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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.

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  1. Lu Duni - Latin, not Tex-Mex - 3 locations - not sure if their menus differ and you'll need to check the brunch hours.
    http://www.laduni.com/menus.htm

    Bolla - http://www.stoneleighhotel.com/restau...

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

    If you're still here on Sunday and want to contiue: Blue Mesa Grill
    http://www.bluemesagrill.com/menus/br...

    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.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3885...

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    Bolla Restaurant
    2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

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    1. re: CocoaNut

      Would def. second Rise. SOOO tasty!

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

    2. We love Taverna on Knox for Saturday brunch.

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      1. re: dalaimama

        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

          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.

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          Bolsa
          614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

          La Duni Cafe
          4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

          1. re: dalaimama

            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

            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...

        2. Smoke or La Duni, for sure.

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          La Duni Cafe
          4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

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          1. re: sass

            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.

            1. re: maryanne12

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

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              Parigi Restaurant
              3311 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

          2. Hattie's in Oak Cliff does a terrific brunch.
            http://www.hatties.com
            And let's not forget Norma's in Oak Cliff for a great (homestyle) brunch.