Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes our breakfast! We like the most important meal of the day to be piled high, smothered in syrup, and served with extra bacon. Whether you’re a sweet pancake person or you like your breakfast Tex-Mex-style—smothered in melted cheese and hot sauce—we have a spot for you. Here, we share half a dozen of our go-to breakfast places featured in Season 6 of the show.
Pecan Creek Grille is one of the busiest breakfast joints in Houston—and for good reason. Its signature oversized buttermilk pancakes are loaded with whatever you’re craving: berries, pecans, granola, even bacon! Not only does this all-day breakfast spot serve up killer pancakes, it also makes some of our favorite Southern dishes, like Shrimp and Grits with extra cheese and spicy jalapeño. This savory dish is a fan favorite at the restaurant, and now you can make it at home without the wait!
For over 50 years, the Avila family has been serving Tex-Mex breakfast plates and piping hot coffee at Joe’s Bakery in Austin. Adored by generations of locals, it’s a place where you’ll feel like family the minute you walk in the door. The baked goods, like the crackly-topped conchas (a Mexican sweet bread) and the flaky empanadas, are all recipes passed down through the family.
Open 24/7 and just blocks away from Texas Christian University, Ol’ South Pancake House serves as a second library for hungry, studying college students. The signature German Pancakes are the star here (imagine if a soufflé and a pancake had a baby) and are best eaten with butter, lemon zest, and a generous dusting of powdered sugar. Craving this dish even when you’re not in Fort Worth? They sell a dry mix so you can cook these up at home.
The Breakfast Klub is a casual, family-style spot serving soulful Southern breakfast plates like “katfish and grits,” “biskits and gravy,” and a great cup of “koffee.” This neighborhood spot has been a local favorite since 2001 and has also received national attention from Good Morning America, USA Today, Esquire, and Forbes.
When The Buttermilk Cafe opened, Chef Carol Irwin wanted to go back to basics and give people the real food they crave. Irwin serves up a no-fuss (but flawless) breakfast spread with perfectly cooked sunny-side-up eggs, the fluffiest buttermilk biscuits, and a crispy corn beef hash worth ordering daily. Her signature dish is a New Orleans–style “coastal breakfast” with fresh Gulf shrimp, green chili grits, and a poached egg.
Fans line up early for the “World’s Best Buttermilk Pancakes” at Magnolia Pancake Haus in San Antonio. Chef and owner Robert Flemings keeps the secret for his amazing pancakes to himself, but he did share that making the best buttermilk pancakes at home starts with having the freshest ingredients: quality flour, fresh eggs, full-fat buttermilk, and a very good butter.