By Marcy de Luna Updated 11:00 am CDT, Friday, October 18, 2019

Weekends are for lingering over a long midday meal, and why not try out a new menu while you're at it?

A buzzy River Oaks District restaurant recently added brunch service., while a Midtown staple introduced several new dishes. Offerings at an Italian eatery near the Energy Corridor include Nutella breakfast pizza, and shrimp and grits with with sausage ragu.

Ouzo Bay
Address: River Oaks District at 4444 Westheimer
Brunch hours: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and all-day Sunday

At Ouzo Bay, a Mediterranean-inspired seafood spot, dig into brunch creations including a Greek frittata (pictured), Maine lobster omelette and eggs shakshouka, featuring poached eggs with spiced tomato sauce, Kalamata olives, zucchini, onion, fennel and feta. Enjoy DJ spins while you toast to the day with half-off select bottles of rosé and $49 bottles of Veuve Clicquot.

Monkey’s Tail
Address: 5802 Fulton
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At brunch, choose from breadstick churros, huevos rancheros pizza, migaquiles (pictured) and the likes at Monkey’s Tail bar in Lindale Park.

The Dunlavy
Address: 3422 Allen Pkwy.
Brunch hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Dunlavy, a modern eatery overlooking Buffalo Bayou Park, offers midday selections such as a fried egg sandwich (pictured), ricotta pancakes with house-made blueberry jus and smoked salmon tartine with onion dill cream cheese, applewood house-smoked salmon, capers and a 7-minute egg served on a whole wheat sourdough bread.

Postino
Address: Montrose at 805 Pacific and the Heights at 642 Yale
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The list of midday savory dishes at this casual chain, offering Italian fare, bruschetta and wine, features dishes such as grilled focaccia with over-easy eggs, asparagus, tomato salad and herbed butter and house-made granola with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. Pair any dish with $5 glasses of wine until 5 p.m. all weekend long.

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café-Highland Village
Address: 2701 Drexel
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pair your breakfast crepes, from a croque madame to smoked salmon with pickled red onions, capers, scrambled eggs and dill sour cream, with $10 bottomless mimosas at Sweet Paris.

One Fifth Gulf Coast
Address: 1658 Westheimer
Brunch hours: Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The menu of brunch dishes at James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd’s One Fifth Gulf Coast include bacon sausage bread (pictured) with pepper jack cheese, scallion and a farm egg, Wagyu brisket hash with sweet potato, caramelized onion and a fried egg and a smoked boudin burger.

Peli Peli
Address: Vintage Park at 110 Vintage Park and The Woodlands at 1201 Lake Woodlands
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The roster of scratch-made dishes at South African restaurant, Peli Peli, include sticky toffee French toast and curry chicken hash (pictured). Curry chicken and two poached eggs are served with potatoes and mango chutney.

Brennan's of Houston
Address: 3300 Smith
Brunch hours: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Midtown staple Brennan’s of Houston has a new midday menu, $37 for the three courses, with items such as fried Texas quail beignets (pictured) finished with foie gras ganache, sunny-side quail egg and pepper jelly glaze, pumpkin tres leches cake and blue crab scrambled eggs and caviar.

MAD 
Address: River Oaks District at 4444 Westheimer
Brunch hours: Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Buzzy River Oaks District spot MAD, named for the Madrid airport code, offers a brunch menu with a Spanish influence. Dishes include Revoltillo con Gulas (pictured; scrambled eggs with sauteed baby eels, garlic and onion), a hearty sandwich with Jamón ibérico, mozzarella and black truffle and paella with Norweigen lobster, cuttlefish and peas.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar
Address: 14795 Memorial
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nutella breakfast pizza, hazelnut stuffed French toast, shrimp and grits with sausage ragu (pictured) and more can be yours during service at B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar near the Energy Corridor.