Where to Pick Up Breakfast in Houston During the COVID-19 Shutdown — Updated
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People think about pick-up or delivery frequently at lunchtime, but it’s a welcome respite to get a restaurant-prepared meal or treats for breakfast, too. The options below are great for picking up and taking to work (assuming you’re not able to telecommute) or treating your family at home.
A suggestion: to get maximum dollars to the restaurant and save yourself delivery fees, the best way to order is to call it in and then go pick it up. Many are even offering curbside delivery and will bring it straight to your car. (The exception is if the restaurant is using its own employees for delivery, in which case, delivery is helping keep them employed. If that’s the case — don’t forget to tip since they’re not waiting tables right now!) That said, using a third-party delivery service is better than nothing.
Also, consider buying gift cards from your favorites now. This is a crushingly difficult time for the restaurant and bar industry, and every dollar counts. Sufficient support from customers means these places will still be here when COVID-19 is just an ugly memory.
In addition, we have an ever-growing, citywide list, which includes a convenient map, and several other neighborhood-specific lists (plus, we are adding more every week):
- Our huge, city-wide list
- Restaurants in Montrose and the Museum District
- Restaurants in The Heights and near Washington Avenue
- Restaurants in Memorial and Spring Branch
- Restaurants in the Galleria area
- Restaurants in Downtown and Midtown
- Restaurants in Chinatown/Asiatown
- Restaurants in Cypress
- Restaurants in Spring
- Restaurants in Katy
Restaurant and bar owners serving breakfast for pickup or delivery can email us for a form and request to be added.
Dandelion Cafe, 5405 Bellaire, (832) 988-9210: The Bellaire Triangle coffee shop and café has instituted online ordering, as well as curbside pickup and doorstep delivery. Currently, there are also family-size packs perfect for breakfast or brunch, as well as a taco pack, a la carte options, and to-go wines and beers. Delivery within a three-mile radius is free. Those farther away can order through Favor, DoorDash or Postmates.
A huge thanks goes to Mai Pham and OCA Greater Houston for their outreach to restaurants in this area. They are also running an Instagram #chinatowntogo challenge. From now until April 11, order to-go from Chinatown restaurants, post a photo with the hashtag #chinatowntogo, and tag Pham (@femme_foodie) as well as OCA Greater Houston. You’ll be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards — and give your followers some great ideas on what to eat, too.
Alpha Bakery & Deli, 11209 Bellaire Blvd, (281) 988-5222: This stalwart in Hong Kong City Mall IV sells bánh mì for $3 each and a variety of grab-n-go prepared foods. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash only.
My Baguettes, 10613 Bellaire, (832) 619-1193: Known for making everything from scratch, the chicken bánh mì here is excellent, as is the stellar Bo Ne Vietnamese steak and eggs. Order it with cà phê sữa or special corn milk. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Tuesday. Call in takeout orders or order delivery via UberEats and DoorDash.
Nguyen Ngo French Bakery Cafe, 11210 Bellaire, (281) 495-2528: This Vietnamese/French bakery shop specializes in bánh mì and croissant sandwiches, cà phê sữa đá and limited to-go baked goods. The current hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is cash-only and closed on Wednesdays.
Parisian Bakery, 9938 Bellaire, (713)808-9778: This is one of Houston’s original French Vietnamese bakeries and an excellent source for bánh mi, baguettes and croissants. There are also a variety of grab-and-go items such as egg rolls, pâté chaud and cà phê sữa đá. Open daily except Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $10 minimum for credit card orders and two other west-side locations. Check the map for the one closest to you.
Pho Ngon, 10780 Bellaire Blvd, (281) 564-8887: This old-school Vietnamese restaurant has a vast menu spanning pho, bánh mì, bun, spring rolls, and everything in between. Its mi vit tiem (duck noodle) is excellent. Open 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily for takeout with free delivery within a 3-mile radius.
Tao Rice Rolls, 9889 Bellaire, (631) 552-8880: Located next to FuFu Restaurant in Dun Huang Plaza, this adorable newcomer offers Taiwanese breakfast rice rolls, pancakes and soy milk. Order by phone or in-store from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tom N Toms Coffee, 9393 Bellaire, (346) 352-3137: This Korean-style coffee shop’s slogan is needed now more than ever: “Refresh your body and soul.” Here you will find a great selection of brewed coffees, espresso drinks, teas, smoothies and other creative drinks. (Grapefruitade, anyone?) There are also delicious breads and pretzels, from “plain” pretzels to stuffed pretzels and pretzel dogs. We are especially craving the Caramel Cinnamon Bread and Pepperoni Pretzel. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call for curbside pickup.
The Breakfast Klub, 3711 Travis, (713) 528-8561: A line of diners usually wraps around the building on the weekends, but now that it’s to-go and delivery only, that isn’t going to be an issue. By far, The Breakfast Klub’s claim to fame when it comes to the morning meal is the Wings and Waffles, which goes perfectly alongside a cup of brewed coffee. The hours now are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and delivery is also available through Favor, Uber Eats and DoorDash.
Coterie, 737 Preston Street: In addition to excellent espresso beverages made with owner Sean Marshall’s own locally roasted coffee, Fusion Beans, the front pastry case is always full of well-made baked goods. Locally made bread from Breadman Baking Co. is featured in items such as the breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, provolone cheese, bacon, pickled chilies and butter lettuce. The full breakfast menu is available online and Coterie opens at 8 a.m.
Retrospect Coffee Bar, 3709 La Branch, (713) 993-6600: From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., drop by to take out craft coffee drinks as well as crepes, pastries and paninis.
Doña María Mexican Café, 2601 Navigation, 713) 224-3317: You could do far worse than ordering a platter of chilaquiles or machaca con huevos from this classic Mexican café on Navigation. Tortillas are made fresh in-house daily. Call before 1:30 p.m. to place your order.
Koffeteria, 1110 Hutchins: The pastry and coffee shop now has an online ordering form for takeout, delivery, and curbside service. In addition to sweet and savory pastries, there are heartier options such as the Carbonara Quiche with fluffy eggs, bacon, parmesan, garlic and black pepper. Koffeteria is using current staff to facilitate deliveries in the area, which helps keep everyone employed.
Villa Arco, 3009 Navigation, (713) 826-1099. You can now order some of Houston’s best breakfast tacos for take out. Call to place your order.
Antidote Coffee, 729 Studewood, (713) 861-7400: Open 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Antidote is offering takeout coffee, beer, wine, and tasty treats.
Golden Bagels & Coffee, 3119 White Oak, (346) 240-3780: Make fans with whoever you’re quarantined with by getting a dozen bagels and good-sized tub of cream cheese. The popular bagels, spreads, and coffee drinks are now available via online ordering at this Heights fan-favorite. A variety pack of six bagels will set you back a mere $5. Some of the flavors include Honey Whole Wheat, Garlic Onion and the essential Everything bagel. Both physical and digital gift cards are available, and delivery can be had via Favor. The somewhat abbreviated hours for now are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hugs and Donuts, 1901 North Shepherd, (713) 485-6443: Call this purveyor of big, beautiful doughnuts to place an order for pickup between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also available are freshly brewed coffee and kolaches. Call upon arrival and the order will be brought right to your car. Get a mixed dozen for a combination of inventive flavors such as Maple Bacon, Biscoff, Strawberry Shortcake, Thai Tea Crunch, the Homer doughnut and Carrot Cake. If you’re in The Heights, call and the shop can deliver. Outside the area, get delivery from Favor, DoorDash or UberEats.
Kojak’s Fine Foods, 1912 West 18th, (713) 426-1800: This Heights classic has been around since 2000. From 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., visit for classic breakfast platters, a variety of breakfast tacos and house favorites such as Chicken Fajita Hash with potatoes, sautéed peppers onions, scratch-made tomatillo sauce and a side of fresh fruit. Kids eat free with the purchase of a grown-up meal and delivery is available via GrubHub. The operating hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Melange Creperie, 711 Heights: Curbside delivery is available, as is delivery through DoorDash. That said, if you’re not getting restaurant food right now but still want to lend support, gift cards can be purchased online.
Morningstar, 4721 North Main, (832) 806-1115: If you are looking for coffee and doughnuts, that’s great, but there are several interesting breakfast dishes here, too. Those include the klobasneks (savory kolaches) stuffed with Feges BBQ and the Black Rice Bowl with pistachio sugar, berries and coconut milk. Order takeout by calling the shop or order for delivery via GrubHub.
Revival Market, 550 Heights, (713) 880-8463: All-day breakfast is served here, including the namesake Revival Breakfast with two yard eggs cooked any style, bacon or housemade sausage and breakfast potatoes or fresh local fruit. (While you’re at it, add a side of housemade boudin, too.) Takeout and delivery is available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Delivery area is limited to the Heights, Montrose, Timbergrove and vicinity.
Black Walnut Cafe, 5512 Memorial, (713) 868-1800: Starting at 8 a.m., call in an order for omelettes, chicken and waffles, pancakes and much more. All to-go orders get 20 percent off and delivery (no discount) is available through DoorDash, Uber Eats, Favor and Postmates.
Le Peep Restaurant, 9807 Katy Freeway, (713) 783-7337: Between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., visit for American-style breakfast favorites, including pancakes, omelettes and savory skillets such as the Country Road with grilled breakfast potatoes topped with diced sausage, a blend of melted cheddar cheeses, two basted eggs and a biscuit.
Black Hole Coffee House, 4504 Graustark, (713) 528-0653: Open 6:30 a.m. to midnight, this laid-back Montrose coffee shop is offering coffee, food, beer, and wine for takeout.
Blacksmith, 1018 Westheimer, (832) 360-7470: This Montrose shop is offering take out and delivery, including retail bags of coffee, from 7:00 a.m. to 3: p.m. Delivery is to the Montrose area only and includes a 20% fee that does directly to the barista making the delivery. Call to place an order.
Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy, (713) 528-1993: This longtime Montrose favorite doesn’t have a parking lot, so the fact that it’s still managed to be open for almost three decades should tell you something. Starting at 8 a.m., swing by for breakfast tacos, migas, tamales and more. The menu is available online. Brasil is delivering within a five-mile radius right now.
Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer, (713) 524-7744: James Beard-award winner Hugo Ortega is introducing a brand-new breakfast taco pickup service. From 9 to 11 a.m., choose from bacon and egg, chorizo con huevo (sausage, egg and hot sauce), papas con huevo (potato and egg), and a vegetarian option with roasted potatos and poblano rajas (mild strips of roasted green pepper). The same service is available at Backstreet Cafe.
Backstreet Cafe, 1103 Shepherd, (713) 521-2239: Just like Hugo’s in Montrose, Tracy Vaught’s stately restaurant is introducing a brand-new breakfast taco pickup service. From 9 to 11 a.m., choose from bacon and egg, chorizo con huevo (eggs and hot sauce), papas con huevo, and a vegetarian option with roasted potatoes and poblano rajas (mild strips of roasted green pepper). The same service is available at Hugo’s.
Bebidas, 2606 Edloe, (713) 554-0023: Starting at 7 a.m., order online or walk up to the pick up window for your favorite milky espresso beverage and a selection of breakfast tacos made with organic eggs and accented with a choice of vegetables, chorizo or ham. If you’re feeding a crowd, there are breakfast taco trays of 10 for $25. Online ordering is available, as is via UberEats and DoorDash.
Mom’s Country Kitchen, 14428 Aldine Westfield, (832) 230-4420: This breakfast and lunch-focused restaurant is serving its rustic American fare from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. “You probably won’t even need to call because I’ll see you pulling in,” says owner Jenna Cash. Visit for country-style egg platters anchored by housemade chicken fried steak, hearty pork chops and more. Of course, there is also pancakes, a special battered French toast place and, most importantly, hot biscuits. Delivery is also available via Uber and Grubhub.
Momentum Coffee, 3555 Rayford, (281) 698-0079: Those in Spring who are serious about coffee are truly missing out if they haven’t had some from this café. Owned by coffee experts and baristas, starting at 7 a.m. the shop serves a variety of brew methods as well as everyone’s favorite milky espresso drinks. Alongside, have a 9-Grain Croissant, Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Biscuit, Brisket, Avocado and Cheese Breakfast Taco or one of several other morning-appropriate dishes. Use the drive-through to pick up your order.
Robin’s Snowflake Donuts & Café, 4660 Louetta, (832) 585-1106: Who can turn away a box of beautifully decorated doughnuts? In addition to sweet specialties such as Sourdough Glazed, the shop makes savory options, too, like Smoked Brisket & Boudin egg rolls. Orders via DoorDash are encouraged and curbside pickup is also available.
Bagel Express, 4670 Highway 6, (281) 242-2435: From 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., drop by for pickup or call ahead for curbside delivery. The menu is more than just bagels, offering egg plates, breakfast wraps and other dishes.
Toast, 300 Promenade Way, (281) 302-6181: Open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., this restaurant is all about breakfast and brunch. That means there is no good reason to not dive into a plate of Vietnamese steak and eggs, Duroc ham and eggs or just a nice plate of biscuits and sausage gravy. For curbside pickup, pay by phone or call upon arrival. Free delivery is also available for orders of $40 or more, up to five mile radius.
Sizzle & Brew, 16949 North Eldridge (832) 698-1038: The brunch speciality restaurant in Tomball is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m and offering curbside pickup. The Family Breakfast special is $24.99 and includes six pancakes or four waffles, scrambled eggs and a choice of bacon or sausage. Order and pay online then call upon arrival for the order to be brought to your vehicle. Delivery is also available within a five-mile radius.
Pondicheri Bake Lab, 2800 Kirby, (713) 522-2012: Chef Anita Jaisinghani’s upstairs bakery and shop is currently open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In additions to baked goods inspired by her love for spices, there are snacks and other items that can be purchased and taken home.
West Houston/Energy Corridor
Pecan Creek Grille, 1510 Eldridge, (281) 759-3663: Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., call for pickup of hearty, American-style breakfast dishes such as the Abe Froman omelet with three types of sausage: housemade chorizo, link sausage, or aim for simpler pleasures such as biscuits and gravy. Delivery is also available via DoorDash.
Dish Society All locations — Memorial, The Heights, the Galleria area and downtown in Finn Hall — open at 7 a.m., except for Sunday when these open at 8 a.m. The home-grown restaurant chain of wholesome options believes in breakfast so much that options such as Brisket & Eggs, Avocado Toast and Red Velvet Pancakes are available all day. Check the website for additional options, plus breakfast sides, at the location closest to you. Delivery is available via most local delivery apps. For curbside pickup, mention your request when placing phone orders or visit the online order page and add curbside pickup to the notes section.
Snooze, an a.m. Eatery: The one nice thing about this situation is that for dine-in, lines tend to go out the door at the Snooze eateries around town (Heights, Katy, Webster, Montrose, Memorial, Woodlands and The Galleria). Since that’s not an option, now it’s grab and go, which should be faster. The corned beef hash is hard to pass up and the Breakfast Pot Pie is a creative combination of housemade rosemary sausage gravy with one egg any style (sunny side up is the go-to for this) on flaky puff pastry. Hopefully, there will be bloody marys to go soon, too. Go online for the location nearest you. You can pick up or opt for free delivery for an order over $10.
Phaedra Cook has written about Houston’s restaurant and bar scene since 2010. She was a regular contributor to My Table magazine (now closed) and was the lead restaurant critic for the Houston Press for two years, eventually being promoted to food editor. Cook founded Houston Food Finder in November 2016 and has been its editor and publisher ever since.