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, it's the upscale 'hood near the Galleria that gets a closer look.
Note: For purposes of this list, the Galleria is defined as anything west of Highland Village, south of Woodway, east of South Voss/Hillcroft and north of Richmond Avenue.
5. RDG + Bar Annie Sunday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This may be one of the pricier brunches in town (entrees start at $16), but you can still get bottomless mimosas for just $9. Start with those and move on to upscale breakfast and lunch plates, like a creamy smoked salmon and scrambled egg casserole, bright seared Ahi tuna and roasted beet salad, and a crunchy fried chicken sandwich that will knock your socks off. And if you're really feeling wild, go ahead and start with an order of the oh-so-delightful old-time beignets.
4. Dish Society Saturday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pair straight forward, locally-sourced plates with fair-trade Greenway Coffee and killer housemade elixirs and you have yourself this vibrant, fast-casual eatery. If you come with a crowd, wet your palette with a carafe of mimosas ($13) or "bromosas" ($16) -- made with Karbach Weisse Versa, orange, and lemon juice, because yes! Then move on to cage-free breakfast tacos, Black Hill Ranch pork belly hash, or stuffed French toast smothered with Nutella and seasonal berries.
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3. Latin Bites Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Start with one of four different types of tropical sangrias ($5), a michelada ($6), or a glass of freshly blended guava juice ($5) before diving into the on-point selection of modern-casual Latin fare.
We love their take on migas, made with cubes of arepa, Peruvian corn, and hunks of ham and Argentine sausage. Or try one of our favorite pork sandwiches in tow; the rich and tender pork shoulder is sous vide for 24 hours before it makes its way to a pretzel bun. Also in play? Soft and supple sliced sweet potato, fiery aji amarilla mayo, and a bright and zesty salsa made with red onions, peppers, and cilantro.
2. Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Just like at its sister restaurant in the Heights, you'll most certainly be able to find something that suits your tastes at this "oysterette." And it'll be way more than just oysters.
Come here for anything from light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes -- made sweet (think banana, strawberry, and blueberry) or savory (think blue cheese, pork belly, and scallions) -- to crab, shrimp, and andouille gumbo. Of course, there's oysters, too. Get them raw, or "crazy grilled and fried."
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1. Caracol Sunday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The creators of the swoon-worthy brunch buffet at Hugo's have recreated the magic at this already booming new kid on the block. And it may be even more swoon-worthy. Why? Because Caracol's focus is on coastal Mexican seafood. And coastal Mexican seafood is delicious.
Start with a few cócteles (cocktails) created by beverage director Sean Beck, then move on to the stunning buffet. Platters of whole roasted fish, bright ceviches, and oysters on-the-half-shell sit alongside Mexican street food classics like empanadas, chorizo y papas, chilaquiles, and chiccarones stew. Fill up again and again, but save room for the cascade of Mexican pastries, decadent tres leches, and cinnamon-laced hot chocolate. Your $35 will be money well spent.
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
For our guide to the best cheap lunch spots by neighborhood, check here.
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