100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 43, Wings and Grits at The Breakfast Klub

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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.

Some people may tell you that waffles and wings are the way to go at The Breakfast Klub, where the line is always long and the breakfast is always delicious. But those people are wrong. I am here to tell you that it's actually the huge serving of wings and grits at The Breakfast Klub that makes up the restaurant's best breakfast platter.

But before we get to that, a word of advice: Don't let the line be a deterrent to eating at The Breakfast Klub. It goes fast most days. And even when it doesn't -- I once spent a drizzly Saturday morning waiting in line for an hour and 15 minutes -- there's always something entertaining going on to keep you occupied, whether it's watching the fashion show of Breakfast Klub guests in their finest and fanciest (I'm always the least well-dressed person by a long shot) or listening to the jokes cracked by the restaurant's line watcher (who's the elderly, female equivalent of Chris Rock) while she hands out menus and apprises first-timers of how ordering works once you get inside.

Back to the food...

The Breakfast Klub's wings are deservedly famous for being some of the most well-seasoned and well-fried chicken wings in town. But the grits often get overlooked, which is a shame -- especially considering how difficult it is to find honest, perfectly cooked grits in this town. You won't find any runny instant grits at The Breakfast Klub; they're the real thing, cooked low and slow (just like good barbecue) until they're thick and creamy, then topped with the ideal amounts of butter, salt and -- if you ask for it -- cheese. I recommend that you do.

And if you just can't resist ordering the waffles too? Well, that's why you dine with a friend.

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
No. 84: Breakfast croissant at BB Donuts
No. 83: Pretzel at Anvil Bar & Refuge
No. 82: Short rib sandwich at Shepherd Park Draught House
No. 81: Grilled shrimp po-boy at Pappadeaux
No. 80: Dahi puri at Shiv Sagar
No. 79: Aporreado at Los Corrales
No. 78: Oxtail francobolli at Aldo's Cucina Italiana
No. 77: Tonkotsu at Cafe Kubo's
No. 76: Spinach danish from Angela's Oven
No. 75: Pupusas at El Petate
No. 74: Pheasant dog at Sammy's Wild Game Grill
No. 73: X-Tudo burger at Friends Pizzeria
No. 72: Esparragos gratinados at Tintos
No. 71: Gua bao at Yummy Kitchen
No. 70: Geisha dog at Happy Endings
No. 69: Oyster po-boy and gumbo at Goode Co. Seafood
No. 68: Ceviche at Sirena Seafood
No. 67: Caldo de mariscos at Taqueria Arandas
No. 66: Banana pudding at Pizzitola's
No. 65: Fried catfish and gumbo at Cafe-A-La
No. 64: Soft-shell crabs at Banana Leaf
No. 63: Macaroni and cheese at Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
No. 62: Torta burger at El Gran Malo
No. 61: Black bean burger at Ziggy's
No. 60: Parillada at Pampa Grill
No. 59: Peanut butter and jalapeño jelly burger at Wicked Whisk
No. 58: Eggplant involtini at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 57: Lone Star dog at James Coney Island
No. 56: Sushi at Sushi Miyagi
No. 55: Palestinian chicken at Al Aseel
No. 54: Roast beef sandwich at Local Foods
No. 53: Mexico City plate at Molina's Cantina
No. 52: Tacos at Brothers Taco House
No. 51: Branzino at Lucio's BYOB
No. 50: Beef sweetbreads at Feast
No. 49: Golden Doomba Special at the Rice Box Truck
No. 48: Malted waffle at City Cafe
No. 47: Banh mi bo kho at Cafe TH
No. 46: Chicken fried steak at Triple A
No. 45: Larissa plate at Harry's
No. 44: Spaghetti carbonara at Coppa Ristorante Italiano

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Location Info

the breakfast klub

3711 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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The best grits for sure. My favis the eggs benedict.


I thought it was verboten to compliment Breakfast Klub.


There is a lot of history and significance to this place, but the chicken and jake cakes at Maxs Wine Dive are much better than these.


i thought it was good when i went, but not stand in line for an hour+ good.

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