The 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Heights

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Our No. 4 pick has it all, including these beautiful little babies.
In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots around town. See the complete list at the end of this post.

This week, we're moving to the antique-shop-lined, bungalow-filled dining mecca that is the Houston Heights.

Note: For the purposes of this list, "the Heights" is defined as south of Loop 610 West, east of North Shepherd, north of the Katy Freeway and west of Airline Drive.

Honorable Mention: Mexican classics at Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe.

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Get Cap'n-Crunch-crusted chicken with breakfast potatoes or waffles at our No. 5 spot.
5. Zelko Bistro Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nothing says "lazy Sunday" like a leisurely breakfast in this cozy, charming bungalow. Now tack on a giant plate of chef Jamie Zelko's infamous cereal-crusted Captin's Fried Chicken, shrimp and cheddar grits, and brioche French toast and your lazy Sunday just got a little bit lazier. Nap time, anyone? Just make sure you get us up in time for GoT.

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You'll want just about everything from our No. 4 pick.
4. Kraftsmen Café Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If we had it our way, we'd wake up to the scent of freshly baked croissants and pastries every morning. Bring your own bubbly (they'll pop it and provide the OJ carafe for $9) to this calming oasis and feast on breakfast classics like fluffy omelets and thick toast dolloped with jam, honey and butter. We especially love the honey badger, an omelet loaded to the brim with rust-tinged chorizo, zesty Havarti cheese, and diced red onions.

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Location Info

Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe

1511 Airline, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Funky Chicken

181 Height Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Zelko Bistro

705 E. 11th St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kraftsmen Cafe

611 W. 22nd St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Liberty Kitchen

1050 Studewood St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Shade

250 W. 19th St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Down House

1801 Yale, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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22 comments
Jacqueline González
Jacqueline González

Wanted to get in at Liberty Kitchen for their Happy Hour breakfast, but slept in. We got in around 11, and it was great!! Always just had it for dinner. Glad we tried if for brunch :)

Rebecca Salvo
Rebecca Salvo

I'm about to unfriend Houston Press they have so many posts!

Ginny Honaker
Ginny Honaker

Katie Miller Jessica PoeSadie BarnardLisa Morgan - wanna do brunch this weekend?!?!?!

jenson
jenson

Rainbow Lodge is amazing. Go for Buffalo Short Rib grilled cheese or 'short-rib benedict. My wife likes the lumb crabmeat omelet. More fun than stuffy, with the most beautiful gardens and setting in the city.

Chic_Chick_Eats
Chic_Chick_Eats

Great list! All of the places mentioned are suggestions I give others when asked about where to go for brunch in that area. As for Liberty Kitchen's happy hour breakfast menu, it's worth getting up early for, although I do cave in and order off the regular breakfast menu too. If it's a special occasion or I'm in the mood to splurge, Glass Wall and Rainbow Lodge are top picks of mine too.

Ura Nahar
Ura Nahar

Let's work through this list! We have not been to any of them!

delano
delano

One big, fat, glaring omission: Heights General Store

Vergess
Vergess

@delano  Agree, big miss on that one. HGS is our new spot, give it a try. Nice folks good good.

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