One of the best pizzerias in San Antonio, downtown San Antonio’s Playland Pizzeria is set to launch a brunch service washed down with waffles and coffee

Downtown pizzeria Playland on Houston Street already serves beer, liquor and pizza hailed by Express-News reviewers as some of the best in town. From tomorrow it will also serve breakfast and coffee.

Belgian waffles are the star here, with eight different options on the menu. Flavors range from traditional waffles dressed in butter and syrup to more elaborate creations such as waffles topped with Nutella and malt powder, blackberry and lemon curd, apple butter and granola.

“These are waffles that are made with more batter than batter, so they will have more texture,” said chef and owner Stefan Bowers.

In addition to waffles, Playland’s breakfast menu includes a bacon and egg sandwich, premium avocado toast with shaved fennel, bagels served with lox, cream cheese and capers, and a continental breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, hash browns and sourdough bread. The breakfast menu will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday to Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Bowers said the breakfast offerings were inspired by the addition of Playland’s coffee program. A wide range of espresso drinks made from beans roasted by Weathered Hands of Dripping Springs are available in addition to filter coffee made from beans from Pulp Coffee Roasters of San Antonio.

Guests will have the opportunity to spice up their coffee, which will be served until 3 p.m. Playland’s full bar menu, which includes craft cocktails, beer and wine, will be available during all opening hours.

Bowers also brought back a crowd favorite: the Pumper burger. The burger originated in Playland before becoming the basis for a separate business, Pumpers, a food truck in St. Mary’s. Pumpers is now a pop-up. Fans of this double patty cheese smashburger dressed with lettuce, onions, pickles and a special sauce can enjoy it for lunch and dinner.

Bowers said plans for Playcave, an underground late-night club announced in November, are on hold for now. But the cocktail bar one floor below Playland is still available for events and open to the public from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday.

Playland, 400 E. Houston St., 210-908-9362,

playlandsa.com.

Hours (from Saturday): 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday

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