Houston's Top 10 All-Day Breakfasts

Categories: Breakfast, Top 10

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The Larissa plate at Harry's.
3. Harry's

Since 1948, Harry's has served reliable and tasty steam-table lunches to the Midtown and Montrose neighborhoods, but is more well known now for breakfast. Take a seat in the sunny, bustling dining room in the morning -- get there early to avoid the inevitable wait -- and enjoy American classics like biscuits and gravy alongside Greek and South American-tinged dishes, like the crowd-pleasing Larissa plate. Fresh-squeezed orange juice, blueberry waffles and enormous Greek omelets are can't-miss breakfast items.

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Pancakes at Fountain View Cafe.
2. Fountain View Cafe

There are simply no other pancakes in Houston that come close to the lacy, vanilla-perfumed, plate-sized pan-crêpes that are served at this Galleria-area favorite from open to close. Build-your-own omelets allow you to make triumphant concoctions like a chili, Cheddar and sour cream omelet topped with jalapeños, while the rest of the egg dishes are cooked perfectly to order, and are particularly great atop a mound of hashbrowns -- crispy on the outside, soft on the inside -- and spiked with Cholula sauce.

1. Tel-Wink

Tel-Wink was last year's Best of Houston® winner for Best Breakfast Restaurant, and former EOW contributor John Kiely said it best about the always-packed Gulfgate mainstay:

A sign out front used to read "Best Breakfast in Texas," and had they merely added the word "Cheap", it wouldn't have been a boast. Where else can you get two eggs, to your exact specifications, thick bacon at the nexus of chewy and crisp, a mound of Helen Corbitt-worthy hash browns, and two fist-size biscuits for $4.75?

Even CBS News and Mo Rocca made Tel-Wink their breakfast spot of choice when doing a national feature on the battle between breakfast and lunch, concluding: "At the Telwink Grill in Houston, Texas, it's breakfast all day, seven days a week. What the menu lacks in fancy European hot beverages, it makes up for abundantly. Deep inside breakfast country, the law of the land is clear. Asking for your eggs to get poached is not enough to get you shot. Eggs Benedict will get you shot."

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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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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


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


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


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 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 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 moderator editor

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

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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