Where to Brunch in the Museum District

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Photo courtesy of Lucille's

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

Just southwest of Downtown, the Museum District is a beautiful section of town that plays home to an organization of 20 museums, galleries, cultural centers, and community organizations. With so much culture and beauty, there’s no shortage of entertainment here, including these soul-satisfying brunch offerings.

Note: For the purposes of this list, the Museum District is defined as the area bordered by Richmond/Wheeler to the north, Montrose/Main to the west, Holcombe to the south and 288 to the east, plus the Menil Campus.

Where to Brunch in the Museum District

  • Bistro Menil – This European-inspired bistro sits on the beautiful Menil Campus and boasts an incredible three-day-weekend-long brunch. Morning cocktails are offered by the carafe, including blood orange or regular mimosas and white sparking sangria, and by the glass, featuring an extensive list, from Irish coffee to house mojitos. Sip on your beverage of choice and linger over refined plates, like eggs Lyonnaise, duck confit, and red beet hash or brioche French toast with candied pecan. Friday through Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen – Danton’s Sunday Blues Brunch is a little taste of New Orleans right in Houston. Live blues music brings plenty of soul to the space while guests nosh from the regular menu—from dark seafood roux gumbo and oyster po’boys to stuffed redfish and peel-and-eat bbq shrimp—or Sunday brunch specials, including housemade boudin Benedict and French toast with Steen’s Cane Syrup. Don’t miss the Bloody Danton, made with a house mix using some of the restaurant’s flavor-packed gumbo (don’t worry, it’s strained). Sunday 11am to 3pm (last seating 2:30pm). Click here for directions.
  • Davis Street at Hermann Park – Located at the base of luxury highrise The Mosaic, this classy modern eatery offers and elegant spin on classic Southern plates. Go for caramelized bananas Foster pancakes if you’re feeling sweet, blackened salmon Benedict if you’re feeling savory, or buttermilk-fried chicken and wild-rice-cheddar waffles if you’re feeling both. Brunch libations include the house bloody, mimosas by the glass or carafe, Kir Royals, and bellinis. Sunday 11am to 4pm. Click here for directions.
  • Lucille’s – It’s all about Southern comfort at this charming neighborhood haunt. Start with grandma-style chili biscuits and cornmeal-crusted fried green tomatoes; then dig into hot cake stacks and wings, Gulf shrimp and grits, and 44 Farms flat iron steak and eggs. You’ll need mimosas and sangria to wash it all down, of course. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Pax Americana – With excellent its brunch drinks, pleasant patio and ever-changing menu, this progressive American restaurant offers a Sunday brunch for the books. The dishes are divvyed up into the sweet—think cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing and drop biscuits with strawberry-rhubarb jam—and the savory, from soft scramble and smoked salmon on toast to brisket hash with blackcurrant sofrito. You’ll want to tack on Pax’s house-cured bacon, too. Just trust us. Sunday, 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Get daily breakfast offerings, like four-stacks of buttermilk pancakes, bagels and lox, and three-egg omelets, at Bosta Kitchen; go for an early brunch at the Museum District outpost of the fan-favorite Barnaby’s Café; or escape the city with croque-madames and chorizo and egg hash at Hotel ZaZa’s Monarch Bistro.