Last week, in honor of February, Valentine's Day and what is basically (for us at least) a month of unashamedly consuming chocolate, we brought you five chocolate-studded recipes that are completely acceptable for breakfast.
This week, we're sharing five of Houston's best chocolate breakfasts for your morning pleasure (and this isn't even taking a chocolate croissant from one of our many amazing French bakeries into account).
From a hot cocoa to a French toast bread pudding, here are Fives Local Ways to Eat Chocolate for Breakfast:
We are suckers for a good chocolate crepe, but adding on sliced bananas and strawberries and a rich and gooey hazelnut-spiked chocolate sauce makes it that much better. It's a classic combination that both of these local crêperies manage to get just right.
Stop by Sweet Paris starting at 8 a.m. any day of the week or catch the Melange Creperie cart at the corner of Westheimer and Taft on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Dish: Orange-Chocolate Brioche Bun Where to Find It: Pondicheri Pondicheri's Bake Lab is what dreams are made of. Stop by the River Oaks restaurant for a bold-roasted coffee and a taste of the lab's freshly baked goods starting at 7:30 a.m. daily.
There you'll find a mix of cookies, scones and delicate pastries, including the chocolate-swirled brioche bun made with cardamom, saffron and a hint of orange. The spices and zest bring a bright and fragrant balance to the rich chocolate and buttery pastry.
If that's not the perfect way to start your morning, we don't know what is.
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The Dish: S'mores Waffle Where to Find It: The Waffle Bus
The Waffle Bus is a food truck worth visiting, not only for its savory treats, but for this chocolate-and-marshmallow-stuffed waffle sandwich. It's made with warm chocolate ganache, a graham cracker crumble, and crispy and oozing torched marshmallows, and you'll never want Eggo again.
The bus, now with two locations, opens at 11 a.m., so a late breakfast/brunch is in order if you want to get a taste of this treat.
The Dish: White Chocolate & Bacon Bread Pudding Where to Find It: Brick & Spoon
We had to share a little white chocolate love...especially when that love comes with bacon and bread pudding. This Southern specialty from Louisiana import Brick & Spoon is made with pecan-smoked bacon, French bread, and a thick and creamy white chocolate custard.
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The Montrose restaurant is open starting at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends, so you can get your chocolate fix bright and early.
The Dish: Mexican Hot Chocolate & Churros Where to Find It: Hugo's
You'll have to catch Hugo's award-winning Sunday brunch buffet to indulge in this hot cocoa and fried pastry combo -- and trust us when we say you'll want to save room for it.
The incredibly decadent cinnamon-spiked hot chocolate is thick and creamy, making it the perfect dip for the hot, fresh and sugary churros. Get in line and grab yourself a few; after all, they're (sort of) bite-size.