Category Archives: Brunch

Brunch Magic at Toulouse

by Steven Doyle

So I’m writing this stuff and some of you are reading. I know because when I am out waiting on a cocktail you will ask me if I am going to order a Manhattan. Or on a Saturday you will ask me where I am heading to brunch  the next morning. Busted. I am an avid brunch-a-holic.

It’s not so much the food. Yes, I have a not-so-secret love affair with the egg, securing breakfast or brunch as a top favorite meal. But the conversations that take place at brunch are so much more livelier than at dinner. Perhaps inhibitions drop after a night of revelry. Whatever the case may be, brunch is king.           Continue reading

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Malai Kitchen, a Bruncher’s Paradise

by Steven Doyle

Patio season is officially full on after the devastatingly hot and dry summer. The pooches are leading their sexy owners by the string past the cabanas that are playing soothing street music as cars bustle by to find a spot of their very own.

This is high season for brunch and none is sexier than the digs at Malai, the fresh-faced Thai-Vietnamese  kitchen in the West Village compound off McKinney.

There you will find the restaurant prodigies and husband and wife team of Yasmin and Braden Wages busily running about tending to details. Details that we found amazing during our happy brunch time at Malai this past weekend.     Continue reading

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Brunching At Le Bilboquet

DSC08423by Steven Doyle

Dangling below a beautiful Matisse at le Bilboquet, the latest entry in French cuisine in Dallas, you will find immaculate starched table cloths, doting waiters and plates of foie gras terrine, apple tarte tatin and this crazy good Cajun chicken dish.

The restaurant itself is a New York transplant which has been in service for nearly 30 years at its original location which actually shuttered back in January with plans of relocation on the Upper East Side.    Continue reading

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Review: Belly and Trumpet Brunch

DSC07335by Steven Doyle

If brunch had a season it would certainly look to May as its host. The cool breezes have yet to submit to the warmer mask of Summer, and patios beckon while you satiate on plated eggs and rashers that may be washed down with tall, cool glasses of cold champagne. This is something your mother would approve of this very weekend, and do we have a selection of dishes that might make her proud.

Belly and Trumpet is a quagmire in a string of restaurant incidents that line McKinney Avenue. Surely restaurateurs have discovered that the formula for Uptown lies in sprawling patios, a quick fix for dining that is simple on the wallet, and plenty of liquor to appease the see and be seen crowd that swarm the decks. Belly and Trumpet defies these laws with a vengeance.  Continue reading

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Check Out Josh Black’s Pop-Up Beer Brunch At The Bottle Shop May 19

josh blackby Steven Doyle

You know chef Josh Black. He has worked the kitchen at Stephan Pyles, was the execuchef at Campo and more recently headed up kitchen duties at People’s Last Stand.  I saw Black at an event recently where he told me he has taken time to be with his family for a bit, but we seem to see the nose-to-tail chef out doing more pop-ups and charity events than ever before. Today he sends word that he is doing a beer brunc, and this looks like some fun you will not want to miss.        Continue reading

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Brunch At Dish

dishby Steven Doyle

Brunch is a high priority in Dallas and with so many options for the mid-day weekend activity it is important you make the right selection of restaurant, and more so, the right dish. That is why we set our sites on Dish this weekend. Chef Garreth Dickey has quietly been plating some special brunch items, and he couldn’t possibly think we wouldn’t take notice.

Dish might be more famously known for its drag brunch. The restaurant turns its tables three times during the last weekend hurray drag-fest, and it is not just the friendly gayborhood patrol in for a looksee; this brunch attracts a full range of people looking for a fabulous Sunday Funday.    Continue reading

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Noms Of the Day: New Brunch At Belly And Trumpet

SONY DSCby Steven Doyle     photos by Claire McCormack

This morning I had a delightful surprise sitting in my inbox. The folks over at Belly and Trumpet have been working over-time and created a brunch for a city who cannot get enough of the weekend repast. If you have read crave for any length of time, you will understand how much we adore our brunches in Dallas.

This time chef Brian Zenner and chef de cuisine Rudy Mendoza have outdone themselves, at least from first appearances. If you are like me you will dash on over to Uptown restaurant and grab a taste of this new brunch for yourself.   Continue reading

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