When you think of the Free Man in Deep Ellum images of some of the very best in Cajun fare come to mind including their gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice and crawfish etouffee. The music is pretty top notch as well, with multiple bands playing each night with absolutely zero cover charge. That leaves more spending cash for the food and sturdy cocktails.
Last week the Free Man introduced a brunch which is a delightful change of pace from your average Dallas brunch fare.
Look for creamy shrimp and grits, with buttery grits topped with spicy and crunchy grilled shrimp. One of our very favorites is the exquisite Monte Cristo that is layered with ham and cheese with a delicious pain perdu-syle bread battered and griddled , and given a generous confectioners sugar treatment and served with a side of jam. The portion is huge, and is accompanied by crispy sweet potato fries.
More powdered sugar was sacrificed in the puffy beignets that have a delicate crisped outer layer and a moist interior that relents with each bite.
There are several Benedicts, we opted for the fancier version with a creamy layer of spinach. Delicious.
We ended our brunch with Free Man’s fried bread pudding that are fat cigar shaped, and were absolutely a wonderful mouth treat and a fine way to end our late morning feast.
If you are looking for a way to celebrate your weekend, or cure a massive hangover, check out Free Man’s Saturday or Sunday brunch offerings. It is a bit of a secret at this point, so crowds are not massive. Patio service is available.