That’s how many brunches we’ve eaten so far this year and we have the digital photos and accumulated hangover to prove it. Brunch for us is more than a fun weekend meal with friends, it’s a passion and borderline obsession.
So while stuffing bacon into our face this past Sunday, a friend asked if we had a favorite among favorites. Though the question has no easy answer because there are so many variables that go into where we choose to brunch, we responded with confidence.
“Here. Right here.”
We were sitting in the middle of The Local Oak at a large table under an acorn-shaped lamp, surrounded by friends from Dallas and out of town. For more than a year now this Oak Cliff staple has been our go-to whenever we want a casual spot with fantastic food.
From the $5 half-bottle-of-bubbly mimosas served in Mason jars to their addictive bucket of slightly spicy candied bacon, the offerings never fail to impress.
Favorites on the brunch menu include 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.
But the one dish we crave consistently is the Rise & Shine, a generous chicken fried steak topped with Hatch green chile sauce, pepper-Jack cheese and scrambled eggs (our modification from the usual sunny-side) served with breakfast potatoes. Not only is this one of the best CFS plates in town, but the Hatch green chile sauce makes us rethink the whole cream gravy tradition entirely (though you can opt for brisket gravy in lieu of the chile sauce). 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, too.
The Local Oak
Saturday and Sunday
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
409 North Zang, Dallas