Breakfast, Breaky, petit dejune, whatever you call it, it is often touted as the most important meal of the day. And while food is fuel, it is fuel whose consumption should be enjoyed and the fuel should be of good quality. Houston has no shortage of fast food places, diners, and brunch spots of both the chain and the local variety. However, very recently a Mountain West Chain by the name of Snooze: An AM Eateryopened a location in the Montrose area where it was welcomed by the locals. This past Father’s day weekend, their second location opened in Town & Country Village, just a hop, skip and a jump away from my Westchase hood. During the 3 day soft opening that ran from Saturday June 17th through Monday June 19th, Snooze raised money for 3 different local charities that accomplish different kinds of good all over. But then again, this culture of service is part of what makes Snooze who they are.
It only takes a Moment to Make a Difference
Founded by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel, Snooze was born on April 2, 2006 in Denver, Colorado seeking to evolve the A.M. dining experience through culinary innovation, an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service. Breakfast marks the beginning of a new day. At Snooze, we believe life is for living and each person and each day is worth celebrating. Our mantra: it only takes a moment to make a difference.
From the day we were born, our people – Snoozers – have led the way serving creative twists on America’s favorite breakfast classics in a casual, friendly and vibrant atmosphere. The passion of our Snoozers is contagious. Over the past 8+ years it has inspired Snooze fans of all ages across the country. We embrace our roots in the Denver Ballpark neighborhood and aspire to be an integral part of every community in which we’re lucky to live.
At Snooze, we’re connected by a common desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We believe we’re all one, big family – Snoozers, partners, guests, neighbors, planet – and we strive to be a part of the communities where we live. One percent of sales from each Snooze makes its way back into the local community through the donation of in-kind goods (A.K.A. pancakes!) and services. You’ll see us passing out pancakes, maintaining school gardens, volunteering at food banks and cleaning up beaches. We’re focused on supporting local causes and issues related to the neighborhoods where we live and organizations focused on education and sustainability.At Snooze we believe that it only takes a moment to make a difference. If you are holding an event or auction please visit your nearest Snooze and introduce yourself to a manager. Tell us about your cause, organization, clean-up or pet rescue and we will do our best to help! We love using pancakes to help good people raise money and awareness for causes that are near and dear to the communities in which we live.
We invite you to join us, make up a new pancake and dance to the music. Wake up to the potential of your day. Wake up to Snooze!Milk Pitcher and Can Coffee, Espresso and Creamer cupsSounds like a Philosophy worth embracing. On this Father’s day, we packed up and headed to Town & Country Village, ready to try what was in store for us. The menu is a nice mix of breakfast/brunch/lunch standards, many of which have a cool twist on them. They also ENCOURAGE your customization to anything on the menu, rather than be grouchy about it. A Breakfast Pot Pie–something I never heard of before–is on the menu. Pineapple Upside down pancakes? Done and done. Want a shot of espresso in your coffee? No problemo. And their Texas menu includes breakfast tacos, a breakfast burrito and Huevos Rancheros as well. On Father’s Day they also had a bunch of funny, sticky fake moustaches for the kiddos and the ladies to put on just to get into the spirit of things too!
On this particular day, the family ordered a couple of plates of pancakes (chocolate chip for Jason and Pineapple upside down for Helena).
The chocolate chip pancakes were full of semi-sweet, melty chocolate chips throughout the short stack of two large, almost 1 cm thick and very fluffy pancakes. Diners can tell that real eggs and butter are used in this cooking due to the slight yellowish tint of the batter and the rich flavour and fluffy texture therein. Jason, despite being a typically hungry almost 13 year old boy, could only finish one pancake.
The pineapple upside down pancakes look like typical griddle cakes, until you turn them over and find a nice, sweet layer of pineapple compote. There was also an essence of coconut in there somewhere, evoking the structure and flavour profile of grandma’s pineapple upside down cake. I will also add the pancakes were served with warm maple syrup, which proved unnecessary given the sweet fruit/chocolate goodness included in both stacks. Grades: A and A+
The adults ordered:
Juan’s Breakfast Tacos (Three fresh corn or flour tortillas topped with scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, jack cheese, green chile hollandaise & pico de gallo–with an inside tip: better yet with veggie/meat toppings). I went with bacon topping on mine because (sorry Bad Piggies), like garlic Bacon don’t need a reason! The eggs, potatoes, cheese and meat were properly cooked–nothing cold nor runny. The corn tortillas were a little crumbly and though I ate the tacos with a knife and a fork, they were still delicious: spicy, cheesy, and the green chile hollandaise sauce is superb. Next time, I will ask them to either double up on the corn tortillas so they hold together better or will ask for flour tortillas instead.
The Snooze Classic (three Farm fresh cage free eggs cooked any style and your choice of ham, bacon, sausage, chorizo, pulled pork, chicken sausage or soyrizo. Includes hash browns, choice of toast). On this we went with 3 poached eggs, that were done perfectly on medium (solid whites, oozy but not runny yolk) and with chorizo. I was expecting chorizo debris, but this was formed into a nice round patty much like traditional breakfast sausage. However, one taste and you knew it was chorizo. While we went with wheat toast this time, next time may do an English Muffin instead. Grades: A and A respectively.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the charity they were working for on June 18th: Project C.U.R.E. Project C.U.R.E. identifies, solicits, collects, sorts and distributes medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world. Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) was founded in 1987 by James Jackson, who was working as an international economic consultant in developing countries when his work put him face to face with the needs of the sick and dying. During a trip to Brazil, Dr. Jackson visited a small clinic near Rio de Janeiro, where he learned that patients were often turned away due to a lack of basic medical supplies. Jackson was moved to action, making a promise to the clinic doctor that he would help provide relief to the people there. Dr. Jackson returned to his home in Evergreen, Colorado, and with the assistance of friends in the medical industry collected $250,000 of medical supplies in his garage in just 30 days time. By personally paying the shipping expenses, Jackson was able to send an ocean-going cargo container carrying the donated supplies to Brazil. In 1997 James Jackson’s son, Dr. Douglas Jackson, became President & CEO of Project C.U.R.E..
From its humble beginnings in Colorado, Project C.U.R.E. has expanded to many other cities across the United States. Currently, Project C.U.R.E. maintains large distribution warehouses in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. In addition, Project C.U.R.E. has established smaller collection centers several other states where donated items are gathered and then delivered to its warehouses. Project C.U.R.E. now collects medical donations in many U.S. cities. Project C.U.R.E. has been an industry leader in developing new ways to allow the organization to provide the highest quality donated medical supplies and equipment possible to resource-limited communities across the globe, including efficient and accurate inventory systems, supply chain management, expert management of logistics and strong in-country relationships. Project C.U.R.E. also offers numerous domestic and international volunteer opportunities. Since its founding, Project C.U.R.E. has reached patients, families and children in 130 countries. Their Houston office is located off of Kempwood Drive, less than 10 minutes from Snooze Town & Country. My son Jason has helped pack supplies for them with the Wesley Academy National Junior Honor Society and it is a very helpful organization.
Snooze Town & Country is located at:
600 West Sam Houston Pkwy N #500
Houston, TX 77024
7 Days a Week
6:30am – 2:30pm
I want to thank the Staff and Management at Snooze for a great Father’s Day breakfast and for the help they are offering Project C.U.R.E.
Eat Happy, Y’all!!!
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