San AntonioGerman immigrant Carl Hilmar Guenther settled on the San Antonio River in 1860 and founded Pioneer Flour Mills, said to be the country’s oldest continually family-owned mill. The restaurant, spilling out from Carl’s original family home, deliciously showcases the mill’s products. The towering buttermilk biscuits and the Southern Sweet Cream waffles taste so light and airy you’d almost think they could float away.
Don’t Miss: A side of thick applewood-smoked bacon
Houston When it comes to breakfast, familiar beats fancy. Steve Drayer’s small diner in Houston’s condo-rich Tanglewood-Briar Grove neighborhood lives and serves by this mantra. “Our breakfast menu is plain and simple,” he says. “But it’s enough that I see some regulars four or five times a week.” The cafe posts its build-your-own menu on a chalkboard—made-to-order omelets and Swedish-style pancakes win praise. Perhaps what keeps the place full, more than 25 years after opening, is that the list doesn’t change much.
Don’t Miss: Cheddar omelet with extra crispy bacon
DallasChef/owner Tim Byres road-tripped the rural South, rediscovering his love for from-scratch cooking. The result: Smoke, a return to the grandma way. You’ll find Texa(German-style sausage, green chile-and-brisket hash, tamales) and history-buff Americana inside the Belmont Hotel.
Don’t Miss: Hungry Bear ham, cheese grits-and-hominy casserole, and genuine drop biscuits
Fort WorthIf you’re from some faraway place like Dallas or you don’t attend TCU just down the road, you probably don’t know what Germans are. But you may never go back to regular pancakes once you’ve tried the crepe-like German signature dish served around the clock at this beloved Fort Worth hangout. When your Germans pop up, the waitress brings them to your table; fills them with freshly squeezed lemon juice, powdered sugar, and whipped butter; and folds them just for you.
AustinPost-concert late-night food runs are the norm in Austin. And who wants a plain burger when a mid-century bungalow cafe whips up barnyard-egg migas (eggs with bits of corn tortilla and other savory ingredients) or apple whole wheat pancakes? This original location of Austin’s cherished 24/7 cafe is tucked near the residential edge of Hyde Park, but Longhorn students cross Guadalupe for their fix, and the indie crowds beyond Lady Bird Lake pile into the South Lamar booths. Here’s the bottom line: This is Austin’s best breakfast food you can get any time of day (or night).
Don’t Miss: Paris Texas Platter, (migas with French toast and queso on the side)