The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Rice Village

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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 moving to the shopping and dining mecca that is Rice Village/West U.

Honorable Mention: Bottomless mimosas and all-you-can-eat buffet at Seco's Latin Cuisine and cappuccinos and crepes at Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe.

5. Buffalo Grille Breakfast served all day; Weekend hours start at 8 a.m. (closes 2 p.m. on Sundays)

Great news! Breakfast is served all day at this fast-casual hotspot. Even greater news! You can add on half-liters of mimosa for just $12. We suggest starting with a stack of giant hot cakes for the table; That way, you can freely dig into a massive ranchero breakfast burrito, smothered biscuits and gravy, or green-chile-loaded migas on your own.

4. Ruggles Cafe Bakery Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Early risers will love the breakfast tacos -- like the cream cheese, sausage and spinach loaded "power taco"; smothered and stuffed omelets; and homemade granola and berry parfaits at this fast-casual eatery; While those later to the game may want to indulge in a 'kraut and thousand-island-smothered smoked turkey Reuben or loaded chicken mango salad. Either way, you'll want to save room for dessert. White chocolate bread pudding anyone?

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3. Union Kitchen Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We just love a restaurant that has brunch appetizers. Start with biscuits and gravy or a plate of miniature pancake, egg, and sausage sliders for the table before moving on to lobster-stuffed omelets, six types of eggs benny, and tender and crisp buttermilk fried chicken and buttery biscuits (hurry on those - the kitchen may run out). Then wash it all down $7 build-your-own bloodys or $15 mimosa carafes. Hey, it's the weekend.

2. Punk's Simple Southern Food Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This brunch menu may be only two weeks old; but it's so stellar, we couldn't not include it in our list (given some time it may even be No. 1). Sip on $5 mimosas, $6 shrimp-and-jalapeño-topped micheladas, $7 pickle-veggie-adorned bloodys, or our favorite, the $6 "farmerita" -- a fully loaded tequila, agave and cold-pressed carrot juice cocktail that will knock your socks off.

As will crabmeat eggs benny and grandma-style biscuits stuffed and smothered with delightful things like homemade maple sausage, eggs, and cheese; crawdaddys and spicy creole gravy; or griddled low country ham and berry jam. This is one Southern tradition you won't wanna miss.

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1. Benjy's Rice Village Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An oldie but a goodie, this cool and chic eatery is always poppin' on the weekends. And for good reason. Come here for anything from blackened shrimp and corn omelets to juicy half-pound burgers and syrup-drenched, nut-crusted French toast. The scene has been known to get a little clubby (in a fun way), so join the action with a house-pickle-adorned Bloody Mary or coffee-syrup-infused Old Fashioned. There, that's better now.

See our other 5 Best Brunch Lists:

5 Best Brunch Spots in Montrose 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Heights 5 Best Brunch Spots in Downtown 5 Best Brunch Spots in Washington Corridor 5 Best Brunch Spots in Upper Kirby 5 Best Brunch Spots in Midtown 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Galleria 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Woodlands

For our guide to the best cheap lunch spots by neighborhood, check here.

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