The Burning Pear |16090 City Walk Blvd. | Sugar Land, Texas 77479 | (281) 275-5925
Major Credit Cards | Breakfast: Mon. – Fri. 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Sat. & Sun. 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Lunch: Mon. – Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Dinner: Fri. & Sat. 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Sun. – Thu. 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Brunch: Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
We have found that The Burning Pear is an easy, crowd-pleasing spot for Easter brunch. I was both surprised and relieved to find reservations still available when I called the Thursday before Easter (nothing like a little procrastination, huh?).
The Burning Pear is located inside the Marriott Sugar Land Town Square hotel. The restaurant patio overlooks the walkway outside the hotel, with a view of Sugar Land City Hall and the main plaza. The Burning Pear features an a la carte Sunday brunch every week, but the holiday crowds tend to overwhelm the space. To ease the crowd issue, brunch this year was served in the hotel’s main ballroom instead of inside the restaurant.
While some might find a hotel ballroom a rather sterile place for Easter brunch – and while it did lack some of the character and coziness of the restaurant – we actually enjoyed it a bit better. Holiday brunches are served buffet style, and there was plenty of space for all of the buffet items and the omelet and carving stations. With this layout, the traffic flow was smoother and diners didn’t feel like they were crawling over each other to get to the food.
The ballroom was set up with breakfast items on one side, including a made-to-order omelet station, and lunch items on the other, with dessert along the back wall.
The Easter Bunny was also on hand, giving out candy treats to the younger diners. I thought it was nice that she (yes, in this case the Easter Bunny was a she) asked our permission before making the offer to our kids.
One reason we love brunch at The Burning Pear is that there is something for every taste. I love breakfast, so I headed to the breakfast side first. There was practically no line for omelets when we arrived, so my parents and I quickly placed our orders. Nearby, my son grabbed a Belgian waffle.
After my delicious spinach, mushroom, and cheese omelet was cooked and on my plate, I headed for the breakfast buffet. There was lots to choose from: Cajun potatoes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, stuffed French toast, pastries, and smoked salmon eggs Benedict.
My carb-loving son added a piece of stuffed French toast to his plate, I suppose as a side dish to his waffle? The stuffed French toast had apples in the center, which was a nice surprise and tasty, but not overly sweet.
The breakfast items were pretty standard, but satisfying (though I wish the bacon had been a bit crispier).
My husband is more of a lunch guy, so he went in the opposite direction. Lunch buffet options included smoked turkey, smothered pork chops, red snapper, carrots and broccoli, lemon asparagus, rice pilaf, stuffing, and rolls. There was a carving station with ham and prime rib.
The carved meats were pretty good, but some of the buffet items were just so-so. The turkey was a bit dry; the red snapper was a bit fishy tasting. The side dishes were generally good, but nothing really stood out.
In between the breakfast and lunch buffets were a salad bar, as well as a large table with shrimp and oysters.
Dessert included an assortment of cakes and pies, as well as bananas foster. There was always a crowd around the bananas foster table, so I never could get a photo! The bananas foster were being made fresh at the table and served over Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla – yum!
We like the brunch buffet here for Easter because everyone can find something that they like. The Burning Pear will also feature a similar brunch buffet for Mother’s Day.
And, speaking of Mother’s Day, come back next week for some ideas on where to take that special mom in your life next weekend (you did remember that Mother’s Day is next weekend, didn’t you? ;) ).