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 near Washington Avenue, where we'll find bacon, bacon, and more bacon with the occasional jalapeño thrown for good measure.
Note: For purposes of this post, the Washington Corridor is defined as the strip of Washington running from Westcott to Houston, with a few blocks north or south on either side.
5. TQLA Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We love a lot of things about TQLA. We love the bold, vibrant atmoshphere. We love that you can build your own vodka Bloody Mary or make it a "Maria" with tequila. We love that said tequila is on tap. And we love that it's totally acceptable to get a margarita for brunch because the margarita has housemade jalapeño jam and jam is brunchy.
Finally, we love that you can start the day with chips and slow-burning salsa and finish it with the XXL "gordito" cinnamon rolls, blue corn pancakes, and fiery carne asada. Love really is a burning thing.
4. BRC Gastropub Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:30ish p.m.
Warning: Bring your appetite to this cheeky neighborhood hotspot. More is more here and the plates come bigger than Mickey Rourke's freakishly large head. Start with some cheddar biscuits and bacon jam, then dive into a sourdough brisket and egg grilled cheese, some cream gravy-smothered fried chicken, or a stack of fluffy and decadent buttermilk pancakes with double cream, berries, and REAL maple syrup. And don't forget to wash it all down with $10 pitchers of mimosa and sangria.
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3. Benjy's on Washington Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This chic, open and airy resto may be less "clubby" than its Rice Village counter part, but the party's still popping every weekend during brunch. Come with friends and start with bright balsamic Brussels sprouts and housemade biscuits and gravy, then dig into nut-crusted challah French toast, shrimp and cheddar grits, or even a bright mahi mahi salad. Tack on some bottomless fresh squeezed mintade or, if you're feeling boozy, a champagne mojito.
2. Beaver's Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can't not love a place where you can get a bacon-and-sugar-salt-rimmed bloody Mary complete with house-infused bacon vodka and a candied-bacon adornment. The fact that the laidback, kitschy icehouse also serves killer food -- including house-cured duck pastrami, freshly fried beignets, cornmeal-crusted oyster nachos and a breakfast plate that's actually called the "Walk of Shame" -- only makes things that much better.
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1. Max's Wine Dive Friday and Sat 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Max's Wine Dive has Friday brunch. We repeat, Max's Wine Dive. Friday brunch.
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It truly is a beautiful thing when you can start your weekend a day early. Especially when it's with what is one of the most awesomely crafted brunch menus in Houston. We can't get enough of their infamous truffled fried egg sandwich, decadent banana nutella crepes, or our favorite, the "Jake's Cakes And Wings." The three golden and griddled corncakes are studded with bits of corn and jalapeños and served with masterfully fried, buttermilk-soaked chicken wings and a saucer of maple syrup. It just doesn't get better. That is, until you add on a $25 bottle of champagne alongside carafes of orange or grapefruit juice.
See our other 5 Best Brunch Lists:
For our guide to the best cheap lunch spots by neighborhood, check here.