Please don’t try to walk into Central 214 with your value-size 1.75 liter of vodka. Or you’ll be on the receiving end of one of those scornful hostess frowns that stings only slightly less than that very same look from yo’ mama.
No, at our new favorite brunch spot, BYOB is all about Building Your Own (Blank).
We’ll pause while you imagine Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Somers coming up with a funny zinger to fill in the missing word (A Match Game reference proudly brought to you by skinny microphones and the year 1975.)
At this still-hot foodie temple inside the Hotel Palomar, building hasn’t been this much fun since your Lincoln Log creations went condo. You can build your own Bloody Mary at the well-stocked (yet surprisingly celery-less) accoutrement bar for just $22 (unlimited!), your favorite Benedict (from traditional to crab-cake to succulent lobster), or burgers if you’re in the Menopause stage of brunch-going (i.e. eggless).
The food is sublime, and the setting is a leisurely way to cap off the weekend with friends. Linger on the large, tranquil patio, or stay inside closer to the Bloody Mary Bar. And if you dare to play our favorite mathematics game, it’s fun to see how many Bloody Marys you can drink because they only get cheaper with each new round. But by the time you get to the $3 range, you might not remember all the great food you just ate or where you parked your car.
Luckily, there’s a hotel just up the stairs.
Central 214 @ Hotel Palomar
5680 North Central Expressway, Dallas
(At the corner of Central Expressway & Mockingbird Lane)