#FoodieFriday: Now Serving Brunch — Houston’s The Tasting Room

by Gabi De la Rosa on October 16, 2020 in Food+Drink, Drink, Houston,
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Finally! The Tasting Room has launched a tasty weekend menu with offerings that will delight both the sweet and savory connoisseurs in your brunch crowd.

It is officially patio season in Houston, and cooler temperatures mean the perfect time of year to enjoy a meal al fresco at one of the city’s many outdoor hot spots. The Tasting Room City Centre fits the bill with both indoor/outdoor seating and a casual atmosphere. The restaurant recently debuted a weekend brunch menu full of delicious food and a fabulous array of drinks, including four flavors of mimosas and a dangerously good frozen sangria.

The Tasting Room recently debuted a weekend brunch menu full of delicious food and a fabulous array of drinks.
Photo Corey Scranton

Senior executive chef Beto Gutierrez is at the helm in the kitchen and has put together a menu of scratch-made favorites that will ensure your brunch is anything but boring. The Blueberry Gingersnap Pancakes have just enough berries to put them on the right side of sweetness. Topped with a dollop of butter and warm syrup, it’s easy to see why they are a crowd favorite.

Helming The Tasting Room kitchen, senior executive chef Beto Gutierrez has thrown a tasty nod to his Mexican heritage with a menu that will ensure your brunch is anything but boring. Photo Becca Wright Photography

The Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast is just as delicious, but what makes it memorable is the tomato jam. Gutierrez has also thrown a tasty nod to his Mexican heritage with the delicious Chilaquiles Verdes and Texas Benedict, both with scratch-made salsa and just the right amount of Texas spice. Large groups will love the enormous Brunch Board. Piled high with an assortment of delicious menu items like pancakes, fried chicken and waffles, French toast, bacon, tater tots, and fresh berries – it gives new meaning to the popular hashtag #brunchgoals.

The Texas Benedict with smoked brisket barbacoa, poached eggs, topped with hollandaise on an English muffin—a hit with the fall weekend brunch crowd at The Tasting Room. Photo Corey Scranton

The debut of the restaurant’s brunch menu coincides both with Houston’s incredible fall weather and also takes advantage of outdoor seating for those who aren’t ready to dine-in because of the coronavirus.

Tasting Room regulars have been requesting a brunch menu for quite some time, says Chef Gutierrez. Houston staple Max’s Wine Dive, also owned by Lasco Enterprises, has seen brisk business at brunch, so it made it easy for the Tasting Room to follow suit.

Scratch-made salsa with just the right amount of spice makes these Tasting Room Chilaquiles Verdes hard to resist.
Photo Corey Scranton

“Brunch is one of my favorite things to do, because I can take my time and visit with my friends and family. Then we get to add a little day drinking with happy beverages, micheladas and mimosas,” says Gutierrez. “Add delicious sweet and savory food pairings, and it’s the perfect way to spend the afternoon with your favorite people.”

Chef Gutierrez and the Tasting Room have now given us an abundance of reasons to skip the morning oatmeal and enjoy a leisurely fall brunch with friends or family. Don’t forget your post-brunch disco nap – it’ll perk you right up to plan your next scrumptious brunch.

Cover photo Corey Scranton

Gabi De la Rosa lives in Houston with her husband and three children. Visit her on Instagram @gabioftheroses_htx