Rest of the Best 2013: Houston's Top Ten Breakfast Spots

Categories: Best of Houston

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The most important meal of the day at our No. 2 spot.
Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in most cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several months. Bon appétit!

"I like to use 'I Can't Believe it's Not Butter' on my toast in the morning, because sometimes when I eat breakfast, I like to be incredulous. How was breakfast? Unbelievable."

- Demetri Martin, comedian

Demetri Martin is a funny guy, but he's wrong. You really, really don't need to use I Can't Believe it's Not Butter to have an unbelievable breakfast. Instead, why not try incredible homemade salsa? Preposterously good Hollandaise sauce? Divine saffron yogurt?

Seriously, skip the faux butter (unless you're at a greasy spoon, then, by all means) and hit up one of these spots for the best breakfast in town. Not brunch, mind you. Put down the mimosas and Bloody Marys for a second and focus on the early morning, when all you really want are some perfectly fried eggs or fluffy pancakes. We'll get to brunch later.

But for now, rise and shine! And eat.

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Tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Taqueria La Macro!
10. Taqueria La Macro
This year's winner for best breakfast tacos is also on our list for best breakfast spots because duh. We're in Texas. If we had an official state breakfast, it would probably be breakfast tacos, and La Macro makes some of the best in town. This small taco shop just north of Downtown offers real trompo tacos, complete with grilled pineapple chunks on top. Owner Saul Obregon is always present with a warm smile, and his staff is ready to dish out heaps of chorizo or potato and eggs into hot, fluffy flour tortillas that never get gummy or tough. And the house-made green and red salsas don't mess around; they'll wake you up more than any cup of coffee could ever hope to.

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Granola and almond pancakes are just one of the twists on classic breakfast items at Le Peep.
9. Le Peep
Although Le Peep does have a full lunch menu, its specialty is breakfast dishes. Le Peep's menu boasts everything from cinnamon rolls to Eggs Benedict, with traditional breakfast dishes (migas) and spins on favorites (granola almond pancakes), including a nicely sized section for the health-conscious. One of the most popular dishes is the Houstonian Skillet, which features "diced grilled chicken, mushrooms and broccoli served in a potato-filled skillet topped with creamy hollandaise sauce and two basted eggs." There are so many great breakfast items on the menu that you might have trouble choosing just one. Come hungry, and bring a friend.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Le Peep

11199 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Blacksmith Coffee Bar

1022 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Taqueria La Macro

1822 N. Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Tel-Wink Grill

4318 Telephone, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

the breakfast klub

3711 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ouisie's Table

3939 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fountain View Cafe

1842 Fountainview, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pondicheri

2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Guadalupana Bakery and Café

2109 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Harry's Restaurant & Cafe

318 Tuam, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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14 comments
rgwalt
rgwalt

Try Java Java on 11th, near Shepard.  Good stuff.

LindyCindy
LindyCindy

Yes, the Fountainview Cafe serves excellent food, but the owner who mans the cash register has the personality of a corpse.  He's been asked over and over to upgrade, or better yet, perform sorely needed maintenance on the aging A/C system.  During the hot sticky months (uhmmmm, make that year round), the A/C is unable to keep the restaurant at a comfortable temperature.  On a recent visit, it was so steamy inside the Fountainview Cafe, we left.  Le Peep at Woodway and Bering listens to their customers and when necessary, they will bend over backwards to make you happy. And their food is excellent.

Sarah Wiggins-Goff
Sarah Wiggins-Goff

glad to see Le Peep on this list! my favorite Houston breakfast spot. would appreciate spin-off articles of "best breakfast tacos" and/or "best brunch spots" (or links to them if they already exist!)

Aggie_Kelli
Aggie_Kelli

Avalon Diner should be on this list, it's certainly better than Le Peep.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Wow you guys missed all kinds of good and affordable spots in lieu of pretentious places. Masala dosa at Bombay sweets, Spartan pita at Niko's market square (downtown),  or chicken fried steak and eggs at Lankford market. All of which are amazing, and less than $10 -- try that at pondicheri...

guurl
guurl

What, no Kenny & Ziggy's?!?!?!  Awesome corned beef hash, bagels & lox, pancakes, pastrami bacon and more more more!

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

I offer for your consideration, Aunt Bea's on the northside. Also, while I love La Macro, I've made the drive more than once and they were not open at the times posted--on their sign. I'd call ahead to be sure or just go to Pollo Asados La Silla on Canal--great breakfast and they're very patient with my muy malo espanol and my Mrs. who loves tacos but not breakfast tacos.

jberlat1
jberlat1

pancakes thin as crepes, are crepes. I like my pancakes think and fluffy.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@gossamersixteen Bombay Sweets doesn't open until 10, and I don't think there's anything at Lankford breakfast-wise you can't get elsewhere. Niko Niko's is good, but if I'm doing Mediterranean, I prefer Harry's. Just a personal preference. And I'd hardly call Harry's, La Macro, Fountain View or Tel-Wink pretentious...

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

I've been to Lankford twice and never knew they did breakfast. Thanks, on the tip-side.

Aggie_Kelli
Aggie_Kelli

mmmmm Harry's, feta french fries....want....NOW

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

@KaitlinS@gossamersixteenHeh I don't get up before ten on the weekends if I can help it, I'll usually rise when PBS is running their cooking shows. Agreed on the restaurants though those are fairly down to earth. Niko's is a 2 minute bike ride for me so it's uber convenient same for Lankford and if you've not had their CFS you're missing out, also the french toast is divine.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@gossamersixteen Not a huge CFS fan personally (I know that's blasphemy for a Texan), but I'll have to try the French toast ASAP! Thanks for the suggestion!

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