In our Where to Brunch series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best brunch offerings.
With the restaurant-heavy Memorial City Mall and CityCentre, this teeny area of town is an absolute brunch destination. Here’s a look at the best of the bunch.
Note: For the purposes of this list, Memorial City is defined by this map.
Where to Brunch in Memorial City
- The General Public – Sitting pretty in the bustling CityCentre, this fresh-faced spot offers farm-fresh food and a fun time. Sip on mimosas while you take down sunny enchiladas, stacked with green chile cream, beef picadillo, and a soft fried egg; crushed tomato shakshuka with toasted cumin and a buttered baguette to sop it all up; and grilled shrimp with cauliflower “grits.” Those looking for something a bit lunchier can dig into baby kale Caesar, bacon burgers, and green chile grilled cheese. Saturday and Sunday 10:30am to 2:30pm. Click here for directions.
- Hotel ZaZa – Hotel ZaZa’s Tipping Point Restaurant & Terrace offers an al fresco dining and a lounge experience overlooking the its Beach Club, with brunch options ranging from soft scramble egg wraps and lobster frittata and pimento brunch burgers to a take on steak & eggs with NY strip and huevos rancheros. Tack on mimosas, bloodys or pick-your-own spritzes. Daily 11am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
- International Smoke – Wood-roasted oysters, French omelets, All-american smoked St. Louis-cut pork ribs, Asian cedar-smoked salmon, and Mexican street chicken are all on the brunch menu at this chic global kitchen. Add bourbon bloodys, affogato, and “en fuego” punch bowls for good measure. Saturday and Sunday noon to 4pm. Click here for directions.
- Kuu – Enjoy a Japanese-style Sunday brunch at this Memorial City hotspot, with highlights including French toast with kiwi jam, Berkshire pork with a gooey 60-degree egg, Wagyu gyoza, and lobster pasta. Add unlimited trips to the snack and beverage bar for $18. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Liberty Kitchen at The Treehouse – You can’t miss the flickering flame and scents wafting from the massive 13-foot long handmade wood-fired grill, and you won’t want to. Dine on a pork belly carnitas Benedict, absolutely loaded chicken-fried-steak and eggs, and a fried chicken & red velvet waffle with bacon jam and warm maple syrup. Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2:30pm. Click here for directions.
- Radio Milano – Order Italian-style brunch and lunch plates a la carte, or go for the gold with a three-course prix fixe feast for $30. Start with a creamy, dreamy burrata salad or light, refreshing parfait; move onto mains like Grand Marnier French toast or hanger steak & eggs; and finish with sweet stuff like tiramisu, bread pudding, or housemade fruit sorbet. Add bottomless mimosas for $10. Sunday 10am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Sal y Pimienta – Go outside the brunch box with a South American buffet, featuring a rotating selection of everything from whole sucking pig and grass-fed tenderloin served with chimichurri to chilaquiles with sunny-side up eggs. Oh, and empanadas, ceviche, crab and yuca cakes, and quatro leches. Cost is $32.99 per person, plus tax and gratuity; and you can add on endless bevys for $16. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- State Fare Kitchen & Bar – Bring friends so you can share a few small plates—think queso blanco, fried green tomatoes with lump crab, and griddled ham & pimiento cheese deviled eggs—then go for the big guns, including but not limited to dishes like XXL chocolate chunk griddle cakes, chicken-fried ribeye and eggs, big brunch burgers, and an H-Town Hot fried chicken biscuit. There are salads, too, if you’re into that. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 2:30pm. Click here for directions.
- Other great options – Try pancakes and eggs benny at Snooze; sweet and savory crepes at Sweet Paris Créperie & Café; all-day breakfast at Flying Biscuit Cafe; and brunch plates, salads, pizzas, and wine at The Tasting Room.