100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 84, Breakfast Croissant at BB Donuts

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This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

The first great thing about BB Donuts is the disjointed menu: It offers several banh mis in the afternoon (although the women who run the shop are Cambodian, not Vietnamese), for example, along with burgers. And at breakfast, you'll be hard-pressed to choose between the breakfast croissants or the wonderfully moist cake donuts, which are especially good with a basic black cup of BB's Community coffee.

The second great thing about BB Donuts is how it's the Cheers of Montrose donut shops. Unlike at Christy's, which is usually just as packed, the crew at BB Donuts will remember your name and probably your kids' names after only a few visits. They'll also remember your order, which is why there's typically a breakfast croissant getting pulled out of the case when I walk in.

The croissants are assembled to order, not pulled out of a dank fridge, so there's a bit of a wait. But good God, is it worth the very minor wait. BB has some of the flakiest, fluffiest, most buttery croissants I've tasted in Houston. Add to that crispy -- never chewy -- bacon, a thick, gooey slice of cheddar and a fried egg that melts into the croissant as you bite into it, and there you have it: Houston's best breakfast croissant, if we gave away Best of Houston® awards for such things.

The list so far:

No. 100: Chili cheese mac at Jus' Mac
No. 99: Texas turkey sandwich at Spec's
No. 98: Custard at Petite Sweets
No. 97: Caprichos mixtos at Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito
No. 96: Pineapple-wasabi burger at Lankford Grocery
No. 95: Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar
No. 94: Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch
No. 93: Breakfast tacos at Sunrise Taquito
No. 92: Hot dog at Tacos D.F.
No. 91: Avocado gelato at Frozen Cafe
No. 90: Chicken sandwich at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers
No. 89: Beer-battered asparagus at Hearsay
No. 88: Honey Badger omelet at Kraftsmen Cafe
No. 87: Pastelitos de carne at El Jalapeño
No. 86: Pancakes at Union Kitchen
No. 85: Wild boar and crab pizza at Boheme

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Location Info

BB Donuts

515 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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The best!  I miss these ladies!


Just saw this on your list and YES! I love these breakfast sandwiches!

Jan Kieng
Jan Kieng

OMG, i would love to have a cambodian restaurant open in houston, but many fail. thats why many have been afraid to take chances.


The turkey, egg and cheese croissant was pretty wonderful, but I also have to give props to their beef sausage and cheese kolache. Tasty but not too sweet, which has been the sticking point of too many kolaches I've had.


Tangential, but many of the corner mom-and-pop donut shops are Cambodian-owned. Shame there aren't any real Cambodian food options around anymore... at least that I'm aware of...In any case, this looks awesome, must check it out soon.


I was there yesterday, love their beef and cheese kolaches!

Urban Swank
Urban Swank

My mouth immediately started to water...hilarious! #OMG #FoodPornRules

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I've always wondered why there are Vietnamese options on the menu instead of Cambodian. Wouldn't that be cool?

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