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.
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.
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.
The counter-service concept isn't new to the area; in fact, the arrival and ordering process is reminiscent of The Black Walnut or Hubbell & Hudson's Kitchen. The restaurant itself has undergone renovations both significant - the addition of a spacious patio for outdoor dining (something, interestingly enough, the previous tenants lacked) - and minor, as seen in the addition of the charming, belt-driven ceiling fans and newly-stained exposed beams. The dining room is open and airy, and a comfortably-sized bar area is divided from the dining room, while still being open enough to maintain easy traffic flow.
True to our word, we returned this weekend for a second breakfast at Another Broken Egg Café at the Portofino Center in Shenandoah. We originally visited about a month ago, but having been in a bit of a rush at the time and arriving on opening day, we chose to wait to review our initial meal and give them some more time to grease the squeaky wheels. Based on the stated 45-minute wait when we arrived at just after 11:00 on Saturday, clearly we weren't the only ones looking to enjoy a leisurely breakfast.