By Kelli N. McClain, Contributor
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Dallas-Fort Worth area has an abundance of brunch place. I’ve visited some pretty nice new brunch digs, but I haven’t tried an oldie but goodie.
Sambuca Uptown has been at its present location since 2004, serving lunch and dinner with a nightclub feel. All those years, Sambuca never served brunch, but hey they finally got there! Four weeks ago, Sambuca Uptown (to distinguish it from its Plano sister, Sambuca 360) started serving brunch! And it didn’t end at brunch: I mean, food and drink are great, but for it to have Sambuca’s touch, it needed more: music. That explains the name of the event: Brunch & Beats.
The brunch band on stage during my visit covered everything from Ed Sheeran back to Earth, Wind, and Fire! The Brunch & Beats series also has crooners, jazz and acoustic musicians on tap. Makes you want to dance in your seat while drinking $3 dollar mimosas and Bloody Marys. Side note: There is a Bloody Mary bar to build your own fantabulous drink, or you can just be Sunday-lazy and have one brought to you.
As for the edibles, let’s talk about Sambuca’s shrimp and grits (above) to start off. It’s a staple with most places now, but Sambuca does it with Andouille sausage and bacon with the shrimp. Every bite was filled with a bit of sausage, bacon and shrimp covered by grits and seasonings. The answer to the question of this dish should always be yes, even if you say you don’t like grits — say yes.
There are so many other choices, most served with breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit: Bananas Foster French toast, which is huge and so sweet you need something salty to counter it; breakfast tacos (above) for the I-don’t-experiment crowd; two different types of eggs Benedict — prepare to be wheeled out after eating the Rustic version with ham and sausage peppercorn gravy on duck fat biscuits. There’s also a classic Benedict on hand. And speaking of those duck fat biscuits, they should be illegal they were so rich, and pouring gravy over them for biscuits and gravy made my gluttony complete.
So gather some friends, make reservations because brunch will fill up fast! Note that valet is $3 dollars and consider your next Sunday is scheduled.
Sambuca Uptown, 2120 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214-744-0820