Houston’s Best New Brunch Restaurants: When a Weekend Meal Becomes a Lifestyle
Houston's hottest new restaurant, State of Grace, is now serving Sunday brunch. (Photo by Julie Soefer)
The apple crisp waffle is one of B&B's many brunch offerings. (Photo by Felix Sanchez)
Red velvet waffles courtesy Black & White.
Chef Omar Pereney mans the ceviche station at Peska. (Courtesy photo)
Brunch isn’t merely a meal — it’s a lifestyle, and Houstonians now have a plethora of ways to satisfy the habit. What was once a casual dining experience is now an all-day affair full of indulgent dishes, flowing carafes and live entertainment.
As the Bayou City’s food scene continues to grow and evolve, the brunch stratosphere is ever-changing, inheriting new occupants at every corner. Here are nine new brunch menus for your approval.
B&B BUTCHERS & RESTAURANT
1814 Washington Ave., 713.862.1814
Saturday & Sunday, 11 am — 3 pm
Country singers Justin Michael Bell, Jonathan Moody and Cody Joe Hodges — this isn’t the lineup for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, but rather the headliners for B&B Butcher’s brunch. The steakhouse is embracing the Rodeo spirit by kicking off the first weeks of its brunch service with country performers.
Enjoy the featured entertainment while indulging in brunch items like apple crisp waffle topped with stewed apples, pecan and bacon crumble; shrimp and creamy polenta; and classic fried chicken atop a creamed corn waffle served with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.
BLACK & WHITE
1001 Studewood St., 346.980.8484
Sundays, 11 am — 4 pm
If you’re in the mood for Mediterranean flavors, head to Studewood bistro Black & White. The seafood-centric eatery features dishes like roasted octopus tostadas, shrimp cake Benedict and tuna carnitas, as well as more traditional brunch items like red velvet pancakes, brûléed French toast and chicken and waffles with a Serrano and cheddar cheese twist. Plus, its brunch service lasts for five hours.
3422 Allen Parkway, 713.360.6477
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am — 2 pm
Who wouldn’t want to dine with sweeping views of Buffalo Bayou Park? For brunch with a view, head to The Dunlavy, an event venue and restaurant from Clark Cooper Concepts (Coppa Osteria, Punk’s Simple Southern Food, Salt Air Seafood Kitchen, Brasserie 19, Ibiza). If the treehouse style ambience, complete with ornate chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows, isn’t enough to draw you in, the diverse menu should.
The Dunlavy features a broad range of dishes with everything from grab-and-go items like smoothies and yogurt parfait to meatier options like breakfast sandwiches (bacon, egg and kale anyone?) and salads.
HELEN GREEK FOOD & WINE
2429 Rice Blvd., 832.831.7133
Sundays, 11 am — 4 pm
A James beard award nomination for Best New Restaurant is a compelling argument for brunch at Rice Village eatery Helen. The modern Greek taverna, which was recently featured in the New York Times installment of 36 hours in Houston, touts a diverse menu of dishes like shrimp and sourdough grits served with a poached egg and caramelized onions; tsoureki toast topped with braised cherries, walnuts and Greek yogurt; and the Greek Benedict, made with feta corn bread, Cypriot sausage and avgolemono hollandaise.
Pro tip: Don’t skip out on securing a reservation. The restaurant’s recent jolt into the spotlight makes walk-in seats few and far between.
HOLLEY’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
3201 Louisiana St., 713.491.2222
Sundays, 10 am — 2 pm
Restaurant and oyster bar Holley’s newest addition comes in the form of Sunday brunch. The menu features options like Texas blueberry and Meyer lemon muffins, buttermilk biscuits with pepper jelly, crispy pork belly and fried egg sandwich and shrimp and grits. Holley’s also offers a three-course prix-fixe brunch menu, as well as a bevy of brunch cocktails, including a Texas mimosa and Bloody Mary.
PESKA SEAFOOD CULTURE
1700 Post Oak Blvd., 713.961.9229
Sundays, 11 am — 3:30 pm
Is bottomless brunch ever a bad idea? Not at Peska, which has updated its brunch offerings to include everything from appetizers like charcuterie and fish empanadas to a ceviche station manned by executive chef Omar Pereney to paella and chilaquiles.
For $39, guests can enjoy unlimited menu items; bottomless mimosas and sangria are available for an extra $6.
947 Gessner Road, 832.831.0950
Saturdays, 11 am — 3 pm
Touting a revolving menu, Pour Society offers upscale brunch with a laid-back ambience. The American gastropub is serving up dishes like foie gras made with Hudson Valley foie, cheddar biscuit, pork gravy, apples, pastrami and a quail egg; buenelo, a sweet fried dough topped with cinnamon sugar and chocolate syrup; and a pub breakfast of andouille sausage, Parker house rolls, Bloody Mary beans and eggs. Of course, the ever-changing menu means your next visit will be full of surprises.
4830 Almeda Road, 346.701.7900
Sundays, 12 — 8 pm.
Beats, Eats and Drinks serves as the title for Scrappy Brown’s new brunch installment. The sports bar created by Lucille’s chef Chris Williams will not only offer brunch, but an all-day fête powered by DJ Big RA. Menu items include blueberry buttermilk pancakes, oxtail omelettes, steak and eggs, and French toast, as well as an array of brunch cocktails.
STATE OF GRACE
3258 Westheimer Road, 832.942.5080
Sundays, 10 am — 3 pm
The hottest restaurant in River Oaks didn’t stay removed from the brunch scene for long. Chef Bobby Matos is giving the people what they want with a sprawling menu of brunch favorites. Start with a small plate of beignets or warm sticky buns smothered in cream cheese icing.
Then try an entrée like the crawfish omelette, the gulf shrimp Benedict or the fried egg sandwich topped with pork belly, pickles and soft herbs.