Oh you thought that football was the most popular sport in Dallas? Nope, it's brunch.
And in this town, no one is simply a spectator. From fancy cocktails to delicious lick-your-fingers fried chicken, there's always a weekend patio party going on here. No matter what neighborhood you call home, there's a to-do-for brunch within a block or two.
Two words: nutella doughnuts. Americano is a colorful, casual Italian eatery boasting one of the best patios in the city. In fact, if all restaurants in downtown Dallas were copies of this breezy bistro, the city would be in great hands. If decadent doughnuts aren't your thing, the tortica rustica features farm eggs, prosciutto, provolone, red peppers, and mushrooms for a heartier haul.
Top Knot has muffin tops that can slather in miso honey butter that'll make you swear you're in your grandparents' kitchen eating home-cooked pastries—if your grandparents are amazing bakers. The miso-caramel cinnamon pull apart nabe, however, isn't your grandma's monkey bread.
Once you've gotten your carb load, the hardest choice you'll have to make is whether to go with the hot fried chicken Benedict or the Thai french toast.
If eating healthy is a top priority, but you can't quite quit your Sunday brunching habit, head to this popular restaurant in the Dallas Farmers Market for food that tastes great and is still good for you.
Whether you want fresh squeezed juice or a farm fresh scramble, guests at Mudhen Meat and Greens can be sure that the ingredients are straight from local farmers and ranchers. And if you must have pancakes, just know that they're going to be whole wheat.
There are hot new restaurants and then there are neighborhood staples that have withstood the test of time. Highland Park residents know that they can count on hot lemon ricotta pancakes and two eggs cooked to order at Bistro 31.
When the ladies who lunch go to brunch, this is their restaurant of choice. Post brunch, you'll be in the perfect location for a leisurely stroll through one of the city's most beautiful neighborhoods.
Within the Bishop Arts District there are a handful of delicious dining options, however none with more brunch potential than Oddfellows.
The restaurant throws the windows open and serves mimosas and coffee outside on a nice day. Once inside, guests can delight in savory dishes like buffalo macaroni and cheese, angry Frito pie, and brisket hash. The food is the star here, but don't forget the coffee menu which comes in a close second.
This Lower Greenville restaurant is reminiscent of an early 20th century soda fountain, and even concocts its own bubbly beverages.
At Remedy, start with a dutch baby for the table and let this popover with its sea salt, lemon curd, and powdered sugar set the mood for what's to come. Shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, and the cornfried bread take you back to the days when a good meal from mom could cure everything.
Vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters can all dine together in harmony at Wayward Sons, a Greenville Avenue restaurant with a serious outdoor seating section. And because toast is having a moment right now, the avocado toast with its Marfa tomato, relish, and arugula is the best way to break bread with your buds. This is Texas, however, so meat eaters must give the steak and eggs a try.
Credit: Courtesy of Sissy's Southern Kitchen/Shannon Faulk
Sometimes you're just in the mood for a bucket of fried chicken and a class of chilled champagne.
And whether it is accompanied by waffles or grapefruit brulee, Sissy's Southern Kitchen has the best in town no matter what time of day you enjoy it. Curry deviled eggs and squash puppies take things to another level. Ask for a seat on the sun porch and you'll swear you are dining on the Mississippi Delta—just as owner Lisa Garza-Selcer intended.