Hattie’s

Ever since I moved to Dallas, I’ve heard talk of Hattie’s. Self-proclaimed as “an American bistro with Southern low-country influence”, Hattie’s has been at the top of my must-visit list of restaurants for nearly two years. And with good reason. I found it only fitting that for my thirteenth and final restaurant for my #25before25 list that I should make Hattie’s my last stop on the culinary tour of Dallas, Texas.

A few Sundays ago, my friend Brittny and I went for brunch at the Bishop Arts hotspot. The drinks were utterly incredible (I had the mimosa, she had a Bloody Mary) and the food was positively delicious (I had the Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict with potato hash and grits while Brittny had the Vital Farms Eggs Any Style with sausage and hash).

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But, in my mind, neither the food nor the booze are why you go to Hattie’s (though they might be why you stay once you’ve arrived!). The reason why you go to Hattie’s is because of the atmosphere. Always lively, but never too loud or distracting – only adding to the ambiance and the excitement of the meal. Kind of like a particularly rambunctious brunch at the country club (a comparison I honestly never thought I would use in this lifetime), the atmosphere at Hattie’s is truly the ideal atmosphere for a nice brunch (we’re not talking drunk brunch here, people). The whitewash of the room gives the restaurant the perfect glow and makes the patrons visibly more relaxed as they enter the establishment. So it’s kind of like a spa-turned-into-a-particularly-rambunctious-brunch-at-the-country-club (and that’s another comparison I never thought I’d use).

Hattie’s – located on the main drag of the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff – is open Monday through Saturday for lunch, from 11:30AM to 2:30PM, Tuesday through Sunday for dinner, from 5:30PM till 10:00PM, and – last, but certainly not least – Sundays for brunch, from 11:00AM to 2:30PM. Parking is often a challenge in Bishop Arts, but Hattie’s has valet located right outside of the restaurant. I would absolutely recommend Hattie’s for a large group or for an intimate meal, but be sure to call ahead and make a reservation as the restaurant is almost always completely full.