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British Beverage Company (BBC)
Today the DBC explored uncharted territory. We traveled to the other side of the pond (ok, fine we crossed McKinney Ave), to visit the British Beverage Company. Though it really did feel like we had just touched down in London Town, as the weather was drizzly and 50 shades of grey. A perfect day for cozying up at the BBC for Sunday brunch.
The BBC has one of the best deals in town if you’re into mimosas. For a mere 99 cents you get yourself a fancy glass filled three-fourths of the way with champagne, which you can top off at the juice bar. I sampled the strawberry, peach and orange juices. I personally recommend the peach.
Another Dallas Brunch Clubber ordered an Irish Coffee, but had a little trouble getting a good coffee to Bailey’s ratio. I’ll let you guess which one it was lacking. The Bloody Mary was quite tasty on the other hand – figures, Bloody Brits!
We had a hard time getting our fellow brunchers out of bed to join us this morning. Apparently they heard that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, so we weren’t able to sample as much of the menu as we would have liked.
Counting calories isn’t necessary on cold days; therefore, we decided to try out the Frangelico French Toast. Brioche bread battered in Frangelico batter, topped with hazlenut butter. Sounded heavenly, but was sadly only average.
The BBC Chicken and Waffle was again, a little on the plain side, but they definitely didn’t skimp on the panko-crusted chicken breast. It nearly covered the entire waffle. Blimey!
The best order of the day was the BBC Welsh Rarebit Grilled Cheese sandwich. An open-faced sourdough toast topped with turkey, applewood bacon and a blend of cheddar, gouda, and bleu cheese melty goodness.
Though a couple of our dishes disappointed, we still very much enjoyed dining at the British Beverage Company. Let’s be honest - Britain isn’t really known for their food, anyway. It’s more the place for getting knockered with your best mates over a few pints. This too can be said for the BBC.
Dish It & Take It
The Crowd: A fun-loving mix of 20 & 30 somethings looking to get their bangers and mash on. You definitely want to head to the BBC around or after 12:30pm, if you're looking to mingle.
Dress to Impress: Brits keep it casual and so do those dining at British Bev. Leave your pumps and crown jewels at home and opt for something more comfy.
Sounds Like: A DJ was spinning a Top 40’s mix. Not over the top club music, but enough to get your foot tapping.
Best Thing About BBC: The atmosphere! The BBC is definitely a unique spot for Dallas. From the huge picture of Amy Winehouse hanging above the ATM machine to the leather wingback seating, you will definitely feel like you’ve taken a stay-cation. You’ll also want to make sure and instagram a pic of you and your bestie in front of the red telephone box as proof of your good times!
Worst Thing About BBC: As mentioned previously, their food lacked excitement, though it’s still a neat brunch destination that we’ll be sure to visit again.
Thanks for stopping by this week!
Nick and Sam's Grill
The Brunch Gods have smiled down upon us, yet again. Another picture-perfect day to indulge in our favorite weekend pastime, getting hammered, I mean brunching. : )Today we found ourselves at one of our go-to spots for brunch, Nick and Sam’s Grill. We're surely due a free meal by now as many Saturdays as we have spent here, but I digress…
After squeezing in an early morning yoga session, (because nobody can brunch as often as we do and still look this good without a little effort – Namaste.) we headed to Uptown.
By the time we arrived to NSG around 11am, we were hangry. Read: hungry + angry: The point at which your hunger becomes so extreme you will punch someone in the face if they don’t bring you the breadbasket quickly.
We also were a hostess’ worst nightmare – a bevy of blondes asking for, “this table, no that one on the patio.... Oh just kidding, we have 4 people, no I mean 5.” Luckily they seemed to be accustomed to dealing with bi-polar bitches. With smiles on their faces we were seated at a new, larger table in two minutes flat and with a basket of blueberry bread, no less.
After getting settled, we got straight to work. First things first, ordering drinks, obviously. One of the things that I love about NSG is their $10 carafes of mimosas. You can choose between mixing your champagne with traditional orange juice or instead, my personal fav, blood orange juice. They also have poinsettia carafes (cranberry juice and champagne) as well, but no one had a UTI at our table so we were good.
Our drinks came out quickly, but our waiter didn’t take our order for about another 20 minutes. Thank God for that breadbasket. Finally, we ordered our meals and this time made an effort to select a variety of items. The guys at our table ordered “Build Your Own” Omelets from the Omelet station that was conveniently located right next to our table. Once you decided on whole eggs or egg whites you also have a long list of add-ins to choose from such as ham, sausage, salmon, chicken, and an assortment of cheeses and veggies. If you ask nicely they can add brisket for an extra 3 bucks.
The Brisket Scramble was a dish that we had to paper, rocks, scissors for because it sounded so delish. The eggs and brisket were great, however, the breakfast potatoes were mixed in causing them to be a little on the soggy side.
I went with the Eggs Benedict. It was fine, though I’ve had better, nothing over the top about it.
My saving grace was the cup of savory, yet sweet Butternut Squash Bisque that I ordered that was absolutely to die for!
Nick and Sam’s Grill has a soup and special entrée that changes daily. They are usually great - so if nothing on the menu is jumping out at you I would definitely suggest you do yourself a favor and go with that. The Grown Up Grilled Cheese is also consistently fabulous and my usual go-to, but I disappointingly opted out of it this go round.
We were joined today by a friend who was willing to “take one for the team” and ordered the Captain Crunch French Toast so that we could have a well-rounded brunch experience. Imagine digging into your favorite childhood box of cereal, crunching it up onto thick slices of French toast and then topping it with cinnamon whipped cream. Off. The. Chain. It was hands down my favorite bite of the day.
Dish It & Take It
The Crowd: Always awesome. This place is not Dallas’ best kept secret. Though, if you come before 11:30am you should be fine. If there is a wait, feel free to enjoy some complimentary coffee out front while you wait or get the party started and order a drink at the bar.
Dress to Impress: Casual cute, however, I did see some yoga pants – but I would never encourage such attire. Brunch is a time meant to see and be seen, not smelled. Change out of your workout clothes before you dine, people!
Sounds Like: A decent mix of pop music – 80’s 90’s and beyond. You might feel like you just stepped into a Night at the Roxbury.
Best Thing About NSG: Their atmosphere! It is always a good time and the ideal place to bring out of town friends. Also the covered patio is perfect, especially when weather allows them to open up the side doors for some great people watching!
Worst Thing About NSG: I would say their Eggs Benedict, because it was nothing to write home about. Go with something you’ve never had or be adventurous and try something off the specials board.
Tomorrow we’ll be hitting up another Dallas restaurant so stay tuned! Two brunches in one weekend! YOLO! Ha, don’t worry I just punched myself in the face for that one! ;)
Boxwood Tap + Grill
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!