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Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors

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It isn’t just our baseball team that hits home runs. Last fall, family-owned Adair Concepts (Skeeter’s, Los Tios, Adair Kitchen) debuted a River Oaks gem, Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors. Named for the Adair siblings’ grandmother, the charming Southern-inspired space offers everything from weekday breakfast to weekend brunch, with plenty of Happy Hour specials and to-die-for dinners between.

The interior is like a chameleon, adapting its look to the hour of the day. The warm brass accents and patterned wallpaper are alternatively bright and casual or chic and elegant. Marble tables complement nut-brown wood, and the soapstone bar serves as a stunning statement. Whether stopping in for a business lunch or dinner date, visitors will feel both impressed and right at home.

The restaurant is splendidly situated between the River Oaks District and Highland Village, making it the perfect pre- or post-shopping destination. Weekday breakfast kicks off at 7AM, and perfectly pairs an espresso bar with healthy mains. Options range from Avocado Toast (feta, radish, sprouts) to Malted Waffles (maple syrup, summer berries), plus an Egg Sandwich (pretzel bun, sharp cheddar, aioli) and assorted breakfast tacos. For lunch, choose from a delicious list of sandwiches, salads, and main dishes, like the Poke Bowl or Blackened Salmon Fattoush Salad.

With its cocktails and diverse menu, dinner is a treat too. Highlighting imaginative vegetable dishes, a raw bar, shareable plates, and an array of main courses, everyone will find something to love. The Warm Olives & Rosemary present a tempting starter, while the Coffee Roasted Beets draw attention with their unique blend of whipped goat cheese, candied ginger, cocoa nibs, strawberry, and poppy seeds. Main dishes like the Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chop and Texas Beef Burger satisfy Southern cravings, while the Super Foods Bowl and Spring Gnocchi offer a lighter bite.

House and classic cocktails are awarded their own menu, accompanied by a smaller selection of wine and beer. Take your pick of the cleverly-named libations – you really can’t go wrong.

Brunch reigns in Houston, and Eloise Nichols’ Weekend Brunch holds court from 10AM – 3PM on Saturday and Sunday. Treat yourself to mimosas by the pitcher or glass, or hit the Bloody Mary cart for a spicy alternative. The Brunch Menu is the stuff of dreams, boasting everything from savory Texas Shrimp & Grits to sweet Challah French Toast. Vegetarian and meat-laden dishes, both healthy and indulgent, mingle in the well-rounded menu.

Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors is open 7 days a week, with hours listed below. Enjoy your meal!

Happy Hour, daily from 3-6PM
Monday: 7am to 9pm
Tuesday thru Thursday: 7am to 10pm
Friday: 7am to 11pm
Saturday: 10am through 11pm (Brunch 10am to 3pm)
Sunday: 10am through 9pm (Brunch 10am to 3pm)

2400 Mid Lane // (713) 554-0136 //

Mary Cate is a Houston-based writer, photographer, and reading fiend, recently returned to her native city after time in Austin and New York City. She loves sharing the best of Houston with the world — margaritas, anyone? She and her husband serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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