Houston

Pondicheri

Unique Indian fusion eats in modest portions and glitzy with creative yet spicy accents. This, for example, goes above the average scrambled eggs. Called Masala Eggs, it’s a tasty concoction of creamy scrambled eggs dotted with spinach, bell peppers, and aromas of Indian spice, with a piece of fresh carrot roti bread underneath.

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Common Bond

I love Common Bond’s website name: “We are Common Bond.” No kidding, Houston knows who y’all are. Famous for crackling, soft loaves of bread and posh brunch choices, this place is the kind of restaurant River Oaks mothers and daughters hobnob at. Prices are steep (like a croissant for 5 dollars) but oh, are they divine. The bread sampler plate is the most bang for your buck–only 4 dollars and provides a hefty selection of carbs alongside cheese, butter, and raspberry preserves.

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The Honeymoon 

This restaurant/coffee shop/bar has flapper vibes and plenty of marble accents, and the brunch fare is like striking a gold mine. Pair savory and sweet with smoked salmon latkes doused in hollandaise sauce and a mountainous bananas foster French toast topped with praline bacon. That’s right, you heard me. Caramelized, nutty, crispy bacon. To die for. (And truly not for the faint of heart.)

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Baby Barnaby’s

This is a neighborhood restaurant tucked inside a cramped house with bright colors. The green eggs (missed out on the ham game, unfortunately) are a popular hit but so are the migas. Actually, everything is stellar. Perfect diner-esque food with a hint of rustic goodness. Also, they give so many taters, it’s wondrous. Pro tip: sub the wheat toast for a golden biscuit!

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Dish Society

Yoga people and farm-to-table fanatics unite! Fresh, local foods dished together to create hearty brunch options that make us feel less guilty ingesting pork belly hash because of the quality ingredients. The avocado hollandaise sauce on the hash balances out the jalapeno fire quite nicely. Portion looks small, but the flavors pack an entire meal.

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