I had a most triumphant Sunday “brunch” recently at a place called Hungry Like the Wolf.
If you suddenly hear Duran Duran playing their biggest hit from their biggest album, Rio, it’s no coincidence. Hungry Like the Wolf is Houston’s only 1980s-themed diner and bar. It serves deadly legit breakfast (and lunch and dinner) every day but Blue Monday.
Inside, you’ll see memorabilia from yearbooks to high school lockers, along with glitter tables, ’80s music videos, and a Rubik’s cube disco wall. It’s not so loud as to blow you Back to the Future, but the décor is rather in your face. Bodacious, you might say.
Now, Hungry Like the Wolf doesn’t have much in the way of fancy brunch dishes. There is one, though, that I’ll get to.
Here you’ll find the comforting breakfast choices you know and love in hearty portions that offer awesome value for the price. And love them you will. On our visit, the three of us devoured everything that was placed before us.
Take the Ham and Cheese Omelet. The menu description – “three eggs, julienned ham, cheddar cheese, and toast” sounds basic. But in execution, it’s anything but. The cheese flowed from the folds of the omelet, the ham was plentiful and good quality and the eggs were perfectly buttery.
I had the Outrageous Fortune of trying the BLT. The bacon is thick and crispy. The tomato, a fresh summer beefsteak. Adding an egg over medium made this a true breakfast sandwich, and avocado made it seem a little bit healthier. Totally tubular!
If you’re gnarly hungry, just tell your server “To the Max!” Three eggs “like, whatever” the way you want them are standard equipment. So are sausage, bacon and hash browns. Then opt for a pancake, Belgian waffle, or French toast. It’s a huge amount of food and our tablemate had plenty to take home.
A pancake, you say. A single pancake? Yes. You can’t eat a stack of them. The winner, the Lucky Star, the Princess Diana of this breakfast, was the pancake. OMG! How can I describe this ¾-inch high, 10-inch around Glittering Prize? These aren’t your common flapjacks. Choose between “Purple Rain” style (blueberries for days), “Pretty in Pink” (strawberries), “Bananarama,” or “Willy Wonka” (I’ll let you guess). All can be had with a heap of freshly whipped cream, and all will ensure a nice Sunday afternoon nap.
Service here is friendly, quick, and efficient. Maybe a little sassy too, but you won’t have to wait long for an immensely satisfying meal.
Parking is free and easy in the lot outside. The location at 920 Studemont has seen many restaurants come and go, but Hungry Like the Wolf looks like it’s got staying power. We got there by 11 a.m. and a birthday party table was already exuberant. By noon the place was jam-packed.
At Hungry Like the Wolf, you’ll enjoy a relaxed, comfortable, and casual environment where everyone can relive the 1980s, even through rose-colored glasses.
Hungry Like the Wolf
920 Studemont Street, Houston, TX 77007