The interior theme of this charming cafe is decorated in memory of a dog named Barnaby (may he rest in peace). The little dog bones adorning the walls certainly make excellent conversation pieces. Bring along family and friends for this enjoyable experience. The menu offers a wide range of items that might make it difficult to choose. A good old-fashioned hamburger with French fries is always an excellent choice. If you want something lighter, try one of the delicious (and huge) salads. Talk your friends into sharing with you because you will want to leave room for one of the delicious desserts, such as the carrot cake or apple pie.
Barbecue lovers and chicken fried steak aficionados have been flocking to this popular Heights area family restaurant since 1986. There is no table service, but you are welcome to grab an icy soda or beer from the old fashioned drink case while you wait to order. The rustic wood walls, vintage signs and formica tables spell out casual dining. There is plenty of seating indoors, or you can stake out a table on the small covered patio. On the weekends, there is dinner and a show when bluegrass bands take to the stage in the back dining area. The generous barbecue brisket plate, served with tangy house sauce and two sides, is dependably delicious and bargain-priced. Other popular dishes include the crispy, chicken fried steak. A kid's menu is available, and there are plenty of desserts for everyone to choose from. If you want something stronger than the iced tea served in mason jars, beer and Texas wines are both available.
If you hit it just right, you won't have to wait in line long at this eatery where the Green Eggs & Ham are almost as popular as their fried Wings & Waffle topped with fresh strawberries. Even if you end up in line, it seems to move fast as conversations sprout up between neighbors, regulars, and even out-of-towners who make the drive in to get their fix.
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.
Baba means granny in Russian, and this restaurant—named after the fairy tale witch characterized in an Emerson, Lake and Palmer song—has been a fixture among the art galleries, antique stores and second-hand shops in the Montrose area since the early 1970s. The menu features contemporary cuisine ranging from healthy California-style salads, sandwiches and sprouts to burgers, rib eye steaks, pastas and a spicy, old-fashioned Southern gumbo.
Have a yearning for the nautical life? Take a plunge into the deep at the Houston Downtown Aquarium. This aquarium is definitely the place to be for a fun day out. The aquarium features around 400 species of aquatic life, with the Shark Voyage being the main attraction. This voyage gives visitors the opportunity to travel via train into an acrylic viewing tunnel with live sharks swimming overhead. Other attractions include the Diving Bell Ferris wheel, the aquatic carousel and some themed educational exhibits. If you've had your fill of the aquatic life and need some grub then take a pick from the Aquarium Restaurant or Dive Lounge.
Hubcap Grill is regarded by gastronomes as one of the best burger joints in town, if not the best. This Downtown location is the original branch and a must-visit spot for all burger fans. Here, you can sample the classic hamburger, only in an over-sized version with double the amount of melted cheese and beef. The custom buns are tough enough to hold the extra beef, cheese and optional fillings. Hand-crafted patties and unusual toppings such as Kalamata olives add a unique touch to the giant burgers. Popular options include Sticky Burger with American cheese and peanut butter, Triple Heart Clogger with grilled Wiener sausage, and even Frito Pie Burger with Frito Lays chips. The restaurant's patio is the favorite place for people-watching while relishing their burgers. This branch of Hubcap Grill does not accept credit card payment but has an ATM machine within.
If you are in downtown Houston, and feel like relaxing over some tapas and beer, then Batanga is the place to go. Located in close proximity to the Market Square Park, this cool and casual restaurant serves up some fantastic cocktails and bites, in a laid-back ambiance. With a huge patio of 3600 square feet (334.45 square meter), Batanga seems to attract many hungry tourists and locals. With happy hours being available on drinks, this place remains choc-a-bloc during evenings. Grilled Panela Cheese, Duck Confit Arepas, Cuban Mojo Chicken Skewers and Grilled Hangar Steak remain to be popular dishes among most of their customers. A good range of cocktails accompany the delicious food, while Thai Me Up, One Beat Samba and Patio Cooler remain to be the crowd-pleasers.
La Calle Tacos serves authentic Mexican cuisine with a menu featuring dishes like tacos, chips and guacamole, Caldito, and so much more. The ambiance has a homely touch that makes dining here recommendable. The service is good as well.
Osso & Kristalla is an Italian restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals have been prepared by using fresh and local ingredients. For breakfast one can enjoy pastries, sandwiches, and coffee. For lunch, they offer pizzas, pastas, Dagwood sandwiches and salads while for dinner the restaurant transforms into a lounge and the patio is extended for outdoor seating. As night falls guests can enjoy their drinks (cocktails and wines) alongside delicacies like steal, Italian meatballs and BBQ Shrimp. Take-out and delivery services can be booked via UberEATS.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is charming with glossy mahogany paneling and oceanic artwork. The menu is pricey, but dishes like the Hawaiian Mahi Mahi Basted with Orange Mango Barbecue Glaze are well worth the expense. The menu is often updated to reflect the freshest seafood available. A glass of house wine is the perfect addition to your meal.
Cousins Maine Lobster is best known for its fresh, authentic and affordable sea food from the trucks and restaurant. Starting with a single truck, today Maine Lobster has expanded their fleet of vehicles and operates efficiently in 10 different locations throughout the country. The menu items consist of lobster rolls, shrimp tacos, lobster tacos, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and beverages. They also undertake online orders and catering orders along with home delivery services.