The selection of all-day breakfast restaurants in The Woodlands has been lacking for some time now. There are a number of restaurants which offer fantastic breakfasts, but those tend to have either limited hours in which breakfast is served, or they only serve breakfast on certain days, or they are only open until early afternoon. For those of us that might want breakfast for dinner, then (or lunch, for that matter) we've been limited to pretty much only national chain restaurants.
So when we heard that 59 Diner was coming to The Woodlands, we were pretty excited. Sure, we'd only been to the locations on the Tomball Parkway and Southwest Freeway in most recent history – and neither of those have ever been life-changing meals. Nevertheless, we are glad to have another dining option for breakfast, and the fact that they offer 24 hour service is a welcome bonus. Circling back to 59 problems, that number is arbitrary and the location, well... if you have lived in The Woodlands for very long, you are likely aware of the history of this particular address. There are several other restaurants nearby which continue to enjoy a constant flow of consumers through their doors, so there are definitely hungry people in Shenandoah, Texas. We here at The Woodlands Eats aren't superstitious people by any stretch of the imagination; but this building has not been home a successful restaurant business in quite some time.
As we've lamented before, it's not an easy task to get us out of bed during "normal" breakfast hours. But that doesn't keep us from dining out for breakfast every now and again, usually because someone with whom we are meeting insists on having "normal" offices hours. Thankfully, a number of breakfast restaurants in The Woodlands serve breakfast until mid-day, or in some cases, all day. Sunny Street Cafe is one such restaurant, so we stopped in on our way out to Magnolia the other day and got that most important meal of the day out of the way.
Blue Mug Cafe recently opened in The Woodlands (one month ago as of this review) and we arrived just prior to end of breakfast service. The atmosphere was bustling when we arrived and continued to be steady, with a consistent flow of patrons lining up at the counter eager to place their order(s). If you have not yet eaten at The Blue Mug Cafe, be sure to put them on your list. Grab a menu by the front door, head past the bar, and you will find the service counter where you can order breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Breakfast is currently served on Saturday & Sunday until 2pm.
It was a leisurely Saturday and after having slept in, we were looking for a breakfast restaurant that offered bacon and eggs beyond the "normal" hours. Having heard good things about them, and wanting to try something new for brunch, we decided to visit Sunny Side of the Street, on FM 2920 in Spring. The menu at Sunny Side of The Street isn't as large as some other places like IHOP or Denny's, but this also isn't one of those chains were everything is shipped in and has to be the same at every location, either. Sunny Side is an independent, breakfast/brunch/lunch restaurant that has the potential to become a mainstay in the community. And as an independent, has the opportunity to modify items for that community.
When I think of an old-fashioned country breakfast it usually conjures up images of a rustic little café in a small Texas town that serves homemade biscuits on tables covered with red and white checkered tablecloths. I don't consider nationwide chains when hankering for a 'county breakfast.' But I wanted to find a homemade breakfast within earshot, and not have to spend a half a day and a half a tank of gas looking for a café in a rural Texas town. Then in the deep recesses of my mind I remembered reading something that said Dosey Doe served breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.