10 Best Breakfast and Brunch Restaurants to Start Off Your Day in Dallas
By Denise Brandenberg
Dallas Local Expert
Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in Dallas and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Original Pancake House thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Blue Mesa Grill, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Southwestern-themed Breakfast/Brunch. In the mood for a classic Texan brunch? Dallas visitors can choose from a wide variety of favorite Texan cuisines - such as Tex-Mex, Southern cuisine and barbecue. That's right - Texans eat barbecue for brunch! Smoke serves up some of Dallas' finest on the weekends.
Dallas visitors who want Tex Mex for breakfast can opt for migas - a delicious blend of scrambled eggs, corn tortilla strips, onions, tomatoes and cheese - Mmmm! Some of the best places in Dallas that serve this breakfast dish are Ozona Bar and Grill and Cafe Brazil. If you're craving the classic brunch treat, Eggs Benedict, head on over to Breadwinners, Mecca or La Duni. Some Dallas brunch restaurants even feature bottomless mimosas, so they are the perfect place to recover from a night out on the town...or start a fun weekend day!
10 La Duni Latin Cafe
This restaurant deftly mixes the feel and flavors of Latin America and Europe. Some of the most popular breakfast items there include breakfast tacos, popovers, waffles, chilaquiles, torta cubana and juevos rancheros. Save room for a brunch mojito or one of many expresso bar choices, as well. Brunch dishes like gaucho chicken breast and pan-roasted market fresh fish come alive with unexpected ingredients and skillful preparation. The house cocktails and desserts have swiftly earned a dedicated fan club as well. Regarding drinks, the Peruvian Pisco Sour and the Spanish Lemon 43 are must-tries. For dessert, the peach-apricot blueberry cobbler and milk chocolate cake pudding are hard to pass up. (214-520-7300)
9 Original Pancake House
After you dine at the Original Pancake House, breakfast may be your only meal of the day. Swedish pancakes (with lingonberries and whipped butter), Danish Kijafa cherry crepes (filled and topped with Montmorency cherries in authentic Kijafa sauce), and strawberry waffles (topped with whipped cream) are among the specialties on the extensive menu. Other popular menu items include the banana pancakes, fiesta omelette (with jalapenos, onions, bacon, tomatoes and cheese), corned beef hash with eggs, and the Dutch Baby (served with powdered sugar, butter and lemon). You almost have to see these delicacies to believe how delicious they actually are. Tasting them is just as sublime. (214-351-2012)
8 Mama's Daughters' Diner
Mama's Daughters' enjoys a loyal local following and is widely regarded as one of the best deals in Dallas. It specializes in "soul food," and even Paula Dean is impressed by this local spot. From scrumptious homestyle Southern breakfasts of pancakes, bacon, sausage, and eggs to lunch specials that include fried steak smothered in cream gravy, roast beef, chicken and dumplings, and fresh vegetables, this cozy favorite always has the cure for what ails you. If you're in the mood for something sweet, try the homemade cinnamon rolls. There are several locations around the Dallas metroplex, and the one near downtown is usually the busiest. (214-742-8646)
When you're in Dallas, "diner-style" food means Mecca. This restaurant has been open since 1938 and is now located in the Lakewood neighborhood. Breakfasts are legendary, and chicken fried steak and hash browns lead the popularity list. Other diner menu favorites include the migas, cinnamon rolls, eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise, and buttermilk pancakes. The restaurant patrons are a blend of the best in Dallas - lawyers rub elbows with truckers, and college students sit next to couples with young kids -- everyone leaves satisfied with the food and prices. If the fun, festive atmosphere is not your style in the morning, know that Mecca also provides take-out. (214-352-0051)
Looking for a delicious brunch with Texan flair? Go to Smoke! This upscale barbecue joint features a very unique brunch menu on Sundays. Some of the popular menu items include blueberry and house-made ricotta cheese pancakes, pulled pork BBQ eggs benedict, smoked salmon & collard green eggs florentine, and smoked brisket cornbread hash. Other great brunch choices include the whole hog eggs benedict or the apricot pancakes. Smoke even has its own unique take on steak and eggs - called the, "Full Monty," this brunch plate features bite-sized beef tenderloin smothered in gravy and served with eggs, grilled vegetables and biscuits. During the weekend brunch, Smoke also features bottomless mimosas. If mimosas aren't your thing, order a bloody mary - one of the best in Big D! ((214) 393-4141)
5 Blue Mesa Grill
Blue Mesa Grill has fast become one of Dallas's favorite Sunday brunch venues. When you arrive, you'll be treated to a basket of fried plantain chips, sweet potato chips and blue corn tortilla chips - delicious! Diners can partake of a sumptuous buffet, and choices range from mushroom enchiladas and red chile salmon to glazed ham, eggs benedict, migas, huevos rancheros, and Belgian waffles. There's a made-to-order omelette bar there, as well. The price even includes dessert and unlimited champagne, mimosas, tea, soft drinks, and coffee! Another of the restaurant's claims to fame is its tequila selection -- 60 premium options await. (214-378-8686)
4 Ozona Grill & Bar
This appealing place is a great choice for weekend brunch or a hearty meal anytime. If the weather permits, take a seat on the multi-level patio before digging into items like eggs benedict, build-your-own tacos, biscuits 'n' gravy, chicken-fried steak with eggs, pancakes, and omelets. Your Dallas 10Best expert's favorite breakfast item is the migas, a scrumptious combination of scrambled eggs, corn tortilla strips, onions, tomatoes and cheese. Plus, zesty huevos rancheros and egg casserole offer local flavor in spades, and a kids' menu is available. Don't feel like you need to dress to impress at Ozona Grill and Bar. Showing up in flip flops, t-shirts and shorts is totally fine. (214-265-9105)
3 Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery
This charming establishment has been meeting morning comestible needs for more than ten years now. Slip into the bakery to pick up a dozen caramel pecan rolls for the office, or enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch -- either way, you'll delight in fresh ingredients and delicious flavors. Scrambles rich with cheese, veggies, and meats are a favorite, but don't forget about bagels, croissants, an assortment of eggs benedict, pancakes, French toast, breakfast casseroles, and delectable brunch potatoes. Snag a seat on the pleasant patio when the sun is shining for a breakfast idyll. No reservations accepted for brunch. The Quarter, a bar, is also on the premises. (214-754-4940)
2 Café Brazil
When this restaurant opened in 1991, its goal was to provide the best breakfast possible. Now with a clutch of locations, it's evident that the mission has been accomplished. Three-egg omelets (made your way), crepes of all kinds, and tropical fruit French toast are among the offerings. They've even found a way to make something as simple as grilled cheese exotic -- their version has asiago, Swiss, cheddar, Monterey Jack, and feta (they'll even add avocado and tomato). Other pluses are great service and a laid-back atmosphere that attracts an eclectic crowd. Outdoor seating is available as well. Inexpensive and satisfying. (214-461-8762)
1 Crossroads Diner
Crossroads Diner has been featured as D Magazine's best breakfast of 2012. This Lake Highlands spot prides itself on its fresh ingredients, friendly hospitality and comfortable environment. So if you're in Big D and want a diner-style breakfast, this is the place to go! Some of the most popular breakfast items include the signature Sticky Buns, quiches, and melt-in-your-mouth old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes. If you're looking for a hearty breakfast, try the eggs benedict with corned beef hash. They even have great lunch items, such as the Cobb salad and the chicken curry salad sandwich. The food is both delicious and affordable, which makes Crossroads Diner a favorite with all the locals. ((214) 346-3491)
About Denise Brandenberg
Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years. Denise started her career as an advertising agency copywriter, recruiter, and manager of online forums for an international meeting planning association. She ventured off on her own a few years ago, to start an adventurous career as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. Denise’s other work can be found at Global Road Warrior, USA Today, Chron.com, The Motley Fool, LovetoKnow, The Meeting Professional, and several other online publications.
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