Where to Brunch in Houston Right Now: 20 New Restaurants That Do the Week’s Most Important Meal JusticeBY Jailyn Marcel
Beaver's Westheimer (Photo courtesy Beaver's Westheimer Facebook page)
Field & Tides biscuits and gravy, which includes two buttermilk cheddar scallion biscuits, homestyle gravy, bacon lardons, sausage, and breakfast potatoes. (Photo courtesy Field & Tides Facebook page)
Fruity pebble French toast at Bosscat Kitchen.
Kitchen 713 chefs Ross Coleman and James Haywood are jointly nominated for Best Chef: Southwest.
Taverna's Vanilla French toast with mascarpone and fresh fruit
This jumbo pancake at State Fare is enough for two.
Brunch puts the cherry on top of any weekend. Who can resist a smorgasbord of breakfast and lunch hybrids accompanied by flowing libations? (Not this girl!)
Luckily, the Houston brunch landscape continues to expand, offering everything from chic brunch buffets (yes, refined buffets do exist) to Sunday Funday meccas. Bookmark this link now — here are 20 new restaurant brunches to add to your arsenal this season.
1) Bacon Bros Public Houston, 2110 Town Square Place, Sugar Land, baconbrospublichouse.com. If Sugar Land’s your neck of the woods, this brunch is for you. The newly debuted Bacon Bros Public House unveils brunch service Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm.
Indulge in whimsical Southern dishes such as maple glazed pork belly Benedict served with a cornmeal waffle and bacon hollandaise sauce; buttermilk fried hot Chicken served with pimento cheese, Texas toast, and a fried egg; burnt end breakfast hash crafted with burnt end brisket, poblano peppers, scallions, roasted red potatoes, mustard, and a fried egg; and bacon sticky buns made with cinnamon, pecans, sorghum maple glaze and bacon.
Don’t forget to round out your meal with a $3 mimosa or $5 Bloody Mary.
2) Beaver’s, 6025 Westheimer Road, beavershouston.com. Smoky queso, Texas deviled eggs, huevos rancheros, and chicken fried steak and eggs are just a few highlights from Beaver’s Dam Good Brunch coming to you live every Sunday from the Beaver’s location that’s still open for the summer.
While the expansive food menu doesn’t disappoint, the true standout is Beaver’s bevy of Bloody Marys. Go for a traditional take with the Beaver Mary, or get adventurous with the Mescal Bloody or the Squealin’ Mary which features house-made bacon-infused vodka and candied bacon.
3) Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, 4310 Westheimer Road, bosscatkitchen-houston.com. The ultimate Sunday Funday is waiting at Bosscat Kitchen & Libations. Not only is a live DJ on hand every Sunday, but patrons can also pair an entree with bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys for $32.
Bosscat’s Fruity Pebbles French Toast and and Blue Elvis Pancakes are guaranteed Instagram porn.
4) Cavo Coffee, 3773 Richmond Avenue, cavocoffee.com. The new Cavo Coffee may serve breakfast renditions all week long, but it’s the weekend bubbles and bottomless mimosas that make it a shoe-in for this Houston brunch guide.
Grab a libation or two (or three or four), then pair it with one of Cavo’s many toasts — we’re partial to the Jam Session, whipped ricotta and house jam on toasted sourdough — sandwiches, salads, or grab-and-go items like overnight oats.
5) Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors, 2400 Mid Lane, eloisenichols.com. Vintage surrounds and Southern-inspired fare make for a charming brunch experience at Eloise Nichols.
Start your meal with the restaurant’s daily house-made muffins accompanied by house butter. Then go for the Texas shrimp & grits, a brunched-up burger, or the challah French toast soaked in horchata custard.
Eloise Nichols also launches its first breakfast service Monday, May 15. Lookout for dishes reminiscent of its sister restaurant Adair Kitchen — an egg sandwich on a pretzel bun, Eloise waffles, house tater tots with spicy ketchup, and a variety of pastries.
6) Etta’s Pop-up Brunch at Bar 5015, 5015 Almeda Road, ettashtx.com. While Etta’s Kitchen is known for its quaint yet chic Third Ward cooking school, the brand’s founder Shakti Baum is also hosting a must-visit pop-up Houston brunch just a few streets away at Bar 5015 every Sunday.
The rotating pop-up menu features everything from oxtails and grits to crab quiche and sweet cream cheese-stuffed French Toast topped with bananas and toasted pecans. Carafes of blood orange mimosas and sangrias add to the flavor-packed loot.
Added bonus: You’ll find the Waxaholics’ DJ Big Reeks spinning every week.
7) Field & Tides, 705 East 11th Street, fieldandtides.com. Experience brunch all weekend long at this Heights restaurant. The expansive Houston brunch menu truly has something for everyone with more than 30 entrees and sides, and a broad kid’s menu.
We’re going for the pulled pork buttermilk stack, which pairs slow roasted pork with pancakes topped with bourbon vanilla syrup and Irish butter. Enhance you meal with F&T’s tasting mimosa flight — a full bottle of champagne served with a variety of fruit juices.
8) Hungry’s, 2356 Rice Boulevard, hungryscafe.com. Hungry’s new facelift is reason enough to visit for weekend brunch. The terrace bar is a must. Hungry’s broad menu includes a little bit of everything including breakfast classics and three-egg omelettes, but an array of salads, wraps, tacos, salads, and soups also help round things out.
While mimosa carafes and flights are available, Hungry’s also offers Bloody Marys, sangria, frozen bellinis, and its signature micheladas as brunch cocktails.
9) Kitchen 713, 4601 Washington Avenue, kitchen713.com. If you’ve seen snippets of Kitchen 713’s brunch menu on social media, then you’re probably already drooling. The global, soul restaurant takes on a number of brunch classics.
Take the popular avocado toast trend, which Kitchen 713 tops with green chorizo, salsa macha, and a fried egg; or the the classic breakfast sandwich reinterpreted with chicken fried duck, mustard green mornay, and duck crackling; then there’s the kolache made with jalapeño sausage and koji mustard.
Head over on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm.
10) Local Foods Downtown, 420 Main Street, houstonlocalfoods.com. While Local Foods is often thought of as a fast casual lunch destination, the brand’s new downtown restaurant is breaking into brunch.
Every weekend until 4 pm, indulge in various healthy-ish brunch plates including the garden breakfast, a warm salad made with kales, quinoa, broccoli, cauliflower, egg whites, Korean chili, and vegan sausage; red wine short ribs and grits topped with sunny side up eggs; and the brioche French toast lathered in cane syrup, honey pecans, and apple butter.
11) Lucille’s, 5512 La Branch Street, lucilleshouston.com. Lucille’s recent menu revamp didn’t just cover the dinner menu. The modern Southern restaurant’s weekend brunch menu also received a welcomed rebrand.
Lucille’s famous chili biscuits and fried green tomatoes are always a must-have starter at any meal. Then go for a house Benedict (the crab and veggie renditions don’t disappoint), croissant French toast topped with spiked berries (make sure to add the wings!), the shrimp and grits, or the green eggs and ham — sous vide pork belly paired with garden herb omelette.
12) Nobie’s, 2048 Colquitt Street, nobieshtx.com. Neighborhood hot spot Nobie’s launches brunch for the first time this Sunday, May 14 from 11 am to 3 pm.
Lookout for seasonal and locally sourced brunch renditions such as the peanut butter banana French toast finished with syrup; an avocado toast topped with local butter and caviar, and your choice of crab and grapefruit or radish; and the Freakin’ Weekend Tower, a shareable bagel display served with a variety of schmears and toppings.
Also on hand: a bevy of brunch cocktails.
13) Pax Americana, 4319 Montrose Boulevard, paxamericanahtx.com. If you’re a fan of Pax’s modern American cuisine, you’ll be happy to know that the Houston restaurant’s reinstated its weekly Sunday brunch after a brief hiatus.
The rotating menu doesn’t stay the same for long, but expect seasonal dishes such as soft scramble on toast, stuffed and grilled fruit, roasted vegetable breads, and polenta cake.
Don’t leave without a taste of the scratch-made Bloody Marys and mimosas.
14) Pokeology, 5555 Moringside Drive, pokeology.com. A raw fish bowl may not be your typical brunch go-to, but at Pokeology, it’s the norm. Pair Pokeology’s poke bowls with a mimosa for $11, or add a Bloody Mary for $5.
15) Phil & Derek’s Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 1701 Webster Street, philanddereks.com. This is one of those refined brunch buffets I referred to at the beginning of the article. Not only does Phil & Derek’s feature a sprawling brunch spread every Sunday, but complimentary mimosas are also apart of the deal.
Pro Tip: Secure your table early. Due to popular demand, Phil & Derek’s doesn’t accept reservations.
16) Piggy’s Kitchen & Bar, 3412 West Lamar Street, piggyskitchen.com. From the group that brought you Lowbrow and Onion Creek, the newly debuted Piggy’s Kitchen & Bar is dishing out brunch every Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.
Brace yourself for decadent dishes such as deep fried monkey bread French toast with creme anglaise and house apple butter and puff pastry-stuffed waffles with rose water creme fraiche and rosemary chamomile syrup.
18) State Fare, 947 Gessner Road, statefarehouston.com. You’ll find a bevy of Texas-centric brunch staples at State Fare. Start your meal with the American-style smoked salmon or the avocado street corn toast.
Then dig into heart brunch entrees like huevos rancheros, the Texas Loco Moco topped with chili, or the eggy BLT, which is piled high with a half pound of bacon.
The petite Bloody Mary flight is also a can’t-miss — vodka, tequila, gin, and michelada versions included.
19) Taverna, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road, tavernabylombardi.com. With a new chef in the kitchen, Taverna amps up its weekend brunch. Chef Francesco Schintu churns out everything from polenta shrimp and grits scampi to vanilla French toast.
Enhance your meal with Taverna’s $2 bellinis and mimosas.
20) Xochi, Mariott Marquis, 1777 Walker Street, xochihouston.com. Who can resist brunch from a James Beard award-winning chef? Chef Hugo Ortega’s newest restaurant Xochi is delivering Oaxacan-inspired dishes for the downtown hotel restaurant’s newly launched brunch.
The revolving buffet, which runs from 11 am to 2:30 pm, is priced at $34 per person ($12 for kids).
Is your favorite new brunch missing from the list? Do you have any secret go-to spots? Let us know in the comment section below.