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 restaurant-packed 'hood of Upper Kirby.
Note: For the purposes of this post, Upper Kirby is defined as west of Shepherd, east of Weslayan, north of Bissonnet and south of Westheimer.
5. Sorrel Urban Bistro Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There's nothing like starting Sunday off with fresh farm-to-table fare (especially when you don't have to do any of the farm to table work). This swanky, urban bistro will deliver just that right. Dine by the open kitchen, grab a seat on the patio, or sit yourself right down at the bar as you dine on a honey goat cheese beet salad, sage-scented biscuits, bacon-infused pancakes, and the lobster cake benedict, a favorite of our critic, Kaitlin Steinberg. And of course, there are 99 cent mimosas...because its Sunday dang nabbit!
4. Hobbit Cafe Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The oak-tree-shaded deck at this tiny hobbit hole on Richmond Ave. is one of our favorite spots to escape the madness of the city. Get mimosas, bellinis and bloodys for $3.50 alongside brunch specialties like eggs and beef fajitas, pico-topped migas, Greek omelets, and apple almond pancakes drenched in 100% pure maple syrup.
This story continues on the next page. 3. Tiny Boxwood's Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There's nothing like relaxing and people watching on Houston's prettiest garden patio. Gigantic cups of café au lait and refreshing glasses of fresh-squeezed lemonade will help ease you into the day, as will the $13 bottomless mimosas. Nosh on an ever-changing menu of housemade pastries, migas, breakfast pizzas, fresh salads, and brunch burgers. And of course, finishing the day off with Houston's finest and chewiest chocolate chip cookie can only make things that much better.
2. Haven Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You know a place is legit when it has its own urban garden. This seasonal kitchen is the place to be on Sundays. Enjoy live music and an ever-changing Sunday brunch buffet -- including dishes like ceviche from Cove, fresh baked cinnamon rolls and kolaches, fried chicken and waffles, made-to-order fritattas, and seafood gumbo -- for $29. And if you're feeling saucy (hey, it's the weekend!), tack on bottomless mimosas for another $13.
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1. Pondicheri Everyday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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There's a reason Pondicheri earned our top spot for 2013's Best Brunch. Actually, there are many. There's the modern, Texas-laced take on classic Indian fare, the stellar selection of fresh, boldly roasted coffees and teas, and perhaps most importantly, the drool-inducing "bakery lab, " which the restaurant plans on devoting an entire second level shop to sometime this summer.
Start with a litchi and pear white sangria, then for a little taste of everything, get the Morning Thali, a traditional Indian variety plate filled with delights like spiced beef keema; saffron-laced yogurt; carrot paratha; and a bright, yolky fried egg. And of course, be sure check out the lab and grab a few cardomam, pistachio, and orange-spiced sweets to split with friends.
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