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6 outstanding places for brunch in Houston

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Brunch is the gateway to a good weekend, and no city does it better than Houston. In H-Town, worldly decadence meets Texas-sized portions with a dash of Southern charm at the table. Brunch is defined by its leisurely pace, the company of friends, and bottomless beverages (whether that’s a heavily-garnished bloody mary or a fruity mimosa is up to you).

Forget the Sunday scaries and check out these beloved brunch spots in Houston, whether you’re in search of a hearty Tex-Mex platter to cure your day after the night before hangover, a New Orleans-style breakfast or a healthier start to the weekend. Read on and you may just discover a new favorite brunch in Houston.

Squable 

Houston’s own Justin Yu (Theodore Rex) and Bobby Heugel (Anvil) have joined forces with chef Mark Clayton at Squable, a Heights eatery serving a hearty and creative brunch with European-inspired flavors and global influences. Their list of brunch bevvies includes the standards and some creative additions, like the Champagne julep made with mint, strawberry, elderflower, cognac and bubbles; and the spumoni (rum, melon, grapefruit and tonic).

Dutch baby from Squable.

Dutch baby from Squable.

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Interesting brunch mashups include the heirloom Oaxacan green polenta, served with crawfish, sauce Americaine and chow chow; the tomato-braised gigante beans with poached eggs, spicy pepper paste and cheddar; and the le brunch burger—an obvious choice—topped with raclette, lardons, an egg and dijonaise, served with fries. Looking for a menu classic? Squable’s Dutch baby pancakes served with maple syrup never disappoint. 

Find it: 632 W. 19th St., Houston, TX 77008; 832-834-7262

a’Bouzy

Planning a memorable Houston Mother’s Day brunch? Like its name suggests, a’Bouzy is all about bubbles—but not because it’s pronounced “boozy”—its aptronymic name is also that of a small French village in the Champagne region. Like you’d expect, it has one of the best curated Champagne and wine lists in the country, ranging from by-the-glass options to magnums.

Oysters from a'Bouzy.

Oysters from a’Bouzy.

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The menu includes a list of French classics: Croque Madame, French onion soup, moules and frites, tuna nicoise salad—but other menu items have a distinctly Texas twist: mini kolaches with fondue, chicken fried steak and eggs, blackened shrimp tacos and the fried oyster wedge salad. This popular restaurant is a prime people-watching spot, too. 

Find it: 2300 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098; 713-722-6899

Bloom & Bee

Located inside the elegant Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston, Bloom & Bee is a natural destination for bridal and baby showers, Mother’s Day and birthday soirees. With its pink upholstered chairs and blush-colored blown-glass ceiling installation, it’s delicate and feminine, and is (along with the rest of the hotel) an Instagram-worthy backdrop for any occasion.

Lighter, healthier brunch fare can be found at Bloom & Bee.

Lighter, healthier brunch fare can be found at Bloom & Bee.

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Touted as offering lighter, healthier fare, Bloom & Bee has a menu of fresh-pressed juices (its glow juice is a blend of carrot, orange and ginger) and fancied-up avocado toast, but don’t get it twisted—items like chili-cheese fondue with totopos (read: queso and chips) and lobster eggs Benny with caviar are unarguably indulgent.

Find it: 1600 W. Loop South, Houston, TX 77027; 346-227-5139

Lucille’s

There’s so much more to Lucille’s than simply a menu of Southern food—it’s a homage to chef Chris Williams’s great-grandmother, Lucille B. Smith, who was a culinary innovator and entrepreneur. The restaurant takes his family recipes and blends them with his classical training: chicken and waffles, grits served with shrimp or catfish, croissant French toast with fried chicken and oxtail tamales all get a boost.

Croissant French toast with fried chicken from Lucille's.

Croissant French toast with fried chicken from Lucille’s.

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Bonus: Lucille’s is open for brunch on Fridays, too, and offers live music during weekend brunch service.

Find it: 5512 La Branch St., Houston, TX 77004; 713-568-2505

Dish Society

With five locations across Houston (plus one in Katy), local favorite Dish Society takes the pain out of chain restaurants by focusing on sourcing its ingredients locally and making everything from scratch. Self-described as an “all-day diner,” it offers updated breakfast and lunch classics like BLTs, omelets and pancakes, but it’s got healthy options, too, like quinoa-stuffed avocados and a crispy chicken kale salad.

Southern breakfast skillet from Dish Society. 

Southern breakfast skillet from Dish Society. 

Bijou N. via Yelp

Another thing to love about Dish Society: you can enjoy brunch seven days a week.

Find it: at The Galleria and several other Houston locations.

Rosalie

Celebrity chef Chris Cosentino is behind this intimate eatery created in honor of his Italian immigrant great-grandmother, Rosalie, whom he credits with giving him the inspiration to become a chef.

Rigatoni with wild boar ragu from Roasalie. 

Rigatoni with wild boar ragu from Roasalie. 

Stephanie P. via Yelp

The menu is full of Italian-American favorites with his nonna’s special touch: spaghetti and meatballs in Sunday gravy, arancini, poached eggs and arrabiata sauce on grilled bread and breakfast polenta with your choice of sweet or savory toppings. Houstonians won’t go hungry at this newest addition to the city’s brunch scene. 

Find it: C. Baldwin Hotel, 400 Dallas St., Houston, TX 77002; 713-351-5790



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