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21 Essential Brunch Spots in Houston

State Fare, Roots, and Traveler’s Table offer some of the city’s best brunch options

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Mo’ Better Brews serves up a mean vegan chik’n and waffles.
| Arnea Williams

The launchpad of an enjoyable weekend and the key to Sunday Funday, brunch has always been an important Houston institution where the best of breakfast and lunch converge. And just like Space City, the options are diverse.

This list has been updated to include noteworthy brunch spots, like State Fare and Roots, but there are plenty more essential brunch spots offering festive beverages, decadent egg-topped dishes, sharable bites, and breakfast toasters and pastries to cement your week.

Whether on the hunt for a healthy light bite, a savory Southern brunch, or a hangover-curing huevos rancheros, these 20 Houston brunch destinations can chase away even the worst of the Sunday scaries.

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Dish Society

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With five locations around the Houston area that each offer all-day brunch, fulfilling your breakfast and lunch cravings at Dish Society is an easy task. Decide between tacos, pancakes, a variety of egg scrambles, sandwiches, or some of its more creative options. The Southern skillet breakfast, with its pork sausage, potatoes, gruyere, and sauteed peppers and onions, is topped with gravy and sunny side eggs for a combination of the best of breakfast possibilities. Its impressive drink menu, featuring fresh-squeezed juices, creative elixirs, coffees, craft beers, and wine, is also full of options.

State Fare Kitchen & Bar

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The brunch menu at State Fare runs two full pages, with mimosa flights in fruity flavors, cover-the-plate pancakes, and moist “cathead” biscuits (which, like the name infers, are larger than a cat’s head). Opt for plates like the crawfish and creole benedict, the classic State Fare Breakfast, or the Big Brunch Burger, that’s stuffed with breakfast sausage, a fried egg, bacon, and hash browns, or build your own by choosing your different breakfast favorites. Find yourself outside of the city? Visit locations in the Woodlands or Sugar Land.

The Annie

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With a picturesque backdrop of Houston and a five-star feel, The Annie is the perfect place to unwind and treat yourself. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, brunch service boasts items like filet benedict, egg and chorizo enchiladas, mushroom rigatoni, and a fried quail served with scrambled eggs, venison sausage, and a biscuit, If looking for classics, the brioche french toast, seasonal muffins, and the fried chicken sandwich with blue cheese slaw will not disappoint.

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

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At Bosscat, brunch can be adventurous as you decide. Go for flavorful options like the banana pancakes, overnight oats, and short rib chilaquiles, or spring for more exciting concoctions like the “Fruity Pebbles” french toast, made with a condensed milk glaze, or the donut burger, topped with bacon and a fried duck egg with a side of tater tots. Mimosas, available by the glass or carafe, are a classic choice, but the “breakfast in bed” shot is a surefire way to get your weekend off to an interesting start.

Tiny Boxwoods

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Start your day early at this River Oaks oasis, where lunch, breakfast and creative drinks combine for an experience that’s far from small. Go light with chia seed pudding, a pastry board, or the Tiny’s Summer Salad, or dig into more filling dishes, like the migas, the chicken enchiladas, or Lucky Burger with a homemade special sauce. If drinks are the focus, the White wine mojito or red sangria are perfect for a buzz of flavor, or opt for the “Weekend warrior” green smoothie or “Orange Julia” for a frothy and festive virgin option. Brunch runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Pondicheri

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Pondi offers a fun array of essential breakfast bites, including an “everything but the kitchen sink” Railway omelet, pumpkin chai oats, and a french toast with Nutella and cardamom. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Pondi’s Bake Lab also offers up delicious breakfast items, like a Bombay Benedict with pickled hollandaise sauce and pav bhaji masala on brioche buns, or the Mumbai toaster sandwich, served with eggs, cilantro chutney and cheese on house-made bread.

a'Bouzy

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The champagne-focused menu at a’Bouzy includes plenty of small bites and shareable that go perfectly with a glass of bubbles. Try the heirloom tomato galette, topped with honey goat cheese and basil on a creme fraiche crust; the pomme frites, roasted in duck fat and covered with sunnyside eggs and aioli; or the seafood pot pie, loaded with a mix of redfish, crawfish, and shrimp. Feeling simple? Dabble in the assortment of fresh-baked pastries.

Superica

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Tex Mex import Superica is a haven for brunch aficionados with traditional breakfast plates featuring eggs, crispy tortillas strips, chorizo, potatoes, and steak served in a variety of ways. The huevos Mexicanos, made with fluffy scrambled eggs, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, cheese, and frijoles, and the wood-grilled skirt steak and eggs are standout items on the menu — with fulfilling sides like applewood smoked bacon, fresh tortillas, hotcakes with whipped butter, and refried beans. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kin Dee

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From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, Kin Dee’s new brunch service brings Bangkok to Bayou City with crispy pancakes served with red curry and sunny-side-up eggs; Salapao Moo Yang, a sweet soy sauce-marinated pork belly in a steamed bun; and the alluring Panang curry omelet served with sweet cucumber and jasmine rice. The picturesque drinks, many of which are made with a version of Mekhong, Thailand’s national golden liquor, are just as captivating.

A brunch spread of Thai food at Heights’ restaurant Kin Dee.
Kin Dee’s newest brunch service offers five unique Thai dishes, including a Panang omelet.
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Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

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No matter the day of the week, this Colorado franchise promises variations of all the brunch staples, along with cold-pressed juices, boozy cafe cocktails, and the “morning margs.” Choose between eight different benedicts, including a habanero pork belly benny, and its extensive assortment of sweet breakfast options, including a featured pancake of the week. Can’t choose? Order the signature breakfast flight with a sample of three different pancake flavors.

Squable

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This restaurant by Bobby Heugel and Justin Yu offers a creative, extra-hearty brunch, with dishes like the oyster mushroom hash topped with poached eggs and jalapeño cream, or the brunch burger, smothered in cheddar, crispy lardons, an egg, and fries on the side. For something smaller, try the ‘Oaxacan green’ polenta with crawfish and pickled relish, or the bacon fat hashbrowns with pepper hollandaise and smoked trout roe. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Brasserie 19

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Undoubtedly a Houston institution, this French establishment serves a variety of classic brunch dishes, from eggs benedict and quiches, alongside assorted pastries including danishes, scones, croissants, and muffins. Try the seafood croissant, which is layered with butter lettuce, heirloom tomato, poached lobster and shrimp. Pair items with a bottle of Veuve, if you’re feeling fancy. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The huranche de puerco at Hugo’s — a large masa cake topped with slow-cooked, juicy pork, poblano rajas, beans, tomatillo salsa, and a fried egg — is a brunch standout and worth the visit alone. For something lighter, go for the ceviche of the day, or the watermelon salad, topped with blue cheese and mint-tajin dressing. Add a margarita or tequila cocktail on the side. 

Traveler's Table

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For the indecisive bruncher, Traveler’s Table is a perfect choice. The restaurant, which hosts brunch Friday through Sunday, offers a smorgasbord of fare inspired by cuisines around the world. There’s Vietnamese steak and eggs, flaky crab curry samosas and Indian masala eggs, lamb shakshuka, kimchi egg fried rice, churros, Hawaiian pancakes, and Louisiana fried chicken. Start with a drink — ordering a flight of its bloody marys, creative coffee cocktails, mimosas, or Old Fashioneds so you don’t have to choose. Leave room for dessert, which boasts a dessert bread pudding and a mango lassi panna cotta. And don’t forget to make a reservation — this three-day brunch gets packed.

Mo' Better Brews

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At this vegan restaurant, coffee, vinyl records, and breakfast are always on the menu — drawing in meat-eaters and vegans alike, including author Tabitha Brown. Waffles and pancakes come layered with your choice of pecan pie, strawberry “cheezecake,” or peach cobbler toppings, and the chik’n shrooms and grits — a crowd favorite — is drizzled in either a hot and honey glaze or a “Trill” remoulade sauce over a creamy bed of grits. The choice is yours. Sandwiches, pizzas, acai bowls, and light bites ensure there’s something for everyone.

Lucille's

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Stop by Lucille’s for a decadent Southern brunch, including dishes like fried green tomatoes, lobster Benedict, oxtail omelets, shrimp and grits, and of course, its signature chili biscuits. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Lucille’s chili biscuits on a plate.
Lucille’s chili biscuits, a family recipe, are made with the restaurant’s house chili and harissa cream.
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Brennan's of Houston

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Head to Brennan’s for a weekend brunch experience with live jazz music and classic offerings like the snapping turtle soup, the NOLA BBQ shrimp, crawfish cakes, and the truffle-roasted chicken. Score a deal with its three-course 55th-anniversary package for $55, and be sure to hang out in the courtyard for a mini getaway. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p..m. Sunday.

Turtle soup at Brennan’s of Houston.
Brennan’s snapping turtle soup is a classic.
Brennan’s

Harry's Restaurant

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At Harry’s, you’ll find classic combinations of pancakes, french toast, waffles, and biscuits to satisfy your breakfast cravings — plus more adventurous concoctions, like the “divorced” eggs benedict, made with a cheese-poblano tamale, poached eggs, salsa verde, and a ranchero sauce, and a delicious sage omelet, served with sage sausage, green onions, seasoned potatoes, mozzarella, and rosemary gravy. Make brunch boozy with frozen cocktails, micheladas, bellinis, mimosas, and more.

The Breakfast Klub

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Though dining at TBK on any day means lining up early, it’s well worth the wait for brunch on the weekend. Signature dishes, like “katfish” and grits, and the wings and waffles, featuring a heavenly waffle topped with six flavorful crispy wings, are the perfect place to start. The lunch menu’s variety of sandwiches won’t disappoint.

The Breakfast Klub’s chicken and waffles with strawberries.
The Breakfast Klub’s wings and waffles are a fan-favorite.
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Monkey's Tail

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At this fun Lindale Park bar, brunch equates to menudo; pizza topped with huevos rancheros; sopes piled high with refried beans, chorizo, and gravy; a delicious quesabirria hash; and a Mexican version of chicken and waffles. Opt for their Bloody Marys, mimosas, micheladas, or the frozen margaritas for a festive pairing. Brunch here runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

If sipping is the brunch motive, trade in the traditional mimosa for this wine bar, which allows diners to sample and self-serve a variety of wines on tap. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., its weekend brunch serves plates to share like wagyu tartare and patatas bravas, and a Juicy Lucy Burger that’s stuffed with cheddar and topped with pickled shallots and heirloom tomatoes.

Dish Society

With five locations around the Houston area that each offer all-day brunch, fulfilling your breakfast and lunch cravings at Dish Society is an easy task. Decide between tacos, pancakes, a variety of egg scrambles, sandwiches, or some of its more creative options. The Southern skillet breakfast, with its pork sausage, potatoes, gruyere, and sauteed peppers and onions, is topped with gravy and sunny side eggs for a combination of the best of breakfast possibilities. Its impressive drink menu, featuring fresh-squeezed juices, creative elixirs, coffees, craft beers, and wine, is also full of options.

State Fare Kitchen & Bar

The brunch menu at State Fare runs two full pages, with mimosa flights in fruity flavors, cover-the-plate pancakes, and moist “cathead” biscuits (which, like the name infers, are larger than a cat’s head). Opt for plates like the crawfish and creole benedict, the classic State Fare Breakfast, or the Big Brunch Burger, that’s stuffed with breakfast sausage, a fried egg, bacon, and hash browns, or build your own by choosing your different breakfast favorites. Find yourself outside of the city? Visit locations in the Woodlands or Sugar Land.

The Annie

With a picturesque backdrop of Houston and a five-star feel, The Annie is the perfect place to unwind and treat yourself. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, brunch service boasts items like filet benedict, egg and chorizo enchiladas, mushroom rigatoni, and a fried quail served with scrambled eggs, venison sausage, and a biscuit, If looking for classics, the brioche french toast, seasonal muffins, and the fried chicken sandwich with blue cheese slaw will not disappoint.

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

At Bosscat, brunch can be adventurous as you decide. Go for flavorful options like the banana pancakes, overnight oats, and short rib chilaquiles, or spring for more exciting concoctions like the “Fruity Pebbles” french toast, made with a condensed milk glaze, or the donut burger, topped with bacon and a fried duck egg with a side of tater tots. Mimosas, available by the glass or carafe, are a classic choice, but the “breakfast in bed” shot is a surefire way to get your weekend off to an interesting start.

Tiny Boxwoods

Start your day early at this River Oaks oasis, where lunch, breakfast and creative drinks combine for an experience that’s far from small. Go light with chia seed pudding, a pastry board, or the Tiny’s Summer Salad, or dig into more filling dishes, like the migas, the chicken enchiladas, or Lucky Burger with a homemade special sauce. If drinks are the focus, the White wine mojito or red sangria are perfect for a buzz of flavor, or opt for the “Weekend warrior” green smoothie or “Orange Julia” for a frothy and festive virgin option. Brunch runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Pondicheri

Pondi offers a fun array of essential breakfast bites, including an “everything but the kitchen sink” Railway omelet, pumpkin chai oats, and a french toast with Nutella and cardamom. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Pondi’s Bake Lab also offers up delicious breakfast items, like a Bombay Benedict with pickled hollandaise sauce and pav bhaji masala on brioche buns, or the Mumbai toaster sandwich, served with eggs, cilantro chutney and cheese on house-made bread.

a'Bouzy

The champagne-focused menu at a’Bouzy includes plenty of small bites and shareable that go perfectly with a glass of bubbles. Try the heirloom tomato galette, topped with honey goat cheese and basil on a creme fraiche crust; the pomme frites, roasted in duck fat and covered with sunnyside eggs and aioli; or the seafood pot pie, loaded with a mix of redfish, crawfish, and shrimp. Feeling simple? Dabble in the assortment of fresh-baked pastries.

Superica

Tex Mex import Superica is a haven for brunch aficionados with traditional breakfast plates featuring eggs, crispy tortillas strips, chorizo, potatoes, and steak served in a variety of ways. The huevos Mexicanos, made with fluffy scrambled eggs, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes, cheese, and frijoles, and the wood-grilled skirt steak and eggs are standout items on the menu — with fulfilling sides like applewood smoked bacon, fresh tortillas, hotcakes with whipped butter, and refried beans. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kin Dee

A brunch spread of Thai food at Heights’ restaurant Kin Dee.
Kin Dee’s newest brunch service offers five unique Thai dishes, including a Panang omelet.
Alex Montoya

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, Kin Dee’s new brunch service brings Bangkok to Bayou City with crispy pancakes served with red curry and sunny-side-up eggs; Salapao Moo Yang, a sweet soy sauce-marinated pork belly in a steamed bun; and the alluring Panang curry omelet served with sweet cucumber and jasmine rice. The picturesque drinks, many of which are made with a version of Mekhong, Thailand’s national golden liquor, are just as captivating.

A brunch spread of Thai food at Heights’ restaurant Kin Dee.
Kin Dee’s newest brunch service offers five unique Thai dishes, including a Panang omelet.
Alex Montoya

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

No matter the day of the week, this Colorado franchise promises variations of all the brunch staples, along with cold-pressed juices, boozy cafe cocktails, and the “morning margs.” Choose between eight different benedicts, including a habanero pork belly benny, and its extensive assortment of sweet breakfast options, including a featured pancake of the week. Can’t choose? Order the signature breakfast flight with a sample of three different pancake flavors.

Squable

This restaurant by Bobby Heugel and Justin Yu offers a creative, extra-hearty brunch, with dishes like the oyster mushroom hash topped with poached eggs and jalapeño cream, or the brunch burger, smothered in cheddar, crispy lardons, an egg, and fries on the side. For something smaller, try the ‘Oaxacan green’ polenta with crawfish and pickled relish, or the bacon fat hashbrowns with pepper hollandaise and smoked trout roe. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Brasserie 19

Undoubtedly a Houston institution, this French establishment serves a variety of classic brunch dishes, from eggs benedict and quiches, alongside assorted pastries including danishes, scones, croissants, and muffins. Try the seafood croissant, which is layered with butter lettuce, heirloom tomato, poached lobster and shrimp. Pair items with a bottle of Veuve, if you’re feeling fancy. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hugo's

The huranche de puerco at Hugo’s — a large masa cake topped with slow-cooked, juicy pork, poblano rajas, beans, tomatillo salsa, and a fried egg — is a brunch standout and worth the visit alone. For something lighter, go for the ceviche of the day, or the watermelon salad, topped with blue cheese and mint-tajin dressing. Add a margarita or tequila cocktail on the side. 

Traveler's Table

For the indecisive bruncher, Traveler’s Table is a perfect choice. The restaurant, which hosts brunch Friday through Sunday, offers a smorgasbord of fare inspired by cuisines around the world. There’s Vietnamese steak and eggs, flaky crab curry samosas and Indian masala eggs, lamb shakshuka, kimchi egg fried rice, churros, Hawaiian pancakes, and Louisiana fried chicken. Start with a drink — ordering a flight of its bloody marys, creative coffee cocktails, mimosas, or Old Fashioneds so you don’t have to choose. Leave room for dessert, which boasts a dessert bread pudding and a mango lassi panna cotta. And don’t forget to make a reservation — this three-day brunch gets packed.

Mo' Better Brews

At this vegan restaurant, coffee, vinyl records, and breakfast are always on the menu — drawing in meat-eaters and vegans alike, including author Tabitha Brown. Waffles and pancakes come layered with your choice of pecan pie, strawberry “cheezecake,” or peach cobbler toppings, and the chik’n shrooms and grits — a crowd favorite — is drizzled in either a hot and honey glaze or a “Trill” remoulade sauce over a creamy bed of grits. The choice is yours. Sandwiches, pizzas, acai bowls, and light bites ensure there’s something for everyone.

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Lucille's

Lucille’s chili biscuits on a plate.
Lucille’s chili biscuits, a family recipe, are made with the restaurant’s house chili and harissa cream.
Antonio Diaz

Stop by Lucille’s for a decadent Southern brunch, including dishes like fried green tomatoes, lobster Benedict, oxtail omelets, shrimp and grits, and of course, its signature chili biscuits. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Lucille’s chili biscuits on a plate.
Lucille’s chili biscuits, a family recipe, are made with the restaurant’s house chili and harissa cream.
Antonio Diaz

Brennan's of Houston

Turtle soup at Brennan’s of Houston.
Brennan’s snapping turtle soup is a classic.
Brennan’s

Head to Brennan’s for a weekend brunch experience with live jazz music and classic offerings like the snapping turtle soup, the NOLA BBQ shrimp, crawfish cakes, and the truffle-roasted chicken. Score a deal with its three-course 55th-anniversary package for $55, and be sure to hang out in the courtyard for a mini getaway. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p..m. Sunday.

Turtle soup at Brennan’s of Houston.
Brennan’s snapping turtle soup is a classic.
Brennan’s

Harry's Restaurant

At Harry’s, you’ll find classic combinations of pancakes, french toast, waffles, and biscuits to satisfy your breakfast cravings — plus more adventurous concoctions, like the “divorced” eggs benedict, made with a cheese-poblano tamale, poached eggs, salsa verde, and a ranchero sauce, and a delicious sage omelet, served with sage sausage, green onions, seasoned potatoes, mozzarella, and rosemary gravy. Make brunch boozy with frozen cocktails, micheladas, bellinis, mimosas, and more.

The Breakfast Klub

The Breakfast Klub’s chicken and waffles with strawberries.
The Breakfast Klub’s wings and waffles are a fan-favorite.
The Breakfast Klub/Facebook

Though dining at TBK on any day means lining up early, it’s well worth the wait for brunch on the weekend. Signature dishes, like “katfish” and grits, and the wings and waffles, featuring a heavenly waffle topped with six flavorful crispy wings, are the perfect place to start. The lunch menu’s variety of sandwiches won’t disappoint.

The Breakfast Klub’s chicken and waffles with strawberries.
The Breakfast Klub’s wings and waffles are a fan-favorite.
The Breakfast Klub/Facebook

Monkey's Tail

At this fun Lindale Park bar, brunch equates to menudo; pizza topped with huevos rancheros; sopes piled high with refried beans, chorizo, and gravy; a delicious quesabirria hash; and a Mexican version of chicken and waffles. Opt for their Bloody Marys, mimosas, micheladas, or the frozen margaritas for a festive pairing. Brunch here runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

Roots

If sipping is the brunch motive, trade in the traditional mimosa for this wine bar, which allows diners to sample and self-serve a variety of wines on tap. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., its weekend brunch serves plates to share like wagyu tartare and patatas bravas, and a Juicy Lucy Burger that’s stuffed with cheddar and topped with pickled shallots and heirloom tomatoes.

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