to go on a weekend, or sometimes weekday, morning, as there as so many places to choose from in this city. So, PaperCity has done the hard work for you and created a guide to the best brunch restaurants in each neighborhood.
San Martin Bakery & Restaurant
3120 McKinney Avenue
You can catch me at San Martin for brunch every other weekend or so. Not only because it’s in walking distance from my apartment, but because it also has a great brunch. This newer Guatemalan bakery offers a vast menu of breakfast/lunch items at lower than average prices.
Entrees range from traditional Guatemalan dishes like the Dobladas breakfast and Chilaquiles to pancakes and peanut butter French toast. The restaurant also has an extensive coffee and cocktails menu, including cold brew, cappuccinos, mimosas and sangrias. The space is so spacious, but there is still always a little wait on the weekends. But, the bakery is free to peruse and snack on samples of cookies, eclairs, and breads as you wait.
San Martin’s hours are 7 am to 8 pm every day.
The Standard Pour
2900 McKinney Avenue
A staple brunch bar in Uptown since 2012, The Standard Pour offers a tasty brunch menu. I recommend sitting on the outside, covered patio on a Saturday or Sunday morning. It’s comfortable for sipping on mimosas or a specialty cocktail and watching the hustle and bustle on McKinney Avenue.
The brunch menu here is the real deal. The chicken & waffles is a must-try, of course, but The Standard plate with two eggs, hash, and choice of toast or half waffle, and bacon or sausage is also good if you want a bit of everything. When I was there a few months ago, owner Lucky Campbell was serving beignets with chocolate dipping sauce, but there are also donuts and other sweets options on the menu.
The Standard Pour serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm. It also has live music on Sundays.
1790 Record Street
This West End spot is actually an all-day, every day brunch restaurant. So whether you’re craving breakfast for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they’ve got something to satisfy. Opened in 2012, Ellen’s serves traditional, made-from-scratch, Southern recipes.
That means, biscuits, pancakes, eggs, steak & eggs, or shrimp & grits any time of the day and week. The popular Pancake Pot Pie comes with pancake layers filled with sweet maple cream sausage gravy, hickory bacon, crumbled sausage, hash browns, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese. More favorites are the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Grits Benedict.
Ellen’s is open Mondays through Saturdays from 7 am to 9 pm, and Sundays 7 am to 2 pm.
1914 Commerce Street
Overeasy is always one of my go-to spots when looking for brunch in the heart of downtown. Located at The Statler hotel, this breakfast & brunch cafe serves eggs, sandwiches, and lemon ricotta pancakes in a retro-chic style diner.
Brought on late this summer to craft a new menu, Chef Jeffrey Kollinger has put a classic diner-style spin on the upscale spot. It includes the must-try Ricotta Lemon Zest Pancakes with lemon curd and blueberry compote, as well as The Perfect Omelette with cojita cheese, chives and baby red tomato-watercress fennel salad. There’s also Sausage Biscuits & Gravy, Corned Beef Hash and Smoked Salmon on an everything bagel. And if you’re looking for a boozy drink that’ll also wake you up, check out the Espress Yourself with an espresso shot, Tito’s HandMade vodka, Jägermeister and coffee liqueur.
The Breakfast menu is served every day from 6:30 am to 4 pm, and Lunch is available starting at 11 am.
Tribal All Day Cafe
263 N. Bishop Avenue
Head over to Bishop Arts’ Tribal All Day Cafe for a healthful breakfast or lunch. Breakfast is available all day and includes superfood oatmeal, avocado toast, a breakfast burrito, migas, vegan pumpkin waffles (weekends only) and more.
The cafe also makes its own juices and smoothies each day. Go with a straight orange or grapefruit juice or explore with a dragon fruit smoothie (Dreamy Drago) or Green Envy with banana, sprouted brown rice protein, kale and avocado. Or if you’re feeling lunch, the Nourish Bowl comes with seasonal veggies, sweet potato, lentils, kale, mushrooms, avocado, purple cabbage and tahini.
The cafe is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 am to 8 pm, and Fridays through Sundays from 8 am to 6 pm.
418 N. Bishop Avenue
An American bistro with a southern low-country influence, Hattie’s is one of the most popular brunch spot in Bishop Arts, and for good reason. Full of charming ambiance, the bistro serves lunch and dinner, but brunch is the most magical time to come by.
From Home-Style Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf and Blue Crab Cake Benedict to Cornmeal Griddlecakes and the Omelet Du Jour, this is fine brunch dining. Several sandwiches are also available for lunch including the pulled pork, Southern burger, and chicken salad. Their Four Cheddar Mac & Cheese has won the hearts of many.
Brunch hours are Sundays from 11 am to 2:30 pm.
2816 Elm Street
One of the best cocktail bars in Dallas, HIDE, has one of the best brunches as well. This is also one that I have a plan for. First, start with the Monkey Bread which is warm cinnamon bread slathered in cream cheese icing. Pair with a breakfast cocktail like the Lucky Mofo, a frozen cold brew coffee with Irish whiskey and cream, or the HIDE’s Bloody Mary with fresh house pickles.
Next, to balance sweet with savory, order the Dirty Tots with bacon, pickled jalapenos, oaxaca cheese sauce and sharp cheddar. To top off the meal, try one of the baked eggs dishes: arrabbiata, ham & cheese, or boscaiola. Then have a few more bites of Monkey Bread.
HIDE serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
2823 Main Street
Another great Deep Ellum bar that turns into an amazing brunch spot in the morning is Harlowe MXM. Its brunch menu offerings range from Hawaiian donuts and brunch fondue to Bloody Maria Oyster Shooters and breakfast tacos.
Of course, Harlowe also has the classic chicken & waffles and brunch flautas, but this rooftop bar also makes a mean burger. The MXM burger is a brisket short rib grind with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. It comes with hand cut sea salt fries and you can also add a lobster tail for $12 if you so desire. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, try the salmon avocado toast.
Harlowe MXM is open for brunch Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 am.
Crickles and Co.
4000 Cedar Springs Road, Suite E
Dubbed a “Brunch Bakery,” Crickles and Co. is a scratch kitchen that emphasizes healthy options and seasonal ingredients. They also have a full-service bar ready for brunch-goers. Several cocktails are offered to start your meal, including a Pina margarita, red sangria, Bloody Mary and Irish coffee.
For food, the menu is huge so let us help you. The Trainer’s Omelette is egg-cellent. It’s a healthy blend of four egg whites, chicken sausage, spinach, tomato, caramelized onion, parmesan cheese with fresh fruit and toast. The Peaches and Cream Waffle is also a can’t-miss. It’s a melt-in-your-mouth Belgian waffle with sweet peaches, almond streusel, cinnamon and whipped cream.
Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 8 am to 6 pm.
3211 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite A
Snooze an A.M. eatery is taking Texas by storm. Starting out in Denver, Colorado, the brunch spot expanded to Austin and Houston, then Dallas. Now there are three Dallas locations, the others being located on Walnut Hill Lane and in Addison.
There’s lots to choose from at Snooze, but some of my favorites are the Smashed Avocado Benny and Sweet Potato Pancakes. Several more heavy egg and sweet pancake options fill the vast menu, but this hotspot also offers a lighter section with a frittata, porridge, egg white scrambles and sweet potato hash. A fun twist on the classic mimosa is the Abri-ca-lav-ra Mimosa with Snooze sparkling, apricot liqueur, fresh lavender, honey and lemon juice.
Snooze is open Mondays through Sundays from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm.
2023 Greenville Avenue, Ste. 110
Also a Southern-style restaurant, Rapscallion is bringing the brunch goods to Lower Greenville. Whether you want sweet or salty, the menu has you covered. And coffee or boozy, the Cold Fashioned is a good mix with Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur, Starward Whiskey and Bitter Truth Bitters.
For eats, share the Buttermilk Biscuit, Belgian Waffles or Gammy’s Monkey Bread. Then order the Smoked Chicken Hash, Smoked Pork Benedict or Fried Green Tomato & Crab Benedict. There’s also a Chicken Fried Wagyu with sunny eggs, sweet potato hash and sausage cream gravy which is a lovely twist on chicken fried steak.
Brunch hours are 11 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sunday.
2101 Greenville Avenue
This Lower Greenville gastropub also surprises with its brunch menu. Drink specials include a mimosa, Bellini, Kir Royale or Poinsetta for $3 and Bloody Mary’s for $6. Libertine’s World’s Greatest Sandwich is a must-eat with fried egg, bacon, tomato, lettuce, gruyere cheese and grilled farm bread.
Chicken biscuits, Grilled Cheese, Steak Sandwiches and pancakes are also an option. The Libertine Benedict is a popular choice as it uses Jimmy’s prosciutto, poached eggs, tomato, basil and hollandaise. The restaurant also throws in a lot of special menu items every now and then.
Brunch is on Saturdays and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.