Food & Drink

46 Boozy Brunches: A hood-by-hood guide

Published On 05/14/2014 Published On 05/14/2014
Boozy Brunches HOU
Benjy's | Julie Soefer
Batanga | Rishi Singh
White Oak Kitchen + Drinks
Tiny Boxwoods
CRISP
Pub Fiction
Royal Oak
Benjy's | Julie Soefer
The Local Pour
Max's Wine Dive
Berryhill Baja Grill
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1. Batanga 908 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

Batanga is known for getting Spanish cuisine and cocktails done the right way -- an array of delicious tapas, sangrias, and a dynamite fish taco will make sure you leave satisfied.

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2. Hearsay Gastro Lounge 218 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

Hearsay, right off Market Square, has your hookup for live music, a solid collection of drafts, and a fulfilling menu of classics, with everything from a surf and turf to mac and cheese to brisket sandwiches.

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3. MKT BAR 1001 Austin St, Houston, TX 77010 (Downtown)

Live music, pizza, brunch, booze -- there aren't many desirable things in this world that MKT bar doesn't have. Creative takes on American (read: Southern) staples like crispy chicken and waffles, braised lamb tacos, and ground chuck cheeseburgers will have you stuffed, but you'll make the room for a couple drafts from the Lone Star state or a bottle of something sparkling.

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4. Ninfa's on Navigation 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003 (East End)

The fajitas at the original Tex-Mex outpost on Navigation earn their cook the title of Mexican fare experts. Alongside the fajitas, staples like mole enchiladas, Oaxacan-style pork tamales, and jalapeño-stuffed Shrimp Diablo (not to mention the head-sized frozen margaritas) take some serious culinary chops, which means these dishes go far above and beyond Houston's other Tex-Mex eateries.

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5. Latin Bites 5709 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057 (Uptown)

Latin Bites brings vibrant Peruvian cuisine to Woodway Dr, including beautifully presented desserts, delicious ceviches, and even a killer weekend brunch with bottomless mimosas.

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6. White Oak Kitchen + Drinks 5011 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056 (Uptown)

Located in the Galleria as part of the Westin, White Oak is known for having a delicious brunch -- enjoy their much-loved eggs Benedict alongside $12 and $16 carafes of mimosas and sangrias on Sundays, or $17 carafes of brunch punch and sangria on Saturdays.

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7. Phil & Derek's 2811 Bammel Ln, Houston, TX 77098

Phil and Derek's is home to live music seven days a week, and one of the classiest buffets you'll ever embarrassingly over-serve yourself from. Hit up the $24 Sunday brunch for some quality live jazz music, bottomless mimosas, omelets, crepes, and Southern classics like wings & waffles, fried catfish, and smothered pork chops.

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8. Saint Genevieve 2800 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098 (River Oaks)

This Upper Kirby joint is a unique place, where you'll see everything from a classy brunch with dressed-up patrons to a rowdy happy hour capped with DJs spinning house music.

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9. Cyclone Anaya's 1710 Durham Dr, Houston, TX 77007 (The Greater Heights)

With a huge menu and daily rotating specials, Cyclone Anaya's is out to satisfy your every craving for Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. Make sure you try at least one of their giant, super-strong margaritas, and check them out on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for $10.50 mimosas and poinsettas (Champagne, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice) with one-cent refills until 3pm.

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10. CRISP 2220 Bevis St, Houston, TX 77008 (The Greater Heights)

CRISP is a great spot to relax and enjoy a full meal, or even just a few drinks after work -- they've got a giant patio which occasionally has a live band, a creative pizza menu with exciting choices like the Cluck You BBQ (Beer can chicken, smoked Gouda, pickled jalapeños, grilled red onion, and Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce), and extensive lists of beer and wine to compliment their huge bar.

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11. Cook & Collins 2416 Brazos St Ste C, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

With a clean, rustic interior (plus an upstairs portion that opens up as a patio), Cook & Collins has a very inviting atmosphere, in which you'll find a small but well-thought-out list of draft beers, a solid wine list, and a delicious brunch menu with hearty offerings like the BBQ Breakfast (pork belly, root beer BBQ, mac and cheese, blackberry muffin, cinnamon crumble). Don't forget to try one of their specialty Bloody Marys either, with Tito's, bacon, poached shrimp, pickled green tomato, bleu cheese-stuffed olive, celery, and a special blend of spices.

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12. Majorca Bistro & Tapas 207A Gray St, Houston, TX 77002 (Midtown)

Majorca Bistro & Tapas is a renaissance man of a restaurant: if you're not there to dance to the DJs or live Flamenco, enjoy a bunch of wine and delicious tapas, or follow up a few tasty chicken empanadas with some relaxing hookah, maybe you'll be there for the brunch, which you can pair with bottomless mimosas for just under $10.

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13. Pub Fiction 2303 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

Whether you're looking to catch some live music or dance to a DJ, enjoy something from a menu full of savory, satisfying choices (fried pickles, tacos and quesadillas, half-pound burgers), or catch the game and drink $6.50 domestic pitchers at happy hour, Pub Fiction will gladly meet your needs.

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14. Baba Yega 2607 Grant St, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Baba Yega is the place to go to enjoy everything from rainbow trout or yellow fin tuna, to 1/2-pound grilled burgers, to healthy vegetarian cuisine. They've got a sunny front patio, airy interior, and a (seemingly) secret garden out back, all of which make for a great setting to enjoy their Sunday brunch buffet, with $12 carafes or $3 glasses of mimosas and bellinis.

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15. Royal Oak Bar & Grill 1318 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Royal Oak Bar & Grill has cheap drinks, a great rotating happy hour including $3 Texas drafts or half off top-shelf whiskeys, and a sweet brunch with $7 boozy pitchers and $4 stiff-as-hell Bloody Marys.

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16. Triniti 2815 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098 (Montrose)

Triniti has a seasonally rotating menu of "Third Coast French" cuisine -- beautifully plated dishes made with top-quality ingredients, like their baby lamb, with heirloom greens, yogurt, English pea gnocchi, apple, and peanuts. Be prepared to spend a little bit of money on dinner here, or, get yourself a nice sunny seat out front on the weekends, and enjoy their five-course brunch tasting menu, including bottomless mimosas, for $35.

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17. Union Kitchen 4057 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

The Union Kitchen on Bellaire has a relaxed dining space, lined with string lights and open to the outdoors on either side, that's perfect for enjoying some of their small plates and something from their extensive wine menu. Come for brunch on weekends from 10am-2pm and treat yourself to $7 build-your-own Bloodys or $6 Beermosas.

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18. Local Pour 1952 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019 (Houston)

With 45+ beers on tap (including rotating seasonals), and about the same number in bottles, Local Pour will keep your brew curiosity piqued for quite some time. Soak up all those suds with charcuterie, beer-steamed mussels, and tacos.

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19. Benjy's 5922 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007 (Washington)

One of two locations in Houston, the Washington Ave iteration of this hip eatery that serves the business lunch and happy hour types alike. The happy hour crowd is enjoying their specials every day from 4-7pm, with the likes of $3 beers, $5 mixed drinks, and $6 plates that range from crispy Brussels sprouts to their Bistro Burger.

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20. TQLA 4601 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77024 (Washington)

TQLA is great for taking down some tacos, enchiladas, tortas, and other manner of Tex-Mex classics -- even better are the margarita flights, tequila ON TAP, and the happy hour specials, which give you $3 Mexican brews and half-price appetizers.

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21. Cru Wine Bar 9595 Six Pines Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380 (The Woodlands)

Whether you're looking for a classy lunch or dinner, or just want to park it on the patio with $9 bottomless mimosas and do some people watching -- if you've come to Cru, you've made the right decision.