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Houston’s 17 Essential Breakfast Spots

Where to eat the most important meal of the day

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Brunch may get a lot of shine, but breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Whether you’re in search of a lazy Saturday morning spot, or a quick place to grab bagels and a coffee, these 17 essential breakfast spots in Houston will satisfy any A.M. cravings.

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1. NY Deli

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9724 Hillcroft St
Houston, TX 77096
(713) 692-2435
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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.

2. Dish Society

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5740 San Felipe St #100
Houston, TX
(832) 538-1060
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A farm-to-table breakfast and lunch spot with multiple locations, Dish Society brings local flavor to classic breakfast dishes. The menu includes smoked salmon avo toasts, brisket and eggs, house beignets and more.

3. Dandelion Cafe

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5405 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, TX 77401
(832) 988-9210
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Dandelion focuses on scratch-made breakfast with local ingredients, including Greenway and Amaya coffees. Go classic with an omelet, or try something different, like the turkey chili topped with an egg, or black bean tostada with avocado and queso fresco.

4. The Buffalo Grille

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4080 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 661-3663
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Buffalo Grille serves up all the basics, from eggs of all manner to build-your-own omelets, plus pecan-smoked sausage, hot cakes, french toast and more.

5. Tiny Boxwoods

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3614 W Alabama St
Houston, TX
(713) 622-4224
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This restaurant’s pared-down breakfast menu focuses on the basics with pastries, along with quiche, avocado toast, and migas. The dining area’s large windows and expansive patio overlooking the garden make it perfect for Sunday Funday hangs.  

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6. Pondicheri

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2800 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX
(713) 522-2022
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Pondicheri’s menu features delicious Indian-inspired takes on breakfast with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Try the gluten-free jaggery coconut pancakes (a weekend item), vegan morning oats, masala eggs and dosa waffles. In a hurry? Head upstairs to the bake lab for grab-and-go pastries and coffee. 

7. Kraftsmen Baking

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611 W 22nd St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 649-4307
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Kraftsman serves up lots of standards with attention to detail, like the woodsman omelet, made with caramelized shallots, spinach, mushrooms, raclette, and Truffle oil. Coffee service lasts until close, at 6 p.m., in case you need an afternoon pick-me-up.

8. Empire Cafe

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1732 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(713) 528-4176
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This gas station turned cozy cafe serves up hearty breakfast staples, like DIY omelets, breakfast tacos, and Italian-inspired frittatas. Round out the most important meal of the day with mozzarella-smothered potatoes and a prickly pear margarita.   

9. Common Bond Cafe & Bakery

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1706 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(713) 529-3535
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Be sure to leave room for dessert when visiting Common Bond for breakfast. The bakery sells baguettes, macarons and pain au chocolat, while the cafe serves everything from lox tartine to biscuits and gravy.

10. La Guadalupana Cafe and Bakery

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2109 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX
(713) 522-2301

This family-owned Mexican restaurant has an impressive breakfast menu and a casual atmosphere. Try the machaca nortena, shredded dried beef with scrambled eggs, or the vampire juice, made with orange, carrot and beet.

11. Blacksmith

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1018 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(832) 360-7470
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The breakfast menu includes dishes like Vietnamese steak and eggs with house paté, chilaquiles with black beans and queso fresco, croissants with creme fraiche, coffee drinks, and w aide selection of teas.

12. Barnaby's Cafe

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414 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 522-8898
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Barnaby’s menu includes chicken fried steak and eggs, falafel scramble with hummus, ground buffalo scramble with mushrooms and egg, plus buttermilk waffles, red velvet pancakes, and a French toast breakfast sandwich with ham and Swiss cheese.

13. Lucille's

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5512 La Branch St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 568-2505
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Lucille B. Smith invented the first boxed hot roll mix to be marketed in the United States, so it's no wonder the restaurant named after her (and founded by her grandsons) excels at breakfast. Here you’ll find three types of benedict, catfish and grits, chili biscuits, and even an omelet made with oxtails.

14. Harry's Restaurant

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318 Tuam St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-0198
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Harry’s serves up A.M. meals with a Greek twist, including the Larissa plate, two eggs, breakfast potatoes, tomatoes and sauteed onions topped with feta, and hotcakes mixed with banana and topped with Merenda, a chocolate spread popular in Greece.

15. The Breakfast Klub

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3711 Travis St
Houston, TX
(713) 528-8561
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For a true Southern-style breakfast, come here for chicken and waffles, wings and grits and (no, really) green eggs and ham. Breakfast Klub also sells its own pancake mixes, so true believers can recreate their dishes at home.

16. Brothers Taco House

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1604 Emancipation Ave
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 223-0091
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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 $2 each.

17. Koffeteria

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1110 Hutchins St Suite 102
Houston, TX 77003

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. Don’t forget coffee — a drink called Boots With the Fur is a flat white with a splash of liquid that was previously used to poach apples.

1. NY Deli

9724 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77096

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.

9724 Hillcroft St
Houston, TX 77096

2. Dish Society

5740 San Felipe St #100, Houston, TX

A farm-to-table breakfast and lunch spot with multiple locations, Dish Society brings local flavor to classic breakfast dishes. The menu includes smoked salmon avo toasts, brisket and eggs, house beignets and more.

5740 San Felipe St #100
Houston, TX

3. Dandelion Cafe

5405 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401

Dandelion focuses on scratch-made breakfast with local ingredients, including Greenway and Amaya coffees. Go classic with an omelet, or try something different, like the turkey chili topped with an egg, or black bean tostada with avocado and queso fresco.

5405 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, TX 77401

4. The Buffalo Grille

4080 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

Buffalo Grille serves up all the basics, from eggs of all manner to build-your-own omelets, plus pecan-smoked sausage, hot cakes, french toast and more.

4080 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

5. Tiny Boxwoods

3614 W Alabama St, Houston, TX
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This restaurant’s pared-down breakfast menu focuses on the basics with pastries, along with quiche, avocado toast, and migas. The dining area’s large windows and expansive patio overlooking the garden make it perfect for Sunday Funday hangs.  

3614 W Alabama St
Houston, TX

6. Pondicheri

2800 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX

Pondicheri’s menu features delicious Indian-inspired takes on breakfast with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Try the gluten-free jaggery coconut pancakes (a weekend item), vegan morning oats, masala eggs and dosa waffles. In a hurry? Head upstairs to the bake lab for grab-and-go pastries and coffee. 

2800 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX

7. Kraftsmen Baking

611 W 22nd St, Houston, TX 77008

Kraftsman serves up lots of standards with attention to detail, like the woodsman omelet, made with caramelized shallots, spinach, mushrooms, raclette, and Truffle oil. Coffee service lasts until close, at 6 p.m., in case you need an afternoon pick-me-up.

611 W 22nd St
Houston, TX 77008

8. Empire Cafe

1732 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

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

1732 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

9. Common Bond Cafe & Bakery

1706 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

Be sure to leave room for dessert when visiting Common Bond for breakfast. The bakery sells baguettes, macarons and pain au chocolat, while the cafe serves everything from lox tartine to biscuits and gravy.

1706 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

10. La Guadalupana Cafe and Bakery

2109 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX

This family-owned Mexican restaurant has an impressive breakfast menu and a casual atmosphere. Try the machaca nortena, shredded dried beef with scrambled eggs, or the vampire juice, made with orange, carrot and beet.

2109 Dunlavy St
Houston, TX

11. Blacksmith

1018 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX

The breakfast menu includes dishes like Vietnamese steak and eggs with house paté, chilaquiles with black beans and queso fresco, croissants with creme fraiche, coffee drinks, and w aide selection of teas.

1018 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

12. Barnaby's Cafe

414 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019

Barnaby’s menu includes chicken fried steak and eggs, falafel scramble with hummus, ground buffalo scramble with mushrooms and egg, plus buttermilk waffles, red velvet pancakes, and a French toast breakfast sandwich with ham and Swiss cheese.

414 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019

13. Lucille's

5512 La Branch St, Houston, TX 77004

Lucille B. Smith invented the first boxed hot roll mix to be marketed in the United States, so it's no wonder the restaurant named after her (and founded by her grandsons) excels at breakfast. Here you’ll find three types of benedict, catfish and grits, chili biscuits, and even an omelet made with oxtails.

5512 La Branch St
Houston, TX 77004

14. Harry's Restaurant

318 Tuam St, Houston, TX 77006

Harry’s serves up A.M. meals with a Greek twist, including the Larissa plate, two eggs, breakfast potatoes, tomatoes and sauteed onions topped with feta, and hotcakes mixed with banana and topped with Merenda, a chocolate spread popular in Greece.

318 Tuam St
Houston, TX 77006

15. The Breakfast Klub

3711 Travis St, Houston, TX

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

3711 Travis St
Houston, TX

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16. Brothers Taco House

1604 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77003

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 $2 each.

1604 Emancipation Ave
Houston, TX 77003

17. Koffeteria

1110 Hutchins St Suite 102, Houston, TX 77003

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. Don’t forget coffee — a drink called Boots With the Fur is a flat white with a splash of liquid that was previously used to poach apples.

1110 Hutchins St Suite 102
Houston, TX 77003

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