The Absolute Best Brunches in Houston
There are many reasons to love Houston, and brunch is for sure one of them. The city’s midday munching options run as far and wide as the Lone Star State itself, from off-the-charts global riffs on dim sum and VIP-worthy Creole fine dining to Mexican hangover cures and one spot serving a don’t-knock-it-till-you-try it spaghetti sandwich (which pairs quite well with its excellent Bloody Mary, by the way). Here’s exactly where you want to be brunching in Houston, whether you’re dining in, taking advantage of patio season, or getting yours to-go.
Hometown heroes Bobby Heugel (Anvil) and Justin Yu (Theodore Rex) are two of the masterminds behind this Heights powerhouse, which rocks both a pleasant patio and even more pleasant Sunday brunch. In the kitchen, Mark Clayton and crew whip up scratch-made breakfast-y dishes like Dutch baby pancakes, oyster mushroom hash, and lè brunch burger, a raclette-smothered stout beef patty piled with lardons, dijonaise, and a fried egg. You can now dine in or order it all—including Bloody Mary and Mimosa kits—for curbside pickup.
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 the brunchy goodness a la carte at each. Choose from fall-apart lechon, huevos rancheros, and chorizo & egg chile relleno, plus sangria, margs, and mimosas (available in kit form for to-go orders).
How to order: Order online for pickup, use GrubHub and UberEats for delivery, or make a reservation to dine-in
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 with one of the most beautiful dining spaces and patios in town. You can pay it a visit, or experience sensory overload in the form of hearth-roasted oysters, double-smoked duck poppers, blue crab omelettes, and Gulf shrimp etouffee via takeout Sunday brunch.
How to order: Click here for pickup and delivery or make dine-in reservations online
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. It’s also a people-watching favorite if you choose to dine in for Saturday and Sunday brunch.
How to order: Call 713-722-6899 for pickup, get delivery via GrubHub, or make reservations for dine-in service
Make your way through the playbook of Tejano classics at this Heights-area joint, a rundown that features savory staples like chilaquiles, migas, Delta-style tamales and eggs, and egg sandwiches on Texas Toast. Those with a sweet tooth head straight for the signature hotcakes, double or triple-stacked and finished with a hefty dollop of whipped butter, sugar dust, and buttermilk syrup. Brunch runs Saturday and Sundays from 11 am - 3 pm, and there’s a cute patio space with plenty of shade.
How to order: Order online for curbside pickup, get it delivered to your doorstep via DoorDash, or join the waitlist ahead of dining in
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.
How to order: Dine in or click here for pickup and delivery
Brennan's of Houston
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, and that’s where this jazzy New Orleans-kissed classic comes in. They’re currently offering dine-in service—the Big Easy-inspired courtyard is definitely something you should experience—in addition to their “To-Geaux" menu. Expect snapping turtle soup, Gulf shrimp & grits, super addictive Creole bread pudding, and on-theme boozy selections like Brandy Milk Punch and spicy Creole Bloody Marys.
How to order: Click here for pickup and delivery, make reservations to dine in, or get delivery via UberEats
Rest assured that the bond between traditional French cuisine and upbeat Houston fare is solid here—just hit up any one of Common Bond’s four locations (or one of two drive-thru On-The-Go locales off Heights Boulevard and in Garden Oaks) to see for yourself. Brunchy bistro eats run the gamut from smoked salmon lox tartines and croque-madames to tamale Benedicts and buttermilk biscuits with jalapeño-sausage gravy. Finish it off with an order of Boston cream kugelhopf, rainbow-colored macarons, and chocolate-laced croissants that run bigger than your damn head, of course.
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery or dine in
State Fare Kitchen & Bar
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 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. Those dining at home can also snag Bloody Mary kits and mimosas by the gallon.
How to order: Make reservations to dine in, call 832-831-0950 (Memorial) or 713-234-1405 (Sugar Land) for pickup and use GrubHub for delivery from Memorial and Sugar Land
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 dine-in (including a newly expanded patio), takeout, and delivery options from Pondicheri’s fast-casual cafe or upstairs bake lab. Wake-me-up treats include all-day breakfast frankies, “everything but the kitchen sink” omelets, ghee burgers, carrot quinoa muffins, and a superlative chai custard pie with a cookie crust that feels brunchy enough for us.
How to order: Click here for pickup and delivery, or dine in
MAX's Wine Dive
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.
How to order: Click here for pickup and delivery or make reservations for dine in
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
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’ Screwdrivers” for dine-in or to-go.
How to order: Dine in or click here for pickup and delivery
Chef de Cuisine Nick Wong is putting out one of the most thoughtful, intriguing brunches in the city at this hot take on chef Chris Shepherd’s now defunct Underbelly. Here, the team continues to tell the story of Houston food via an exciting, dim sum style Sunday meal. Nosh on rotating dishes from wok fried migas and masa crepe cakes to grillades & grits and chili and black vinegar pork dumplings. With a smaller indoors, the eatery recently expanded its patio for more outdoor dining.
How to order: Make a rezzy to dine-in or place an order online or curbside and delivery
Chef Aaron Bludorn’s namesake stunner is probably Houston’s top culinary addition of the past year, and the hot-off-the-presses Sunday brunch makes that ring even truer. Start with oysters every which way (i.e, raw, fried, and roasted) alongside a foie gras brioche that will leave you swooning before treating yourself to lobster soft scramble, short rib ravioli, and, last but certainly not least, a giant cinnamon bun skillet for the table because, well, duh.
How to order: Make reservations for dine-in.
Sure, you’ll want to visit this Tex-Mex institution for insanely good fajitas but hit it up a little earlier in the day to get in on the badass weekend brunch. That’s when the OG good stuff storms the stage, from huevos rancheros, chilaquiles verdes, and Mexican-style shrimp & grits to a red chile pork posole sure to cure any hangover (with help from a Bloody Maria or two, obviously).
How to order: Dine in or place an order for pickup and delivery.
Better Luck Tomorrow
A spaghetti sandwich is likely something you never knew you needed, but trust us when we say you most definitely do. It’s just one of many the wonders dreamt up by Justin Yu, Bobby Heugel, and the rest of the clever BLT crew. Sharing the spotlight is the tastiest Bloody Mary in town—plus a tomatillo version if you’re feeling fancy—both of which sit pretty next to that burrata-topped, parmesan-crusted hand-held pasta masterpiece. Equally as important is the MOB (mortadella on a bun with anchovy aioli, pepperoncini, & fried egg). Oh, and don’t forget the beef gravy-topped hangover hash browns. Let’s just say they’re awaiting your call.
How to order: Dine in or order for pickup.