The Eberhard – Dallas, TX

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The Eberhard opened in late 2016 and hasn’t looked back. I’ve been going back consistently since New Years when I first tried the place. From its cool and collected atmosphere to a very prompt and accommodating staff, The Eberhard is the place to be for brunch.

The Eats

The omelet is well.. the omelet. it’s not going to blow you away but you won’t be disappointed either. Well executed by the kitchen staff but it’s an omelet and speaks for itself. You know why you’re here.

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Chicken & Waffles
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Chicken & Waffles

Now the chicken and waffles have potential but I already think its cliche as it is. Even so, I decided to give it a try. The chicken is seasoned quite well but could be much more tender. I believe it could stand a little more marination time for more tender chicken, but the chicken actually saved the dish. The waffles were very dry and brittle. I felt like I had to keep asking for the syrup to make the meal work. They have since changed their menu since I had the chicken & waffles but I’ve heard the same continues.

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Shrimp & Chorizo

Now I pride myself on my shrimp and grits, so ask around. With that being said these are very good. The grits are creamy and made with love. The shrimp is cooked perfectly and nicely flavored as well. The sauce the grits sit in are an amazing compliment and really bring the dish together. My only quip is the chorizo. I was expecting some real chorizo flavor but instead got miscellaneous pieces of sausage that didn’t add much to the meal in my opinion. They should definitely work on that but I enjoyed the meal none the less.

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Buttermilk Griddle Tacos
Now as I mentioned earlier, The Eberhard has changed their menu up quite a few times. From my count, at least 3 times since I’ve started going here. Their last rendition might be one of my favorites. I’m sure the thought has crossed your mind but using a pancake as a taco shell for a breakfast taco?! Let me tell ya…. game changer. You can get your eggs cooked however you want and the taco is stuffed with bacon and sausage. Served with syrup, but if you’re anything like me you sub it for some of their homemade salsa. May not work for you, but I love it!
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Smoked Trinity Hash

Saved the best for last! My favorite meal at The Eberhard is the Smoked
Trinity Hash! It has amazing flavor and tender juicy brisket. Well seasoned potatoes with a nice runny egg on top. Can’t beat it! I have to talk myself into trying other stuff I love this thing so much. The only thing I would add is a little more of the demi glace but other than that I highly recommend.

Libations

Now you all know I gots to have an A1 mimosa, and it’s safe to say Eberhard doesn’t disappoint. I’ll say this now. The Eberhard has the best mimosas in Dallas, TX. You heard it hear first. The price and experience cannot be beat!

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Brunch so hard mimosa wanna find me. 🥂#RiseShineBrunch #TheEberhard

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AS you can see from their very own Instagram post they have a mimosa bar.
You get a carafe of bubbles for $8 then can dress it up however you like. You can even go glass by glass and change it up as you sip. The only catch is… the mimosa bar is only available on Sundays. If not, Sunday then you get the above mimosa carafes which bring the pain regardless.

 

All in all, I love this place and will be back time and time again. Thank you, Eberhard, for saving me from mediocre brunches. You guys get a Brunchaholics certified 4 out of 5!

 

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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.


Love you a brunch. #StirrDallas #StirrItUp (📷:@bethrankin)

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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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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!

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!!!!