Houstonians love to eat out, and brunch is no exception. In a city where Southern comfort food, Tex-Mex and Gulf Coast seafood abound, great breakfast spots are everywhere. But a few places have truly stepped up their brunch game. Here's a taste of where to find some of the best brunches in the Houston metro.
Word of warning: These restaurants are the worst-kept brunch secrets in Houston and are almost always packed. Regardless of where you choose to go, plan on waiting a little while to be seated if going during peak hours.
The Dunlavy is easily one of the most visually stunning restaurants in Houston and could earn a spot on this list for the aesthetics alone. The dining room's exterior walls are made up almost entirely of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Buffalo Bayou Park, where views of large, sprawling live oak trees contrast with the dozens of chandeliers hanging inside. The result is a beautiful, calming ambiance that's a perfect complement to the restaurant's equally amazing menu.
The brunch menu is available Saturday and Sunday and features upscale brunch dishes — such as its salmon gravlax toast served with whipped cream cheese — at a fraction of the cost of other high-end breakfast spots.
Pro-tip: Finding parking nearby is a hassle. Opt instead to go via a rideshare like Uber or Lyft, or better yet, park at one of the lots by Sabine Bridge near downtown and use Bcycle, Houston's bike-share program. It's an easy — and gorgeous — ride down the Buffalo Bayou bike trail, and there is a bike docking station right by the restaurant.
For a more diner-style brunch spot with all the best in Southern comfort food, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place than The Breakfast Klub. This restaurant is one of the best in Houston's Midtown, in part, because of its exceptional breakfast menu.
The Breakfast Klub has classic breakfast foods like biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and french toast and grits, as well as some healthier options — all of which are served by the restaurant's extraordinarily friendly staff.
Located in the heart of the Museum District, Lucille's is a great spot for those interested in grabbing brunch before heading out to Hermann Park or visiting one of the many museums in the district.
The restaurant specializes in upscale Southern cuisine, taking a high-end spin on classics like chili biscuits, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays, and when the weather is nice, patrons can sit outside in the patio area behind the restaurant that's full of trees and greenery.
Pro-tip: Parking is available across the street in a lot shared with hospital parking. Do not park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant, or you might get ticketed or towed.
For those who have a weakness for brunch buffets, Baba Yega has a nice one on Sundays. This all-you-can-eat spread has breakfast classics like waffles, eggs benedict, made-to-order omelets, bacon and potatoes. There's a small salad bar complete with fresh fruit, as well as a dessert station stocked with dozens of sweet treats like chocolate-covered strawberries.
The restaurant itself is reminiscent of an old, converted house. Patrons are seated throughout several, uniquely decorated dining rooms — including one with an actual tree in the middle. Outside, there's a large, covered patio that overlooks a fish pond, making it a great spot to enjoy brunch outside, even on hot days.
Baby Barnaby's only does breakfast, so, naturally, it does it very, very well. This beloved Montrose restaurant is a favorite among Inner Loopers because of its delicious food and understated atmosphere.
Among the most popular dishes are the green eggs — scrambled eggs mixed with spinach, artichoke hearts and cheese — and the Tex-Mex classic Migas, which are scrambled eggs with veggies and tortilla strips.
Pro-tip: There is almost always a long wait on the weekends — expect to wait an hour or so — and there isn't a hostess stand. When you get to the restaurant, put your name on the clipboard hanging on the patio to secure your spot in line.
If you can't make it to Baby Barnaby's — or you would prefer not to wait in line to eat there — many of the breakfast items are also available at the other Barnaby's locations.
For the many New Orleanian transplants in Houston, Brennan's is a taste of home. This Midtown restaurant offers upscale Creole classics in an elegant setting. Brunch packages include your choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert and feature Gulf Coast dishes like turtle soup, wood-grilled oysters and pecan-crusted fish.
Like the upscale restaurants found in New Orleans' French Quarter and Garden District, Brennan's is set up as a series of dining rooms, each with their own unique name and style. The servers are knowledgeable and attentive, taking Southern hospitality to a whole new level. The result is a warm, inviting experience combined with high-quality food that's especially great for special occasions.
Pro-tip: For the same experience at a slightly lower price, try visiting Brennan's during Houston Restaurant Weeks, when a limited brunch package is offered for just $20.
Hugo's combines two of Houstonians' favorite things: Tex-Mex and seafood. The food and ambiance are decidedly upscale. Costs are on the higher end but definitely worth it if you're willing to splurge.
On Saturdays you can order off of a brunch menu that features items like grilled octopus, ceviche and mole. Whereas Sundays offer a full brunch buffet that's loaded up with signature Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, seafood and desserts.
Pro-tip: Come between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays to listen to live music while you eat.
Another great Midtown spot, Weights + Measures provides a unique spin on traditional brunch dishes like avocado toast with green harissa and house smoked salmon with a truffle egg scramble. What makes this spot a must-try, however, is the bakery.
The bake shop's breads, pastries and desserts are some of the best in the city. The berry and cream cheese danishes are light and flaky, the brownies are fudgy and loaded with chocolate, and the muffins are moist and full of plump fruits and crunchy nuts. Pair your baked treats or entree with a custom-made latte or fresh-squeezed orange juice, and it makes for a tasty yet ultra-casual brunch.
Bonus: There's ample lot parking — a rarity in Midtown.