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 outside the loop to the ever-expanding Woodlands area.
5. CRÚ Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Only vintage champagne (and not some crappy sparkling wine) will do for the mimosas at this sleek and sultry Market Street wine bar. Oh, and did we mention they can be served bottomless for just $9. For that, we'll forgive this place for being a Dallas import. The elegant dishes -- from pan-seared crab cakes topped with crisp frites and a poached egg to fluffy Belgian waffles smothered with honey and Nutella mascarpone -- don't hurt their cause either.
4. Blue Mug Cafe Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This fast-casual cafe serves breakfast 'til 3 p.m. on weekends, but the real deal here is on Sundays when happy hour runs all day long. That means you can get $12 bottomless mimosas, half-price bottles of wine, $3 drafts, and $5 bloodys, sangrias, and caipirinhas (among other things) alongside solid breakfast and lunch plates.
Grab and menu and order at the counter, then head to the bar to get started on your drinks. Try a triple stack of sweet potato pancakes dolloped with pecan butter and drizzled with maple syrup; get a fluffy three egg omelet just the way you like; or go for a killer French dip smothered with provolone, sweet peppers, and onions and plenty of au jus on the side
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3. Forest Cafe & Bakery Breakfast served daily 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Though they may not serve mimosas, breakfast is served all day at this mom-and-pop cafe and diner. And a stellar homemade breakfast at that. Come here for bigger-than-your-face breakfast burritos, plates stacked with buttermilk pancakes, eggs, and bacon, and housemade cinnamon rolls seriously smothered with caramelized bananas. Lunch plates -- like triple decker clubs, fried fish sandwiches, and grilled chicken wraps -- are available at 11 a.m. Whatever you do, just make sure to grab a latte and linger until you're ready for dessert.
We were sad to see the Waterway market go, but are more than happy that the bistro and kitchen remain. Head to the H&H Kitchen for fast-casual breakfast of herb-studded soft scrambled eggs, fresh blueberry pancakes, or bagels and lox. And pick up and pop no-corkage-fee bottles of wine and beer or a hot and fresh latte while you're at it.
For a more elegant affair, linger over pineapple-infused mimosas and upscale brunch plates at the sleek H&H Bistro. Start with a fresh tomato and watermelon salad or a bright and refreshing shrimp, scallop, and lobster ceviche before moving on to a farmer's frittata, bistro burger or banana-smothered challah French toast.
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1. Fielding's Wood Grill Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This modern restaurant from Hubbell & Hudson founder Cary Attar has made a big splash in the Woodlands dining scene since opening last year. And for good reason. Nearly everything -- from mayonnaise and cured bacon to daily-baked milk buns -- is housemade. Order everything at the counter, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
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Get your eggs Benny with a Latin twist, on handformed corn arepas with prosciutto, avocado, and chili-dusted hollandaise. Then add some housemade dirty serrano sauce for extra kick. Of course, their regular version is just as good. As are short rib and polenta skillets, French toast, and loaded migas. But it's the "bakeshop" -- an at the counter dessert case -- that's not to be missed. Start with a bourbon-glazed, bacon-laced, or Nutella-slathered doughnut for the table. Then finish off with a Bloody Mary flight that includes one with candied bacon, one with sriracha, and a tequila-infused Bloody Maria, just to name a few.
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
For our guide to the best cheap lunch spots by neighborhood, check here.