We’ve all seen brunch gimmicks from bloody mary bars to full meals as the garnish on a giant mason jars, but this one’s new to me (outside of Indian restaurants). The Ivy Tavern, a neighborhood hangout on Lemmon, now offers an all you can eat brunch buffet.
For $15, you can mix and match all your brunch favorites as many times as your little heart desires … and your stomach can handle. The best part is, all of the elements are actually good. The eggs don’t have the usual styrofoamy texture that so many buffet eggs seem to have, the bacon is well seasoned and perfectly cooked (to me, at least), and the bread is perfectly toasted.
They’ve also rolled out a brunch cocktail menu with some rather … interesting … options. You’ve got your standards–a bloody Mary and mimosas by the carafe (for $10)–and then you have your stranger options. Think cocktails like a smoky Maria (a bloody with jalapeño tequila instead of vodka), sangria with Skittles (yuck … Common Table’s is gross and so is this one), a bizarre combination of Crown Royal Apple (eesh) with lemonade and cranberry, and what they’re calling the “Brunch of Champions”–it’s a shot of Crown Royal Maple (double eesh) served with a slice of bacon and a shot of oj. Whether you’re meant to shoot them separately or mix them together is apparently your choice.
If you’re asking me, their brunch is a damn good deal. Order yourself a carafe of mimosas (for yourself, obvi), then hit the buffet and get creative. Make the most of that $15. Then use the money you saved for an Uber home.
THE IVY TAVERN
5334 Lemmon Avenue (Dallas