When space opened up on North Eldridge Parkway, Mackin said it was time for the two to open a restaurant rather than just working in one.
“We’re here every single day. We work in the kitchen; we run food; we bus tables,” Powers said. “This is our baby.”
Mackin said they wanted to have a breakfast or brunch concept but added a Cajun twist to make Sizzle & Brew, which opened in December, different from other breakfast cafes.
“Most of [the other breakfast restaurants] have a little bit of a play on the Tex-Mex side,” Mackin said. “Cajun’s been an up-and-coming popular thing, so we wanted to do that instead of what everyone else does.”
Powers said two of the restaurant’s top-selling dishes feature Cajun cuisine: the Crazy Cajun Benedict, which includes Andouille cornbread topped with a crunchy boudin ball and an over-easy egg, and the Orleans Omelette, a three-egg omelette filled with seasoned shrimp, Andouille sausage and cheddar cheese.
“Everything is made from scratch and made to order. We put a lot of time into this menu, so we want to do it justice and make it fresh for our customers,” Mackin said.
Sizzle & Brew offers a lunch menu as well, including sandwiches and salads, and both breakfast and lunch are served all day, Powers said.
Coffees, teas, mimosas, beer and wine are available, and customers can enjoy an outdoor patio with picnic-style tables, Powers said.
“Having the option to have mimosas or Bloody Marys with their breakfast isn’t something you can do at every place,” Powers said.
Mackin said while the Tomball-Cypress area is growing, the small-knit community is what has helped drive business for Sizzle & Brew.
“For as big as Tomball and Cy-Fair [are], it’s still a small community. Everyone knows everyone,” Mackin said. “We’ve been pretty lucky as far as the locals supporting us, from the people to the other small businesses.”
Sizzle & Brew
16949 N. Eldridge Parkway, Tomball
Hours: Sun.-Sat. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.