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I’m starting to fall in love more and more with Dallas brunch spots. They know what they’re doing up in North Texas. (Not saying Houston doesn’t, but the creativity in Dallas is something to appreciate.)
While in town for a wedding I decided to check out Anvil Pub.
Judging from the area and the outside of the bar you wouldn’t expect a St. Paddy’s celebration bar (but hey, guess I ignored the fact that pub was in the name). Before I check out a brunch spot, I usually do some research on the menu unless I am directly told about a place. I’ll admit, initially I was caught off-guard by the ambience of such a unique place, in a good way. When I walked in there were soccer flags everywhere (so, if you’re a big soccer fan I would suggest checking this place out; I’m sure it’s a good time).
With self-seating, the on-staff then comes to take care of you. As I sat down at my table and took a look at the menu, I noticed the music playing. Remember how I described the bar earlier? It was 90’s hip-hop! I mean, we’re talking everything from “This Is How We Do It” to Biggie’s “Big Poppa”. The music was jamming the entire time, I loved it; It definitely seemed like a very welcoming place to hangout.
The ironically creative dish that brought me to this place combined the two things that made me start this blog — food and mimosas. Anvil Pub has a 4 drink selection that they like to call “The F**K Brunch Drinks”: a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, And Sangria. Of course, you guys know I ordered the mimosa.
The twist on these drinks is that they come with side items. The mimosa came with a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich, tater tots and mixed fruit, all put on skewers and inserted in the drink. Before you get grossed out, the sandwich and tater tots do not actually touch the drink. The food is prepared fresh and you’re given a half-pint of PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon for the uninitiated beer drinkers) while you wait. Talk about service!
So, the drink finally arrived and I was like a kid in a candy store. I tasted it, and it was immaculate; a fresh mimosa with a little extra. My guess is that they use high-grade fresh chilled champagne and probably added some type of liqueur.
Next, I tried the sandwich and it was delicious as you would expect. I mean, what sausage, egg and cheese sandwich isn’t, right? All the while my waitress is checking in every five minutes to make sure I’m okay, while “No Diggity” is playing in the background — my type of place.
Food (well the other stuff at least)
It felt weird to only try the drink, so I ordered a Salmon Eggs Benedict. Slightly ambitious to order at a pub but I figured hey why not. So far so good. I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted the food and found out they had some real talent in the kitchen. Although slightly salty, the smoked salmon they used was delicious and the perfectly poached eggs were so impressive that I will definitely be coming back to try some other items on the menu. The only ding I would give them was their hash browns. They were more like potato matchsticks and tasted like old grease. Barely touched them. Other than that, Anvil Pub got something good going for them.
I heard their Mac and Cheese is really good, so if you don’t want brunch get your fix from the other menu items. I’ve heard great things.
All in all I will be back to try other drinks as well as the other menu food items.
Anvil Pub in Deep Ellum gets a 4 out of 5. Check below for additional photos of the brunch menu and see what exactly goes on those drinks I told you guys about.
Brunch is defined as a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning but it can extend to as late as 3 pm. Brunch originated in the 1800’s in Great Britain.Originally served in a buffet style set up.Brunch has transformed to more of a sit down experience but there are still a lot of brunch buffets out there.
The word “Brunch” was first used in a Hunters Weekly publication in 1895 by Guy Beringer. His post titled, “Brunch, A Plea” centers on the benefits of brunch back in the days of mandatory Sunday Breakfast. It was made so people could stay out longer on Saturday nights to drink and party and still be able to wake up late morning/early afternoon and get a good meal.IT took the stress off of waking up early on Sundays.
Now in today’s time.Brunch is more than just a convenience with places like IHOP and Denny’s serving breakfast 24/7. Brunch is a way of life. Especially if you are a Brunchaholic like myself. Brunch involves more than your typical hotcakes and sausage. It’s a sophisticated yet laid back meal that is equally delicious as it is unique if you’re brunching at the right place. The mimosas and bloody mary’s just take it to a completely different level. From carafes to pitchers to the glass. Brunch has evolved into a Sunday Funday must do and an early Saturday turn up. Join the movement and keep an open mind.
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