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

Categories: Best of Houston

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Photo from Blacksmith
The Vietnamese steak and eggs at Blacksmith is enough food to keep you full all day.
8. Blacksmith
Blacksmith is best known for its gourmet coffee and latte art, but the small kitchen also makes a mean breakfast. The menu was developed by Clumsy Butcher culinary director Erin Smith and features indulgent eats like homemade biscuits with crème fraîche and marmalade or the now-famous Vietnamese steak and eggs. The Vietnamese breakfast starts with a steak marinated in fish sauce, garlic and soy, which is then cooked in a cast iron skillet and topped with chicken liver pâté and two fried eggs. It's served with a French baguette, greens and mayo for a make-your-own-sandwich option. Sound like too much food? Impossible.

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Photo by John Kiely
Nobody really knows how long Tel-Wink has been open. Maybe forever.
7. Tel-Wink Grill
This is about as traditional an American diner experience as you can get here in Houston, where the bulk of our breakfasts consists of food with a Mexican or Asian influence. Not at Tel-Wink. The only vaguely ethnic food on the menu is picante sauce, and the pancakes and steak and egg plates seem to have maintained the same prices from when the diner first opened in the 1950s, inflation be damned! During peak breakfast hours (before 10 a.m.) a line will snake through the interior and out the door. As our own John Kiely once wrote of Tel-Wink, "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?" Where else, indeed.

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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