Sunday, December 12, 2010
Three brunch picks in Dallas
Options for brunch can be overwhelming.
DALLAS In a big city like Dallas, the numerous options of where to dine for a Sunday brunch can be overwhelming. With so many different restaurants to choose from and so many varying opinions about each one, sometimes it's easier to stay home and eat whatever leftover eggs and bacon you may have lounging in the fridge. However, in an attempt to narrow down the long list of choices, I have handpicked what I believe to be three can't-go-wrong brunch destinations in town.
Nick and Sam's Grill
Located in the heart of where most 20somethings dwell in Dallas, Nick and Sam's Grill is a destination dining place for the hippest gorgers in the city. This restaurant is absolutely the place to see and be seen on a Sunday morning. Be sure to arrive wearing the appropriate in-style and fashionable attire, because you will undoubtedly be watched while people watching yourself. As an added bonus to the trendiness this restaurant brings, the brunch menu itself as well as the overall aesthetic of your surroundings is just as delicious. A color theme of bright pops of orange flow throughout the restaurant, from their general décor to the umbrellas that shade the patio. As for the food, it's way above par. Savory eggs benedict atop a cheddar flavored English muffin, Captain Crunch French Toast, and an entire mini-DIY plate of lox and bagel mixings make the dining experience here delectable and fun. Oh and we can't forget the $3 bloody mary they offer. Overall, it's the perfect excuse to dress fashionably, gossip and enjoy delicious food -- otherwise known as an all-girls brunch.
Oye! If you're looking for a bloody good brunch experience, The Londoner Pub (with locations in Addison, Uptown, Allen, and Frisco) is as laid back as brunches get. Opposite to Nick and Sam's vibe, The Londoner doesn't care what you look like or who you are, just as long as you come enjoy their British-pub style food and atmosphere. Wear sweatpants, wear a prom dress, but just be sure you're ready to sit in a cozy pub, surrounded by dark wood furniture, and numerous pieces of British paraphernalia hanging on the walls. They're proud of what they stand for, and you will be, too. Not only is The Londoner comfortable and inviting, the food they serve up for brunch-goers is ideal for hearty appetites. Whereas Nick and Sam's Grill could appeal more to a ladylike crowd, The Londoner is perfect for laid back sports lovers of all shapes and sizes. And did I mention their house mimosas are a slim $2.50? Order one of their three available omelets or try a more traditional British breakfast like House-made Corn Beef Hash. They also offer a breakfast taco plate and, a personal favorite of mine, the Open Face Sausage Sandwich (I suggest adding a dash of Tabasco for extra kick). It's not just a pub, it's a pub with grub. Cheers!
The Original Pancake House
No, not IHOP. This is the original -- the champion. Established in 1953 in Oregon, The Original Pancake House has spread itself thin like a crepe all across the United States. With five locations in Dallas alone, the OPH is one of the more famous and cherished brunch spots in North Texas. On any given Sunday, you can pull up to one of the locations and see huddled masses waiting outside to be seated. And there's a reason this dining establishment is so popular -- it's family-friendly and delicious. You'd be hard-stretched to find just a table of two dining here (although it does happen). People come in groups and bring everyone from Grandpa Lou to the family dog with them. The menu goes on forever and supplies you with an overwhelming amount of meal choices. Do you want the 49er Flapjacks or a BLT sandwich with a side of their famous hash browns? Although the wait can sometimes spill over from "minutes" into "hour," it's well worth it. Attentive waiters who refill your coffee cup so stealthy it's like magic, and famous dishes such as the Apple Pancake and the Dutch Baby make this brunch experience delightful and incredibly filling. I'm stuffed just writing about it.
There you have it. My top picks. Now, go eat!
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