Where to Brunch in Rice Village & West University

Photo courtesy of Helen Greek Food & Wine

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

While Rice Village is not exactly a neighborhood, but rather a mixed-use district, it is often treated as one along with the neighboring community of West University Place (aka West U). The beautiful, tree-lined area appeals to both the young and the young at heart, with plenty of shopping, entertainment, and brunch opportunities for all.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Rice Village and West University are defined as the area bound by 610 to the west, Greenbriar to the east, Bissonnet to the north and Holcombe to the south.

Where to Brunch in Rice Village & West University

  • Benjy’s – Not only is Benjy’s brunch a fan favorite, it’s also offered seven days a week at the Rice Village location. That means that any day you please, you can grub on tasso ham breakfast sandwiches, Gulf shrimp and grits, house-cured lox & bagel, and beef migas. Tack on house cocktails—think white peach mimosas and lychee rosé—or mocktails like the fresh orange no-jito. Monday through Saturday 10:45am to 3pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm. Click here for directions.
  • Helen Greek Food & Wine – Looking for a brunch that’s a bit outside the box? Go Greek with an array of Hellenic late-morning specialties. Start with a greens-n-cheese pie, a heavenly riff on spanakopita made with four greens and three Greek cheeses, and some toasted fennel sugared Greek doughnuts for the table. Then move on to pork gyro platters, eggs with Cypriot sausage and semolina pancakes with braised cherries and yogurt whipped cream. The restaurant serves Boomtown coffee, but you’ll also want to explore the adventurous wine list, the second largest Hellenic wine list in the nation. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Kenny & Ziggy’s – Get a New York delicatessen-style nosh at the West University location of this popular spot. Breakfast plates come fully stacked here, from homemade cheese blintzes and lox, stock and bagels to Roumanian steak and eggs. Breakfast is served all day, though if you’re feeling lunch, the triple decker sandwiches—packed with deliciousness like house corned beef, pastrami, and Russian dressing—come bigger than your head. There are mimosas and deli Marys, too. Monday though Friday beginning at 7am; Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8am. Click here for directions.
  • Punk’s Simple Southern Food – It’s a biscuit bonanza at this modern Southern charmer. Get the buttery, pillowy treats stuffed with bacon meats, eggs, and cheese; smothered with country ham and roasted jalapeño hollandaise; stacked with crispy chicken and cream gravy; or sittin’ pretty alongside scrambled eggs, maple breakfast sausage, and home fries. On Sundays, the menu expands to include everything from a breakfast biscuit bar and platters of fried bird to a big ol’ juicy cheeseburger. Saturday 11am to 2pm; Sunday 10:30am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
  • Upstairs – Perched in the oak trees lining Rice Boulevard on the second floor of Hungry’s, the new Upstairs bar and lounge offers a lazy day weekend brunch worth lingering over. Dig into crab cake eggs benny, croissant french toast and sizzling huevos rancheros with jalapeño sausage. On warmer days, you’ll definitely want to #FrozéAllDay. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options  Sip white peach bellinis alongside chicken scaloppini and waffles at Prego; get all-day breakfast at Buffalo Grille; and fill up on sweet and savory crêpes at Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café.