Rest of the Best 2013: Houston's Top Ten Breakfast Spots
2. Harry's Restaurant & Cafe
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Harry's does French toast the decadent way: with Greek yogurt ice cream and a baklava filling.
I recently waxed poetic about my favorite dish at Harry's -- the baklava French toast -- but there's so much more to love at the reliable continental eatery. There's a bit of a diner vibe at Harry's, but the food is far better than your average country cooking, due in large part to the Mediterranean and South American influences that show up in dishes like the spitiko Greek omelet with feta and Monterrey cheeses, green onions, spinach and tomatoes; or the gargantuan churrasco platter. Of course, the plain ol' pancakes, omelets and breakfast sandwiches are great, too, thanks to fresh ingredients, good recipes and a little love from the kind folks behind the counter. Oh, and did I mention feta fries for breakfast? You're welcome.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt When you go to Fountain View Cafe, get the pancakes. Thank us later.
1. Fountain View Cafe
The pancakes at Fountain View Cafe are the stuff of legend: as thin as crepes, with a wispy lace of a crust on the outer edge and a soft, dense, vanilla-scented middle that requires neither butter nor syrup (which doesn't stop us from slathering them on anyway). They were on Katharine Shilcutt's list of 100 favorite dishes for two years in a row. The vanilla-infused flapjacks are one reason there's always a line at the 1980s throwback cafe -- that, and the quick, efficient counter service that delivers your cheesy omelets and crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside hash browns tout de suite while allowing you to kick back over a paper and bottomless cups of coffee. But really, it's the pancakes that keep Houstonians coming back for more (and more, and more). Thin and fluffy? Light and dense? How do they do it?!