Brunching Out: Ten Best Spots for Weekend Brunch in Big D

Forget about breakfast being the most important meal of the day– in Dallas, it’s all about brunch. In fact, Dallasites take brunch so seriously that it’s become something of a sacred weekend ritual, where decadent food and copious amounts of booze are often part of the deal. The best part is that there’s no shortage of delicious spots to get your brunch on. The only problem you might have is deciding where to go.

For most locals, brunch means going out for a heaping platter of fried chicken and waffles, and arguably the most popular place to find it is at Jonathon's, a cozy Oak Cliff eatery set up in a 1930s bungalow. Chicken and waffles, or rather, chicken, bacon and waffles with cream puffs and strawberries on top is a special feature at Maple Leaf Diner as well. There’s also chicken and waffles on the brunch menu at Zatar, albeit a Middle Eastern version of the dish, featuring anise infused waffles topped with fried shish taouk (chicken breast), carob molasses and powdered sugar.

In the mood for something even sweeter? Say perhaps, banana cream pie French toast with candied pecans? Then head over to Oddfellows, a laid-back Bishop Arts cafe that’s known for its creative American fare and killer coffee service.    

Speaking of good coffee, La Duni cranks out an espresso menu with around twenty-two different options and its brunch menu holds heaps of Latin-inspired delights. 

Have we piqued your appetite yet? There’s more. Read on to find where to find the best dim sum, eggs benedict, chilaquiles, shakshouka, bottomless mimosas and more.  

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E Bar Tex-Mex
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Maple Leaf Diner
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Smoke Restaurant Dallas
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Jonathon's Oak Cliff
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