Eat On These Brunches – The Rice Thresher

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By Morgan Gage and Michelle Gachelin 08/30/22 11:30 PM

Brunch is an art, from building the perfect group of friends to finding a moment in the midst of busy schedules to dine together. But above all, there is an art to choosing the perfect restaurant to visit. With so many options in Houston, even the range of choices can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve visited these four popular brunch spots to offer the scoop on each’s appeal.

Snooze, an AM restaurant

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With more than fifty locations across the United States and a two-hour waiting list standard, Snooze isn’t actually sleepy – in fact, we recommend getting there before 10 a.m. to beat the crowds. There’s something for everyone on their menu, which features vegan breakfast classics with unique flavor combinations, in addition to Southern-inspired staples (shrimp and oatmeal, anyone?) and even lattes and cocktails. Seasonal dishes like prosciutto toast with burrata are also worth trying. Those with a sweet tooth should order the Pancake Flight, which lets you sample three of your choice – we love the sweet potato and upside-down pineapple flavors. In honor of International Bacon Day and Back to School, Snooze will donate up to $25,000 from sales of its bacon and egg pancakes of the week to No Kid Hungry. Be sure to get there before September 3 for a snack while benefiting a good cause.

Tiny’s No. 5

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This University of the West gem offers sophisticated American-style fare in an airy, rustic-chic venue where we imagined we’d hold our bridal showers. While their buttermilk pancakes and other breakfast staples may lack the creativity that Snooze has mastered, the food is neatly presented and comes in generous portions. Their neighboring bakery, aptly named Milk & Cookies, offers the perfect chocolate chip cookie – crispy on the edges but soft in the center. They also do some of the best mint chocolate chip ice cream we have ever tasted. All in all, this brunch spot is a go-to for its solid food options, charming outdoor patio, and irresistible treats.

the breakfast club

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The Thresher previously highlighted this Houston staple on our list of black-owned restaurants near Rice. With generous portions, we certainly didn’t leave the breakfast club hungry, and we each had leftovers to take with us. Visitors who drive will be pleased to find ample parking a short walk from the restaurant. If you’re visiting on a weekend, be prepared for a line beyond the building, but that’s more than offset by prompt counter service as soon as guests pass through the entrance and plenty of food. water is available in the hot summer sun. On top of that, the menu offers mouth-watering Southern breakfast dishes. We had the “wings and waffles” and “katfish and grits,” and these are popular orders for good reason. Each of the dishes was amazing and explained exactly why people frequented the restaurant for brunch. Get one of their homemade lemonade bottles – some of the best we’ve ever had – or another drink from their menu as a treat.

Restaurant Avalon

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As innovative as inventive breakfast dishes may seem, sometimes classic is the way to go. Visit the Avalon Diner for a basic breakfast or other quintessential American fare in a classic setting. With affordable prices compared to many brunch restaurants frequented by Rice’s students, hopefully it won’t put as much strain on student budgets. Their omelettes, starting at $10.45, were overflowing with toppings, and their pancakes and other breakfast items were served deliciously. To end the meal on a sweet note, Avalon Diner also offers a selection of milkshakes and other frozen treats on the menu.

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