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Where to Brunch in the Washington Corridor

The best spots for mimosas and more.

CultureMap Houston's Eric Sandler reports that The State Bar & Lounge at 909 Texas held its last service on May 31. A manager told Sandler that the bar was closing but did not reveal the reason.

The Café Express at 3200 Kirby closed on May 29. The chain released a flyer explaining that the Kirby location had closed "due to site development." This Café Express has been serving customers since 1987, but that has come to an end. Fortunately, there are other locations around town for you to get your sandwich, salad and burger fixes.

Remember when John Kiely asked La Fresca Pizza to become a chain? Well, the local pizza shop has opened its second location, at 6603 Kirby. Fans of the thin-crust pizza with super-fresh toppings can now grab a slice in Meyerland and inside the Loop.

You can order off the lunch or brunch menu at our No. 5 pick.
Brooke Viggiano
You can order off the lunch or brunch menu at our No. 5 pick.
After you taste the macarons from Bite, you will be hooked.
Molly Dunn
After you taste the macarons from Bite, you will be hooked.

Just in time for summer, Gelazzi opened at 3601 White Oak, just behind Revival Market, on May 18. While you can satisfy your sweet tooth and cool down from the rising temperatures outside with gelato, you can also sit down to a flatbread or panini and a cold beer or glass of wine for lunch or dinner once the restaurant receives its TABC license.

Hop Scholar Ale House held its soft opening on May 23. This dive bar at 610 Rayford in Spring serves craft beers from Southern Star, Karbach, Buffalo Bayou, Saint Arnold, B-52 and many more.

The Vintage Park shopping center has ­welcomed many new restaurants over the past several months, and Donafe's Café is the latest addition. Donafe's, located at 126 Vintage Park, Suite F, serves pastries (savory and sweet), sandwiches and drinks inspired by the cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago. It opened on May 23 next to Facón Brazilian Restaurant, another recent newcomer to the shopping center.

Bandito's Taco Grill opened in Rosenberg at 503 FM 2977 the weekend of May 24. Bandito's serves a variety of breakfast tacos filled with steak, egg, potato, chorizo, beans and cheese, as well as specialty tacos for lunch and dinner. How about a Santo taco with slow-braised shredded beef brisket, grilled onions, jalapeños, cilantro, avocado and cheese? Or the Bonnie & Clyde with blackened seasoned grilled tilapia, slaw, cilantro, pineapple, mango and creamy chipotle sauce? 

Siphon Coffee is finally open. The sign on the marquee has changed from "Coming Soon" to "We Are Open." Along with siphon-made coffee concoctions, this new coffee spot on West Alabama serves up savory items such as breakfast tacos as well as empanadas filled with chicken, beef or potato. Kaitlin Steinberg chose the finocchiona sandwich as her No. 93 favorite dish. It's a panini filled with Italian fennel salami made with ground pork and pork fat (finocchiona), melted scamorza cheese, giardiniera tapenade and roasted red bell pepper strips.

VERTS seems to be multiplying locations  almost  as fast as Dunkin' Donuts — well, not quite that fast, but the fourth location opened in Cypress at 25626 Northwest Freeway on May 24. Now you can get a döner ­kebap in Cypress.

If you're just looking for a regular sandwich, then head to the newest Subway, at 4807 San Jacinto. It opened on May 30.

Two new frozen-yogurt shops opened two weeks ago.Zoyo Frozen Yogurt opened in League City at 2456 FM 2094 on May 21. Sweet Frog opened in Oak Forest/Garden Oaks at 1210 West 43rd on May 23.

Another Torchy's Tacos is headed to Houston — actually Katy. The new location will open at 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard on June 12. Get to this Torchy's between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. for free tacos. But if you miss out on that deal, you'll always be able to get happy hour discounts and beers from Saint Arnold, Karbach and the area's own No Label Brewing Company.

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