Of our many (many) addictions, brunch is the only philanthropic one on our list. You see, brunch is our way of making the world a better place, one Sunday at a time.
By religiously consuming egg dishes and champagne cocktails, we’re stimulating the economy. Our generous gratuities have sent many a server’s child through college. The tomato farmers whose luscious crops make the Bloody Mary mix we savor before the first course? Many have since retired wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. And our legendary consumption of Eggs Benedict has turned once-meek English muffin bakers into international celebrities, the paparazzi chasing them down for tabloid-worthy shots of their nooks and crannies.
Part of our duty in bettering the world through brunch is finding new and exciting places to worship the half-breakfast, half-lunch god before us. So when we caught wind that Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen was launching a new Sunday brunch menu, we jumped in the Gay List Daily staff helicopter and headed directly to Preston Center for our fix.
The brunch choices feature many of our favorite Blue Plate signature dishes, but we prefer to focus on the breakfast side of the menu in such culinary endeavors. We were a little saddened that there are only two egg dishes on the current list, but hopefully that will expand in the near future.
Smoked Pork Eggs Benedict is going to forever change our cravings, and it’s also the reason for the surge of Canadian Bacon suicides in the past two weeks. The salty discs of pork are simply no longer relevant in a world where Kent Rathbun creates new twists. In their place are mounds of slow-smoked pork shoulder piled high on English muffins, topped with two perfectly poached eggs and a sublime Hollandaise sauce to seal the deal.
Fajita Steak and Egg Burritos finish off the dynamic brunch duo with what could easily be the best beef fajitas we had in a while. We had to confirm with the manager that this was indeed flank steak, because it sure tasted like something far better. A rich homemade salsa and finely shredded leek hash browns made this simple concoction extraordinary.
Bloody Marys and Mimosas are just five bucks apiece, making for an affordable meal to cap off the weekend. But if you find yourself on a brunch budget, skip the cocktails and save room for dessert. The newly unveiled Candy Bar Cupcake is like a Snickers on steroids. A moist, dark chocolate cupcake is filled with caramel, topped with peanut butter ganache and honey-roasted peanuts. Then it’s all covered in a decadent dark chocolate sauce. If you listen carefully over the frenetic sound of your fork hitting the plate to scrape up the last bits and pieces, you can hear angels singing.
And why are they singing? Because our brunchanthropic endeavors have now allowed us to pay off the mortgages of cocoa bean growers. As our journey continues week after week to find the best places to brunch, who knows who we’ll so selflessly help next.
Brunch Served Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen
6130 Luther Lane, Dallas