In our Where to Brunch series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best brunch offerings.
Named after St. Thomas Aquinas and founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers, the University of St. Thomas is the city’s only Catholic university. The charming campus is located in the Neartown district, and with vibrant hoods like Montrose, the Museum District and Midtown all within reach, there are no shortage of excellent (and since this is college, budget-friendly) brunch options.
Note: For the purposes of this list, the area near the University of St. Thomas is bound by Westheimer/Elgin to the north, Bissonnet to the south, Dunlavy to the west and Main to the east.
Where to Brunch Near the University of St. Thomas
- Blacksmith – This cool kid’s coffee shop brews mean Greenway roasts and an excellent roster of teas alongside what is probably the best sausage, egg, and cheddar scratch-made biscuit in town. Get that, or convince your friend to split it with some impossibly flaky croissants with crème fraiche and marmalade, Vietnamese steak and eggs, smoked salmon dill scramble, and silver platter chilaquiles. Daily 7am to 5pm. Click here for directions.
- Cane Rosso – It may be a Dallas import but with chef Jonathan Jones (formerly of spots like Beaver’s, Max’s Wine Dive, and El Big Bad,) at the helm, Cane Rosso feels wholly Houston. The Montrose location rocks a stellar, pup-friendly patio and an arsenal of brunch plates that are made to be shared. Dig into dreamy, egg-laden breakfast pasta; buttery hot cakes studded with jalapeño; and crispy porchetta smothered with braised greens, tomatillo salsa verde, and fried egg. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- The Breakfast Klub – It’s all about the fried chicken wings and waffles at this line-out-the-door, counter-service Southern spot. Or the wings and grits. Oh, and the catfish and grits, buttermilk biscuits smothered in pan sausage gravy, fried pork chops and eggs with homefries and toast, and breakfast “klub” sandwiches loaded with bacon, ham, turkey, eggs, tomato and cheese on griddled sourdough. Yeah. Weekdays open at 7am to 2pm; Weekends 8am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
- Good Dog Houston – Whoever said you couldn’t brunch with hot dogs and beer? This local favorite ups the weenie game with housemade toppings and condiments, from beer-braised ‘kraut and beef and chorizo chili to jalapeño relish and mustard cheese sauce. If you’re feeling something breakfasty, you can always add an egg; and those looking for soups, salads, sandwiches, and sides—think hand-cut fries, smoked hot wings, miso greens, Gulf fish po’ boys, and beer-and-cheese soup—can find those, too. Tuesday through Sunday opens at 11am. Click here for directions.
- Snooze, an A.M. Eatery – Brunch plates are large and cheap at this Denver-import, with offerings including a lineup of eggs Benedict—from a classic ham to the Tex-Mex style chile verde with pulled pork and green chile hollandaise—plus breakfast sammies loaded with eggs and sausage, shaved pork and gruyere, and belly-bacon, tomato, and arugula. Looking for the sweet stuff? You won’t want to miss the addicting pancakes, which are available in flights and feature flavors like buttermilk lemon-poppyseed with citrus mascarpone; blueberry danish with almond streusel; and pineapple upside-down cake with caramelized pineapple chunks, vanilla crème anglaise, and cinnamon butter. Click here for directions.
Other great options – Get a laidback, Southern-style breakfast feast at Natachee’s Supper n’ Punch; expand your coffee horizons and channel the science lab at Siphon Coffee; and fill up on chorizo, potato, and jalapeño breakfast tacos at Tacos A Go Go.