Hello, February! This is one of my favorite months because of Valentine’s Day and Black History Month! This year in honor of Black History Month, I have decided to patronize more black-owned businesses. Since food is a necessity to live, I thought it would be good to share my favorite Houston black-owned restaurants. Particularly, five great Houston black-owned brunch spots that I love.
I am currently living in Houston. Even though I have only been living in Houston for one year, I have been coming here for over 30 years. One of the best things that I have learned since I’ve been living here is that they have some great restaurants with even better food! Many Houston restaurants have some of the best brunch menus that I have ever had. If you’re ever in Houston, I suggest that you try one of these five black-owned brunch spots at least once in your lifetime. You can thank me later…
- Taste Bar + Kitchen. This black-owned restaurant is located in Houston’s Midtown and owned by Chef, Don Bowie. The restaurant is located specifically at 3015 Bagby Street, an extremely busy street. Valet is encouraged and reservations are suggested or you might have a two-hour wait. However, the food is worth it. The menu boasts of chicken and waffle meals that include your choice of red velvet, chocolate chip, pecan praline, sweet potato, or cinnamon toast waffles. Then you can expect to choose lobster smoked gouda mac-n-cheese or bacon smoked mac-n-cheese. There are many other mouth-watering specialty items that are too many to mention, but you can always go to their website and check it out here tastebarkitchen.com.
- Bar 5015. This bar no doubt got it’s name because it is located exactly at 5015 Almeda Road in the heart of Houston’s Third Ward. It isn’t really like your typical bar in that it gives you more lounge vibes. It had previously closed down due to an explosion, but recently reopened in 2019 and seemingly better than ever. The bar is owned by Steve Rogers, a native of Houston who also owns the infamous Prospect Park Restaurants. When I first moved to Houston, I learned a lot about Mr. Rogers and how he started as a party promoter and eventually opened up his own restaurants. Now, if you visit any of his establishments you will notice that all of his work appears to be paying off. As for the food, the food is pretty good, but what I love is the vibe. Bar 5015 now is hosting patio concerts with guests like, Too $hort and Mannie Fresh. They just started their brunch menu again on Sundays, which starts at 12pm and ends at 9pm. Their wings and cocktails are out of this world. They have a website, but you get a better picture of their menu on Instagram by following their page @5015BAR.
- Lucille’s. Can I just say how much I love this place? First of all, the ambience is perfect. It’s nice and quiet and very romantic. You can eat on the inside or the back patio. I prefer outside on the patio because it’s huge. They have an outside bar and the patio lights to maintain the same ambience and vibe as the inside. Their menu is simplistic, but their presentation is superb! Their brunch menu includes Shrimp and Grits and Oxtail Omelettes. The food is so pretty that you won’t want to eat off your plate! The drinks are equally as delectable! Lucille’s is also in Third Ward at 5512 La Branch Street, just a few blocks away from Bar 5015. Their brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. until 3.p.m. Since the pandemic started, you must make reservations to get in on the weekends. To see the full menu, go to www.lucilleshouston.com.
- Phil and Derek’s. I don’t even know where to start with these guys. This is my favorite Sunday brunch spot in Houston. Here’s why: 1) They have one of the best buffet-style brunches in the city. 2) They play the best Hip-Hop on Sunday’s. 3) The staff is friendly and very accommodating. Here’s the thing I hate: it’s extremely hard to get in on Sundays. Their brunch starts at 10 a.m. on Sundays and if you don’t get there by then, you will likely have to wait in the line which can sometimes be around the corner. No lie. I’ve experienced it many times. Therefore, I encourage you to make reservations. They serve your typical chicken, waffles, fish, potatoes, eggs, bacon, greens, mac-n-cheese, and peach cobbler. They also serve pretty good mimosas. My daughter turned me on to Phil and Derek’s before she graduated from The University of Houston. Back then, they were in a small house in Third Ward. Well, they obviously outgrew that spot and moved into a larger spot and now it looks like they are outgrowing this spot, as well. Moral to this story: business is good because the food is great! They are located at 1701 Webster Street. To learn more and see their full brunch menu, go to www. philanddereks.com.
- Olive & Twist. This spot is new to my list. Whereas, the other brunch spots, I have frequented many times, but I just started going to Olive & Twist. What I love besides the menu is that it’s really close to my brother so that makes it even more convenient. In addition to location, the food is great and the music is even better. One thing, though, that can be a plus or a minus is that it is small. However, I like that. It has a patio facing Richmond so you can watch all of the traffic passing by as you eat and listen to cool music. It is definitely a vibe. It’s located at 2712 Richmond Avenue. The “Nola Crawfish Benedict” is the best thing I have ever tasted in my life! To see the full menu, go to www.twist.bar.com.
This concludes my list. I hope you will consider checking out more black-owned restaurants this month and learning their unique stories and histories. If you’re ever in Houston, you must experience at least one of these Houston black-owned brunch spots in your lifetime.
If I missed some great spots, please share in the comments. I would love to add to this list.