Mercat Bistro continues to prove itself as one of Dallas' best spots for brunch. The contemporary European eatery landed on Eater Dallas' popular Brunch Heatmap, a list of the very best go-to restaurants in the metroplex. While the dishes are an alluring draw, so is the entertainment. Mercat Bistro brings back its DJ brunches on Saturday, March 26 with DJ Paul Paredes. Like Mercat Bistro on Facebook and follow @mercatbistro on Twitter and Instagram for more details. 


The Hottest Brunch Spots in Dallas Right Now: March 2016
Whitney Filloon and Amy McCarthy
 

It's time for a fresh spring update of the Brunch Heatmap — that is, where to throw caution to the wind and drink way (way) too many mimosas. Whether you're in the mood for a bloody mary and steak and eggs or bourbon milk punch with fried chicken and buttery biscuits, you'll find more than a few viable options here for a lazy weekend meal.


1. Armoury D.E.
Deep Ellum is known more for late-night drinking than brunching, but Armoury D.E. is helping to turn the tide on that. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, this excellent recent addition to the bar scene serves a clever brunch menu that includes items like Count Chocula french toast and a Cookie Crisp cocktail. A few dishes are holdovers from the dinner menu, including the aptly named Damn Burger, an extra-juicy specimen perched on a challah bun (gild the lily by adding a fried egg and bacon).

2. Braindead Brewing
The drink to get here is cidermosas — locally made strawberry Bishop Cider mixed with champagne. Then there's the bacon flight, which includes four different bacon varieties including lamb, duck, and beef paired with four beers; there's also biscuits with andouille sausage and poblano gravy, and buttermilk fried chicken with sourdough corn pancakes and a sweet cream cheese sauce. Served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

3. Henry's Majestic
This McKinney Avenue spot has already cemented its place as a favorite neighborhood brunch haunt. Chef Roe DiLeo’s brunch dishes, like avocado toast with bacon and rosé peach French toast, are comforting without being too heavy for the rest of Sunday Funday. Don't pass up the specialty cocktails, including the brunch-perfect 8AM made with nitrous-charged Vietnamese coffee and vanilla-infused bourbon or the cilantro and lemongrass-spiked bloody mary; there's also a DIY mimosa bar. (Brunch is also served Saturdays.)

4. Ida Claire
Addison's funky Southern-fried spot from the creators of Velvet Taco and Whiskey Cake is one of the neighborhood's prime new brunch destinations. Expect fried chicken and cornmeal waffles with chicory coffee-infused maple syrup, shrimp with bacon-studded parmesan grits, and "knife and fork" biscuit sandwiches. Drinks created by cocktail master Bonnie Wilson go far beyond the usual bloody marys and mimosas, like the Family Reunion made with white whiskey, watermelon, Aperol, and housemade lime bitters. Brunch is Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5. Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine
For a strictly southern brunch, head to Julia Pearl in Plano. This newly-opened concept's brunch menu is full of southern classics – housemade biscuits, shrimp & grits, and fried catfish among them – perfect for indulging on a lazy Sunday afternoon.                                                                                                               
6. Knife
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the brunch menu here is all about the meat: Think pork belly hash, 44 Farms steak and eggs, and an Ibérico bacon BLT. The less carnivorous have options too, though, including yeast-raised waffles and poached eggs with smoked salmon and caviar. (The ever-popular Ozersky burger is available during brunch, too.)

7. LARK on the Park
If your group is split between hungover folks who want steak and eggs and others who want to eat healthy, Lark makes a good compromise — the menu's got everything from a quinoa and kale bowl to Akaushi steak and eggs and Valrhona chocolate-banana French toast. Perhaps most importantly, mimosas are made with fresh-squeezed OJ and priced fairly at $6; or try the Bloody Mateo made with smoky ancho chile liqueur.

8. Mercat Bistro
For a laid-back but slightly more refined brunching experience, head to this quaint little French spot for hatch chile and cheddar crepes, a proper French omelette, or a decadent croque madame. Mimosas are reasonably priced at $5 or $14 for a carafe, or try one of the other Champagne drinks like the St. Flora, spiked with elderflower liqueur. Served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

9. Nova
This Oak Cliff neighborhood favorite puts a unique spin on traditional brunch fare with dishes like fried chicken with goat cheese waffles and apple cinnamon gravy, lobster frittata, and chicken-fried pork loin with Jimmy's sausage gravy and eggs. Smoked salmon potato skins are ideal for sharing with the table, and brunch drinks are priced right between $3.50 and $4.50.                                                                                                                                                 
10. Pink Magnolia
Chef Blythe Beck's brand of buttery, boozy cooking lends itself especially well to brunch. Served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, here you'll find weekend wonders like chocolate waffles with caramelized bananas and Nutella, cinnamon pancakes with honey butter, and a bacon cheddar meatloaf sandwich — not to mention tasty cocktails like the Bruleed Grapefruit Fizz.

11. Public School 214
This excellent West Village addition is drawing crowds for its well-executed menu of creative and damn tasty food. Don't sleep on the bacon cheddar-stuffed tots with Sriracha ketchup or the mac and cheese topped with crunchy salt-and-vinegar chips, but if you're in a breakfast-y mood they've also got fried chicken and waffles and chicken sausage served with cheddar grits and fried eggs. Do try the beermosas for a change from the usual Champagne and OJ.

12. Rapscallion
Be sure to bring a few friends to brunch at this Southern-tinged Lowest Greenville hot spot, because you'll want to order damn near everything on the menu. Must-haves include the warm, fresh "monkey bread" coated in a sticky cinnamon glaze, the crispy fried chicken perched on sublimely buttery biscuits with housemade pickles, and the soba noodles swimming in a rich, deep four-day pork broth. Carnivores will delight in the beastly slab of prime rib topped with zingy chimichurri. Wash it all down with a bourbon-spiked Cinnamon Toast Punch, appropriately garnished with the crispy cereal.                                                                
13. Remedy
Remedy's particular brand of refined comfort food makes it an ideal brunch option. The housemade bologna sandwich on challah is downright dreamy, but there's also more breakfast-y fare like butter-pecan waffles with pumpkin butter or cornmeal pancakes with bacon and eggs. Wash it all down with a fancy egg cream.

14. The Theodore
Shopping and brunch go together like peas and carrots, which makes The Theodore at NorthPark Center a brilliant place to stop before blowing the rest of your budget on a new spring wardrobe. Keep it light with a selection of interesting toasts (think white bean & leek or cured ham with egg salad) or dig into a ridiculously rich (and delicious) raviolo made with egg yolks and bacon steak.

15. TJ's Seafood Market
TJ's brunch menu includes house-cured lox and bagels, honey butter lobster fritters, truffle scrambled eggs with caviar and creme fraiche, and shrimp and grits with bacon marmalade. Need we say more? Brunch is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
 

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