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.
From nicely priced happy hour sushi delights to incredible Horiuchi Manubu-crafted Japanese creations, Kata Robata’s exquisite offerings are meant to exceed expectations. The serene, modern atmosphere of this restaurant is the perfect setting to enjoy a freshly-brewed Japanese beer or smooth sake accompanied by scrumptious delights. The grilled snapper collar, Russian Osetra Caviar, and the richly-flavored layered Horse Mackerel makes up the restaurant's specialities.
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.
Uchi is a classy Japanese restaurant which specializes in sushi and sashimi offerings. Award-winning chef, Tyson Cole, who owns the restaurant, has used innovative experiments with tastes and textures to create dishes which have expanded the horizons of the Japanese cuisine in the city. The classy furnishings, dim lighting and contrast of beige and brown with vivid red, oriental wallpaper on one of the walls, creates an ambiance which is perfect for a special occasion. Uchi has a private dining room which can accommodate around 26 people for a sit down dinner and even more for a standing cocktail party. Two smaller rooms are also available for rent.
Located on Prairie Street, the Prohibition Supperclub & Bar is a popular neighborhood bar and restaurant that offers scrumptious American food and tantalizing drinks. On offer at the restaurant is a classic American menu serving traditional delicacies like Meatloaf, Chicken Waldorf Sandwich, their signature Prohibition Salad and Fish Beignets. They are known to have the only oysters' raw bar in downtown. Their chefs Ben McPherson and Matt Wommack showcase their culinary expertise through the perfectly cooked meals. The bar menu is quite impressive as well; it offers a wide range of tempting cocktails, whiskeys, craft beers and fine boutique wines. Prohibition Supperclub & Bar is situated inside an early 20th Century building and the decor features many artifacts and original fittings from the olden times. They also arrange for private events and their expert staff ensures the success of each party hosted here.
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.
Looking for more variety in your evening meal? Go Spanish tonight! Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar serves up a wide variety of mini dishes, ranging from delightfully salt-cured fish, to roasted veggies and savory meatballs. The Albondigas Marroquis are wonderfully Moroccan-influenced meatballs with eggs, peas, and a dash of cumin. The Ensalada De Espinacas is a perfect mix of avocado, fresh baby greens, chickpeas, and veggies with a lime vinaigrette. Get a delicious Margarita or glass of Sangria at happy hour. It's an ideal spot for dinner before a show at The House of Blues next door. -Adam Rosen
Just on the outskirts of downtown is home to the delightfully authentic Central Vietnamese restaurant Huynh. This casually elegant spot has extremely friendly service and unbelievable takes on Vietnamese classics. Some of the highlights include various char-grilled meats with crushed rice, comforting bowls of pho with all the standard choices, gorgeous family-style platters, like the beef tenderloin with peppers and onions, and of course the ever-refreshing Vietnamese desserts and beverages. No alcohol sold here, but feel free to bring your own only USD 2 per person. Have dinner here and catch a hip show across the street at Warehouse Live. You won't regret it. -Adam Rosen
What happens when a former beauty pageant contestant and a former professional Mexican wrestler get together? They open a restaurant called Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen of course! That was back in the 60s. It closed in the 90s, but their sons revived it and now have three locations throughout Houston. Sure they have items like lobster enchiladas, but why bother with the fancy stuff when you can enjoy the Tex-Mex fare the sons learned from their mother? Start off with the chorizo con queso while waiting for a plate of Betsy’s tamales. Wash it all down with a margarita. Enjoy drink and food specials during 3p-6p Happy Hours. -JoAnn Takasaki
A "fooding house" by definition, Oporto Midtown offers more than just good food and drinks. The rustic design and warm, welcoming vibes of the restaurant make it perfect for a casual and enjoyable dinning experience with your friend and family. Specialists in Portuguese cuisine, you can expect an authentic, traditional meal, that showcases the rich culinary culture of the European nation. Choose from the varying, delectable helpings of pesticos, burgers and sandwiches and prepare to be blown away as you dig into it. Complete your meal with Portuguese desserts.