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Houston restaurants show diners just why for some breakfast is the favorite meal of the day.
Becca Wright

Houston’s 20 Essential Breakfast Spots

Breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, pastries, and more await you at these Houston breakfast havens

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Houston restaurants show diners just why for some breakfast is the favorite meal of the day.
| Becca Wright

Brunch may get a lot of shine for its boozy drinks, but let’s be real. It wouldn’t be anything without the OG that is breakfast, and luckily, Houston recognizes that breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day.

That means pancakes, pastries, coffee, and inventive egg-centered dishes abound in the city — whether traversing the city in the early A.M. or late in the afternoon, and whether looking for a lazy, low-key Saturday morning spot, a grab-and-go type cafe, or a high-energy diner.

Thus, this list has been updated to give you some of the latest and most exciting options in Houston breakfast. Red Oak Cafe and Chez Beignets III have been rotated out to make room for undeniable spots like the Red Lion Pub, Slowpokes, and Gristworkz.

So, after you’re done hitting snooze once or twice, here are 20 of Houston’s essential breakfast spots that deserve a visit.

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Slowpokes

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Breakfast doesn’t stop at this coffee shop, where an assortment of breakfast tacos and kolaches — choose between spinach and cheese or ham and cheese — are served all day. Other delicious offerings include its smoked salmon bagel or the breakfast biscuit, which comes packed with scrambled eggs and bacon, with a spicy jam on the side. Got a sweet tooth? Try the churro donut, which comes with a chocolatey sauce for dipping, and try out one of Slowpokes’ newest caffeinated drinks, like its Sweet Sap Nitro Cold Brew.

Slowpokes’ churro donuts with a side of chocolate sauce, and a small coffee.
Slowpokes offers a quick breakfast option, whether craving sweet or savory.
Becca Wright

Puebla's Mexican Kitchen

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With no more than a dozen tables inside, this Heights restaurant is a local go-to, serving up a variety of tacos, loaded sopes, chilaquiles divorciados — served with both tomatillo and guajillo sauces, and deep-fried gorditas — all with a down-home feel. Try the signature cinnamon coffee, served in a colorful clay mug, and take in the colorful decor and pop culture nods hanging on its walls.

chilaquiles divorciados with two fried eggs at Puebla’s Mexican Kitchen.
Puebla’s is a Heights gem.
Brittany Britto Garley

Gristworkz

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Whatever you do, be sure to get your hands on chef Daniel Leal’s addicting breakfast sandwiches. Available on weekends, Leal’s Mexican squash, egg whites, and cheese sandwich takes inspiration from rajas con queso, incorporating smoked gouda, caramelized onions, green onions, and shallots, which is topped on an English muffin. His spicy bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich (also coyly known as the “Danny Dropped”), is also packed with flavor, layering white and yellow American cheeses, roasted pickled jalapenos, caramelized onions, and a garlic chili crisp smear for a messy, delicious bite. Complement it with a coffee from Blue Tile Coffee, which is on-site from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

A Gristworkz breakfast sandwich and a coffee from Blue Tile Coffee.
Gristworkz’ breakfast sandwiches are a must-try item.
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Barnaby's Cafe

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Breakfast is a filling favorite at this kid- and dog-friendly neighborhood haunt, which cooks up items like chicken-fried steak and eggs, falafel scramble with hummus, and ground buffalo scramble with mushrooms and egg. The red velvet pancakes with cream cheese icing and French toast breakfast sandwich with ham and Swiss cheese is a true treat — best enjoyed on the outdoor patio.

Dish Society

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A farm-to-table breakfast and lunch spot with multiple locations, Dish Society brings local flavor to classic breakfast dishes, with fluffy pancakes, Nutella French toast, brisket and eggs, house beignets, and more. Wake up with a coffee or hot tea, or turn breakfast into brunch with a fruity mimosa flight.

Koffeteria

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This EaDo cafe offers some of the most creative sweet and savory pastries in town, from aromatic beef pho kolaches to pumpkin spice muffing tops, and breakfast tacos, like the Chinese sausage and egg taco with green papaya pico. Check for newest items on the website, which is updated daily, and don’t forget coffee. The hot salty Cambodian latte — made with sweetened condensed milk, housemade sourdough butter, and a sprinkle of Maldon salt — is worth a try.

Cielito Cafe

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Tucked away in a little house in Montrose, this busy Mexican cafe is a perfect stop if riding solo or with a friend. Here, sweet cajeta toast served with bacon bits and eggs, breakfast sandwiches made with Mexican concha bread, and plenty of aguas frescas with the option to add a chamoy rim await. Stop by on the weekends for menudo, but be sure to carpool or opt to travel through a ride-sharing service. Parking is tight.

La Guadalupana Cafe and Bakery

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This family-owned restaurant boasts fresh-squeezed juices, spiced coffees, artfully made almond croissants, and Mexican breakfast essentials, like migas and tortas filled with eggs, chorizo, potatoes, beans, onions, and peppers. The machaca nortena — a shredded dried beef platter served with scrambled eggs, sauteed veggies, and beans — and the vampire juice, a blend of orange, carrot, and beet are a perfect pairing. Order a slice of tres leches cake for later.

Harry's Restaurant

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Launched by a Greek and Ecuadorian couple in the early 1990s, this comforting breakfast spot serves up popular breakfast items with Latin and Grecian flair. There’s Baklava French Toast made with Challah bread; pupusas stuffed with zucchini and queso; and the Larissa plate that includes two eggs, seasoned potatoes, and tomatoes covered in feta and parsley.

Red Lion Pub

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Seeking out an English breakfast experience? Look no further than this Montrose pub, which offers a full spread on weekends, featuring English breakfast star players, like link sausage, black pudding, Irish bacon, Heinz baked beans, grilled tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, two sunny-side-up eggs, and toast for $24. Browse the brunch menu, which features a tender crab cake benedict and its Scottish eggs benedict, which comes topped with smoked salmon and caviar. Enjoy with a glass (or pitcher) of mimosas — no judgment.

Brothers Taco House

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Start the morning at this essential Houston taqueria, where tortillas are loaded up with egg, sausage, potatoes, and more into giant breakfast tacos priced at less than $3 each. Be warned — the line gets long but it typically moves pretty quickly.

Blacksmith

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Vietnamese steak and eggs with house paté, chilaquiles with black beans and queso fresco, and croissants with creme fraiche are just the tipping point at this coffee shop. In addition to its plethora of teas, kombucha, and agua fresca, Blacksmith pours gourmet coffees, with beans most recently imported from regions in Guatemala and Colombia.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

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Despite being a Colorado import, Snooze has a special place in Houston thanks to its pillowy pancakes with decadent toppings, a rotation of seasonal items, and drinks like bloody marys mimosas, and cocktails that keep breakfast buzzing. The breakfast pot pie — a comforting flaky puff pastry smothered in rosemary-sage gravy — can be stuffed and topped with your choice of more than two dozen ingredients.

Common Bond Cafe & Bakery

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With multiple locations around the city, Common Bond offers weekday breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and all-day weekend brunch, with items like buttermilk biscuits smothered in jalapeno pork sausage and topped with two soft yolk eggs, and lox tartine. Plus, the bakery offers easy, on-the-go options like freshly baked baguettes, macarons, and pain au chocolat.

Empire Cafe

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This gas station turned cozy cafe serves up hearty breakfast staples, like buildable omelets, breakfast tacos, sticky buns, and Italian-inspired frittatas. Round out the most important meal of the day with mozzarella-smothered potatoes and a prickly pear margarita.   

The Breakfast Klub

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For a true Southern-style breakfast, come here for chicken and waffles, catfish and grits, and (no, really) green eggs and ham, made with chives, spinach, and bell peppers. The Breakfast Klub also sells its own pancake mixes, so true believers can recreate their dishes at home.

The Breakfast Klub’s chicken and waffles with strawberries.
The Breakfast Klub’s wings and waffles is one of the city’s most iconic dishes.
The Breakfast Klub

The Toasted Yolk

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They say everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, and when it comes to breakfast, this Texas chain indeed does it big. There are churro-style doughnuts, breakfast burritos bursting at the seams, various versions of eggs benedicts rebranded as “The Arnolds,” plus coffees, mimosas, and sangrias to make your A.M. festive. Go for the Cowboy Scramble, which is comprised of two split buttermilk biscuits topped with bacon, sausage, ham, onions, and three scrambled eggs, and smothered with a healthy heap of country sausage gravy.

Dandelion Cafe

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This Bellaire cafe welcomes the community to kickstart their day with freshly brewed coffee concoctions, build-your-own omelets, breakfast tacos, and “sweet stuff,” like buttermilk pancakes and blueberry lemon curd french toast sticks. Check the weekly specials, which include Mimosa Mondays; buy-one, get-one free tacos on Tuesdays; half-off pancakes on Wednesdays; and $3 mimosas, beers, and smoothies on Thursdays.

Tel-Wink Grill

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This no-frills city diner promises large portions of all the breakfast basics and beyond at affordable prices. Try the catfish fillet, country-fried steak, or two center-cut pork chops with eggs, a side of grits or hashbrowns, and toast or biscuits for $9. Spring for a Belgian waffle with creamery butter for $6.

NY Deli

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Find bagels, of course, but also dishes like corned beef hash, sweet and savory cream cheeses, challah french toast, cheese blintzes, and potato pancakes with sour cream and apple sauce. The weekday breakfast special, which includes two eggs, a bagel or toast, plus your choice of home fries, grits, sliced tomatoes, or fruit, is a steal for $7.

Slowpokes

Breakfast doesn’t stop at this coffee shop, where an assortment of breakfast tacos and kolaches — choose between spinach and cheese or ham and cheese — are served all day. Other delicious offerings include its smoked salmon bagel or the breakfast biscuit, which comes packed with scrambled eggs and bacon, with a spicy jam on the side. Got a sweet tooth? Try the churro donut, which comes with a chocolatey sauce for dipping, and try out one of Slowpokes’ newest caffeinated drinks, like its Sweet Sap Nitro Cold Brew.

Slowpokes’ churro donuts with a side of chocolate sauce, and a small coffee.
Slowpokes offers a quick breakfast option, whether craving sweet or savory.
Becca Wright

Puebla's Mexican Kitchen

With no more than a dozen tables inside, this Heights restaurant is a local go-to, serving up a variety of tacos, loaded sopes, chilaquiles divorciados — served with both tomatillo and guajillo sauces, and deep-fried gorditas — all with a down-home feel. Try the signature cinnamon coffee, served in a colorful clay mug, and take in the colorful decor and pop culture nods hanging on its walls.

chilaquiles divorciados with two fried eggs at Puebla’s Mexican Kitchen.
Puebla’s is a Heights gem.
Brittany Britto Garley

Gristworkz

Whatever you do, be sure to get your hands on chef Daniel Leal’s addicting breakfast sandwiches. Available on weekends, Leal’s Mexican squash, egg whites, and cheese sandwich takes inspiration from rajas con queso, incorporating smoked gouda, caramelized onions, green onions, and shallots, which is topped on an English muffin. His spicy bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich (also coyly known as the “Danny Dropped”), is also packed with flavor, layering white and yellow American cheeses, roasted pickled jalapenos, caramelized onions, and a garlic chili crisp smear for a messy, delicious bite. Complement it with a coffee from Blue Tile Coffee, which is on-site from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

A Gristworkz breakfast sandwich and a coffee from Blue Tile Coffee.
Gristworkz’ breakfast sandwiches are a must-try item.
The Scurfield Group

Barnaby's Cafe

Breakfast is a filling favorite at this kid- and dog-friendly neighborhood haunt, which cooks up items like chicken-fried steak and eggs, falafel scramble with hummus, and ground buffalo scramble with mushrooms and egg. The red velvet pancakes with cream cheese icing and French toast breakfast sandwich with ham and Swiss cheese is a true treat — best enjoyed on the outdoor patio.

Dish Society

A farm-to-table breakfast and lunch spot with multiple locations, Dish Society brings local flavor to classic breakfast dishes, with fluffy pancakes, Nutella French toast, brisket and eggs, house beignets, and more. Wake up with a coffee or hot tea, or turn breakfast into brunch with a fruity mimosa flight.

Koffeteria

This EaDo cafe offers some of the most creative sweet and savory pastries in town, from aromatic beef pho kolaches to pumpkin spice muffing tops, and breakfast tacos, like the Chinese sausage and egg taco with green papaya pico. Check for newest items on the website, which is updated daily, and don’t forget coffee. The hot salty Cambodian latte — made with sweetened condensed milk, housemade sourdough butter, and a sprinkle of Maldon salt — is worth a try.

Cielito Cafe

Tucked away in a little house in Montrose, this busy Mexican cafe is a perfect stop if riding solo or with a friend. Here, sweet cajeta toast served with bacon bits and eggs, breakfast sandwiches made with Mexican concha bread, and plenty of aguas frescas with the option to add a chamoy rim await. Stop by on the weekends for menudo, but be sure to carpool or opt to travel through a ride-sharing service. Parking is tight.

La Guadalupana Cafe and Bakery

This family-owned restaurant boasts fresh-squeezed juices, spiced coffees, artfully made almond croissants, and Mexican breakfast essentials, like migas and tortas filled with eggs, chorizo, potatoes, beans, onions, and peppers. The machaca nortena — a shredded dried beef platter served with scrambled eggs, sauteed veggies, and beans — and the vampire juice, a blend of orange, carrot, and beet are a perfect pairing. Order a slice of tres leches cake for later.

Harry's Restaurant

Launched by a Greek and Ecuadorian couple in the early 1990s, this comforting breakfast spot serves up popular breakfast items with Latin and Grecian flair. There’s Baklava French Toast made with Challah bread; pupusas stuffed with zucchini and queso; and the Larissa plate that includes two eggs, seasoned potatoes, and tomatoes covered in feta and parsley.

Red Lion Pub

Seeking out an English breakfast experience? Look no further than this Montrose pub, which offers a full spread on weekends, featuring English breakfast star players, like link sausage, black pudding, Irish bacon, Heinz baked beans, grilled tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, two sunny-side-up eggs, and toast for $24. Browse the brunch menu, which features a tender crab cake benedict and its Scottish eggs benedict, which comes topped with smoked salmon and caviar. Enjoy with a glass (or pitcher) of mimosas — no judgment.

Brothers Taco House

Start the morning at this essential Houston taqueria, where tortillas are loaded up with egg, sausage, potatoes, and more into giant breakfast tacos priced at less than $3 each. Be warned — the line gets long but it typically moves pretty quickly.

Blacksmith

Vietnamese steak and eggs with house paté, chilaquiles with black beans and queso fresco, and croissants with creme fraiche are just the tipping point at this coffee shop. In addition to its plethora of teas, kombucha, and agua fresca, Blacksmith pours gourmet coffees, with beans most recently imported from regions in Guatemala and Colombia.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Despite being a Colorado import, Snooze has a special place in Houston thanks to its pillowy pancakes with decadent toppings, a rotation of seasonal items, and drinks like bloody marys mimosas, and cocktails that keep breakfast buzzing. The breakfast pot pie — a comforting flaky puff pastry smothered in rosemary-sage gravy — can be stuffed and topped with your choice of more than two dozen ingredients.

Common Bond Cafe & Bakery

With multiple locations around the city, Common Bond offers weekday breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and all-day weekend brunch, with items like buttermilk biscuits smothered in jalapeno pork sausage and topped with two soft yolk eggs, and lox tartine. Plus, the bakery offers easy, on-the-go options like freshly baked baguettes, macarons, and pain au chocolat.

Empire Cafe

This gas station turned cozy cafe serves up hearty breakfast staples, like buildable omelets, breakfast tacos, sticky buns, and Italian-inspired frittatas. Round out the most important meal of the day with mozzarella-smothered potatoes and a prickly pear margarita.   

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The Breakfast Klub

For a true Southern-style breakfast, come here for chicken and waffles, catfish and grits, and (no, really) green eggs and ham, made with chives, spinach, and bell peppers. The Breakfast Klub also sells its own pancake mixes, so true believers can recreate their dishes at home.

The Breakfast Klub’s chicken and waffles with strawberries.
The Breakfast Klub’s wings and waffles is one of the city’s most iconic dishes.
The Breakfast Klub

The Toasted Yolk

They say everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, and when it comes to breakfast, this Texas chain indeed does it big. There are churro-style doughnuts, breakfast burritos bursting at the seams, various versions of eggs benedicts rebranded as “The Arnolds,” plus coffees, mimosas, and sangrias to make your A.M. festive. Go for the Cowboy Scramble, which is comprised of two split buttermilk biscuits topped with bacon, sausage, ham, onions, and three scrambled eggs, and smothered with a healthy heap of country sausage gravy.

Dandelion Cafe

This Bellaire cafe welcomes the community to kickstart their day with freshly brewed coffee concoctions, build-your-own omelets, breakfast tacos, and “sweet stuff,” like buttermilk pancakes and blueberry lemon curd french toast sticks. Check the weekly specials, which include Mimosa Mondays; buy-one, get-one free tacos on Tuesdays; half-off pancakes on Wednesdays; and $3 mimosas, beers, and smoothies on Thursdays.

Tel-Wink Grill

This no-frills city diner promises large portions of all the breakfast basics and beyond at affordable prices. Try the catfish fillet, country-fried steak, or two center-cut pork chops with eggs, a side of grits or hashbrowns, and toast or biscuits for $9. Spring for a Belgian waffle with creamery butter for $6.

NY Deli

Find bagels, of course, but also dishes like corned beef hash, sweet and savory cream cheeses, challah french toast, cheese blintzes, and potato pancakes with sour cream and apple sauce. The weekday breakfast special, which includes two eggs, a bagel or toast, plus your choice of home fries, grits, sliced tomatoes, or fruit, is a steal for $7.

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