Houston's Top 10 All-Day Breakfasts

Categories: Breakfast, Top 10

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Three of the most beautiful words in the English language.
Houstonians love a few things above all others: burgers, Tex-Mex barbecue, pizza, crawfish and breakfast. These are the foods that get us crazy passionate, the meals that fuel endless debates here in the city where residents eat for sport. We even have breakfast sub-categories that we love to jaw about: brunch, Mexican breakfast, diner breakfast and the all-important all-day breakfast.

There's nothing quite as restorative as all-day breakfast after a long, wild night spent...helping the blind cross streets and delivering meals to the elderly. Yup. Sometimes you just don't have the energy (or the materials) to cook breakfast, and sometimes you just sleep past noon because -- man -- helping people is such tiring work and leaves you with such a tremendous, full-body headache and a fuzzy tongue.

That's when all-day breakfast rides in on its biscuit horse with pancake shield and sausage sword to save you through the expert application of fried eggs and coffee. Here are the 10 places in town that do it best.

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Chicken-fried steak and eggs at Lola.
10. Lola

Although equally well-known for its stacked-up sandwiches (the Day After Thanksgiving is a a seasonal favorite), this modern diner in the Heights from Pink's Pizza owner Ken Bridge is a favorite for its big Texas breakfast plates. Try the chicken-fried steak with creamy cheese grits or the "Breakfast Lola," three eggs with thick applewood smoked bacon and hashbrowns.

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An omelet on the griddle at Pecan Creek Grille.
9. Pecan Creek Grill

Pecan Creek Grille may feel a little like the west side version of Buffalo Grille, and that's because it was started by two Buffalo Grille ex-pats: Brock and Stacy Silverstein, who've transformed an old pizza parlor into a cozy, Southwestern-style space that feels instantly warm and welcoming. Enjoy the Texan breakfast -- heaped high with grits, biscuits, gravy and bacon-studded eggs -- with a cup of cinnamon-laced coffee, or spend time on the sun-drenched patio at lunch over a plate of pecan-crusted chicken in a sweet molasses sauce.

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Pancakes at Natachee's.
8. Natachee's

Unlike some all-day breakfast spots that are only open until the late afternoon, Natachee's offers breakfast until it closes late at night. In true Southern fashion, you can get everything from biscuits and gravy to a porkchop with two fried eggs, but because it's Houston there are also the requisite migas and huevos rancheros on the menu too.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Pecan Creek Grille

1510 Eldridge, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Natachee's Supper 'n Punch

3622 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rustika Cafe and Bakery

3237 SW Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Guadalupana Bakery and Café

2109 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Buffalo Grille

4080 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

the breakfast klub

3711 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Harry's Restaurant & Cafe

318 Tuam, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fountain View Cafe

1842 Fountainview, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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10 comments
HTownChowDown
HTownChowDown

If the 3pm cutoff doesn't rule them out, I'd have to add Pondicheri to this list.  Their masala scrambled eggs may be the best eggs I've ever tasted.

Antonio Martinez
Antonio Martinez

never been to any of them but tel-wink, that place is awesome. also i would try el jalapeño on market or some pho from cao thang on park place

guurl
guurl

I love the (ginormous!) pancakes at Kelley's Country Cookin'

eoritz
eoritz

Telwink is not open for dinner so I wouldn't categorize it as all day.

johnatrisk
johnatrisk

Foodwise, I agree wholeheartedly with most of the list, but I still have a major conceptual problem with "all-day breakfast" being served at places that close at 3pm. Anyone looking for breakfast before the nightshift, or who's exertions "helping people" are a bit more strenuous such that they require rest until 2 or 3pm the next day would be sadly out of luck with most of this list. Personally, I just think of these as breakfast places that close a little bit late...and the main reason I've never had a "post-helping" repast at any of the top 3 is exactly that they close too early.

 

Maybe a best places to get breakfast after 5pm list would be more helpful...or maybe I just think that way from all the years I spent in new orleans. And a breakfast place with a bloody mary/maria at 5pm list would be even nicer...thank you Natachees (and Merida).

 

I would also have added Kelley's Country Cookin'!!

 

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

I have not been to any of the top 3.  That will change soon.

 

And who makes fun of eggs benedict?  That is one of the easiest and best breakfasts ever!  I even have a microwave hollandaise that blows everyone's mind.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Katherine, I was getting concerned until I got to your # 1 pick, spot on Tel Wink, a ton of great food for very little $$!

Tuesdays they have a Navy Bean soup that is awesome!

Andrew Puls
Andrew Puls

Avalon diner - the migas are spectacular.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @FattyFatBastard You realize that you need to share this microwave hollandaise recipe with us now, right?

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

 @kshilcutt Of course.  It also takes less than 5 minutes.  You need a stick of butter, one lemon and 3 egg yolks.  Microwave butter 20-30 seconds, until it's mostly, but not all melted.  Separately mix the egg yolks with the juice from the lemon.  Add the butter and let sit for 1 minute.  Finally return to the microwave and put it in for 15 second intervals, stopping to whisk after each one.  It typically takes 3-4 15 second intervals.  Make sure to only do 15 seconds at a time.  One time I forgot the recipe and put it in for 20 second intervals and it was ruined.  

 

Try it out.

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