If you’re looking to spend a day Downtown Houston , look no further than Bovine and Barley for brunch. The perfect spot to take out-of-towners because its located in the middle of the quaintly, historic section of Houston and has a massive HTX sign that is perfect for pictures and Instagram. Make it a whole day, and ditch your cars and use the Metro Rail to navigate your way around town.
Start your morning off with a namaste and head over to the Free Yoga Class at Raven Tower at 10am. After class, leave your cars (in preparation for a boozy brunch) and walk about .5 mile to the Metro Rail Quitman Station. Take the line down to Preston and nab a table across the street for brunch at Bovine and Barley. At 11:30am, its not to busy, so you can have your choice of the wooden booths and tables outside.
What the menu lacks in size it makes up for creativity. It has a delightful tater tot skillet topped with cheese and eggs (half the table got this), as well as a “Bovine Cheese Melt” that is a sandwich filled with cheese sticks stuffed with brisket–complete with tomato soup. And then let’s not forget the “Croissaffle” which is a croissant that’s having an identity crisis with a waffle shape, stuffed with cheese and topped with queso and strawberry pico. Wash everything down with a carafe (or 2 or 3) of mimosas and you’re good to go.
The pace of service is a bit chill (read: slow), but if you’ve got a good crew and can manage your hunger after a vigorous vinyasa class, you’ll be fine.
After brunch, Downtown Houston is your playground. Grab a brew at the newly opened Conservatory food court down the street, explore Discovery Green, take some pics in front of the “Houston Inspired” mural, go bowling in Green Street, or explore the vintage shops along the Ensemble Metro Rail Station.