This was a tight and contentious race, if e'er I saw one.
Much of the discussion revolved around what is or is not an underrated spot for the most important meal of the day. For example, some of you posited that Down House might be the most underrated because you absolutely love it and fear it doesn't get enough credit, while others argued there's nothing underrated about the beloved Heights restaurant.
De gustibus non est disputandum, eh?
Anyway, after the votes were tallied, we ended up with the closest results we've had yet in one of these polls. In fact, there's a tie for first place between two totally different restaurants. I'm happy to know we're still a super diverse city, Houston, even when it comes to something as simple as breakfast.
5. Avalon Diner Open since 1938, Avalon Diner is known for its Blue Plate specials and its all-day breakfast, which includes some of the best greasy spoon-style grub in town. Whether you want an omelet packed with steak and cheese or a pancake sandwich--yes, that's two eggs sandwiched between two pancakes--Avalon will continue to put out the same comfort food it's been selling consistently for the past 76 years. It's fast, cheap and home of the best milkshakes in Houston year after year.
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4. Waffle House Waffle House holds a special place in my heart, as it's where I'd go to
sober up study in the middle of the night during grad school in small-town Missouri. Say what you will about the grungy national chain, but the tiny Waffle Houses across Houston make great waffles (as the name suggests) and even better omelets and hash browns--whether you want them smothered, covered, chunked or "all the way." Breakfast is served 24 hours a day, and it's one of the few fast food places that still has a dollar menu.
3. Natachee's This is southern cooking at its finest. Chicken fried steak and eggs, huevos rancheros and the popular country breakfast (not to mention boozy beverage specials during Saturday and Sunday brunch) make Natachee's a popular destination for breakfast in Midtown. While the whole menu is filled with hearty soul food, breakfast is served all day, and it's hard to resist the lure of biscuits with pan sausage and gravy for dinner.
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Tied for first:
Happy Fatz It may seem like a strange notion to combine hot dogs and a bakery under one roof, but why not, when you do both of them well? Happy Fatz has embraced its dual concept, cooking up awesome dogs as well as cheap and delicious breakfast sandwiches and tacos and decadent challah French toast with eggs and bacon for only $7. Of course, the best thing to get at Happy Fatz combines the best that the spot has to offer: A dog topped with two eggs in a Slow Dough bun.
La Guadalupana I wouldn't consider La Guadalupana underrated personally, but I do agree that it makes one of the best (all day) breakfasts in town. Part restaurant, part bakery, the tiny space not only makes excellent palmiers and croissants, but also a mean breakfast torta, large enough to feed two. Also try the migas and the simple breakfast tacos, all of which come with wonderfully spicy homemade salsa.
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