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Brunch spread at 60 Degrees Mastercrafted
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Updating the Brunch Heatmap, March 2014

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Brunch spread at 60 Degrees Mastercrafted
| Photo: 60 Degrees Mastercrafted/Facebook

Whether brunch is an opportunity to recover from a long night of drinking with a little hair-of-the-dog relief and some greasy food, or if it's just a time to catch up with friends, many locals would agree that it's an essential part of anyone's weekend plans. And since the last brunch heatmap went up about a year ago, it seemed about time to update on all the new boozy breakfast services at some recently opened restaurants around town, with a few mainstay brunch spots thrown in for good measure. As always, hit the tipline if there's a good place we missed.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Caracol

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2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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This new brunch destination was instantly on brunch-goers radars' because it's owned by Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught, the names behind Houston brunch institutions Backstreet Cafe and Hugo's. A coastal Mexican spread of brunch dishes and cocktails are served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The cost is $35 for adults and $12 for children ages 4 through 12; kids 3 and under eat free.

2. 60 Degrees Mastercrafted

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2300 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
Helmed by Certified Master Chef Fritz Gitschner, this four-month-old River Oaks spot offers everything from a cold bar to an Akaushi Breakfast Burger and even chicken and waffles. The cold buffet, an entrée and the dessert buffet are all $37 per person.

3. El Big Bad

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419 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 229-8181
Steak and eggs is carne guisada con huevos at Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bottomless mimosas and solid Mexican fusion make this place a good spot for brunch.

4. Number 13

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7809 Broadway Street
Galveston, TX 77554
A build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and plenty of fresh seafood options make this upscale steakhouse worth the drive to Galveston on weekend mornings. The waterfront view doesn't hurt either.

5. MAX's Wine Dive

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214 Fairview St Ste 2
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-9200
The new Montrose outpost is already serving stick-to-your-ribs goodness for brunch. Wings and doughnuts, Hangover Fries and Max'n Cheese are up for grabs Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

6. Brick & Spoon

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1312 W Alabama St
Houston, TX
(832) 530-4957
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This Louisiana-based chain is built entirely around the concept of brunch, so you can guess that it's packed every weekend. Be ready to stand in line, although the build-your-own-Bloody Mary bar and Cajun dishes make the wait worthwhile for hungry brunchers.

7. Funky Chicken

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181 Heights Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 924-4655
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Chicken is served in almost every way imaginable at this new Heights-area spot. It's a good option for early risers, since "Funky Brunch" is every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8. Lowbrow

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1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006
This Montrose bar is infused with the lively, artsy personalities of its owners, the guys behind Free Press Houston. So you might be surprised at how highbrow some dishes are, like the eggs benedict with foie gras over brioche toast or the Arabic style deep-fried omelet served with crème fraîche and tomato jam.

9. Cook & Collins

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2416 Brazos St Ste C
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 701-1973
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Southern comfort classics with some updated twists are on the menu, like the Creamsicle Texas Toast, which comes with custard and brown butter pineapple. Saturday brunch is from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., along with the regular lunch menu which is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. See the complete menu here.

10. Triniti

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2815 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77098
The menu at Triniti is always changing, and the brunch options are no exception. Stop in for brunch and take some baked goods home, now that pastry chef Samantha Mendoza is hosting weekend pop-ups.

11. Brooklyn Athletic Club

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601 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-8328
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BAC's typical lunch menu of large sandwiches and salads get enhanced for lunch with additions like nutella-stuffed French toast and corned beef hash. Owner Shepard Ross always has good drinks available, too.

12. Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

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1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, Tx 77056
(832) 668-5808
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The menu includes homemade beignets with raspberry jam, warm croissants, a brie omelette with mushrooms and a bacon cheeseburger topped with a fried egg. And with famed pastry chef Jose Hernandez back, you'll want to order some desserts.

1. Caracol

2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160, Houston, TX 77056
This new brunch destination was instantly on brunch-goers radars' because it's owned by Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught, the names behind Houston brunch institutions Backstreet Cafe and Hugo's. A coastal Mexican spread of brunch dishes and cocktails are served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The cost is $35 for adults and $12 for children ages 4 through 12; kids 3 and under eat free.
2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056

2. 60 Degrees Mastercrafted

2300 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
Helmed by Certified Master Chef Fritz Gitschner, this four-month-old River Oaks spot offers everything from a cold bar to an Akaushi Breakfast Burger and even chicken and waffles. The cold buffet, an entrée and the dessert buffet are all $37 per person.
2300 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

3. El Big Bad

419 Travis St., Houston, TX 77002
Steak and eggs is carne guisada con huevos at Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bottomless mimosas and solid Mexican fusion make this place a good spot for brunch.
419 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77002

4. Number 13

7809 Broadway Street, Galveston, TX 77554
A build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and plenty of fresh seafood options make this upscale steakhouse worth the drive to Galveston on weekend mornings. The waterfront view doesn't hurt either.
7809 Broadway Street
Galveston, TX 77554

5. MAX's Wine Dive

214 Fairview St Ste 2, Houston, TX 77006
The new Montrose outpost is already serving stick-to-your-ribs goodness for brunch. Wings and doughnuts, Hangover Fries and Max'n Cheese are up for grabs Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
214 Fairview St Ste 2
Houston, TX 77006

6. Brick & Spoon

1312 W Alabama St, Houston, TX
This Louisiana-based chain is built entirely around the concept of brunch, so you can guess that it's packed every weekend. Be ready to stand in line, although the build-your-own-Bloody Mary bar and Cajun dishes make the wait worthwhile for hungry brunchers.
1312 W Alabama St
Houston, TX

7. Funky Chicken

181 Heights Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006
Chicken is served in almost every way imaginable at this new Heights-area spot. It's a good option for early risers, since "Funky Brunch" is every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
181 Heights Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

8. Lowbrow

1601 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006
This Montrose bar is infused with the lively, artsy personalities of its owners, the guys behind Free Press Houston. So you might be surprised at how highbrow some dishes are, like the eggs benedict with foie gras over brioche toast or the Arabic style deep-fried omelet served with crème fraîche and tomato jam.
1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006

9. Cook & Collins

2416 Brazos St Ste C, Houston, TX 77006
Southern comfort classics with some updated twists are on the menu, like the Creamsicle Texas Toast, which comes with custard and brown butter pineapple. Saturday brunch is from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., along with the regular lunch menu which is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. See the complete menu here.
2416 Brazos St Ste C
Houston, TX 77006

10. Triniti

2815 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098
The menu at Triniti is always changing, and the brunch options are no exception. Stop in for brunch and take some baked goods home, now that pastry chef Samantha Mendoza is hosting weekend pop-ups.
2815 S Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77098

11. Brooklyn Athletic Club

601 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006
BAC's typical lunch menu of large sandwiches and salads get enhanced for lunch with additions like nutella-stuffed French toast and corned beef hash. Owner Shepard Ross always has good drinks available, too.
601 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006

12. Etoile Cuisine Et Bar

1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, Tx 77056
The menu includes homemade beignets with raspberry jam, warm croissants, a brie omelette with mushrooms and a bacon cheeseburger topped with a fried egg. And with famed pastry chef Jose Hernandez back, you'll want to order some desserts.
1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, Tx 77056

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