Favorite Three: Breakfast Spots

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New York Bagel & Coffee Shop.
Over the past few weeks, some readers have taken offense to certain Top 5 lists, and how they only reflect the opinions of the writer constructing each list. With the help of my fellow food bloggers, we'll now bring you a slightly different take on the Top 5s -- a shorter list, but with more opinions. We call it the Favorite Three. Let's take a look at local breakfast spots.

Christina Uticone

1. New York Bagel & Coffee Shop
2. Urban Harvest Farmers Market (2311 Canal St.), Saturday mornings (Breakfast Tamales from Radical Eats)
3. Buffalo Grille

Christina's Take: I grew up in New York, where the classic diner breakfast is king, even in Upstate, where I'm from. NY Bagel Shop scratches that itch; don't forget to go next door and grab some bagels to go. At the Saturday morning Richmond Farmers' Market I always grab a tamale and a fresh lemonade from Radical Eats, vegan fare that leaves me free to go for a run when I get home. For those hangover mornings, though, only a real pig-out at the Buffalo Speedway Buffalo Grille will do. Have you had their cinnamon coffee? It's amazing, and restorative when paired with their giant pancakes.

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Breakfast at Lola.
Jason Bargas

1. Waffle House
2. Lola
3. The Breakfast Klub

Jason's Take: I put my Levi's on one leg at a time and like my breakfast to be just as basic. Basic for breakfast means two eggs over-easy, dry wheat toast and grits. Waffle House is clutch every time. Sometimes I'll add an order of hash browns scattered, smothered and covered for dessert. Plus, it's fun to see if I'll get served after playing the Waffle House song on the jukebox.

Geri Maria Harris

1. The Breakfast Klub
2. Empire Café
3. Laredo Taqueria

Geri's Take: Breakfast for me runs the gamut from hearty chicken and waffle platters prepared expertly by the folks at the Breakfast Klub to coffee shops where I can chill out with a nice hot beverage, read the newspaper, and nibble on a piping-hot veggie fritatta. For those days when I'm rushing, nothing beats stopping by Laredo Taqueria and picking up some fluffy scrambled eggs and nopalitos tucked into a hot-off-the-griddle flour tortilla.

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Pancakes at Fountainview Cafe
Katharine Shilcutt

1. Fountainview Cafe
2. Niko Niko's
3. El Rey

Katharine's Take: Fountainview Café has the best pancakes anywhere. These -- along with some cheese enchiladas -- are what I'd want for my last meal before I die. Niko Niko's isn't a typical breakfast choice, but I love the unexpected way that fried eggs, orange-flavored sausage and pita bread combines to make one of the best breakfasts in town. Breakfast tacos are their own food group in Houston, and El Rey makes some of the best in town. I recommend the chorizo with plenty of salsa verde for maximum effect. But what pushes El Rey into the top 3 is its amazing coffee. One of the best lattes in town, right behind Catalina and Greenway.

Kevin Shalin (Me)

1. New York Bagel & Coffee Shop
2. Teotihuacan Mexican Café
3. Casa de Leon

My Take: I think New York Bagel does the best eggs in town. The bagels are obviously great and the side of fried potatoes (extra-crispy) are just spectacular. I love the huevos rancheros at Teotihucan, but then again, everything at this restaurant is great--breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casa de Leon makes a stuffed omelet that will make you quickly forget their crappy parking lot.

The Reaction: No surprise, The Breakfast Klub gets two mentions. This iconic Houston establishment was bound to make it on the list. The Bargas Waffle House selection may baffle a few, but not me. I get it. I'm a picky breakfast eater, and when I find a place that does it to my liking, I go with it. New York Bagel gets two top place votes. Shilcutt's Niko Niko's selection is the most intriguing for me. I wouldn't think to go there for breakfast, and although it's not close to the house, I will now give it a try one morning.



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Location Info

New York Bagel & Coffee Shop

9724 Hillcroft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Buffalo Grille

4080 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

***UPDATE***Details have been hammered out. One reader each week gets a "spot at the table" for the Favorite Three post. This week's post is already in. But I'm already working on next week.

Here's the topic: Favorite Three Chain Restaurants (corporate owned...example: PF Changs).

Please follow the format from above (3 places, ranked in order, with a brief 2-3 sentences total). Please include the username you want used.

Please email all responses to: wcshalin at hotmail dot com

I'll select one random entry each week (assuming there is one), and it will go up on this post. The others that weren't selected will be posted on my blog: www.themightyrib.com

Thank you in advance to all those participating!

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Good reader suggestion from SirRon. I'm currently working out the details, but stay tuned. A reader will get to formally weigh in on their Favorite 3 each week. Details to come, so please check back in.

Jack_Around
Jack_Around

Java Java on 11th near Shepherd has some great breakfast plates. In fact, their Huevos Rancheros would be high on my list, except they appear to use Pace salsa. If only they made their own salsa, it'd be spectacular. Guess I need to talk to the proprietors about that.

Jodie E
Jodie E

Try the breakfast tacos at Tecate on Ella (just north of 18th St) - a zillion times better than El Rey w/ chunks of bacon, fluffy eggs, plenty of cheese on a fresh tortilla. mmmm

SirRon
SirRon

*slow clap* Well done again, Kevin.

Texmex01
Texmex01

Avalon Diner on Westheimer.....

Fat Bastard
Fat Bastard

Otillias has some breakfast items that will impress. Huevos Divorciados are good, the Migas is delicious and universe expanding when compared to traditional tex mex presentations.

No mention of the House of Pies? Biscuits and Gravy or the Acapulco are late night/early morning staples.

Matthew
Matthew

i love my pancakes thin and crispy; those in the pic from fountainview cafe look AWESOME.

Kyle
Kyle

No Telwink Grill, I am disappoint. Yes to Laredo and El Rey.

Nathalie
Nathalie

Baby Barnabys, La Guadalupana and House of Pie (cottage fries! Peach halves! Yes, the Sunshine breakfast is my favorite order.)

phil
phil

How about Goode Companys Tacqueria? Wuevos con nopalitos, YUM!

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

I'm gonna go with Baba Yega's (I love their breakfast fritatta thing), Waffle House (I love their hash browns covered, smothered, diced, etc.) and Laredo (mainly for convenience, but their spicy sausage breakfast taco is awesome.)

ShitThowingMonkey
ShitThowingMonkey

As a self-proclaimed expert on the subject, I think all breakfast tacos at El Rey, save the bacon and egg, are shit. Very weird, because I think most of their lunch/dinner tacos are very good. I like to get the Tres Amigos taco plate and mix it up.

Lunch Please
Lunch Please

I really don't like "wasting" a meal out on breakfast, which is always eggs, bread and pork if you think about it. But I had some poblano soup and some kind of egg dish at Mexico's Deli recently that made me happy to miss a lunch, and in that case, dinner too. I'm glad to hear they are opening on lower Westheimer so more people can enjoy their unique food and friendly people.

Ted Stickles
Ted Stickles

Man, has anyone else noticed that Breakfast Klub has damn amazing cappuccinos?

Chuck
Chuck

Very surprised that no one mentioned Melange Creperie.

Albert Nurick
Albert Nurick

Fountain View Cafe, Baby Barnaby's, and Buffalo Grill (on a good day) for me.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I noticed the breakfast poster at Niko Nikos last Sunday when I was picking up dinner after a day out at Redstone, where my boy Phil took the trophy! I was exhausted and had forgotten all about it. Glad for the reminder.

NY Coffee Shop & Bagel Shop are the best. 2 eggs sunny side up w/ tomato slices (I lightly salt them) and wheat toast. I grab the bagels for home. They do them right, a rare treat this far south.

BettyM
BettyM

No mention by anyone of Harry's or Kenny and Ziggy's? :o(

Redstripeblue
Redstripeblue

That's nice of you to give SirRon a place at the table, Kevin. I know he's of the opinion that his thoughts shouldn't be relegated to just the comment section.

Ali
Ali

Their grits are clutch, too. Plus they make croissants from scratch and turn them into french toast. RIDIC when not burned, which sometimes it is.

SirRon
SirRon

By the way, this new format is ripe for letting a reader have a slot in future "Favorite Three" segments.

Gladhander
Gladhander

*slow clap* Well done again, Kevin.

Kyle
Kyle

Monkey, try sprinkling some of the green sauce on there. The red's not as good.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Tune in next week...my next Off the Wall will be about your comment. Thanks for reading and commenting. I couldn't do this piece without interesting reader feedback.

Eltonswatek
Eltonswatek

Interesting. Even despite their lack of good buzz?

18tylenol
18tylenol

sadly, harry's went off the rails about a year ago when they got distracted with 'international' foods

SirRon
SirRon

I wasn't inviting myself to the table. I like this new format. Knowing Kevin likes to interact with the readers (you?), I was just suggesting a way to make his new "Top 3" format even better. In case you haven't noticed that I already have a blog to spread my gospel...... don't.

Ali
Ali

Good breakfast, but I had bad fish there one day for lunch. Kinda turned me off forever.

Cancanman
Cancanman

Great idea SirRon....look forward to reading, and think interaction is a great idea. Had no idea you have a blog, but hardly surprised.

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