Brunch is a frequent topic of discussion around here. Boozy brunching. The best brunches around. But you know what, just like the mail, the brunch never stops! New brunches are popping up all the time. Here are 10 new ways to combat that hangover via bacon and bubbly:
The first full-service resto on Houston’s prized Menil Campus is the perfect place to pretend to be cultured on a date. Come here for modern, Euro-inspired eats like duck confit omelets or French toast drizzled in a caramel sauce so alluring you might ask IT for a date.
While it's still working out a few kinks, this brand-new bake shop and eatery shows tons of promise. Especially when you are smashing cracked egg pizzas, cake donuts, and crunchy fried chicken into your mouth.
Scratch-made bacon quiche, Vietnamese steak & eggs, and crepe cakes (yes, those are cakes made out of freaking CREPES) are all must-haves at this excellent East Downtown bakery & café. So are the locally-roasted coffees and an irresponsible number of croissants to-go.
Buffet brunch at this modern Italian, farm-to-table resto means you’re stuffing your gut with local, freshly carved prime rib, fresh seafood, house-made pastas, and suckling pig. Wash it all down with a classic craft cocktail, then make room for dessert, because you’re getting your damn $28 worth if it’s the last thing you do.
Comfort foods rock the house at this cozy Southern American bistro. Start with homemade sangria or a spicy michelada... now, unbutton your pants -- you’re gonna need the extra room for pancake-battered sausage pigs in a blanket, country ham eggs Benny, and chicken fried chicken.
There’s a new brunch buffet in town. And -- in addition to all the usual breakfast-y suspects -- it has fried chicken, prime rib, an ice bar, and a station where you can top your gumbo with fried oysters, crawfish, and shrimp. Just show up with $35 (plus money for tax/tip) and be hungry as hell.
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Yes, Max’s Wine Dive has been filling your guts with wings & corn cakes, RVPs, and crème brûlée French toast for like... ever, but the fried chicken gods recently started serving brunch LATE NIGHT (Fri & Sat 11:30pm-1:30am). Late night brunch, everybody (slow clap).
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Put down the Eggos and slowly back away from the toaster. Good. Now grab a friend and go to get lychee French toast, Korean steak & eggs, banana Nutella pie, and mezcal Bloodys at this Asian-inspired GOOF eatery instead.
Here’s some important life advice: when you can start with local brisket or smoked fish hash and finish with churros and Mexican hot chocolate, you do.
You guys, there's a full-service restaurant located inside the San Felipe HEB and it's pretty freaking fantastic (especially since former Haven chef Randy Evans consulted on the menu). Head there for Sunday brunch and order from both the brunch and the regular menu because YOU CAN. Don't miss the Korean fried chicken & waffles, nor the truffle butter-laced jarred eggs.
If you don’t order seafood at brunch, you’re doing it wrong. If you do, you now have one more reason to wipe last night’s pizza off your chin and get your life together by 2, because this Midtown stunner just launched a Sunday brunch service. East Coast and local Gulf oysters-on-the-half shell; sorghum glazed shrimp & pickled serrano-boursin grits; and non-seafood stuffs like roasted pork debris eggs benny are all a part of the morning fun. So are smoked Bloody Marys, btw.
Everything at this eclectic kitchen is made In-house, from the buttermilk biscuits to the jalapeño sausage (and tasso gravy in between!) Eat those, but don’t miss the trio of boudin you’re also starting with.
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1. Bistro Menil1513 West Alabama, Houston
2. Weights + Measures2808 Caroline St Ste 101, Houston
3. Tout Suite2001 Commerce St, Houston
4. Radio Milano800 Sorella Ct, Houston
5. Big Eyed Fish908 Henderson St, Houston
6. Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen1212 Waugh Dr, Houston
7. Lillo & Ella2307 Ella Blvd, Houston
8. Paul's Kitchen2502 Algerian Way, Houston
9. Table 57 Dining & Drinks5898 San Felipe, Houston
10. Kitchen 7134515 Canal St, Houston
11. Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar3201 Louisiana St, Houston
Expect Euro-inspired American fare from chef Greg Martin and a killer cask wine and beer program from bev director Sean Beck in a striking dining room that you should probably take a date to. Get the charcuturie plate, filled with deliciousness like duck rillete, jamón ibérico, and chicken ballotine, along with standouts like he big and beefy cocoa nib and black peppercorn-crusted filet. Was that a little meat heavy? Sorry, there are pizzas, pastas, and salads, too.
Weights + Measures in Montrose is a restaurant, bakery, and bar triple threat that delivers exceptional and inventive takes on meals and drinks. The 70s-esque decor contrasts with the industrial exterior, and the huge space can accommodate bar-goers and diners all in one open space. Stop by in the morning for daily-baked breads, pastries and coffee, or swing by at night for a more relaxed meal.
This 7,000-square-foot draws a busy yet quiet lunch crowd via scratch-made pastries, entree options like Vietnamese steak and eggs, and a coffee program curated by none other than Greenway Coffee’s David Buehrer, making it easily one of the best in the city. Including espresso-based classics, the lineup runs the gamut from flat whites and nutty cortados to a creamy ca phe sua da, which is also available by the bottle.
Manned by chef Jose Hernandez (formerly of big guns Philippe Restaurant + Lounge and La Balance), this fine-dining Italian restaurant, housed in the Hotel Sorella, dishes out modern, inspired eats – think house-made tagliatelle with lobster and uni cream and 44 Farms rib eye with bone marrow sauce – alongside killer cocktails.
American Southern comfort foods get revamped at Big Eyed Fish. Dishes including crab beignets and coconut tuna will have you wishing the homey Houston spot was your actual home.
Tony Mandola's masters numerous things -- Southern, seafood, Cajun/Creole, to name a few. It also has a killer brunch, featuring all the usual suspects, in addition to fried chicken, prime rib, an ice bar, and a station where you can top your gumbo with fried oysters, crawfish, and shrimp.
At Lillo & Ella you can expect delicious takes on pan-asian street food from Chef and owner Kevin Naderi, like crispy Vietnamese chicken wings, braised bacon bao, Thai muu noodles, and blue crab fried rice.
These two Pauls (one of Osteria Mazzantini, one of Union Kitchen) are the kinda Pauls you want to know. Why? Because they teamed up to sling farm-fresh eats like braised goat empanadas, smoked Berkshire pork belly, and juicy fried chicken straight into your belly.
Table 57 is a New American restaurant located inside the San Felipe HEB, offering up delicious fare like pork belly BLTs and Korean BBQ pork sliders.
Kitchen 713 serves what it has dubbed "global soul food" -- classic Southern fare that borrows flavors from Ethiopian, Thai and Mexican cuisines. The menu is remarkably eclectic with dishes like fried chicken with sweet plantain sauce and thai chiles, smoked adobo pork chops, and okra-topped Ethiopian fish stew. The space is unpretentious, with a yellow wood-paneled facade, an open kitchen, and iron framed chairs, but the food is remarkably complex -- comfort food with a kick. And while the little East End eatery serves no alcohol, the strange variety of distinct, culturally inspired dishes still manages to draw a crowd.
With multiple dining rooms – including a more casual one with an oyster shucking station -- this Midtown eatery dishes out seafood done the Southern way. Chef Mark Holley is covering all the bases with crudo, ceviche, raw oysters, caviar service, and a bourbon program, too. The interior is sleek and modern, with dark wooden accents and big windows. The drinks produced through Holley's cocktail program are not to be missed either.