In our Where to Brunch series, we search Greater Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods and communities for the very best brunch offerings.
Dating back to the 1890s, the bright and vibrant neighborhood of The Heights is filled with historic architecture, thrifts and mom and pop shops, and of course, a mosaic of excellent spots at which to brunch (yes, even in the “dry” zone). Check out the best of the best.
Note: For the purposes of this list, the Heights is bound by Katy Freeway to the south, I-610 to the north, I-45 to the east, and Shepherd to the west.
Where to Brunch in The Heights
- Down House – You’ll have to become a member of its private club if you want to drink (don’t worry, it’s free and all you need to do is show your ID), but it’ll be worth it for one sip of the eatery’s eye-opening morning cocktails. Get the Big Ol’ Bloody Mary, a bigger, badder, boozier concoction with a chicken wing adornment and a beer back; or a Vietnamese Cocktail Cocktail, a blend of aged rum, sweetened condensed milk and cold-brew. The boozy sips will help wash down bigger, badder brunch plates, from the Third Coast Benedict with tasso ham, tomatillo sauce, cumin hollandaise, and buttermilk biscuits to the shrimp and grits with pho broth, bacon, and sriracha. It’s easy to see why the trendy spot draws a solid weekend crowd. Saturday and Sunday brunch 9am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Revival Market – Yard eggs, buttermilk biscuits, and smoked Gulf fish are just some of the awesome things you can get at this fan-favorite café. But the best part? You can get them all day long. Heat-seekers should go straight for the hot chicken honey butter biscuit, in which seriously hot Nashville-style fried chicken sits inside a fat, buttery biscuit. Housemade corned beef hash offers a pleasant surprise of butternut squash in addition to the usual potatoes, onions and yolky fried egg. If you’re brunching before 11am, silver dollar pancakes and avocado toast await; and if you’re brunching after, treat yourself to a Wagyu burger and homefries (we’re sure Revival will let you add an egg if you so please). Top notch coffee—in the form of 20-hour cold brews, horchata lattes and impressive cortados—and a selection of house pastries and sweets round out the affair quite nicely. Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm. Click here for directions.
- Ritual – In her review, the Houston Chronicle’s Alison Cook said Ritual is “unapologetically, a restaurant for carnivores.” That’s because the restaurant takes its ranch-to-table concept seriously, with a menu inspired straight from the local ranchers and farmers of Texas (there’s even a glass-enclosed in-house butchery). Pork Rinds, The Pig Mac and Smoked Chicken Lollipops make for fun, interesting brunch starters; while a good ol’ Butcher’s Breakfast comes packed with ribeye, bacon, yard eggs, hash browns and toast. Of course, there are non-butcher goods like Challah French Toast, Sweet Corn Bisque, a daily market Beets By Day salad and expertly-crafted brunch cocktails, too. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar – If you think every good brunch should involve slurping oysters, LK is the spot for you. Get ‘em on-the-half-shell by the dozen and half-dozen; or go for the wood-grilled numbers, sold in trios and topped with things like bacon jam and jalapeños or garlic butter. The lineup of a.m. specialties is spot on—think chicken-fried steak and eggs, short stacks and omelets stuffed with short rib, bacon and oysters (obviously); and there’s bubbly, brunch cocktails, beer and wine, too. Saturday and Sunday 8am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
- Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace – On nice days, there’s no better spot to brunch than Harold’s rooftop terrace overlooking the bustling 19th Street. Hit it with friends and dig into fried shrimp étouffée rice balls, New Orleans-style beignets and the “Big Nasty Biscuit,” a biscuit sittin’ pretty with buttermilk fried chicken and cheddar sausage gravy. Afterward, dive into nap-required, Southern and Creole-inspired plates like housemade cracklin’ and grits, old-style French toast, and 44 Farm double cheese burgers stacked with cheese, bacon jam, caramelized onions, all the fixin’s. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Other great choices – Inspired donuts, breakfast and lunch items, and coffees at Morningstar Coffee & Donuts, Italian brunch plates, pizzas and pastas at Arthur Ave, daily breakfast and BYOB brunch at Kraftsman Cafe, seafood-centric plates at Bernadine’s, and British tavern eats at Hunky-Dory (look out for the last two in a future Shady Acres post).