Take in the hipster scene over steamy espresso drinks (made with the cafe’s fancy Italian machine), then try new twists on brunch standbys such as buffalo chicken mac and cheese or a pancake sampler that includes red velvet.
Tracy Miller’s sparkling-new spot is as pristine and homey as you’d expect. Wake up to a tidy portion of pancakes topped with blueberry compote, buttery cheese grits, or a fresh fish sandwich served with a trio of sea salt-flecked hushpuppies. Note: There’s no sign, so keep eyes open for the address.
White Rock runners and neighborhood locals file in for gringo-style tacos. Try the Honey Bear (egg, bacon, spinach, and goat cheese) and Hotlanta (waffle-battered chicken and sweet potatoes), between sips of Cultivar Coffee’s rich roast.
Go for home-style meals any morning but Monday. Visit weekends to mix your own drink at the bloody mary bar and pick from an extended menu of brunch goodies like the Peanut Butter Jelly Time Waffle (made with berry preserves and peanut butter fluff).
Behind the stucco facade lurks a meat lover’s paradise of pork belly bacon, sausage, and brisket hash, all made from scratch. The tender ham steak with an egg fritter and corn griddlecake, dribbled with sweet and spicy Dublin Dr Pepper gravy, is basically hog heaven.
Sunday brunch at the sleek Design District gastropub is almost as buzzed about as its beer dinners. Coffee in French presses and carefully crafted dishes like bacon waffles with caramel apple compote and brie fondue rightfully cause the stir.
Meddlesome Moth, 1621 Oak Lawn Avenue (214-628-7900 or mothinthe.net).
Cage-free egg omelet. Grass-fed beef scramble. Gluten-free pancakes. It’s comfort food gone wholesome (and delicious) in a hip and casual atmosphere.
Company Cafe, 3136 Routh Street (214-468-8721); 2217 Greenville Avenue (214-827-2233 or companycafe.net).
Housed in a former church a block off busy Knox Street, the Tuscan-inspired restaurant is ideal for bridal and baby showers and other gatherings that require celebratory dishes (try the Florentine Benedict and Nutella French toast). Make sure to toast the $1 prosecco.
Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery, 3301 McKinney Avenue (214-754-4940); Inwood Village, 5560 West Lovers Lane (214-351-3339); 4021 Preston Road, Plano (972-312-9300 or breadwinnerscafe.com).
Dig into a prom cake — an oatmeal-and banana pancake decked out with apple praline sauce and a pile of granola — before perusing the coffee-shop-slash-surprisingly-good-brunch-spot’s neighboring boutiques.
Legal Grounds, 2015 Abrams Road (214-824-5800 or facebook.com).
This mod cocktail den is just as sultry in the morning. Chill out with a punch bowl on the patio during the summer. Come winter, warm up next to the fire pit with the omelet of the day.
Prepare to be mesmerized by rows of wacky combinations like the Evil Elvis, a plain donut topped with peanut butter, honey, bacon, and banana slices. Snap out of it long enough to order a doughy chicken biscuit.
La Duni Latin Kitchen & Baking Studio, 4264 Oak Lawn Avenue (214-520-6888); La Duni Latin Cafe, 4620 McKinney Avenue (214-520-7300); La Duni Latin Kitchen & Coffee Studio, 8687 North Central Expressway, suite 1516 (214-987-2260); Dulce by La Duni, 233 Town Place, Fairview (972-549-4069 or laduni.com).
Southern favorites like chicken and waffles and pecan-crusted catfish lure droves on Sundays, which means you’ll need a reservation. Your reward for advance planning: a luxuriously lazy brunch in the sun-drenched dining room.
Hattie’s, 418 North Bishop Avenue, Oak Cliff (214-942-7400 or hatties.net).