Lose Brunch, and Pick Up Breakfast: That Mimosa Sucked Anyway

Categories: Chewing the Fat

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I don't love brunch, but I understand its appeal. Why sit down to black coffee, two eggs over-easy, some bacon and toast when you can gorge on eggs Benedict and wash it down with a mimosa that's endless and sweet? Why poke at a single pastry when you can sample a bread basket and sip a Bloody Mary? Brunch lets you sleep in and gives you an excuse to dress up and be social. It's cute.

But brunch is only offered on weekends as far as I know, and that leaves five morning meals without an identity. So when I tweeted yesterday morning "what's for breakfast?" it was out of genuine curiosity about how Dallas likes to start their day. The Cheap Bastard chimed in:

@scottreitz Pretty sure nothing is better under-turned. Also, these frozen mini-waffles own your breakfast.

The under-turned was in response to my previous message about a sad plain croissant I was trying to enjoy at Zaguan. The frozen-mini waffles were indicative of the real breakfast killer in America. Nobody's got time.

Even though my croissant left a little to be desired (it lacked the flaky layers found in a masterfully made pastry), the ritual of sitting down with a coffee and being quiet with myself was a nice one. I'm inspired to poke around and find other pastry shops around Oak Lawn. A table with a view. A morning paper. A light, airy crusty croissant that drops shards of golden pastry with every bite. That would make for an excellent morning.


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Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson

I recently had the opportunity to take a few days trip to China. It was purely tourist stuff so we weren't in a rush. One of the people I was with slept in a little bit later than the rest of us. So us early risers got a nice long leisurely breakfast. My new life goal is to never had to set an alarm clock again and to be able to take at least an hour and half for breakfast every day.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

Try La Duni.  Don't think much of their brunch, lunch or dinner, but croissants and coffee are ok.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Nice post and you make some very valid points. You haven't witness a "Texas Breakfast" yet? It's a Dr. Pepper and Snickers bar, first job in Dallas my Texas native co-worker used to have one daily.

You do realize that Zaguan is a South American restaurant, you were getting S American version of the pastry? My experience with pastries from Latin American bakeries is that they love a lot of (heavy) dough, butter not so much. It may be that oil was easier to keep that butter, don't know. Most Mexican baked good are supposed to be dunked in coffee, other wish they make great door stops. Plus, Dude!!! at Zaquan you're suppose to have a arepa or some of the stuffed bread. Ordering a croissant there was like order Tiramisu at a Chinese restaurant.

Don't know where you can get decent croissant in town other than Rush. Everything I've tried in town is a pale imitation.

Cheerybitch
Cheerybitch

Don't hate, but I really love the croissants from Eatzi's.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

The arepas were why I was originally there. I'm a sucker for reina pepiada. I was also hoping for Sultenas, but while Argentina and Venezuela are represented with specific empenadas, Bolivia is missing from the menu.

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