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, it's all about Midtown.
Note: For the purposes of this post, Midtown is defined as south of I-45 (the Pierce Elevated), west of Highway 288, north of Highway 59 and east of Bagby (for the most part). See the map here.
5. Cook & Collins Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The scene may be a bit clubby at this cool new kid on the block, but the brunch is seriously legit. Start with a gargantuan bacon-iced cinnamon roll for the table, then dive head first into C&C's menu of wacky creations, like the BBQ breakfast -- a root-beer-glazed pork belly served with mac and cheese and a blackberry muffin; or the Fat Elvis Pancakes -- bigger than your head banana hot cakes smothered with peanut butter, smoked bacon, and caramelized banana syrup. There's also an array of equally-as-enticing salads, flatbreads, burgers, and more.
Sangria, mimosas, and bellinis are available by the glass ($4 to $7) or carafe ($12 to $21), but its the shrimp-bacon-and-green tomato-adorned Tito's Bloody Mary ($10) that really wins our hearts.
4. the breakfast klub Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Though it doesn't serve alcohol (which is usually a requirement for this list), some good ol' fashioned Southern cookin' was enough to earn this Midtown hotspot a place in our Top 5. There's a reason there is always a line out the door, after all. Order a supersized mug at the counter, then fill up with a solid selection of brews and wait for your glorious Southern breakfast to arrive. The wings and waffles are a thing of legends. And the crispy fried catfish and grits? It's made two of our food critics' 100 Favorite Dishes lists.
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3. Majorca Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Sundays, this hip bistro and tapas bar is the place to be. Sip on cinnamon-spiced sangria or bottomless mimosas ($9.95) as live flamenco music pulses through the dining room. Then get ready to fill and refill your plate as you hit the all-you-can eat spread or Spanish and Mediterranean classics ($19.95) like paella, ceviche, and kebabs alongside solid breakfast staples. A regular menu is available as well, but we mean, all you can eat ceviche.
2. Brennan's of Houston Saturday 11 a.m to 2 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you're going to treat yourself to a fancy pants brunch, you need to do it right. And a three-course Texas Creole meal from Brennan's is just the way to do that. Start with the famed sherry-laced turtle soup or choose from jazzy dishes like spicy chicken and ham gumbo, rich and creamy shrimp remoulade, and more. Then, move onto the big guns. Classic eggs Benedict and the cream-spinach-and-artichoke-laced eggs sardou are both portraits of perfection. And the stunning mountain of shrimp and grits never disappoints. Bananas fosters flambéed table-side for dessert? Okay, it's the weekend.
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1. Sparrow Bar + Cookshop Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Stellar chilaquiles, housemade scones, and eggs en cocotte -- a classic French dish of baked eggs in pots -- are all on the menu at famed chef Monica Pope's farm-fresh, seasonal eatery. Start with the sweet and tangy shiitake mushroom dumplings, a favorite 'to share' of ours, for the table. On Saturdays (because that's the only day you can get them), indulge in the sausage-and-gravy-smothered buttermilk biscuits...and make sure top them with an egg your way for good measure. At noon, get lunchy with build-your-own burgers and caramel-miso-glazed hangar steak. And of course, don't forget to top the meal off with a fiery red pepper bloody or a refreshing-as-all-hell watermelon iced tea.
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 River Oaks
For our guide to the best cheap lunch spots by neighborhood, check here.