We’ve eaten so much brunch over the past few years that we think we might officially qualify as egg donors. Sure, our eggs may yield babies covered in Hollandaise sauce and attached with a sausage link rather than an umbilical cord, but really, isn’t that a small price to pay for the love of a brunch baby?
With our vast weekend mid-day dining experience, we realize that there are all sorts of brunch categories. To some, simply grabbing an Egg McMuffin at 11:30 on a Sunday qualifies. Others require a Bloody Mary for the meal to pass muster. And still others treat brunch like a sacred ritual involving a specific restaurant week after week.
Unlike many Republicans, we think there’s room for all interpretations of Brunch. Our only requirement is that the food is great, there’s inherent value and we aren’t rushed out of our seats to make way for the next party. Because to us, brunch is as much about spending a couple of hours with friends as it is slamming back Mimosas and saying inappropriate things to the valet upon departure.
So we were excited to return to the Landmark Restaurant at the Warwick Melrose Hotel for our first brunch experience with them in over ten years. And we still don’t understand why it took us so long to return because we’ve always loved it.
Brunch at the Landmark is what we like to call Old School. It’s elegant, leisurely and quite appropriate for special occasions (something a #2 with coffee and double hash browns won’t quite achieve). For $29.95, you’ll be treated to a sumptuous three-course menu and those two little words that make our hearts flutter: Bottomless Mimosas. The food is excellent and the Landmark is the perfect setting on a bright Sunday morning to feel like someone special.
For starters, who could possibly ignore the fluffy Double Silver Dollar Pancakes? We always love just a bite or two of pancakes with breakfast, but we never order them because we can’t handle an entire stack, no matter how short. Here, they’re perfectly sized and an ideal way to kick off Brunch. The warm, pure Maple syrup is also a nice touch. Other options include Seared Scallops, a Wedge Salad or a fresh Fruit Cocktail, just to name a few.
Second courses include an ideally portioned Steak and Eggs with some killer Leek Hash Browns or expertly prepared Eggs Benedict (the epitome of brunch entrees if ever there was one). Omelets, veal pot roast and pecan crusted salmon are among the additional selections that are sure to tantalize and make the ordering decision a difficult, but enjoyable task. Just make sure to save room for dessert, which includes several decadent options. (We kindly suggest the chocolate cake, but that’s just the way we roll.)
Service is attentive, but not obtrusive. And best of all, our champagne flute was never empty. They’ll keep pouring until you tell them to stop, which we sadly had to, what with our afternoon plans of building three houses for Habitat for Humanity and helping catch stray animals for spaying and neutering. Or was it a nap? So hard to remember the details after that many cocktails, but we’re pretty sure it was the house-building thing.
So when you need some place to go for a very special brunch, keep Landmark Restaurant at the top of your list. Then go back often. Because 10 years between meals is way too long to wait.
Brunch: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 pm, Sundays
3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas