Hashtags like #putaneggonit and #yolkporn have garnered thousands of devotees on Instagram, and Houston delivers some solid options for local runny-yolk worshippers. Here’s where to get five of the most outrageous egg-topped dishes in Houston:
Crisp Tots and Local Egg Where to get them: Velvet Taco, 4819 Washington
Tater tots like you’ve never seen: Loaded with herbed goat cheese, smoked cheddar, avocado crema and bacon, a large, orange-yolked egg is the perfect topping to lubricate the small tower of crispy, crater-edged potato bombs. The meal-worthy side will run you just $5.
Breakfast Sandwich with a 63° Egg Where to get it: Common Bond, 1706 Westheimer
No yawning allowed at this breakfast sandwich: In Common Bond's rendition, the humble egg is served up as a perfect 63° sous-vide egg (a.k.a. a perfectly soft-poached egg). Once punctured, the unctously runny yolk will pervade any and all crevices amid a tangle of frisee atop a pork sausage patty, cheddar cheese and aioli, all of which is sandwiched between a toasted sesame roll. (Bonus: You can also find Common Bond's 63° egg on its Shaksuka hash, which consists of marinated beef, cauliflower, chickpeas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, fresno chiles and feta alongside a baguette.)
Ham and Egg Pizza Where to get it: Coppa Osteria, 5210 Morningside
There's no shortage of egg-topped pizzas in Houston, but Coppa Osteria kicks it up a notch by combining ribbony shards of spicy pork shoulder on its excellently chewy and charred pizza crust with just a smattering of parmesan so as not to distract from the tiny, perfectly runny quail eggs interspersed through the craggy ham landscape. (To further explore this breed of egg-topped pizza, try Coltivare’s potato pizza, Pizzeria Solario’s Appolonia pizza and any excellent pizza at Dolce Vita or Bollo, where you can add an egg to your pizza for $1.)
Glazed Breakfast Sandwich Where to get it: Glazed The Doughnut Cafe, 1333 Old Spanish Trail
Sometimes nothing can top a gloriously fried doughnut dripping in glaze…unless said doughnut is sandwiching melty stretches of provolone cheese, salty bacon and a runny egg. For $5, this decadent pile of calories could last you possibly the entire day. Or at least until your afternoon doughnut (might we suggest the salted caramel pretzel?)
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Pork Hash Where to get it: Down House, 1801 Yale
Among the locally sourced comfort-food-with-a-twist goodness at Down House, there lies a hash to rule them all: Perfectly seasoned smoked pork threaded among potatoes, feta, tomatoes and jalapeño is topped by two sunny-side up eggs. You can upgrade this hearty $11 entrée with a duck egg substitute for $4.