Where to Brunch in Garden Oaks & Oak Forest

Photo courtesy of The Union Kitchen

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

Replete with oak, pecan, and pine trees, vintage bungalows, and ranches from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, and top-rated schools, this duo of neighborhoods has drawn in a steady crowd of young families. But that doesn’t mean the ‘burbs don’t have any cool factor, as these stellar brunch options prove.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest are defined as the area covered by this map.

Where to Brunch in Garden Oaks & Oak Forest

  • Cottonwood – We’re sure you know about the 40-plus taps of suds and lineup of live music, corn hole, and fire pits by night, but did you know this constantly packed patio bar also rocks a killer brunch? Get breakfast panini with bacon, eggs, cheese, and chipotle aioli; go for green migas with cheesy grits and sausage; load up on biscuits and gravy, or hit the sweet spot with tres leches French toast. Most importantly, pair it all with a pepper, garlic, and onion-infused Bloody Mary or the excellent roster of cherry-picked, hard-to-score brews. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Shepherd Park Draught House – Hit this modern pub (which boasts a wrap-around patio for nice days) to grub on satisfying brunch plates at $8.50 a pop. Get everything from eggs benny and a breakfast burrito to a Shipley glazed donut waffle. Looking for something light? The breakfast scramble, stacked with feta, sun-dried tomato, spinach, and shrooms, will do. Tack on bloodys, bellinis, and mimosas by the pint. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • The Union Kitchen – A few starters for the table are a must here (yes, even at brunch). Share orange-glazed cinnamon rolls or mini pancake sliders, stuffed with sausage, Canadian bacon and fried eggs, and served over bacon cheddar hash. Then move on to the big guns—think eggs benedict featuring things like carnitas or Texas blue crab; omelets packed with char-grilled hangar steak and salsa or butter-poached lobster and dill crème fraiche; and house specialties like fried chicken and biscuits, breakfast tacos, and chilaquiles. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
  • Wakefield Crowbar – Over at Wakefield Crowbar, you’ll find 39 taps and three sand volleyball courts where you can unleash that competitive side, plus weekend brunch. Sip on $3 mimosas and $5 to $6 bloody mary cocktails (or $3 shot versions), while you nosh on breakfast croissants, chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, and Frosted Flakes-crusted French toast. Saturday and Sunday 10am. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Hit Govinda’s Vegetarian Buffet, where you’ll find a daily lunch spread of Indian delights that can double as brunch on the weekends (or whenever you please); smash all-day breakfast tacos at local favorites Tacos A Go Go and Berryhill; or get Greenway Coffee and hot and fresh bagels at the fast-casual Toasted Bagel Cafe.