Food & Drink

Houston's Best Brunches to Enjoy From Home

It's the most important meal of the day.

a’Bouzy
a’Bouzy | Becca Wright
a’Bouzy | Becca Wright

No matter the weekend, no matter the weather, no matter whatever the hell is going on in 2020, Houstonians can take solace in the fact that brunch will always be there for them. You may be getting your brunch to-go instead of spending Sunday with 15 of your closest pals, this lazy weekend tradition continues on. These H-town restaurants are open for your all boozy brunching needs, including but not limited to Champagne-marinated fried chicken and waffles, kitchen sink omelets, and everything you need to make a badass Bloody Mary at home.

Squable

Heights
Hometown heroes Bobby Heugel and Justin Yu are two of the masterminds behind the Heights’ latest shining star; and since this duo knows what the people want, the popular dinner spot expanded its hours to serve Sunday brunch earlier this year. In the kitchen, Mark Clayton and Drew Gimma prove to be another powerhouse duo, crafting scratch-made breakfast-y stuff from Sunday-only quiche and a bourbon-glazed cinnamon sticky bun to lè brunch burger: a raclette-smothered stout beef patty that gets some extra lovin’ from bacon and egg. You can now order it all, along with Bloody Mary and Mimosa kits, for curbside pickup.
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Hugo’s

Montrose
James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega journeys through the various regions of Mexico at three of his cult favorite restaurants -- Hugo’s (Montrose), Caracol (Galleria), and Xochi (Downtown), each of which offers an insanely good Sunday brunch buffet that we will all hopefully be able to experience again some day. In the meantime, you can still get a taste of the good stuff by ordering out from Hugo’s. Chorizo and egg tacos, chile relleno, and family-sized enchiladas are all up for grabs, as are Sangria kits and Mother’s Day meal setups.
Click here for pickup and use GrubHub for delivery

Eunice
Eunice | Duc Hoang

Eunice

Greenway Plaza
Helmed by internationally trained chef Drake Leonards (whose pedigree includes NOLA hotspots like August, Domenica, and Shaya), this Cajun-Creole brasserie pairs European and Gulf Coast bites. While locals await the reopening of its beautiful dining room and patio, they can still experience sensory overload in the form of hearth-roasted oysters, double-smoked duck poppers, blue crab omelettes, and Gulf shrimp etouffee via its rotating takeout menu, offered on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 11am. 
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a’Bouzy

Montrose
You can treat yourself to a bubbly-fueled brunch (sparkling options start at $12 and go up to $2,000) complete with morning pastries and jams, a solid eggs Benny, Champagne-marinated fried chicken and waffles, and crispy pommes frites that take a double dip in duck fat at this chic brunch favorite. 
Call 713-722-6899 for pickup

Superica

Heights
Once dine-in service reopens, you can make your way through the playbook of Tejano classics at this Heights-area joint -- said playbook hosts staples such as chilaquiles, migas, Delta style tamales and eggs, and egg sandwiches on Texas Toast, by the way. Until then, you can get migas breakfast tacos and Superica’s signature hotcakes via online ordering for contactless curbside pick-up on Saturday and Sunday mornings starting at 11:30am.
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Dish Society
Dish Society | Kimberly Park

Dish Society

Houston
You can feel pretty fantastic about smashing fat buttermilk biscuits and fried chicken smothered in gravy when you dine at this local mini-chain. That’s because those biscuits are made fresh, that chicken is cage-free, and the gravy, well, it’s damn tasty. The farm-to-table spot puts an emphasis on the farm, with a focus on locally raised meats and agriculture produced in or around Houston. Weekend brunch is available for curbside pickup, delivery, and reduced contact dine-in service, and there’s a virtual farmers market so you can stock your pantry, while you’re at it.
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Brennan’s

Midtown
There are times when brunch calls for cheap Champagne and literally anything that includes bacon. And then there are times when brunch calls for an epic three-course feast that makes you feel like you own an oil company. That’s where this jazzy New Orleans-kissed classic comes in. It’s currently offering a “To-Geaux" menu while it evaluates a reopening date. Get snapping turtle soup, Gulf shrimp & grits, super addicting Creole bread pudding, and boozy treats from Brandy Milk Punch to spicy Creole Bloody Marys (and check out its multi-course Mother’s Day packages for Mom). 
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Common Bond

Houston
The bond between traditional French and fun Houston-inspired fare is real, here. Dine-in or takeout (we recommend takeout) from one of Common Bond’s three locations (or the hit the new drive-thru locale opening this summer) to feel that bond for yourself. Brunchy bistro eats run the gamut from smoked salmon lox tartine and croque-madame to tamale Benedict and buttermilk biscuits with jalapeño sausage gravy. You’ll want some Boston cream kugelhopfs, rainbow-colored macarons, and chocolate-laced croissants that are bigger than your damn head as well, of course. Check out Mom’s Day to-go options from home-cooking kits to cookies and cakes.
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State Fare Kitchen & Bar

Memorial City
Sometimes, you just want your weekend brunch with a side of gluttony. Those are exactly the times you should seek out this comfort food spot, which is currently open for curbside pickup, delivery, and limited dine-in service. The food here is lowbrow in a good way -- think brunch burgers topped with spicy brown sugar bacon, egg, American cheese, and hash browns; buttermilk biscuits smothered with house sausage and fat-laden, East Texas cream gravy; and XXL griddle cakes for two, served with good ol’ maple syrup and whipped butter or topped with anything from chocolate chunks to H-town hot chicken. You can also pre-order Mother’s Day packages, Bloody Mary kits, and mimosas by the gallon.
Call 832-831-0950 for pickup and use GrubHub for delivery

Pondicheri

Upper Kirby
If you haven’t had everything cardamom-kissed and cinnamon-spiced from this Indo-fusion street eats spot, you’ve been brunching wrong. Remedy that by hitting up the takeout and delivery options from Pondicheri’s fast-casual cafe or upstairs bake lab, with wake-me-up treats including all-day breakfast frankies, “everything but the kitchen sink” omelets, ghee burgers, carrot quinoa muffins, and chai custard pie with a cookie crust; and check out Chef Anita Jaisinghani’s virtual cooking class with her daughter Ajna for an early Mother’s Day (Saturday, May 9 at 11am on the Zoom, $25).
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Max’s Wine Dive

Montrose (& Washington)
Fried chicken and Champagne. It’s what’s for brunch. At least it can be if you dine-in or take-out from this local wine dive. Snag a bottle of bubbly or rose to pair with jalapeño-buttermilk fried chicken & waffles, red velvet pancakes, and an eggs benny riff that takes crispy chicken, throws it on some honey buttered biscuits, adds poached eggs, and finishes the whole thing with a black pepper cream gravy blanket. Yes, you do deserve this.
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Snooze, an AM Eatery

Houston
With locations dotting the city, this ever-expanding Denver-born chain has earned Houston’s affection one smothered pancake at a time. This is the spot for loaded pancake flights and hollandaise-coated everything, and all of its goods are both wallet-friendly and available for takeout. But the best part? You can unofficially “brunch” from its loaded  menu seven days a week. Order blueberry Danish pancakes, Funky Monkey French toast, habanero pork belly Bennies, and “Big Bloody” and “Lil’ Screwdriver” kits online, or call your nearest location for Mother’s Day specials from pancake kits to surf & turf.
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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston-based writer who never met a brunch she didn’t like… as long as there was a Bloody Mary involved. Share your #brunchstories with her @brookiefafa or @BrookeViggiano.