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

 

Benjy's (Houston, TX)

I celebrated my birthday January 26th and decided to check out a new place (which I always do): Benjy’s.

This is an upscale place in Houston. There are two locations, but I visited the one on Washington Ave. and reserved a patio spot. The patio was amazing. Very nice day. Our location in the sun is the culprit for some of the shadows in the pics so bare with me. I’ll explain the extreme shadows in my pics later, please forgive me).
The scenery was very nice, and the service had a very classy feel. This would be a good spot for a date or nice dinner. I also hear their happy hour is legit.

The Munchables

Benjy’s Brunch Menu

The food was delicious! (I think I’m on a good streak of amazing places btw,  I’m gonna have to keep this up!)
I decided to treat myself to an appetizer and a meal. First, I had the Biscuits and Country Gravy. Unfortunately, it was underwhelming. The gravy was decent but the biscuit itself was too sweet for my liking, almost cake-like.

Biscuits & Country Gravy

As for my actual meal, well, I’ll be going back to have it again and again: the Fish and Grits (which was EXCELLENT!). Pure love for that meal. God bless the chef who made it, lol.
The fish was flaky and decadent, the shrimp was cooked to perfection, and the polenta with the folded cheese balanced the meal perfectly. The sauce used was amazing as well. Overall, just a great dish. The downside: it was slightly pricey, but good food has no price. Remember that!

Fish & Grits

I was with a few friends, so of course I had to showcase their meals.

There was the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) which I sampled. The chicken was cooked well, but I was expecting a little more seasoning. It was slightly bland. 

The KFC – Benjy’s – Houston
   
The Breakfast Plate looked like a regular breakfast plate but the presentation was well-executed. The friend eating it said that it was quite good.

Benjy’s Breakfast Plate

The Braised Brisket Migas are the next menu item I will be ordering in addition to more fish & grits. Fluffy, perfectly cooked eggs with tender and juicy brisket is a must. Don’t ever doubt the power of brisket! 

Braised Brisket Migas
 
 The Benjy’s French Toast was a table favorite; sweet but not overbearing with the syrup on it. Again, I’m not a big sweets person, but I thought the French toast was well executed. Almost had a melt in your mouth texture. Definitely worth ordering. 

Benjy’s Famous French Toast

 
The LITables

If you’ve been following my brunch journey then you know I love Mimosas. The Mimosas at Benjy’s are here to compete! They are very strong and not your typical orange juice and champagne. There were options of blood orange and white peach Mimosas, both of which were great tasting, but I preferred the white peach slightly more.

Once again, the downside: Benjy’s Mimosas are pricey and unlike food, that’s not ok…especially if you’re not using high quality champagne. However, the venue is so nice that they can get away with it. Personally, I think they should switch to a bottomless option or drop the carafe to around $10.

 

Blood Orange & White Peach Mimosa Carafes
 
Final Thoughts

I truly enjoyed my birthday at Benjy’s and would love to go back. The Mimosas were memorable and I had a dream about the fish and grits the other day; can’t wait to try that in my kitchen.

Benjy’s on Washington Ave. recieves a 4 out of 5. The biscuits and And bland chicken took it from 5 out of 5, but the fish and grits almost saved it.

Brunchaholics Out!!!!  

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

 

51fifteen Brunch Review

51fifteen was an amazing brunch experience. The service is A1, and they even have a jazz band that comes in to really set the mood. Brunch starts at 11AM and goes all the way to 4PM. Luckily for me, it’s Houston Restaurant Weeks, so all of Houston is bringing out their absolute best.  Below is a picture of the brunch menu for Houston Restaurant Weeks: 3 courses of divine food for only $25. Can’t beat that!

 The Pre-Meal
Since it’s brunch, instead of serving typical bread for the table, there were blueberry muffins and mini biscuits with a star every butter. The muffin itself was moist and delicate with a fresh blueberry taste. Combine that with the strawberry heaven and you’re in butter. I’m not usually one for sweets, but I could have eaten that all day.

The Mimosa
51fifteen has bottomless mimosas for $12. Now, if you remember my older post about Cyclones, you’ll recall that they offer them as well for only $10.50. However, I definitely prefer 51fifteen’s instead; they are fresher with better quality champagne. I didn’t need too many of these to start feeling good, and it helped that the bartender never let my glass get empty.


First Course: Shrimp Pot Pie
The shrimp pot pie was a game changer for me. I love seafood, so as soon as I saw that on the menu I went for it. This wasn’t your typical pot pie. It could have used more veggies and a little more sauce, but the sauce was very tasty…a very good consistency. The shrimp was cooked perfectly– juicy and sizable, although I did wish there would have been more, but I was satisfied either way. The crust was crisp and buttery, but unfortunately a tad too thick for my liking.


Second Course: NY Strip Steak & Eggs
Now this was the Mecca of the meal. The fingerling potatoes were great and a nice side to the steak and eggs. However, the mini salad in the middle could have stayed in the kitchen. I didn’t feel like it added much to the dish. It looked nice as a presentation, but that’s about it. I ordered my eggs soft scrambled with a bit of cheese. They were creamy and seasoned perfectly. (If you’ve never had soft scrambled eggs, you’re missing out!)
The greatest part of the dish, the steak, was amazing! I ordered mine medium and it came with a Béarnaise sauce that I will absolutely practice all week trying to duplicate at home. The steak was so tender that I could have cut it with plastic utensils. [On a side note: let’s all grow up here and stop getting well-done steaks. It’s childish and you’re missing out on a lot of flavor and juiciness. There’s an appreciation for the cut of steak you’re eating and the effort put into aging it. Let’s appreciate it and stick to medium and medium rare steaks. Believe me, it’s worth it!]


Third Course: Domino Valley Cake
As I stated earlier, I’m not one for sweets. The cake was nice and had a good flavor but was packed with a lot of chocolate. Personally, I almost felt overwhelmed with the abundance of chocolate. I was looking for the vanilla ice cream to act as a saving grace of sorts, but it turned out to be nothing more than ice. The fresh fruit did provide a better take on the dessert, but the star of the show (the cake) didn’t shine in my opinion.  (I should have chosen the Butterfinger Trife instead. I’ll just get that next time.)

Overall, this is probably one of the top 3 brunches I’ve ever been to (the other 2 being located in Cali. I will have write ups on them soon). The high quality of food, outstanding service, and fresh mimosas leads me to give this place a 4 out of 5.

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Cyclone Anaya's (Midtown)

Last week I took my brunch adventure to Cyclone Anaya’s in Midtown. It’s a very nice place, but I feel the quality of food does not match the decor. I ordered an omelette that came with rice and beans and a side of fruit. The omelette was pretty good, just slightly overcooked. I wish the omelette had been a little hotter. I could tell it probably sat under the heat lamp for a little while, but the omelette was still decent.

Cyclones

Omelette and Bottomless Mimosas

The kicker for this place is their deal on the almighty mimosas! They have an “all you can drink” mimosa deal from 11-3(which is how long their brunch runs on weekends) You pay $10.50 for plus a penny refill for mimosas and poinsettias. That’s right… ONE CENT REFILLS! So you can basically drink till your heart is happy (or stomach full). So basically they offer bottomless mimosas for $10.50. The mimosas themselves were served out of a pitcher since I sat at the bar. If they were freshly made, they would have been much better, yet they still did the job. The mimosas combined with the food help to give Cyclones a 4 out of 5. So if you’re looking for some okay food and slight turn up, this is the place. I highly recommend for a Sunday Funday.

Sidenote: Those mimosas are sleepers. Be Ready…

If you’re reading this and you’re not into brunch I would suggest going to

For those who want a little more information on the restaurant itself, here is an excerpt directly from the site on the history and origin.

Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen serves world class Mexican food and drinks in an engaging, modern atmosphere, yet the experience is steeped in the family traditions established by our founder and namesake.

Cyclone Anaya, started his professional wrestling career at age 17 when he became the Champion of Mexico. Shortly thereafter, he came to the United States and made a dramatic entrance into the pro-wrestling circuit. Cyclone Anaya was a superb wrestler and won numerous awards and thrilled the hearts of millions of fans. He was indeed a Legend!

During this time he met his wife of over 50 years, Carolina – a former Miss Houston. After many championship titles and five children, Cyclone and his family entered the restaurant business in Houston.

After 40 years Cyclone Anaya’s has become a Texas legacy, serving Carolina’s original homemade recipes. Now the family is keeping the tradition alive and giving Texas and the nation the taste of fine homemade Mexican food that has made Cyclone Anaya’s famous.

Cyclone Anaya’s extends a warm welcome to you and your family, serving you with real family hospitality and deep seated traditions. It’s our honor to serve you the Cyclone’s way!

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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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