Where to Brunch in Midtown

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Photo courtesy of Weights + Measures

In our Where to Brunch series, we search Greater Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods and communities for the very best brunch offerings.

This trendy ‘hood has more than just a killer party scene. Midtown offers a mix of housing, public art installations, shops, “Little Saigon,” and a pretty killer brunch scene, too. Here’s where to get brunch in this vibrant district.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Midtown is defined by this map.

Where to Brunch in Midtown

  1. Brennan’s of Houston – You’ll find the be-all-end-all of luxury brunches at this Creole fine dining spot. Dress to impress and feast on a prix fixe brunch, featuring choices such as Brennan’s classic turtle soup, Matagorda Bay wood-grilled oysters, cochon de lait hash with poached eggs, and a tableside flambéed bananas foster. Ramos gin fizzes and brandy milk punch make for the perfect bayou-side accompaniments. Saturday 11am to 2pm; Sunday 10am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
  2. Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar – Start your morning with eye-opening elixirs—think house bloody marys featuring a fresh or fried oyster and lattes with a splash of bourbon, vanilla, and cinnamon; it’s the Southern way, after all. Next, move on to Holley’s perfectly poised brunch plates, from a citrus-cured salmon and potato latke starter to sorghum-glazed shrimp and grits. The classy establishment also offers a prix fixe brunch menu, featuring a starter, entrée, and dessert, starting at $31. Sunday 11am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
  3. Izakaya – This Japanese gastropub offers one of the most interesting brunch options in town. You’ll want all hands on deck for dishes like the Asian Po’boy, with Thai-style shrimp, oysters and crab; and The Japanese French Guy, a riff on the croque monsieur with crispy pork katsu and Japanese curry. There’s also a lineup of tartines (open-faced, toasted rye topped with everything from smoked salmon and capers to soft scramble and goat cream), eggs en cocotte, hot pots (including a spicy menudo-ramen hybrid), sweet endings, and fantastic brunch drinks to wash it all down. Bonus: The restaurant hosts at Charity Brunch on the second Sunday of every month. Sunday noon to 5pm. Click here for directions.
  4. Oporto Fooding House & Wine – A Portuguese and Indian-kissed tapas restaurant may not be your first thought for brunch, but you should quickly put a change to that. Come with friends to share plates of tarragon deviled eggs with piri piri sauce, curried chicken empanadas, and Gulf shrimp and manchego grits; Then move on to larger plates like the salted cod hash, shakshuka, paella, and marinated hanger steak sandwich. Tack on an almond liquor-spiked Portuguese coffee and you’ll be ready to start your day (and/or nap). And if you’re an early riser, the restaurant hosts a Natas bakery and coffee pop-up from 9am to 11am  every weekend. Brunch hours Sunday 11am to 2:45pm. Click here for directions.
  5. Weights + Measures – Don’t be surprised when you find a packed house every weekend; locals know a good thing when they taste it. Start with brunch cocktails, from a grade ‘A’ bloody that brings the heat to a fizzy grapefruit paloma. Those with a sweet tooth can dive head first into peanut butter, nutella, and banana toast, baked brioche French toast with mascarpone butter and strawberry syrup, and cake donuts with fried chicken and maple-hazelnut syrup. On the savory side, chow down on house favorites like the avocado and mushroom toasts, a wood-grilled cheeseburger, and a surprisingly fantastic roasted carrot pizza. Saturday and Sunday 8am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  6. Other great options – Southern-fried eats and waffles at The Breakfast Klub and diner-style breakfast plates at Harry’s Restaurant & Cafe.