The 5 Best Brunch Spots in the Museum District

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Brunch should definitely start with Gulf Coast oysters at our No. 4 pick.
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 ever-beautiful Museum District.

Note: For the purposes of this list, the Museum District is defined as the area bounded by Main Street to the west, U. S. 59 to the north, Texas 288 to the east, and Holcombe to the south, with a few blocks expanded in each direction.

Honorable Mention: Enchiladas con huevos at Spanish Village.

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Our No. 5 pick's patio is one of our favorites in Houston.
5. Monarch at Hotel ZaZa Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This stylish restaurant and lounge boasts one of Houston's most picturesque patios. Surround yourself with lush gardens as you nosh on PB&J-stuffed French brioche, farm fresh eggs with bacon-cheddar biscuits and "pot pie" gravy, and plump, juicy burgers. Of course, you'll want those alongside fresh-pressed juice, boozy brunch cocktails, craft beer, and wines by the glass and bottle. It's known as a party brunch for a reason.

4. Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This soulful seafood resto' is just a stone's throw away from the city's best museums... and it serves up one hell of a Sunday Blues brunch. Head to this gem to enjoy live jazz as you feast on dark and velvety seafood gumbo, boudin eggs benny, French toast, and of course, oysters on-the-half-shell. Even the bloody Mary has that spicy, Third Coast flair -- the cocktail is made using the restaurant's gumbo. Make reservations to ensure seating.

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Location Info

Monarch Restaurant & Lounge

5701 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bosta Wine & Coffee

1801 Binz, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Brooklyn Athletic Club

601 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lucille's

5512 La Branch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Spanish Village

4720 Almeda, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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suzycalifornia
suzycalifornia

you picture oysters here, and I'm wondering if the adage about eating oysters only in the R months has any merit or if it's just curmudgeon talk...anyone know?

Jared Meadors
Jared Meadors

I think you're stretching the boundaries of "Museum District" a bit far here...

paulaner
paulaner

I've read that the Menil has transformed itself into a food court, arcade and green space and now serves wonderful eggs in one of its bistros.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@suzycalifornia I recently had some wonderful oysters, but they were from Alabama, not nearby. In the days of refrigeration, I think anything goes. Just make sure they smell OK. :)

cflesvig
cflesvig

@paulaner I caught their final Magritte exhibit and am excited about the new changes there. We need more spaces where we can see independent film, and while the Menil is no multiplex like Sundance, it should be fun, and better eating/drinking, than most movie houses. Btw, the rumor about a putt-putt course was a hoax...ignore it.

Nate
Nate

@KaitlinS @suzycalifornia Are you trolling your readers?  Shouldnt the food critic know about oysters in summer months?!?  On the safety side, here is a free tip.  Look up vibrio.  On the taste side, look up spawning. 

malacca
malacca

@Nate @KaitlinS @suzycalifornia 

Really? The great food writer and authority Jack Tyler claims that this stuff about vibrio is really just a silly myth; the risk exists but it's so tiny, it's negligible. Eat Texas oysters year round and enjoy!

Nate
Nate

@malacca @Nate @KaitlinS @suzycalifornia Jack Tyler?  Never heard of him.  Who does he write for?  He might be a little less of a great writer and authority then you think.  Vibrio is a serious bacteria.  Before California banned Gulf oysters from being sold there in 2003, 40 deaths a year from vibrio in CA.  After, zero.


Discount safety all you want.  Maybe you have heard of Robb Walsh.  He doesn't like summer Gulf oysters for the taste issue.  The spawning part above...

BIGTX
BIGTX

@Nate 

True that, Nate. Jack Tyler is a legend in his own mind when it comes to cooking and food knowledge; take anything he writes with a grain of butter. This is one area where Robb Walsh is expert, so I would credit his scribbling more. Wish Walsh was still writing on Gulf Coast food.

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