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Brunch Of The Week: Ham It Up (En Español)

After a couple weeks on hiatus due to sooooo many Pride events and products to tell you about, Brunch of the Week is back, baby!

And we’re so excited to tell you about one of our favorite new restaurants in town for brunch: Enrique Tomás. The Knox/Henderson Spanish restaurant specializes in Jamón Ibérico at its first-ever United States location. The Gucci of Hams dominates the menu (at brunch and for lunch and dinner) and if you’ve never had the delicacy, you’re in for a real treat.

(But don’t worry, even if you don’t eat pork, you’ll find plenty of deliciousness.)

We recommend starting with the Jamón Experience, which allows you to taste several types of ham that have been aged for different lengths of time while also celebrating and honoring Ibérico pigs that were fed different diets. You can really taste (and see) the difference.

Then, it’s up to you if you want to go whole-hog the rest of brunch or mix in a few things of the non-pork variety. We tried several items, including two of our favorites: the Enrique Tomás grilled breakfast sandwich with jamón, avocado and scrambled eggs on ciabatta, and one of the best Eggs Benedict we’ve had in months, featuring both pancetta and Jamón Ibérico shavings.

It’s a chicken and pig party! | Photo by Steven Lindsey

As for non-ham delights, it might sound crazy to go to a restaurant for something so simple to find elsewhere, but their self-proclaimed “Best Spanish Olives No Joke!” truly live up to their name and along with the Iberian cheese platter should definitely be ordered alongside your jamón sampling.

Brunch cocktails include some perfect-for-the-patio sangrias, including a sparkling riff called Ibiza Vibes, made with Cava, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Licor 43, peaches and lemons. Great deals can also be had on Spanish wines, too, if you want to grab a bottle for the table.

Sweet and berry, berry delicious! | Photo by Steven Lindsey

Conclude your culinary adventures with a cute little mini Spanish cheesecake, also one of the best versions we’ve ever had of the iconic dessert. It may be tiny, but it’s so rich, you’ll be good with a small slice (although good luck stopping at just one).

Before you leave, visit the small market inside and create the perfect summer picnic or gather ingredients to serve at a dinner party or backyard happy hour. We took a bunch of jamón to a dinner party the night after our brunch and our friends wholeheartedly agreed it was truly incredible.

In fact, everything we’ve ever had at the Spanish eatery has been top-notch with first-class service to accompany it. (Ask for server Manuel C. by name!)

We don’t know what this Enrique Tomás guy looks like, but damn if we don’t have a crush on him regardless.

Enrique Tomás Brunch
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2822 North Henderson Avenue, Dallas
enriquetomas.com