State And Allen: At The Intersection Of Good Food And Assbaggery

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Photos by Andrea Grimes and Man O' The Hour
Bloody Marys are small but mighty at State and Allen Lounge.
It's disappointing, though not surprising, that Uptown is one of the few reliable neighborhoods for Saturday brunch in Dallas. Uptown is young, Uptown is packed, and Uptown loves drinking on all available weekend nights and most weekdays, too. They brunch accordingly.

With heads ablaze and stomachs afire for something greasy and satisfying, the Man O' The Hour and I set out from Deep Ellum with our figurative eyes on unobtrusive Uptown neighborhood joint, the State and Allen Lounge. Little did we know that standing between us and brunch were several hundred anti-choice protesters marching through downtown, because everyone knows that nothing addresses the problem of unintended pregnancy like people holding signs. Eventually we powered through the Maple-Routh Connection and found ourselves at our destination, seated on State and Allen's toasty patio next to two women and a baby named Sloane.

How do I know the baby's name was Sloane? Well, first, I could have guessed, because Uptown people are the kinds of people who would name their kids after Crate and Barrel place settings. But I didn't have to, because I spent the first half of my meal listening to Sloane's mom and her friend talk, in detail, about the many and varying kinds of drool coming out of Sloane's mouth.

What I am saying is that Bloody Marys were in order, and quickly. State and Allen, and our goateed server, did not disappoint, either in cocktail quality or in price. 
Understanding that its usual clientele likely spent the previous evening shelling out $10 for drinks or much, much more for bottle service, State and Allen charges a measly $3 for its Bloody Marys, which are squat but no less tasty for their petite size. Made with Zing Zang mixer--always a winner, always--our drinks were spicy, as requested, and promptly delivered with businesslike friendliness by Goatee Server, who looked like he'd be more at home down at Reno's Chop Shop than anywhere else. We were happy to have two apiece, and if the staff hadn't inexplicably raised the plastic patio covers to let in wafts of cold air, we probably would have had three.

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State and Allen's ham and cheese omelette.
The Lounge's brunch menu covers all the essentials--eggs, Tex-Mex, even chicken and waffles--at mostly single-digit prices. I ordered the Tasso Ham And Cheese Omelette, a big, lumpy pocket of spicy ham, sharp cheddar and smoky salsa. It was exceedingly salty, something that most diners would find off-putting but I appreciated immensely, because I am the kind of person who would put salt on salt cakes topped with salt icing on a bed of freshly ground salt. The proportion of ham to cheese to egg was ideal--never did I take a bite that wasn't well balanced with all three.

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A toasty Toad In A Hole.
The Man O' The Hour had the Toad in a Hole--an egg cooked directly into a thick, salty piece of bread. He reported that the plate "benefited from the healthy dose of grease and salt they apply to pretty much everything" and especially enjoyed his purple potato hash, which was "great." His bacon was "thick and chewy--heavy on fat and bathed in grease." I believe he intends that to be a positive review. His sole quibble was the fixing of the egg, which he requested over-easy but was more like over-medium, so it lacked the hoped-for goop-on-toast effect.

Thanks to the cheap Bloodys, we got out of there for under $15 apiece, and were none too sad to leave when we did, because Baby Sloane and company had been replaced by a man who spent a half-hour talking to his girlfriend about the new low-carb diet he's trying out with his roommate. The State and Allen Lounge's cheap, tasty food is worth the trip, but Brunch Drunk Love recommends getting as remote a seat from your fellow diners as possible.








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State & Allen Lounge

2400 Allen St., Dallas, TX

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13 comments
Charlesrhodges
Charlesrhodges

and... I remember u asking what type of bloody mary mix we use... when I replied zing zang... u loved that...

Charlesrhodges
Charlesrhodges

so... I didn't introduce myself as, Charles???

why does my goatee designate where I should work???

little hurt that your man didn't get the exact temp toad in a hole that he wanted... should have told me... would have gotten it for him...

baby sloane
baby sloane

I wish I'd been adopted, can't stand the idiots in this neighborhood.

Kstein
Kstein

"Little did we know that standing between us and brunch were several hundred anti-choice protesters marching through downtown, because everyone knows that nothing addresses the problem of unintended pregnancy like people holding signs."

That's one way to put it.

The use and abuse of language in service of social and/or political agendas is quite rampant these days. The same can be said with what passes for logical thinking. Renaming does not redefine.

Do you also hold the same view with respect to people holding signs if the sign is in support of, say, Angela Hunt?

cp
cp

Some of my s/o's servers work there on weekends for brunch and the last time we went there was a crowd of young 20-somethings wearing almost nothing blocking the door while waiting for tables- we breezed right in and sat down and they were all aghast. My s/o said, "So? Being old and knowing people has its benefits."

And their chicken and waffles are great as well as their eggs Benedict. And their Marys are really great.

Laughingoutloud
Laughingoutloud

Sloane= Ferris Buehler's girlfriend. If you are such a hipster Andrea how do you know about Crate and Barrel patterns?

Mike
Mike

Or aborted, then you wouldn't have to worry about anything.

Andrea Grimes
Andrea Grimes

I would argue that holding signs in support of Angela Hunt, encouraging people to vote for her, might have the direct result of people voting for her. Unless science has come a long way since I last checked, holding signs doesn't keep people from getting pregnant when they don't want to be, which I understand to be the main cause of abortion.

Andrea Grimes
Andrea Grimes

True fact: I have never seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Believe it.

Kstein
Kstein

A sign supporting the anti-abortion position, while unable to cause a pregnancy, can (perhaps) raise awareness of the position. And this in turn might lead one thinking about having an abortion to think otherwise.

Do you believe that the only form of effective free speech and assembly comes from that which could (possibly) directly influence others?

The main cause of abortion is the decision to have an abortion--and go through with it; not pregnancy. Pregnancy does not cause abortion.

Andrea Grimes
Andrea Grimes

"Pregnancy does not cause abortion."

This sums up everything that is wrong with anti-choice thinking perfectly (so thanks?), and demonstrates precisely why I roll my eyes at March for Life type events. Unintended pregnancy ABSOLUTELY causes abortion, and until anti-choicers get on board with contraceptives, comprehensive sex ed and the like, I simply can't abide.

Kstein
Kstein

Actually, this is a reply to Lillebeth. For some reason there is no reply button below the comment.

While that might be what YOU would like to see happen, it is not the case. You appear to be self-righteous (notice I said "appear" and not "feel" or "are"). Are you willing to do the thing that you prescribe for others? In relation to your advice, do unwed mothers wear a sign or a special ribbon that let's the general public know that they're unwed mothers? And are they unwed mothers who (i) do not wish to have a child but are going to anyway, and (ii) who meet the criterion of (i), but who also are willing to give up the child for adoption. Furthermore, why should the unwed mother give her child up to the protester? What's wrong with, say, the Edna Gladney Center?

Are you a psychic? If not, then how do you know what the sign holders think? If you are, I'm thinking about betting on the Super Bowl; who should I place my bet on? (If you have a PayPal account, I'm more than willing to compensate you for your services.)

lillebeth
lillebeth

Instead of carrying a sign, which does nothing to prevent an unwanted pregnancy (and only "raises awareness"), I'd much rather see those protesters seek out an unwed mother and offer to adopt the girl's child and raise it as their own. Now THAT would be much more effective than standing outside and waving a sign, then going home and feeling oh so self-righteous for the good they've done.

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