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quirky breakfast places in Houston

lazy_engineer Feb 20, 2009 07:38 AM

I've been looking for a quirky breakfast place in Houston, where the food is sort of quasi-gourmet, and the atmosphere has kind of a young-ish, hipster vibe. The closest I've seen to something like this is Empire Cafe, which was just okay for me. The food wasn't that great, although the atmosphere was kind of nice. Can anyone give me some recommendations? Here are some places I've been to in other cities that would fall under this category:

http://www.b-oespresso.com/ - Seattle
http://www.thegriddlecafe.com - Los Angeles
http://www.wildabandonrestaurant.com/ - Portland, OR

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    tx_radar RE: lazy_engineer Feb 20, 2009 09:29 AM

    The Breakfast Klub -- home of "wings & waffles" & "catfish & grits". There is usually a line out the door, esp on weekends. They have other traditional breakfast fare (pancakes, eggs, etc) but people usually go for the specialties (mentioned above). While in line my last time there, I met a gentleman who drove 50 mins from north Houston just for the grits...cause he says he can't find it that authentic anywhere else!

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      lazy_engineer RE: tx_radar Feb 20, 2009 11:51 AM

      Wow, that place sounds really good. After reading some reviews online, I'm very interested in trying this place.

      However, I don't know if this is really the type of place that I'm (also) seeking, as described above. The Breakfast Klub seems more like comfort food.

      I don't really know how to put into words what I'm looking for.. maybe there just isn't anything like that here. But thank you for the suggestion, I'll definitely check this one out.

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        Bulldozer RE: lazy_engineer Feb 20, 2009 12:34 PM

        Checked out the menus of 2 of the 3 of your templates and farrago came to mind (weekend brunch only).


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          dragonfly RE: Bulldozer Feb 20, 2009 09:29 PM

          This place does it for me ... be prepared to wait.
          Baby Barnaby's, 602 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006

          (713) 522-4229

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          tx_radar RE: lazy_engineer Feb 21, 2009 05:30 PM

          At second glance, you are right. I may have jumped the gun. I went over your links again and perhaps Benjy's is more what you are looking for. It is a brunch place though. I haven't been in years but they seem to be doing well, just opened a new branch in the Heights. I wouldn't call it quiky, but is definitely gourmet.


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        bpdhlbrg RE: lazy_engineer Feb 21, 2009 07:34 PM

        the only thing ive found worth eating at empire cafe is the cake. ive tried ordering it for breakfast there. got some disapproving looks from my dining partners, who were probably just jealous.

        dragonflys rec is spot on. baby barnabys is definitely one i would say has a hipster vibe. and it is excellent. waits are only long on the weekends in my experience.

        avalon and buffalo grill are great places for breakfast, but youll be eating with river oaks and west u locals who look like they are fueling up for a day at the office.

        tiny boxwoods on alabama is quirky in an LA kind of way. it has a west coast feel, but good pastries and an excellent yogurt parfait.

        onion creek cafe is open for breakfast, although ive never been there. if they do as good of a job with coffee and eggs as they do with beer and sandwiches, im sure it would fit your needs.

        of course, i think the ultimate hipster would want to be on the cutting edge. the next big thing. head down to brothers tacos in the east end and stuff your face with the common man. be prepared to order in espanol.

        cafe artiste would have been right up your alley. does anyone know why that place closed?

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          danhole RE: bpdhlbrg Feb 22, 2009 07:13 AM

          As far as Cafe Astiste goes, on Swamplot, the general consensus is that they ran out of money.

          lazy engineer, when you asked about quirky I immediately though of Java Java Cafe in the Heights, but looking at the places you linked to, it is not flashy enough. It is a small place with some very interesting breakfast items, some only available on weekends. Good food, and generous portions. It has an interesting mix of people that eat there, and a friendly staff. Good selection of coffees, teas, smoothies, and they serve lunches. No website, though. Quirky describes it perfectly. Hipster, trendy, not so much. Artsy, quirky, yeah that's it. A true Heights type place.

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            lazy_engineer RE: danhole Feb 23, 2009 09:25 AM

            You know, now that I think about it, maybe "artsy" would be a better word for what I'm looking for. Nonetheless, thanks for all the recommendations, I really appreciate it!

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