Snooze A.M. Eatery

One of my favorite things about Houston is the surplus of amazing restaurants that call this place home. Snooze A.M. Eatery has finally made the right decision and landed a primetime spot in the Montrose area. (If only In n Out would follow suit.) Snooze A.M. Eatery began in Denver, Colorado circa 2006. They have locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Texas (Austin & Houston). I actually had a chance to speak with their corporate trainer and she let me know they plan to open a Dallas location next year! They are open 6:30am to 2:30pm daily and as long as you are on the list before 2:30 you will be seated and served.

Food

The menu is very creative. Snooze A.M. Reminds me of Another Broken Egg Cafe but without the old-timer menu options. I enjoyed the creativity and the many options. I usually don’t like expansive menus but the difference between each item is enough to please any brunch goer.


I ordered the Havana Day Dreaming — an open face breakfast sandwich featuring free- range pulled pork, shaved ham, gruyère cheese, homemade pickles, sunny-side up egg with Dijon hollandaise served on a ciabatta roll. People told me about how good the food was here but I thought it was a boost. This was one of the best sandwiches I ever had. The balance of all the flavors come together to create a knife and fork sandwich for the ages. The tender, naturally salted pork combined with the equally tasty gruyère cheese culminates perfectly with the creamy Dijon hollandaise and the yolk from the sunny side up egg. I absolutely loved it.

Libations

Although this place does not have bottomless mimosas…their mimosas are amazingly good and they do have champagne on tap. I need to contact corporate to see how to get one of these for the house (*sets reminder*). I enjoyed 3 of their mimosas, of course, the Original mimosa. I also had the Palomimosa and the Mmm Mmm Mimosa. The Palomimosa consists of champagne, tequila, Saint Germaine Liquer and grapefruit juice. It was a very different taste than anything I’ve had but I enjoyed it, and the mix of all the alcohol will get you where you need to be, as long as you’re ok with 8 bucks a glass. Not a big deal…but you know, bottomless is the Brunchaholics default! The Mmm Mmm Mimosa is just the regular mimosa with pomegranate Liquer added. Good flavor but wasn’t impressed. I might as well have gotten the regular one and called it a day.


Service

I sat at the bar for my first time and loved it. My biggest complaint would be the ridiculous wait. When I first arrived I thought the wait was long because of how long people were eating, but I soon found the bottleneck to be the kitchen. The kitchen takes entirely too long to get food out. While waiting for a seat (2 hours) most of the patrons were not served for 30-40 minutes. If the kitchen cuts that time in half they could gain a lot more business. I mean let’s be honest, it’s breakfast food. It takes little to no time to make.

Even with the lack of kitchen effiency I thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The bar staff was very friendly and accommodating. I will be back to try their Benedict’s and French Toast which I noticed to be the crowd favorite.

Snooze A.M eatery gets a 4 out of 5 from me.

Brunchaholics out!

Pie 314 Lewisville/ The Colony, TX

Pie 314 is hidden in an amazing community in Lewisville/The Colony. As you drive, make sure to take a tour of the houses because they are amazing! I’m talking golf courses and laden landscapes galore. It’s hidden inside a shopping center which is hidden inside the neighborhood. It’s a treasure chest of shopping if you will. The atmosphere is very laid back and open. Outside seating is provided with fans for the hot summer months. It’s a very good place to bring family, whether it be during lunch or dinner. They add a white overlay to the tablecloths for the children for drawing, while waiting on their food. They even have the game Southside similar to Social House that keeps the fun going. This was literally the best service I’ve ever been given by the way —our waiter Shayne, best ever. 


Food

Their brunch menu is simple and straight to the point. I ordered the brisket and biscuits, as well as the breakfast tacos which came highly recommended by the waiter and rightfully so because they were amazing! Such fresh decadent ingredients…and the tacos were top of the line; easily some of the best tacos I’ve ever had.


Now back to the brisket and biscuits….. speechless…and I mean that in a good way. Not only do you get homemade country gravy but you also get brisket in its own BBQ sauce along with your choice style of 2 eggs. I went with the soft scramble with cheese which was incorporated into the meal. I may have been one of the first to order due to the waiter’s confusion initially, but best believe they delivered. In addition to the amazing menu items I had, they also have french toast with captain crunch berries (Inside Out French Toast) and the Killer WitsI will be back to try them all. Their pizza is to die for by the way, and I may have to write a separate blog post just on that.


Libations

$10 bottomless mimosas…what more do I need to say?! I’m almost sure they have an orange juice machine that sprays little amounts into pools of champagne. I mean, they already have my taste buds tingling with the food and now my sobriety is near the edge! The mimosas are banging and you don’t even have to order a brunch entree to enjoy them.


5 out of 5. Pie 314 easily made the Brunchaholics Best of 2016, and we’re not even done for the year!

Lucille’s – Houston, TX

Lucille’s is located in the 3rd ward of Houston in what seems to be a remodeled house turned into a restaurant. How is that possible you ask? Well, Houston doesn’t have zoning laws so anything goes. I love the concept of it. 

Lucille’s has a very small and intimate setting with a bar to sit at if you show up before your party. They are closed on Mondays but open every other day of the week, with brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays.


Food

Their brunch menu is small but effective. They have a down home comfort food approach to brunch which I can appreciate. 

I ordered the Green Eggs and Ham as well the fish and grits. The green eggs and ham was delicious. I like eccentric takes on meals and this definitely fills that category. They give you an herb seasoned omelette (green eggs) and sous vide pork belly (ham); the omelette was very tasty and fresh. Cooked perfectly. It also came with goat cheese and hollandaise. The goat cheese combined with the hollandaise gave a perfect balance to the pork belly and omelette. I will definitely be back for this meal.


The second offering was the fish and grits — a fried catfish fillet with grits and eggs. The batter on the catfish had really good flavor but was too much in my opinion. Slicing into the fish was more of a hassle with having to fight through the thick crust. The eggs were not seasoned at all but were cooked very well. The grits were creamy which I liked. I believe Lucille’s knows that some people like the option of either having their grits seasoned or sweetened with sugar, but the creamy balance they achieved was good on its own. If you added anything to the grits it would just enhance the experience.


Libations

Lucille’s offers mimosas and sangria for their brunch beverages. Unfortunately, there is no bottomless or carafe option, but the mimosas were decent. However, for $6 per glass you would think they would use more of an upscale champagne rather than Wycliffe. Don’t get me wrong, Wycliffe is pretty good, but at $6 a glass I may as well go to the store and buy my own champagne and orange  juice.


All in all I enjoyed Lucille’s and will be back to try more menu options. If you are looking for a quiet, calm setting with good food then this is the place. Just make sure you get there before noon. I went on a Sunday and the after church crowd fills the place up!

Lucille’s receives a 4 out of 5.
Brunchaholics Out!!!

Another Broken Egg Cafe – Pearland, TX

Another Broken Egg Cafe just recently opened in Pearland so I decided to check it out. It’s a part of a shopping center adding to the allure of what some call “new Pearland” near 518/Broadway and 288.
It’s a very small location and truly feels like an intimate cafe setting, staying true to their name and theme. Open 7 days a week 7am – 2pm, breakfast and lunch is served daily there, and yes… they serve mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

Libations


I tried the regular mimosa first. Smooth. Good balance of bubbles and orange juice. They use Wycliffe champagne which is relatively cheap, but a much better taste and quality than your usual dose of Andre’ aka the $5 headache. After that I had the Orange Marmalade mimosa which was a nice switch up. It was definitely different from the usual mimosas that just use a different juice or flavor. It came with orange marmalade in the bottom and St. Germaine Elderflower liquer with orange juice on top. It slightly reminds me of an old-fashioned. Again, definitely a different taste but it’s good and will have you feeling right so I definitely suggest you try one.
They also have Bloody Mary’s and Bellinis if that’s better suits your fancy.


Food

Another Broken Egg Cafe has a very well-rounded menu. I decided on the Big Lucy Omelette with a side of biscuits and gravy. I know this place is new so I hope that’s why the omelette lacked anything resembling seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic — there was none of that. Luckily the salsa and Cholula provided were enough to satisfy my taste buds. The biscuits and gravy (in-house, along with in-house sausage) on the other hand were amazing. I wish I would have just gotten that as my meal instead. I’m a big fan of scratch-made food so this was a huge plus. I definitely recommend the biscuits and gravy to anyone who goes.


Conclusion

In conclusion, I will be back at Another Broken Egg Cafe, but I hope they see this post and make a few improvements  in the kitchen. With that being said, Another Broken Egg Cafe gets a 3 out of 5.

Brunchaholics out!!!

At Home Brunch Recipes – Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict is a  Brunch classic and with many variations. You can substitute the ham for just about any protein you want so I suggest playing around with different iterations to find your fix. Please watch the video below provided by All Recipes




As with any recipe and cooking in general; always make it your own. Never be afraid to add your ow twist. Enjoy!!

If you learn better by reading or just want to be vigilant in your preparation here is the link for step by step written directions: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17205/eggs-benedict/ 

Grazia – Pearland, TX

Grazia is a small Italian restaurant in the growing Pearland area with amazing pizza, amazing wine selection, and authentic Italian recipes. I recently went there for dinner and returned once I found out they offered brunch.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere is amazing! Very romantic setting – low lit with a brick fire pizza oven in the center. If you go during the week they have a prohibition style event they do by request Monday through Wednesday. You have to call Grazia to set this up. Supposedly, they have hidden tunnels inside and secret compartments. I’m definitely looking forward to attending one of these events one day.
The place is pretty small so make a reservation or call early if you are going for dinner. As far as brunch, their hours are only 11-1PM on Sundays, but I’ve never seen it packed during those hours.

Food

I went to brunch here twice to get a feel of the plates and drinks, plus it’s down the street from my house so it’s a convienent location.

The first time I went I had the Sicilian omelette.

The second time I went I had the country fried Ribeye. After having the omelette, I was excited to try this entree. I’m a a big fan of country fried anything so this was right up my alley. Sadly, I was dissapointed by the meal. The breading on the steak was mushy as if it had been sitting for a while or possibly kept in a warmer. The gravy was not flavored at all. With that being said, the mashed potatoes were very tasty – a buttery garlic decadent form of potatoes. The egg on top should have been cooked more with some salt and pepper added. Multiple patrons told me it was “THE dish” to order, but I was left wanting more flavor and much better execution.


Drinks

If you’ve read some of my earlier posts you know that I am not a fan of Bloody Mary’s. I just don’t think tomato should be involved anywhere near a drink (don’t let V8 fool you) – especially not alcohol. However, since I started this blog I told myself I would be open-minded and try a few.

Grazia prides themselves on their Bloody Mary’s and deservedly so. If you’re into Bloody Mary’s this is the place to go. I was impressed. It definitely changed my opinion of Bloody Mary’s. I expected Bloody Mary’s to be straight up disgusting, but it wasn’t. So I’ll probably order more in the future… maybe lol.


They also have a mimosa special similar to Cyclone Anaya’s – $10 with penny refills. Can’t beat that! There’s only one bartender so you may have to wait a little bit, but nothing so bad you’ll be turned off from the place. They have very good service and get their food out pretty quickly.

After two visits, I loved the mimosas but the food I had needed some more work. I would rather come here for dinner instead of brunch, but if you want a few mimosas or a Bloody Mary I suggest you check it out. Who knows, maybe I just came on a bad day.

Grazia: 3 out of 5

Brunchaholics OUT!

Nick & Sam's Grill – Dallas, TX

Now when it comes to Nick & Sam’s there are multiple locations. I was saddened to find out they closed the Uptown location which was the first I went to a few years back. I believe I had seafood and spinach enchiladas (on special that day) and about 3 carafes. Safe to say it was a good day, but this review is about a different location located near the Addison area off of Preston road.


Atmosphere

Now when I say this place is nice. THIS PLACE IS NICE!!! In fact, one of the nicest brunches I’ve been to. They have an open kitchen and an upscale set up that a date would be proud to be brought to. It is definitely not a place to show up looking like a slouch. I would compare it to one of my older reviews, 51fifteen, in the Houston Galleria area.


Food

As I have been pleasantly finding out, Dallas knows how to do brunch. Nick & Sam’s menu is creative but simple. They’re known for their steaks and pizza, so I ordered something that was true to their culture. I decided on the breakfast pizza, which I’ve never ordered because I honestly never had faith in it. To me, it just doesn’t make sense as an upscale brunch item. It usually reminds me of an old cafeteria lunch breakfast pizza coming from the the bearded lady with the white apron (no offense 😐). Anyways, the waiter finally sold me on it, plus I was trying to stray away from the cliche chicken and waffles anyway. My fellow Brunchaholics ordered the Captain Crunch crusted French toast and the ABC omelette (other top brunch sellers).

 

Nick & Sam’s – Eggs Benny

 

Now I know I talked down on the idea of a breakfast pizza earlier. But when it arrived… BOYYYYYY  I could not stop eating it. Literally. I ate the whole pizza in one sitting. I’m not even sure if I was breathing between the time I started and finished. It was the sh**!! I mean, ff I had a choice between one night with Meagan Good and this pizza, I might be at odds. (I’m lying, I love Meagan Good, but it’s that f****** good.) The over easy eggs with the cheese and arugula were everything, and surprisingly, the marinara was light but didn’t ruin the taste. I’ve got to try out their regular pizza the next time I go back.
My fellow Brunchaholics loved their food as well. The French toast was melt in your mouth good and the omelette was cooked great, which I hold to a high standard.

 

Nick & Sam’s – Captain Crunch French Toast

I hate over cooked omelettes. You know, when the egg is all crunchy and the texture is like sand paper. Omelettes are supposed to be somewhat creamy and fluffy and fork tender like a buttery steak. Kudos to these guys for handling business in the kitchen.

 

Nick & Sam’s – ‘ABC’ Scramble



Drinks
Nick & Sam’s sells the orange crack by the carafe. They are not stingy with the champagne by any means. 1-2 carafes will have you appreciating the libations, so drink with caution. Then again, as a good friend of mine says “you ain’t drinking to get sober”.

At the end of the day I have no complaints about Nick & Sam’s. I will be back.


5 out of 5 for the greatness I experienced here. On all levels — from hostess to waiter to the kitchen. The bartender was cool too. Brunch is only on Sunday’s so don’t come looking for this on a Saturday!!

Brunchaholics Out!!

Nick & Sam’s Grill – Dallas, TX

Now when it comes to Nick & Sam’s there are multiple locations. I was saddened to find out they closed the Uptown location which was the first I went to a few years back. I believe I had seafood and spinach enchiladas (on special that day) and about 3 carafes. Safe to say it was a good day, but this review is about a different location located near the Addison area off of Preston road.


Atmosphere

Now when I say this place is nice. THIS PLACE IS NICE!!! In fact, one of the nicest brunches I’ve been to. They have an open kitchen and an upscale set up that a date would be proud to be brought to. It is definitely not a place to show up looking like a slouch. I would compare it to one of my older reviews, 51fifteen, in the Houston Galleria area.


Food

As I have been pleasantly finding out, Dallas knows how to do brunch. Nick & Sam’s menu is creative but simple. They’re known for their steaks and pizza, so I ordered something that was true to their culture. I decided on the breakfast pizza, which I’ve never ordered because I honestly never had faith in it. To me, it just doesn’t make sense as an upscale brunch item. It usually reminds me of an old cafeteria lunch breakfast pizza coming from the the bearded lady with the white apron (no offense 😐). Anyways, the waiter finally sold me on it, plus I was trying to stray away from the cliche chicken and waffles anyway. My fellow Brunchaholics ordered the Captain Crunch crusted French toast and the ABC omelette (other top brunch sellers).

 

Nick & Sam’s – Eggs Benny

 

Now I know I talked down on the idea of a breakfast pizza earlier. But when it arrived… BOYYYYYY  I could not stop eating it. Literally. I ate the whole pizza in one sitting. I’m not even sure if I was breathing between the time I started and finished. It was the sh**!! I mean, ff I had a choice between one night with Meagan Good and this pizza, I might be at odds. (I’m lying, I love Meagan Good, but it’s that f****** good.) The over easy eggs with the cheese and arugula were everything, and surprisingly, the marinara was light but didn’t ruin the taste. I’ve got to try out their regular pizza the next time I go back.
My fellow Brunchaholics loved their food as well. The French toast was melt in your mouth good and the omelette was cooked great, which I hold to a high standard.

 

Nick & Sam’s – Captain Crunch French Toast

I hate over cooked omelettes. You know, when the egg is all crunchy and the texture is like sand paper. Omelettes are supposed to be somewhat creamy and fluffy and fork tender like a buttery steak. Kudos to these guys for handling business in the kitchen.

 

Nick & Sam’s – ‘ABC’ Scramble



Drinks
Nick & Sam’s sells the orange crack by the carafe. They are not stingy with the champagne by any means. 1-2 carafes will have you appreciating the libations, so drink with caution. Then again, as a good friend of mine says “you ain’t drinking to get sober”.

At the end of the day I have no complaints about Nick & Sam’s. I will be back.


5 out of 5 for the greatness I experienced here. On all levels — from hostess to waiter to the kitchen. The bartender was cool too. Brunch is only on Sunday’s so don’t come looking for this on a Saturday!!

Brunchaholics Out!!

Anvil Pub – Deep Ellum (Dallas, TX)

I’m starting to fall in love more and more with Dallas brunch spots. They know what they’re doing up in North Texas. (Not saying Houston doesn’t, but the creativity in Dallas is something to appreciate.)

While in town for a wedding I decided to check out Anvil Pub.

Atmosphere

Judging from the area and the outside of the bar you wouldn’t expect a St. Paddy’s celebration bar (but hey, guess I ignored the fact that pub was in the name). Before I check out a brunch spot, I usually do some research on the menu unless I am directly told about a place. I’ll admit, initially I was caught off-guard by the ambience of such a unique place, in a good way. When I walked in there were soccer flags everywhere (so, if you’re a big soccer fan I would suggest checking this place out; I’m sure it’s a good time).
With self-seating, the on-staff then comes to take care of you. As I sat down at my table and took a look at the menu, I noticed the music playing. Remember how I described the bar earlier? It was 90’s hip-hop! I mean, we’re talking everything from “This Is How We Do It” to Biggie’s “Big Poppa”. The music was jamming the entire time, I loved it; It definitely seemed like a very welcoming place to hangout.


Drinks

The ironically creative dish that brought me to this place combined the two things that made me start this blog — food and mimosas. Anvil Pub has a 4 drink selection that they like to call “The F**K Brunch Drinks”: a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, And Sangria. Of course, you guys know I ordered the mimosa.
The twist on these drinks is that they come with side items. The mimosa came with a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich, tater tots and mixed fruit, all put on skewers and inserted in the drink. Before you get grossed out, the sandwich and tater tots do not actually touch the drink. The food is prepared fresh and you’re given a half-pint of PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon for the uninitiated beer drinkers) while you wait. Talk about service!
So, the drink finally arrived and I was like a kid in a candy store. I tasted it, and it was immaculate; a fresh mimosa with a little extra. My guess is that they use high-grade fresh chilled champagne and probably added some type of liqueur.
Next, I tried the sandwich and it was delicious as you would expect. I mean, what sausage, egg and cheese sandwich isn’t, right? All the while my waitress is checking in every five minutes to make sure I’m okay, while “No Diggity” is playing in the background — my type of place.

 

Anvil Pub – F**k Brunch Mimosa

Food (well the other stuff at least)

It felt weird to only try the drink, so I ordered a Salmon Eggs Benedict. Slightly ambitious to order at a pub but I figured hey why not. So far so good. I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted the food and found out they had some real talent in the kitchen. Although slightly salty, the smoked salmon they used was delicious and the perfectly poached eggs were so impressive that I will definitely be coming back to try some other items on the menu. The only ding I would give them was their hash browns. They were more like potato matchsticks and tasted like old grease. Barely touched them. Other than that, Anvil Pub got something good going for them.
I heard their Mac and Cheese is really good, so if you don’t want brunch get your fix from the other menu items. I’ve heard great things.

 

Anvil Pub – The States


All in all I will be back to try other drinks as well as the other menu food items.

Anvil Pub in Deep Ellum gets a 4 out of 5. Check below for additional photos of the brunch menu and see what exactly goes on those drinks I told you guys about. 

Brunchaholics Out!!! 


 

Anvil Pub F**k Brunch Drinks Menu


Anvil Pub Brunch Menu

 

Benjy's (Houston, TX)

I celebrated my birthday January 26th and decided to check out a new place (which I always do): Benjy’s.

This is an upscale place in Houston. There are two locations, but I visited the one on Washington Ave. and reserved a patio spot. The patio was amazing. Very nice day. Our location in the sun is the culprit for some of the shadows in the pics so bare with me. I’ll explain the extreme shadows in my pics later, please forgive me).
The scenery was very nice, and the service had a very classy feel. This would be a good spot for a date or nice dinner. I also hear their happy hour is legit.

The Munchables

Benjy’s Brunch Menu

The food was delicious! (I think I’m on a good streak of amazing places btw,  I’m gonna have to keep this up!)
I decided to treat myself to an appetizer and a meal. First, I had the Biscuits and Country Gravy. Unfortunately, it was underwhelming. The gravy was decent but the biscuit itself was too sweet for my liking, almost cake-like.

Biscuits & Country Gravy

As for my actual meal, well, I’ll be going back to have it again and again: the Fish and Grits (which was EXCELLENT!). Pure love for that meal. God bless the chef who made it, lol.
The fish was flaky and decadent, the shrimp was cooked to perfection, and the polenta with the folded cheese balanced the meal perfectly. The sauce used was amazing as well. Overall, just a great dish. The downside: it was slightly pricey, but good food has no price. Remember that!

Fish & Grits

I was with a few friends, so of course I had to showcase their meals.

There was the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) which I sampled. The chicken was cooked well, but I was expecting a little more seasoning. It was slightly bland. 

The KFC – Benjy’s – Houston
   
The Breakfast Plate looked like a regular breakfast plate but the presentation was well-executed. The friend eating it said that it was quite good.

Benjy’s Breakfast Plate

The Braised Brisket Migas are the next menu item I will be ordering in addition to more fish & grits. Fluffy, perfectly cooked eggs with tender and juicy brisket is a must. Don’t ever doubt the power of brisket! 

Braised Brisket Migas
 
 The Benjy’s French Toast was a table favorite; sweet but not overbearing with the syrup on it. Again, I’m not a big sweets person, but I thought the French toast was well executed. Almost had a melt in your mouth texture. Definitely worth ordering. 

Benjy’s Famous French Toast

 
The LITables

If you’ve been following my brunch journey then you know I love Mimosas. The Mimosas at Benjy’s are here to compete! They are very strong and not your typical orange juice and champagne. There were options of blood orange and white peach Mimosas, both of which were great tasting, but I preferred the white peach slightly more.

Once again, the downside: Benjy’s Mimosas are pricey and unlike food, that’s not ok…especially if you’re not using high quality champagne. However, the venue is so nice that they can get away with it. Personally, I think they should switch to a bottomless option or drop the carafe to around $10.

 

Blood Orange & White Peach Mimosa Carafes
 
Final Thoughts

I truly enjoyed my birthday at Benjy’s and would love to go back. The Mimosas were memorable and I had a dream about the fish and grits the other day; can’t wait to try that in my kitchen.

Benjy’s on Washington Ave. recieves a 4 out of 5. The biscuits and And bland chicken took it from 5 out of 5, but the fish and grits almost saved it.

Brunchaholics Out!!!!