Although brunch is often thought to be a weekend activity, thankfully with a place like Snooze in the neighborhood, which is open for brunch daily, your breakfast/lunch options just improved dramatically. Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, henceforth simply known as Snooze, opened their first store in Denver, Colorado in 2006. I know what you are thinking, Denver is already famous for its omelet, but Snooze does much more than just omelets. The Heights location, which is the company’s fourth Houston location, opened for business January 24. Snooze as a company strives to source locally and has noteworthy programs of partnering directly with Central American coffee farmers.
Since I was able to research Snooze on a Saturday morning with the other C. Davis’s on a family brunch date, we were able to do it at their most busy hour. Be forewarned, that it is highly likely that you will wait in line, especially on the weekend. From my two hours of dining research, the line starts stacking up at 8:45 a.m. on Saturdays give or take fifteen minutes, so plan accordingly. I even polled a few patrons and the average wait time for the weekend varies from 20 to 40 minutes; some have reported longer wait times extending beyond an hour. Outside the front door there are games while you wait such as cornhole and nice aesthetics and seating so you will be as comfortable as possible.
Without further ado, allow me to take your mind on a delicious journey that begins at the coffee bar, winds to the alcohol bar, and staggers to the breakfast table.
Snooze has all the coffee options that one would expect from a top notch breakfast joint. What I mean by this is that although I know we can get lattes and cappuccinos from other places, at Snooze, I can see the barista make it from the espresso machine and steam the milk themselves.
O.C.D.’s Recommendation – Latte with Cinnamon
Although it may be frowned upon by your employer, Snooze offers a full bar open at 6:30 a.m. Not only do they have local beer options, but also very creative breakfast cocktails that are sure to please all tastes.
O.C.D.’s Recommendation – Boss Hog, which is bacon infused Noble Bourbon and House Bloody Mix
From what I can tell, there are two types of breakfast people, those that prefer hearty and those that prefer sweet. I am entrenched in the hearty camp and my bride is obviously sweet. My kids’ taste buds aren’t sophisticated enough to matter yet so they are in breakfast purgatory. If you are craving pancakes or French toast, this is your place. If you are craving Eggs Benedict, this is also your place.
O.C.D’s Sweet Camp Recommendation – Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes
The Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes are what put Snooze on the map. When you go, you must order them as a main course or as a side. Or both.
O.C.D.’s Hearty Camp Recommendation – Chile Verde Benny
Feel free to do a Benny Duo and try multiple benedict styles. But the Chile Verde is slow cooked pulled pork or barbacoa beef topped with green chili hollandaise, pico and cotija cheese. All breakfast dishes are served with Hash Browns that truly are some of the best I have ever had.
For those among us who aren’t looking for the breakfast scene yet still want to check out Snooze, there are many options of sandwiches, salads as well. I still would recommend a side of pancakes or hash browns with your dish since you only live once.
Downfalls: fluctuating wait times can vary depending on the day. It is best to go early before the early afternoon crowd. Parking is currently a problem for the Heights location, Montrose neighbors also chiming in on this topic. The highly popular spot provides parking, but not enough. Patrons utilize on-street parking within nearing neighborhoods, but not always correctly or respectfully – causing neighbors to get involved and talk with management. If you plan to go, consider carpooling or even a ride share program.