100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 84, Breakfast Croissant at BB Donuts

This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

The first great thing about BB Donuts is the disjointed menu: It offers several banh mis in the afternoon (although the women who run the shop are Cambodian, not Vietnamese), for example, along with burgers. And at breakfast, you'll be hard-pressed to choose between the breakfast croissants or the wonderfully moist cake donuts, which are especially good with a basic black cup of BB's Community coffee.

The second great thing about BB Donuts is how it's the Cheers of Montrose donut shops. Unlike at Christy's, which is usually just as packed, the crew at BB Donuts will remember your name and probably your kids' names after only a few visits. They'll also remember your order, which is why there's typically a breakfast croissant getting pulled out of the case when I walk in.

The croissants are assembled to order, not pulled out of a dank fridge, so there's a bit of a wait. But good God, is it worth the very minor wait. BB has some of the flakiest, fluffiest, most buttery croissants I've tasted in Houston. Add to that crispy -- never chewy -- bacon, a thick, gooey slice of cheddar and a fried egg that melts into the croissant as you bite into it, and there you have it: Houston's best breakfast croissant, if we gave away Best of Houston® awards for such things.

The list so far:

No. 100: Chili cheese mac at Jus' Mac No. 99: Texas turkey sandwich at Spec's No. 98: Custard at Petite Sweets No. 97: Caprichos mixtos at Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito No. 96: Pineapple-wasabi burger at Lankford Grocery No. 95: Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar No. 94: Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch No. 93: Breakfast tacos at Sunrise Taquito No. 92: Hot dog at Tacos D.F. No. 91: Avocado gelato at Frozen Cafe No. 90: Chicken sandwich at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers No. 89: Beer-battered asparagus at Hearsay No. 88: Honey Badger omelet at Kraftsmen Cafe No. 87: Pastelitos de carne at El Jalapeño No. 86: Pancakes at Union Kitchen No. 85: Wild boar and crab pizza at Boheme

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Katharine Shilcutt