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.
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.
The only South African restaurant in Houston, Peli Peli is situated at Vintage Park Shopping Village's Piazza Fontana. Everything on the menu has a delicious flavor to it, courtesy spices like the one after which the restaurant is named. The decor is just as exotic as the food served, and you can dine under a 30 foot (9.144 meter) Acacia tree! Homemade South African sausages, peli-peli prawns, Madagascar peppercorn steak and Drakensberg ribs are some of the delicacies on the menu. Signature drinks like the Peli Peli Bellini and Pomecrantini, coupled with an extensive wine selection ensure that this restaurant has all the makings of a fantastic meal.
Houston's never had anything like this place. Set ideally in the middle of the Heights, the Revival Market focuses on local quality. Their still dirty-from-the-ground (or vine), vibrantly colored produce is a touch expensive, but you're also purchasing piece of mind that your local growers are finally being supported. The back wall will suck you in when you get a glimpse of scrumptious charcuterie selections. Get some prized parts of a pig you didn't think to be edible. On your way out, be sure to grab a loaf of their local Slow Dough bread, both crisp and chewy. While they're making your incredible coffee, peruse the house-made condiments, like Worcester sauce. -Adam Rosen
Sambuca prides itself on serving up delicious American dishes and live music entertainment every night, with a variety of featured music from classic rock to top 40 hits. Weekends provide a venue to get some grub and rock to the beats of a high energy dance band. Call or see the website for more information.
This venue is one of eleven locations in the US. Howl was founded in 1990 with the concept of a bar centered around dueling pianos. The stage has two baby grand pianos that are played by the best regional talent available. The show features two pianists at a time that play for an hour, then are joined by two more pianists for a couple four-way songs. The new pianists then take over for the next hour and the cycle of sing-along fun begins again. They also feature 'showtime' that includes all Howl employees and patrons in choreographed routines to well-known songs and jingles.