Angela’s At The Crosswalk – Plano, TX

Whenever you are on the east side of Plano, you must be sure to stop by Angela’s at the Crosswalk. This laid-back eatery is located in Historic Downtown Plano just off of 15th street when exiting Plano Parkway. This joint is not only known for their comfort food and specialty cocktails,  but they sure do know how to attract a crowd with their live music.





 

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Anvil Pub – Deep Ellum (Dallas, TX)

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.

Atmosphere

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.


Drinks

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.

 

Anvil Pub – F**k Brunch Mimosa

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.

 

Anvil Pub – The States


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. 

Brunchaholics Out!!! 


 

Anvil Pub F**k Brunch Drinks Menu


Anvil Pub Brunch Menu

 

Public School 214 (Dallas)

I spent my holiday break out in Dallas with family and friends. The day after Christmas, a good friend of mine suggested brunch at Public School 214. I rounded up a group of friends to check the place out, and I was not disappointed.

 

Composition Notebook Menu – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics

 

 

Brunch Menu Scantron – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics

 

Public School 214 holds true to their name as the entire bar is somewhat school-themed. Globes are everywhere and the menu makes references to detention (aka happy hour) and school subjects. The menu is a composition notebook and the brunch menu is a scantron. Gotta love the creativity. I loved the atmosphere and everyone I was with enjoyed themselves too.

The Delectables

The food was AMAZING, A1, delicious, magnificent, decadent, whatever adjective you want to use, it applies here. I ordered the Jidori chicken and green chili cornbread waffles. Now I usually don’t order chicken and waffles because it’s so cliche, but they offered something I had never heard before so I took a step on the wild side. This was probably the best version of chicken and waffles I have ever had. The chicken was fried perfectly — crispy on the outside, tender and juicy in the middle. The waffle was great, not overly cooked like most places, and it was served with a gravy-type syrup that I can only explain to be “greatness”.

 

Jidori Chicken & Green Chile Cornbread Waffles – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics

 

As I said before, I was with a few friends. They ordered the chicken sausage and grits, eggs Benedict pizza, and stuffed french toast (which was stuff with creamed Oreos 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾) . One of my friends who didn’t want brunch opted for the pizza with house-made pepperoni. The pizza at this place is no joke (better than most pizzerias and I’m a HUGE pizza lover). So if you’re not feeling the brunch menu, the pizza is definitely worth it.
But let’s stick to the program here.

Pepperoni Pizza W/House Made Pepperonis – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics
Eggs Benedict Pizza – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics
Chicken Sausage and  Cheddar Grits – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics

 

Mimosas

Public School 214 offers bottomless mimosas for $10. Even better than most places, besides Cyclones, they have 4 options of bottomless mimosas to choose from (Mimosas, beermosas, etc.).

Service

The service was great, probably some of the best service I have ever had. They were prompt and personable. My favorite characteristic of a good brunch is how fast they refill the drinks. They were definitely not slacking in that area. We never had to ask for a refill because they were already on top of it.

Final Thoughts

A place this good may have me move out to Dallas. Houston, you have some competition! Better step it up!
Public School 214 gets a 5 out of 5 from me. Pure Heaven at a lunch room table.

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Cook & Collins Brunch Review

Ladies and Gentlemen! I’M BACKKKKK!!!

From the bottom of my heart I apologize for such a huge time inbetween posts. Life has taken me through some ups and downs in recent months, but it’s safe to say I’m back and ready to give you brunch inception lol.

The place you need to check out next is Cook & Collins located in the heart of Midtown in Houston, TX.

 

 

Cook & Collins - Houston, TX, United States

First, let’s talk about location. Cook & Collins is located in the heart of Midtown by all of the bars. You may have heard about Gas Lamp recently in the news, but Cook & Collins isn’t on that BS so no worries. Plus, it’s more of a restaurant than a bar and club. It’s m0re 0f a respectable place with a nice intimate setting where you could definitely bring a date.

Now, on to the greatness this place is known for: the food.

Cook & Collins’ menu is lovely.(http://cookandcollins.com/menu/index.php)
It’s creative, eccentric, and daring. If you are a true foodie like me, you will salivate at the amazing options this place has to offer. I have eaten here quite a few times but ironically, I always seem to get the same thing.

Why you ask?

Well, let’s just say what I get is fucking amazing and I have to get off of the tit before I can try anything else.
The illustrious item that I am speaking of is the “Smothered Brazos Burrito” : slow braised beef, scrambled cage-free eggs, potato, BEP relish, two salsas, smokey queso, and crema. As you can see in the photos below, it’s a very simple yet beautiful dish. In my opinion the smoky queso and the braised beef make the burrito, but all of the components work together nicely. Don’t let the size of the burrito or lack of sides discourage you; its worth it, believe me.

The next time I attend Cook and Collins I will be trying the “Fat Elvis Pancakes”. I’m not much of a sweets guy which I why I usually stick to the burrito, but for you guys I’d try it out. Plus the description really makes it sound good, so hey… why not?

Oh, mimosa, mimosa, mimosa…sadly, as great as the food is here, the mimosas are lacking. The majority of the beverage was orange juice with just a little fizz, not the fast rising multiple bubbles true mimosas are made of.
I haven’t gotten the nerve up to start trying Bloody Mary’s yet, but my friend in attendance tells me they were some of the best they’d ever tried. This particular friend loves Bloody Mary’s so I’ll take that to the bank.

All in all, Cook & Collins has the atmosphere, food, and selection of a high-class establishment, yet it doesn’t feel snobby while you are eating there. Despite the disappointment of the mimosas, I would highly recommend checking this place out and exploring the menu. I will report back with the Fat Elvis Pancakes review in due time. Until then, Cook & Collins gets a 3.5/5

 

Brunch Beverages for Every #Brunchaholic. Newcomers or Seasoned Vets

Mimosa– Orange Juice and Champagne.

They drier the champagne, the better. If making them at home and on a budget, use a Brut or anything Dry/Extra Dry. If you have a little extra to spend, then any top shelf champagne/bubbly/etc will do. My personal favorite is Veuve Clicquot. Mimosas can also be made with grapefruit juice. Half juice and half champagne is the usual mix. Less juice and more champagne of course if you’re not trying to waste your time lol.


Bellini-Peach nectar/purée and Champagne or Prosecco Sparkling Wine




Poinsetta – Champagne, Triple Sec (not always used), and cranberry juice


Bloody Mary – vodka, tomato juice, and combinations of other spices and flavorings including Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, piri piri sauce, beef consommé or bouillon, horseradish, celery, olives, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt.

I am not personally a  big fan of Bloody Mary’s, but they are very popular and classic. Some people like theirs straight up and some like there’s spicy. Use your own personal judgement, of course, to find which works for you.

As you can see champagne is basically the main ingredient in the majority of these drinks. If you are not a big drinker, no one will frown over a water or a soda. If you want the “virgin” version of a drink,  just order any of the above with sparkling water.

Also, a lot of places that offer brunch will have their own special brunch drinks. So be on the lookout for those.

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