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!!!!  

Public School 214 (Dallas)

I spent my holiday break out in Dallas with family and friends. The day after Christmas, a good friend of mine suggested brunch at Public School 214. I rounded up a group of friends to check the place out, and I was not disappointed.

 

Composition Notebook Menu – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics

 

 

Brunch Menu Scantron – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics

 

Public School 214 holds true to their name as the entire bar is somewhat school-themed. Globes are everywhere and the menu makes references to detention (aka happy hour) and school subjects. The menu is a composition notebook and the brunch menu is a scantron. Gotta love the creativity. I loved the atmosphere and everyone I was with enjoyed themselves too.

The Delectables

The food was AMAZING, A1, delicious, magnificent, decadent, whatever adjective you want to use, it applies here. I ordered the Jidori chicken and green chili cornbread waffles. Now I usually don’t order chicken and waffles because it’s so cliche, but they offered something I had never heard before so I took a step on the wild side. This was probably the best version of chicken and waffles I have ever had. The chicken was fried perfectly — crispy on the outside, tender and juicy in the middle. The waffle was great, not overly cooked like most places, and it was served with a gravy-type syrup that I can only explain to be “greatness”.

 

Jidori Chicken & Green Chile Cornbread Waffles – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics

 

As I said before, I was with a few friends. They ordered the chicken sausage and grits, eggs Benedict pizza, and stuffed french toast (which was stuff with creamed Oreos ??????) . One of my friends who didn’t want brunch opted for the pizza with house-made pepperoni. The pizza at this place is no joke (better than most pizzerias and I’m a HUGE pizza lover). So if you’re not feeling the brunch menu, the pizza is definitely worth it.
But let’s stick to the program here.

Pepperoni Pizza W/House Made Pepperonis – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics
Eggs Benedict Pizza – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics
Chicken Sausage and  Cheddar Grits – Public School 214 #Brunchaholics

 

Mimosas

Public School 214 offers bottomless mimosas for $10. Even better than most places, besides Cyclones, they have 4 options of bottomless mimosas to choose from (Mimosas, beermosas, etc.).

Service

The service was great, probably some of the best service I have ever had. They were prompt and personable. My favorite characteristic of a good brunch is how fast they refill the drinks. They were definitely not slacking in that area. We never had to ask for a refill because they were already on top of it.

Final Thoughts

A place this good may have me move out to Dallas. Houston, you have some competition! Better step it up!
Public School 214 gets a 5 out of 5 from me. Pure Heaven at a lunch room table.

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Royal Oak Bar & Grill

Let me start off by saying that Royal Oak Bar and Grill is an amazing place to catch sporting events, especially if you sit out on the back patio. It’s like a personal viewing party because they have huge TVs. The atmosphere is really laid back yet fun at the same time. It’s a good place to strike up random conversation and meet some cool folks. I did some great networking there.

BUT, now that the political fluff statement is done. Let’s get to the real: (See Below)

TRASHHHHH

Fail #1

As you can see from my initial paragraph, this place has the potential to be amazing but failed due to some short-comings in some key areas. First off, the mimosas I heard about which got me into the building in the first place turned out to be very disappointing. As a Brunchaholic, when you hear $8 mimosa pitchers, your eyes light up like Times Square at New Year’s. Sadly, those pitchers were WEAKKKKKK. So weak in fact, that I had to ask the waitress to make them stronger after the first two. (Yes, I had two pitchers first lol. I split them, but still.) You can usually feel a good mimosa after a few glasses, but the only results were that my stomach was full and my sobriety was still intact.

  
Fail #2

Their brunch menu isnt very expansive but has enough variety to please just about everyone. Unless you REALLLLY want breakfast food, you shouldn’t be disappointed. I ordered the Cali skillet which consists of scrambled eggs, grilled chicken, avocado, house salsa, and hash browns topped with melted cheese served with an english muffin. The ambition of this dish was greater than the execution. The skillet came to the table looking pretty good, but the flavor was nonexistent. I basically drowned the skillet with the table assisted Cholula (shoutout to the table for being game ready). In addition to the lack of flavor, the eggs were overcooked. They were scrambled yet crispy. I don’t even know how that happens. But you can see the heat lamp/ salamander abuse in the pic below.  (Come on fam. Gots to do better.)

   

Fail #3

To add to the above fails, the service was as close to complete as Donald Trump’s comb over — in other words, it wasn’t. To be fair, I was a waiter in high school for about 3 and half years, so I understand things can happen and you can get sidetracked or caught up with a specific situation. Those types of situations are fine, but 20 to 30-minute waits in between seeing your waiter/waitress when your place of business is no where near full is unacceptable, especially when we just sat down. I waited 15 minutes before I was even spoken to. (Patience is a virtue. It’s almost like when you’re texting your crush and their reply is taking forever but you see they’re on Facebook, Twitter and IG posting pics and replying to comments. Meanwhile you’re just sitting there looking at your phone like a forgotten puppy with an empty bowl.)

All in all Royal Oaks wasn’t THAT bad, but I have to be honest about what matters most to me when evaluating a brunch. If you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place and have a few options, don’t go here. Royal Oak if you read this and want some consulting work, I got you.
With that being said, Royal Oak Bar & Grill receives a 2 out of 5. It would have been a 1 but after requesting stronger mimosas they stepped it up to a respectable level. Unfortunately for them, the service and food was not enough to make up for it. Service should always be great and consistent, not just an option when you complain.

Brunchaholics Out!

 

 

Cook & Collins Brunch Review

Ladies and Gentlemen! I’M BACKKKKK!!!

From the bottom of my heart I apologize for such a huge time inbetween posts. Life has taken me through some ups and downs in recent months, but it’s safe to say I’m back and ready to give you brunch inception lol.

The place you need to check out next is Cook & Collins located in the heart of Midtown in Houston, TX.

 

 

Cook & Collins - Houston, TX, United States

First, let’s talk about location. Cook & Collins is located in the heart of Midtown by all of the bars. You may have heard about Gas Lamp recently in the news, but Cook & Collins isn’t on that BS so no worries. Plus, it’s more of a restaurant than a bar and club. It’s m0re 0f a respectable place with a nice intimate setting where you could definitely bring a date.

Now, on to the greatness this place is known for: the food.

Cook & Collins’ menu is lovely.(http://cookandcollins.com/menu/index.php)
It’s creative, eccentric, and daring. If you are a true foodie like me, you will salivate at the amazing options this place has to offer. I have eaten here quite a few times but ironically, I always seem to get the same thing.

Why you ask?

Well, let’s just say what I get is fucking amazing and I have to get off of the tit before I can try anything else.
The illustrious item that I am speaking of is the “Smothered Brazos Burrito” : slow braised beef, scrambled cage-free eggs, potato, BEP relish, two salsas, smokey queso, and crema. As you can see in the photos below, it’s a very simple yet beautiful dish. In my opinion the smoky queso and the braised beef make the burrito, but all of the components work together nicely. Don’t let the size of the burrito or lack of sides discourage you; its worth it, believe me.

The next time I attend Cook and Collins I will be trying the “Fat Elvis Pancakes”. I’m not much of a sweets guy which I why I usually stick to the burrito, but for you guys I’d try it out. Plus the description really makes it sound good, so hey… why not?

Oh, mimosa, mimosa, mimosa…sadly, as great as the food is here, the mimosas are lacking. The majority of the beverage was orange juice with just a little fizz, not the fast rising multiple bubbles true mimosas are made of.
I haven’t gotten the nerve up to start trying Bloody Mary’s yet, but my friend in attendance tells me they were some of the best they’d ever tried. This particular friend loves Bloody Mary’s so I’ll take that to the bank.

All in all, Cook & Collins has the atmosphere, food, and selection of a high-class establishment, yet it doesn’t feel snobby while you are eating there. Despite the disappointment of the mimosas, I would highly recommend checking this place out and exploring the menu. I will report back with the Fat Elvis Pancakes review in due time. Until then, Cook & Collins gets a 3.5/5

 

51fifteen Brunch Review

51fifteen was an amazing brunch experience. The service is A1, and they even have a jazz band that comes in to really set the mood. Brunch starts at 11AM and goes all the way to 4PM. Luckily for me, it’s Houston Restaurant Weeks, so all of Houston is bringing out their absolute best.  Below is a picture of the brunch menu for Houston Restaurant Weeks: 3 courses of divine food for only $25. Can’t beat that!

 The Pre-Meal
Since it’s brunch, instead of serving typical bread for the table, there were blueberry muffins and mini biscuits with a star every butter. The muffin itself was moist and delicate with a fresh blueberry taste. Combine that with the strawberry heaven and you’re in butter. I’m not usually one for sweets, but I could have eaten that all day.

The Mimosa
51fifteen has bottomless mimosas for $12. Now, if you remember my older post about Cyclones, you’ll recall that they offer them as well for only $10.50. However, I definitely prefer 51fifteen’s instead; they are fresher with better quality champagne. I didn’t need too many of these to start feeling good, and it helped that the bartender never let my glass get empty.


First Course: Shrimp Pot Pie
The shrimp pot pie was a game changer for me. I love seafood, so as soon as I saw that on the menu I went for it. This wasn’t your typical pot pie. It could have used more veggies and a little more sauce, but the sauce was very tasty…a very good consistency. The shrimp was cooked perfectly– juicy and sizable, although I did wish there would have been more, but I was satisfied either way. The crust was crisp and buttery, but unfortunately a tad too thick for my liking.


Second Course: NY Strip Steak & Eggs
Now this was the Mecca of the meal. The fingerling potatoes were great and a nice side to the steak and eggs. However, the mini salad in the middle could have stayed in the kitchen. I didn’t feel like it added much to the dish. It looked nice as a presentation, but that’s about it. I ordered my eggs soft scrambled with a bit of cheese. They were creamy and seasoned perfectly. (If you’ve never had soft scrambled eggs, you’re missing out!)
The greatest part of the dish, the steak, was amazing! I ordered mine medium and it came with a Béarnaise sauce that I will absolutely practice all week trying to duplicate at home. The steak was so tender that I could have cut it with plastic utensils. [On a side note: let’s all grow up here and stop getting well-done steaks. It’s childish and you’re missing out on a lot of flavor and juiciness. There’s an appreciation for the cut of steak you’re eating and the effort put into aging it. Let’s appreciate it and stick to medium and medium rare steaks. Believe me, it’s worth it!]


Third Course: Domino Valley Cake
As I stated earlier, I’m not one for sweets. The cake was nice and had a good flavor but was packed with a lot of chocolate. Personally, I almost felt overwhelmed with the abundance of chocolate. I was looking for the vanilla ice cream to act as a saving grace of sorts, but it turned out to be nothing more than ice. The fresh fruit did provide a better take on the dessert, but the star of the show (the cake) didn’t shine in my opinion.  (I should have chosen the Butterfinger Trife instead. I’ll just get that next time.)

Overall, this is probably one of the top 3 brunches I’ve ever been to (the other 2 being located in Cali. I will have write ups on them soon). The high quality of food, outstanding service, and fresh mimosas leads me to give this place a 4 out of 5.

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Cyclone Anaya's (Midtown)

Last week I took my brunch adventure to Cyclone Anaya’s in Midtown. It’s a very nice place, but I feel the quality of food does not match the decor. I ordered an omelette that came with rice and beans and a side of fruit. The omelette was pretty good, just slightly overcooked. I wish the omelette had been a little hotter. I could tell it probably sat under the heat lamp for a little while, but the omelette was still decent.

Cyclones

Omelette and Bottomless Mimosas

The kicker for this place is their deal on the almighty mimosas! They have an “all you can drink” mimosa deal from 11-3(which is how long their brunch runs on weekends) You pay $10.50 for plus a penny refill for mimosas and poinsettias. That’s right… ONE CENT REFILLS! So you can basically drink till your heart is happy (or stomach full). So basically they offer bottomless mimosas for $10.50. The mimosas themselves were served out of a pitcher since I sat at the bar. If they were freshly made, they would have been much better, yet they still did the job. The mimosas combined with the food help to give Cyclones a 4 out of 5. So if you’re looking for some okay food and slight turn up, this is the place. I highly recommend for a Sunday Funday.

Sidenote: Those mimosas are sleepers. Be Ready…

If you’re reading this and you’re not into brunch I would suggest going to

For those who want a little more information on the restaurant itself, here is an excerpt directly from the site on the history and origin.

Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen serves world class Mexican food and drinks in an engaging, modern atmosphere, yet the experience is steeped in the family traditions established by our founder and namesake.

Cyclone Anaya, started his professional wrestling career at age 17 when he became the Champion of Mexico. Shortly thereafter, he came to the United States and made a dramatic entrance into the pro-wrestling circuit. Cyclone Anaya was a superb wrestler and won numerous awards and thrilled the hearts of millions of fans. He was indeed a Legend!

During this time he met his wife of over 50 years, Carolina – a former Miss Houston. After many championship titles and five children, Cyclone and his family entered the restaurant business in Houston.

After 40 years Cyclone Anaya’s has become a Texas legacy, serving Carolina’s original homemade recipes. Now the family is keeping the tradition alive and giving Texas and the nation the taste of fine homemade Mexican food that has made Cyclone Anaya’s famous.

Cyclone Anaya’s extends a warm welcome to you and your family, serving you with real family hospitality and deep seated traditions. It’s our honor to serve you the Cyclone’s way!

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