Breakfast in Houston
I'm looking for a place that offers a leisurely breakfast in a casual environment. I have heaps of paperwork that needs to be completed but I like to bribe myself with trying new restaurants. I know that it isn't appropriate to "camp" in all restaurants. Therefore, I'm looking for a restaurant with good food, comfortable seats, good lighting and a leisurely environment that won't rush me out.
I've enjoyed going to Dietrick's (sp) in Rice for tea but it is often packed on the weekend. I don't want the guilt of "I've just taken the last table... must hurry out" feeling.
The Breakfast Klub (3711 Travis, in Midtown) is one possibility. It's quite friendly, the food is great. I wonder if it might get a little noisy, and while they're really accommodating, it can get busy enough that I wonder about camping. But it's worth a try! http://www.thebreakfastklub.com/
When I was at UH, I frequently studied at Dot's Coffee Shop (7006 Gulf Freeway). It's above average diner food in an atmosphere frozen in time.
I was always partial to the West Gray Cafe when I was working in Houston a couple of years ago.
I would have breakfast there a few days a week with my cousin and we were never rushed. It had the feel of a divey diner-ish place, but the people were great, the location was unbeatable, and I loved my regular omelette.
Actually, I'm open to just about any location!
I'm about an hour drive from the Rice area but I have family who live closeby. I too like Empire Cafe! I mentioned Dietrich's simply for the "spirit" of the place - no hurry, stay as long as you want.
I'm close to Bush Airport but I've not found alot of "take your time" type places around here.
A friend has recently raved about Onion Creek. I'm thinking that may be my place for today.
As a teacher, there is always need for food and a relaxed grading spot! I find that there are often too many distractions if I stay at home so I like to appreciate a new restaurant and knock out the grading before I return.
I like Onion Creek in the Heights, but it's more of a coffee house....you mention Diedrich's. There's a very small farmers market there as well.
I also like Empire Cafe in Montrose. It's offer a more typical style breakfast though I haven't tried anything but their omelettes.
Empire seems to get more traffic but you can linger at either.
I don't live inside the Loop so those are the only 2 that I frequent. There are so many to try though. Let me know what you thought and if you've found others. I go inside the Loop as often as I can and I like trying new places too.