Food & Drink

10 New Brunches to Try in Houston

Published On 03/11/2015 Published On 03/11/2015
Weights and Measures
Tout Suite
Radio Milano
Big Eyed Fish
Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen
MAX's Wine Dive
Jodie Eisenhardt/Eater
Paul's Kitchen
Table 57 Dining & Drinks
Courtesy of Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar


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.

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1. Bistro Menil 1513 West Alabama, Houston, TX 77006

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.

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2. Weights + Measures 2808 Caroline St Ste 101, Houston, TX 77004

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.

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3. Tout Suite 2001 Commerce St, Houston, TX 77002

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.

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4. Radio Milano 800 Sorella Ct, Houston, TX 77024

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.

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5. Big Eyed Fish 908 Henderson St, Houston, TX 77007

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.

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6. Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen 1212 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77019

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.

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7. Lillo & Ella 2307 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008

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.

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8. Paul's Kitchen 2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX 77098

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.

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9. Table 57 Dining & Drinks 5898 San Felipe, Houston, TX 77057

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.

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10. Kitchen 713 4515 Canal St, Houston, TX 77011

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.

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11. Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar 3201 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77006

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.