Best Restaurants 2019

The 6 Best New Breakfast and Dessert Spots

Wake up and wind down at these eateries.

By Timothy Malcolm and Gwendolyn Knapp September 25, 2019 Published in the October 2019 issue of Houstonia Magazine

The Morning Routine


  • The digs: French-inspired café with gold accents
  • Look for: The treasure-filled bakery case
  • The crowd: 8 a.m. business meeting? Why, yes.
  • On the menu: Scrambled eggs, frittatas, warm pastries
  • Must-order: Parisian Breakfast (eggs with prosciutto and thyme-spiced roasted potatoes), paired with a Southside Coffee Roasters espresso.

EggHaus Gourmet

  • The digs: Instagram-friendly breakfast shop
  • Look for: The neon EggHaus sign
  • The crowd: Post-workout and pre-workday neighborhood folks
  • On the menu: Egg sandwiches, kolaches with King's sausages, gold-flecked croissants
  • Must-order: Hangover Sandwich—egg, queso fresco, and beer-simmered shredded chicken

Image: Baylea Jones


  • The digs: Cute Cuban-inspired coffee joint with a mid-century twist
  • Look for: The wall menu, written out with oversized Scrabble tiles
  • The crowd: Your soon-to-be best friends
  • On the menu: Good coffee, craft cocktails, breakfast tacos
  • Must-order: The pan con aguacate, best described as avocado toast on a blue corn tortilla, with a guava de olla—guava cream, almond milk, and matcha

The Evening Routine


  • The digs: Nouveau malt shop
  • Look for: Yes, that giant ice cream cone is a trashcan
  • The crowd: Influencers and older Persian dudes. Houston!
  • On the menu: Gelato, sundaes, and shakes
  • Must-order: The namesake booza—stretchy, rich Middle Eastern ice cream, in flavors like Turkish coffee, ishta (sweet cream), and orange blossom

Milk + Sugar

  • The digs: Hipster-schoolhouse ice cream shop
  • Look for: A+ astronaut chalk art
  • The crowd: Everyone you just saw at Paulie's. 
  • On the menu: Flavors with clever names, plus brown-butter waffle cones
  • Must-order: Cereal Milk, a creamy, sweet scoop clustered with crunchy Frosted Flakes

Snowy Village

  • The digs: Sleek Asiatown café
  • Look for: BTS vids on flat-screen TVs. Control yourself.
  • The crowd: Teens and their phones
  • On the menu: Bubble tea, s'mores toast, Korean shaved ice
  • Must-order: The taiyaki, a flaky pastry griddled in the shape of a koi, filled with not-too-sweet egg custard or Nutella
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