Breakfast/Brunch in Houston, TX
Backstreet Cafe takes you back to a simpler time. With décor and finishings from the 1930s, you won't be able to help fall in love with this place. Brunch is available at Backstreet Cafe on both Saturday and Sunday. While the prices aren't cheap, you definitely get what you pay for because the food is excellent. We recommend the seared scallops entree or the pecan crusted chicken. If you're drinking, you can't go wrong with the fresh fruit sangria or the brandy milk. On Saturday, brunch is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday's brunch also ends at 3 p.m. but it starts one hour earlier at 10 a.m.
Search for a Sunday brunch buffet in Houston? Search no more! Baba Yega has a $21 buffet that includes everything you could want for brunch -- from an omelet station to a waffle bar, and from grilled fish to fruit blintzes. The restaurant is extremely casual and tends to draw an older crowd, especially for Sunday brunch. You can take your whole family, dress everyone in a t-shirt and shorts, and fit right in. While nothing about Baba Yega is fancy, the restaurant is clean, has an extremely friendly waitstaff and definitely has some subtle charm. The only drawback from my experiences is that it can sometimes be difficult to find parking in the area.
For a slice of Europe in the heart of Texas, look no further than Empire Cafe. The atmosphere is laidback but that doesn't mean this cafe isn't hard at working preparing wonderful options for both breakfast and brunch. Get the gingerbread waffle with strawberries and bananas -- you won't be disappointed. Or keep it simple with a fresh fruit platter with a coffee royale to add a little bit of kick to your day. Empire Cafe opens every day of the week at 7:30 a.m. Get there early to avoid the crowds and to snag one of their coveted outside tables.
For an inexpensive Sunday brunch in Houston, you can't beat Rio Ranch Restaurant. It costs less than $16 for adults and less than $9 for children between 6 and 12 years old. Kids younger than that get in free! Included in the buffet, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is everything from sticky buns to potato casserole to smoked salmon. Also, a farmers market fruit stand offers fresh parfaits and waffle fruit bowls. Rio Ranch Restaurant is in the Westchase neighborhood near the intersection of Westheimer Road and Briarpark Drive. Go to their website to check out the current special offers or to book a table online.
Situated in Midtown Houston, Farrago World Cuisine offers dishes from virtually every part of the globe. Prepared and their own special style, you'll be coming back again for more. Farrago World Cuisine opened in 2000 and is considered the go-to location in this area of town for a weekend brunch. Their tasty mimosas, which they describe as semi-bottomless, get rave reviews and so do many of their dishes including the breakfast pizza, the Hawaiian sweet red crab cakes and the smoked salmon omelet. Farrago World Cuisine's weekend buffet is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Bring the family or a special date.