Brunch should be decadent. Always. Otherwise, just stay at home with your own yogurt, fruit, and CBS Sunday Morning.
Sure, we’ve had fantastic healthy brunches, but weekends and indulgence go hand in hand. So for our money, we prefer comfort food made with love—and copious amounts of butter and other saturated sins.
Of course, the food has to be outstanding, too.
Well, Elm Street Cask & Kitchen downtown checks off all the boxes for a bodacious boozy brunch. Housed in the former Grayson Social space, the restaurant hasn’t changed too much as far as interiors go, but that’s just fine because the two-story space is gorgeous.
The brunch menu kicks off at 7:00 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, which is way earlier than you’ll ever find us at brunch, but maybe there are people who like to get their day started just as we’re going to bed. No judgment here!
Cocktails are superb, especially the Bloody Mary with Tito’s and a nice spicy housemade tomato mix. You won’t find any bargain brunch drinks here, so if you’re about quality over quantity, you’re in the right place.
As for food, we tried a lot. And then some more. Followed by pancakes. Everything came out hot and fresh and we wish we had room to try more, but our innie became an outie and we knew it was time to halt.
Our favorite dish of the day, however, had to be the machaca. Growing up in El Paso, we love this dried-beef-and-egg dish that appears on menus at Mexican restaurants all over the city. In Dallas, it’s much harder to find, especially a good one. The version at Elm Street Cask & Kitchen might be fancier than what we’re used to, but it left us a little homesick but very, very happy.
A close runner-up for fave food has to be the crab cake eggs Benny. We always enjoy a cehf who’s not afraid to serve both a crab cake and an English muffin under the poached egg and hollandaise. Because remember, decadence is the secret to brunch.
And Elm Street Cask & Kitchen is a secret that needs to be shared.
Elm Street Cask & Kitchen Weekend Brunch
Saturday and Sunday
7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1525 Elm Street, Dallas
Photos by Steven Lindsey