Oak Cliff is a-changin’!
The intersection of Beckley Avenue and 7th Street feels like a whole other world than the same spot a year ago. But one tucked-away gem hasn’t changed a bit and we’re ecstatic.
The Local Oak has been serving up tasty American fare for years, but because we don’t live in the neighborhood, we forget about fab spots like this from time to time. Luckily, the Brunch of the Week Train makes stops all over town to remind us of greatness that should never be taken for granted.
Instead of brunch, The Local Oak serves up blunch (more than breakfast, more than lunch). And really, it’s a perfect description for a meal that turned out to be so much more than we ever expected. It wowed us from the moment we sat down to half-bottle-of-bubbly mimosas in Mason jars and a bucket of slightly spicy candied bacon.
It only got better from there.
Next up was a carby, meaty platter of fluffy buttermilk biscuits topped with shredded house-smoked brisket and cream gravy spiked with caramelized onions. The whole shebang gets crowned with a sunny-side-up egg and an accompaniment of colorful pepper-studded breakfast potatoes, plus fresh fruit in a cinnamon-sugar tortilla cup.
Then it was time to get serious with the Rise & Shine, a generous chicken fried steak topped with Hatch green chile sauce, pepper-Jack cheese and scrambled eggs (our modification) served with breakfast potatoes. Not only is this one of the best CFS plates in town, the Hatch green chile sauce makes us rethink the whole cream gravy tradition entirely. This dish alone is worth scheduling your entire weekend around.
Actually, scratch that.
Everything about The Local Oak is worth a permanent place on your calendar.
The Local Oak
Saturday and Sunday
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
409 North Zang, Dallas