Who doesn't look forward to brunching each and every weekend? Well, if you are like us your love for brunch is probably neck and neck to your love for happy hour! In our series, Brunch Famous, we wanted to take our admiration one step further. This "best of" list highlights what's great at some of our local brunch faves. Whether it be a particular dish, cocktail, the ambiance, or even the way it makes you feel (because feelings are important)...all these spots are worthy of being "Brunch Famous" in one way or another:
I became a fan of Around the Corner a while ago after a few visits placed the East Downtown destination on my all-time favorites list. And dropping by for brunch would only confirm why the spot gives me all the “feels”. They offer a Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. that features a modest selection of creative brunch treats.
The Buttermilk Bacon & Bourbon French Toast is nothing like you would expect. Prepared in a cast iron casserole dish, the French toast is made in one “skillet” combining thick pieces of bread along with their liquid mixture. The result is a beautifully baked and mildly sweet French toast topped with powdered sugar, blueberries, and two slices of bacon. Bourbon maple syrup comes on the side but I promise you will not need it! The Barcelona Flatbread (pictured in the main image) is another option that packs a ton of flavor with chorizo, marinated tomatoes, burrata, manchego, and crushed red pepper. Hello and good morning.
Recently ranked #10 by Houston Chronicle’s critic Alison Cook, Pax Americana can really do no wrong. Their dinner menu has been a constant fixture on our “top places to dine in Houston all the time and any time” so when they released their brunch menu, it was a no brainer that we would be checking it out ASAP.
Brunch is offered on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and with a menu that changes weekly, you’re not always sure what you’ll get. But…two items that remain in rotation may be reason alone to head to Montrose: The Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit (made with fried free-range chicken and a buttermilk biscuit) and the 44 Farms Short Rib Hash (made with black currant sofrito, pepper jelly and sunny eggs).
When Shade closed and was to re-open as Alice Blue, I will admit I was a bit worried. Solely because I wasn’t certain of what the menu would be, but most importantly I didn’t want them to remove one of my absolute favorite dishes in Houston….their quiche! I haven’t gotten a chance to enjoy dinner there yet, but I will say that their brunch is off the charts fantastic (and I’m not just saying that because the quiche is there 😛 ). Now on to my recommendations!
If you are a carb-o-holic like myself, go ahead and order all the pastries. I’m very close to saying they have some of the best in town (options include a pecan cinnamon roll, a huge biscuit, cherry scone, and their amazing blueberry muffin). Two other non-traditional brunch items that are too righteous to pass up are their Potato Pancakes served with everything cream cheese and smoked fish on a bed of scrambled eggs and the Pozole made with pork shoulder, cabbage, radish, onion and cilantro. Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
I was the first one through the doors once Ritual opened for brunch after the devastating storm (which will remain unnamed). I couldn’t wait to check them out and had been planning to go for the past few months. Well I finally made it in and Ritual did not disappoint. After I ordered my carafe of mimosa (because that’s my first priority), I moved on to ordering just about anything I could see that tickled my fancy.
The menu is quite extensive and really has something for every palate. But because I was in the mode to really get my grub on I went for the heavy hitters. The Stockyard Hash made with potato, peppers, onion, smoked pork, brisket, sunny egg, and green chile hollandaise came out on top with a close second place held by the Biscuits & Gravy. I mean does it get any better than a gravy made with tasso? Didn’t think so. Brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
I always feel at home when I visit Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen and I’ve been going for many, many years. Their brunch menu is a welcomed treat combining a plethora of seafood-centric selections with the more traditional.
The Fried Chicken Biscuits and Eggs was more than enough to share. The country fried chicken breast was twice the size of the biscuit and perfectly seasoned. On the seafood side of the house, you can’t go wrong with any of the Beni’s. There is crab, lobster, tamal, carnitas, and of course, the traditional. They are not stingy with the crab that makes its presence known inside and outside of the Spinach and Crab Omelet and the Sfinges (Sicilian style donut holes served with Nutella, powdered sugar and Texas honey) is a perfect way to start and to also end brunch if you feel so inclined. Tony Mandola’s Mardi Gras Sunday Brunch is served from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.