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Killer Brunch at Krio

Well hello Lusters! It seems like it's been forever since we last talked! The pandemic has certainly turned all of our lives upside down. We hope that everyone has been keeping safe and healthy during these times. We are making our way through but we aren't out of the woods yet. Let's all be responsible, safe, and positive!

On that note, I'm happy to say that we are back up and running! Brunch looks and feels a little different now, but we are in a time where it is safe for us to give our reviews to our brunch loving bunch. We want to remind everyone that each establishment has their own set of pandemic protocols and each city, county, state, and country has their own set of regulations and laws too. Please be mindful of all of these as you get back into your brunching habits.

That said, our review today is coming straight from Dallas, Texas. Dallas is where we live so we have lots of places to explore right now. First up is a beautiful spot on one of my personal favorite areas of the city, Bishop Arts District. Bishop Arts is so kitschy, artsy, and walkable. Lots of restaurants and stores to enjoy, experiences to have. Tons of little photographic moments, as there are a number of murals all around. So I was more than happy to rest out a new-to-me spot, Krio.

Krio is just over a year old, so they've come up during a trying time for all of us. But their blend of Cajun and Asian cuisine is a refreshing presence in a land filled with tacos and barbeque.

Krio currently has outdoor and indoor seating options. The patio outdoors is partially covered and has fans to keep you cool. On the inside, there is a dine-bar and table seating. They currently have their tables safely spread out so you can dine while being socially safe. My brunch guests and I opted to dine indoors.

Brunch cocktails at Krio Dallas. Mimosa, Umami Old Fashioned, and the Lost City.
Mimosa, Umami Old Fashioned, and the Lost City at Krio

We started out our brunch with our drink orders. And I know you aren't surprised. They do have mimosa carafes available. You get a carafe of bubbles plus your choice of either orange, cranberry, or fresh grapefruit juice. I opted for the carafe and blended the grapefruit juice with a bit of cranberry. It made a beautiful little sunset mimosa that I think will be my new drink of choice for brunching this summer. One of my guests had the Lost City, a frozen cocktail featuring soju (my personal fav Korean liquor), lychee, and lemon. They report that it was super refreshing and perfect for a hot day. My other guest ordered the Umami Old Fashioned. This cocktail had a beautiful presentation. The cocktail is mixed and smoked, then poured into a glass with an ice ball. If you like whiskey, then this is for you.

Plate of Fried Cauliflower at Krio Dallas restaurant
The Fried Cauliflower appetizer at Krio Dallas

We started off with some Fried Cauliflower for our appetizer. These little, crunchy bites were delicious. The rice flour batter wasn't too thick and the Connie sauce on the side was flavorful. Would definitely order this again.

For our entrees, we were definitely feeling sticking with the seafood side of things. The Chargrilled Oysters featured healthy servings of garlic and parmesan cheese. Slices of flaky toasted bread bites flanked the plate, to help sop up all of the great flavors at the bottom of the platter. If you love grilled oysters, don't miss this one. I personally enjoyed the Blackened Cheddar Grits with Shrimp. My word, my mouth is drooling right now thinking of it. The grits were the perfect consistency and the cheddar gave it a good bite. The shrimp were loaded with tons of cajun flavor and the sauce that was invited to the party? *Chef's Kiss* It was hearty and hit the spot.

Brunchlust Rating: A Everything I tasted was great. The vibe was great. The service was great. I mean, I really love this spot, y'all!

233 W 7th Street #100

Dallas, TX


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