Go ahead and get that beauty sleep. You likely wake up with the sun during the week anyway, so why not hit snooze during the weekend and visit the Dallas Design District for a late-morning brunch? Here are a few of our recommendations based on your pace and palate.
If You'd Like to Sit and Linger
If it sounds a little strange to have Thai so early in the day, you haven't met Chef Jet Tila. The guy holds six culinary Guinness World Records and regularly appears as a judge on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. His restaurant, Pakpao Thai, serves brunch from 11AM to 3PM every Saturday and Sunday. From Thai omelets to coconut pancakes, Crying Tiger steak and eggs to Thai tea French toast, the menu at this Oak Lawn favorite will have you salivating for more. The Chaing Mai sausage hash sounds especially delish, with pork sausage, lemongrass, kaffir lime, crispy potatoes and fresh herbs topped with a runny wok-fried egg. For drinks, you can choose from the lemongrass-swirled Chula-Rita, the Thai sangria, a seasonal mimosa or the Thai lemongrass Bloody Mary.
When there’s an item on the brunch menu named "Badass Bacon Waffle," you know you’re at the right place. Even better than the name? The locally sourced ingredients: Webster City bacon, warm apples, brie fondue, berries and maple syrup. Yum. Or maybe you're more of an eggs Benedict lover. Here you can try a Creole spin on the breakfast favorite that features fried green tomatoes and crawfish étouffée. To wash it all down, try The Rum Also Rises, a traditional Hemingway daiquiri with rum, grapefruit and maraschino liqueur, or the Terpsichorean Milk Punch, made with milk, bourbon and vanilla extract and strained over ice. In agreeable weather, you can even enjoy these goodies on the Moth's gorgeous patio that’s tailor-made for people-watching.
If You've Got Places to Be and People to See
Streamlined and simple, brunch at Ascension offers a succinct lineup of granola, avocado toast, poached eggs and toast, croque madame benedict, ricotta hotcakes, French toast or a bacon and leek frittata. For a beverage, grab a mimosa, mamamango or house-roasted coffee.
This pit stop offers the option to grab and go or take a seat at one of the green picnic tables under a shaded awning. Open for breakfast from 7 to 10:30AM, Taco Stop’s most filling option for brunch is a deluxe breakfast taco filled with eggs, bell peppers, onions and bacon or chorizo. You can also choose a corn or flour tortilla with any combination of eggs, chorizo, potatoes, cheese, bell pepper and onion or steak mexicana. Spring for a trio, as the tacos are tasty but small. Or maybe you're in the mood for an egg torta with bacon or chorizo and refried bean spread on fresh-baked bread. Add a Mexican coffee or horchata and you're set!
If You'd Like to Take Your Taste Buds on an Adventure
Though Oak isn't open on Sundays and doesn't do Saturday lunch, you can grab a weekday lunch as early as 11AM and make a unique creation out of its kitchen tacos (daily inspiration) or steak frites with chimichurri sauce. Make it a true brunch by adding a cocktail such as The Mighty Oak, filled with Eagle rare bourbon, mint, ginger, lemon and soda, or the Lolita with Hendrick's gin, St. Germain elderflower, BloodOrange cooler and bitters.
Break out of your routine and try something new for brunch. With your culinary appetite satisfied, you can quench your thirst for culture, art and design by exploring the Dallas Design District's galleries and showrooms for inspiration and unique finds for your home.