There's a glossy new brunch spot in Dallas, but this time, it's from a local team: Called Eggdaddy, it's a fast-casual restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch, and it's now open near Addison, at 15250 Dallas Pkwy #100, north of Belt Line Road.

Eggdaddy is from Syn Group, the Dallas hospitality company whose concepts currently include Social House, America Gardens, and Sidebar, and previously included the short-lived Don Chingon, and a bar called Wishful Drinking that was in the works but fell through.

Pretty much every item on the menu at Eggdaddy includes eggs, from breakfast dishes to lunch options like egg salad and tacos. Eggs are also used as a thematic/decorative lietmotif, present from the moment you walk through the egg-like oval arched entryway.

The interior features two elongated egg-shaped booths, transparently designed for photo-ops.

"We had them custom-made to go with the egg theme," says Shawn Rao, head of Syn Group.

Staff uniforms are egg-themed as well: egg-yolk-yellow shirts and black chefs' pants dotted with floating sunny-side eggs in amorphous shapes.

The menu is broken into bowls, sandwiches, salads, and breakfast tacos.

The bowls are really just standard breakfast plates but in a bowl format, because everyone must have bowls these days. For example, the American Bowl, which has eggs, hashbrowns, English muffin, with choice of bacon, ham, or sausage. And the Local Bowl, with poached egg, sausage, hash browns, cheddar cheese, Cholula sour cream, and an English muffin.

Sandwiches are clever-kitschy. There's one with peanut butter, jam, and bacon sandwiched between waffles. The "Daisy Duke" is a biscuit sandwich with egg, sausage, pimento cheese, and pickle. There's also a hot chicken sandwich with an Indian twist featuring yogurt-brined fried chicken in a tikka masala rub with an egg on a glossy brioche bun.

Tacos include eggs in combination with various ingredients such as brisket, flat-iron steak, and elotes (charred corn). Salads include an egg salad, Cobb salad, and a "Green Goddess" salad with egg white, mixed greens, avocado, turkey bacon, tomato, toasted nuts, and seeds.

Avocado toast comes with avocado and an egg, of course.

Cocktails include mimosas, espresso martini, and original creations such as a vodka martini with salted egg yolk syrup, and a "milk punch" with tequila, dark rum, falernum, citrus, and milk.

Dallas-Fort Worth has seen a massive wave of breakfast-lunch that have debuted in recent years such as Yolk, Huckleberry's, and Snooze. Brunch is hot, and especially brunch cocktails.

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Plano can now hit Snooze for breakfast, brunch, and morning cocktails

Breakfast News

Breakfast and brunch king Snooze, an A.M. Eatery is opening its first location in Plano. The Denver-based chain which entered the DFW market in 2018 will open a restaurant at 1900 Preston Rd. #111, in the former LYFE Kitchen space (sob), on the southeast corner of the buzzy intersection of Preston Road and Park Boulevard.

According to a release, it'll open on Wednesday, February 22. Hey, that's today. This gives them a couple days to ramp up in anticipation of the weekend which will likely be mobbed.

This makes the sixth location in DFW, following Addison, Oak Lawn Dallas, Walnut Hill Dallas, Fort Worth, and Frisco which just opened in October 2022.

Founded in Denver in 2006 by two breakfast-loving brothers, Snooze specializes in innovative breakfasts. Menu items include their signature Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes, plus Blueberry Danish Pancakes and imaginative Benedicts like the Habanero Pork Belly Benny.

Customer favorites include their Pancake Flight which allows you to mix-and-match three pancake flavors, and the Benny Duo, which allows you to mix-and-match two different Benedicts.

They also serve breakfast sandwiches, omelets, tacos, plant-based plates such as Bravocado Toast & tofu scramble, and dishes for the gluten-free people as well.

But enough about the food, because Snooze is all about the breakfast cocktails and spiked coffees, with drinks ranging from Mimosas with sparkling wine, OJ, and pomegranate liqueur, to spicy Bloody Marys.

The Plano location will seat 119 inside and 46 on a covered patio. This is the first Snooze to offer cubby booth seating, allowing for a cozier setting for small groups.

They're open 6:30 am-2:30 pm weekdays and 6:30 am-4 pm weekends.

They're into sustainability, and donating to the community by raising funds for non-profits through events such as Pancake Day and Bacon Day. They've also been named top 10 for employees who would recommend their job to a friend for three years in a row on Glassdoor. Can this Snooze do no wrong.

The chain currently has 50-plus locations throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, North Carolina, Missouri, Georgia, Kansas, Tennessee, and Texas, and has more Texas in the works for 2023 in Lubbock, Stafford, and Houston.

"We’re thrilled to continue growing in Texas — already our biggest market — with our new Plano location, which we’ve been eyeing for some time,” says Snooze CEO David Birzon in a statement.


Southern-style breakfast chain Huckleberry's is coming to Sachse

Pancake News

There's big breakfast news for residents of Sachse and beyond: Huckleberry's, a breakfast-and-lunch chain based in California, is opening a location in Sachse at 3105 Bunker Hill Rd., in a building they'll share with a location of Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii.

According to a post from What's New in Wylie, the bodacious new breakfast spot will open in mid-summer. There are also plans for a location in Keller, tentatively slated to open in June, and another in Fort Worth, although that lease has not yet been signed.

Billed as "Southern cookin' with a California twist," Huckleberry's takes a Cajun spin on breakfast. Signatures include stuffed French toast and a category called "skillet hotties" featuring eggs topped with Cajun ingredients such as Andouille sausage and shrimp.

Other favorites include Creole catfish, chicken-fried steak, shrimp po' boys, and fried green tomatoes.

Too bad they're not already open because their Mardi Gras beignet sitting on vanilla cream and topped with fresh fruit would surely have made our list of Mardi Gras treats.

Lunch includes items like the spicy Bayou chicken sandwich as well as a California chicken sandwich.

They deploy a Southern-themed atmosphere with a log cabin exterior (not unlike Black Bear Diner, a similar concept, also based in California) and river rock pillared patios. The interior features weeping willow trees, firefly pinpoint lights, and Zydeco music playing in the background.

Huckleberry's is part of Heritage Restaurant Brands, which also oversees Cool Hand Luke’s Steakhouse/Saloon and Perko’s Cafe Grill.

Courtesy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni's Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will present their annual Ice Cream for Breakfast Day celebration. Last year's runaway hit flavor, Maple Soaked Pancakes, is returning for a limited time. The first 50 Splendid Rewards members will get a free, very limited Ice Cream for Breakfast Day mug. Visitors can also enter the giveaway for free ice cream for a year by taking a photo in your PJs at a Jeni’s shop, sharing it with the hashtag #icecreamforbreakfast, and tagging @jenisicecreams.

Award-winning Dallas bakery champions unique twisty doughnut

Doughnut News

Dallas has enjoyed a doughnut Renaissance in recent years, and now that Renaissance has a new twist. Namely: the cruller, a unique doughnut more commonly found in Canada, New England, and Midwest — but now in Dallas at Carte Blanche, the award-winning restaurant-bakery at 2114 Greenville Ave.

The bakery, which operates out of the restaurant space Thursday-Sunday from 7 am-12 pm, has had doughnuts on the menu since it opened in mid-2021. That includes crullers, which are easy to spot, thanks to their grooved, ridged exterior, not unlike the churro, their Spanish cousin.

The internet says that cruller — the "u" is soft, rhyming with "lull" or "mull" (not "crueler") — comes from a Dutch word krullen for "to curl," and that crullers have traditions in Dutch, German, Scandinavian, Austrian, and Polish cuisines. A 1908 bookThe History of the City of Hudson New York claims they were invented by Sebastian Croll, commander of Fort Orange in Albany, and were a staple of the New England diet from the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

Whatever their origin, they were widely popularized by Massachusetts-based coffee and doughnut chain Dunkin', who initially sold them in the classic twisted oblong shape from the day they opened in 1950. But in 2003, Dunkin' discontinued them because they were too labor-intensive and switched to the "French cruller" format — a round doughnut made from choux pastry, which is the version that Carte Blanche sells.

carte blanche cruller doughnutThe grooves help trap the delicious icing.Carte Blanche

Carte Blanche pastry chef Amy LaRue says she started experimenting with doughnuts during COVID to keep herself occupied.

"I used to hate doughnuts until I met my husband Casey, but he and our sons love them," she says. "I wanted to make something they enjoyed."

Carte Blanche's doughnuts are true artisan products, each made from its own specific dough recipe (most doughnut shops use a mix for all doughnuts, then add flavors or toppings).

LaRue does two kinds: raised doughnuts using a brioche dough, and crullers in two or three flavors, which rotate with the season.

"I was initially inspired by the crullers at Daily Provisions, the bakery-cafe in New York, but my true point of reference is always in French cooking," she says. "Everything that I make comes from a connection to French pastry."

French crullers are made using pate a choux dough, the same dough used to make eclairs, with butter, water, flour, and eggs. (The butter differentiates them from churros, which are more often made with vegetable oil.)

She uses a higher ratio of egg whites than a classic pate a choux, which makes her crullers more airy, and each is made by hand.

"There are machines where you put the dough in a syringe and one comes out with each shot, but at Carte Blanche, every doughnut is piped out onto its own piece of parchment," she says. "They have to sit at room temperature to develop, and have to be fried at a higher temperature than regular doughnuts, in order to get the crunchy crust."

The ideal result is a study in contrasts with an almost brutally crunchy crust and a super-moist, eggy, almost stretchy interior, not unlike the inside of a popover.

For her cruller flavors, she leans towards something tart.

"The crust is so intense that I like something tangy or sweet to combat that exterior," she says. "We always have vanilla, but rotating flavors have included strawberry, lemon poppyseed, and cherry lime."

For January, the rotating flavor is passionfruit. For her regular brioche doughnuts, she's doing a "PB&J" flavor with peanut butter pastry cream and raspberry icing — inspiration, once again, from her family.

"My son loves peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, he'd eat them every day, and he wanted those flavors in a doughnut," she says.

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Audacious over-the-top brunch spot from the Northeast debuts in Dallas

Brunch News

A New England-based brunch restaurant with some crazy, over-the-top food and drink is headed for Dallas: Called The Place 2 Be, it's a small chain from Connecticut opening its first location outside of the Northeast in Dallas' Victory Park, at 2401 Victory Park Ln., the space that used to be Dibs on Victory, the massive short-lived sports bar.

According to a release, it's a ways off, with an opening sometime in 2023.

They describe "TP2B" as an audacious brand, that's a good word, popular on social media for its over-the-top plating and "content-friendly" decor, also a good word.

That includes over-the-top dishes and drinks, the most over-the-top probably being a cocktail called Drink My Bathwater with rose, sangria, and prosecco, served in a bathtub-shaped white glass, dressed up with sour gummies, colored sprinkles, and mini rubber duckies. Decor is often similarly whimsical, with neon signs, swing chairs, and a full-sized bathtub filled with plastic pearls, which many crawl into for photo ops.

There are currently four locations: three in Connecticut in West Hartford, Downtown Hartford, and the South End of Hartford, they've got all of the Hartfords covered, plus a fourth in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, plus two more in the works.

Dallas will be the seventh, and the largest yet with nearly 6,900 square feet. It'll also be their only location to date with a rooftop patio and view of American Airlines Center, how scenic.

Two Food Network Chopped alums run the culinary side: Chef Xavier Santiago, Culinary Director, and Chef Maurice "Mo" Major, Assistant Culinary Director.

The menu is different at each location, but all include breakfast foods plus burgers, salads, wraps, melts, and a big selection of coffee and espresso drinks.

For breakfast, there are omelets, benedicts, pancakes, waffles, chicken & waffles, and French toasts in varieties such as Churro French toast, featuring challah bread topped with a churro-buttercream-chocolate and dulce de leche drizzle.

Cookies 'N Cream Oreo Pancakes is an exercise in sweet excess, featuring five pancakes topped with crumble Oreos, vanilla sauce, chocolate sauce, powder sugar, Oreo cookie sandwiches, whipped cream, and maple syrup.

A Steak and Cheese Quesadilla has rib eye, onions, peppers, mushrooms, American cheese, spicy mayo, and a sunny side egg.

Cuban Ruben is a blend of two sandwiches — a Cuban and a Rueben — stacked excessively tall with three slices of thick white bread topped with ham, American cheese, pickles, pastrami, pickled onions, Swiss cheese, and spicy mustard.

The Hangry Grilled Cheese is made with Italian bread, American cheese, mozzarella, ham, bacon, cheese sauce, and a sunny side egg, with choice of French fries or curly fries.

Beverages include humongous milkshakes in flavors such as Cotton Candy and Birthday Cake, which can be spiked with alcohol. A full bar includes cocktails such as the Booty Call, a $45 sharable drink containing tequila and blue raspberry that's served in a bum-shaped vessel; and the Big Ass Mimosa, a $60 drink served in an oversized tulip glass that's bigger than your arm.

Menu categories are sassy, such as the section of waffles and pancakes labeled "WAP," or the Day Drinking category that features a drink called Go Bottomless! (refilled cautiously with an eye towards over-imbibing).

Being picture-ready for social media is a priority, but they also strive to operate differently, from staff compensation to creating a cohesive atmosphere.

The Place 2 Be is part of The Statement Group, a female-only owned restaurant group, founded in Hartford by Gina Luari who opened the first location in 2016. She says in a statement that Dallas represents a big step.

"For the first time ever, we are taking The Place 2 Be outside of New England — the first of more national locations to come," Luari says. "We couldn't be more excited to share our brand's bold and cheeky brunch experience with such an iconic city and its amazing community; a community whose passion is a defining trait, as it is for TP2B."

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DFW's dismal ranking among best places to live leads this week's 5 most-read headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Dallas-Fort Worth no longer a top 100 place to live, declares U.S. News & World Report. Dallas-Fort Worth has fallen from grace in a closely watched annual report of the best places to live in the U.S. The Metroplex appears at a dismal No. 113 (out of 150) in U.S. News & World Report's Best Places to Live ranking for 2023-2024. Last year, DFW landed at No. 32; it was No. 37 in 2021. Here's (sort of) why it plummeted in the rankings.

2. Sliders restaurant from Detroit shimmies onto Dallas' Greenville Ave. A slider concept from the Great Lakes State is expanding to Texas, and that includes a high-profile location in Dallas: Called Savvy Sliders, it's a young fast-casual concept founded in Flint, Michigan, and it will open its first Dallas restaurant at 4818 Greenville Ave., in the space recently vacated by vegan chicken restaurant Project Pollo.

3. New lagoon-waterpark with lazy river dives into Dallas-Fort Worth. A long-awaited waterpark in Cedar Hill is debuting Memorial Day weekend with two of Texas' favorite splashy attractions: a lagoon and lazy river. The Lagoon at Virginia Weaver Park will open Saturday, May 27 after more than a year in development.

4. Happy Hippie Brewing to bring peace, love, and beer to new HQ in Richardson. A craft beer brewery is opening a splendid new facility in Richardson: Happy Hippie Brewing Company, a small brewery specializing in Belgian-style beers, is opening an an 11,000-square-foot brewery and taproom at 500 Lockwood Dr., in the Lockwood area within the city's evolving CORE District.

5. Asian restaurant Howard Wang's shutters location in Uptown Dallas. A Chinese restaurant in Uptown Dallas closed: Howard Wang's Uptown Grill, one in a family-owned chain, closed its location at 3223 Lemmon Ave. #103, with the final day of service on May 21. The restaurant had been at that location for 12 years.

21 North Texas museums offer free admission to military families this summer

Giving Back

Nearly two dozen Dallas-Fort Worth museums are honoring active duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, May 20-September 4, 2023.

Established by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Blue Star Museums program annually provides military families free access to 2,000 museums nationwide throughout the summer. The program begins yearly on Armed Forces Day in May and ends on Labor Day.

Free admission is extended to personnel currently serving in the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard (including those in the Reserve), and all National Guardsman. Members of the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps are also included in the program.

Those who qualify can use their military ID to bring up to five family members - including relatives of those currently deployed. More information about qualifications can be found here.

There is no limit on the number of participating museums that qualifying families may visit. Admission for non-active military veterans, however, is not included.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts website, the initiative was created to help "improve the quality of life for active duty military families" with a specific focus on children. The site states 2 million have had a parent deployed since 2001.

"Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of reintegration," the organizers say. "This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together."

In Dallas-Fort Worth, participating institutions include well-known art, science, and history museums, as well as smaller museums outside the city limits. Here's a look at all the museums in North Texas that are participating in the Blue Star Museums initiative this year.

In Dallas:

In Fort Worth:

In Garland:

In Irving:

In Mesquite:

In Cleburne:

In Krum:

In Sanger:

More information about Blue Star Museums and a full list of participants can be found on arts.gov.

These are the 7 best most intriguing hot dogs in Dallas right now

Hot Dog News

Editor's Note: In prior stories, CultureMap contributor Lila Levy has sussed out the top bagels in Dallas, and tried pretty much every lavender latte in town. Now she's ready to offer her take on that summertime classic: hot dogs.

Portillo's hot dogs
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Hot dogs are the quintessential summer food and an item that nearly everyone loves. They're simple, flavorful, easy to make at home, and affordable if you dine out.

Some cities like Chicago have a long-standing tradition with hot dogs, and while Dallas is not Windy-City-level quiet yet, we've seen an influx of some exciting new hot dog concepts come to town, joining a few locals who've been dishing out memorable hot dogs all along.

Here's the 7 most interesting hot dogs you can find in Dallas-Fort Worth:

Portillo’s in the Colony, Chicago-style hot dog, $4.50
Chicago-based fast casual brand known for its hot dogs and other favorite Chicago fare, has expanded to Texas, with its first restaurant in The Colony, which opened in January 2023. Chicago-style hot dogs are my favorite kind, and Portillo's does it right. Their basic hot dog comes with "everything": mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, sliced tomato, pickle, and sport peppers on a steamed poppy seed bun. I loved the condiments, especially the peppers and relish. My companion thought the bun was too soft, but it was fine for me. Their hot dogs have a snappy casing with a robust tangy flavor.

Hunky'sHunky Dog, $4.25
Cedar Springs pioneer has been serving hamburgers, fries, and malts, since 1984. They're known for their burgers but they also do a trio of hot dogs including the classic "Hunky Dog," a hefty quarter-pounder with relish, onions, and mustard. I've been here before and know it's best to ask for the hot dog to be grilled extra, to give it that additional "burnt hot dog" cookout flavor. At $4.25, it's a bargain and their presentation is cool: They split the hot dog down the middle and place the onions and relish on top, and they toast the edges of their bun.

Fletcher's Original Corny DogsMake Mine Texan, $10
No story on hot dogs is complete without Fletcher's, famed purveyor of the classic corny dog. You used to have to wait for the State Fair of Texas to get them, but now that they have a food truck, you can find them camped at venues such as the Dallas Arboretum, and they're also at Klyde Warren Park Tuesdays-Sundays. They've expanded their lineup of flavors so I ordered their most recent invention: Called Make Mine Texan, it's a hot dog made of beef and brisket, with smoke seasoning that adds a heartier Texas flavor.

Dog Haus in RichardsonTooo Chi, $8
California hot dog chain takes a gourmet approach with jumbo hot dogs, veggie dogs, vegan sausages, and 40+ toppings including some you might not expect, such as arugula. I ordered the Tooo Chi, their version of the Chicago hot dog, which they brag is a hormone- and antibiotic-free beef hot dog, with tomato, pickle, neon-green pickle relish, mustard, diced onions, sport peppers, and celery salt. Their cooking added a nice char that emphasized the grilled flavor. It made me nostalgic to the days when my parents would grill hot dogs in the summer outside. Their point of distinction is their bread: sweet rich King's Hawaiian rolls, which they butter and grill, for a nice contrast of soft roll and crisp edges.

Angry DogAngry Dog, $8.95
Deep Ellum staple had hot dogs on the menu long before hot dogs became the foodie sensation they are today, and they offer a simple plain hot dog on a bun as a nod to those humble days. But everyone gets the signature Angry Dog: a kosher dog, split in half and grilled, placed on a toasted open-faced bun, then topped with chili, grilled red onions, mustard, and shredded cheddar cheese. It's more of a chili casserole than a hot dog, a knife-and-fork kind of deal where the bun gets soggy underneath the mountain of toppings, and you almost lose track of the hot dog. But unbeatable for a hangover cure or a big cheat meal.

Globe Life Field, Ballpark hot dog, $7
In recent years, the Texas Rangers' food service division has been jazzing up its ballpark menu, introducing new items, some of them crazy like the Boomstick 2-foot-long hot dog. I stick to the basic ballpark hot dog, with the only option being that you can get grilled onions at no additional charge. It's a standard six-inch hot dog, with self-serve mustard, ketchup, and relish, on a soft, nondescript bun, with a nice snap, the prototypical hot dog you eat while cheering on the hometown team.

Frank Seoul, Potato hot dog, $5.49
Korean hot dogs, also known as Korean corn dogs, are a Korean street food that started showing up in Dallas a few years ago, via Korean-born chains such as Two Hands and K-Town. Frank Seoul was one of the first and has locations in Carrollton and Frisco. Their specialty is hot dogs coated in a batter and deep-fried, like a corny dog but with a batter made from flour or rice flour, and additional ingredients such as the coating of diced potatoes in the potato hot dog that I ordered. They have a wild variety like a "cream cheese dog" — literally cream cheese on a stick &mdash and prices are all $6 or less.

This is not the place for a hot dog purist. The hot dog itself was lackluster, but the "shell" of crispy fried potatoes was magnificent, like a wonderful hash brown, and great on its own, didn't need the mustard I added a bit.