Rest of the Best 2013: Houston's Top Ten Breakfast Spots
Photo from Blacksmith The Vietnamese steak and eggs at Blacksmith is enough food to keep you full all day.
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.
7. Tel-Wink Grill
Photo by John Kiely Nobody really knows how long Tel-Wink has been open. Maybe forever.
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.