Woodlands American Grill has been called the Cheers of Preston Hollow. For 13 years, it’s been a gathering place for locals, who often see someone they know there. And its standing as a neighborhood spot that serves weekend brunch has existed for almost as long.
The current menu has undergone no substantial changes since it was created a decade ago. John Nickolas, the managing partner, says people love the crab cake eggs benedict. That’s served with citrus hollandaise, ranchero, avocado cream and a side of Parmesan-truffle potatoes. Another favorite is the French toast, stuffed with strawberry mascarpone and topped with honey berries and maple syrup.
“We’ve just made minor changes because our guests like what we have, so it’s just not necessary to change on a regular basis,” Nickolas says.
Many of the brunch offerings incorporate the restaurant’s spins on the classics. And some items available at the Preston Forest eatery, like the Hillcrest pita and the Preston Hollow plate, are named to reflect our neighborhood.
All of that food needs to be washed down somehow. Adults have found the Bloody Mary and mimosas do just the trick.
Woodlands will have daily features throughout the summer to keep the menu as fresh as its fruit skewered on kabobs. In the past, those specials have included options such as a jalapeño barbecue-brisket eggs benedict and a breakfast burger.
If it’s a nice day, neighbors might opt for a wicker chair on the patio. But if it’s one of those hot and humid days that will inevitably occur in the coming months, guests can eat inside. The dining room is blanketed in inviting, warm tones and earthy materials like wood planks and stacked stones.
A brunch at Woodlands is sure to offer neighbors the relaxed experience they crave on an easy weekend morning. In the words of Nickolas, it’s “a fun, light, casual atmosphere.”