The Most Underrated Breakfast in Houston...According to You

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The breakfasts at Tel-Wink Grill are the stuff of legend.
They say it's the most important meal of the day. As someone who rarely takes the time to eat breakfast and is doing fairly well in life, I don't think I buy that. It is, however, the most delicious meal of the day.

French toast, omelets, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, grits, tacos. Tacos. Tacos. Breakfast foods are the best, no matter what time of day you indulge.

Here in Houston, we take breakfast seriously, probably because we take tacos seriously. But we have so much more than just tacos. There's Tel-Wink Grill, open as long as anyone can remember. There's Fountain View Cafe, famous for its thin but hearty pancakes. There's the breakfast klub, purveyor of enormous platters of soul food. And then there are all the taco joints, from Taqueria la Macro to Tacos A Go-Go and all of the other wonderful breakfast taco makers scattered throughout town.

But these places, along with the likes of Harry's, Pondicheri and even Blacksmith, all get their fair due. What we want to know is who makes the most underrated breakfast in town?

As we clarified in the last underrated post (barbecue!), we consider an underrated spot or dish to be something that isn't often covered by local or national media. We want to know which places make really good food, but may not get enough credit because they're overshadowed by other, more media-friendly spots or because, simply, not many people know about them.

Alternatively, you could consider something underrated if many people know about it, but you think it's better than anyone gives it credit for. In the case of breakfast, that might be a spot like Le Peep. It's a local chain; most people know about it. But a lot of people discount it because it's a chain. Maybe you love it, though. That would make it underrated in your book.

Leave us a note in the comments here or on Facebook, or Tweet at us to let us know what you think is the most underrated breakfast spot in town and why. If your comments are particularly eloquent, we might feature them in the final roundup. We'll then tally the votes and put it to a runoff poll.

So tell us, Houston: Which cream of wheat is the cream of the crop?

Location Info

The Tel-Wink Grill

4318 Telephone, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fountain View Cafe

1842 Fountainview, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

the breakfast klub

3711 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Taqueria La Macro

1822 N. Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tacos A Go-Go

3704 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Harry's Restaurant & Cafe

318 Tuam, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pondicheri

2800 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Blacksmith Coffee Bar

1022 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General


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thequesoqueen
thequesoqueen

Surprised Triple A or my personal favorite El Gallo de Jalisco didn't make the list. 

thelow72
thelow72

100% agreed . Tele Wink is an Awesome Breakfast….. get there early

beardalton
beardalton

La Mexicana (both for tacos-to-go and plates to eat in) and Buffalo Grill are my two breakfast out Go-Tos


Brazos
Brazos

Teotihuacan. Best huevos rancheros in town. Name one other place that makes their own flour & corn tortillas. Everytime we try a new place for breakfast and get disappointed we go there the next time to get the bad experience out of our mouth.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

To all those that said La Guadalupana, while the food is good, I found out about the place due to all the hype given to it by Alison Cook and others.  It is not underrated, if anything slightly overrated.

dana300
dana300

Lola is my favorite breakfast spot.

sheila.flores
sheila.flores

Dots Coffee Shop. Their biscuits are the size of your head and their cream gravy is just to die. You literally might die from the fat but Damnit every bite is worth it.

Isabel Jaimes
Isabel Jaimes

Brothers tacos! Or broadway phô right next to 45

Patrick Marshall
Patrick Marshall

BROTHER'S TACOS, and Al's Quick Stop on Waugh has unreal salsa and hummus to pair with their tacos!

Randall Murrow
Randall Murrow

Tacos a Go-Go is awful. I tried three times. But if you have a salt deficiency and love disposable things, go for it.

Andy Capp
Andy Capp

Taco Palenqué on Woodridge. Them Chorizo and bean tacos go hard !!

Adrienne Byard
Adrienne Byard

If you go to La Guadalupana for breakfast and DONT like the coffee, then you're doing it wrong. Always have a coffee and a vampiro. Green chilaquiles plus egg or migas. Your day won't get better than that!

Christine Stevens
Christine Stevens

Le Peep, Yale Street Grill, and Avalon Diner for breakfasts. Baba Yega brunch.

theinspector
theinspector

Texas.


That's how they answer the phone if you call Texas Cafeteria at (713) 862-5958


I have occasionally eaten there for most of my 56 years at their 24th and Shepherd location and it is unbelievably affordable and good. Two eggs, two Pancakes and two Bacon for $2.99 . I have eaten at most of the places mentioned in the Heights area and they are good, but most of them are the New Heights scene.


Go to TEXAS for the OLD HEIGHTS scene. 

Tire_world
Tire_world

The Seabrook Waffle Company is outstanding.. And for some strange reason the taco stand in Gasdude is always great.. 

Tara Tripi
Tara Tripi

La Guadalupana on Dunlavy. Breakfast is great!!! They don't have regular coffee - only the cinnamon kind - which sucks - but other than that, an excellent choice.

DrGF
DrGF

Dot's Coffee Shop. Their pancakes blow Fountain View Cafe out of the water!

weslinder
weslinder

I don't know what underrated means, but in my mind the best breakfast in town is at Goode Company Tacqueria, and it never makes any of these food review lists. The crowds certainly say that it's not underrated, and maybe it'll never be critically acclaimed. Let's call it the best breakfast in Houston that doesn't make "Best of" lists.

WestSideBob
WestSideBob topcommenter

Pecan Creek Grille for us Westsiders.

Boogie
Boogie

Bellaire Coffee Shop.  Cues is disgusting.

sweeke
sweeke

Eggs over easy w/ bacon & chilaquiles at Gordita Aguascalientes on Edgebrook, Don't forget the squeezed to order OJ. Migas and tacos are good and live music on Sunday mornings.

tack
tack

It's all about Cue's Burgers and More. Especially their breakfast tacos that might as well be called burritos because they're huge. They're also only like 2 bucks. I think they open for breakfast at something like 5 or 6 in the morning too.

christopher.keeble
christopher.keeble

I am a fan of Happy Fatz' breakfast.  I get the tofu clucker no bacon but before I enjoyed all their meaty breakfasts before I went veg. 

Riggs78
Riggs78

Down House, while great, gets plenty of exposure (especially via HP). One of my personal favorites is Buffalo Grille. I am always satisfied when I leave there, and its not outrageously priced. The lines can suck, but usually move pretty quickly.

happyfatz01
happyfatz01

@happyfatz01 HappyFatz at 3510 White Oak Drive, You must try the Hash Browns and Challa French Toast

Jahmal Royster
Jahmal Royster

You have to try the Challa French Toast Breakfast and Hash Browns at Happy Fatz in Houston Heights, Texas

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Favorites for breakfast, down house, niko's downtown, lola, taqueria Laredo, and lankford for CFS and eggs (belly bomb).

paval
paval topcommenter

There has to be more than tacos for breakfast in Houston that would be worth to name, otherwise I would actually title the article: "Why is breakfast so underrated in Houston. Don't you know that it is almost the most important meal of the day." 

I personally love a french or german style breakfast with a selection of breads, croissants, cold cuts, cheeses, sweet spreads, paired with a cup or pot of tea or coffee or a cafe au lait. On the weekends a glass of champagne or a kir royal. I have learned that in farming areas breakfast tends to be more hearty, with meat, rice or potatoes and egg. But as I am not a farmer it is not my to go food.

There are a few places that I think do something other than tacos that is worth to try out:  

- El Bolillo Bakery for their pastries, bolillitos, Katz Coffee offering. miss savory selection or the sale of cold cuts and sit down area to eat everything fresh and warm

- Asturias Bakery, very far out on Dairy Ashford, is an argentinean bakery with great pastries, empanadas, small sandwiches and a good coffee selection, plus an Argentinean crowd on Saturdays and Sundays having some interesting talks about soccer and politics

- Honduran bakery El Quetzal on Gessner, with sweet plantains, eggs, rice and bacon or chorizo

Tried a few others, French Riviera for instance, but they do not have anything that is worth to report home about. Everything i find is sandwiches, sandwiches, sandwiches. 

Food for a fast lifestyle, not for someone who appreciates a extended breakfast from time to time with a newspaper (in print form) and time to spend. 

diva441
diva441

Frank's Grill on Telephone Rd @ 610S Loop location - best pancakes, southern style breakfast.

Dylan Osborne
Dylan Osborne

Natachees has great breakfast and it is CHEAP.

Brazos
Brazos

If they were open 24/7 they'd be famous.

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