In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots around town. See the complete list at the end of this post.
This week, we're making our way downtown. With a little live music and plenty of booze, here are the best places to brunch in Houston's newly-thriving Downtown:
Note: For the purposes of this post, downtown is defined as the 1,178-acre area bounded by I-45, Highway 59 and I-10.
5. Hearsay Gastro Lounge Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Step back into time in this dark and moody speakeasy, complete with exposed brick walls and downtown's most gorgeous chandelier. Fans come for the sultry live music, $12 endless mimosas and drool-inducing brunch specials, including a fried-egg-topped brunch burger, breakfast tacos and lemon ricotta pancakes. And don't forget to try our 2013 Best Bloody Mary made strong with inhouse jalapeño-infused vodka.
4. Batanga Weekends 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We were thrilled when we learned we could get tapas for brunch. We were even more thrilled when we learned we could also get half-price bottles of wine, $3 mimosas and sangria, and Latin-inspired brunch specialties like cream-cheese-and-guava-stuffed French toast, banana-and-cashew-butter vanilla pancakes, and ropa vieja with poached eggs and sweet potato hash. Be sure to grab brunch on the patio before it gets too hot to do so without a pitcher's worth of the aforementioned sangria.
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3. The Grove Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brunch at this chic little eatery overlooking the picturesque Discovery Green is one of the most pleasant ways to enjoy a Sunday in the city. Maybe it is the modern, calming vibe of the dining room. Maybe it's the refined, locally-sourced takes on down home comfort foods, like the smothered Texas Pecan French Toast or Gulf Coast Shrimp & Grits. Or maybe it's just the $11 bottomless mimosas. Whatever it is, we're happy to be here.
2. Macondo Latin Bistro Weekends 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open for breakfast/brunch starting at 8 a.m. on weekends, come here to get a bold-as-hell Colombian coffee alongside Latin morning specialties. We love the Colombian breakfast plate, complete with chorizo, rice, beans, queso fresco, housemade arepas, and two eggs cooked to order (which you better get over-easy or sunny-side up so you can break the yolk or else we're totally not friends anymore). It's BYO, so bring a bottle of champs ($4 bottle opening fee) and they'll supply the glasses and OJ.
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1. MKT Bar Weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Urban, bohemian, and just plain cool, Phoenicia Specialty Foods' MKT Bar is one of our favorite spots to recover from a night out. Dark exposed brick walls, live music (starting Sundays at noon) and a little hair of the dog from a fine selection of craft beer, wine, and orange or pomegranate mimosas and white sangria ($20 to $22/carafe) help to get you going. As do Moroccan-spiced chicken and waffles, spinach and feta egg white frittatas, and a plate of housemade donuts in flavors like coconut curry and raspberry pistachio and my God we want these donuts right now. Is it the weekend yet?.
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For our guide to the best cheap lunch spots by neighborhood, check here.
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