In our Where to Brunch series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best brunch offerings.
Just 50 or so miles from Downtown Houston, this 21-mile and 20,000-acre lake lies on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River in Montgomery and Walker Counties. With picturesque shores and wooded areas including a portion of the Sam Houston National Forest, the Lake Conroe area is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. You’ll probably work up quite the appetite… good thing there are also plenty of places to brunch.
Note: For the purposes of this list, the area around Lake Conroe includes the cities of Conroe, Montgomery, and Willis.
Where to Brunch near Lake Conroe
- 105 Cafe – Fresh, scratch-made breakfast-stuffs are offered seven days a week at this local diner. Get your fill of morning joe and dig into migas and smoked salmon scrambles, from-the-griddle buttermilk pancakes and Belgian waffles, omelets stuffed with organic spinach and feta or all the makings of a Philly cheesesteak, and fan-favorite breakfast skillets, featuring everything from corned beef and caramelized onions to Gulf shrimp and hollandaise. Click here for directions.
- Cozy Grape Wine Bar & Bistro – Over in Downtown Montgomery, this cozy bistro offers a classy Sunday brunch. Nosh on crab cake and ham eggs benedict, savory mushroom and spinach crepes, egg-topped enchiladas, and Tuscan omelets smothered in sun-dried tomato cream sauce. Tack on sparkling mimosas for $5 a pop. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- The Red Brick Tavern – Nestled in Conroe’s historic downtown, this tavern rocks a Sunday brunch complete with cotija-topped chilaquiles, fried egg BLTs, bacon-wrapped quail and cheese grits, and country-fried chicken and waffles. May we suggest you start with some egg, jalapeño, and chorizo gravy smothered Texas poutine for the table? Sunday 10am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
- Sam’s Boat – Set right on Lake Conroe itself, Sam’s Boat is the perfect spot to get fresh breezes, cold brews, and Gulf Coast eats. On Sundays, $3 mimosas are served all day and night, meaning you can brunch any time you’d like. Take them down alongside platters of fried shrimp and blackened fish, flounder smothered in Louisiana crawfish sauce, praline beignets, and po’boys served with sea-salt fries. Click here for directions.
- The Toasted Yolk Café – This local hotspot has a burgeoning empire, with locations in Houston and Conroe and two more on the way. Breakfast is serious business here, with offerings including churro-style donuts, pork chops and eggs your way, morning burritos, and the toasted yolk (a griddled sourdough egg-in-hole that started it all). Daily 7am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Walden on Lake Conroe – This yacht club is open to the public, offering three special brunch options on Sundays. The “soup, salad and salmon” brunch ($15.95) features peel-and-eat shrimp, house-cured salmon, seafood salads, pasta salads and fruit salads, stuffed avocados, and a homemade soup of the day. The breakfast buffet ($14.95) offers build your own omelets and waffles, eggs benny, hickory smoked bacon and sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit, and assorted danish, muffins, scones, and cereals. Both options can include housemade dessert for an extra $5.95. The grand buffet ($29.95) includes a complimentary glass of bubbly, plus carving stations, smoked salmon and boiled shrimp, and assorted vegetables, salads, soups, and desserts. Sunday 10:30am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
- Other great options – Get all-day breakfast at The Whistle Stop Café; hit the Sunday breakfast buffet at El Bosque Mexican Grill; stop for a Nutella latte and slice of cake at Conroe Coffee; get Greek plates and classic breakfasts at Papa Nick’s; smash sloppy brunch burgers and double bloody marys at Wolfie’s; get Southern-style home cookin’ at the Fish Pond Restaurant in Willis; and sip Breakfast Stout and hit up the food trucks in the beer garden at B-52 Brewing Co. or check out the taproom and outdoor market at Southern Star.