Living in Houston, you know that as long as it's not a hurricane or a heat wave, the weather outside is probably fabulous, which makes brunching al fresco a popular weekend activity in our city. There are countless places to enjoy a pancake stack or a Tex-Mex omelet with bottomless mimosas, but few that have a Bloody Mary which can make it onto our Extreme Eats radar...
Brick & Spoon
1312 W. Alabama St.
The Big Spoon Bloody Mary at Brick & Spoon in Montrose- a morning ritual unlike any other. With a choose-your-own-adventure-style menu, you have the option to pick from over 10 different vodkas (the Big Spoon itself is a double!), over 15 veggie garnishes, 10 meat and cheese garnishes including deviled eggs, and over 10 additional herbs and seasonings (as well as a choice of salt, peppered or plan rim). While vodka and five garnishes are included in the price of the cocktail, you can add as many additional toppings to take your Big Spoon Bloody Mary to the, well, extreme.
Tucked away near the University of St. Thomas in Montrose, Brick & Spoon is a modest, yet alluring cafe with a diverse menu and full bar. What it lacks in size, it makes up in style with an art deco feel and shaded patio overlooking West Alabama. Open daily until 3 p.m., it serves as one of Houston's premiere brunch destinations. The open air space features live music on the weekends and a variety of brunch cocktails in addition to the Big Spoon Bloody Mary. The food menu pairs well with the Texas sized cocktails—indulging in the oversized chimichurri cheeseburger on brioche bun is no small task to undertake! The deviled eggs topped with fried Louisiana oysters also make for a hearty starter plate.
Unless you're an early bird or you plan on celebrating Thirsty Thursday at Brick & Spoon, be prepared to wait for a table on weekends. The more pleasant the weather, the more crowded the patio. Brick & Spoon is even a dog-friendly space and within easy walking distance to Rothko Chapel and the Menil Collection exhibits, if you decide to make a day of it. And if you do go the extreme route with your Big Spoon Bloody Mary, I do suggest taking on the adventure over the weekend...no matter how many garnishes you get, the double-dose of vodka will creep up on you!