Rest of the Best 2013: Houston's Top Ten Breakfast Spots
Photo from Pondicheri The omelets at Pondicheri are exotic and delicious.
Indian food for breakfast? Indian food for breakfast! Though Pondicheri is more often thought of as a brunch and dinner destination, it begins serving breakfast at 7:30 a.m. every day, and there's a special $5 breakfast menu full of exotic treats. Try a bowl of uttma, a hot cereal made of stoneground grits, cauliflower, green peas and herbs, all topped with yogurt and peanuts; or if you're feeling more traditional, order the vanilla bean crêpe with your pick of strawberry, banana, blueberry, pistachio, Nutella, honey or Bournvita (a malted chocolate drink mix) for the filling. Chef Anita Jaisinghani is a master at combining Indian flavors and elements with more familiar breakfast items to create unusual and delicious morning pick-me-ups. And then there's the Bake Lab, featuring seasonally inspired scones and muffins.
3. La Guadalupana
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt You really can't go wrong with breakfast at La Guadalupana any time of day.
Three words: Ojo de buey. And here are three more: Breakfast all day. Not like all day until they close at 2 p.m. Except for Mondays and Tuesdays, La Guadalupana serves homemade Mexican pastries and traditional breakfast platters until 9 p.m. So if you get a hankering for a breakfast torta made with eggs, chorizo, chiles, potato and cheese on a talera bread roll for dinner, La Gudalupana's got you covered. The migas are another favorite, with tortillas, chorizo, bell peppers, and onions, all uniformly diced and tossed with scrambled eggs, resulting in a far more festive dish than the plain old egg-and-tortilla mish-mash that many of us grew up with. For an extra treat, get the cinnamon-spiced cafe de olla.