Where to Brunch in Montrose

Photo courtesy of Hugo's

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

Originally imagined as a planned community and streetcar hub, this largely residential neighborhood has morphed into the heart of Houston. Today, Montrose‘s eccentricity shines through a mosaic of century-old bungalows and sky-scraping townhomes, offbeat bars and music dives, awe-inspiring art galleries and theaters, funky shops and local businesses, and plenty of excellent spots to brunch.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Montrose is defined by this map.

Where to Brunch in Montrose

  • Hugo’s – Dining at chef Hugo Ortega’s namesake restaurant is a Houston right of passage, and while it’s excellent any time of day, the Sunday brunch buffet is pure pleasure. That’s when you’ll find a bountiful spread of Mexican eats, featuring classics like ceviche, carnitas, chilaquiles, lechon, chile relleno, and tamales, plus an indulgent dessert buffet. The feast costs $33 per person or $12 per child (12 and under). The restaurant also offers an a la carte brunch on Saturdays. Saturday 11am to 3pm; Sunday 10am to 2:30pm. Click here for directions.
  • Empire Café – Breakfast is served seven days a week at this local favorite, but on weekends, the hours expand. House specialties include focaccia eggs, loaded frittatas, homemade pancakes and coffee cordials, like the Coffee Royale with Disaronno Amaretto, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and Frangelico. The patio is known to get packed on nicer days and the café is counter service, so you’ll have to find your own seat. Add a giant slice of cake and any worries about that will melt away. Saturday and Sunday 7:30am to 1pm. Click here for directions.
  • Cuchara – The flavors of Mexico City are bright and intoxicating at this airy, eye-catching bistro. At brunch, plates of Hidalgo-style lamb barbacoa and fiery posole sit next to cheese enchiladas and huevos divorciados (“divorced” eggs and tortillas with both green and red salsa). On nice days, the outdoor patio is the perfect spot to sip a michelada while you dine. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Click here for directions.
  • Max’s Wine Dive – Right next door to Cuchara, this second location of Max’s Wine Dive draws a hungry crowd every weekend. The dive is known for its fried chicken and champagne, so start with some mimosas and grub on things like fried chicken and honey butter benedict, wings and waffles, fried chicken and champagne salad, or truffle cream mac’ and cheese topped with fried chicken. Not feeling the bird? There are plenty of other options, from shrimp and grits to a massive fried egg sandwich. Saturday 10am to 3pm; Sunday 10am to 3:45pm. Click here for directions.
  • Baba Yega Cafe – Baba Yega is a neighborhood institution. The cozy bungalow offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Saturdays ($18), featuring stuff like fresh fruits, muffins and homemade breads, made-to-order omelets, egg dishes, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, and french toast. On Sundays, things get even wilder, with a brunch buffet ($25) boasting all of the breakfast classics, plus lunchier items like roast chicken, beef brisket, grilled fish, and bagels and lox. Tack on bloody marys or mimosas by the pitcher or glass. Saturday 10am to 2pm; Sunday 9:30am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Snooze, an A.M. Eatery – Morning delights are served all day at this Denver import. The a.m. eatery has a line out the door every weekend thanks to its craveable offerings and great prices. Go for a pancake flight (yes, a flight), choosing from flavors like molten chocolate, blueberry danish, and pineapple upside down cake; or dig into the lineup of hollandaise-smothered eggs benedicts. Eye-opening cocktails, from kicked up mimosas to bloodys to boozy coffee drinks, are sure to wake you up. Daily 6:30am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
  • Other great choices – Get colossal breakfast burritos and buttermilk stacks at breakfast favorites Barnaby’s and Baby Barnaby’s; get Instagram-worthy sweets and brunch dishes at Common Bond; go full beast mode on sloppy biscuits at Biskit Junkie; or enjoy brunch plates on the pleasant back patio at Brasil Cafe. And caffeine addicts should hit up Blacksmith, a hip coffee shop with possibly the best sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit in town.