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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Whistle Britches- Addison, TX

Whistle Britches the modern chicken kitchen located in Addison, TX just north of Dallas. Food so good I had to come back multiple times to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. Ironically if I would have gone that one time Whistle Britches would be looking at a 5 out of 5. But unfortunately, Whistle Britches dropped in quality on my later visits. Find out more below.


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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.


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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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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!!!

Another Broken Egg Cafe – Pearland, TX

Another Broken Egg Cafe just recently opened in Pearland so I decided to check it out. It’s a part of a shopping center adding to the allure of what some call “new Pearland” near 518/Broadway and 288.
It’s a very small location and truly feels like an intimate cafe setting, staying true to their name and theme. Open 7 days a week 7am – 2pm, breakfast and lunch is served daily there, and yes… they serve mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

Libations


I tried the regular mimosa first. Smooth. Good balance of bubbles and orange juice. They use Wycliffe champagne which is relatively cheap, but a much better taste and quality than your usual dose of Andre’ aka the $5 headache. After that I had the Orange Marmalade mimosa which was a nice switch up. It was definitely different from the usual mimosas that just use a different juice or flavor. It came with orange marmalade in the bottom and St. Germaine Elderflower liquer with orange juice on top. It slightly reminds me of an old-fashioned. Again, definitely a different taste but it’s good and will have you feeling right so I definitely suggest you try one.
They also have Bloody Mary’s and Bellinis if that’s better suits your fancy.


Food

Another Broken Egg Cafe has a very well-rounded menu. I decided on the Big Lucy Omelette with a side of biscuits and gravy. I know this place is new so I hope that’s why the omelette lacked anything resembling seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic — there was none of that. Luckily the salsa and Cholula provided were enough to satisfy my taste buds. The biscuits and gravy (in-house, along with in-house sausage) on the other hand were amazing. I wish I would have just gotten that as my meal instead. I’m a big fan of scratch-made food so this was a huge plus. I definitely recommend the biscuits and gravy to anyone who goes.


Conclusion

In conclusion, I will be back at Another Broken Egg Cafe, but I hope they see this post and make a few improvements  in the kitchen. With that being said, Another Broken Egg Cafe gets a 3 out of 5.

Brunchaholics out!!!

Nick & Sam’s Grill – Dallas, TX

Now when it comes to Nick & Sam’s there are multiple locations. I was saddened to find out they closed the Uptown location which was the first I went to a few years back. I believe I had seafood and spinach enchiladas (on special that day) and about 3 carafes. Safe to say it was a good day, but this review is about a different location located near the Addison area off of Preston road.


Atmosphere

Now when I say this place is nice. THIS PLACE IS NICE!!! In fact, one of the nicest brunches I’ve been to. They have an open kitchen and an upscale set up that a date would be proud to be brought to. It is definitely not a place to show up looking like a slouch. I would compare it to one of my older reviews, 51fifteen, in the Houston Galleria area.


Food

As I have been pleasantly finding out, Dallas knows how to do brunch. Nick & Sam’s menu is creative but simple. They’re known for their steaks and pizza, so I ordered something that was true to their culture. I decided on the breakfast pizza, which I’ve never ordered because I honestly never had faith in it. To me, it just doesn’t make sense as an upscale brunch item. It usually reminds me of an old cafeteria lunch breakfast pizza coming from the the bearded lady with the white apron (no offense 😐). Anyways, the waiter finally sold me on it, plus I was trying to stray away from the cliche chicken and waffles anyway. My fellow Brunchaholics ordered the Captain Crunch crusted French toast and the ABC omelette (other top brunch sellers).

 

Nick & Sam’s – Eggs Benny

 

Now I know I talked down on the idea of a breakfast pizza earlier. But when it arrived… BOYYYYYY  I could not stop eating it. Literally. I ate the whole pizza in one sitting. I’m not even sure if I was breathing between the time I started and finished. It was the sh**!! I mean, ff I had a choice between one night with Meagan Good and this pizza, I might be at odds. (I’m lying, I love Meagan Good, but it’s that f****** good.) The over easy eggs with the cheese and arugula were everything, and surprisingly, the marinara was light but didn’t ruin the taste. I’ve got to try out their regular pizza the next time I go back.
My fellow Brunchaholics loved their food as well. The French toast was melt in your mouth good and the omelette was cooked great, which I hold to a high standard.

 

Nick & Sam’s – Captain Crunch French Toast

I hate over cooked omelettes. You know, when the egg is all crunchy and the texture is like sand paper. Omelettes are supposed to be somewhat creamy and fluffy and fork tender like a buttery steak. Kudos to these guys for handling business in the kitchen.

 

Nick & Sam’s – ‘ABC’ Scramble



Drinks
Nick & Sam’s sells the orange crack by the carafe. They are not stingy with the champagne by any means. 1-2 carafes will have you appreciating the libations, so drink with caution. Then again, as a good friend of mine says “you ain’t drinking to get sober”.

At the end of the day I have no complaints about Nick & Sam’s. I will be back.


5 out of 5 for the greatness I experienced here. On all levels — from hostess to waiter to the kitchen. The bartender was cool too. Brunch is only on Sunday’s so don’t come looking for this on a Saturday!!

Brunchaholics Out!!

Nick & Sam's Grill – Dallas, TX

Now when it comes to Nick & Sam’s there are multiple locations. I was saddened to find out they closed the Uptown location which was the first I went to a few years back. I believe I had seafood and spinach enchiladas (on special that day) and about 3 carafes. Safe to say it was a good day, but this review is about a different location located near the Addison area off of Preston road.


Atmosphere

Now when I say this place is nice. THIS PLACE IS NICE!!! In fact, one of the nicest brunches I’ve been to. They have an open kitchen and an upscale set up that a date would be proud to be brought to. It is definitely not a place to show up looking like a slouch. I would compare it to one of my older reviews, 51fifteen, in the Houston Galleria area.


Food

As I have been pleasantly finding out, Dallas knows how to do brunch. Nick & Sam’s menu is creative but simple. They’re known for their steaks and pizza, so I ordered something that was true to their culture. I decided on the breakfast pizza, which I’ve never ordered because I honestly never had faith in it. To me, it just doesn’t make sense as an upscale brunch item. It usually reminds me of an old cafeteria lunch breakfast pizza coming from the the bearded lady with the white apron (no offense 😐). Anyways, the waiter finally sold me on it, plus I was trying to stray away from the cliche chicken and waffles anyway. My fellow Brunchaholics ordered the Captain Crunch crusted French toast and the ABC omelette (other top brunch sellers).

 

Nick & Sam’s – Eggs Benny

 

Now I know I talked down on the idea of a breakfast pizza earlier. But when it arrived… BOYYYYYY  I could not stop eating it. Literally. I ate the whole pizza in one sitting. I’m not even sure if I was breathing between the time I started and finished. It was the sh**!! I mean, ff I had a choice between one night with Meagan Good and this pizza, I might be at odds. (I’m lying, I love Meagan Good, but it’s that f****** good.) The over easy eggs with the cheese and arugula were everything, and surprisingly, the marinara was light but didn’t ruin the taste. I’ve got to try out their regular pizza the next time I go back.
My fellow Brunchaholics loved their food as well. The French toast was melt in your mouth good and the omelette was cooked great, which I hold to a high standard.

 

Nick & Sam’s – Captain Crunch French Toast

I hate over cooked omelettes. You know, when the egg is all crunchy and the texture is like sand paper. Omelettes are supposed to be somewhat creamy and fluffy and fork tender like a buttery steak. Kudos to these guys for handling business in the kitchen.

 

Nick & Sam’s – ‘ABC’ Scramble



Drinks
Nick & Sam’s sells the orange crack by the carafe. They are not stingy with the champagne by any means. 1-2 carafes will have you appreciating the libations, so drink with caution. Then again, as a good friend of mine says “you ain’t drinking to get sober”.

At the end of the day I have no complaints about Nick & Sam’s. I will be back.


5 out of 5 for the greatness I experienced here. On all levels — from hostess to waiter to the kitchen. The bartender was cool too. Brunch is only on Sunday’s so don’t come looking for this on a Saturday!!

Brunchaholics Out!!

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