At Home Brunch – Smothered Shrimp and Grits

The Bruncholics favorite in all its glory! Enjoy this at home and sound off in the comments on your results!


Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Creole Seasoning
  • 2 cups stone-ground grits
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

Directions:

  1. Cook down bacon in a large frying pan. Remove bacon and leave grease.
  2. Bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Add grits and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in heavy cream. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese.
  3. Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned; remove bacon.
  4. In grease, add all veggies except garlic and saute for 5-10 minutes. Add shrimp and cook until pink. Add flour to soak up grease then add water until desired consistency. Cook until all lumps of flour are out.
  5. Add chopped bacon, parsley, scallions, and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Spoon grits into a serving bowl. Then place smothered grits mixture on top

Fin.

Grits: Sweet or Savory?

The age old questions continues. Butter and Sugar or Salt and pepper? Sweet… Or Savory? As a child, I loved sweet grits with butter and sugar, but then I grew into a man and discovered the greatness of savory grits. With shrimp and grits being my favorite as some of you already know.  Can you really blame someone for liking sweet grits?  Grits are so versatile anything can come from them.

 

 

Donna Battle, a food writer for Eb0ny magazine as well a food historian is here to break it all down for you.

[Hungry for History] Sweet vs. Savory Grits? A Food Historian Settles Debate

 

Sound off in the comments and let your opinion be heard!

Social House – Dallas, TX (Uptown)

Trash can beer pong? Check. Bubble battles? Check. Brunch? Check. Free on a Saturday or  Sunday morning and need something to do? Check out Social House where you literally have no choice but to be… social.

With multiple locations in the Dallas area, you can pick your poison. If you want to actually play the games, then Uptown is your best bet.

Food

I have been to Social House twice. The first time the food was underwhelming and just not to my liking. But this second time…man oh man. Talk about a comeback story. I ordered the short rib hash while my friends had chicken and waffles as well as the beignets.

The short rib hash had a decadent gravy with tender short ribs, and they weren’t stingy about it at all. With a fresh over-easy egg on top with a perfectly cooked yolk, I was impressed. The only thing I would change is the “hash” portion of the meal— it actually needed some more hash. Outside of that, I loved it and will be ordering again.


The chicken and waffles were decent. I had a small taste but my friends raved about how good it was and ordered it twice. So safe to say, you shouldn’t be dissapointed.


I’m not much of a sweets person but the beignets were not only displayed beautifully, they tasted the way that they looked.

Libations

As you all know, I’m a frequent participant of mimosa indulgence. I’m here today to tell you that social house probably  has the most variations of mimosas, as well as some of the strongest. I’ve literally been knocked on my ass both times I’ve gone. When you walk in you can see them pouring bottle after bottle of champagne into a huge dispenser. When carafes are ordered they fill the carafe 3/4, then the rest is the juice of your choice: orange, peach, pineapple, cranberry, etc. They only charge $1 for carafe refills.
I truly enjoyed my experience this time around and I recommend you all go to Social House at your earliest convenience. I wasn’t joking in my previous post about Dallas having better brunch. Looks like I’ll be moving here in about 2 weeks.

Social House receives a 4 out of 5
Brunchaholics Out!!!!

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Not Brunch – Barbacoa Tacos Recipe

Even Brunchaholics have to eat things other than brunch from time to time. When I’m in the mood for tacos I use my own personal recipe to crank them out.  Check it out below and leave a comment with your results!




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Ingredients:

– 3-4 lb Beef Flank Steak
– 1 Medium Yellow Onion (Diced)
– 5 Cloves Garlic – Chopped
– 2 Tbsp. Ground Cumin
– 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
– 1 Tbsp. Paprika
– 3 tsp Oregano
– 1/2 Cup Beef Broth
– 1/4 Cup (fresh) Lime Juice
– 3 Bay Leaves
– 1 Bunch of Cilantro (Finely Chopped)
– Salt
– Pepper

For Serving: (optional)
– Flour/Corn Tortillas
– Cheese (Your Choice)
– Sour Cream
– Salsa
– Guacamole
-Fresh Cut Limes

Directions:

Cut Flank Steaks into large chunks. Season well with salt and pepper on all sides. Heat oil in a large skillet and sear the steaks (in batches if necessary) on all sides until browned. Transfer meat to the slow cooker.
Grab a bowl then combine the onions, cilantro, garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder, paprika, beef broth, lime juice, and additional salt and pepper (to taste). Mix well, then pour over beef in the slow cooker and add bay leaves. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, until meat shreds easily. You can also cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours if you wanna cut the time down. I highly suggest low and slow to bring out the deeper flavors of the meat.
Once fork tender and ready to pull apart, remove bay leaves. Remove the beef and shred using hands (if you can stand the heat) or two forks. Return beef to slow cooker to cook for about 10 more minutes, or until ready to serve. Great on nachos, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, sliders, etc. Basically whatever you want to use it for, but try the tacos first. I’m sure it won’t be your last time!
Serves 8-10 People
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Slow Cooker Barbacoa Tacos



Remedy -Dallas, TX (Lower Greenville)

Ladies & Gentlemen!! I am very proud to announce Brunchaholics first Guest contribution!!! Our guest contributor is  Kian Hervey, Editor of Forty Magazine. Check out her review of Remedy below and be sure to follow her on social media as well as check out her amazing magazine!

 


 

Welcome to Remedy

Ask anyone in my close circle and they’ll tell you that brunching is my hobby. If it’s the weekend, and I’m in town, I’m brunching in Dallas. My favorite areas to explore are Uptown and Lower Greenville, so it’s no surprise I fell in love with a restaurant close to both. Remedy in Dallas is a hot spot on Greenville that deserves a weekend visit.

Like most restaurants I discover these days, I fell in love with the eatery via Instagram. Their daily posts of fresh menu items filled my feed for weeks before I was finally able to visit.  Tucked between HG Sply Co and Steel City Pops, Remedy seems small at first. But after you walk in, you realize the restaurant goes far back and it seems roomy with its high ceilings. The soda fountain theme makes the place as visually eye catching as Remedy’s Instagram-worthy food.

Food

To level the playing field between brunch eateries, I always order the chicken and waffles. Remedy’s chicken and waffles goes beyond the breakfast classic by adding  Nashville Hot seasonings to their meat. Topped with fresh berries and a light syrup that I couldn’t get enough of, the staple dish did not disappoint. My brunching partner ordered the Texas Shrimp & Grits which were just as scrumptious from my healthy sample.

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Drinks

If you’re tired of boring mimosas for brunch, Remedy is the spot for you. Following the soda fountain theme, there are tons of unique bubbly sodas to try along with fresh cocktails. I rounded out my entree with a flavored mimosa. The price of most drinks ranged from five to 10 dollars.

Remedy is located at 2010 Greenville Avenue in Dallas, TX. Get there early for brunch served Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am. You can make reservations online via OpenTable.

Kian Hervey is the Editorial Director of Forty Magazine, a magazine for young professionals. You can follow her food adventures @MoreKian and her magazine @40Magazine.

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Snooze A.M. Eatery

One of my favorite things about Houston is the surplus of amazing restaurants that call this place home. Snooze A.M. Eatery has finally made the right decision and landed a primetime spot in the Montrose area. (If only In n Out would follow suit.) Snooze A.M. Eatery began in Denver, Colorado circa 2006. They have locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Texas (Austin & Houston). I actually had a chance to speak with their corporate trainer and she let me know they plan to open a Dallas location next year! They are open 6:30am to 2:30pm daily and as long as you are on the list before 2:30 you will be seated and served.

Food

The menu is very creative. Snooze A.M. Reminds me of Another Broken Egg Cafe but without the old-timer menu options. I enjoyed the creativity and the many options. I usually don’t like expansive menus but the difference between each item is enough to please any brunch goer.


I ordered the Havana Day Dreaming — an open face breakfast sandwich featuring free- range pulled pork, shaved ham, gruyère cheese, homemade pickles, sunny-side up egg with Dijon hollandaise served on a ciabatta roll. People told me about how good the food was here but I thought it was a boost. This was one of the best sandwiches I ever had. The balance of all the flavors come together to create a knife and fork sandwich for the ages. The tender, naturally salted pork combined with the equally tasty gruyère cheese culminates perfectly with the creamy Dijon hollandaise and the yolk from the sunny side up egg. I absolutely loved it.

Libations

Although this place does not have bottomless mimosas…their mimosas are amazingly good and they do have champagne on tap. I need to contact corporate to see how to get one of these for the house (*sets reminder*). I enjoyed 3 of their mimosas, of course, the Original mimosa. I also had the Palomimosa and the Mmm Mmm Mimosa. The Palomimosa consists of champagne, tequila, Saint Germaine Liquer and grapefruit juice. It was a very different taste than anything I’ve had but I enjoyed it, and the mix of all the alcohol will get you where you need to be, as long as you’re ok with 8 bucks a glass. Not a big deal…but you know, bottomless is the Brunchaholics default! The Mmm Mmm Mimosa is just the regular mimosa with pomegranate Liquer added. Good flavor but wasn’t impressed. I might as well have gotten the regular one and called it a day.


Service

I sat at the bar for my first time and loved it. My biggest complaint would be the ridiculous wait. When I first arrived I thought the wait was long because of how long people were eating, but I soon found the bottleneck to be the kitchen. The kitchen takes entirely too long to get food out. While waiting for a seat (2 hours) most of the patrons were not served for 30-40 minutes. If the kitchen cuts that time in half they could gain a lot more business. I mean let’s be honest, it’s breakfast food. It takes little to no time to make.

Even with the lack of kitchen effiency I thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The bar staff was very friendly and accommodating. I will be back to try their Benedict’s and French Toast which I noticed to be the crowd favorite.

Snooze A.M eatery gets a 4 out of 5 from me.

Brunchaholics out!

Pie 314 Lewisville/ The Colony, TX

Pie 314 is hidden in an amazing community in Lewisville/The Colony. As you drive, make sure to take a tour of the houses because they are amazing! I’m talking golf courses and laden landscapes galore. It’s hidden inside a shopping center which is hidden inside the neighborhood. It’s a treasure chest of shopping if you will. The atmosphere is very laid back and open. Outside seating is provided with fans for the hot summer months. It’s a very good place to bring family, whether it be during lunch or dinner. They add a white overlay to the tablecloths for the children for drawing, while waiting on their food. They even have the game Southside similar to Social House that keeps the fun going. This was literally the best service I’ve ever been given by the way —our waiter Shayne, best ever. 


Food

Their brunch menu is simple and straight to the point. I ordered the brisket and biscuits, as well as the breakfast tacos which came highly recommended by the waiter and rightfully so because they were amazing! Such fresh decadent ingredients…and the tacos were top of the line; easily some of the best tacos I’ve ever had.


Now back to the brisket and biscuits….. speechless…and I mean that in a good way. Not only do you get homemade country gravy but you also get brisket in its own BBQ sauce along with your choice style of 2 eggs. I went with the soft scramble with cheese which was incorporated into the meal. I may have been one of the first to order due to the waiter’s confusion initially, but best believe they delivered. In addition to the amazing menu items I had, they also have french toast with captain crunch berries (Inside Out French Toast) and the Killer WitsI will be back to try them all. Their pizza is to die for by the way, and I may have to write a separate blog post just on that.


Libations

$10 bottomless mimosas…what more do I need to say?! I’m almost sure they have an orange juice machine that sprays little amounts into pools of champagne. I mean, they already have my taste buds tingling with the food and now my sobriety is near the edge! The mimosas are banging and you don’t even have to order a brunch entree to enjoy them.


5 out of 5. Pie 314 easily made the Brunchaholics Best of 2016, and we’re not even done for the year!

Lucille’s – Houston, TX

Lucille’s is located in the 3rd ward of Houston in what seems to be a remodeled house turned into a restaurant. How is that possible you ask? Well, Houston doesn’t have zoning laws so anything goes. I love the concept of it. 

Lucille’s has a very small and intimate setting with a bar to sit at if you show up before your party. They are closed on Mondays but open every other day of the week, with brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays.


Food

Their brunch menu is small but effective. They have a down home comfort food approach to brunch which I can appreciate. 

I ordered the Green Eggs and Ham as well the fish and grits. The green eggs and ham was delicious. I like eccentric takes on meals and this definitely fills that category. They give you an herb seasoned omelette (green eggs) and sous vide pork belly (ham); the omelette was very tasty and fresh. Cooked perfectly. It also came with goat cheese and hollandaise. The goat cheese combined with the hollandaise gave a perfect balance to the pork belly and omelette. I will definitely be back for this meal.


The second offering was the fish and grits — a fried catfish fillet with grits and eggs. The batter on the catfish had really good flavor but was too much in my opinion. Slicing into the fish was more of a hassle with having to fight through the thick crust. The eggs were not seasoned at all but were cooked very well. The grits were creamy which I liked. I believe Lucille’s knows that some people like the option of either having their grits seasoned or sweetened with sugar, but the creamy balance they achieved was good on its own. If you added anything to the grits it would just enhance the experience.


Libations

Lucille’s offers mimosas and sangria for their brunch beverages. Unfortunately, there is no bottomless or carafe option, but the mimosas were decent. However, for $6 per glass you would think they would use more of an upscale champagne rather than Wycliffe. Don’t get me wrong, Wycliffe is pretty good, but at $6 a glass I may as well go to the store and buy my own champagne and orange  juice.


All in all I enjoyed Lucille’s and will be back to try more menu options. If you are looking for a quiet, calm setting with good food then this is the place. Just make sure you get there before noon. I went on a Sunday and the after church crowd fills the place up!

Lucille’s receives a 4 out of 5.
Brunchaholics Out!!!