Houston's Top 10 All-Day Breakfasts

Categories: Breakfast, Top 10

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The "Rustika Mexicana Melt" at Rustika.
7. Rustika Café & Bakery

This Mexican-Jewish bakery and cafe is famous for Latin-American pastries like its dulce de leche-filled alfajores, but there is also a full menu of Mexican breakfast dishes (there were nearly 20 different egg dishes at last count) along with unlikely fusion dishes such as Jewish cheese blintzes filled with fruit preserves and topped with crema or breakfast tacos that can be filled with chorizo and cream cheese if you so desire..

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Migas and refried beans at La Guadalupana.
6. La Guadalupana

The migas at La Guadalupana landed near the top of our recent list of 100 Favorite Dishes, and the cafe de olla (cinnamon coffee) and tartly sweet jamaica can't be beat. But those aren't the only things that make La Guadalupana (or, as we've started calling it, Iguana Lupana) special: Chef and owner Trancito Diaz is always on hand to make sure his diners are having a wonderful first meal of the day on the sunny patio, or slipping extra, freshly-baked ojarascas or fat marranitos into their bags of pastries upon checkout. What's Spanish for lagniappe?

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The giant pancakes at Buffalo Grille are large enough for a table to split.
5. Buffalo Grille

This Western-themed counter service cafe is a breakfast bonanza on weekends, when the line snakes out the door with singles in need of morning-after migas, and soccer moms and dads feeding the clan giant apple-wheat pancakes and peppered bacon. This casual cafe also has a dinner menu. Breakfast has a strong Mexican accent -- try the bulging burrito stuffed with egg, sausage and green chiles -- but still speaks in more traditional Southern tones, too, with wake-up plates like hotcakes, creamy cheese grits and pecan-smoked sausage.

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Wings and grits at the breakfast klub.
4. the breakfast klub

There's a reason why there is a constant line outside the door here -- breakfast. The hustle and bustle of this place is all part of the show, from hungry onlookers on the outside eagerly watching the food being delivered to tables, to the expression of satisfaction on the faces of customers leaving this shrine of soul food cuisine. Signature dishes include the incredible Katfish & Grits, the equally good Wings & Waffles or the knockout combo platter: Wings & Grits. While catfish and chicken may strike some as not fitting for breakfast, they simply don't know what they're missing.


Location Info

Lola

1102 Yale, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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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