Where to Brunch in Greenway & Upper Kirby

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Beet uttapam with saag, fried eggs and pickled onions, served with sambhar, peanut coconut salad and coconut chutney | Photo courtesy of Pondicheri

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

This booming commercial district boasts a bevvy of restaurants, boutiques and thriving businesses, with gems lining every nook and cranny. And as luck would have it, many of those gems offer killer brunch.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Upper Kirby and Greenway Plaza are defined by the area covered in this map.

Where to Brunch in Greenway & Upper Kirby

  • Arnaldo Richards’ Picos This crowd-pleasing Mexican eatery offers both weekend breakfast and a Sunday brunch buffet. The all-you-can-eat brunch spread is packed with fresh salads, ceviche, menudo, posoles, tamales, paella, moles, and an entire table of desserts. At breakfast, choose between omelets, chilaquiles, and a lineup of traditional huevos plates, from huevos rancheros to migas. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Brunch Sunday 10:30am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Hobbit Café Sit on the inviting, tree-shaded deck, and breakfast plates that are anything but hobbit-sized. From poached salmon eggs benny and smoked jalapeño boudin and eggs, to blueberry, chocolate chip, and gingerbread pancakes, there is something for everyone, here. Oh, and there’s a lineup of $3.75 per glass brunch booze—think mimosas, frozen bellinis, bloodys, and sangria—too. Saturday and Sunday 10:30am to 2pm (Sundays it can go until 3pm). Click here for directions.
  • Pondicheri You’ll want to start with the Morning Thali at this Indian street food stunner; that’s a traditional Indian variety plate, this time packed with spiced lamb keema, uppma (South Indian-inspired stone grits), coconut salad, morning oats, carrot paratha (flatbread), fried egg, and potato cake. The fast-casual spot also boasts breakfast frankies, yogurt-masala-marinated fried chicken and eggs, and brioche French toast with bananas, strawberries, and jaggery (cane sugar) syrup. Hit the bake lab on the way out and grab some cardamom and chai-spiced treats to go. Daily, 8am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • SaltAir Seafood Kitchen Every Sunday, SaltAir features live jazz (beginning at noon) alongside $1 Gulf and $2 East Coast oysters, build-your-own mimosas, and its traditional lunch and brunch menus. Feast on seafood-inspired classics like crab cake Benedict, lobster BLTs and house-cured gravlax; or move out of the sea and into breakfast crepes, steak and eggs, and buttermilk waffles. Sunday, 10:30am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Tiny Boxwood’s There’s no better place for people-watching than this boutique garden and eatery, which draws a trend-setting crowd every sunny afternoon. The weekend menu pleases the palate, with a refreshing sangria and wine bar setup outside to help ease any pain of the line. Jump on it and ponder over whether you’re ordering the house migas, chorizo-and-egg breakfast pizza, wood-fired salmon, or blue cheese and pesto-topped buffalo burger. Whatever you do, don’t forget to tack on some straight-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies, which are easily some of the best versions in town. Saturday 8am to 3pm; Sunday 9am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Get locally-inspired brunch plates at Eloise Grill & Liquors, which sits just outside the hood’s boundaries; feast on Southern-sized classics at Grace’s; enjoy a bubbly-filled Sunday affair at CRÚ Food & Wine Bar; and look out for a brunch menu from Relish Restaurant & Bar.