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The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

The tortillas alone are worth the trip to our No. 5 spot.
The tortillas alone are worth the trip to our No. 5 spot.
Photo by John Kiely

In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots around town. See the complete list at the end of this post.

This week, we're moving we're moving just outside the loop to the neighborhoods of Garden Oaks and Oak Forest.

Note: For purposes of this post, Garden Oaks / Oak Forest is defined as north of Loop 610, east of Highway 290, south of Tidwell and west of Yale.

Honorable Mention: Biskit Junkie, even though it hasn't opened yet, because we're just too excited about the possibilities! And Rainbow Lodge, which is just outside the borders, but worth the short ride inside the loop.

5. Frida's Mexican Kitchen Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon.

The price is right at this homestyle Mexican kitchen. You can get stellar breakfast tacos (complete with fiery red and green sauces) and a two-stack of pancakes for around 2 bucks each. Heartier plates loaded with beans, breakfast potatoes, and eats like chorizo-and-egg chalupas, carne asada, and sopapilla will only cost you a few dollars more. Tack on an on-the-rocks marg' and call it a day.

4. Wakefield Crowbar Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

People need to know that you can play sand volleyball AND get a solid classic brunch at this laidback beer bar and eatery. Stop by for breakfast plates stacked with spicy huevos rancheros, build-your-own-omelets and grits, and fluffy hotcakes. Of course, you'll want to loosen up with a few cocktails, too. Try a $6 Bailey's-spiked Boomtown coffee, $3 mimosas, or a $6 house bloody served as spicy as you like.

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You can get gooey, egg-topped cheese enchiladas all day long at our No. 3 pick.
You can get gooey, egg-topped cheese enchiladas all day long at our No. 3 pick.
Photo by Daniel Kramer

3. Mi Sombrero Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to close

Great news, non-morning people! On Saturdays and Sundays, this old-school Tex-Mex café serves breakfast all day long. That means you can take down gooey and cheesy breakfast enchiladas, huevos rancheros, and chorizo con huevo tacos (on handmade tortillas) no matter what time you roll out of bed. Lunchier offerings like menudo and caldo de res -- a Mexican beef stew that is a weekend special -- are sure to aid your hangover, as are the agave wine margaritas.

Our No. 2 pick's dark and funky dining room is the perfect place to rid yourself of a hangover.
Our No. 2 pick's dark and funky dining room is the perfect place to rid yourself of a hangover.
Photo by Troy Fields

2. Shepherd Park Draught House Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3. p.m.

Any brunch entrée -- from a Shipley's glazed "donut waffle" and over-stuffed breakfast burrito to spicy sausage, biscuits, and grits -- can be had for $8 at this popular brewhouse. And for another $6, you can sip on on bellinis, mimosas, and sake bloody Marys by the pint. They had us doughnut waffle.

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Our No. 1 pick's egg-topped Squirrel Master burger is the perfect marriage of breakfast and lunch.
Our No. 1 pick's egg-topped Squirrel Master burger is the perfect marriage of breakfast and lunch.
Photo by Troy Fields

1. Cottonwood Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You may have heard about this GOOF-area beer bar's bomb-ass burgers. But did you know they do Sunday brunch, too? It may just be this hood's best kept secret. Come here for $4 fresh-squeezed mimosas, $8 house bloodys infused with peppers, onions, and garlic, and brunch plates loaded with decadent tres leches French toast, salsa verde migas with cheesy, poblano-studded grits, and housemade biscuits and gravy. And if it's lunch you're feeling, may we suggest one of those burgers?

See our other 5 Best Brunch Lists:

5 Best Brunch Spots in Montrose 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Heights 5 Best Brunch Spots in Downtown 5 Best Brunch Spots in Washington Corridor 5 Best Brunch Spots in Upper Kirby 5 Best Brunch Spots in Midtown 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Galleria 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Woodlands 5 Best Brunch Spots in Rice Village 5 Best Brunch Spots in Memorial

For our guide to the best cheap lunch spots by neighborhood, check here.

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Mi Sombrero

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Wakefield CrowBar

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Biskit Junkie

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Cottonwood

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Rainbow Lodge

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