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It doesn’t matter how busy the week is in Houston, there is always time for brunch. While any one of the city’s charming neighborhoods can serve up a dish of eggs Benedict and wash it down with a freshly squeezed mimosa, here are our favorite spots in Houston’s eclectic Montrose neighborhood.
Brasil is a great place to grab a cappuccino with your morning eggs. The Café offers plenty of seating, with two outdoor patios and space inside. Depending on your mood, you can choose to sit out on the front patio, watching cars as they pass by on Westheimer, or forget you’re in the city with shade from the lush trees on the back patio. Breakfast is available throughout the week from 7 a.m. to noon, and Saturday and Sunday between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy Street, Houston, TX, 713-528-1993
Empire Café used to be a family-owned dry cleaning operation but is now an inviting café that has become a staple for Montrose. If you’re looking to enjoy a breakfast or brunch with Italian inspiration, try one of the frittatas. Or go for herb roasted potatoes, pancetta, fresh tomatoes, red onions, a variety of cheeses, topped with sour cream, the Mamma Mia, will not disappoint. Breakfast is available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Empire Café, 1732 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX, 713-528-5282
La Guadalupana Bakery and Café is a family-owned hidden gem that is easy to overlook. Stationed on the corner of Dunlavy and Indiana next to a Laundromat and convenience store, La Guadalupana serves authentic Mexican cuisine with no frills. Breakfast is served all day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., but during the summer, try to get there before 3 p.m. because they’ve been known to close early. Pair the cinnamon coffee with any dish, you won’t be sorry.
This cozy house in the heart of Montrose is a great haunt for weekly brunch. Gratifi is Houston’s first restaurant with a paws on the patio permit. Bring your best friend for house made bacon dog treats and treat yourself to Bubba’s Breakfast Sandwich (fried chicken with two eggs, jalapeño honey, and pepperjack between a buttermilk biscuit). Open Monday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Gratifi Kitchen + Bar, 302 Fairview Street, Houston, TX, 832-203-5950
Drawing inspiration from a swanky speak-easy during the prohibition era, Royal Oak is more than just a neighborhood watering hole. Inside the bar’s two-story building, you will find wood floors, plush leather seating, and an old-school bar stocked with all the favorites. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mimosas come in various flavors, from blackberry to peach and original. Pick your poison, and pair with the breakfast tacos.