Ladies and gentlemen, this week’s discovery by Daniel Walker.
There’s a reason everybody loves weekend brunch. It’s our way of sticking it to the alarm clock and proclaiming, “No longer will I be obligated to wake up before noon in order to enjoy pancakes! I’ll sleep in as long as I please and still have my six-egg omelets, thank you very much.” Brunch is a liberating adventure, the perfect morning pick-me-up for the vigilant weekend warrior. Screw the early bird, let him have his worm. I’ll take the 1 PM waffle any day.
We are fortunate to have many superb options for brunch in Dallas, but Oak Cliff residents are graced by the presence of Jonathan’s, which offers one of the city’s brunches. This renovated home is a cozy, clean, and fresh culinary outlet for chef Jonathan Erdeljac to prepare his creations.
I met with a group of fellow dedicated brunchers this weekend to sample a wide array of intriguing dishes offered by Chef Jon’s menu. Once the food arrived, it was not long before the table was filled with joyful expletives, food moans, and fist pumping as each person was delighted with their selection. Forks and knives flew across the table like a scene from a Chinese Kung Fu cooking show, as each diner attempted to sample their neighbors highly praised dish. No one was harmed in the making of this write-up.
Jump for the best stuff.
First to the table was a plate of the chef’s signature Danger Dogs. A plump, juicy turkey sausage link is gently dipped in pancake batter, fried, and dusted with powdered sugar and a house chili spice. They are served with a spicy mustard dipping sauce or you can simply douse them in syrup. The result is a brilliant delectable dish which is not likely to last long at any table.
Jonathan’s take on chicken and waffles is as good as any I have eaten in Dallas. Chef Jon makes a mean, golden brown Belgian waffle with a crispy exterior and soft warm interior. He tops this with a generous helping of crispy fried chicken and rich peppered gravy. When you smother the whole thing with warm maple syrup, it is no wonder this dish is making a swift comeback across the nation. It is breakfast, lunch, or dinner comfort food to the core.
This same waffle is also the base for the sumptuous Peanut Butter and Jelly Time Waffle. It’s topped with a tart raspberry preserve, a heaping scoop of sweet whipped cream and a whipped peanut butter fluff.
Breakfast Kabobs are another playful favorite–who doesn’t love meat on a stick? Especially when said meat is a savory blend of salted and cured pork products. Smoked sausage and ham are laced between thick-cut bacon and frosted with an aromatic and sweetened coffee glaze. The concoction is served hot and crisp with the prefect amount of charred and rendered fat to satisfy the animalistic cravings in each of us.
If you are not hungry yet, check your pulse. This is breakfast bliss.
Jonathan’s is sure to become a Dallas destination. So, if your cold cereal and grapefruit suddenly seem vastly inadequate in meeting your breakfast needs, do not delay your visit to this wonderful addition to our fine city.
Jonathan’s Oak Cliff
1111 N. Beckley Ave.
7am until 10pm Tuesday through Saturday and 8am – 3pm on Sunday.