In our Where to Brunch series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best brunch offerings. Originally published in 2017, we are now refreshing, updating, and adding to this series, including new neighborhoods and destinations.
This historic neighborhood was known as Cane Island in the mid-1800s, named for an area creek which was thought to have been filled with cane by early settlers for fur trapping. In 1893, the Missouri–Kansas-Texas (or MKT Railroad) began laying rails throughout the prairie land, and after railroad officials started calling it “the Katy,” a new name was born.
You’ll still find the MKT Depot along with the Katy Heritage Society Railroad Museum in Katy today, and while the old suburb may not have been known as a great eats neighborhood in the past, times have certainly changed…even when it comes to brunch.
Note: For the purposes of this list, Greater Katy includes the suburbs that surround the Katy city limits west to Pederson Road, east to Fry Road, north to FM 529, and south to FM 1093/Westpark Tollway Parkway.
Where to Brunch in Greater Katy
- Dish Society – Farm-to-table eats are the name of the game at this Katy outpost of the all-day, seasonally-inspired diner. The casual spot is counter-service during brunch hours, with offerings including brisket n’ eggs, a house-favorite rocking brisket, open range sunny-side eggs, smoked gouda grits, tomatillo relish and a house buttermilk biscuit; buttermilk pancakes with fruit, powdered sugar, and toppings like candied pecans and white chocolate chips; and lunchier items like chimichurri steak tacos, quinoa-stuffed avocado and shrimp & grits. Tack on some revitalizing juices, mint lemonade, and virgin mojitos; or go boozy with wines, cocktails or the “bromosa,” a bubbly and Karbach Weisse Versa cocktail with orange and lemon. Saturday 7am to 3:30pm; Sunday 8am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Local Table – Eat, drink, and gather with family and friends at this fresh-faced spot from the team behind Hungry’s Café and Bistro. Get the juices flowing with mimosa flights and sangria carafes before moving on to the big guns. Three-egg omelets come stuffed with spinach and feta, imported ham and cheese, garden veggies, and Tex-Mex beef and peppers, while Benedicts run the gamut from classic and crab cake to veggie quinoa. There are also things like chicken and waffles, croissant egg sandwiches, migas, baja chicken wraps, gyro plates, and farmers market salads. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Click here for directions.
- Peli Peli – Sitting in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, this South African-inspired stunner offers a stellar brunch, with specialties including chicken schnitzel and deep-fried waffles with golden syrup, seafood cake eggs benny, kikta french toast, and curried chicken hash. Don’t forget to tack on a biltong Bloody Mary made with South African beef jerky. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Click here for directions.
- Snooze an A.M. Eatery – This Cinco Ranch Snooze outpost offers its signature menu of pancake flights, Hollandaise-smothered everything, and boozy morning cocktails. Breakfast daily 6:30am to 2:30pm. Click here for directions.
- Whiskey Cake – This whiskey-fueled Dallas import is a must-hit during brunch when you can start with some scratch-made cheddar-jalapeño drop biscuits with sausage gravy, brûléed Greek yogurt parfait, and deviled eggs for the table. Just be sure to save room for the main event, hangover brisket burgers, pulled pork eggs benny, farmer’s breakfast hash with thick-cut cherry wood bacon, and lemon poppyseed pancakes. Whiskey flights, craft brews, and inspired elixirs round out the menu. Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm. Click here for directions.
More Great Brunch Options in Greater Katy
Treat yourself to arepas, Latin toasts, and café bombon at La Baguette Bakery & Bistro; dig into breakfast tacos and chilaquiles at Cafe del Sol; try cowboy omelets, Belgian waffles and breakfast criollo at Astor Farm to Table; share biscuit baskets and build-your-own omelets at The Oaks Kitchen & Bar; get a taste of New Orleans at The Rouxpour; load up on colossal chicken-fried steak & eggs and grizzly breakfast platters at Black Bear Diner; go French at Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe; fill up on pho and bo ne (Vietnamese steak & eggs) at Yummy Pho & Bo Ne; go for numbing Sichuan hot pots and Taiwanese beef noodle at Tiger Noodle House; grab pastries and coffee and Taiwanese-based bakery 85°C Bakery Cafe or the “world’s best cream puffs” at Beard Papa’s; feast on roti cani and curry laksa at Phat Eatery; get red oil dumplings and crispy mala beef at the new Katy outpost of Mala Sichuan Bistro; fill up on yakitori and sashimi at Tobiuo Sushi Bar; and get daily breakfast and weekend brunch classics at fan-favorite daytime cafes First Watch, Snappy’s Café & Grill, The Toasted Yolk, and Black Walnut Café.