It was the perfect day to begin our new adventure in brunching. A blue-skied, warm day during January is about as rare in Dallas as a natural blonde. So when patio weather as such presents itself it’s in bad form to pass it up.
To kick off our inaugural meeting of the Dallas Brunch Club we headed to one of our neighborhood favorites, Boxwood Tap + Grill, located at the former TABC location on Thomas Ave in Uptown. We even brought light hangovers from last night’s festivities along for the occasion, because nothing makes for a more satisfying brunch experience than celebrating hair-of-the-dog style.
Once we got settled at our table, we were greeted with a complimentary shot of juice made from carrots and ginger beer. Here’s a little Sunday Funday fact for you: Ginger beer contains less than 0.5 percent alcohol and is thus non-alcoholic. Apparently, it is also a palette cleanser. Bonus. The juice was quite refreshing and who doesn’t like free shit.
After our dose of Vitamin K, it was time to get down to business and order some real adult beverages.
What Boxwood lacks in drink special prices, they make up for in flavor. Their $6 mimosas include a splash of grand marnier, adding a perfect sweetness.
The Boxwood Mary is offered with a choice of jalapeno flavored tequila or cucumber vodka, although at $10 a pop you might want to sip slowly.
The most popular order at our table was The Southerner - Cheddar biscuits smothered in a delicious gravy sauce with sunny side up eggs, bacon and breakfast potatoes .
As for myself, being a bit of a benedict connoisseur, I opted for the Cheddar Biscuit Benedict. Ham, poached eggs and hollandaise atop Boxwood’s signature biscuit. A nice change from your typical, stale English muffin common of many benedicts I’ve tried.
My only regret of the morning was that no one ordered the Peanut Butter Pecan Pie Pancakes that were crowned with a dollop of fluffy, peanut butter mousse. However, with bikini season fast approaching it was probably best that we did not indulge. A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips!
After everyone licked their plates, we headed out to the patio for one last round. With seating in the sunshine being such prime real estate on a day like today, we were lucky to snag one of the last tables available and posted up for a few more mimosas. This time we ordered the Mimosa Trio – a bottle of bubbly served alongside three seasonal juices for $20 We asked to try one of each, but were only given the orange - pineapple juice. Fortunately, it was pretty delish so we weren’t too upset. Nonetheless, it was a perfect ending to a pleasant brunch.
Dish It & Take It
The Crowd: Great for big or small groups. Stumble in with your college friends or grab a bite with your fam. Gets busy closer to noon.
Dress to Impress: Casual, but cute…. especially if you might run into the guy or girl you made out with on McKinney Ave. the night before.
Sounds Like: Teen spirit. Ha, no but expect to jam out to your alternative rock favs. Think Imagine Dragons or Citizen Cope.
Best Thing About Boxwood: Their Cheddar Biscuits and patio set up. A double win if you are able to enjoy your biscuit whilst on the patio!
Worst Thing About Boxwood: Drink Prices. Especially for those looking to get their drank on. But maybe you’re not the binge drinking, alcoholic type so no biggie!
Good food. Great company. Fabulous weather. I’m calling the DBC’s first outing a success. See you next weekend!
Until then, cheers!
Just some ladies who brunch, looking for the best places in Big D to grab a mimosa and a bloody mary!
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