About a year ago, I decided that Lincoln and I would try different brunch spots around Houston because we had started eating at the same places every weekend.
Here are five things that I learned from our experience:
1. Do not order eggs with toast and bacon or omelettes. These dishes are overpriced and greasy. Lincoln, who orders omelettes frequently, does not remember any omelette.
2.Do some research and find out the restaurant’s specialty. For example, Pastelitos Cafe,in West Houston, is known for its pastelitos (sweet or savory Peruvian fried pastries) and Downhouse, in the Heights, is known for its eggs benedict.
3.Do not stand in line for over 30 minutes. If you have to wait more than 30 minutes, go somewhere else. We have stood in line and waited an hour for a couple of brunch experiences and really, it is not worth it. If you know that a place is popular, it is a good idea to arrive when the restaurant opens or make reservations if possible.
4.Try something new. Look at the menu and choose something that you would not eat normally.
5. If you decide to go to a buffet, do not fill up on bread, crackers, or drinks. Save your appetite for the dishes on the buffet line.
Here is the restaurant list: (Click on the restaurant name and you will be redirected to the restaurant's website)
1. Eatwell Bakery Cafe: 11150 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77042. This cafe is owned by a Lebanese man who has been in Houston for 25 years. They have smoothies, smooth, rich, dark coffee, yogurt mixed with oatmeal, egg free pancakes, and a really good mediterranean frittata. This restaurant has healthier options. In most restaurants, brunch options are caloric.
2. Pastelitos Cafe: 1809 Eldridge Parkway, Suite 120 Houston, Texas, 77077. The pastelitos are the best. They have meat, chicken, 4 cheeses, guava with cheese, and spinach with cheese pastries. The cowboy breakfast is good, and you will not be hungry for the rest of the day. There is also a crepe with mozzarella cheese inside with a side of plantains. It is a hearty dish and is enough for two people. In reality, most dishes in the restaurants are enough for two people.
3. Tiny Boxwoods: 3614 W. Alabama Street, Houston Texas, 77027. You need to make reservations at this restaurant or arrive early. There is an hour long line on Saturday and Sunday between 9:00 and 11:00. They have great breakfast pizzas. I had the steak and egg breakfast pizza.
4. Urban Kitchen: 14008 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas, 77079. This restaurant was quite greasy, but to be fair, we only tried the chicken with gravy and an egg and toast breakfast.
5. Canopy: 3939 Montrose, Houston, Texas, 77006. We thought that this option was pricey, but the place is relaxing.
6. Pecan Creek Grille: 1510 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, Texas, 77077. The pork hash (it marinates in a special sauce overnight), jalapeno grits, and cinnamon coffee are special.
7. Nazif's Turkish Grill and Deli: 8821 Westheimer, Houston, Texas, 77063. They have a great brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant features Turkish dishes, olives, cheese, eggplant dishes, and fresh pita bread.
8. Pondicheri: 280 Kirby, Suite B132, Houston, Texas, 77098. They have breakfast thalis, oatmeal with jaggery, and a $5.00 menu. Upstairs in the bake lab, they have a coffee that features cardamon and pepper.
9. Down House: 1801 Yale Street, Houston, Texas, 77008. The egg benedict dishes are very good.
10. Blacksmith: 1018 Westheimer, Houston, Texas, 77006. I have mentioned this coffee house before. I love their locally made sausage, cheese, egg, biscuit with jelly and creme fraiche on the side. Top that off with a flat white, and it is a perfect breakfast. The oatmeal and croissants are also good.
If you are ever in Hilo, Hawaii, you should try Paul's Place (132 Punahoa Street, Hilo, Hawaii, 96720). It is small place, and you will need to make a reservation. They have four tables. Paul makes the food right in front of you. It was one of the best places that we ate during our trip.
A few more photos of brunch/breakfast:
I hope that you enjoyed this post. If you have any suggestions or ideas about brunch, please comment. Happy eating!!