Stirr – Deep Ellum

Stirr, the hot new restaurant in Deep Ellum Texas. Open daily and features a live DJ Saturday night and Sunday after 3. Every time I’ve brunched here, it’s been on a Sunday afternoon. Walk in go upstairs and choose your area. (Open Seating). Be sure to ask for Natalie, she’s usually up there anyway but she’s the best. Takes care of me everytime I’m there. The manager is a real cool guy too. Now let’s get down to the business at hand… Brunch.


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Brunch, Brunch, and more Brunch

 

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Stirr Brunch Pizza

 

 

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Brunch Smorgasbord

 

This being my second time here I had to be sure this wasn’t a fluke.  And I’m happy to say it wasn’t. I started off the meal with the hangover tacos. I mean who can go wrong with chorizo and eggs? The natural flavor of the chorizo and the crema bring this taco together. Although they could use a little more salt I was definitely pleased.

 

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Hangover Tacos
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Hangover Tacos

You can never hit brunch alone, so of course, the crew had multiple tastes for the day. Stirr makes brunch fun with offerings like cinnamon rolls and homemade donuts. So, of course we had to try.

 

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Stirr Donut Bag

 

The made from scratch donuts rival your local breakfast stop. Covered in cinnamon in sugar they melt in your mouth. Made fresh as soon as you order, none of that heat lamp ish.

As you can see from the multiple pics above, the mimosas were flowing all afternoon. They have pitchers for $15. Some may call it pricey but they’re definitely not lacking in potency or flavor. With fresh squeezed O.J. you can’t go wrong.

 

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Stirr Donut

 

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Stirr Cinnamon Rolls

As far as the taste it had a balanced level of sweetness. The cream cheese icing had the appropriate amount of gooeyness and it’s flavor wasn’t too overwhelming. Would’ve liked them to have actually been warmer. Although, it was just an appetizer the portion size coulda been a bit bigger. Not the amount of cinnamon rolls but the actual size.

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Smorgasbord 2

 

The turkey sammich (I forgot the real name) was pretty decent. Would I order it again?… eh.. maybe but I wouldn’t tell anyone to stray away. I wish the sandwich would have been hotter but the balance in taste give it a very refreshing boost to your palette.

The brunch burger seems to get ordered each time by everyone but me. That’s changing on my next visit. Some of the comments included “This is pretty damn good” and Natalie, as well as the other waitress, both recommended it as their favorite. Don’t say a burger isn’t brunch. Brunch is a combo of lunch and breakfast. Never forget.

All in all, I am simply in love with Stirr and will probably be going back this week. Stirr gets a certified Brunchaholics 4 out of 5

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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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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!!!