Brunch is more than a meal; it is a standalone concept and an experience that customers are looking for. Ideal on the weekends with their friends and family members. The brunch trend continues to expand across the great state of Texas and provides restaurants an additional opportunity to entertain and delight their guests with unique culinary creations. As Texans look to travel again and gather with friends, let us kick off the Texas brunch trail with some of the best-kept secret brunch spots located in the Brazos Valley.
The Brazos Valley is largely made up of its anchor cities Bryan and College Station, fondly referred to as “Aggieland.” But you may be surprised at what you will find hidden in the neighboring small towns such as Calvert and Brenham. The springtime is a great reason to travel to the Brazos Valley. The backroads of Texas are in full bloom with Texas wildflowers, especially bluebonnets as far as the eyes can see.
Aggieland is home to Texas A&M University in College Station and its vibrant and historic sister city, Bryan. Together both cities have created a community with a growing brunch scene. Brazos Valley tops the charts for some of the best brunches across Texas. From the sweet tastes of the Parisian-inspired flavors of Sweet Paris Crêperie and Café to hidden gems in neighboring towns, these are just a few examples among the unique variety of brunch spots you will find in Aggieland.
Located in College Station’s new and popular urban retail hub, Century Square, PORTERS upscale American grill not only provides wood-fired steaks but a Southern brunch menu on the weekends with features such as jalapeño chicken and waffles and a ribeye with eggs. Quench your thirst with PORTERS homemade 23-ingredient bloody Mary mix. Or, order a decanter of mimosas with a variety of fresh juices to select from. This makes your brunch an “approachable upscale dining experience,” as noted on their website.
A few doors down, also in Century Square, try the delightful tastes of Sweet Paris Crêperie and Café, a Texas-based restaurant that is quickly expanding across the state and focuses on bringing the art of the crêpe to your brunch, lunch, and even dinner. Sip on a creamy Nutella® latte or cappuccino out of an oversized latte cup. If crêpes are too far outside your comfort zone, try the s’more’s waffle. Finish up with their classic take on an OREO® milkshake.
A short drive away from College Station, (you might not even realize you have crossed into another city) Bryan, Texas has a lot to offer on the local brunch scene.
The Campfire Restaurant, located inside the Stella Hotel at Lake Walk Town Center, takes Southern comfort food to the next level with waffles and smothered biscuits and gravy. Make your brunch complete with one of their signature brunch cocktails or a hot cup of Joe. After brunch, warm up by the fire on their patio facing the beautiful Lake Walk. Make this an entire family experience by bringing Fido along to enjoy the dog-friendly atmosphere.
Historic Downtown Bryan has many options to choose from when it comes to weekend brunch, but Ronin Farm & Restaurant stands out as one of the most unique destinations in Bryan. Ronin brings homegrown fresh produce to community farmhouse style tables inside the restored icehouse. Every meal is a new culinary experience. Select your brunch from an ever-changing menu that reflects the seasonality of sourcing all their ingredients straight from their farm.
However, if flaming bananas fosters and a champagne toast is more your brunch style, head out to the Messina Hof Winery Vintage House Restaurant located in the Bryan countryside. You will feel like you are in a hidden vineyard from wine tasting to brunch among the vines.
Beyond the bounds of Aggieland, two cities have a unique brunch experience worthy of the drive. Starting in Calvert, Texas with a population of less than 1,400, make plans to stop on Main Street at the Farmers to Market Calvert Coffee Company to try their signature seasonal coffee flight. This up-and-coming city in the Brazos Valley has a lot to offer, from art to antiques. So start your morning with a delightful cup of specialty coffee that is sure to turn on your tastebuds. Previous seasonal flavors have included Pecan Praline, Peppermint Bark, Watermelon Matcha, and Crème Brûlée.
Known for its fields of blue bonnets and home to Texas’s beloved Blue Bell® Ice Cream, the final stop on the Texas brunch trail kickoff is in Brenham, Texas, at the Las Americas Latin Cuisine restaurant located in Downtown Brenham. Tres Leches or Nutella®-stuffed French toast are just a small sampling of what you may find in this brunch spot. Traditional Latin flavors can be found in many of their dishes. However, you cannot leave without experiencing their mimosa flights, which feature three signature flavors and one rotating seasonal flavor.
The travel is only within a small radius of the Brazos Valley. The experience is worthy of larger cities across the state of Texas. Find unique culinary flavors at each brunch stop around the Brazos Valley. Seasonal coffee and mimosa flights stand out as a unique and memorable dining experience. An adventure that you will want to share with your friends and family. The Brazos Valley is the perfect spot to kick off the search for the best places to brunch in Texas.