10 Of The Best Bars And Restaurants In Houston, Texas

The Breakfast Klub
The Breakfast Klub | © etee/Flickr
Stephanie Agu

From delicious breakfasts to drinks with live music, Houston has all your food and needs covered. Boasting many popular hangouts, the last thing anyone wants to do when they’re hungry or thirsty is stand in a line, but these ten restaurants and bars in Houston are worth the wait. Enjoy the best of Houston with our guide to some of its most popular venues.

1. The Breakfast Klub

Cafe, Restaurant, American

A veritable institution, The Breakfast Klub can have a line so long it wraps around the building. On a Sunday morning, it can stretch past two. Fortunately, as you tuck into waffles or tender fried chicken, you’ll soon forget about the wait. You can buy The Breakfast Klub’s Signature Seasoning, Waffle & Pancake Mix, and other restaurant-related paraphernalia in-store.

2. Common Bond

Bakery, Cafe, American

Common Bond Café & Bakery, Houston
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Located in Montrose, Common Bond serves delicious freshly baked bread. The chef-owner, Roy Shvartzapel, refined his pastry talents all over Europe, and Common Bond’s pain perdu will rival that of any similar item found in Paris. Although Common Bond serves both breakfast and lunch, the displayed baked goods are what turns first-time customers into repeat patrons.

3. Johnny’s Gold Brick

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub

Johnnys Gold Brick, Texas
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Johnny’s Gold Brick offers a reasonably priced cocktail menu, a happy hour and a chalkboard full of specials. There is a revolving list of craft cocktails created by the bar staff each month, and the results are always unexpected but delicious. Visit the bar when it’s slow, and ask the bartenders about their latest concoction. You are guaranteed to have a great conversation about liquor and flavors, and if you’re lucky, you may get a sip of something to be on next month’s menu.

4. Catalina Coffee

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Tea

Catalina Coffee
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In an age where every eye in your local coffee shop is glued to a screen, the wi-fi free zone of Catalina Coffee is a welcome novelty. The baristas have perfected the espresso-to-milk ratio in the flat white, and the warm spice of the chai latte will make you smile no matter how gloomy the weather might be. There is a table of café accoutrements near the window, but don’t reach for the stirring sticks just yet. Give your latte a taste, and you’ll find that Catalina’s coffee is best enjoyed exactly in the manner that it’s handed to you.

5. Nightingale Room

Bar, Nightclub, American

A litany of bars compete for your attention on the 300 block of Main, but Nightingale Room is an unmissable attraction. The two-story space allows for Saturday revelers to mingle in the open area in front of the bar or to head to the loft above. Once a week, the loft space transforms into a stage where you can find local and out-of-town artists performing.

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