Brunch is the new black – or is it the new dinner? Regardless, its become the standard by which a good weekend can be judged, and area magazines and newspapers have covered the best spots for brunch across the city extensively. As a result, you may have noticed that Oak Cliff has become quite the destination for Sunday brunch, with huge crowds and long waits.
So imagine my pleasant surprise when I stumbled into CampO for brunch one recent Sunday morning and found no wait and a menu full of interesting and tasty options. The founders of CampO are originally from Argentina, and this informs a unique sensibility into the restaurant and in particular the menu. Leave traditional pancakes and waffles to Jonathon’s next door, but don’t assume this means a less than delicious brunch experience.
The menu is quirky, broken into 4 categories with 4 price points. You can choose a la carte or they’ve put together a few combinations that afford you a slight discount.
Category A includes a standout order of Sweet Johnny Cakes with whipped cream and smoked candied maple bacon bits for $9. The standouts in category B include the cheddar grits with shrimp, the croquet madame, and the buttermilk biscuits fried egg sausage sandwich. Each of these entrée sized options are priced at $12 each and are all outstanding.
Category C and category D offer small sides and desserts, including house sausage, buttermilk biscuits, churros and an incredibly creamy yogurt panna cotta with lemon curd, ranging from $4 to $5 each.
But brunch is not just about great food – and thankfully CampO has a selection of seven adult beverages to help you shake off any issues lingering from Saturday night. A traditional Bloody Mary with a shot of house chile sauce has a nice kick, but the North Bloody Mary with oyster, shrimp and house pickled celery was our table favorite. Mimosas and micheladas (chilandro, salt house chile sauce, lime & a lager beer) also seemed to be popular options.
The thing about CampO is, it’s not a restaurant that can be judged by a quick glance at the menu. The items are unique in name, but you’ll find that the ingredients and the composition should make them brunch favorites for any crowd.
CampO is located at 1115 North Beckley Avenue just up from Spiral Diner and Jonathon’s and serves brunch on Sundays from 10am-3pm.