Weekend Brunch at Henry's Majestic in Dallas

henry's majestic brunch menu

Late last month, I finally got a bite at Henry's Majestic during a lunch meeting. The Maple Bourbon Meatballs were delicious and it's all I had time to order before dashing out early. I've heard that their brunch is amazing and last Saturday, I had a chance to try the menu with one of my good blogger friends, Kelley of The Style Barn. We sat on the patio and it was poppin' this time!

Is it really brunch if you don't have a cocktail? I had the Seasonal Stone Fruit Smash which was semi-sweet and fruity with herbs and Kelley ordered the Sparkling Bar with champagne, fresh fruits, and housemade cordials. 

Starters: Warm Vanilla Coffee Cake (Kelley's) and Buttermilk Biscuits (mine)

Starters: Warm Vanilla Coffee Cake (Kelley's) and Buttermilk Biscuits (mine)

The biscuits were good. They were regular biscuits; however, the homemade jam was pretty tasty. BUT I did have a little bit of Kelley's coffee cake and nearly melted when I tasted the warm cinnamon streusel cake baked to perfection (not overcooked or undercooked) in a mini skillet drizzled with icing and topped with fresh raspberries. If you're in the mood for a sweet starter, this is a fantastic option that is sharable if you're feeling generous.

Main Dish: Black Cherry French Toast with jalapeño bacon and stone mill grits (mine) and Charred Tomatillo Chilaquiles (Kelley's)

Main Dish: Black Cherry French Toast with jalapeño bacon and stone mill grits (mine) and Charred Tomatillo Chilaquiles (Kelley's)

Stone Mill Grits from Henry's Majestic

Stone Mill Grits from Henry's Majestic

For the main dish, I ordered the Black Cherry French Toast with a side of jalapeño bacon (I was feeling spicy and it was to die for) and stone mill grits. Usually when I order french toast, it's strawberry shortcake, lemon zest, or just regular...which are all delicious. I figured I would get something new with the cabernet cherries. While I'm sure anyone could put cherries on french toast, I think what really made this dish unique was the cardamom whipped cream. 

Originally, Kelley ordered the Charred Tomatillo Chilaquiles, but decided to get the Porchetta Egg Sandwich instead which is served on a brioche roll with gruyere cheese and Sriracha aioli.

Kelley eating her Porchetta Egg Sandwich

Kelley eating her Porchetta Egg Sandwich

We talked long after our finished dishes were carried away and by the time we left, the dinner crowd was filing in the door. 🙈 I've seen so many have brunches at Henry's Majestic, but now that I've had a chance to try the menu, I would definitely recommend it for a fun, casual brunch with friends. Brunch has become a huge part of our culture, so it's nice to switch things up sometimes. Henry's Majestic's menu will give your friends a chance to try new dishes for brunch rather than the same old options. 

Henry's Majestic is located at 4900 McKinney Ave. in Uptown Dallas

I was invited back to Henry's Majestic to try out the brunch menu for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Whisk Crêpes Café | French Delectables in the Heart of Dallas

I always seem to find the cutest Dallas food spots on Instagram -- places I don't ever find in a Google search. That's the power of social media for you! The other day, I came across Whisk Crêpes Cafe in Dallas that I immediate knew I needed to try. 

Since I was in the area today working on a new city article, I decided to stop by for a quick bite. The entire menu consists of only crêpes both savory and sweet. There are several specialty dishes, but you can also create your own crepe by choosing the toppings à la carte.

I spent a few minutes at the register browsing the menu trying to figure out what type I wanted before settling on the Cinnamon Apple on flour (buckwheat is also available for savory crêpes). It was delicious! Triangle folded filled with cinnamon apples and cream cheese, drizzled in caramel and topped with pecans. It tasted like a comfy overcast day watching Netflix on a plate. Every single bite was enjoyable.

If you're a huge crêpe fan or want a wider variety than what you'd typically find on a restaurant menu, this is where you need to go. I love sweet, dessert-tasting things...but next time I go, I definitely want to try a savory crêpe.

Whisk Crêpes Cafe is located at 1888 Sylvan Ave.
They are now open 7 days a week from 8AM-10PM

BRUNCH | Mercat Bistro: Quiche Lorraine + English Breakfast Tea

Mercat Bistro has been on my list of must-try brunch spots for quite a few months now. Based on the Instagram photos I saw, it looked so cute with its French patio and menu. You can sit down for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just some light pastries and coffee over casual conversation. Whatever you're in the mood for, it's the perfect spot.

I met a friend here a few weekends ago for brunch while I was working on a story featuring some of the hottest brunch spots in Dallas and even the porcelain plates are adorable. They're intricately beautifully designed and look like they could be passed down a few generations. I ordered a cup of English breakfast tea and our waiter brought a full box of Harney & Sons tea to choose from. They even had my favorite, Chamomile, but I stuck to English breakfast which is amazing if you've never tried it. 👌🏾

On certain Saturdays during the summer, they featured a different DJ as apart of their Summer Soirée series. While we waited for our food to arrive, there was a DJ duo spinning beats and mixes. It's not your typical bougie, ritzy setting, so don't be intimidated -- lots of young people just enjoying their Saturday. I couldn't decide whether to order a crêpe or the quiche lorraine. After having the waiter give us "a few more moments", I finally decided on the quiche.

I was hoping the quiche would have the meat throughout, but I should have asked. It great, just not how I prefer it. However, the pieces were quite chunky which I liked. Next time I'll order a crêpe instead.

Quiche Lorraine served with salad at Mercat Bistro on Harwood in Dallas.

Quiche Lorraine served with salad at Mercat Bistro on Harwood in Dallas.

Overall, I love the atmosphere here. It's a beautiful space that I would absolutely recommend to anyone who wants a pretty brunch spot. You don't have to worry about parking here -- there's complimentary valet for Mercat Bistro and Saint Ann since they're next door to each other. The food and service were both great, and the menu items have a little something for everyone's tastebuds.

Have you been to Mercat Bistro? What did you order? 

BREAKFAST | Black Walnut Cafe in Flower Mound: Lemon Zest French Toast

black walnut cafe frenchie breakfast

Talking about food and travel is completely new for my brand, but there are so many non-chain hot spots to dine in and one of my goals for 2016 is to do some really cool things outside of Dallas, too. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge foodie. Plus, I want to show and talk about more than one pretty Instagram photo of my dishes when I go out.

Most mornings, I just skip breakfast. It's a terrible habit that I've found difficult to break at 23 years-old, so sometimes I have to force myself to get something. At most, I'll have a glass of orange juice or a smoothie. With a long day ahead of me, I decided to hop up and visit Black Walnut Cafe in Flower Mound (Texas) for the first time. There are other locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Austin, and Houston.

black walnut cafe flower mound

I was warmly greeted when I walked in, handed a menu to browse, and told that seating was open. At first I was going to sit inside, but after placing my order, I thought I'd soak up the morning sun and sit on the covered patio. They're also equipped for summer in Texas with fans to keep cool, but I'm not sure if they're heated for cooler weather.

black walnut cafe menu
black walnut cafe outdoor patio

Customer service

Once I ordered, I was handed one of those buzzers that alerts you when your food is ready to pick up, but the hostess/server ended up kindly offering to bring my food to the table when it was ready. She was very nice and checked on me just the right amount of times while still allowing me to enjoy my food in peace. Another employee (who I believe to be the manager) also checked on me half-way through my meal. The customer service was perfect at this location during my experience.

black walnut cafe lemon zest french toast

The Food

One of the worst feelings after an experience at a new restaurant is to feel like you've wasted your money, but luckily, I didn't feel like that at Black Walnut Cafe.

The orange juice was freshly squeezed (no BS -- actually freshly squeezed) with high pulp. It was perfectly and naturally sweet with zero tartness. I could have gulped more than one glass for sure.

I was actually very impressed with the many flavors my tastebuds were able to sense. I ordered the 'Frenchie' which included french toast, house potatoes, thick cut bacon, and eggs (which I substituted for spicy Italian sausage). The French toast had a delicious lemon [zest] flavor that really gave the traditional breakfast dish a twist. It was lightly powdered with sugar and cannoli creme, and New England syrup on the side to drizzle. 

The spicy Italian sausage and bacon were both delicious and seasoned very well. Meat being seasoned means the world to me and I was not disappointed! The house potatoes could have used a tad bit of salt (there was some on the table that I could have used myself), but since there was already so much flavor, I decided to go without.

Overall, it was a delicious experience that I would recommend to anyone! I can't wait to go back for brunch or dinner.

black walnut cafe breakfast potatoes sausage and bacon

If you're in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, or Houston areas, find a Black Walnut Cafe near you! Have you dined here before? Let me know about your experience & thoughts in the comments!