Booze

10 Must-Try Brunches in Houston

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5. Triniti

Triniti is a great place for a sophisticated lunch that isn't stuffy. Dishes like the Foie Gras "Breakfast" — a slab of seared foie gras with cinnamon-orange monkey bread, orange, bacon marmalade, a quail egg and apple slices — will have you eating like royalty who just finished a game of Sunday cricket.

The menu is subject to change, but the sensibilities stay the same. The current brunch menu features Butternut Asiago Quiche with asiago cheese, herbs and local greens and a Hot Brown Bennie with a poached egg, candied bacon, smoked turkey breast, spicy greens and Mornay sauce. Prices range from $4 for Samantha Mendoza's excellent doughnuts and scones to entrée prices that are $15 pretty much across the board.

Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

4. Dosi

Dosi just started its Sunday brunch two weekends ago, and it's already proven to be a strikingly inventive take of the sort that's really never been seen before. Chicken and waffles are ubiquitous, but chicken-fried quail and waffles with sorghum redeye gravy and a little side salad with Aleppo pepper vinaigrette is most certainly not.

Equally satisfying is the Huckleberry French toast that's been amped up with roasted shards of coconut (not those sad little shreds that come out of a plastic bag) and crystallized ginger. Those are just two of the dishes from a menu that was overall a win-win. Unlike Dosi's dinner dishes, which are very sharable, the brunch dishes can potentially be shared but aren't necessarily geared for that. (It's not like that stopped us from sharing, anyway.)

Prices range from $8 to $18, and brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

3. Fielding's Wood Grill

Fielding's puts an emphasis on using quality ingredients. Those include Black Angus beef from 44 Farms and Mill King milk straight from the dairy. They grind their own meat and make their own bacon.

By the time you've sunk your teeth into their 44 Farms Sirloin and Eggs, you'll be lost in the flavors and will no longer care about the details. It comes with two eggs, baked hash and a choice between an English muffin or a biscuit. The Signature Baked Eggs come in a little cast-iron pan on top of a sturdy stew of white beans and bacon lardons, and a heap of arugula leaves lend a verdant touch.

For drinks, the quartet of mini Bloody Marys, or Mary's Flight, is a whole lot of fun and every one of them is substantially different from the others. They range from the fairly traditional Fielding's Mary, garnished with green olives and house-made pickle slides, to the unique Mary Caprese, with fresh basil and mozzarella.

Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays, and prices run from $5 to $16.

2. Hugo's

Houstonians hit up chef Hugo Ortega's eponymous restaurant, Hugo's, in droves every Sunday morning, and with good reason. Actually, with dozens of good reasons, as the brunch buffet is rather vast. It's important to know going in that this is not a Tex-Mex buffet. It is interior Mexican, which can open your eyes to cuisine that many are still unfamiliar with. The buffet includes carnitas, corn pudding, guacamole, various egg dishes, multiple kinds of enchiladas, chilaquiles verdes, quesadillas and so much more. Hugo's has always madse sure to provide vegetarian options, and this is reflected in the buffet selection as well.

The dessert table is an exercise in decadence. It features desserts made with Mexican chocolate by pastry chef (and Hugo's brother) Ruben Ortega, hot chocolate and non-chocolate ones including rich flan and rice pudding. At $31, it's not cheap, but it is quite the experience. The feast runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and reservations are strongly recommended.

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Phaedra Cook
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