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.)
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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?)
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.