Where to Brunch near Washington Avenue & Memorial Park

A shaded outdoor patio filled with patrons during the daytime
Fuel up on brunch classics at FM Kitchen & Bar along Washington Avenue | Courtesy of FM Kitchen & Bar

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

The strip along Washington Avenue, stretching from Downtown through Memorial Park, has seen a revival in recent years.

It’s now a jungle of mixed-use developments, art studios and theaters, homes and apartment complexes, the massive Sawyer Yards, and plenty of excellent places to brunch.

Note: For purposes of this list, the Washington Corridor and Memorial Park runs along Washington Avenue from Memorial Park to I-45, with I-10 to the north and the Buffalo Bayou to the south.

Where to Brunch near Washington Avenue & Memorial Park

Oyster and slab bacon stacked on a half shell
Carpet Bagger Benedict | Courtesy of B&B Butcher & Restaurant

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

B&B Butchers & Restaurant’s epic brunch is best experienced al fresco on the rooftop.

Dine on signatures like the Carpet Bagger Benedict topped with fried oysters, slab bacon, filet and hot sauce; Apple Crisp Waffles with pecan-bacon crumble; and juice-dripping Truffle Burgers with truffle butter, truffle aoili, and triple-onion jam.

Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm.

An outdoor patio with a circle of seating and stairs leading to a restaurant
Grab a bayou-side seat for your next brunch on the sprawling patio of Brenner’s on the Bayou | Courtesy of Brenner’s on the Bayou

Brenner’s on the Bayou  

Enjoy brunch with a side of bayou beauty at the picturesque Brenner’s on the Bayou, set in a lodge right on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou.

It’s all about Southern hospitality here, with “Bayou Bloodys,” Country Fried Chicken & Biscuits, Crab Cake Benedict, and Texas Breakfast with brisket, poblano potato hash, and eggs your way, (plus your favorite steaks, of course).

Sunday 11am to 3pm.

Two halves of a sandwich on a plate with a Cuban flag toothpick
Courtesy of Buena Vista Cuban Cafe

Buena Vista Cuban Cafe

Weekend brunch is high-energy and tasty at buzzy Cuban kitchen Buena Vista.

Dine on pressed Cuban sandwiches, Quatro Leche French Toast, Churrasco & Eggs with chimichurri, and crispy Tostones alongside Cortaditos and Sangria Espanola. Live music or DJ entertainment kicks off at noon.

Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm.

Short Ribs Eggs Benedict | Courtesy of Federal American Grill

Federal American Grill

A few blocks south of Washington on Shepherd, Federal American Grill is a classy brunch destination. 

Start with a Kir Royale or Cajun Bloody Mary to pair with brunch plates from Crab Cake or Short Rib Eggs Benedict to Creme Brulee French Toast.

Saturday 11am to 3pm; Sunday 10am to 3pm.

Chicken Fried Chicken Biscuit | Courtesy of FM Kitchen & Bar

FM Kitchen & Bar

Rocking a patio with murals and yard games, plus plenty of good booze, there’s more than fantastic burgers at neighborhood standby FM Kitchen & Bar.

At brunch, you’ll find delights like Avocado Toast, Migas and Chilaquiles, Buttermilk Waffles, and smothered CFS & Eggs.

Add a Bro-mosa or spicy Bloody Mary, or get an energy boost with a Hangover Iced Coffee.

Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm.

Chicken Fried Steak | Courtesy of Killen’s


Southern Style Chicken Biscuits, Pulled Pork Deviled Eggs, Huevos Rancheros, and Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs are just some of the gut-busting specialties you can devour at chef and restaurateur Ronnie Killen’s namesake, Killen’s, just off Washington and Heights Boulevard.

Make sure to come hungry (and save room for some Banana Pudding).

Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Famous Southern Fried Chicken | Courtesy of Max’s Wine Dive

Max’s Wine Dive

Brunch isn’t the same without fried chicken and champagne, so head to Max’s Wine Dive and get both.

Order mimosas by the glass or get a full (and reasonably-priced) bottle of bubbly and Max’s will bring out the juices.

Next, you can grub on Max’s jalapeño-buttermilk marinated Famous Southern Fried Chicken, Chicken Fried Lobster Tail, and Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. Another house favorite? The massive Fried Egg Sandwich, stacked with a trio of fried eggs, smoked bacon, a blend of melted parm, gruyere, provolone and white cheddar, and some black truffle aioli, to boot.

Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

More Great Brunch Options near Washington Avenue & Memorial Park

Enjoy a boozy brunch at Bayou Heights Biergarten; go big on Mexican-style brunch plates at El Tiempo Cantina; fill up on breakfast tacos at Laredo Taqueria and Tacodeli; snag breakfast at the new outpost of local favorite Spanish Flowers or kid-friendly Toasted Yolk Cafe; see why Truth BBQ is known to sell out; and have a Sunday Funday at spots like Clutch Bar, Henderson Heights, and Julep.

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Brooke Viggiano
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 .