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Who has the best breakfast in Houston? Texas Monthly picks the top spots in Texas

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Down House's pork hash breakfast topped with fried eggs Photo via Down House/Facebook
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Grits and fried catfish...and more...at The Breakfast Klub Photo via The Holiday HoHo Queen
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Breakfast: It's the meal with the most important clichés. Or something. But when it comes to restaurants, breakfast often gets the shaft, replaced with the weekend's sluttier brunch.

Texas Monthly picked out the 40 best breakfast places in the December issue, and of course Houston has several spots represented.

The list is divided by city and doesn't have any rankings, but a stunning full-page spread devoted to the eggs benedict at Ouisie's Table is probably a sign of something good. Owner Elouise Adams Jones began offering breakfast again this year (it was at the original Ouisie's but never before in the current iteration). Other newbies making it onto the list include Down House, praised for the local egg omelets, fried egg sandwich and pulled-pork hash, and a mention for Pondicheri's morning thali.

Of course, the list wouldn't be complete without a couple of standards, like The Breakfast Klub and its famous waffles and wings, Avalon Diner's pigs in a blanket and migas at Merida in the East End.

There are a couple of surprises, too, including Gulfgate's Dot Coffee Shop (I do love that place, but it's mostly because I re-enact scenes from Reality Bites whenever I'm there), the Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Eastside (an unorthodox choice, but I can't argue with delicious) and venison sausage at Goode Company Taqueria. Houston's Katz Coffee also gets a mention as a local roast to look for around town.

What's your favorite breakfast spot in town?

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