Our favorite new brunch spot has revved up our weekend patio game.
Once a circa-1922 gas station at the edge of Deep Ellum and Expo Park, Thunderbird Station opened in September 2020 and launched brunch this past August and we finally got around to trying it two weekends ago. We loved it so much, we returned the following week to share the experience with friends.
Like its trailer-themed sisters and their boozy/trashy version of a White Russian made with Yoo-hoo, Thunderbird Station’s signature drink is called the Peel Out, a vodka-spiked frozen concoction inspired by those orange-vanilla push-up pops of our childhood.
During brunch, you can get Peel Outs with added prosecco, Campari or St. Germain, potent ways to kick off time on the huge patio.
As for brunch itself, they’ve taken their regular menu of fried balogna sandwiches, Frito pie (regular and vegetarian), and Sloppy Joes (also regular or vegetarian) with the simple caption of “JUST PUT AN EGG ON IT!” that makes us think of Portlandia every time we see it.
On both visits, we got the vegetarian Frito pie with a sunny-side egg. So good and so great for hangovers.
They’ve also created a few brunch-only dishes, including breakfast burritos in varying degrees of tasty trashiness (fried balonga again!), but the best thing we’ve eaten at brunch in a long while is the Changa of Champs, a deep-fried bacon-egg-and-cheese breakfast burrito that’s crispy-crunchy and not even the slightest bit greasy. Add cheese sauce, tomatoes, onion, sour cream and jalapeños for a little extra. (Pro tip: get it all on the side so the chimichanga stays crispy the whole meal.)
They also host regular drag events, so we’ll keep you posted on those, too.
But for now, just know that an adults-only (21-and-over) patio paradise awaits whenever you’re ready for a bodacious brunch.
Thunderbird Station Weekend BrunchPhotos by Leah Moet
Saturdays and Sundays
Noon to 5:00 p.m.