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10 Great Spots for a Graduation Brunch in Houston

Celebrating graduation all weekend? Old and new, splurge-y and some with wallet-savvy options, here are ten scenic and tasty spots for a weekend graduation brunch with loved ones. (P.S.: Most of these restaurants also work well for a celebratory brunch.)

Ouisie’s Table: Get your Southern brunch fix in a classy atmosphere at Ouisie’s: crab cake Benedict, chicken-fried steak with mustard greens and mashed potatoes, cornmeal pancakes and crispy fried oysters. Ouisie’s specializes in designing private dining experiences — offering everything from flowers, decor and candles to specialty desserts, customizable cocktails and printing services within the restaurant's private dining rooms — but if you’re opting simply to dine in in the main dining area, you can also order gorgeous cakes made in-house for special occasions. Ouisie’s opens at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hunky Dory: For an off-the-beaten-path brunch experience, Hunky Dory offers proper British cuisine, redone with a modern bent. There are classic standbys like fish and chips, scones with clotted cream and jam, and an open-faced bacon and tomato sandwich alongside Hunky Dory’s version of kedgeree — a dish of curried rice, fish and egg — that includes smoked salmon, herbed rice and a poached egg in curry sauce. There's also a vegetarian imagining of the traditional sausage, pudding, baked beans and egg breakfast platter and fried pig’s head. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Fung’s Kitchen: If you’re entertaining a large group of family members for graduation weekend, dim sum is a great bet since the small-plate format is designed for sharing among a large group. While there are several options for dim sum in Houston, Fung’s Kitchen is one of the most authentic, with one of the cleanest and nicest atmospheres you’ll find. Feast on shrimp dumplings, taro cake, steamed pork buns, chicken feet and more. Fung’s opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and reservations are recommended.

Provisions: Provisions is another restaurant designed for sharing: A small or large group is perfect for picking and choosing from the varied menu segments: fruits and vegetables, pizza, eggs, bread and grains, meat and fish, and sweets. From blistered shishitos and wood-oven-baked eggs Florentine to house-made kolaches or the smoked salmon sandwich, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong, and the attentive service throughout the clean-lined, modern establishment is sure to make your experience a pleasant one. Brunch is only served on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Backstreet Café: The airy, picturesque patio at Backstreet Café has long been a favorite for morning dining. This classic spot is particularly gluten-free-friendly for any special-diet family members (the gluten-free mixed-grains platter with deeply roasted vegetables is one of my favorite dishes in Houston). To start with, choose freshly baked orange chocolate brioche buns or buttermilk biscuits before moving on to small plates like Gulf Coast beignets or duck spring rolls, toast with house-cured salmon or almond butter and fruit, egg-based dishes with Southern flair from migas to brioche French toast to red corn chicken enchiladas, or a variety of entrée salads. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Erika Kwee is a freelance food writer, photographer and contributor to the Houston Press who particularly enjoys exploring the many unique sweet spots around Houston. She is constantly on the hunt for exceptional pad thai, vegetarian dumplings and pancakes.