On the weekends lines form well outside the entrance; some evidence that this has become a local fixture since its opening in 2001. The Breakfast Klub serves excellent and interesting, fun and unpretentious food in an informal setting with a certain amount of cool. Though stylish, the owners and staff are noticeably very friendly, and the restaurant always seems to have a warm vibe to it. Dark wood tables, chairs and some even more comfortable seats are set amidst the industrial chic type of decor, and African-inspired art adorns some of the walls, above the concrete floors.
Though not soul food in the traditional sense, the offerings have a noticeable African-American feel, and are divided neatly among breakfast plates, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, salads, and lunch sandwiches.
Only open until the early afternoon, breakfast is served all of the time and comprises most of the menu. Almost all of the breakfast choices are very good. Featuring noticeably freshly baked goods nicely complemented with tasty fat, the French toast and biscuits and gravy are among the best in town, as is the Breakfast Kroissant. This is a scrambled egg-filled sandwich featuring a buttery croissant and a choice of meats served with a properly ripe, juicy and flavorful roma tomato slice.
In fact, each of the ingredients is noticeably fresh and top-notch here. There are several other breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and waffles, omelets made with three eggs, and some other, more eclectic options. There is even Green Eggs & Ham. The eggs get their color from the hearty addition of chives, spinach and bell peppers, in case you are curious.
The Wings & Waffle is a take on the jazzy combination of fried chicken and waffles. More so the Belgian waffle, but the tasty fried chicken wings, too, benefit from a dash of maple syrup.
The breakfast sides are much more than an afterthought here. The cubed roasted potatoes are good, possibly the best breakfast potatoes outside of very good hash browns. And good for any place specializing in breakfast, the bacon is thick and crispy.
The lunch-style items are also worthy of a visit. There are a handful of artful sandwiches and salads from which to choose: a club, a chicken club, grilled chicken, tuna salad, chicken salad, and the increasingly familiar BLT with avocado. The salads are a Chef Salad, Caesar with grilled chicken and Grilled Chicken Salad with grilled chicken breast, bacon, chopped hard-boiled eggs, cheese and tomatoes among salad greens. The salads and sandwiches can also be fitted half-size with the soup of the day.
Whenever you come, the Breakfast Klub will offer likely offer a warm and enjoyable dining experience that should be worth the wait.
3711 Travis (at Alabama)
Houston, Texas 77002
Copyright Mike Riccetti. Adapted from Houston Dining on the Cheap, and used with permission.
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