Chicken and waffles from Street's Fine Chicken.

Chicken and waffles from Street's Fine Chicken.

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Brunch is arguably the most important meal of the weekend. Scratch that — it's definitely the most important meal. It's the only opportunity diners get all week to kill two birds with one fork. It's there for the early risers at 11 a.m. and the late sleepers at 3 p.m. Plus, mimosas.

Dallas is a brunch happy city with plenty of options, but here are four restaurants with new menus to try.

Zaytinya

Zaytinya

Zaytinya is one of the newest places to open at the Star in Frisco, but if you're into food, you've probably already heard about it. The Mediterranean spot comes from well-known chef José Andrés, who's recently been in  the news for feeding people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Local chef Jon Thompson is at the helm when it comes to brunch, though, according to a statement. The modest menu fits with the restaurant's overarching themes. There is, for example, the vegetable menemen, traditional Turkish soft scrambled eggs with tomato, sweet peppers, marash chili and feta cheese. (A version also comes with Turkish cured beef loin.) There's also a dish called ashta, described as Lebanese-style French toast with bananas and orange honey blossom. Brunch drinks include a Bloody Mary, and Turkish coffee and tea.

Zaytinya serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The restaurant/bar is located at 6655 Winning Dr., Suite 600, Frisco.

Street's Fine Chicken

Street's Fine Chicken

This eatery in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas is known primarily for one thing: chicken. But you'll only spot the restaurant's signature ingredient in two dishes among the brunch offerings. The modest menu features plates such as brioche French toast layered with cream cheese and topped with blueberries and bacon; biscuits and gravy; and a quiche of the day. But if you want to stick with what you know Street's does best, then go for the chicken and waffles, which come with whipped butter and smoked maple syrup. Pair whatever you decide with a $3 mimosa or $5 Bloody Mary. (Note: Street's Fine Chicken in North Dallas does not yet serve brunch.)

Street's Fine Chicken serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant/bar is located at 3857 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas.

Pazzo

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Americanized Italian food is the name of the game at this exciting new addition to Uptown Dallas. But when it comes to brunch, diners will find many familiar dishes on the menu, including avocado toast, cinnamon rolls, ricotta pancakes, and build-your-own omelets. If you're looking for something novel, try the "panwaffle," a hybrid pancake and waffle that is cooked in a device so the middle is textured like a waffle and the outer edges are smooth like a pancake. Panwaffles come in a variety of flavors, such as chocolate chip and bananas foster. 

Pazzo will offer a brunch preview the weekend of Jan. 27 and begin offering the full menu on Feb. 3.

Pazzo serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant/bar is located at 2680 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas.

Jalisco Norte

Jalisco Norte

Mexican flavor is infused directly into the brunch menu at Jalisco Norte in Uptown Dallas. You won't find many traditional Tex-Mex brunches dishes here -- except for migas, perhaps. Instead, try the eggs motulenos, two fried eggs served on a corn tostada with beans, habanero pepper, tomato sauce, green pea, plantain and ham. Or cure your hangover with a bowl of broth, like the pozole (pork, hominy, lettuce, onion, oregano, and chili powder) and birria (short rib, mixed peppers, and maguey leaf served with tortillas, onion and cilantro). You can also build-your-chilaquiles. In addition to typical brunch drinks like mimosas and micheladas, Jalisco Norte serves margaritas during brunch hours, because why the heck not?

Jalisco Norte serves brunch Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The restaurant/bar is located at 3858 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas.

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