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Warmth, Welcome, and Houston's Best Breakfast Food at The Breakfast Klub

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The list of awards for this 15-year-old coffee shop that also happens to serve great breakfast and lunches is extensive. Nationally, The Breakfast Klub in Houston has been recognized as one of the "best breakfast restaurants in the nation" by Good Morning America, USA Today, Esquire and Forbes. It's also gained recognition locally by the Houston Press 2011 Readers Choice for best breakfast, My Table Culinary Award winner for favorite breakfast in 2011 and winner of the 2011 Best of Citysearch in the breakfast category.

A native of Houston, owner Marcus Davis worked with his brothers in his father's catering business, honing his skills. He saw a void for a unique breakfast eatery in the city and opened The Breakfast Klub in 2001. Turning iconic food from the east and west coast into the center of his menu was a hit in this city of migrants from all over, where no restaurant was yet serving those soulful foods. Choosing Katfish & Grits and Wings & Waffles as signature menu items, Davis knew he could do these dishes justice.

Davis' hunch was correct. Customer favorites are, of course, the two signature dishes. But the menu also includes a full range of coffee drinks, teas, juices, various breakfast plates and morning sandwiches, as well as lunch sandwiches and salads. They cater onsite or offsite and rent out event space for all occasions. The restaurant has also expanded to sell their "soulful and savory" Signature Seasoning, Pankake and Waffle Mix and Premium Koffee so customers can bring the taste sensation home.

Patrons eating here feel welcomed and taken care of. Marketing Director Christian Jordan tells us, "When the restaurant was just an idea put to paper, that concept of warmth, welcome and service was written down. The business model is built on service, considered equal to amazing food."

No stranger to cultural foods, Davis also purchased the longstanding Caribbean restaurant, the Reggae Hut, in 2005 to preserve and update this standard. Believing strongly in supporting the community, he used artwork from a local artist to help give this ethnic eatery a more contemporary feel, while maintaining its cultural identity and good food. Reopened in 2006 and under his direction as a restauranteur, the restaurant is thriving.

But back to The Breakfast Klub. "Delicious food is important," Jordan noted, "and we have that, but good service is equally important, and we are constantly striving to make sure every person who walks through the door is given the very best experience they can have."

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