I love breakfast, but I am not by an means a morning person. This is why I love brunch so much. I get to eat all my favorite breakfast items at 11 a.m. or Noon and my early rising dining companions can enjoy either breakfast or lunch. So when Grand Lux Cafe invited me out to try their brunch and featured dish for International Waffle Day, I was more than thrilled.
Grand Lux Cafe is located in the Centre at Post Oak at 5000 Westheimer. Grand Lux is the sister restaurant to the Cheesecake Factory. You will notice some similarities in the menu layout, but where Cheesecake Factory focuses on their fabulous array of cheesecakes, Grand Lux specializes in baked to order desserts that take up to 30 minutes.
The decor inside is warm and inviting, encouraging you to enjoy the day while sipping on one of their morning cocktails. I chose the Strawberry Bellini with fresh strawberries, Prosecco and Cointreau. I started out with a basket of Breakfast Beignets. These are not the typical square cut beignets found in New Orleans. Instead they were delicate little balls that still had the same light and airy texture of a traditional beignet. They were served with maple butter syrup, raspberry sauce, Jack Daniels cream and brown sugar.
The brunch menu is filled with the usual assortment of egg dishes including omelettes, Benedicts, breakfast sandwiches and even chilaquiles. The pancake choices are buttermilk or red velvet. Then there are the waffles. Thick, fluffy, Belgian waffles topped with either fresh blueberries or strawberries. The Fried Chicken and Waffles make one hearty meal that could easily be shared by two people. The Belgian waffle is topped with tender, crispy chicken and then lightly dusted with powdered sugar. It comes with or without pecans and is served with Maple Butter Syrup. Now, I have long since replaced high fructose corn syrup with pure Maple syrup, but the addition of butter - total...game...changer!
I don't usually need much coaxing to enjoy brunch, but if you've never been, Grand Lux Cafe won't disappoint. Try them out on March 25th for International Waffle Day or on any weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Craft Beer enthusiasts in North Houston have something to look forward to this spring. Tapped Drafthouse & Kitchen is scheduled to open in April at 20444 Kuykendahl in Spring. Owners Andrew and Kelsey Neidert hope to fill a void in the Spring and The Woodlands area by providing a place where locals feels welcome. "Our goal is to create a fun, casual and inviting ambiance, somewhere you want to visit repeatedly", says Andrew Neidert. "We designed Tapped with the needs and character of the neighborhood in mind."
Tapped will feature a dog-friendly patio with table seating for 40 and a 55-inch flat screen TV, as well as outdoor games like corn hole and Jenga. Inside Tapped, the 2,400-square-foot dining space will accommodate up to 84 guests in a relaxing space with modern and industrial elements. The main attraction though is the expansive tap-wall that will display up to 50 different beer and cider taps
Service at Tapped will start with lunch and dinner. Menu highlights include pizzas, wraps, loaded nachos, chicken wings and pretzels with beer cheese and mustard. Guests will be able to fill their own growlers with their favorite beer or take home a make your own six-pack from the refrigerated bottle selection. Look for special events in the future including tap takeovers, beer classes and trivia nights.
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