Brunch at Ritual
If you know me well enough, you'll know I'm addicted to brunch. Mimosas. Chicken & Waffles. The early Saturday afternoon feel. I imagine it's what heaven feels like. When my sister invited me (and our mom) to check out Ritual, I kindly obliged. The Heights is known for its foodie gems, and we were certain this one wouldn't disappoint. Plus, the reviews online are all excellent.
I was the first to arrive, so I downed a traditional mimosa upon arrival. When my mom and sister showed up, we ordered a watermelon mimosa carafe to share. The mimosas tasted like pure champagne, but none of us complained. Ritual's mimosa menu also offers blackberry, blood orange, mint, grapefruit, and kiwi strawberry options, and if you're a heavy hitter, they have an extensive beer, wine, and cocktail bar too.
And then there was the food.
First off, the biscuits were absolutely phenomenal. If you've ever watched the TV show Martin, then you know how crazy Martin went over his mama's biscuits. That's how serious Ritual's biscuits were. Soft, flaky, and flavorful, perfect for my Texan palate. If they came with a side of chicken, I'd order them as a meal.
For the brunch pick, my sister ordered the Down South burger. It has bourbon jalapeno pimento cheese, Ritual bacon, house pickles, seared slab onions, and BBQ sauce, and it tasted as delicious as it sounds. (Yes, I ate off her plate.) Despite not being a pork eater, my mom was convinced by our server that the Stockyard Hash was too good to pass up. The hash was made with potatoes, peppers, onions, smoked pork, brisket, eggs, and green chile hollandaise. I tasted hers too, and it was just as awesome as the burger.
I opted for chicken and waffles, of course. I'm a firm believer that brunch isn't brunch unless chicken and waffles is found somewhere on the table spread. Instead of regular buttermilk, these waffles were made of cornbread, which I was hesitant about at first. But once I took my first bite, I knew I'd made one of the best decisions of my life. My mom and sister both tried it and agreed that it was the winner of the day. The chicken was also tender and well-seasoned, providing the perfect match to the cornbread waffles. It tasted like Thanksgiving dinner (and I love Thanksgiving dinner).
To put it simply: THE PLACE IS GREAT. The food is amazing and the bar is plentiful. Just like the food, the customer service was top notch, with friendly, attentive, and helpful servers and staff. The overall atmosphere was laid-back and comfortable: Quaint decor, TVs out on the patio for game day, picnic seating outside, and complimentary valet.
When I first walked in, the hostess asked if I made a reservation (I hadn't), so it can be assumed the place gets pretty crowded (with good reason.) So, take that into consideration when making your plans. Regardless, the next time you find yourself in the Heights, make Ritual your brunch destination. Your taste buds will thank you for it.
And remember, try the biscuits.
Address: 602 Studewood, Houston, TX, 77007
Website + Menu: http://www.ritualhouston.com/