There are a few events, in our Urban Swank and personal lives, that we can always count on. Those events are Houston Restaurant Week (which has turned into a month now), our spa weekends, and Sunday brunches with our girls. The latter of the mentioned events, brunch, has always been a favorite of ours and it seems that many others Houstonians agree. We LOVE brunch so much that we have an entire section of our blog devoted to it; click here to check it out. Just this week Eater Houston updated their Heat Map to include their list of, "Where to Eat Brunch Right Now". Brunch is becoming a really big deal.
Here lately, several Houston restaurants have taken notice and are now offering some type of brunch on the weekend, and we’ve had the opportunity to check out a few of them. So, over the next several weeks we will bring them to you Urban Swank style. We may add a twist and tell you about a few of our favorite spots as well! First up is Latin Bites.
Chef Roberto Castre has introduced what he calls,"The return of the "buffet" brunch". At the Latin Bites brunch, you will find a little bit of everything. From fresh fish, to various stews, tamales, and even dessert; they pretty much have you covered. Latin Bites has taken their brunch to the next level by adding a la carte items into to the mix, including freshly prepared eggs (or omelets), which are perfect in every way, and made to order orange and passion fruit mimosas. In addition to the expansive food offerings and the accompanying brunch cocktail menu, they have an amazing Latin band, which sets the right tone. Aside from perfect weather and being able to enjoy brunch outdoors, a live band is almost a necessity. It's just like margaritas rimmed with salt; it just makes it better.
Everything served was great, but we did have a few favorites:
The Sandwich Station was pure genius; we paid it several visits and were repeat customers. They offered three types and we had the option to mix and match our meats and toppings. The Chicharron (roasted pork), the Jamon del Pais (Peruvian-style ham), and the Chorizo Argentino (Argentinean sausage) were the meat options. You can top your sandwiches off with either lettuce, tomatoes, salsa criolla, or whatever homemade sauces they have available that day. The tamales were another must have and included the Pork Tamales, the Green Tamales (corn cilantro tamales with cheese), and the Humitas Peruvian (sweet corn tamales and cheese). And let's not forget the rice, Arroz Blanco, which we swear can be paired with anything (especially the lamb stew...yum!) or enjoyed solo. This rice needs no entourage!
We look forward to brunch every weekend and it is a time when we can wind down from a crazy week and an even crazier weekend. Latin Bites is definitely on our short list for one of the best brunches in the city. As more and more restaurants add weekend brunches to their offerings, we are sure the brunch concept will be become as popular as the after work happy hour. If you are a huge fan of brunch like we are, and you are looking for something different, give Latin Bites a try. You are sure to enjoy not only the food and the ambiance, but also the experience. Latin bites serves brunches on Sundays from 10am – 4pm and costs $35 per person ($28 for seniors and $10 for children).
~ Urban Swank
* Urban Swank did receive a complimentary media tasting at Latin Bites, however, the opinions are our own.