Where to Brunch Near Buffalo Bayou Park

Photo courtesy of The Dunlavy

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

One of Houston’s must see gems, the 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park stretches from Shepherd to Sabine between Allen and Memorial, running along the Buffalo Bayou all along the way. It boasts running and hiking trails, a dog park and skate park, and plenty of other opportunities for fun, making it a choice weekend destination before or after brunch.

  • Beer MarketWalk up Studemont and you’ll find this rad craft beer pub, which rotates through 24 taps and houses a killer bottle selection in its beer vault. Sip $6 bloodys with Titos and Pecan Porter, $3 beermosas and micheladas, $5 pink lemonades and sangrias, and $10 mimosa Carafes alongside brunch burgers topped with bacon, egg, and cheese. Saturday and Sunday 10:30am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Brenner’s on the BayouSet in a historic log cabin right on the banks of the bayou, this picturesque steakhouse offers a refined brunch experience with Southern charm. Quench your thirst with “bayou bloodys” and dig into New Orleans-style beignets drizzled with raspberry honey and apple rum sauce, cognac-kissed lobster bisque, jumbo lump crab cake eggs Benedict, and chicken-fried steak & eggs (made with filet mignon, of course). Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • Hearsay Gastro LoungeThe east side of the park provides easy access to Downtown, where you can pop over to the nearby Market Square Park and enjoy brunch at this striking, brick walled gastropub. Start with bacon and chive deviled eggs and fried quail bites with cheddar grits; then move on to steak huevos rancheros, bourbon pecan French toast, and egg-topped Angus burgers with truffle frites and get the mimosas flowing for good measure. Saturday 11am to 3pm; Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
  • The Kitchen at The Dunlavy Overlooking Lost Lake at Buffalo Bayou Park, this beautiful, chandelier-lit glass treehouse is the perfect way to unwind after a walk along the bayou. Don’t be intimidated by the line, it moves quick thanks to counter service and plenty of seating. Refresh with avocado toast topped with bright lemon zest and whipped ricotta, spicy Southwestern breakfast bowls, Belgian waffles dolloped with honey butter and maple syrup, and prosciutto, brie, and fig jam baguettes. Chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and oatmeal raisin cookies are a choice brunch closer, while sangria and mimosas keep the fun going. Click here for directions.
  • ProvisionsThe more casual half of rad spot The Pass & Provisions rocks a Saturday brunch worth stopping in for. Sip on the P&P Bloody Mary, infused with black garlic and yuzo kosho and served with a beer back; and share a few starters for the table, from smoked salmon and oysters on-the-half-shell to a Mexican chocolate cinnamon roll and biscuits with house jam. For the main event, get brunch plates like roasted suckling pig with sunny-side eggs, shrimp and grits fra diavalo, blue corn waffle with blueberry ice cream, and a 44 Farms cheddar burger with smoked miso mayo. Saturday 11am to 2:30pm. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Get pancake stacks and lobster eggs benny at Black Walnut Memorial and hit up Beaver’s on Decatur, which has gone fishin’ for the summer but plans to reopen in the fall.