Tipico Cafe's menu spills over with Latin American flair. Following Honduran tradition, servers slide complimentary pan de coco—or coconut bread—onto tables before every meal. Appetizers, such as the towering pyramid of crabmeat, avocado, and mango found in the Tipico tropical stack, precede meaty entrees accompanied by rice and beans, plantains, and Salvadorian cheese and cream. Freshly prepared dishes team up with the café's music and decor to create an authentic Latin cultural experience. To complement meals, a BYOB policy lets diners park a favorite bottle of wine or jetpack fueled by beer right at their table.
In October of 2013, the remodeled and reinvented Westfield By The Railroad finally opened its doors to excited diners. Owner Rachelle Sitton welcomes this 21-and-over crowd to enjoy classic sports-bar-style grub and cold brews on her eatery's expansive patio after a rough day at the office or local sandpaper factory. They can also unwind by watching the big game on a 120-inch projection screen.
Ellen's Cafe embodies the warm Texas-small-town spirit of Old Town Spring with its cheerful staff and menu of made-from-scratch classics. Owner Ellen Saxe can often be spotted bustling about the restaurant, greeting customers and guiding them toward tables in the bright-yellow dining room or out on the sunny front porch. In the kitchen, her husband and head chef, Alan Saxe, captains a kitchen crew as they whip eggs into five types of quiche and assemble freshly baked breads into hearty sandwiches that have been lauded by the Humble Observer. Meanwhile, pots of the soup of the day bubble on stovetops as housemade pies and cobblers rise in ovens. The husband-and-wife duo peddles their own fudge and old-fashioned ice cream, crafting all their products themselves rather than commissioning teams of tree-dwelling elves to mass-produce them.
Though sandwiches are versatile by nature, 4 Girls Deli takes that versatility to a whole new level with a huge menu of hot and cold favorites. The sandwich creators?who founded their own shop after taking a pass on the franchise route?craft such specialties as Kristin's turkey cranberry on sourdough and Kylie's reuben with corned beef or pastrami. The handhelds also take the form of hot-pressed buffalo-chicken paninis, meatball and provolone poboys, and falafel pita pockets.
Just like the savory, oval-shaped loaves of bread that inspired its name, El Bolillo Bakery is a culinary staple amongst Houston's Hispanic community. Though it started as a modest corner bakery, El Bolillo is now nothing short of a legend. Its reputation can be traced back to the droves of people who flocked to the original Greater Heights location once word of its fresh pastries, churros, and tres leches cakes got out. Growing demand led the crew to open up a second and third location just to keep up with the crowds. Today, the bakery continues to craft fresh bolillos, tortillas, and empanadas every day. Though these would be highlights at almost any other restaurant, here they take a backseat to El Bolillo’s famous custom cakes. Available in a variety of flavors, these cakes can be made to resemble anything from a favorite cartoon character to a designer purse that looks and tastes just like the real thing.
At first glance, Asia Market seems like a normal Asian grocery store stocked to the brim with Thai spices, Asian veggies, and imported trinkets from Thailand. But the scent of Thai cuisine quickly reveals that this grocery store doubles as a restaurant. A kitchen in the back of the store is where chefs handcraft such traditional Thai dishes as classic Pad Thai topped with bean sprouts and panang curry with eggplant. These lowkey approach to Thai cuisine has earned the praise of writer Alison Cook who called the dishes "rough-hewn" yet "spirited" and awarded the "mom-and-pop shop" with the #74 slot on her Top 100 list for (The Houston Chronicle)(http://gr.pn/16QVUw7).