In our Where to Brunch series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best brunch offerings.
Just about an hour from Downtown Houston, Galveston Island harbors 32 miles of beaches, so you most definitely can (and should) dip your toes in the sand. It also plays home major fun zones like Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
But that’s not all there is to do on this Gulf Coast oasis, there’s also brunch.
Where to Brunch in Galveston
- Farley Girls Cafe – Locals in the know head straight to this counter-service spot for a little bit of everything, done right. Fried chicken and waffles gets a new take with chicken schnitzel and your choice of pancake, waffle or French toast. The breakfast burger is a beefy, juicy, yolky number that is satisfying as all hell; and then there are things like the “hangover helper” bowl with eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes topped with pepperjack, avocado, and salsa; and the “OMG,” a chicken-fried steak and pancake combo smothered in sausage gravy. For purists, the “simple girl”—two eggs your way with bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes and the option of toast—is the way to go. Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 3pm (lunch and breakfast are also served all day every day). Click here for directions.
- Galvez Bar & Grill at Hotel Galvez – Named one of “Texas Best Brunches” by Southern Living Magazine, this bountiful brunch buffet is as extravagant as it gets. Nosh on fresh fruits and cheeses, hearth-baked breads and cocktail shrimp, crab claws, oysters and smoked salmon; then get ready to load your plate with breakfast classics—think Belgian waffles, cheese blintz, eggs benny, and apple-wood smoked bacon and sausage—and lunchier items, including things like made-to-order pastas, prime rib, bourbon-glazed ham, and gumbo. Of course, you’ll need to satisfy that sweet tooth with dessert. Expect selections like a fresh fruit cobbler, bread pudding, and triple chocolate cake. The cost is $42.99 per adult, $37.99 for seniors, and $26.99 for children ages 6 to 11. Reservations strongly advised. Sunday 11am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
- Mosquito Cafe – An island favorite, this quaint café is set in an 1870s building in the historic East End. Daily chalkboard specials meet scratch-made breakfast plates with a twist, from corned beef hash tacos and huevos rancheros topped with feta to an eggs benny made with a house baked savory scone smothered with shrimp, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes. Oh, and an egg and Hollandaise, of course. Sunday 8am to 3pm (Tuesday through Saturday 8am to 11am). Click here for directions.
- The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe – Like eggs benedict? You can get the classic dish jazzed up with softshell crab, packed with fried oysters or served surf & turf style with char-grilled filet mignon and jumbo lump crab. Feeling something a little more fiery? Try the chile verde & eggs, where roast pork gets simmered with tomatillo, poblano, onion, and cilantro. Of course, there are also all-day breakfast and lunch items, from classic egg plates and bread pudding French toast to salmon BLTs and Southern corn cakes. Just don’t forget to grab some pastries on the way out. Daily 7am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Porch Cafe – Looking for elegance and charm? Hit this beachside bistro, which offers craveable plates in the form of Tabasco-fried chicken & waffles, bloody Mary ceviche, jumbo Gulf shrimp & grits, and peach-bourbon glazed pork chop with sweet potato mash. There’s also the blue-cheese-and-crawfish-smothered Porch Burger, if you’re into that kind of thing (hint: you should be). Wash it all down with mimosas and sangria by the glass or carafe. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
- Other great options – Get weekend breakfast (starting at 7:30am) at Shrimp N’ Stuff, the Downtown seafood eatery with a cult following; or check out the luxurious Number 13 Prime Steak & Seafood, which sits pretty on Pelican Rest Marina and boasts an island-style, two-story terrace and bloody Mary bar.