West Eggs

A previously barren side of town gets two tasty breakfast options.

Catch a glimpse of the kitchens at these two west-side eateries: Chatter's on Eldridge and Pecan Creek Grille.

For a very long time, it was difficult to take the family to breakfast out on the west side of Houston — from Memorial down through the Energy Corridor — without heading to a place that wasn't a chain. In an area that should ideally have small, independently run places serving a good, budget-friendly breakfast, we were left with joints like Denny's, IHOP, Waffle House, The Egg & I, the long-lost JoJo's on Wilcrest...Getting a home-cooked meal at breakfast was best done just like that — at home.

But within the past year, West Houston has gotten not one but two excellent options for those looking to eat out at breakfast, and they're virtually right across the street from each other on Eldridge Parkway.

Texan breakfast with coffee at Pecan Creek Grille.
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Texan breakfast with coffee at Pecan Creek Grille.
Eggs Benedict and a latte at Chatter's.
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Eggs Benedict and a latte at Chatter's.

Location Info


Pecan Creek Grille

1510 Eldridge
Houston, TX 77077

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Memorial

Chatter's Cafe and Bistro

1275 Eldridge Parkway
Houston, TX 77077

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Memorial


Pecan Creek Grille
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Belgian waffle: $4.99
Texan breakfast: $7.49<
California omelette: $7.99
Big Deal omelet: $11.99
Chicken and waffles: $9.99
Bacon cheeseburger: $6.29
Pecan-crusted chicken: $9.99

Chatter's Cafe & Bistro
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
Poblano omelette: $8.95
Eastern nova: $9.25
Eggs Benedict: $7.95
Belgian waffle: $6.95
Braised short ribs: $16.95
Creole mustard salmon: $14.95

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Pecan Creek Grille was the brainchild of Brock and Stacy Silverstein, who ran one of the ever-popular Buffalo Grille locations for ten years. That's why there are familiar touches throughout the place — witness the canister of hot maple syrup, for example — that remind one of a west-side Buffalo Grille spinoff. But the young place has a distinct feel of its own, blending breakfast standards with a West Texas aesthetic that's more Southwestern than Southern.

The grits, for example, are filled with jalapeños and cheddar. And while I wish that they were saltier (a common complaint here, in fact), the smooth texture is true to its Southern roots, and the peppers give it a heft and cheekiness rarely found in a bowl of grits in Houston. I like getting the grits along with the Texan breakfast plate that also includes a biscuit with gravy and scrambled eggs beefed up with the addition of chopped bacon and still more cheddar. It's not the healthiest breakfast, but it's tasty.

Your healthier side can be indulged here in the omelettes — which can be made with egg whites or Egg Beaters — like the California, made with spinach, mushrooms and low-calorie cheese. I personally prefer the Big Deal, however, which again blends Southwestern flavors into the enormous, meat-stuffed affair, pouring a mild but peppy green chile sauce on top. It's also stuffed with some of the Grille's unusual hash browns, wispy curls of skin-on potato that have so far divided my friends; some love the light texture, some wish for the greasier, more substantial, Waffle House-style hash browns.

Neither the waffles nor the pancakes here live up to Buffalo Grille's nearly untouchable breakfast quick breads, but they're fine and sturdy things on their own, and the pancakes are alluringly buttery. I appreciate being able to choose from a wide selection of fruits and other toppings for both, and that the waffles here are also served on a chicken-and-waffles plate that's mighty impressive when topped with that hot maple syrup. (Obligatory side note here about how I wish restaurants would serve actual maple syrup instead of maple-flavored syrup, but that's been a losing battle so far.)

Pecan Creek Grille is already known for serving breakfast all day (until close, that is), though it does serve lunch, too. Like the grits, the macaroni and cheese here is spiced up with jalapeños but still requires salting. Nevertheless, it's a good complement to dishes like the pecan-crusted chicken breasts served with a dusky brown molasses sauce. I'd swap out the overly garlicky potatoes, however, for some of the Grille's perky, crunchy fried okra. Burgers are a good bet, too, especially when you get them with a soft egg bun sandwiching the thin, Texas-style patty. Add a slice of cheese and the restaurant's ample pieces of bacon for a burger that requires no other toppings.

On weekday mornings between 7 and 10 a.m., you can pick up Pecan Creek Grille's breakfast tacos in party packs to go (complete with salsa), netting yourself 13 tacos for a little less than $18. It'll make you a hero at the office, but I still prefer heading there on the weekends, when you can actually sit and enjoy the restaurant itself.

Since opening, the Grille has added a pleasant side patio with cheerful red umbrellas. Although the restaurant sits at the end of a large grocery store strip center, you'd hardly know it. And inside, the homey, Western decor and flat-screens hanging on nearly every wall make the bustling restaurant feel as if you're eating in your own house — with a few dozen of your friends, and a saddle or two. It's mornings like these, with a cup of Pecan Creek's signature cinnamon-spiced house coffee in hand, that make me wish I still lived out on the west side of town.

Across the street, Chatter's Cafe & Bistro might also call to memories another long-lived Houston establishment: After all, it's the second location of the Heights-area restaurant that's held court in a little blue building for years. This new incarnation of Chatter's is spiffed up and decidedly chic for its location, making it the more upscale of the two breakfast joints on this stretch of Eldridge.

It's also the restaurant of the pair that offers table service and a full coffee menu; from lattes to cappuccinos, you can get your caffeine fix in one of many foam-topped forms from the friendly waitstaff. Like Pecan Creek Grille, it has a gluten-free menu available. And like Pecan Creek Grille, it offers a nice side patio and shaded seating areas, although here I'm a fan of sitting inside the expansive, colorful dining room. There's even a bar for Chatter's evening hours which offers a surprising selection of draft beers that aren't adjunct lagers, as well as wine and spirits.

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Farley, First, I'm very sorry about your experience with our rellenos, clearly we blew it that day. Thanks very much for the comments on our signature butter pecan cinnamon coffee. Mills Duncan with Duncan Coffee came up with this blend for us and it is a fan favorite. I hope that out come see us again and give us a chance to cook our version of the huevos rellenos the way we know how and hopefully you will come up and introduce yourself to me. Should you ever have any comments or questions, my wife or myself are almost always here at the restaurant, or you can call me at 713-857-7769, or email me at brock@pecancreekgrille.comLook forward to seeing you again,

Brock Silverstein

Farley Flavors
Farley Flavors

Maybe they've improved in the meantime, but I had a pretty disappointing breakfast at Pecan Creek Grille a couple of months after they opened. The Huevos Rellenos - always a terrific option at Buffalo Grille - was dripping with grease, overcooked and tasted of oil that was way past its prime. To be fair, the pancakes and cinnamon coffee were up to scratch though.

George Renfro
George Renfro

We live in Parkway Village and really enjoy both these restaurants. Brock @ Stacy at Pecan Creek are great hosts, and the staff ROCKS --- they seem to know all the customers by name and they greet you as you walk in! Chatters is wonderful, very electic menu and good service