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Brunch Of The Week: Whiskey-A-Go-Go

Mom always told us we couldn’t have our cake and eat it, too.

But she never said anything about having a slice and drinking it.

That’s why we love Whiskey Cake, the restaurant and the dessert, because they both represent the best of everything in one tasty package.

Over the years, we’ve tried the signature sweet from Whiskey Cake at food events all over Dallas, but we’d never actually made it to one of the restaurants (our suburbaphobia, you know). But we finally made the trek to the Las Colinas location one recent Saturday and can’t praise the restaurant enough for their skilled execution of every cocktail and dish that graced our table.

The Cure. (Look, there’s salad!)

Brunch cocktails include our go-to: a Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bloody Mary, made better here with housemade mix and lots of pickled stuff on the side. Another discovery we made was spiking one of their freshly squeezed juices with a shot of Tito’s because we’re afraid of ever being too healthy at brunch.

Try the Hulk, a vibrant green combo of cucumber, basil, pineapple, lemon, local honey and soda that vodka makes so much better.

While you’re enjoying your beverages and deciding on what to order, get a brunch board for the table. It features a variety of treats from the bakery and kitchen, creating a perfect group-grazing experience.

Then get to deciding on the food. If you can’t make a quick decision, opt for The Cure, which features pretty much everything in the kitchen on one plate. It starts with waffle sections layered between housemade sausage, bacon, Duroc Pit ham, American cheese, maple syrup and a sunny-side-up local egg. Sweet, savory, soft, crunchy—it’s all here in every bite.

The B.E.L.T. is all that and a side of chips.

The B.E.L.T. (brioche, egg, lettuce and tomatoes of both the fried green variety and farmhouse red) is a more manageable breakfast sandwich than the Cure, and equally packed with different flavors and textures.

Pork, egg and grits make for a nice alternative to the usual shrimp and grits on brunch menus, too. Featuring pork brisket and a sunny egg atop roasted corn and pepper jack grits with pickled green tomatoes, it’s a rich, heavy dish to be sure, but so tasty it’s worth every calorie.

Whiskey cake at Whiskey Cake. It’s a requirement!

We decided to avoid the sweet entrée offerings such as cinnamon roll pancakes and the French toast Monte Cristo because we wanted to save room for the signature whiskey cake dessert. The toffee torte is topped with a boozy bourbon anglaise, spiced pecans and housemade vanilla whipped cream. Get one to share, or feel free to binge. This item alone is worth the drive no matter how far you’re traveling for brunch.

Whether you live in Plano or Las Colinas or you’re up for a road-trip brunch, we can’t recommend Whiskey Cake highly enough. Mom would definitely approve, too.

That old drunk.

Whiskey Cake
Weekend Brunch
Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Reservations recommended
Locations in Plano & Las Colinas
whiskeycake.com

Food photos courtesy of Whiskey Cake