It’s graduation season, again. While many people have afternoon or evening ceremonies, some graduations fall earlier in the day. Should your graduate’s celebration occur before lunch, plan a graduation brunch rather than a dinner. There are some great places around town that are great for celebrations without breaking the bank. These brunch hot spots make any graduation day extra special.
Backstreet Café
1103 S. Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas 77019
(713) 521-2239

Should your graduate’s ceremony fall on a Saturday, visit Backstreet Café, which is one of the few brunch locations around town with a Saturday and Sunday brunch. The hours for the brunch are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and you can enjoy twists on comfort foods from the brunch menu. Favorite dishes at Backstreet Café include brioche French toast, jalapeno fettuccine, brisket hash and eggs or Gulf Coast beignets, which are fried doughnuts with a savory seafood filling. If you would like a more formal event, Backstreet Café also does parties.

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2040 W. Gray St.
Houston, Texas 77019
(281) 849-1739

Just down the road from Backstreet Café, you will find another brunch option, Americas. This Latin American cuisine is a great option when you have a large family and want to find a place that has something for everyone. Every Saturday and Sunday, Americas hosts a buffet brunch until 3 p.m. From the buffet, you can enjoy a wide selection of chef’s favorites from American breakfast dishes to classic brunch entrees and sides. The brunch menu changes regularly, so call the restaurant ahead of time to see what is served that day.

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Tiny Boxwoods
3614 W. Alabama St.
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 622-4224

Tiny Boxwoods is an easy place to miss if you are not looking for it. Many people mistake this restaurant, which is tucked away amongst the trees, for a garden center. It’s located on W. Alabama St. and Saint St., and this is one brunch stop you do not want to pass by. The casual setting and famous chocolate chip cookies make this a great place for anyone looking to make a graduation brunch special. Brunch on Saturdays is served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Besides cookies, your family can feast on brunch favorites such as breakfast pizzas made with eggs and various meats, migas, fruits and more. As with many chef-run restaurants, the menu changes periodically. Call ahead to see if your favorite dishes will be served that day.

1600 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 524-7744

Authentic and unusual, Hugo’s serves up many dishes for any lover of Latin American food on its brunch menu. On Saturdays, brunch is served from a special menu offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but you can go for the buffet on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oxtail soup, queso flamado, a Latino version of french toast and more await brunch diners at Hugo’s, but if you or your graduate would like to be more adventurous, tasty concoctions using exotic ingredients are also served. These selections include chapulines, which are sautéed grasshoppers served with salsa and guacamole and lechon, which is suckling pig served with the skin.

2424 Dunstan Road
Houston, Texas 77005
(713) 522-7602

Regularly, benjy’s (always with a lower case B) is listed among the top spots to enjoy brunch in town. Maybe it’s because benjy’s serves brunch every day from 10:45 3 p.m at the Rice Village location. The Washington Ave. location has daily brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No matter what day the graduation is held on, you can visit benjy’s immediately afterwards. At the Rice Village location, the brunch menu includes burgers, salads, enchiladas, steak and eggs, shrimp and grits and more. You can also sample freshly squeezed juices, and the adults can partake of the carafes of white peach or blood orange mimosas.

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