One of Houston’s finest gems is the Heights neighborhood. Named from its location 23 feet above Downtown Houston, the Heights dates back to the 1800s and is one of the earliest planned communities in Texas. The neighborhood is filled with adorable bungalows, huge shady trees, and Victorian architecture.
Nineteenth Street in the Heights, between Heights Boulevard and Shepherd Drive, maintains an eclectic, but authentic, mix of modern and old. The area is filled with boutiques, antique shops, beer gardens, running trails and quaint restaurants.
One of the delightful spots on the strip is Shade. A favorite for Sunday brunch, Shade offers a robust menu full of brunch favorites like eggs benedict, made-to-order omelets, and homemade quiche. A pitcher of blood orange mimosa fills 10 glasses and is quite reasonably priced. The menu is filled with delightful sides like homemade asparagus soup, creamy macaroni and cheese, and kale slaw that makes choosing between brunch items and lunch items a legitimate struggle.
Reservations are recommended for the highly popular brunch hour (11am-1pm), especially for larger groups. During the summer when the Houston temperatures regularly hit triple digits, you’ll definitely want to nab a table inside. But on a mild evening or cooler season, the patio alleyway adjacent to the restaurant offers tables for two beneath a whimsical orange patterned canvas—perfect for grabbing a glass of rosé and some fried green tomatoes at happy hour.
After your meal, walk off your food baby and stroll through the antique shops nearby, snap a picture in front of the iconic Heights Theatre sign, and immerse yourself in the history filled Heights.