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The 11 Best All-Day Breakfasts in Houston

Published On 05/13/2015 Published On 05/13/2015

Maybe waking up before noon was just too hard today. Or maybe you prefer to eat your pancakes at night. Either way, get excited. Because we’ve scoured the city for the best "I can eat breakfast whenever the hell I want!" options and narrowed them down to the 11 most excellent. 

Fountain View Cafe

Galleria
Hours: Every day ‘til 3pm
If you’re gonna have pancakes for lunch (or as pre-dinner snack), this is the place to do it. These bad boys come stacked with crisped edges and a mound of oozing, whipped, and salted butter. All they need is a soak in syrup and BOOM -- you’re never having a kale salad for lunch again.

Blacksmith

Blacksmith

Montrose
Hours: Every day ‘til 5pm
Hungover? We have a plan for you. Wake up at 10am. Find your wallet and phone. Got ‘em? Good. Go back to sleep ‘til 3pm, put on pants, and get ready for some late-afternoon breakfast action at Blacksmith. Depending on your level of hangover, get the daily black and a sausage, egg & cheddar scratch-made biscuit or the Vietnamese steak & eggs. Now add on a croissant. You’ve either completely cured yourself or have put yourself into enough of a food coma that you can easily fall back asleep.

Avalon Diner

Avalon Diner

Stafford
Hours: Sun-Thurs 'til 9pm; Fri & Sat ‘til 10pm
This old-school diner has been feeding Houstonians their most important meal of the day since 1938. Even when the sun goes down. Get here for two-egg plates loaded with all the usual suspects, corned beef hash, and -- because breaded and deep-fried beef is a breakfast food in Texas -- chicken-fried cowboy steak & eggs with grits and a biscuit. 

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Harry’s Restaurant & Cafe

Midtown
Hours: Weekdays ‘til 2:30pm; weekends ‘til 3pm
Ever have the problem where you can’t decide between the pancakes or the eggs, so you order both and look like a complete glutton when you have five plates on the table to everyone else’s two? Problem solved: no matter what time of day you stroll on into Harry’s, you can get (among other breakfast-y things like the beaut pictured above) Houston’s most massive pancake & egg hybrid, the pancake omelet. That’s an entire three-egg meat & cheese omelet wrapped in a gigantic pancake. Trust us when we say you want this.
 

Natachee’s Supper ‘n Punch

Midtown
Hours: Mon-Wed ‘til 9pm; Thurs-Sat ‘til 10pm; Sun ‘til 8pm
Breakfast for dinner tastes better with boozed-up punch, we promise. Sit out on the big back patio and suck down a few of Maw Maw’s cocktails while you work on demolishing your short stack AND your ranchero omelet. It’s one of those days...

The Buffalo Grille

Buffalo Grille

West University/Memorial
Hours: Tues-Sat ‘til 9pm; Sun-Mon ‘til 2pm
Because why wouldn’t you want an enormous plate of hotcakes and pecan-smoked bacon or a seriously large ranchero breakfast burrito at 8pm on a Wednesday? Trick question: you would.
 

Rustika Café

Greenway Plaza
Hours: Mon ‘til 5pm; Tues-Sat ‘til 7pm; Sun ‘til 3pm
A Jewish-Mexican bakery where you can get migas; dulce de leche crepes; cheese blintzes; and build-your-own-tacos, -burritos, and -croissant sandwiches all day long? Count us in!
 

59 Diner

Upper Kirby
Hours: Open 24/7
Not only can you come here for short stacks, breakfast BLTs, and pork chops & eggs ALL DAY, you can also come here for short stacks, breakfast BLTs, and pork chops & eggs ALL NIGHT -- because this classic diner is open 24 hours, seven days a week, baby.

the breakfast klub

The Breakfast Klub

Midtown
Hours: Sun-Mon ‘til 5pm; Tues-Sat ‘til 7pm
There’s a constant line out the door every weekend and it’s not because people are taking their office health challenges of standing more often seriously. It’s because of butter-loaded grits & fried catfish, crisp-as-all-hell wings & waffles, and chicken-fried steak the size of your head. Have it all for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
 

Lola

Heights
Hours: Every day ‘til 9pm
Wake up (at 5 pm) with deliciously massive plates of huevos rancheros, a good ‘ol stack of chocolate chip pancakes, or a chicken-fried home skillet packed with eggs, cheese grits, and sourdough toast at this Heights standby. There’s oatmeal as well -- but who are we kidding?
 

Tel-Wink Grill

Gulfgate/Pine Valley
Hours: Weekdays ‘til 3:45pm; Sat ‘til 3pm; Sun ‘til 2pm
At this beloved Houston institution, you can get cheap-as-hell breakfast all day err’ day (and by all day err’ day, we mean until they close). Your eggs & pancakes plate will be no-frills, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be downright delicious.

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1. Fountain View Cafe 1814 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057 (Uptown)

If you’re gonna have pancakes for lunch (or as pre-dinner snack), this is the place to do it. These bad boys come stacked with crisped edges and a mound of oozing, whipped, and salted butter. All they need is a soak in syrup and BOOM -- you’re never having a kale salad for lunch again.

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2. Blacksmith 1018 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

In a space that formerly housed Houston's most iconic gay bar, Blacksmith sets itself apart from the rest of the Houston coffee scene thanks to its all-star cast of city veterans, including the roaster of Greenway Coffee and the guys behind Beard-lauded establishments Anvil and Underbelly. Be sure to pair your java with scratch-made biscuits with a side of creme fraiche and marmalade.

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3. Avalon Diner 12810 Southwest Fwy, Stafford, TX 77477 (Sugar Land)

This old-school diner has been feeding Houstonians their most important meal of the day since 1938. Even when the sun goes down. Get here for two-egg plates loaded with all the usual suspects, corned beef hash, and -- because breaded and deep-fried beef is a breakfast food in Texas -- chicken-fried cowboy steak & eggs with grits and a biscuit.

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4. Harry's Restaurant & Cafe 318 Tuam St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

Ever have the problem where you can’t decide between the pancakes or the eggs, so you order both and look like a complete glutton when you have five plates on the table to everyone else’s two? Problem solved: no matter what time of day you stroll on into Harry’s, you can get (among other breakfast-y things) Houston’s most massive pancake & egg hybrid, the pancake omelet. That’s an entire three-egg meat & cheese omelet wrapped in a gigantic pancake. Trust us when we say you want this.

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5. Natachee's Supper & Punch 3622 Main St , Houston, TX 77002 (Midtown)

Breakfast for dinner tastes better with boozed-up punch, we promise. Sit out on the big back patio and suck down a few of Maw Maw’s cocktails while you work on demolishing your short stack AND your ranchero omelet.

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6. Buffalo Grille 4080 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005 (Memorial City)

Because why wouldn’t you want an enormous plate of hotcakes and pecan-smoked bacon or a seriously large ranchero breakfast burrito at 8pm on a Wednesday? Trick question: you would.

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7. Rustika Cafe 3237 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027 (River Oaks)

A Jewish-Mexican bakery where you can get migas; dulce de leche crepes; cheese blintzes; and build-your-own-tacos, -burritos, and -croissant sandwiches all day long? Count us in!

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8. 59 Diner 12250 Southwest Fwy, Stafford, TX 77477 (Sugar Land)

Not only can you come here for short stacks, breakfast BLTs, and pork chops & eggs ALL DAY, you can also come here for short stacks, breakfast BLTs, and pork chops & eggs ALL NIGHT -- because this classic diner is open 24 hours, seven days a week, baby.

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9. The Breakfast Klub 3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

This Fourth Ward breakfast spot has some of the best fried chicken in Houston. They even give you the option of fried catfish (and waffles OR GRITS!). Plus, every once in a while there is a clown that makes you balloon animals while you wait in line. Real talk.

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10. Lola 1102 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008 (The Greater Heights)

This Heights standby serves breakfast until 5pm. Get deliciously massive plates of huevos rancheros, a good ‘ol stack of chocolate chip pancakes, or a chicken-fried home skillet packed with eggs, cheese grits, and sourdough toast. There’s oatmeal as well -- but who are we kidding?

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11. Tel-Wink Grill 4318 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77087

Dmitri and Peggy Bokos brought their restaurant industry knowledge with them from Chicago, and Tel-Wink is now a legendary fixture on Telephone Road.

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