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It's a croissant. It's a waffle. It's a croissaffle topped with queso!

Image: Megha Tejpal

City pride alone was enough to guarantee that downtown bar Bovine & Barley would be a hit, thanks to its glowing, larger-than-life "HTX" sign. Add its killer location on Main Street, a full bar that includes local beers on tap, and a brand-new weekend brunch menu and we've got a keeper. While Bovine & Barley's happy hour specials and hopping late night scene have already made it a favorite among locals, it's an item on the weekend brunch menu that's making headlines. Meet the croissaffle.

Bovine & Barley is open for brunch on both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tasty selections include such hearty dishes as stuffed French toast made with fluffy pecan-crusted Texas toast and cream-cheese-and-strawberry filling, served with candied jalapeño bacon. The Bovine Cheese Melt is a Texas-sized sandwich made with katsu fried cheese sticks, smoked brisket and topped with a fried egg.

As the world of breakfast and brunch foods has recently been taken over by such unique creations as the cronut or the flagel (a flatbread and a bagel), Bovine & Barley does not disappoint with their croissaffle. The breakfast sandwich is composed of a buttery croissant stuffed with bologna and sharp cheddar, then pressed in a waffle iron and drizzled with queso and sweet strawberry pico. 

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The cream-cheese-and-strawberry-stuffed French toast is made for a Texas-sized appetite.

Image: Megha Tejpal

In addition to the over-the-top brunch selections, day drinking is highly encouraged at Bovine & Barley. Guests can score signature sips like the Doctored Bloody Mary, the You Call It Michelada and the Irish Coffee made with Irish whiskey, Katz coffee and cream along with tipples from the regular menu.

It's no secret Houstonians love a good brunch. What better time to eat than when French toast is at its fluffiest, croissants are pressed into waffles and mimosas are served until sundown? From craft cocktails to croissaffles, Bovine & Barley successfully keeps the party going all weekend in the HTX.

Bovine & Barley, 416 Main St., bovineandbarley.com

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