In our Where to Brunch series, we search Greater Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods and communities for the very best brunch offerings.
The strip along Washington Avenue, stretching from Downtown through Memorial Park, has seen a revival in recent years. It’s now a jungle of mixed-use developments, art studios and theaters, homes and apartment complexes, the massive Sawyer Yards, and plenty of excellent places to brunch.
Note: For purposes of this list, the area encompassing Washington Corridor and Memorial Park is defined by this map.
Where to Brunch in Washington Corridor & Memorial Park
- B&B Butchers & Restaurant – Don’t overlook B&B’s morning options just because it’s a steakhouse, the brunch here is top notch. Options include a quartet of Benedicts (one of which boasts its famous carpet baggers), battered things–think apple crisp waffles and gorilla monkey bread), morning favorites like prime rib hash and bagels with lox, and lunchier items, including sandwiches, soups, salads, seafood, burgers and steaks, of course. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Beaver’s – A Squealin’ Mary—packed with housemade bacon-infused vodka, Beaver’s perfect bloody mix, a sugar-salt rim and a candied bacon accouterment—is a “dam” good place to start. Next, you’ll want to feast on over-the-top brunch plates, from the colossal chicken-fried steak and eggs to the Beaver-Rito, a brisket, queso, bean and habanero salsa burrito topped with two fried eggs. Lunch items include the incredibly juicy Beaver Burger and sloppy Pit Boss “Chickwich,” a knife-and-fork-required chicken sandwich. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Benjy’s – Brunching at Benjy’s on Washington is a weekend ritual, one that you have to experience to consider yourself a local. Since opening in 2009, the Washington Ave stronghold has expanded its brunch hours to include all-day brunching on Sundays. Start with an order of sin-a-buns (which get an infusion of bacon praline) and the downright addicting, vinegar-kicked crispy brussels sprouts; then go all in on Korean fried chicken and biscuits, braised breakfast migas, and a cobb salad packed with shrimp and jalapeño. Round the meal out by saying “bottoms up!” to some house brandy punch or fresh-squeezed mintade (which may not be boozy, but it is bottomless). Saturday 11am to 3pm; Sunday 10am to 8pm. Click here for directions.
- Brenner’s on the Bayou – Get brunch with a side of bayou beauty at this picturesque eatery, set in a lodge right on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou. It’s all about Southern hospitality here, with “bayou bloodys,” New Orleans-style beignets drizzled with raspberry honey and apple rum sauce, eggs benny with jumbo lump crab cake, and chicken-fried steak & eggs (made with filet mignon, this is a steakhouse, after all). Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Kitchen 713 – This globally-inspired Southern comfort spot opened up shop after closing its East End location in 2016. Now with a liquor license and new and improved space, the eatin’ is better than ever. Brunch on house breakfast sausage and biscuits with sunny-side-up eggs and tasso gravy, whipped avocado toast with chorizo and salsa macha, and hoes cakes with cured salmon, labne (Greek yogurt), capers, preserved lemon and za’atar spice. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Max’s Wine Dive – Brunch isn’t the same without fried chicken and champagne, so head to MWD and get both. Order mimosas by the glass or get a full (and reasonably-priced) bottle of bubbly and Max’s will bring out the juices. Next, you’ll want the jalapeño-buttermilk marinated fried chicken wings, served crisp and juicy atop a big ole’ waffle. Another house favorite? The massive fried egg sandwich, stacked with a trio of fried eggs, smoked bacon, a blend of melted parm, gruyere provolone and white cheddar, and some black truffle aioli, to boot. Saturday 10am to 3pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm. Click here for directions.
- Another great option – Breakfast and brunch at The Dunlavy on the Buffalo Bayou.