I don’t have to tell you how real the brunch game is in Dallas. One Sunday, some friends and I got together for brunch and Lazy Dog provided the perfect opportunity.
In July, I’ll be heading to L.A. to Blogfest with 6 other amazing Dallas bloggers and since we will all be rooming together in a poshy penthouse, we wanted to get better acquainted and have everyone officially meet each other. Even as fitness bloggers, we all love a good brunch date.
The only problem with brunch on Sundays at current trendy places are the eternal waits for tables and they typically don’t take reservations either. With 7 girls, that would’ve been challenging. So when Lazy Dog reached out to me, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for all of us to try something new.
Lazy Dog is a California-based restaurant that made it’s way to Dallas last year. It has a grande lodge inspired decor, with fireplaces, and cozy rooms. It’s a dog friendly restaurant that welcomes patrons to bring their fur-riends to enjoy patio weather with them. You can also find things like grilled meats and brown rice on their dog menu too. I’ve only been there once for an evening drink and it’s a huge space. I had no idea they served brunch, nor ever thought this would be a brunch destination. They really brought their A-game and served up some great items.
For drinks, we all started with the sangria sampler. There was a red, white and Moscato sangria and I loved the white and Moscato one. The white peach was the table favorite. Both refreshing and delicious. The raspberry Moscato was definitely on the sweeter side, like juice almost. The pomegranate red wasn’t my favorite. It lacked balance and had an overpowering red; none of us could fine the pomegranate notes. The dog tags were adorable too.
For the main course, there was SO much food. I remember looking at the special menu and couldn’t help drooling. We were all excited for the house-made carnitas and tater tot hash. It’s made of braised pork shoulder, poach eggs, country potatoes, sweet potato tater tots, roasted bell peppers + onions, American cheese, poblano cream sauce and cilantro. The carnitas were great and tender, but I thought the sauce was salty. And who doesn’t love yolk porn?
My favorite would be the Chicken and Biscuit. It’s a crispy fried chicken breast with chicken sausage made in house, sunny side up eggs, a house-made buttermilk biscuit, all topped with cajun gravy maple syrup. I was really surprised and thought this was so tasty. The chicken breast was thin sliced and surprisingly wasn’t dry. I loved the eggs on top and that gravy was everything.
The Orange Marmalade French Toast is for the sweet monsters. It’s basically a french toast ice cream sandwich. I’m not huge on sweets for breakfast, but really liked the french toast. The orange marmalade wasn’t overwhelming and we all enjoyed it.
After getting through the main course, we all forgot about dessert. The amount of food we were served was unreal. So of course, we made room for more.
I LOVED the raspberry lemon cheesecake. I’m usually a simple cheesecake kind of girl, but this was awesome.
The berry crumble is served with a huge scoop ice cream. It’s made with strawberries, blueberries and rhubarb. It’s tart, but the ice cream balances it out well. Between the two desserts, I’m going for the cheesecake.
Brunch was superb and the staff gave us the royal treatment. Lazy Dog also added some new items to their spring menu and are slated to open two more locations in Dallas; one in Plano and Euless. I had a great time with these girls, gushing over food and summer travel plans. Already dreaming about California living and more brunch plans.