Hey everyone! It's Claire :)
Today I would like to share 7 best Houston Brunch Spots I love!
Oh btw, did you know that today is National Almond Day? (wonder how these days are created)
Although I am not a big fan of almonds, these are actually good for you. Not only they are a good source of vitamin and protein, they make great snacks (an alternative for junk food).
1 fun fact about me: I love almond milk but I don't like almonds.. hehe
Okayyy, let's get right into these. Read more below!
1. Menil Bistro
This European-American restaurant is a great spot to have brunch or just a cup of coffee. It tends to get a bit busy during lunch hours because of the museums around it. (One is Menil Collection and another one is Houston Center of Photography. Both of them are free admission! You should go check it out! Both are so interesting.)
Coming back to the restaurant, I love their interior - it is modern and contemporary. I went here for brunch. The way they plate the food is pretty and staffs were friendly as well.
2. Backstreet Cafe
As the restaurant name, it is located in the corner of the street. They have both indoor and outdoor seatings. Outdoor seating doesn't get cold since they have wind protectors and strong heaters. If the ambience of the indoors are classy, dining outdoors will be memorable since the lighting makes it as if you are inside a movie.
**If you are wondering what to wear, check out my Pinterest Fashion Board right here!
(You are not the only one who's crazy w/ cute outfits & struggling on what to wear.)
3. Black Walnut Cafe
If you are looking for a casual but chill place, this is it. Located in the rice village area, it's one of my go-to places. Unlike with two restaurants above, Black Walnut Cafe is more of a casual attire and comfortable place. Once you step inside, on the left you will see tables, and on the right you will see couches. Normally people are on their laptops or reading newspapers at the couch area. You order, pay, & receive the number; they will bring you the food. Other than that, there's nothing really to comment about the service since it's all on you. I found the portion to be pretty large. They also sell gelato ice cream which is an added bonus (since we crave for desserts after)!
4. La Madeleine
Another cozy & casual restaurant in rice village! Yay. Similar to Black Walnut Cafe, La Madeleine is a self-service type of place except they bring you the food. They have front and back entrance for this location and it doesn't really matter whichever door you use. Normally during brunch, there's a long line (but it isn't too bad). They have a lot to choose from - I love their sandwich & salad. They have soups & bread as well. I've been here at least 5 times and every time I went, I remember that their lighting is perfect for Instagram (#food).
**Rice Village District is the open-area mall where you can not only dine, but also shop. Some of the retail stores they have are Urban Outfitters, Victoria Secret, & here are others. They have this cute shop - Lily Rain - you should definitely visit! They have adorable and girly/artsy things!!
5. Ruggles Green
If you are looking for a casual, healthy, but delicious brunch place, you may want to try this place. Not only they have a lot to choose from, their food portions are huge and service is great. Though it tends to be really busy, the line shrinks fast, as well as, you will have places to sit either indoors or outdoors. I love their fresh salad! In the appetizer section, I tried the mini crab cakes. They were really good but fried (so it might make you full before even eating your entree).
**Ruggles Green is located inside City Centre (which is another open-area mall + movies, but further from Houston downtown). The main difference between Rice Village and City Centre are the lights and restaurant scale. City Centre has more lights/decorations and higher-end restaurants compared to rice village. Rice village is casual whereas City centre is "girls night out" or "friends night out" type of place.
6. Tiny Boxwood's Cafe
Definitely a neighborhood gem cafe! (and it's in the neighborhood). I love the fact that Tiny Boxwood's Cafe is surrounded by with nature (leaves and branches). When you go in, you order, pay, and wait for you food. The menu doesn't have a price written next to it so you might want to ask if you are curious. The place is pretty huge and they also have outside patio where you can sit. The berry salad I order was so delicious, fresh, and healthy. Not only for brunch, but I feel like because of its gorgeous interior, I think it will be great for anniversaries, birthdays, and dinner dates as well! Oh, and literally right next to this restaurant, there's a small handmade shop if you want to go.
7. Weights + Measures
Another brunch gem in Midtown! Busy place, so make reservation with OpenTable if you can! They have two different entrances - confusing, the right one is coming from the back, not through the outdoor patio (but I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter). On one side, they have family tables, in the middle they have high tables (usually for big groups), and at the back, they have a full bar. The service was great, considering how busy it was. Food was rich in taste, and I loved it! I definitely would like to go back if they expanded their parking lot....
Comment down below where's your favorite brunch spot is!
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