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Sunday Brunch?

I've asked about this before, but I don't think I ever got the kind of answers I was looking for.

Where are some good places to get a Sunday brunch buffet? I'm talking swanky, champagne/mimosas, food tables running through several rooms kinds of places, the sort of brunch buffets you might expect a really nice hotel to have in a penthouse restaurant (but I don't know which, if any, around here do). I have a hard time believing there aren't at least a few of these in this town. There are certainly enough uber-rich people here to support such a thing. I just want an occasional treat.


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Jan. 19th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Green Pastures. The Four Seasons.
Jan. 19th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Green Pastures? The only references to that being a restaurant is in Austin (and I'm not driving 4 hours for Sunday brunch). Where is this place?

I should have guessed that the Four Seasons would have something, though. Duh. =)
Jan. 19th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, sorry -- I misread the community label on this one, and I'm on for both Houston and Austin. That said, the 4 Seasons in Houston is fab.
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Brady's Landing by the Ship Channel has a great Brunch and surprisingly nice waterfront view. I've heard that Brennans - are they still open also does a nice brunch. And if you're willing to come out to the Island for the weekend, the Galvez hotel offers a great Champagne brunch.
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Good suggestions, thanks! I'm in Clear Lake, so Galveston is nearly as close as Houston.
Jan. 19th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
The Galvez was great, was just there a couple months ago!
Jan. 21st, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
That's the one I would mention for sure!
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Champagne Brunch Buffet in Houston
I have been searching for great Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffets ever since moving back to Houston from Los Angeles just over 3 years ago. In LA they're everywhere, but I still can't understand why Houston, the 4th largest city in the country has few to none these days. Before I moved to LA in 1994, I used to rotate places that were elegent, free-flowing champagne and more items to choose from than you could actually try. I rotated from the following over the years as they were awesome in elegent dining, food quality & service. Hyatt Regency downtown, The Warwick Hotel (before remodel), Wyndham Greenspoint, Brady's Landing, Omni Galleria, The St Regis - all now gone! Brady's closed not long after Shanghi Reds next door (also had a brunch). But I see that it's reopened and will try again. Since moving back, I found the Adam's Mark in Westchase - now Marriott Westchase. Adams Mark had a decent brunch, but the service made us go back again & again. Since the Marriott took over, the brunch went more upscale and very nice - same servers remained, so the service is still great! Recently, the new food & beverage Mgr at the Marriott Westchase came from LA and has even taken it more upscale & more pricy, but if you want something that's great for an occasion, this is the place. Crab legs, oysters on the half shel, shrimp, American Caviar and much much more. However, if you ever get the chance to be in LA for a Sundy Brunch, be sure to make it to the Universal Hilton, Cafe' Sierra. It's by far the best brunch in the LA area!!! It's huge, I mean HUGE!
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Only one I can think of is at Baba Yegas in Montrose. Not quite sure if it's what you're looking for, but it's one hell of a brunch.
Jan. 19th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
That was the principal suggestion I got last time I asked. I haven't tried it yet (though I will, since lots of people seem so fond of it), but just from looking at the menu I can tell that it's definitely a junior version of the pull-out-all-the-stops kind of treat I'm looking for.
Jan. 19th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
you obviously havent been.
i actually prefer the baba yegas brunch to the 45 dollar a person brunch that they have downtown.
Jan. 19th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
yes, you should definately check out the brunch at baba yega's. the atmosphere alone is worth going.
Jan. 19th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Brennan's and the Omni Hotel are both supposed to have really good ones.

My preference is Baba Yegas, though, which is a bit cheaper but still decent.
Jan. 19th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely have to check out Brennan's. Looks like the Galleria Omni doesn't do brunch, but the one out to almost Katy does. I might check it out sometime when I'm feeling like a long drive. Thanks!
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
I can tell you this... brunch is NOT the same as when I lived in the Midwest (Chicago, Madison). Everyone did brunch there - wasn't just a "rich" thing. Every hotel had a brunch buffet. Just isn't the same in Houston, no idea why.
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe that's part of why I'm having trouble finding stuff here; being from the midwest and having former in-laws in Los Angeles, fancy brunch buffets were relatively easy to come by.
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Bailey's down on NASA Parkway almost to Seabrook - where that BBQ place used to be - has a Sunday Jazz Brunch. I haven't tried it but the restaurant has gotten some good reviews.
Jan. 19th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
That's practically down the block - I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

Hm. Looks like it's a menu brunch, not a buffet. Darn.

Edited at 2008-01-19 09:21 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Hands down Baba Yega's. AMAZING food, fabulous view. Love it.
Jan. 19th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
benjy's. hands down. it's super swanky, and the food is excellent. the eggs benedict make me want to cry, they're so good. they also have excellent mimosas and bloody mary's.

also, the raven grill and the magnolia grille are nice and upscale, with delicious brunch options.

also try the buffalo grille for its AWESOME pancakes and all-around unhealthy goodness. :P it's not as swanky as benjy's, but definitely worth the trip.
Jan. 19th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Are any of those buffet brunches other than Magnolia Grille? Their menus suggest no.
Jan. 19th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
the buffalo grille has a cafeteria style set-up, but not actually a buffet.

the other two are definitely traditional service, but magnolia does a fine job on a buffet.

Jan. 20th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Dharma Cafe is one of my favs. They have a new and better location in the Heights as well!
Jan. 20th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
what is this new and better location you speak of
Jan. 21st, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
1718 Houston Avenue (corner of Houston Ave. & Crockett)
Houston, TX 77007
Jan. 20th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Where are you located?
Sundance Grill down in Kemah (under the bridge in the Seabrook shipyard) has sunday brunches.. mimosa's, etc.. light meals.. can sit out on the deck on the water or indoors.. nice resturant.. very relaxing.
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Jan. 20th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
brady's landing is pretty amazing
Jan. 21st, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Bradys Landing at the shipchannel
Dec. 27th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Champagne Brunch
Yeah...I'm with ya!! The Champagne Brunches in LA and Orange County (El Torito Grill) are the best!! I can't believe Houston has what maybe two. Wake up Houston!! I actually found something close to it. It is "Bottomless Mimosa's" at Guyabas Latin Grill at Willowbrook. I'm heading there tomorrow...hope it is worth it. It's 11.95 Brunch and add $6.00 for Bottomless Mimosa. I'll clue you guys in after the meal.
Nov. 29th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
Looking for champagne brunch in memorial town and country area in Houston, Texas
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