The best part of waking up on the weekend? Brunch, of course. Whether you’re chasing the hair of the dog or just looking for a bright way to start the day, a killer brunch is the right answer. Read on for our favorite Houston restaurants to grab a bite mid-morning.

Sure, Benjy’s has mastered the art of a New American dinner, but you’ll find plenty of pretty young things flocking to the Rice Village location in the AM, too. The West U location serves up brunch daily, while the Washington Avenue location only offers weekend brunch service. Weather permitting, grab a seat on the patio where you can sip a blood orange mimosa and snack on a complimentary apple butter-topped muffin while you wait for your crème brûlée French toast to arrive.

If you want a quick place to grab brunch, The Breakfast Klub might not be the place, at least not on the weekends. On Saturday and Sunday, the line of faithful followers often stretches around the building, all awaiting a chance to dig into the Klub’s signature wings and waffles or catfish and grits. Want to try it while avoiding the crowd? Weekday service is the way to go.

Brennan’s of Houston’s creole jazz brunch on Sunday is a local rite of passage. The H-Town landmark unfolds in a John Staub designed space in Midtown. Settle into the preppy indoor dining rooms that are light and bright or venture out to the lush French Quarter Courtyard, where fountains and shady oak trees add to the restaurant’s appeal. Go for the shrimp and grits, paired with a house-made Bloody Mary, and topped off with banana fosters made tableside.

Your pup doesn’t have to miss the fun at Empire Café. The Montrose institution, which just happens to be pet-friendly, draws locals from sun up to sundown, but even more so in the AM hours. Go early, if you want a spot on the patio, and treat yourself to eggs benedict and an Almond Joy—a latte blending almond milk and chocolate.

If a see and be seen is your cup of tea, Backstreet Café is a solid pick. Get your fill of people watching on the front patio of the River Oaks staple, where the social set can’t get enough of the Garden Mules and peach white wine sangria. Wondering what to order? You can’t go wrong with the crab cakes and eggs, paired with a red pepper beurre blanc. Pro tip: Avoid the weekend wait and make a reservation in advance.

With eight locations under the Barnaby’s umbrella, newbies might not know which location to hit for the restaurant’s signature green eggs, toast and chicken apple sausage. The original, of course. The cozy Baby Barnaby’s in Montrose fills up on weekends, so add your name to the clipboard, stat, and gear up for freshly-squeezed OJ and organic coffee. It’s worth the wait.

When Common Bond opened in spring 2014, residents from all over the city lined up for Parisian-style pastries and top-notch coffee. Years later, the love affair continues with fans queueing out the door during prime operating hours. Though the brunch menu changes frequently, certain staples like almond croissants, the breakfast sandwiches and frothy lavender lattes are always on offer.

Expecting a bustling scene at the Tanglewood-set Dish Society. The first location for the American concept promises fresh, farm-to-table fare and it doesn’t disappoint. Whether you stop in for weekday breakfast or weekend brunch, patrons can expect similar standout dishes like the popular southwest scramble or pork belly hash, the latter of which comes topped with a pair of open-range, sunny side up eggs and house avocado hollandaise. Bonus: Dish Society is kid-friendly, so bring the littles who are sure to love the nutella French toast bites.

Chef Hugo Ortega has mastered the art of Mexico City-style fare and his talent extends well beyond dinner service at his Montrose-set Hugo’s. Make reservations for Sunday brunch where a lavish buffet and live music ensures that guests have a memorable meal. While the $33 per person price tag might seem steep, initially, it’s worth every penny to dig into the wealth of Mexican dishes (carnitas, enchiladas, ceviche and huevos plates). Save room for the Mexican hot chocolate.