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The Best Breakfasting in Houston

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The Best Breakfasting in Houston
Text by Alex Derbyshire and photo Courtesy of Ralph Smith, Common Bond

I practice a very serious morning ritual that involves eggs, oatmeal, and CNN. However, when I’m home in Houston, Texas, I’ll gladly forego my morning routine to enjoy lingering over coffee and more at these spots:

Common Bond

Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, and Kouign Amman are just a few of the delights available. In addition to the tempting handmade pastries, there’s a menu of seasonal dishes each week, making this a tempting option for a quick bite or a leisurely meal. Prepare to wait in a line that often stretches out the door.

Sweet Paris Crêperie 

Tired of the usual milk and cereal? This little French café serves hearty breakfast crepes such as The Feast, stuffed with scrambled eggs, feta, ricotta, mozzarella, tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms. To sweeten the experience even more, order a crepe labeled with the U.N. World Food Programme logo and a school meal will be donated to a child in need.

Adair Kitchen

Serving a huge variety of classic comfort foods along with healthy entrées and a fresh juice menu, everyone can find something to love here. Although this counter-service restaurant can get pretty crowded on weekends, simple creations such as avocado chorizo toast and build-your-own breakfast tacos woo dedicated fans on a regular basis.

River Oaks Donuts

If you’re in a rush, check out this colorful little donut shop with a convenient drive-through window. Here you’ll find a variety of handmade iced and glazed donuts as well as kolaches, donut holes, and more. Whether you’re craving a classic like the blueberry cake donut or looking for something funky like the Maple with Bacon & Jalapeno, head here for a short but sweet start.

Tiny Boxwood’s

The secret garden within a concrete jungle, it’s located inside the plant nursery of a gardening store.  True to its name, Tiny’s offers a pretty small menu, but options like house migas or freshly baked breads and muffins will not disappoint. I can’t resist their artfully decorated lattes served in massive, better-hold-it-with-both-hands mugs.