I am back on my brunch kick! A beautiful sunny day in Houston meant I needed to be on someone’s patio for a much needed Sunday Funday brunch! My sister, forever with me on these foodie adventures, selected Benjy’s in Rice Village. For the sake of the blog, I am always down for a new brunch spot and Benjy’s is generally ranked as a top pick for Houston brunches. Somehow this was my first time stopping over at Benjy’s for brunch. I had a great experience so I am sure it will not be my last.
Setup: This Benjy’s location seems to be making use of every aspect of this split level space. When we entered, we saw the largest dining room with a bar in the back. Up a flight of stairs was another dining space, then through a hall lined with chairs was another bar with additional dining space. Through a set of double doors was the small, but perfect patio. We selected the patio for brunch and soon regretted it. We underestimated the sun though and quickly found ourselves seeking a shadier part of the patio. On sunny day with a breeze, this space is sure to be the best brunch patio in town.
Service: We arrived towards the end of Sunday brunch so everyone was accommodating and friendly. We kept our orders simple so our food came out fairly quick. I have no complaints on that front. I do feel sorry for the waiters who have to traverse through that maze of a restaurant to serve guests upstairs on the patio. So if our waitress disappeared for a bit I did not get too upset, because she was likely climbing stairs with food and mimosas.
Food: I checked the brunch menu and the only thing that caught my eye was the creme brulee french toast. So my first thought was, this cannot be as good as Max’s Wine Dive’s creme brulee french toast, but I went ahead and ordered it. Somehow these dishes with the same concept manage to taste so differently AND both be delicious. I think I like both equally! The key differences are the breads, Benjy’s uses brioche bread and cooks the french toast to a crunchy finish. Max’s uses Texas toast for theirs. Benjy’s added a great vanilla whipped cream and nuts for those who like more of a crunch.
Drinks: Benjy’s offers mimosas for $4 in a variety of flavors such as white peach. I am always here for any restaurant that ventures beyond your typical orange juice mimosas. Truth be told, the other juices tend to be better! I went for water though, but sister grabbed a mimosa which she inhaled. That tells me that I will be partaking in those on my next visit.
Overall: I was a fan of Benjy’s prior to stopping by for brunch so now I can just add their brunch to the list of reasons that I loved Benjy’s! I have not modified my go-to brunch list in awhile, but Benjy’s just might be edging some folks out!