The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Midtown

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You may recognize this classic Southern breakfast from 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, it's all about Midtown.

Note: For the purposes of this post, Midtown is defined as south of I-45 (the Pierce Elevated), west of Highway 288, north of Highway 59 and east of Bagby (for the most part). See the map here.

Honorable Mention: Diner classics at Harry's (which falls just outside our borders), big Southern plates at Natachee's Supper 'n Punch, and $1 mimosas and Tex-Mex fare at Gloria's.


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Menu of Menus® Draws, and Wows, Huge Crowds of Food Fans

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Kevin Naderi works on a dish at Menu of Menus.
Silver Street Station had a lot of new things going on for Menu of Menus® this year. Air conditioning, for one, had people happy to be inside eating warm comfort food from spots like Frank's Americana Revival and Fish & the Knife. There was a lovely photography show up on the walls as part of Fotofest. There were new restaurants like Verts Kebap, Heights General Store and Nara debuting their food for Houstonians, some of whom had never tried it.

But one thing remained the same: Kevin Naderi, chef of Roost, won the competition this year for the third time in a row.

The competition, emceed by Randy Evans of Haven, was fierce--it wasn't clear what Naderi was making until the very end of the 45-minute time limit, while Kevin Bryant, chef of Eleven XI, was very transparent about what he was preparing. In the end, though, Naderi edged out Bryant with his use of the secret ingredient: citrus. The judges all agreed that Naderi put the ingredient to use better than Bryant did, though Bryant's incorporation of the twist ingredient, bananas, with a pistachio mole was masterful.

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Few Tickets Left for Menu of Menus®! Get 'Em Before They're Gone!

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It's here! It's here! It's here!

OK, actually it happens tomorrow, but close enough. Menu of Menus is finally here, which means you finally get to taste all the great food you've been reading about (and I've been writing about) for weeks!

I'm told the event is almost sold out, but there are still some general admission and VIP tickets left. I would not count on getting them at the event, though, as we anticipate selling out completely before the doors open to VIP guests at 6 p.m.

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, go online now and get general admission tickets for $50 or VIP tickets for $90.

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We've Got Your Final Menu of Menus® Lineup Right Here

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There's still time to get tickets for our most delicious event of the year.
Wow, what a week it's been for Menu of Menus®. Fifteen new restaurants signed up to join us on April 8 (that's next Tuesday) from 7 to 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station for food, drinks and the epic Iron Fork competition.

BB's Cafe will be on hand, no doubt serving up delicious Cajun-style fare, as will J.W.'s Original Cajun Boudin Hut.

If Latin food is more your speed, Peruvian restaurant
La Guitarra con Sazón will be joining us, along with Trenza, a Latin American/Indian fusion restaurant from celebrity chef Susie Jimenez. Also bringing some South American flair to the mix is Batanga, a tapas restaurant featuring Spanish and Latin cuisine. Batanga won't be the only tapas joint in the house, though; we'll also have Andalucia providing more traditional Spanish bites.


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Special Discount on General Admission Tickets to Menu of Menus® Extravaganza

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The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is going to be here before you know it. Seriously, it's less than a week away! In case you forgot, Menu of Menus is on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station. If you haven't purchased your tickets to this incredible food and wine event yet, then you need to right now.

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UPDATED: We're Giving Away Two More VIP Tickets to Menu of Menus® and Iron Fork

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Get your free VIP tickets to Menu of Menus now!
Menu of Menus is a mere week away, and if you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you either need to get on it ASAP before they sell out, or answer these trivia questions correctly and win two VIP tickets!

VIP tickets now cost $90, and general admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets will get diners into the event at 6 p.m. (an hour early) on April 8 at Silver Street Station, as well as complimentary valet. Reminder: This year, the event will be air conditioned!

Both types of tickets will get you into the event with unlimited food and drink samples and access to the Iron Fork competition, where Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI will be facing off against Kevin Naderi of Roost. The two will be presented with a secret ingredient and have a set amount of time to create a meal for three judges: Tyler Horne, market manager at Urban Harvest Farmers' Market, Kelly Landrieu, representative for sponsor Whole Foods, and yours truly, who really likes to eat. Randy Evans of Haven will be hosting the event.

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Inaugural Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner Brings Together Great Chefs and Great Food

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Kevin Naderi attempts to take out the competition at the Menu of Menus pop-up at Haven on Tuesday night.
Last night, Randy Evans of Haven welcomed Kevin Naderi of Roost and Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI to his restaurant for a one-night-only dinner prepared by the three chefs in honor of Menu of Menus.

The pop-up dinner consisted of four passed hors d'oeuvres followed by four courses and either a cocktail or wine to pair with each course. We previously reported that these would just be drink samples, but ooooh no ... they were whole drink servings, five in total. We were all feeling pretty good by the end of the evening, but not only because of the generous drinks.

The three chefs plus an unexpected guest turn from Evans's partner at Cove Cold Bar inside of Haven, Philippe Gaston, created an amazing meal that really got the crowd excited for the deliciousness to come at Menu of Menus.

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Fabulous Restaurants Added to the Menu of Menus Lineup with Two Weeks to Go

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Nara recently debuted a lunch menu with Korean classics like these seafood pancakes. Check out the restaurant at Menu of Menus.
The 12th annual Menu of Menus food and wine extravaganza is coming up, on April 8, and we're more excited than ever about the wonderful restaurants that have committed to attending and serving samples of their delicious food.

You wanted Korean food, and you got it! Nara will be joining us and sampling some of its upscale Korean/Japanese cuisine. The West Ave restaurant just launched a new lunch menu, so it's possible that we will find ourselves sampling from that at the event.

Another new restaurant, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, will also be at Menu of Menus. The restaurant -- which describes itself as "ranch-to-table" -- opened this past November and features a $200 burger with ribeye, foie gras and white truffle. That probably won't be what they bring to sample at the event, but a girl can dream.

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Voice Daily Deal: Final Day for Special-Price Tickets to Menu of Menus® Extravaganza

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Today is the last day to purchase reduced-price tickets for the 12th annual Menu of Menus® Extravaganza. This special deal will end at midnight tonight, so act fast.

The Houston Press Menu of Menus® Extravaganza takes place at Silver Street Station on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., and this year, for the first time, the entire venue will be air conditioned. Pretty sweet, right?

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Join Us for the Inaugural Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner Tomorrow (Few Tickets Left!)

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It's sure to be a great time with delicious food at our first pop-up celebrating Menu of Menus.
We're told that there are only about ten tickets left for our first-ever Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner Tuesday evening at Haven, so get 'em while you still can!

The dinner, which begins at 9 p.m. (leave the kiddos at home), will feature food from Haven chef Randy Evans, Roost chef Kevin Naderi and Eleven XI chef Kevin Bryant. Naderi and Bryant will be facing off at this year's Iron Fork event, and Evans will be hosting.

Tickets are still available online. For $120, you get two hors d'oeuvres and a four-course dinner of some of the chefs' favorite dishes. Each course will be paired with a wine or cocktail sample.

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