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Eat This Now: Brunch at Jonathon’s in Oak Cliff

Breakfast Kabobs at Jonathon's in Oak Cliff.

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.

Chicken and waffles at Jonathon's in Oak Cliff.
Danger Dogs at Jonathon's in Oak Cliff.

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.

Dallas, TX

  • Steven Doyle

    Those kabobs look delicious.

  • runDMC

    JonathOn’s actually

  • Margie

    Those kabobs look insanely good!

  • LJT

    Dang it! I was hoping to keep it a Cliff Dwelling secret for a while! Jonathon and Christine are perfect hosts on top of the great food. Guess the news is out now.

  • Lee

    I saw Two Fat Ladies make Bubble and Squeak years ago on TV. I had no interest in trying it. For some reason I ordered it at Jonathon’s for brunch, probably for the novelty. Wow. It’s my new favorite thing and I am already craving it. The greens and potatoes toped with a spicy pan sauce were a perfect and totally new side for eggs.

  • Dennis B.

    Chicken and waffles is my favorite food combination of all time. I’m so glad that it’s beginning to catch on and even gladder that Jonathon’s is taking a turn at it.

  • matt

    the food is awesome! go ever week. with that said – STAY OUT! lucia was ruined and we want to keep this one =)

  • ts

    I’ve been a couple of times now and the food is quite tasty, if not incredibly artery clogging. Did I mention it was tasty? The one complaint I would have is that they are too generous with their portions.

  • Cellarmaster

    Lordy I tell you folks I forget how good food can be until I am graced by brilliance like this! Today’s brunch was one of the best meals I’ve had in a while, Osddfellows better get with the program! I’m just glad Dallas is hesitant to cross the Trinity! Thanks Jonathon for the MAD skills in the kitchen(that was the best biscuit with perfect gravy I’ve had in years) and to Christine for the great service!I believe!