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The locals say this is one of the best cups of espresso in town and that's because this cafe is serious about coffee. The wide variety of beans and means of brewing they offer have one thing in common: quality. Not a fancy place, and not designed for those craving a corporate coffee drink, Catalina Coffee is an authentic coffee lover's dream.
Located on the outskirts of Houston's colorful Montrose area, the Empire Cafe is a delightful spot for enjoying a brunch date, meeting friends for dinner or ending the evening with coffee. Sit on the patio after ordering one of the inventive specials displayed proudly above the cakes at the dessert bar and the busy Westheimer traffic doesn't seem quite so oppressive. Although the dishes are less inspired than the specials, their wide variety of consistently delicious cakes, the bold coffees, and the bright camaraderie are the reasons to visit this delightful and humble inner Houston cafe.
Located in the Midtown, Khon's is the perfect after-work hangout. They serve beer, wine, and coffee in a laid-back atmosphere. It's a great spot to go for a quiet night with a few friends. They have plenty of surprising drinks in stock from all over the world. Take a load off and play darts while shooting the breeze with the friendly bartenders, or sit and enjoy an eye-opening coffee while finishing up some work.
You need to treat yourself for coffee and sweets! A Sweet Factory is just the place, with decadent Mediterranean pastries galore. The flaky crust of buttery Croissants or fresh baked sweet Baklava with spring-green pistachios goes perfectly with some cardamon tea or rich Middle Eastern coffee varieties. They also have some of the best pita bread you'll ever eat, so pick some up for your after-work snacks for the week. You might also consider their custom gift baskets, giant party trays, and super moist cakes, which is appropriate for all occasions. You'll smell their delicious and satsifying pastries from the parking lot.
Agora is way more than just a great cafe. Besides the fact that they sell fine European ales, sweet post-dinner beverages and snacks, they also have a a true hip identity. A versatile place, Agora can easily serve as whatever you need it to be. Time to kill? There's no better place. First date? You can stay as long or short as you need, whilst having chosen an impressively unique spot. Even take a client there for an informal meeting.
Sprinkled about this large city are plenty of convenient breakfast spots. Snowflake Donuts is a great place for when you're running late to school or work. Grab a couple kolaches, or a Ham and Cheese, a great pick-me-up before your early morning meeting or exam. They bake all of their donuts, kolaches, and other pastries fresh every morning, guaranteeing satisfaction. Pick up a couple dozen hot glazed donuts and be the popular employee at the office tomorrow morning. To compliment your breakfast is the ever-bold New Orleans style Community coffee. A little bit of money goes a long way this neighborhood donut shop. Good Morning! -Adam Rosen
This little java spot opened in the early 1990s, long before the corporate coffee house popped up on every street corner. After a renovation, it became a great spot to sip coffee while playing a game of chess. Nowadays, it is also a good place to grab a bite to eat. In the morning, you can have a hearty egg breakfast, the Eggs El Salvador are a favorite, or fresh muffins, bagels and pastries. For lunch or dinner, there is a wide variety of pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and appetizers for an overall casual dining experience.
Salento is a wonderful Latin American café/wine bar combo in the heart of the pleasant Rice Village. Their coffee is some of the best in the city, with well-trained baristas manning the steamer. The wine list includes several gems from South America, with great happy hour discounts. Get a window seat along the front wall and people-watch while listening to their mix of mostly underground music. Order a chicken empanada - the best snack in the city!