Below is a list of my favorite places to get lunch and brunch in Houston! Although I love to cook at home, I’m constantly impressed with the food scene in Houston. I’ve learned that going out to eat is one of the main things people do in this city, especially as a social outing.
My list ranges from spots offering classic Texan staples, to organic smoothie bowls. Add some of them to your list to check out this weekend!
Local Foods — best food on earth aka trendy spot with bomb sandwiches + salads
Local Foods is hands down my go-to place for a satisfying meal. You must try the PRETZEL BUN. I could go on forever, but it is absolutely incredible. Local foods has many fan-favorites, such as the crunchy chicken salad, legendary chips, and even homemade kombucha.
Even better, you get two sides included if you order a sandwich, which is really a lot of food for a decent price. The most expensive thing I ever ordered here was a lunch special for $15, a vegan meatball sandwich (pictured above). It was absolutely worth it as it could easily be split into two meals. However, I’m a savage so I finished the whole thing… it was that good.
I really recommend trying the Garden Sammie as a salad. It’s basically this huge salad with juicy brussel sprouts, guac, hummus, pickled onions, and tomato. People don’t mess around at Local Foods, there are even multiple blog posts dedicated to these amazing menu items. If you haven’t been yet, now you know what to get for lunch tomorrow. There are a few spread out around Houston, so there is probably one in your range. The vibes are great at local foods – the interior design is fresh, and the outdoor seating is very inviting. Trust me, once you go to Local Foods, you will never wonder where to get the best brunch in Houston ever again.
Adair Kitchen — chicken & waffles to quinoa power bowls, this spot offers a huge selection of brunch faves
Brunch is Houston is not lacking with the amazing food offered at Adair Kitchen. I love to make my own salad here, usually with salmon on top. Their green goddess dressing is so addicting. I’m not a fan of oversaturated salad, but I always ask for extra dressing here! It’s seriously too good to pass up. If you don’t like ambiguity, you can try one of their salads or bowls listed on the menu. I’ve never had something I haven’t liked from here.
They also offer tons of other dishes. Their menu is HUGE, and if you haven’t seen it, you can get a sneak peek here. Everything you could dream of, right?
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations — intensely sweet & savory brunch items with killer bloody marys
I went here for a friend’s birthday brunch a few weeks ago and ordered the salmon hash. I loved how although it was a pretty meat-heavy menu, they still offered healthier dishes. My dish came packed full of healthy omega 3’s and protein. I was so stuffed by the end but somehow finished it all!
Bosscat also doubles as a whiskey bar, so if you’re into that, this is your spot. The interior is also really incredible, so even if you aren’t a big whiskey drinker or meat eater, it is worth coming here.
Pokéworks — fresh and fishy hawaiian-style poke bowls
How can you turn down a super filling meal filled with fish, veggies, tangy sauces, and crunchy toppings? There is something for everyone at Pokéworks.
You start by selecting a base, such as brown rice, sushi rice, cabbage, lettuce, or quinoa. Then you pick one or two types of fish, followed by a huge selection of ginger, seaweeds, fruit, and vegetables – then, you pick a sauce. My favorite is ponzu, which is a soy-based, orange flavored sauce. It always goes well with the salmon! Lastly, add some crunch on top if you’re feeling frisky, such as lotus chips or fried onion. Aaaand there you go! A deliciously huge and healthy bowl of goodness for just around $10… oh and they offer a student discount which is amazing. Pokéworks does not dissapoint.
Jenni’s Noodle House — tasty Asian fare
Jenni’s Noodle House is a favorite amongst Houstonians. I love coming here when I’m craving Asian comfort food, since there are tons of vegan and vegetarian options. You can get just about combination of noodles + protein, along with a bunch of little sides. This is always a great spot where you know the food will come out quick!
Pictured above is a dish with soba/buckwheat noodles and shrimp. The noodles at Jenni’s are out of this world. If you haven’t been yet, that should change ASAP.
Sustain Juicery — acai bowl + fresh pressed juice heaven
Last but not least on my list of the best lunch & brunch in Houston, is Sustain Juicery. This spot has the most amazing acai bowls I’ve ever had in Houston. What I like about them is they’re super customizable. All you do is select what you’d like a little slip of paper. I love this idea! They always arrange everything so aesthetically as well. For me, it always makes me feel good to eat food that looks nice. You can tell the acai bowls aren’t quickly thrown together, but rather exemplify mindfulness. Sustain is great if you’re looking for a post-workout meal, and it’s also super popular amongst fitness geaks.
The juices are also incredible, I just wish they were a bit cheaper since they usually run around $10. However, the nutrient-packed juices are definitely the best hangover cure which is priceless, right? Brunch in Houston isn’t complete without a juice! Anyways, if I’m splurging I’ll usually get the Revival juice. It’s made with kale, spinach, collard greens, cucumber, parsley, celery, ginger, lime, and cayenne. It has enough nutrients and vitamins to truly revitalize your body after a workout or if you just need some energy. Check it out!
I wish you all happy brunching