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Saturday Brunch..Help?

maryanne12 Dec 14, 2010 06:31 PM

I'll be in Dallas this weekend (Dec 18) for my son's college graduation and am looking for a great place to take the family and some friends for Saturday lunch/brunch after the morning ceremony. I'm a little frustrated because none of my favorite places (like The Grape) are open on Sat. for lunch/brunch. Craft looked promising but I've read a lot of negative reviews. Fearings is a bit too pricey. Would love suggestions of somewhere either with great food or a great atmosphere.

  1. twinwillow Jan 21, 2011 02:45 PM

    Hattie's in Oak Cliff does a terrific brunch.
    And let's not forget Norma's in Oak Cliff for a great (homestyle) brunch.

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      sass Dec 18, 2010 03:44 AM

      Smoke or La Duni, for sure.

      La Duni Cafe
      4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

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        maryanne12 Jan 20, 2011 07:29 AM

        We went to Tillman's Roadhouse and it was perfect. Fun drinks, tableside s'mores and good service...just the right mix for the young and old people.

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          DallasDude Jan 20, 2011 11:58 PM

          Tillman's not so sure anymore. I hear Ava has a Saturday brunch. Always Smoke. just love em. Duni, yes. Parigi serves all courses.

          Parigi Restaurant
          3311 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

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        dalaimama Dec 15, 2010 09:11 AM

        We love Taverna on Knox for Saturday brunch.

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          maryanne12 Dec 15, 2010 09:25 AM

          I had forgotten to check Taverna...that may be a good option. Rise's website made it look more like a ladies lunch place...is that wrong? Someone had suggested Tillman's Roadhouse. I looked at the website and wondered if it was a little too gimicky or if it was just relaxed and fun. Any one been there?

          1. re: maryanne12
            dalaimama Dec 15, 2010 10:13 AM

            Tillman's has great food and isn't gimicky at all. It kind of depends on where the graduation is and how far you want to drive. Bolsa is also in Oak Cliff and, while they don't have Saturday brunch, they are open for Saturday lunch. That area of Oak Cliff is sort of the hot and happening place, and your son might appreciate that aspect. (But it's not so happening that an older family member would be uncomfortable.)

            My only issue with Rise would be that the menu is sort of limited.

            The suggestion of La Duni is also a good one.

            614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

            La Duni Cafe
            4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

            1. re: dalaimama
              Sulan Dec 17, 2010 05:22 PM

              I like Bolsa, but I can't say I love their lunch offerings.

              Tillman's is good for lunch/bruch (better than for dinner, I think) and it's been a big hit with out-of-towners I've taken there. I think they have a private room if that matters.

              La Duni is a favorite for Saturday brunch, since they offer a real brunch menu on Saturdays.

              eta: Smoke does have a nice brunch (don't know if they offer it on Saturdays) . I like the brunch menu better than the dinner menu.

            2. re: maryanne12
              CocoaNut Dec 15, 2010 10:43 AM

              The handful of times I've been to Rise, I've seen people of all genders/ages/shapes/sizes. But thinking about it further, it is a small, cozy place. Depending on the size of your group, that could be a consideration.

              Seeing mention of Oak Cliff made me think of Smoke. Checking their website, they have a weekend brunch. http://www.smokerestaurant.com/brunch...

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            CocoaNut Dec 15, 2010 06:17 AM

            Lu Duni - Latin, not Tex-Mex - 3 locations - not sure if their menus differ and you'll need to check the brunch hours.

            Bolla - http://www.stoneleighhotel.com/restaurant-dallas/

            Rise No. 1 - http://risesouffle.com/

            If you're still here on Sunday and want to contiue: Blue Mesa Grill

            Here is an old thread that you may want to look through. Some of the places may be closed, so if you choose one, be certain to verify.

            Bolla Restaurant
            2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

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            1. re: CocoaNut
              pgwiz1 Dec 15, 2010 06:46 AM

              Would def. second Rise. SOOO tasty!

              Also to consider are Toulousse on Knox or Villa-O off of Knox.

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