Where to Celebrate Sunday Funday on North Shepherd in the Heights

A bar interior with Godzilla mural and hanging lanterns
Courtesy of Blue Sushi Sake Grill at M-K-T

Houston is a great place to unwind. In this series, we’ll hop from neighborhood to neighborhood, diving into the fun and tasty ways to join in on the time-honored tradition of Sunday Funday, from brunch to live music and more.

The strip of North Shepherd in the Heights has undergone a huge transformation in the last few years, becoming one of the hottest streets in the city thanks to its burgeoning bar and restaurant scene.

Visit and see what Sunday Funday amusements are waiting.

Sunday Funday on North Shepherd in the Heights

Courtesy of Squable

Brunch & brunch some more down North Shepherd

Standout Sunday brunch options are a huge part of this area’s draw. 

Squable offers what is easily one of the best brunches in town—think Dutch baby pancake with maple butter, oyster mushroom hash, and an oozing egg-topped lè brunch burger—and it sits just off North Shepherd on 19th.

Nearby, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery is your go-to spot for pancakes, eggs benny, and boozy coffee cocktails; and Katz’s has got you covered for stacked New York–style deli sandwiches and breakfast plates bigger than Texas, even late into the night (it’s open 24/7). 

Superica is where you can enjoy a Tex-Mex brunch with Chelada cocktails, huevos rancheros, and fiery migas; and La Lucha has got juicy fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and wood-roasted Gulf oysters for days.

Or if burgers, tacos and beer are your idea of a good brunch, then check out The Burger Joint and sibling establishment The Taco Stand to find exactly what you desire.

A covered patio with rows of table seating
Courtesy of Heights Bier Garten

Unwind or wind up at a patio bar

Sibling bars Heights Bier Garten and Worcester’s Annex have a perfectly poised (and shaded) Sunday Funday patio space sitting in between. Pop in to sip fresh taps of perfectly chilled craft beers from the biergarten, score refreshing and balanced craft cocktails from the annex, and munch on fried bologna breakfast sandwiches, housemade pretzels, and pimiento cheese patty melts.

Frozen cocktails and weekend Bloodys and Mimosas are up for grabs at fun-loving patio bar Tikila’s, as are swing seats, cabana beds, and bottle service.

East of North Shepherd on Patterson Street, the fun-loving Patterson Park is 21-and-up only, offering killer drinks from Oaxacan Old Fashioneds to Hibiscus Bees Knees (plus a full list of beer and wine), rotating food trucks, and a supercool tree house patio.

A hand reaching for a crawfish from a bowl of seasoned seafood
Courtesy of Crawfish Cafe

Suck down Viet-Cajun crawfish

Viet-Cajun crawfish favorite Crawfish Cafe is open year-round, offering you the chance to pinch, peel and suckdown mudbugs, shrimp, crab legs, mussels, and littleneck clams in house flavors like Garlic Butter, Kickin’ Cajun, and Coco Loco.

Crack ‘em and tack on eats from crawfish egg rolls and boudin to fried lobster tail and crawfish fried rice (and don’t forget some banh mi to soak up all the juices).

Shoppers walk past storefronts
Courtesy of M-K-T

Shop, dine & drink at M-K-T

Sitting across four acres right off the Heights Hike and Bike Trail, the fresh-faced M-K-T development rocks coffee and ice cream shops, boutiques from BURDLIFE to Chloe Dao, wellness shops and studios, and plenty of dining and boozing options.

Sip beers and get elevated pub grub at Highline Park, go for all day brunch at Homestead Kitchen & Bar, get tongue-tingling Sichuan fare at Mala Sichuan, go for sushi and sake at Blue Sushi Sake Grill, or slurp some Rakkan Ramen.

A glass of beer among coasters with brewery logos
Courtesy of Elder Son Brewing Co.

Sip fresh from the tap craft suds at a local brewery 

Rocking classic styles of beers, with an emphasis on the dark-side, Elder Son Brewing Co. is a choice hangout for a chill Sunday Funday.

Hit the pups-welcome patio to drink your way through the various styles—from the crushable Darby Pub Ale to the New England–style Juice is no Excuse IPA—and grab food from one of the food trucks.

Sunday taproom hours run noon to 7 pm.

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .