Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Juice Cleanse
Brands Used: Organic, Locally Grown Produce
Pro Tip: When ordering a juice cleanse; it is best to order 24 hours in advance.
Pam Ennis is a certified Nutrition Counselor, a Natural Food Chef, and regularly contributes to healthy-living publications such as Livestrong. Oh yea, and she founded her own business, Ylive Juice Bar. Pam takes a very friendly, straightforward philosophy toward helping her clients get healthier. "Progress, not perfection," she says.
Pam and her staff provide one-on-one consulting with every client who walks through the door of her Juice Bar. The goal is for clients to educate themselves on the benefits and possibilities that come from a juice cleanse. Outside of the consultation, Pam even maintains a Cleanse Computer Station, which clients can use to quickly reference different plans and choose the best one for their lifestyle. She also knows that a juice cleanse can be challenging, so she alleviates some of the difficulties by delivering juices to clients at their homes, offices, or super-secret cleanse yurts.
Deep in The Blue Plate Diner & Grill kitchen, chefs Kevin Mason, Johnny Davis, and Rachel Mason-Davis are hard at work. From open to close, the culinary team expertly navigates its floors, frying chicken and catfish in Cajun spices and simmering pots of gumbo and jambalaya on the stoves. Come Sunday, the trio joins forces to whip up a hearty brunch menu, pairing southern favorites with mimosas. Chefs tote platters of their freshly made dishes out into the dining room, where colorful vintage car art, an abundance of tabletops, and a absence of No High Fives Allowed signs creates a welcoming atmosphere.
No one can say this coffee bar and deli is lacking in confidence. In fact, no one can say they’re lacking in much of anything. The soups, sandwiches, and salads live up to the café’s self-assured name, with chefs preparing their made-from-scratch fare from fresh ingredients, such as ciabatta bread, sliced avocado, and signature chicken salad. Fresh cookies and homemade soups make suitable companions for made-to-order sandwiches, and slices of house-made pecan pie tame unruly sweet teeth faster than a retainer lined with cake batter.
Kim’s Tea House Tapioca brews and blends flavorful tealeaves, coffee beans, tapioca pearls, and fresh fruits into palatable potions. Bubbling with a sea of sugary pastels and rich tea leaves, Kim’s menu drips with more than 150 varieties of teas, juices, smoothies, slurpies, and coffee to allay parched windpipes and rehabilitate tongues formerly banished to flavorless tundras. Sweet-seekers imbibe indulgent concoctions by outfitting beverages such as the honeydew cream tea ($3) or jackfruit smoothie ($3.25) with beads filled with tapioca, lychee, strawberry, and other inventive ingredients. Replenish levels of vitamins A and C with a glass of fresh carrot-orange juice ($3.25) or sample soothing leaf-based fusions such as the lavender green tea ($2.75), available hot or on ice. Break up slurping sessions with one of Kim's sandwiches topped with barbecue meat, avocado, and other savory ingredients to prevent teeth from growing restless and file a suit for tooth-fairy adoption.
Chef Andrew Carlisle is living the dream at Cafe N'Dulge. Hailing from California, he spent time as a restaurateur and executive chef in New Orleans, then moved to Houston to head up kitchens in several hotels. He always envisioned running a restaurant and catering company, though, and that's exactly what he's doing at Cafe N'Dulge. It's one part catering business, one part café—and both are boons to the hungry. On the café side, you get shrimp po' boys with fries or fruit, and Santa Fe burgers topped with roasted green chili, pepper jack cheese, and baja sauce. Andrew's creativity flavors his catering menu, too, which includes breakfast buffets, pasta bars, and build-your-own meals that erase all memories of sad bag lunches past.
Don’t come to Catalina Coffee on Washington Avenue looking for a WiFi hangout and a corporate coffee experience. Instead, come for velvety coffee, elaborate foam art and photography and paintings by local artists hanging on the walls. Whatever your motivation, just be sure to arrive early, as Catalina tends to fill up fast, though a few choice seats can usually be found outside. The coffee beans are roasted locally and the baked goods are brought in daily, meaning everything at Catalina is fresh and vibrant – even the loose-leaf tea selection. As Houston’s Sixth Ward has grown into a haven for local artists and artisan restaurants, Catalina Coffee brings back that old school coffeehouse vibe.