Brunch is a frequent topic of discussion around here -- best brunches, boozy brunching, questing after the most excellent new brunches, which are actually now old brunches because an even newer crop of brunches has taken their place. It’s pretty hard to keep up with, so we’ve done it for you, bringing you 10 new ways to combat your weekend hangover the only way we know how: with bacon, bubbly, and egg-topped fries (for the extra-rough mornings).
Here’s a tough one: what happens when one of the hottest new restaurants opens for brunch? Answer: you go there. Maybe that was too easy. Either way, don’t miss their excellent brunch cocktails like sweat tea cotillions and house Bloodys with pickled shrimp. Then, if you’re feeling particularly baller (or are still buzzed from last night and are ready to make some reckless financial decisions), start with the uber luxurious I-10 seafood platter. It makes a nice palette cleanser for the NOLA-style BBQ shrimp toast & eggs or the daringly good head cheese hot brown you’re about to smash.
Partaking in bottomless cocktails the moment you wake up almost feels classy when you do it at this dual concept Heights restaurant. Scratch that. It feels fully classy. Especially when you enjoy the tinctures with things like roasted octopus ceviche tostada, crème-brûleéd French smothered in grand marnier syrup; and huevos rotos, a tapas style dish in which you use warm bread to scoop up messy broken eggs, crisp potatoes, and chorizo (because using the bread instead of your face keeps things truly classy).
Hopefully you’ve indulged in this haute taverna’s pork gyros and Greek wine by now, but if you have yet to cure a Saturday hangover with their Sunday brunch, it’s like you’re not even trying to have fun. Eggs Benny take a trip to the Mediterranean with feta cornbread, hand-packed sausage, and your new bestie, avgolemono hollandaise; while their take on French toast, made with Greek Easter bread and sweet wine-braised cherries, is kinda like Challah French toast on crack. Wash it down with some truly awesome morning cocktails, then take on a greens-n-cheese pie because when in Greece, right?
Your hangover helper just got taken to a whole other level thanks to fiery Thai-style Corpse Revivers and umami-bombs like kai kwam (that’s a heavenly pork-stuffed fried egg), kanon jin nam ngiew (those are slurp-worthy Northern pork curry noodles), and jok bpet (a heavenly rice porridge loaded with shredded duck). Of course, there’s sweet stuff, too. Split paper thin coconut crepes and French toast with pandan syrup with the table, or be greedy and keep them all to your damn self.
A proper English-style brunch starts with clotted cream scones and tea. A proper Houston-style, English-style brunch keeps the scones, subs the tea out for highballs and pimm’s cups, and throws in things like poached eggs & corned beef hash, bangers & black pudding, and screw it, double the beef cheeseburgers with a big ol’ pile of fries. America!
With a new executive chef rocking the kitchen, the time to get lunchy breakfast-stuffs and breakfasty lunch-stuffs at this coastal eatery is NOW. Chef Mike McElroy, whose resume includes everything from NOLA’s Commander’s Palace to Houston’s D&T Drive Inn, shows off some serious talent through refined Provençal plates smooched with Creole ‘tude. Hit the bright and airy space to dive head first into just bitter Aperol Collins, savory brie, and Muscovy duck puff pastries, and a house-made andouille and quail egg kolache that is unlike any other you’ve had before. Just to be clear, that’s a good thing.
Fact: Sunday brunch is instantly cooler when it involves things like corn hole, live patio music, and a short rib mac and cheese appetizer that you can’t not start with. The menu runs the gamut from brunchables like migas and eggs & brats to lunchier numbers like cheddar fondue pretzel burgers and mussels & frites. All of which taste better with a morning cocktail (fact #2).
Foie gras with biscuits & gravy, smoked chicken chilaquiles frittatas, and pour' stramis (aka open-faced pastrami sandwiches with a jalapeno-cheddar waffle bun) are allllllll on the menu at this funky American resto from chef and restaurateur Bradley Ogden. With a 40ft bar complete with 48 craft taps and a laundry list of gastropub eats, it’s the kind of place at which you can happily waste your Sunday away.
$39 will get you an all you can eat seafood feast at this fresh-faced cult favorite. Tack on six more bones for bottomless mimosas and sangria to gulp as you take on plate after loaded plate. An what are you loading said plate with, you ask? Just hotness including but not limited to crispy fish empanadas, crazy good ceviches, absolutely loaded seafood paella, and from-the-land eats like smoked ham eggs benny and leek, bacon, and blue cheese quiche lorraine.
Ever feel like a fried bologna croissant-waffle drizzled with queso and topped with strawberry pico jam, but just don’t know where to get it? How about a grilled cheese made with brisket-stuffed fried cheese sticks sandwiched inside Texas toast with more cheese and a fried egg? Well have no fear, because this cool kid brewpub has answered all of your extremely trippy brunch dreams.
1. Bernadine's1801 N Shepherd Dr Ste B, Houston
2. Black & White1001 Studewood St, Houston
3. Helen Greek Food and Wine2429 Rice Blvd, Houston
4. Foreign Correspondents4721 N Main St Ste A, Houston
5. Hunky-Dory Tavern1801 N Shepherd Dr, Houston
6. The Durham House1200 Durham Dr, Houston
7. The Del6565 Del Monte Dr, Houston
8. Pour Society947 Gessner Rd Ste B190, Houston
9. PESKA Seafood Culture1700 Post Oak Blvd Ste 190, Houston
10. Bovine & Barley416 Main St, Houston
Distinctively Southern, Bernadine’s is a contemporary Gulf Coast seafood restaurant that gleans inspiration from restaurants along the Interstate 10 corridor, from Apalachicola oyster shacks to fish fry stands in South Texas. Bernadine’s offers brunch, lunch, and dinner menus of seafood and snacks and large plates. For dinner, you’ll dive into the menu by choosing a couple of briny starters, namely Gulf oysters on the half-shell and Gulf ceviche with Tennessee apple leche de tigre, radish, shaved onion, and pepita gremolata. Shifting away from seafood, continue your meal with the confit duck leg, paired with chaurice sausage, roasted chicken jus, creole mustard spaetzle, and fermented rainbow chard. Ask for cocktail recommendations, but you can’t go wrong with any of Bernadine’s speakeasy-inspired beverages; as you sip on your Kentucky Mule with bourbon, lime, mint turbinado, and Angostura bitters, you’ll be transported to the world of Prohibition, when Houston Heights was, begrudgingly, under the “dry ordinance.”
Check out this contemporary, dual concept restaurant: one side of the menu features Mediterranean-inspired dishes (black) and the other offers grilled seafood cuisine (white). The restaurant itself is split in a similar way: the black side is a bit more formal with tablecloths and a quieter ambience, and the white is more casual. The coolest part, though, is that you can order from both menus on either side of the restaurant.
Chef William Wright (of Philippe Restaurant & Lounge and Table on Post Oak) and respected sommelier Evan Turner assure this Rice Village spot isn’t your typical falafel-fueled Greek restaurant. Instead you’ll find refreshed Greek fare with a touch of Gulf Coast soul alongside a Greek wine list that is just as thoughtful as it is impressive (it’s the second largest Greek list in the US). Nosh on a dolma, sip on Hellenic wine, and let yourself feel godly for at least as long as the meal lasts. This intimate and romantic is great for small groups or dates.
The modern, hipster decor sets Heights' Foreign Correspondents apart from the homely styles of more traditional Thai restaurants. The menu’s got it all and a complementary sweet Thai herbal tea comes with your meal. FC also specializes in experimental house cocktails that are always fresh and deliciously strong, and they serve a large list of beer and wines by the glass as well. Cafe and patio seating make for a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience.
Built around a wood-fired hearth, this dark, sophisticated Heights restaurant serves British-American cuisine like black pudding, pork belly, and game pie in a romantic dining room. At the full-service bar, a shorter pub menu features steaks and chops along with a selection of wines and around a dozen specialty cocktails. Polished wood tables, classic white-rose centerpieces and low lighting makes Hunky-Dory the ultimate date spot -- just be sure to come hungry and ready to share because they don't fool around with portions here.
If you’re hungry for some high-end European and Creole fare, stop in this cozy spot located conveniently off of the 10. With tasteful small plates like charred octopus and truffle duck fat fries, this spot is sure to satisfy your curious taste dubs. The Durham House also has refreshing cocktails with quirky names like He Went To Jared, 50 Shades of Earl Grey and A Finished Novel.
If you love Murica you’ll love The Del. This family-friendly neighborhood joint is serving up your favorite can’t-go-wrong American meals like burgers, sandwiches and salads. It’s a perfect spot to watch a game, catch up with friends, and just take it easy. Don't miss happy hour: it starts early at 3pm Monday through Friday and the cocktails can be made custom to how you like it. Cheers to an old fashioned with an extra dash of USA.
The only thing better than a six-layer dip is a seven-layer dip… served in a mason jar. Pour Society has every drink you could want and then some—choose from their extensive wine list, house-made craft cocktails (four on tap!) and 48 types of craft and Texas beer. We were going to come up with a pun about how this place doesn’t have a poor selection, but we’d hate us, too. This American pub should be your everyday hangout for good drinks and Southern-style fare.
After opening two successful restaurants in Mexico, sibling owners Maite and Diego set their sights on Houston. This aquatic-themed eatery and seafood market is serving up fresh, Mexican-inspired in Galleria. Peska also has an impressive raw bar and a hired “seafood sommelier” who will assist you in picking a fresh catch to fit your tastes.
This cool-kid's craft brewpub is famous for their ginormous HTX marquee letters and forty-two taps of barley. The spacious room is a nice change from other downtown Houston bars where you’re used to being packed like sardines. A projector wall gives this hotspot the edge for catching a game, and the fantastic food deals on their meat-centric menu will fill you up without breaking the bank.