Breakfast in the Park at Niko Niko's Market Square

Categories: Breakfast

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In an ideal world, the breakfast pitas that Niko Niko's (301 Milam, 713-224-4976) serves would become as omnipresent as breakfast tacos -- Mexican and Greek breakfast wraps taking over Houston one pita and one tortilla at a time.

Until that happens, though, I encourage you to do your part in making this dream a reality by bringing in a few breakfast pitas to your next early-morning meeting. See what your coworkers do. See what your boss does. The likely reaction will be that of instant admiration for your breakfast-time cleverness.

And while I understand that Niko Niko's on Market Square offers far more than just breakfast pitas, its these wonderful little wraps that have me totally enchanted right now. And not just because the park itself is a thing of wonder in Houston: a living, breathing, functioning park that has people in it, dogs playing, children running on the grass -- and all of it surrounded by glass skyscrapers and historic buildings.

It's enough to make a native Houstonian fall in love with her city all over again.

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Opening late last year, Niko Niko's was the necessary addition that the revamped Market Square Park needed: a popular, well-known anchor tenant that will draw the curious and/or hungry across the grass and cobblestones and encourage them to actually spend time in the fresh air. Eager customers waited in line for more than 40 minutes on its first day, and fans have continued flocking to the Market Square location since then. It's an invigorating scene in the park, especially on a weekday when downtown's hustle is in full flow.

At the little food kiosk -- outfitted in Niko Niko's instantly recognizable bright blue and white with accents of yellow -- the kitchen turns out a smaller version of the main Niko Niko's menu (the original still stands where it always has on Montrose), those breakfast pitas included. The strong Greek coffee and other caffeinated beverages are just as big a draw.

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Of the pitas I tried one recent morning, the simple falafel blew my socks off. Fresh, juicy falafel rounds had been quartered to fit inside the fluffy pita bread, which wrapped easily around its contents. Scrambled eggs, onions and tomatoes rounded out the fillings. I topped it off with a fair amount of Niko Niko's bright-red, pepper-laced hot sauce for good measure. It was outstanding.

Also good was a sausage-filled pita that came with a fried egg on top, the nearly orange yolk already oozing into the mix. What a pleasant surprise, especially taken in hand with the startling cinnamon kick from the sausage itself.

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The drip coffee, however, tasted like something out of an airport lounge. I quickly disposed of it and had the kiosk make a cappuccino instead. Like the sausage, it was dusted with a fine layer of cinnamon on top for a bracing start to each sip.

And if that -- and those wonderful pitas -- can't get you going in the morning, nothing will.

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Location Info

Niko Niko's Market Square

301 Milam St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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17 comments
totallyvintage
totallyvintage

looks so good! had lunch there yesterday and had the same 'i heart houston' feeling :) really happy about what they did with the park.

gaston
gaston

If you put a breakfast taco and a breakfast pita together, it's a Plato de Plato.

Joe
Joe

they don't make drip coffee. They only have a cappuccino machine. When you ask for drip coffee, you are getting an Americano. So same coffee, just more water.

Callie
Callie

ok...where the heck is niko nikos getting eggs with yolks that are that orange? they look amazing!

Preston
Preston

"And not just because the park itself is a thing of wonder in Houston [...] all of it surrounded by glass skyscrapers and historic buildings."

Well, except directly to the south, in which the park borders a magnificent... pay parking lot. Wondrous as it may be, but it's a little reminder that you're still in Houston.

Scott Lynch
Scott Lynch

Luckily, El Rey is around the corner if you need coffee, right? ;)

Matthew
Matthew

that sausage breakfast pita looks awesome.

LuluR
LuluR

Especially when you know what was there before -- the original, grander version of Warren's Inn

Kyle
Kyle

Niko Niko's has great coffee, but too expensive, imo. I haven't tried the lattes and etc.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

You know I love me some El Rey, but I was pretty happy with the cappuccino I picked up at the end.

Kyle
Kyle

It is. It's orange oregano sausage, and it's delicious...then with the egg on top? Ahh man. Killer.

Matthew
Matthew

it looks like there is rice or maybe orzo pasta in there too, what is that?

Matthew
Matthew

you're right, it's hashbrowns. the white color threw me off.

Kyle
Kyle

"Spartan Pita (orange and oregano sausage, gyro meat, potatoes, sunny side up eggs, and grilled onions and bell peppers)"

All of the pitas are $3.95.

Megan
Megan

They kinda look like hash browns to me. Either way, Greek breakfast pitas are awesome.

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