An apricot breakfast pastry with an Americano coffee, available at Mercat Bistro, on Harwood in downtown Dallas, photographed in 2013.

An apricot breakfast pastry with an Americano coffee, available at Mercat Bistro, on Harwood in downtown Dallas, photographed in 2013.

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Brunch is a culture in Dallas; every weekend morning, the question of where to brunch pops up. If you don't want to wait, you'll probably have to plan a reservation no matter where you go. Thankfully, there's a plethora of options in Downtown Dallas, including these five fantastic choices. 

Ellen's Southern Kitchen

Known for Southern comfort food and drink, Ellen's Southern Kitchen boasts the "#1 pancakes in town," and is loved for its fried chicken. It's the kind of meal your mom would make -- the food almost always pleases, but customers sometimes criticize the slow service (mom can only do so much at a time, right?). Though people used to complain about the table space, a recent move to Market Street in West End has opened up space and expanded the number of seats available. Breakfast is served all day, and the kitchen offers a full regular and coffee bar.

1701 N. Market St., Dallas. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

CBD Provisions

Pig's head carnitas at CBD Provisions in the Joule Hotel in Dallas.

Pig's head carnitas at CBD Provisions in the Joule Hotel in Dallas.

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CBD Provisions' new brunch menu claims a plethora of favorites, including the Fried Chicken Sandwich, Potato and Chorizo Quiche and Sarah's Pecan Buns (with cream cheese frosting!). Apart from brunch, CBD Provisions is known for three main things: its dinner pig head dish, its classy atmosphere, and its hand soaps and lotions. The $50 pig head, remembered for its impressive presentation, serves two to four people as an entree or functions as an appetizer for many. The atmosphere is dimly lit, calming and tasteful with a hipster feel; it's a grown-up vibe (with grown-up prices). And, for whatever reason, the hand-soap smells fantastic. Servings are large, service is good and the menu offers plenty of healthy breakfast options. 

1530 Main St., Dallas. Open 7 a.m. to 9.m. Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Yolk

Comparable to an upscale IHOP, Yolk specializes in egg dishes and large proportions. Located in the Arts District, the interior is brightly painted yellow and blue with upbeat music and friendly service. While there may be a wait during weekend brunch, Yolk staffers will text you when your table is ready and they offer complimentary valet to boot. And it's BYOB, so if you want mimosas order the orange juice and bring the bubbly! 

1722 Routh St., Dallas. Open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

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Mercat Bistro

Step inside the Mercat Bistro to experience a mini-Paris. The warm, intimate interior is characterized by a large chandelier and food served on mismatched china plates. The covered porch offers plenty of  shaded outdoor seating. Try the popular pastry basket or the famous Croque Madame (which won't leave you hungry), and don't miss the Peche Mignon cocktail (filled with huge ice balls of fruit) or the vast wine selection. Sunday parking is free at this elegant destination.

2501 N. Harwood St., Dallas. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. 

Bread Winners Cafe

Crowds outside the door depict the popularity of Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery, but efficient servers keep the wait time reasonably short. The chicken and bacon waffles are always a popular choice, and there are plenty of different French toast options as well. An open courtyard in the middle provides an aesthetic break from the busy atmosphere, and parking is simple with the validated valet parking (don't forget to tip!).

3301 McKinney Ave., Dallas. Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

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