By Robin Sussman | April 25, 2016


    Best Biscuit Brunch
    Barrel up to the biscuit bar weekends at Punk’s Simple Southern Food in Rice Village for fluffy buttermilk biscuits stuffed with sausage and cheese; fried chicken with spicy mayo and dill pickles; and bacon, egg and cheese. Those in the know go for the house specialty: buttermilk biscuit Benedict with ham, poached egg and roasted jalapeño hollandaise.

    5212 Morningside Dr.; 713-524-7865

    Runners-up: BRC Gastropub for rustic cheddar biscuits and bacon jam; Revival Market for buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy with two fried yard eggs.



    Best Southern Waffles
    Holley’s Seafood & Oyster Bar in Midtown recently introduced its Sunday brunch menu, which includes this sweet potato waffle topped with crispy fried quail and a fried quail egg. The dish is garnished Southern-style with creamed mustard greens and served with sorghum-persimmon syrup.

    3201 Louisiana St.; 713-491-2222

    Runners-up: Grace’s for Southern fried wings and Belgian waffles; Southern Goods.



    Best Brunch for Carboholics
    If you wake up craving carbs, Tiny Boxwoods is your cup of tea. Skip the long brunch lines at this Thompson Hanson nursery near Greenway Plaza and grab a moist muffin with whipped honey butter, a scone du jour or the must-order giant cinnamon roll slathered in cream cheese frosting. The beautifully manicured lawn is waiting.

    3600 W. Alabama St.; 713-622-4224

    Runners-upCommon Bond for stupendous breads, desserts and brunch and at Weights & Measures, anything from on-site Slow Dough Bakery.



    Best Brunch When You Really Just Want Bacon
    The ‘Just Baking a Living’ BLT is a force to be reckoned with at Kenny & Ziggy’s in the Galleria area. The sight of three inches of crisp bacon, crisp iceberg lettuce and tomato stacked on toasted white bread with housemade mayo, will make you drool. Go ahead, go nuts.

    2327 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-871-8883

    Runners-upB&B Butchers for the dedicated bacon appetizer section; Little Liberty for various bacon crowned burger options.                              



    Best Hangover Buster
    You’ll need eggs and vast, irresistible choices presented clearly, so you don’t have to read too much. Hit the spread at Churrascos in Memorial and dish up Bison Michelada, a skillet wonder with layers of rib-sticking elements. Think spicy shredded bison and potato hash, topped with two eggs and hot sauce. Then visit the whole roasted pig station.

    947 Gessner Rd.; 713-231-1352

    Runners-upNinfa’s on Navigation for posolo rojo or huevos rancheros with searing hot salsa; Bistro Menil for serene museum surroundings and fabulous egg dishes including a fried egg sandwich with beurre blanc or spicy Spanish pizza.



    Best Donut Variants
    At the hot new State of Grace in River Oaks, elaborate egg dishes like Gulf shrimp Benedict (pictured at top) compete with sweet and savory donut wannabes including puffy beignets, chocolate banana walnut muffins and warm sticky buns with cream cheese frosting. But the house favorite is deep fried crawfish hush puppies dusted in powdered sugar and served with cane syrup butter.

    3258 Westheimer Rd.; 832-942-5080

    Runners-up: Provisions for pecan pie donuts; Helen Greek Food & Wine or warm Greek donuts.


  • Photo by: Eric Sauseda


    Best Mexican Brunch Buffet
    Nationally lauded Hugo’s in Montrose gets top honors for its generous and exciting interior Mexican spread in a dramatic setting. Anticipate prize-worthy fare like multi-flavor tamales; perfectly poached eggs cloaked in tomatilla cream sauce; grilled lamb chops in red chile sauce; and carnitas and brisket for rolling into fresh house pressed tortillas. But the scary good Mexican dessert spread by pastry chef Ruben Ortega is the icing on the cake.

    1600 Westheimer Rd.; 713-524-7744

    Runners-upPicos RestaurantCaracol for Mexican seafood.



    Best Brunch for Fried Chicken and Champagne
    Decadent red velvet pancakes or crème brulee French toast might vie for your attention at Max’s Wine Dive in Montrose, but fried chicken fans with champagne tastes only have one plate in mind. The famous jalapeno-buttermilk marinated fried chicken served with Texas toast and collard greens is best savored with a refreshing glass of bubbly.

    4720 Washington Ave.; 713-880-8737

    Runners-upFrank’s Americana for buttermilk fried chicken and a short but sweet list of bubbles;Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette for several fried chicken options and a smart sparkling wine list. 


  • Photo by: Brennan's


    Best Flaming Hot Brunch Dish
    When we say flaming hot, we’re talking fire. At elegant Brennan’s, an iconic special occasion brunch spot Downtown, the must-order is a toss-up between the brandy-flamed shrimp Chippewa entrée and the table-side finale: flaming bananas coated in butter, cinnamon brown sugar, and rum. Yum.

    3300 Smith St.; 713-522-9711